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General Discussion / Re: Stupid Hotel Question
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:28:35 pm »
If you dont have AAA or any other discount card, smile and ask for the "poor cyclist travelling cross country discount", 50% of the time this got me the AAA or 10% off  ;D

Have fun.

General Discussion / The final countdown
« on: October 24, 2011, 02:54:07 pm »
Stress, stress and more stress,

Only a week to go, but almost organised......

Goodbye and hello,


General Discussion / Re: A few questions from a 1st timer
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:35:10 pm »
1. Do 50-60 miles a day instead and enjoy your trip, take time for a long lunch, hangover lie in or siesta. Its not the end of the world if you do the last 500 miles in a bus to save time if it means the difference between the trip of a life time or an injury that lasts a life time.

2. Helmet, something bright on your bike and a mirror.

3. Smelly socks. charm, charisma and a sense of humour have done me well so far.

4. I found this a little dodgy in the US because there's so many fences along the road with "private property"signs and the last thing i wanted was to piss off a redneck or cowboy:), but there's always room for a creative solution.

5. ....More rumble strips than bike lanes....

6. Any bike works, especially if its a bike your used too, dont be miss led into buying a new bike if yours works....

7. Just do it!!!!!

General Discussion / Re: Getting lost
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:06:10 am »
We've all done it, what goes through your mind?

Where the heck am I? :-)


Can't beat a little denial to get you out of a mess 8)

General Discussion / Getting lost
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:16:58 am »
We've all done it, what goes through your mind?    <---Here's what went through mine...

General Discussion / Re: Best touring blog sites?
« on: August 22, 2011, 10:51:27 am »
No, please, let's not discuss CGOAB here. If you really must, and I do not recommend it, go read it over there:

As I dont read CGOAB then it was a fair question, and this was a funny read. But I agree, leave it there 8)

General Discussion / Re: Best touring blog sites?
« on: August 22, 2011, 10:09:57 am »
Would be interesting to hear why you got thrown off crazyguyonabike? is ok and free, or you could consider buying your own domain name and making your own website with something like joomla or wordpress...

General Discussion / Re: If you fly, how do you transport your bike?
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:04:52 am »
Thanks!  Now I have lots of reading to do.    ;D

Here's some easy reading, press mute if you dont like Jimmy:)



General Discussion / My Cycling FAQ's
« on: July 31, 2011, 06:23:16 am »
To save on the emails here are the questions I get asked "frequently" ::)

Please feel free to add more questions I'm still hoping for something original to add to the list I made back in March ;)

This new blog is still a work in progress so please be gentle....

Shane Cycles Africa D- 96

General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 29, 2011, 03:24:37 am »
By the way, you still owe me the link for The Bottle with The Funnel ;)

The wonders of google, the couple of female cycling friends I have say they're handy in a real emergency but generally pretty aweful to use.......

General Discussion / Re: Cycle greeting etiquette mystery?
« on: July 29, 2011, 03:07:56 am »
Etiquette mystery? In a nutshell (IMO) Most people are just too busy doing their own thing. (my thing is looking good in spandex <grin>if you like a spandex full of beer belly that is).

-Roadies are in a hurry and are usually arrogant because the rest of the world is to slow for  them and in the way.
-Recumbants are in a bigger hurry but are too busy trying to look cool and relaxed while blowing their knees up while thinking I'm better than you because I'm lying down to ride.
-"Adventure cyclists" ironic that in your own country you might nod or smile, but once in the desert or abroad you charge across the road to start a conversation ( well I do anyway cos I cycle alone and now and again need to speak English to someone).
-And some people just dont want you invading their world. There I was in the middle of Uganda and spotted another white cyclist, cycled towards him and tried talking, he really wasn't interested, I got the impression he didn't want someone else invading his african adventure. The last thing he needed was people finding out he wasn't the only white cyclist in Uganda.

Horses for courses, people are generally weird, especially ME ;D

@LexieCali  maybe your guy just thought he was so wonderful/irresistible that he wanted you to keep your hands to yourself! Keep both hands on your bars and not on .....

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: July 28, 2011, 12:34:27 pm »

General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: July 28, 2011, 12:00:32 pm »
Hi Simon,

Here yet another trip blog for your to read ;D. The epilogue is a good read in my opinion :)

Have fun planning your trip, but dont plan too much, plans lead to expectations and expectations lead to disappointing. Just RIDE!


General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 27, 2011, 12:40:31 pm »
I want the camera mount! Will you share the parts list please!

1. Arcspan Handbar organizer -Cut off 1 side of it.
2. an old cheap headlight mount.
3. Pieces of aluminium sheet (1 thick 1 thin).
4. Velcro.
5. 2x M5 x (?) allen screws, + 2 wingnuts, + a couple of washers/spacers.
6. a camera mount screw thingy....
7. Many hours of work in the shed, (this was mark IV).

The second half of video1 and video2 show it in action:) attached to my top tube on the the frame (no shaky steering).

Good luck


General Discussion / Re: Your top 5 things to take on tour
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:28:54 pm »

As regards charging for Garmin, phones etc.,

I'm having fairly good results with the e-werk from B+M see >THIS< shameless plug to my site...

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