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GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: iPhone as only GPS device
« on: October 21, 2020, 02:38:01 am »
Why not get something like a: Forumslader, Cinq Plug5, Cycle2charge and a test I know this is all in German but Google is you best friend here.

I have the Forumslader and it does a goed job at keeping my phone fully charged. And if you would like to it can also charge a small powerbank.

Gear Talk / Re: Drivetrain spare parts for a long tour
« on: September 27, 2020, 02:53:09 am »
Thinking of Pakistan, India, Iran - Covid is full force there as well. Would personally not like to go there at the moment.

Gear Talk / Re: Drivetrain spare parts for a long tour
« on: September 26, 2020, 01:54:30 am »
I do not know when you plan your RTW tour but pretty much every country in Europe is code red, currently - keep in mind that if something happens your insurance will not cover you.

As for spare parts you can always ship them to a larger place  you tend to stay at for a few days. My chains easily last 6000/ 7000 km if you take care of them.

As for a BB I can advise you the Shimano UN55 which is a square tapered one - and can be serviced on the road - check out youtube. Do not know what your intended route is but you should also be able to get a BB replacement if needed on route.

Johns tip to ask warmshowers hosts if you can ship things to them is very good, but also think of hostels you might be staying at.

Food Talk / Re: thoughts on Evernew titanium pots
« on: August 11, 2020, 01:30:47 am »
yep, you are right - it is the hardanodized version. I have not really put it to the test yet - corona messing things up this year. But according to all reviews I read the non-stick part works pretty well. When something is stuck to the bottom I ussually try to soak the pot for a while with slightly hot water and some soap. And if need be I use something to scrub it with like Coghlan's camp scrubber.

Food Talk / Re: thoughts on Evernew titanium pots
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:35:47 am »
I haven't got a clue - was wondering the same thing.

Have moved on to Trangia annodised steel. Use it with metho or a gasburner and will in the foreseeable future use it with a Primus Omnilite adapted to fit the Trangia for my RTW tour.

Food Talk / Re: thoughts on Evernew titanium pots
« on: August 09, 2020, 12:57:06 am »
I do not like their titanium pots one bit - food sticks very easily to the pot and chucked mine after one holiday.

Gear Talk / Re: Bag volume, weight, cost for touring/bike packing?
« on: July 26, 2020, 02:58:41 am »
I have my packlist in Excel so it's easy to read the numbers  ;)

Gear Talk / Re: Bag volume, weight, cost for touring/bike packing?
« on: July 24, 2020, 03:03:14 am »
Bags - 2x front Arkel Dolphin 32L/ rear arkel 2x Dolphin 48L, 1 drybag Exped XL for my tent/ chair on the rear rack. Handle bar bag custom made TimTas for my Jones H bar - liters do not know but guess around 4/5.

Weight roughly per bag since it does vary for a 4/5 week tour:
Front right - 3194gr
Front left - 3222gr
Rear Right -6529gr
Rear Left - 5866gr
Handlebar bag - 2218gr
Exped Drybar - 3000gr

Weight roughly per bag since it does vary for a RTW tour - in about 2 years (so am thinking about and slowly putting together a packlist). This is still an ongoing thought proces in which I hope to fine tune a bit more:
Front right - 3694gr
Front left - 3222gr
Rear Right -7838gr
Rear Left - 6508gr
Handlebar bag - 2494gr
Ortlieb Rackpack 31L - 6990gr

Weight bike roughly 21kg

So the weight varies - including the bike from 53.414kg (RTW) to 48.252kg (4/5weeks in cool to hot climate)- this is without water/ fuel.

That's it for my stats.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike buying advice
« on: July 23, 2020, 03:10:29 am »
Good to read that you are expanding your horizon. Curious to read you thoughts on Kona and Surley. make sure that you try the bikes you like with dropbars and Surley/ Jones H bar.

If you are not that strong in the legs department do not go for a 29er but for a 27.5" instead - makes the rolling easier. As well as check what the lowest gear ratio is and have the shop change it to lower - get eg a mtb chain ring *(front/ rear setup) on the bike. You better lose some top end speed but gain low end "speed". So get the lowest inch ratio possible - is my advice use eg Bicycle Gear Calculator to work out what gears you need (I have Rohloff with 42 front and 22 in the rear).

Also keep in mind that different tyres cause a different feel in a bike so if test-riding make sure you have the same tyres on the bikes.

If possible bring loaded bags and put them on the bike to find out how it handles when loaded.

Good luck today!

Gear Talk / Re: Bike buying advice
« on: July 21, 2020, 03:02:19 am »
I think I would lean towards Surley (Ogre, Long Haul Trucker, Disc Trucker), Kona (Sutra), Salsa (Fargo) for your intended use. I think they are in the same price range. Have you worked out whether you want a drop bar bike or eg Jones H bar/ Surley Moloko bars. I have both types of bars Salsa woodchippers on my gravel (custom built to specs of the Salsa Fargo) - now indoors bike and Jones H bar on my Santos 3+ touring rig. For touring I would not want to go back to drop bars. Out of the above I would go for the Ogre with Surley bars or Jones H bars for it would make a, in my opinion, fantastic dayride bike as well as a brilliant touring bike.

Do not know what width tyre fit in the Specialised but I would go for a bike that takes at least 2" width/ 50mm tyres preferably wider ones. I ride on my daytrips currently with 70mm tyres (27.5") and love it - gives brilliant comfort and is not slower than narrower tyres. yes, when accelerating it takes a bit more time then on a racing bike but once rolling it rides even lighter.

Absolutely agree with John on "For long-distance touring, you ideally want a bike made specifically for touring.  A gravel bike comes somewhat close but not quite.  You need a bunch of mounts for the 3 water bottles, front and rear rack, fenders, etc.  The bike's geometry is more laid back so it is comfortable after hours and hours in the saddle.  A good touring bike can be a nice everyday bike but it probably is not best for the faster club rides."

Hope the above gives you some more food for thought. Since you say that there is not much around you I would drive to somewhere where they have more and different bikes from where you are at.

Gear Talk / Re: Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: July 18, 2020, 03:04:12 am »
I have 2 bikes with Son dynamos - 1 with axa lights and the other with B+M lights.

General Discussion / Re: Solo Trip Cooking Logistics
« on: June 06, 2020, 03:02:35 am »
If the whisperlite works on gas canister - you can use that as well - very easily available along the PC. I used Coleman fuel a few years ago and that was hard to come by. I do not like using petrol for fuel.

Gear Talk / Re: Tires for Touring
« on: June 04, 2020, 12:58:07 am »
Exactly no need to add extra weight by using heavy tires when not needed. I use on one bike, should say used - been promoted to be my e-trainer, Almotions 50-622. And had only 1 flat (big nail) when riding the PC between Vancouver and SFO. Used the same tyre on numerous training routes, tours in the UK (tarmac and gravel) and no flats. On my other bike with 70-584 G-One allround tyres and no flats either. For heavy off road touring I would not use the G-one but for road and light gravel touring it is a nice, smooth riding tyre.

General Discussion / Re: Flats while touring
« on: May 30, 2020, 03:47:38 am »
If need be I will do that John - thanks a gezillion for the offer.

General Discussion / Re: Flats while touring
« on: May 30, 2020, 02:10:25 am »
John - the problem with amazon of ebay is that they charge very high shipping cost not making it worth while to order from them.

Though I have mailed tear-Aid hoping that they have a European distributor for me.

Thanks for the reminder of A/ B type. I have Arkel bags so type A should work for them.

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