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Forum: Touring
05-02-15, 12:29 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,216
Posted By xilios

If your asking about our page it's...

If your asking about our page it's bike-journeys.com, and the tent doesn't fit in the pannier. My wife and I share the load, I carry the tent on top of the rear rack and my wife carries the...
Forum: Touring
05-01-15, 11:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,216
Posted By xilios

Everything, except the table and chairs :) ...

Everything, except the table and chairs :)
Check out our page.
Forum: Touring
05-01-15, 11:08 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,216
Posted By xilios

Camping most of the time. We find it much better...

Camping most of the time. We find it much better than being stuck in a hotel room :)
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Forum: Touring
04-30-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By xilios

Very nice, thank you for sharing.

Very nice, thank you for sharing.
Forum: Touring
04-29-15, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 940
Posted By xilios

If you're ever in town again come on over for a...

If you're ever in town again come on over for a beer/wine/coffee whatever, we would be happy to meet you in person.
cheers. George and Monique
Forum: Touring
04-29-15, 12:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 940
Posted By xilios

This statue is deticated to the market woman...

This statue is deticated to the market woman called (Mooswief, (Moos) is a dialect word for garden vegegatbles and (wief) is a vegetable-woman of lower social standing). In the old days they brought...
Forum: Touring
04-28-15, 02:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 940
Posted By xilios

Why not start at Maastricht, NL? Bike friendly...

Why not start at Maastricht, NL? Bike friendly areas with many dedicated cycling paths. Belgium, Germany are very close. Luxembourg and France could be reached in a couple of days. There are many...
Forum: Touring
04-17-15, 02:37 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,767
Posted By xilios

We're off to Porto, Portugal end of September...

We're off to Porto, Portugal end of September with a return flight from Alicante, Spain 30 days later. We've always wanted to do a Portuguese / Spanish tour away from touristic areas, along rural...
Forum: Touring
12-26-14, 04:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,103
Posted By xilios

We always (when possible) get a couple of beers...

We always (when possible) get a couple of beers or a bottle of wine with our dinner. But never during the day, we tried having a beer once on a hot day and it took quite a while to get our legs back...
Forum: Touring
11-09-14, 03:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 987
Posted By xilios

Nice video, thanks for sharing.

Nice video, thanks for sharing.
Forum: Touring
05-17-14, 02:52 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,416
Posted By xilios

Hi Machka, unfortunately the March tour did not...

Hi Machka, unfortunately the March tour did not happen. Till now we only managed a 3 day ride about 3 weeks ago, just to check out the gear, and to get out for a bit.
Hopefully nothing goes wrong...
Forum: Touring
04-21-14, 02:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,730
Posted By xilios

Same here, I bought my bike used with Shimano...

Same here, I bought my bike used with Shimano Acera, integrated gear shifters (brifters) in 2005 and never had any isues what so ever.
I've never used any other kind but why would I when they work...
Forum: Touring
04-21-14, 02:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 732
Posted By xilios

Crazyguyonabike for me too. Even though I like to...

Crazyguyonabike for me too. Even though I like to keep my own page (which I will be upgrading soon) I still follow many (mostly round the world) tours on CGOAB.
Also trentobike.org.
Forum: Touring
04-21-14, 01:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,721
Posted By xilios

Ive been using one of these...

Ive been using one of these (http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/p/37537/BBB-Extender-Steerer-Tube-Adapter-1-1-8th) for several years. Besides the price what I like about it is it slides into the original fork...
Forum: Touring
04-06-14, 12:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,065
Posted By xilios

We use the Jack Wolfskin Tundra III 373133

We use the Jack Wolfskin Tundra III
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Forum: Touring
03-28-14, 02:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,921
Posted By xilios

After our Asus 901 eee pc gave out we got a new...

After our Asus 901 eee pc gave out we got a new Samsung galaxy tab 3 10.1 which also takes a micro sim card.
We installed the mapswithme app. and did a small ride yesterday to check it out. We...
Forum: Touring
02-13-14, 06:35 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,416
Posted By xilios

In March we're doing a small loop (ten days)...

