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General Discussion / Re: Travel Insurance Q.
« on: January 27, 2011, 07:21:48 am »
Have you checked out the CTC insurance site, they were the best I found and, unlike a lot of other providers, give full coverage for non-competitive cycling?

As to "the certain type of insurance" - there's no legal requirement, I suspect they may just be commenting on the fact that a lot of standard travel insurance policies don't cover cycling.

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT: Need help setting my bike up
« on: January 22, 2011, 07:24:20 am »
I've got the 26" model in contrast to my other tourers which have 700.   I like it a lot.   There are pros and cons, of course but they're as you would expect.   In all fairness I have to say I'm equally happy with either - swings and roundabouts.

+1 for the GPS.   I use a Garmin 605 which lasts a couple of days between charges.   I recharge it in motels or use the razor socket in a camp site.   I also use a solar charger and have never had any problems in keeping it going.   It's not much good for serious route planning and you can't really see what's outside it' narrow picture so maps are a necessity.   As mentioned above, it's best helping you find your way through built up areas or in finding motels/campsites etc.

Routes / Re: Road bike tour routes in Northern Spain?
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:38:11 am »
Lots of route info here on the CTC web page -

Routes / Re: Road bike tour routes in Northern Spain?
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:33:22 am »
There is a Eurovelo route which roughly follows the old pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostella.   Northern Spain is fairly hill but if you stick to coastal and valley routes you should be OK.   Get hold of the Michelin Regional Maps, they're pretty good for finding quieter roads, look for the green highlighted roads, they're scenic routes.

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT: Need help setting my bike up
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:23:45 am »
I don't know what availability is like in the USA but I've found the Panarace Pasela Tourguard a very good tyre, smoother rolling than Schwalbe but better suited to pure pavement use.

+1 for Brooks and Roadmorph pumps.

I use Shimano M530 pedals which have a clip on one side and a platform on the other.   Having said that I'm now starting to wonder about flat pedals.   I use them on my mountain bikes and find them comfortable and grippy.   Given the larger surface area and the ability to be used with virtually any shoe, they have some benefits which I want to explore in a touring setting.   I've used them with dedicated MTB shoes, Merrell walking shoes, Brasher lightweight walking boots and cross trainers and they've worked very well with all of these.

I have a suspension seat post on one of my bikes and have no criticism of it.   It certainly helps with overall ride comfort on some of the rougher cycle trails and with 2k of use seems to last well.   A note of caution however, I found that the suspension seat post on a cheap and cheerful Trek 7200 has become a bit wobbly after about 1k.

General Discussion / Re: Must upgrades for LHT
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:30:35 am »
Mine has a Brooks saddle, V brakes and trekking bars with Shimano thumb shifters and SRAM brake levers.

I prefer a more upright riding style hence the bars.   I find the thumb shifters and brake setup suits me better.

One of the added advantages of the Brooks saddle is the fact that it has loops for a saddle bag so I can use my Carradice bag for short trips.

Routes / Re: Getting Across The Desert
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:55:11 pm »
As a must see, can I recommend southern Utah, it has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world and lots of marvellous parks.

Plus you can take a side trip to Moab and hook up with some great mountain biking :)

General Discussion / Re: Bike boxes
« on: January 05, 2011, 06:49:27 am »
Just head into the local bike shop as Knolltop recommends.   They will nearly always have a supply of boxes and will crate your bike up for you for about $50.   

General Discussion / Re: Wear eye glasses/sun glasses while riding
« on: January 05, 2011, 06:45:25 am »
Pair of ray bans from Vision Express :)   As Fred mentions, they give very good coverage and are almost as good as goggles.

General Discussion / Re: Eating ... not IF, but HOW
« on: December 17, 2010, 06:21:39 am »
You can approach this from another direction.   Cycling 8 hours a day will (roughly) require about 4000 calories, although, as mentioned above, headwinds, hills etc. can increase this.   Then add in the average daily maintenance requirement of about 2000 calories and that leaves you needing 6000 a day.

Hobbits know what this means.   A good breakfast, something mid morning, lunch, afternoon tea (hey! I'm a Brit :)) and a good evening meal.

As a young soldier I was given a good tip about salt.   Take a pinch of salt and taste it.   If it doesn't taste salty, you need salt, otherwise you don't.

General Discussion / Re: Are insects a problem in Alberta?
« on: December 17, 2010, 06:13:20 am »
And ticks!   Quite common on the prairies!

Gear Talk / Re: Uncomfortable seats
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:09:22 am »
What about a recumbent?

International / Re: Request Info on Touring in Japan
« on: December 09, 2010, 07:03:33 am »
Josie Dew has written a couple of books about touring in Japan, Land of the Neon Sun is one , can't remember the name of the second.   Great books and well worth reading.

Routes / Re: Nevada and Utah 2011 ? Advice & tips please
« on: November 25, 2010, 06:27:25 am »
I'd recommend a Golden Eagle Pass.   Costs $80 but gets you into most National Parks without paying the local charge.   There are a few exceptions, Carlsbad Caverns comes to mind, but good for all the main parks in Utah and California.

Routes / Re: Routes through france to denmark
« on: November 17, 2010, 06:38:26 am »
Wow!   I've just tried out that fietsrouteplanner link.   It's absolutely brilliant.   Many thanks!

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