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Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By waddo

Great pics.

Great pics.
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 933
Posted By waddo

I have never done such a tour but I can offer...

I have never done such a tour but I can offer some small advice. Make sure you know how do maintenence on your bike, and not just fix a puncture, I live in mountainous Japan. Where you are you...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,081
Posted By waddo

Very nice route and video.

Very nice route and video.
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By waddo

If you do decide to do a quick tour and need...

If you do decide to do a quick tour and need advice feel free to ask. One very simple and great ride that you can do starting from Tokyo is the Fuji 5 lakes area. No need to have a bike bag and take...
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By waddo

You're very welcome.

You're very welcome.
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By waddo

I lived a couple of decades in Quebec and...

I lived a couple of decades in Quebec and Montreal so yes the French are quite easy going. I have wild camped everywhere in the world and wouldn't't say Japanese are more ok, although there are...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By waddo

It's the "obon" holiday in August. All my longish...

It's the "obon" holiday in August. All my longish summer trips are at that time.
Forum: Touring
12-13-19, 07:35 AM
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,084
Posted By waddo

A final note on this digression. Actually I share...

A final note on this digression. Actually I share most points with you: I started out doing photography, studied it, had my own darkroom, moved up to digital etc. Also I used to keep a daily journal...
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,084
Posted By waddo

The bikes don't feature predominatly in the...

The bikes don't feature predominatly in the videos, usually just a back shot of Yuki leading the way. So you would badly notice what they are.
Actually we don't take that many trips: basically...
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 04:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 819
Posted By waddo

Surly LHT wheel question conclusion

Just like to thank the people who offered ideas and saved me from buying a new wheel. I took it to a good bike shop and they discovered the hub was rusty as hell as were all the bits inside (I no...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,084
Posted By waddo

Actually we did this for my wife because she...

Actually we did this for my wife because she couldn't brake from the hoods. You do not need to change anything on a LHT. That was one reason we chose that solution. Also I have mustachio bars on a...
Forum: Touring
08-24-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By waddo

Yes it sits in the rain a lot. I will mention...

Yes it sits in the rain a lot. I will mention this to the bike shop when I take it in.

Thanks
Forum: Touring
08-24-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By waddo

Haha, yes I gave it back to her after 5 minutes.

Haha, yes I gave it back to her after 5 minutes.
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By waddo

Thanks for your reply. The first two paragraphs...

Thanks for your reply. The first two paragraphs are over my head. I just ride bikes and am not fond of even blowing up tyres!

The info I could understand is useful. During the trip I put my front...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By waddo

I bought two new wheels that came complete with...

I bought two new wheels that came complete with spokes and Shimano Deore hub. The info on the rim is TM 840F ARAYA 21x1.5 ETRTO. The original brand would take too long for delivery so the bike shop...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By waddo

Surly LHT wheel question

I had both wheels replaced last year by a local bike shop. They used rims with 36 spokes but not the same brand as the originals.
Now my front wheel is creaking and groaning. I want to replace it...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,482
Posted By waddo

I have a pair. Not so fond of them. They are too...

I have a pair. Not so fond of them. They are too heavy. The plastic is not flexible and you have to fight with it. Mine have no external pockets. Previous ones are no longer available but they were...
Forum: Touring
07-01-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,954
Posted By waddo

In very cold weather a smaller tent is much...

In very cold weather a smaller tent is much warmer. The rest is a matter of personal preference.
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,505
Posted By waddo

I think you are wrong. Watch any of my videos on...

I think you are wrong. Watch any of my videos on youtube (waddo) for even a couple of minutes and you will see the feeling of the tour is captured.
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,261
Posted By waddo

The original was deleted by Sony Music. I...

The original was deleted by Sony Music. I re-edited and changed the offending music. So it is back up again,
Forum: Touring
06-19-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,505
Posted By waddo

If you are not willing to invest time and perhaps...

If you are not willing to invest time and perhaps money in learning how to edit, then forget it. Also, 4k video may be too much for you computer to handle, so 1080 is ok. My 4k video of Shikoku in...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,261
Posted By waddo

New Japan tour video for those interested.

https://youtu.be/nd3vsZHIM-Y
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,520
Posted By waddo

100% true, Hilleberg was worst tent I ever had....

100% true, Hilleberg was worst tent I ever had. Plus the seams cannot be taped. Ours leaked like mad. They said it was condensation! I said there were no humans in the tent and it LEAKED. They gave...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 16,637
Posted By waddo

Had a Hilleberg. Leaked at the corners from day...

Had a Hilleberg. Leaked at the corners from day one. The fabric they use sags in heavy rain. The only good thing I can say about the company is they fairly gave me a refund after pretending the leaks...
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,449
Posted By waddo

I'd say almost any bike is ok for touring; but I...

