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Forum: Touring
06-11-24, 12:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 859
Posted By imi

I hate everything about Brooks saddles 😝 Ö...

I hate everything about Brooks saddles 😝

Ö and on a more constructive note: Selle Italia ĒGelĒ saddles have served me well for decades. I donít wear padded bike shorts, just running shorts
Forum: Touring
06-06-24, 03:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By imi

Read everything pertinent to baggage and sports...

Read everything pertinent to baggage and sports baggage on the airlineís website.
Check if your flight is code-shared and what rules apply.
Then adhere to all those rules meticulously!

Times...
Forum: Touring
05-31-24, 02:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 19,282
Posted By imi

:lol: I like that! :50:

:lol: I like that! :50:
Forum: Touring
05-30-24, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By imi

íEre ya go mate ...

íEre ya go mate

https://www.cyclinguk.org/ride/touring-and-expedition
Forum: Touring
05-25-24, 05:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 883
Posted By imi

Mev: Where is this? Just so I know to NEVER go...

Mev: Where is this? Just so I know to NEVER go there! 😬
Forum: Touring
05-23-24, 04:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 904
Posted By imi

Get up earlier than normal. Ride one (whichever...

Get up earlier than normal. Ride one (whichever one) of the routes. If you didnít enjoy it, ride back and take the other route.
Forum: Touring
05-18-24, 03:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 973
Posted By imi

I canít imagine trying to keep a fixed cadence. I...

I canít imagine trying to keep a fixed cadence. I have no idea how fast or slow I pedal, but my legs tell me constantly when to change gear, push it, coast, stand up and mash, stop and take a break,...
Forum: Touring
05-07-24, 11:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,618
Posted By imi

I opened this thread as I sat down to my standard...

I opened this thread as I sat down to my standard evening meal at a campsite in Greece.
Beans and riceÖ I could, and do, live on them for months on end. Not for the gourmet folk maybe 🤔

edited...
Forum: Touring
05-07-24, 04:19 AM
Replies: 2,118
Views: 434,723
Posted By imi

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Campsite on Kea, a magical peaceful island not far from the greek mainland....
Forum: Touring
05-07-24, 04:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By imi

April is early, in northern Europe, May can be...

April is early, in northern Europe, May can be either wonderful or rainy. Some years, the last two weeks of May have been wonderful, other years not so much.
I use wundergrounds history to check on...
Forum: Touring
04-26-24, 07:56 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,518
Posted By imi

The only time I think about aerodynamics is when...

The only time I think about aerodynamics is when riding on the drops in strong headwinds. Makes quite a difference.
Forum: Touring
04-19-24, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 815
Posted By imi

I can highly recommend Bike24 and Rose in...

I can highly recommend Bike24 and Rose in Germany.
As I live in the EU, the UKís Chain Reaction Cycles is no longer viable thanks to Brexit.
Forum: Touring
04-11-24, 02:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,013
Posted By imi

Just speaking for myself, many mornings my body...

Just speaking for myself, many mornings my body is telling me I need a rest day, but if I start riding that feeling goes away. So basically I donít ĒneedĒ rest days, but sometimes, Iíll take one...
Forum: Touring
04-08-24, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By imi

That stuff that looks (and tastes) like tar? 🤢

That stuff that looks (and tastes) like tar? 🤢
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 11:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,912
Posted By imi

Or barefoot on plastic pedals. Was my first tour,...

Or barefoot on plastic pedals. Was my first tour, Sweden to Spain. 5-speed bike 😬✌️
Forum: Touring
03-31-24, 11:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,797
Posted By imi

Iíll keep doing it until I canít. Then Iíll have...

Iíll keep doing it until I canít. Then Iíll have memories.
Forum: Touring
03-31-24, 01:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,912
Posted By imi

Toe-clips with light running shoes. MKS GR9...

Toe-clips with light running shoes.

MKS GR9 pedals, Zefal toe-clips, and Adidas shoes to be more exact :)
Forum: Touring
03-17-24, 11:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,032
Posted By imi

Maybe Iím missing something? Iíve never thought...

Maybe Iím missing something? Iíve never thought Ēoh, Iím comfortable or uncomfortableĒ on my Hardshells at 100 psi, or on a MTB with 2Ē tires.
They are of course more suitable for different...
Forum: Touring
03-13-24, 09:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,763
Posted By imi

A few anecdotes and pictures of Ēlook it didnít...

