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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? 

I really enjoyed the Ring of Kerry but where ever you go in Ireland you'll have a great time.  Take water proofs and something for a head ache if you go to a locals bar!  Plenty of B&B's and Hostels if you don't want to camp.  Be prepared to wave a lot.
Have a great time

General Discussion / Re: How many cloths for a tour?
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:02:11 am »
Go with the minimum and don't forget you can always buy cheap jumpers etc if things turn too nasty. Drop them in a thrift shop when it improves.  My "wardrobe" regularly changes on tour except for the very basics.

CTC UK no idea if this is the biggest but certainly is in Britain.

SOBOB probably the smallest with one member - me. But it gets me discounts in motels  ;D

Routes / Re: First Time Riding Florida Roads
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:27:51 am »
Florida gets a lot of bad press, I do a lot of cycling there and love it.  Only problem I have ever had was when two big dogs started to chase me and all of a sudden the Deputy arrived driving on the grass verge chasing the dogs off. Eternally grateful.

Gear Talk / Re: thunder jug
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:09:37 am »
"As the years go by I'm getting to thinking I will have one of these on my next tour."

Yep know the feeling well.  :-\

Gear Talk / Re: Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:07:46 am »
If you are planning on buying British do your research as which model and I'll try and sus them out over here for you.

Don't suppose you want a Tifosi, I recently did the Southern T and Atlantic Coast on.  All set up for touring and presently in Florida.  Don't plan to bring it home.  But you would need to be over 6'0" pics on my web site
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: overseas travel
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:28:19 am »
Hi good advice all round above.  My routine is to find a bike shop in the city I am leaving from - either drag it through the streets walking or fold it up and ride. Not always that easy in a busy town.  Pack the bike in the hotel/hostel I'm staying in and find a taxi/man & van to take me to the airport the day of the flight.  If flying into Australia this means that you can get your bike really clean in case they want to inspect it for bugs etc.

I once cycled from Tel-Aviv to Ben Gurion airport carry a bike box, don't recommend that for sure.

Bring back the good old days when you just turned up at the airport, took the pedals off, let the air out of your tyres and carried all your heavy gear like tools into the cabin as hand luggage.  :P

Have a great time

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 10, 2012, 04:56:29 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

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