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Routes / Re: Calgary to Banff
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:50:27 pm »
I rode Calgary to Banff and it's not all that interesting except to see the mountains getting closer.  if you have the choice of not riding there and spending longer in the Rockies take that because it is wonderful place to cycle.

Routes / Re: Cycling in the U.K.
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:40:01 pm »
Hi very popular ride LEJOG or JOGLE and several routes you can take.  Join the CTC forum and you will find everything you want to know about this ride.

Also they cover all aspects of cycle touring.  Check out SUSTRANS who have marked rcycle route all over the UK

And finally take good wet weather gear  ::) 

General Discussion / Re: Libraries and Touring
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:32:57 pm »
Hi, having done several tours in USA and coming from England, I find your public libraries just great for keeping in touch with family & friends. Checking my business emails, so can continue to tour and run my business is great.  I can update my web site. one of the bonuses is getting to talk to some o the local people including the librarians - lots of good info about the area.

Plus always nice and cool with a cold water tower.

So do I feel bad about using your facilities for free, not really because while touring I actually spend quite a lot of money in restaurants, hotels and local bike shops.

They are a great asset, thanks.

Routes / GAP/CO Canal on a folder ????
« on: October 10, 2012, 04:52:12 pm »
Hi planning to bring my small wheel folder over to ride the GAP and CO Canal.  Any thoughts on possible problems with the surfaces for a small wheeler?

Routes / Ronald Reagan Airport to C&O Canal route
« on: October 03, 2012, 12:39:30 pm »
Hi can anyone give me a good route to get me from RR International Airport to the C&O Canal.  I would prefer not to got through central Washington.  And if there is a hotel along the way even better as not planning to go far after the flight from UK.

Gear Talk / Ori folding bike - anyone have any knowledge/experience
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:43:59 pm »
Hi thinking of buying an Ori bike Mi8 model.
Does anyone have first hand knowledge of these machines and how good are they for touring.

I initially want it to put on the boat but also to use it to fly out and tour.


Gear Talk / Re: Help me accesorize my Surly LHT
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:16:17 am »
Mirrors - you need to see which one suits you, I've always had ones that fix to the bars with Velcro and work well - also can be used for shaving, checking out sore bits that even your best friend wont look at, etc

Gear Talk / Re: Help me accesorize my Surly LHT
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:43:12 pm »
Mirror - it'll save your life.
Very low gearing ratios
Good luck I love my Surly LHT - just about to take into the hills of Wales  ;D

Gear Talk / Interesting sleeping pad, new design
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:33:07 am »
Has anyone used something like this.  I had a regular light weight inflatable which was so narrow I was unable to stay on it at night.  However, this one fits inside you sleeping bag - looks interesting

BE WARNED once you have done it there is no way you will want to go back travelling any other way and before you know it you'll be a vet on here giving out good advice and encouraging others.

You mean we're supposed to be giving out GOOD advice??


Not really - just trying to be encouraging :oP

Go for it and good luck, we tend to make cycle touring too technical when really as said a bit of mechanical know how, common sense with regard to the heat and de-hydration is all you need.
Go easy and take each day as it comes, you'll have a great time.  My first trips were on a regular bike, soccer shorts and tee shirts.

The worst is you dump the bikes and hitch it.

BE WARNED once you have done it there is no way you will want to go back travelling any other way and before you know it you'll be a vet on here giving out good advice and encouraging others.

Gear Talk / Re: Tire Failure - Not Sure How It Happened
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:08:14 pm »
Maybe nothing more than a fault with the tyre?  And it was nothing that you did or didn't do.  Personally I would never tour without a spare and some of those patches that will get you by if the tyre splits.

General Discussion / Re: How much water to carry?
« on: July 08, 2012, 05:59:58 pm »
Hard question to answer as dependant on the heat of the day, are you wild camping and need to cook.  I find everyday is often different and you need to do your homework.  For the long distances between towns check out Google Earth which will give you a guide to where you will find water, mark it on your map.  I always try to have a spare litre with me regardless.

Good luck

I guess no one here will be investing in this project ;D  I wonder if the designer has ever been cyclo touring or did they just think it up without consulting anyone likely to use a bike and a tent.

Gear Talk / This is novel use of bike & tent for lightweight tourers
« on: July 07, 2012, 11:22:42 am »
Not too sure how much weight using the bike like this would save.  I could not be bothered with anything like this because after a days riding I want my tent up in no time - especially if raining,  Just wonder what state the tent would be when wet and muddy.

Anyone used one and can put me right about how good they are? 

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