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Messages - Mark Manley

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How about a Raleigh Chopper? Although more suited to a journey back to your childhood than anywhere else, you will need deep pockets given what they fetch now.

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:57:32 am »
My tuppence worth on lightweight camping, I have a Terranova one man tent which weighs less than 1 kg, a ultralight Thermarest and a light sleeping bag should add about another kg and all take up 1 pannier with poles strapped under the top frame tube. It is reassuring to know you have something if other plans don't work out and need to camp.

General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:49:26 am »
I have used Ensleigh for both cycling and motorcycle trips and have read on other forums that the post office travel insurance is pretty good for longer trips, most travel insurance policies cover cycling as long as you are not racing. Fortunately no experience of having to claim so cannot advise here.

Gear Talk / Re: Changing a Rohloff Wheel
« on: November 19, 2011, 12:06:40 am »
I have a Rohloff hub on my disc braked Roberts Rough Stuff and the rear wheel is no more difficult to change than any other. Although expensive I can recommend a Rohloff.

General Discussion / Re: Edinburgh - Lisbon (Winter) Possible?
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:01:12 pm »
If this winter is anything like last it will be very cold and snowy, also remember short days particularly in Scotland, only about 8 hours of daylight at the beginning of January. Not such a good idea unless you like being uncomfortable and have really good gear if you plan to camp.

Gear Talk / Re: folding bike for touring
« on: October 09, 2011, 08:24:45 am »
I met a Frenchman in Hanoi who was touring with a Brompton although he was more using it to explore cities and commute to and from bus and train stations.
He was staying in hotels so had minimal luggage, just one bag front and rear.

One of the advantages of a Brompton is it allows you to participate in sporting events, as long as you can meet the dress code.

Gear Talk / Re: DEET dissolves helmets
« on: August 26, 2011, 03:43:02 am »
I have had Deet dissolve plastic, it does make you wonder what it does to your skin.

General Discussion / Re: foods for road trip
« on: August 20, 2011, 02:11:51 am »
Muesli is a pretty good food any time of the day, take some powdered milk to mix in and add water.

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 26, 2011, 05:22:24 pm »
I have a Brooks that is very comfortable but do know they are inconsistent due to being a natural material and not to everybody's taste, it did take a couple of hundred miles to bed in. On a motorcycle tour of Africa a few years ago I met about 10 cyclist doing a trans-continental trips and around 8 of them had Brooks saddles, all of those I spoke to recommended them.

Gear Talk / Re: Fitting a Brooks Saddle
« on: July 23, 2011, 01:43:55 am »
I have two Brooks saddles and they have quite different characteristics, the first one broke in after a couple of hundred miles and fits me perfectly and the second fitted to another bike has taken longer but is getting there. I presume this is because of inconsistency in the leather used to produce them from one hide to another, something beyond the control of the manufacturer. They are an aquired taste, I like mine but might not suit everybody, it sounds like you need to experiment with the way yours is set up, you should not be putting effort into staying on it. 

General Discussion / Re: Critters inside your tent?
« on: July 23, 2011, 01:31:46 am »
A few years ago I was camped outside of Wadi Halfa in Sudan waiting for the ferry to Egypt and had slept outside on my thermarest, beautiful clear nights and no rain for 10 years, when I found a small yellow scorpion under my matt in the morning :o. The guide book described its sting as highly toxic, can be fatal seek urgent medical help, I used the tent after that.

General Discussion / Re: The evil plant!
« on: July 09, 2011, 02:08:57 am »
I have had a similar problem cycling along the canal network here in England, they are often bordered with hawthorne hedges which when trimmed create a bed of nails like surface. The problem was solved by fitting my tyres with slime filled tubes which works well, one tube has at least 10 holes in it and is still up. They do add a little weight but it is worth it for the convenience.

General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 09, 2011, 02:00:26 am »
Apart from the expected things like tent, sleeping bag, matt, stove etc. one luxury I like to take is a small flask which I fill with tea in the morning for drinking during the day.
No matter how carefully I pack I always manage to forget one thing so you are not alone in that.


I have just Googled Salsa Fargo and came up with this from this very forum,

Gear Talk / Re: Dream Bike Starting with a Long Haul Trucker Frame
« on: June 07, 2011, 05:15:20 pm »
As you haven't set a budget I would spend a large pile of your money on a Rohloff 14 speed hub gear, I have one on a Roberts Rough Stuff and they are worth it.

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