I'd say almost any bike is ok for touring; but I would get one with disc breaks.
Forum: Touring
04-13-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By waddo

Those NHK vids are awful advertisements...

Those NHK vids are awful advertisements masquerading as documentaries. Chance meetings are all pre-arranged. I watched them and never stopped cringing. I live in Japan.
Forum: Touring
04-13-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,667
Posted By waddo

Yep, he is right. Try them.

Yep, he is right. Try them.
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 04:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,201
Posted By waddo

Of course you cook in the vestibule (with great...

Of course you cook in the vestibule (with great care) and eat in the tent. Or you use a tarp to make a shelter.
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By waddo

The Kyoto area is a mad house these days....

The Kyoto area is a mad house these days. However, if you check airbnb on the south east side you can probably find a place. We had a guest staying with us and we helped him find a place there. They...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

I have been in Japan 20 years. Prior to that I...

I have been in Japan 20 years. Prior to that I was in Quebec City for 10 years and then the much warmer! Montreal for another 10. Canada is a great country but I enjoy the 4 seasons here more because...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By waddo

If you want a lovely and easy ride with folding...

If you want a lovely and easy ride with folding bikes I would suggest Biwako. There are some great sightseeing places there and the ride up to the sea of Japan is quite short. I have some Biwako...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

Having lived in Montreal for 10 years I would...

Having lived in Montreal for 10 years I would say, au contraire. You are the hardy one commuting to work in winter!
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

My iMac is 7 years old now and can just manage...

My iMac is 7 years old now and can just manage with 4k. But rendering time is very long. So I would caution anyone who is thinking of jumping up to 4k. Some new PC sold today will do poorly if you go...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

4K is great but this single project was 2.6TB. So...

4K is great but this single project was 2.6TB. So you need a bit of space! Also, your computer gets tired doing al the computations. 40 minutes in a few days ago so you have probably almost finished...
Forum: Touring
04-02-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

Yes she speaks English. Once upon a time she was...

Yes she speaks English. Once upon a time she was my language student!
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By waddo

It would be impossible to do it in a day and get...

It would be impossible to do it in a day and get back to Tokyo. Also a waste of time unless your only purpose is to pedal. On a folding bike it will take longer and be harder. I think you can take a...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 04:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By waddo

The problem will be finding bikes. I have never...

The problem will be finding bikes. I have never heard of it or seen it anywhere except the one mentioned. If you go to Fuji 5 lakes, which you should, you can rent a bike at Kawaguchiko, but it is...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 02:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,878
Posted By waddo

You need rain gear. It's not expensive.

You need rain gear. It's not expensive.
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 02:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By waddo

I live in Japan and I think you have no chance of...

I live in Japan and I think you have no chance of renting a bike; except for the above poster's suggestion. The Shimanami kaido is a very fun ride and it is easy to rent a bike. Not sure what you...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By waddo

New Japan touring video: Kyushu in Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4WupbbG4og
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 884
Posted By waddo

How about get a good sleeping bag and mat, a 4...

How about get a good sleeping bag and mat, a 4 season tent and enjoy nature.
Forum: Touring
02-10-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed it. Check out some of the others...

Glad you enjoyed it. Check out some of the others when you have time to kill.
Forum: Touring
02-04-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By waddo

If you check my Kii Peninsular video you will see...

If you check my Kii Peninsular video you will see several place on that trail. Biwako, Nara and Kii are amongst my favourite places. You should have a great time.
Forum: Touring
02-03-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By waddo

They are very old and we just bought them from a...

They are very old and we just bought them from a bike chain store called Y's Road. They are not available any more.
Forum: Touring
01-21-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By waddo

Happy to oblige. Check some of the others some...

Happy to oblige. Check some of the others some time. Especially the recent longer ones, they are much better.
Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,103
Posted By waddo

Latest bike tour video.

For those interested, a short bike tour of Chiba, Japan.

https://youtu.be/Rn6cjDozJtY
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,670
Posted By waddo

Get an iPad mini. I used one a few times whilst...

Get an iPad mini. I used one a few times whilst touring. Compact and the battery lasts a long time compared with larger tablets.
Forum: Touring
12-23-18, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By waddo

Instagram camp photos

For those interested, tomorrow we are going on a two week bike camping tour of Kyushu, Japan. My wife usually takes a photo every morning to show where we camped and posts it on instagram. If you...
Forum: Touring
12-16-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By waddo

Rinko bike bags yes. You cannot get on the train...

Rinko bike bags yes. You cannot get on the train without them. My wife is Japanese, so we have no trouble. Most roads have English signs but some empty mountain roads do not, so it's good to have the...
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