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General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:59:17 pm »
Yup its such a common question.

Why cycle up the steepest pass in South Africa?
Why cycle through the Kalahari and Namib deserts in summer?
Why cycle through Lapland in winter?
Why cycle in Canada in winter?

My answer is always the same....

Why wouldn't I??????

General Discussion / Re: riding and camping in thunderstorms
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:46:16 pm »
One of the few times I've feared for my life during touring  :o Lightening bolts hitting the ground only 300 yards away.....But boy was it amazing...

It would be too easy to draw simple conclusions about touring.

Add factors like poor diet in 3rd world countries, social isolation on long tours, language barrier etc etc then not only do physical health issues become an issue but also mental issues.

(who started loosing his marbles about 9 months into his Africa tour ...)

General Discussion / Re: Dynamo charger for cell phone and tablet
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:28:52 pm »
If you can afford it I'd seriously recommend going for a hub dynamo(shimano or schmidt son). They are much more efficient and require less effort than those old things.  The charger doesn't look very waterproof either....

My thoughts can be found here -->>>

I've used this set up for a while and works perfect for powering my gps, recharging my phone and if I'm away from power for more than 3-4 days i can also charge a couple of AA batteries.

This is all fine for a phone, I'm not sure cycling will really produce you power you need for recharging a tablet.

General Discussion / Touring in winter
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:07:39 pm »
Ok so it wasn't as cold as Northern Canada thanks to the gulf stream, but Helen and I just got back from 3 weeks cycle touring in Northern Scandinavia.

Temperatures while cycling and camping between - 5 and -30 degrees C.

In short, everything to -15 is fine once you get used to it, below that things start getting complicated, uncomfortable and hard work.

parts 1 and 2 of the blog are done, more coming soon,

Enjoy  8)

P1010380 by, on Flickr

General Discussion / Re: Winter touring in Canada
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:10:14 am »
Thanks Geegee,

That could be a problem, I need to get a hold of some maps and google maps time when I have real internet again. I doubt the main roads would have the shoulders cleared in winter which could be a problem...

Winter camping is my new project, we'll see how Sweden/Finland goes in Feb before I make any big plans.

General Discussion / Re: Winter touring in Canada
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:35:43 am »
A change is as good as a rest right?  :D

This is for next winter, I'm going to do some short trip in Europe soon after getting back to reccharge my batteries. 8)

General Discussion / Winter touring in Canada
« on: September 29, 2012, 11:35:58 am »
My trip in Africa is coming to its end and for my next trip I'd like to explore the other end of the thermometer.

Anyone got any thoughts on routes that are possible with a fully loaded bike, 2.1" studded tires and a wimpy Brit?

My idea would be something like Toronto to Calgary in 2-3 months then pick up part of the Great Divide in spring for a month, by which time the freedom credits will be gone and therefore time to work again  :-[

Naturally I don't do major highways such as the Trans Canadian Highway, though will need compressed snow secondary roads/trails.


General Discussion / Re: Health/Medical Insurance while cycling abroad
« on: September 29, 2012, 11:25:33 am »
During my brainstorming process for my current trip I kept track of what i was looking at. I'm not sure how relevant it is for you but take a look anyway, you might find something worthwhile...


General Discussion / Re: Share how you got $ & time off to tour
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:31:15 pm »
I worked hard for 18 months, saving as much as possible. Cut down on luxuries like eating out, going to the pub and malt whiskey. Sold pretty much everything I own......

Now 6 months into the tour of a lifetime and hope to carry on for another 2 years........

General Discussion / 6 montha into Shane Cycles Africa
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:22:08 pm »
Hi Folks,

Only 6 months into my trip and I've already seen so much it feels like a life time on the road. I love this nomad life and hope it continues for years.

Here's a little video I put together to sum up the first 6 months and about 5000 miles.

Tails winds and blue skies..

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 10, 2012, 09:15:43 am »
Dont travel alone for too long, strange things happen  8)

Wonderful. Know where your coming from, I have the most out of tune singing voice ever, so I can do my X factor bit as loud as I like o those wonderful empty stretches.  :-X

Something like this?


General Discussion / Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:27:57 pm »
If I'm hungry, thirsty, tired, have a sore arse or want to take a photo I stop. If not then I dont  ;D

I doubt this is something that can be compared. During cycle touring I've cycled between 3 and 125 miles in one day and anything up to 14 hours to do it :) And sometimes i just stop after an hour and go back to bed if it isn't my day :)

General Discussion / Re: getting insurance for UK rider in N America
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:23:28 pm »
I did some serious brain storming on the subject of the insurance minefield last summer, here's the result

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 09, 2012, 03:20:52 pm »
Dont travel alone for too long, strange things happen  8)

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