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Messages - Mark Manley

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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Speedhub
« on: March 15, 2017, 04:29:03 am »
I have a Rohloff hub fitted to a purpose build Roberts Roughstuff and find it an excellent piece of kit in all circumstances, the bike is used for everything from off road touring to carrying the shopping. It is expensive and does put more weight on the back of the bike which I don't notice on the road and has been totally reliable and has a perfectly adaquate range, I have a 36 tooth chainring which is lower than recommended but I only weigh 10 stone, that is 140 pounds to Americans so do not think I am overloading it.

Routes / Cycling Route 66 west from Flagstaff
« on: January 18, 2017, 11:56:09 pm »
I am attending Overland Expo West in Flagstaff this coming May and am planning my trip back towards California and would like to cycle along part of route 66 which runs through Flagstaff but it is national highway for part of it which I understand cycle are not allowed on. Does anyone now if there is a service road or cycle path which runs along this piece of highway 40 or have an alternative suggestion? I am from the UK so not entrely familiar with US traffic regulations.

Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: September 07, 2016, 03:12:56 am »
Thanks for your reply geegee,
Good information that is not plain to see elsewhere, I will look up your alternative suggestions as I am considering a long tour in North America.

Canada / Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:31:23 am »
Can someone explain to me the difference between the two above trails or are they the same thing? I have looked both up and find conflicting information ranging between a great way to cross Canada mostly or entirely on traffic free trails to a dreadful commerical scam, yes that word was used, where you have to pay for maps and some of it is on busy and dangerous roads or trails that are shared with motorcycles and atv's.
Any links to ride reports or people's first hand experience would be appreciated, as with many things there seems to be a lot of opinion out there from keyboard warriors who have not actually ridden it which is basically useless.

General Discussion / Re: USA visa at Canadian border.
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:14:25 am »
I looked into this a couple of years ago and the bad news seems to be that once you enter any US territory your 3 months starts and will keep on running until you leave North America, that is the US, Canada and Mexico, only then can you return and ask for another 3 months.
You can apply for a full tourist visa in the UK before leaving but your period of entry will still be at the discretion of the immigration officer, do not expect them to be understanding of your trip and if you have no home in the UK, job or return ticket they will not let you in at all, make sure all that is in order.

General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:29:36 am »
Some of them drive you nuts because they are run by Indians, East Indians as they say here, and at the check-in you get a lovely aroma of Indian food but there isn't an Indian restaurant for many miles around.

That will drive any Brit nuts, we love Indian food and regard it as our national dish. Good luck with your ride.

General Discussion / Re: Crash number 6.
« on: April 02, 2015, 12:55:26 am »
This rider has had over 70 motorists convicted using his film of bad driving by other road users, he is not very popular.

International / Re: Heathrow Airport to ...............
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:32:42 pm »
There is no train to the South or Southwest from Heathrow, you need to get a bus to woking station, I have done this a couple of times with a boxed bike but don't think they will take one on the bus that is not packed.

Food Talk / Malnourishment on a long tour
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:28:16 pm »
I posted my experience relating to nutrition on another travellers forum after a tour of SE Asia a couple of years ago and it was recently resurrected by an interesting reply from a couple who had cycled from Canada to Panama on a vegan diet, I thought I would share it with you as it might be of interest.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Lowrider Racks for GDMBR?
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:06:04 pm »
I tour both on and off road with a mid height front rack and no problem at all, I don't think you will have a problem with low rider racks.
I have just Googled images for the GDMBR and there is a tandem with low front panniers fitted, you will be fine.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:37:13 am »
  I have been looking at different trikes and found the Ice trike Adventure interesting. My question is, how safe are these trikes on the road and touring with them in traffic. I road one and my head was about even with the grill of a car. Is this a normal feeling?

I was thinking of asking this question myself and you have saved me the bother and have found the replies encouraging, I am now considering buying a trike.

If the question had been how far can you go on a trike the answer seems to be anywhere.

General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:44:22 am »
South East Asia or India where the weather will be great, fly to Bangkok or Delhi get the train out of town and cycle from there. Some of the best food and most interesting culture on earth, the reduced living cost will help go towards the ticket.

You could start by spending some time here and reading other peoples reports some of which contain a list of what they carry.
If you are on a budget a second hand quality bike might be a better buy than a new one for the same price, you might even get one with racks, panniers and other useful equipment included. In my opinion the most important components are the seat, chain and tyres, for the latter most people seem to use something from the Schwalbe marathon range which I have found to be excellent.
Start by doing short trips, even one night away to get used to what you need and how best to carry it, you will get used to managing with very little on a bike.
Good luck with your planning, cycle touring is a great way to see your country and the wider world.

General Discussion / Re: Health Insurance while cycling
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:00:45 pm »
Are you dual or different nationalities? I suspect it will be easier and cheaper to take it out in Australia, a normal long trip travel policy should cover you for cycling, but do read the small print and make sure.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:06:07 am »
I have toured while eating a partly low carb diet in SE Asia simply because there was little high carb food available in rural Laos and Vietnam. I lost what little fat I had and more, I felt apathetic and I was told that I looked dreadful and unhealthy which I certainly felt, it is not an experience or diet I would wish to repeat.

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