A few anecdotes and pictures of Ēlook it didnít get damagedĒ isnít the same as Ēthis is a good way to pack your bikeĒ
Forum: Touring
03-06-24, 01:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,032
Posted By imi

I rode SMPís for a two month tour in SoCal...

I rode SMPís for a two month tour in SoCal deserts, due to goat-head and other thorns.
Yes, the puncture protection is great, but I found they ride like tractor tires. Was happy to get my Gatorskins...
Forum: Touring
02-28-24, 05:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,343
Posted By imi

I tour mainly on paved roads on 32mm tires (gator...

I tour mainly on paved roads on 32mm tires (gator hardshells). They do fine on canal towpaths, but not on stony offroad tacks.
I actually prefer a harsher ride, so I pump them to 7 bars.

I even...
Forum: Touring
02-27-24, 01:58 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 12,344
Posted By imi

OK, I've found a disadvantage to a Koga World...

OK, I've found a disadvantage to a Koga World Traveller Rohloff bike. And it's been bugging me for the last few days. Warning, bit of a rant.
I live in a very posh area about 20km outside of...
Forum: Touring
02-22-24, 02:31 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 12,344
Posted By imi

pfff! Those bog standard Rohloff hubs are way too...

pfff! Those bog standard Rohloff hubs are way too cheap! Gold plated is the ONLY way to go!
...
Forum: Touring
02-14-24, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,358
Posted By imi

I have the adjustable Topeak Modula Cage XL...

I have the adjustable Topeak Modula Cage XL (https://www.topeak.com/global/en/product/205-MODULA-CAGE-XL) with a 1,5 litre PET bottle (standard pop bottle in the EU) and a Topeak Modula Cage EX...
Forum: Touring
02-11-24, 03:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,206
Posted By imi

Just some thoughts. Southern Europe,...

Just some thoughts.

Southern Europe, (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece) may very well get very hot in july and august. These are the months with most tourists everywhere too. Iíll happily...
Forum: Touring
01-31-24, 10:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,768
Posted By imi

The spanish mediterranean coast is basically fíed...

The spanish mediterranean coast is basically fíed from overdevelopment, plastic agriculture, and heavy traffic ☹️
Forum: Touring
01-07-24, 11:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,435
Posted By imi

Most bike boxes have their dimensions printed on...

Most bike boxes have their dimensions printed on them.
It can be a good idea to note the minimum size you can squeeze your bike into to make it easier when picking one up.
Forum: Touring
12-10-23, 03:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,411
Posted By imi

OP: Just checking, you have found the Eurovelo...

OP: Just checking, you have found the Eurovelo routes 15 and 6, neh?

Unless there are other specific places you want to visit (like the Romantic Road you mentioned), Iíd just follow the EV routes...
Forum: Touring
12-09-23, 06:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,411
Posted By imi

Both of those ways between the rivers make sense....

Both of those ways between the rivers make sense. I haven't ridden it, but the Romantic Road looks cool.
If you kept to the Rhine on Eurovelo 15, it meets up with the EV6 between Mullheim and Basel,...
Forum: Touring
12-06-23, 01:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,206
Posted By imi

I doubt if thereís any difference between how...

I doubt if thereís any difference between how airlines treat baggage, as the handling is done by the airportís staff.

Iíve never done it, but using two cardboard boxes, one inside the other, would...
Forum: Touring
12-03-23, 06:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,850
Posted By imi

You have a point too 😊 I feel that those of us...

You have a point too 😊 I feel that those of us that were teenagers in the sixties and seventies had an easier time getting out on the road than generations before and after us… and if there’s any way...
Forum: Touring
12-03-23, 06:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,850
Posted By imi

Some of us were fortunate enough to be taught how...

Some of us were fortunate enough to be taught how to ride a bicycle, camp, and be independant when we were kids.

Times have changed. Not everyone grew up this way. We should be honoured if...
Forum: Touring
11-29-23, 02:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,850
Posted By imi

I hitch-hiked and lived on the road from...

I hitch-hiked and lived on the road from 1978-1983 mostly around the Mediterranean.

