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Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 03:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,646
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I don't have the words to explain just how wrong...

I don't have the words to explain just how wrong I believe this advice to be.
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,289
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm about to do just that next week. I...

I'm about to do just that next week.


I hand over my keys, wander around locally for a couple of weeks tying up loose ends, then catch a ship across the Atlantic. My plans are open ended. I...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 12:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,646
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I can't agree with it's a mad, mad, mad world -...

I can't agree with it's a mad, mad, mad world - most especially not from the saddle of a bike. I don't know when was the last time you went on tour for more than a few days away from home, but the...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,646
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm sorry, but describing a solo self supported...

I'm sorry, but describing a solo self supported cross country bike tour as "crazy" in the bike touring forum is an ..... interesting tack to take.


When you say avoiding trouble, do you have...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,537
Posted By HobbesOnTour

You are using the term "bike packing" which can...

You are using the term "bike packing" which can mean different things to different people. And you say that you are trying to "figure out" what to purchase and then to "try them out".

Based on...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,753
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Based on the fact that you want to head off and...

Based on the fact that you want to head off and live off your bicycle for an undefined time, then yes, you are making some poor choices. Not that the idea is intrinsically bad, but your preparation...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,753
Posted By HobbesOnTour

If only there was a document that outlined what...

If only there was a document that outlined what was covered and any exceptions to that cover, what the terms and conditions are. You'd think someone in the insurance industry would think of something...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,676
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've...

Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've possibly voided any warranty you had on the frame.
My understanding is that most frame manufacturers (of touring bikes at least) don't advocate...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,962
Posted By HobbesOnTour

You've had two bits of excellent advice: Start...

You've had two bits of excellent advice:
Start planning your next tour
Get thee to a bike co-op, or if not available, a cheap bike to work on yourself. It'll do wonders!

And my suggestion: look...
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,439
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Well, that's just dumb. Visas certainly,...

Well, that's just dumb.


Visas certainly, finances, insurance, language, culture and psychology. There is a vast difference between a typical cycle tour with defined beginning and ending and an...
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,439
Posted By HobbesOnTour

jeez! The point I was trying to make and...

jeez!

The point I was trying to make and clearly failing was that most people on this forum do not tour in the style that you plan on touring.
Therefore, for your specific needs with respect to...
Forum: Touring
07-30-19, 12:14 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,439
Posted By HobbesOnTour

As much as I hate definitions, what you are...

As much as I hate definitions, what you are describing is becoming further and further from Bike Touring as recognised by most (not all) on this forum.

Whatever your choice(s) they will have to be...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,439
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Research charging from a dyno hub and you will...

Research charging from a dyno hub and you will find that most people charge directly to a battery and use that to charge devices. Not the most efficient method, but with variable speeds, phones...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 04:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,814
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Well, it's easy for us to discuss, but the owner...

Well, it's easy for us to discuss, but the owner has made it very clear that he does not want to go down that route.

However, it is very clear that the current system is not working. The...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 12:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,439
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Whatever you decide, you will need to to consider...

Whatever you decide, you will need to to consider how to charge your device(s).
Unless you have a top level, large powerbank your only option of charging a laptop is to plug it into a wall....
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,712
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Welcome aboard. I'm not a bikepacker so...

Welcome aboard.

I'm not a bikepacker so can't really help you there, sorry.

The first thing I'd do is get to the root of the shifting problem. We have to be able to trust our bikes. A love/hate...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 12:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,298
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Well done on your first tour! I never train...

Well done on your first tour!

I never train - but sometimes I do practise. Load up the panniers and go off for a day, have a picnic, test out the stove, try out whatever needs to be tried out.
...
06-25-19, 02:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,346
Posted By HobbesOnTour

There is also this one: https://cycle.travel/ ...

There is also this one: https://cycle.travel/

Uses OpenStreetMaps and favours quieter roads. Has the option to include or exclude paved routes.
Easy export of files for use in any app.
Where...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By HobbesOnTour

A good online resource for routing is...

A good online resource for routing is https://cycle.travel/map

The streetview option is particularly handy when in strange places....
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,768
Posted By HobbesOnTour

First of all this. Second of all is your ewerk...

First of all this.
Second of all is your ewerk set correctly? I don't have one, but my understanding is that there are various settings to optimise generation.
My own experience with charging...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 03:38 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,562
Posted By HobbesOnTour

If this is the reality then my advice, like lots...

If this is the reality then my advice, like lots of those above, is to get out there and try it with whatever you can beg borrow or steal (not really!).


From my own observations, I have seen...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Not a fan of Komoot. Either manually redirect...

Not a fan of Komoot.
Either manually redirect the route to where you want to go (not easy on a phone) or try the hiking option?

Alternatively try OSMand. Has the advantage of being able to create...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,486
Posted By HobbesOnTour

This! A thousand times this! :) Best lesson...

This! A thousand times this! :)

Best lesson I ever learned.
Mind you it helps if it's not freezing!
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,097
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Sebastian, first of all my condolences on your...

Sebastian, first of all my condolences on your loss.
I'm sure it has been a terrible shock and something we cycle tourists don't think a lot about - what is it like for those left behind?

Thank...
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,043
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Try https://cycle.travel/map for planning the...

Try https://cycle.travel/map for planning the routes. It chooses very good routes, avoiding urban areas as much as possible. Easy to adjust and you can see the long distance routes marked on it to...
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,622
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm a big fan of Merino wool for cold weather and...