Things changed around that time: harder to hitch hike and find temporary work, so I semi settled down in Sweden...
Forum: Touring
11-01-23, 10:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,339
Posted By imi

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/700x700/img_1899_9790eac5d59a19f6287172b60794283eb6a73d1e.jpeg
Here they can be seen at different angles.
The guy-line slips easily over the...
Forum: Touring
10-23-23, 08:43 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,336
Posted By imi

Yeah, but trying to follow the northern coast is...

Yeah, but trying to follow the northern coast is brutal.
Google maps says Donastia-San-Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela, 811 km, is 9654 m of elevation.
Forum: Touring
10-22-23, 06:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,336
Posted By imi

I rode Lisbon to Barcelona keeping to the coast a...

I rode Lisbon to Barcelona keeping to the coast a few years ago. Portugal is fine except that the roads are mostly a bit inland, but as others have said, the coast of Spain is horrible. The tourist...
Forum: Touring
10-10-23, 02:42 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,416
Posted By imi

A guitar ...

A guitar
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Forum: Touring
10-06-23, 10:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By imi

Fair point, saturday morning to sunday evening is...

Fair point, saturday morning to sunday evening is 36 hour ish
Forum: Touring
10-06-23, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 908
Posted By imi

When away for a single night, the weather and...

When away for a single night, the weather and subsequent gear choice is usually simpler. I donít bother with cooking gear.

I have a number of friends who live 50-80 kms away from me, which is a...
Forum: Touring
10-04-23, 09:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,380
Posted By imi

Iíve just got back from a tour of France, Spain,...

Iíve just got back from a tour of France, Spain, and Portugal. Followed a fair number of Eurovelo routes: Rhine to RhŰne canal, EV6, 15, 8, 3, 1.
In France many of the old canal toepaths and tracks...
Forum: Touring
10-03-23, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By imi

I sleep under the stars unless itís raining...

I sleep under the stars unless itís raining heavily or there are lots of bugs. My layered sleep system is old school and animal product free. Heavy and bulky but itís worth it for me.

In summer I...
Forum: Touring
10-03-23, 07:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,003
Posted By imi

^^^ Thanks for the pic and the info 😊

^^^ Thanks for the pic and the info 😊
Forum: Touring
10-03-23, 01:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,003
Posted By imi

Could you post a picture of the bike fully...

Could you post a picture of the bike fully assembled? Just whatĎs in the box. Cheers!

edit to add: IĎve just got back from a six week tour and havenít reassembled my bike. Iíll take it further...
Forum: Touring
09-28-23, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4,851
Views: 2,649,145
Posted By imi

Just got back from a tour through France, Spain,...

Just got back from a tour through France, Spain, and Portugal. The weather was crazy, from 40 C heat to torrential hail, rainfall, and thunderstorms

I liked the light in this picture of my rig.
...
Forum: Touring
08-16-23, 08:13 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,212
Posted By imi

If itís warm enough I ride in speedos and a thin...

If itís warm enough I ride in speedos and a thin rainjacket.
Dog poop bags between socks and shoes will keep feet warm if not dry. Rolled up newspaper in shoes works wonders drying them out...
Forum: Touring
04-21-23, 07:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,518
Posted By imi

I go as light as possible. That said, touring for...

I go as light as possible. That said, touring for me is living on the road, not about getting from A to B as effortlessly as possible. Some personal points:

I would much rather carry food and a...
Forum: Touring
03-23-23, 12:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,066
Posted By imi

^^^ 🤣

^^^ 🤣
Forum: Touring
02-20-23, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By imi

Iíve taken the train to and from CDG a couple of...

Iíve taken the train to and from CDG a couple of times with a boxed bike. No problem at all. Avoid rush hour, but otherwise fine during the day.
Forum: Touring
01-08-23, 06:41 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,460
Posted By imi

One advantage of a free standing tent is that in...

One advantage of a free standing tent is that in rain you can pitch it under a roofed area of a campsite, then just carry it to your spot.

Easier to move if your spot gets waterlogged too.
Forum: Touring
12-15-22, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,016
Posted By imi

Sometimes itĎs the little things. Below 20F...

Sometimes itĎs the little things. Below 20F fixing a flat can be really difficult if your hands get frozen.
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