I'm a big fan of Merino wool for cold weather and on tour. Even if not fully dry it warms up far quicker than non-natural materials and is warmer. I've read of the benefits of light merino layers in...
Forum: Touring
03-16-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,539
Posted By HobbesOnTour

From my recollection, the OP, was very nervous...

From my recollection, the OP, was very nervous having had a serious collision while on his bike.
This tour their way back to touring after that accident.

Unfortunately, his nervousness wasn't...
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 990
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'd suggest trying a couple of the UK forums. Or...

I'd suggest trying a couple of the UK forums. Or CrazyGuyOnABike has a classifieds section for touring partners.
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,339
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Zendure is another brand that allows pass through...

Zendure is another brand that allows pass through charging. I do not have one but have read positive reviews from other cycle tourists.

I second the idea of charging a powerbank, then charging...
02-07-19, 05:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It might take me a year to digest all that! :) ...

It might take me a year to digest all that! :)

I get what you're saying but hope that it's not true, despite all the evidence to the contrary.:) I don't like the idea that at a certain point...
02-06-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks for taking the time to answer a question...

Thanks for taking the time to answer a question directed to someone else.
02-06-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks for the detailed and reasoned reply. ...

Thanks for the detailed and reasoned reply.

I can't disagree with any of that, however, people's needs are different. For example, the topo information or street names are handy in the planning of...
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 03:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,751
Posted By HobbesOnTour

One thing I learned early on in my touring is to...

One thing I learned early on in my touring is to always stop and look behind you. sometimes the views are spectacular! :)
02-05-19, 03:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm curious as to why you would state that? I...

I'm curious as to why you would state that?
I use my Elemnt almost exclusively for navigation and find it perfectly capable for what I want it to do.
I use mine in the context of touring, so my...
Forum: Touring
01-29-19, 04:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,173
Posted By HobbesOnTour

With the greatest of respect everybody does not...

With the greatest of respect everybody does not need three touring bikes.

Sure, if you want to race across country with a credit card in your back pocket, then cycle down the GDMBR, then do the...
Forum: Touring
01-28-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,173
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I tour on a Trek 800 Sport, which, I think, is...

I tour on a Trek 800 Sport, which, I think, is from about 1997, so not recent if that is important to you.
It has no suspension at all, which was my decision. My previous hybrid type had front...
Forum: Touring
01-21-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,004
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I think you need to go back to square one and...

I think you need to go back to square one and settle on two things;
1. What is the primary purpose of the bike you will buy?
2. What is your budget, including any costs to adjust/upgrade/repair the...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,773
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Have you thought about how you will be using it? ...

Have you thought about how you will be using it?
Specifically, things like
When, where and how will you plot routes? Do you expect to be able to create routes on the road? If so, on the unit or on...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By HobbesOnTour

My experience with some of the tourist offices...

My experience with some of the tourist offices (when they were open!) was very hit and miss. Sometimes the routes was not shown on local maps!

In any case, it's a very safe route, even if some is...
01-15-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,470
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Going on the assumption that you are going to be...

Going on the assumption that you are going to be following routes you have already loaded onto the unit, the there should be no issue with the Garmin unit.

As for a recommendation.... anything nut...
Forum: Touring
01-15-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,066
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I got an older version of one of these back in...

I got an older version of one of these back in 2015.
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00PW4I9M0/ref=dp_prsubs_1

I have had no problems with mine. It's robust enough to be strapped on the back rack. Has...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,553
Posted By HobbesOnTour

The very first thing Id look at would be my...

The very first thing Id look at would be my energy needs and recharging options. If youre staying in hotels etc then your energy availability will be very different to if youre camping.

For...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 622
Posted By HobbesOnTour

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map That's a...

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map

That's a map of the UK showing the official cycle routes. Zoom in on your area of interest.

Alternatively try https://cycle.travel/map. It will plot a loop...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,253
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It is a very handy site. It started just covering...

It is a very handy site. It started just covering the UK, but has expanded over time. Because it uses OSM mapping & information it is not 100% accurate as it depends on the accuracy of locally added...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 775
Posted By HobbesOnTour

From the Dutch train site www.ns.nl ...

From the Dutch train site www.ns.nl


Tickets are available from machines (English language available) at every station.
Bike carriages are marked with a bike sign on the doors.
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,253
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Yes there is!! https://cycle.travel/map has the...

Yes there is!! https://cycle.travel/map has the option to put in a start and end point and click on round-trip. So long as there are genuine options, it will give you separate in and out routes.
...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,057
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I've only toured in Europe and to date have not...

I've only toured in Europe and to date have not been too concerned about bike security for what I call short term parking.
I have a common as muck Trek MTB converted for touring that looks battered...
Forum: Touring
01-07-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,786
Posted By HobbesOnTour

But....but....but.... if you research everything,...

But....but....but.... if you research everything, where is the scope for the "mystery and adventure"? :p
Forum: Touring
01-05-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,786
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'd throw another couple of terms into the mix. ...

I'd throw another couple of terms into the mix.
The first is Confidence. Do whatever of practise, planning and research that will give you the confidence and belief that you can complete your tour,...
Forum: Touring
01-03-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 982
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I have a couple of these on my MTB conversion to...

I have a couple of these on my MTB conversion to allow 2 * XL bottle cages within the triangle.
https://mountskidmore.com.au/shop/adapters/bottle-cage-adapter/

Simple idea, very effective.
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