In March we're doing a small loop (ten days) northern Belgium and western Holland than back home.
In June we've 3 weeks to cycle from Perugia, Italy via Munich back home to Maastricht, NL.
And in...
Forum: Touring
10-17-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 869
Posted By xilios

In my spare time I keep a simple site created...

In my spare time I keep a simple site created with frontpage just to post our tours and a little bit of information. I've been asked to put some comercials on it but refused its just for family and...
Forum: Touring
10-09-13, 01:10 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,952
Posted By xilios

On the Rhone - Rhine canal (linking France and...

On the Rhone - Rhine canal (linking France and Germany) in June.
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Forum: Touring
10-06-13, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,524
Posted By xilios

Forgot one. The Giant Expedition....

Forgot one. The Giant Expedition. (http://www.giant-bicycles.com/nl-nl/bike-catalogue/filter/sport.fitness/?block_id=4)
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Forum: Touring
10-06-13, 11:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,916
Posted By xilios

I would also recomend an extension to the front...

I would also recomend an extension to the front mudguard. Ever since I've installed them on our bikes we rarerly have to clean the chains.
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It's just a rectangle piece of semi stiff plastic...
Forum: Touring
05-16-13, 09:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By xilios

We'll take you up on it (as soon as we save our...

We'll take you up on it (as soon as we save our pennies), we've been following yours travels :)
Forum: Touring
05-16-13, 08:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By xilios

What a differance between Australia and The...

What a differance between Australia and The Netherlands :) Spring and Fall we have to drag ourselves out of the tent in the misty and cold mornings. So the morning sun is really welcomed.
We do have...
Forum: Touring
05-16-13, 07:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By xilios

[QUOTE=Rowan;15631258]This is one of the most...

[QUOTE=Rowan;15631258]This is one of the most important aspects of camping, in my opinion.
I've spent up to 10 minutes considering where to pitch a tent (and 10 minutes is quite a long time). I've...
Forum: Touring
05-16-13, 02:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 828
Posted By xilios

When we get to the campsite: 1- Set up the...

When we get to the campsite:
1- Set up the tent.
2- One of us goes for the shower while the other sets up sleeping gear.
3- The other one goes for a shower while the first one starts cooking.
4-...
Forum: Touring
03-29-13, 01:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,749
Posted By xilios

My wifes been using the Trek 7.2FX wsd for...

My wifes been using the Trek 7.2FX wsd for several years now all over Europe without any problems.
More details are on our page.
cheers
http://www.bike-journeys.com/equipment/photos/pic8.jpg
Forum: Touring
03-23-13, 02:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 512
Posted By xilios

If you're thinking of Spain here is a route...

If you're thinking of Spain here is a route (http://www.cyclingeurope.nl/routes/andalusie/index.php) that we've been thinking about for a while now but don't have the time right now. The book is in...
Forum: Touring
03-20-13, 02:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,909
Posted By xilios

I've clicked casual but I think we're between...

I've clicked casual but I think we're between casual and vacationer. We make several plans before our tour and choose one a few weeks before we leave. But we're not much for museums, we're more into...
Forum: Touring
03-18-13, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 974
Posted By xilios

Nice videos, makes us want to get on our bikes...

Nice videos, makes us want to get on our bikes again.
Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Touring
03-10-13, 01:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,697
Posted By xilios

Sad to hear about the German tourist, very bad...

Sad to hear about the German tourist, very bad news indeed.


I would have to agree with some of what spinnaker writes.
There are many beautiful places to visit that have proper roads, cycling...
Forum: Touring
02-22-13, 12:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,289
Posted By xilios

What an adventure, thanks for sharing. Hats...

What an adventure, thanks for sharing.
Hats off.
Forum: Touring
02-16-13, 05:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

For our heads we use cheap (white for visibility)...

For our heads we use cheap (white for visibility) shower caps that go over the helmets, they really help in keeping our heads warm and dry.
Also in the night they double as covers for our leather...
Forum: Touring
02-15-13, 01:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

@fietsbob: Sorry I meant both. @djb: We always...

@fietsbob: Sorry I meant both.
@djb: We always use booties they do help alot. We also use them in the morning when the grass is very wet at the campings so our shoes don't get wet. We even have...
Forum: Touring
02-15-13, 10:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

After reading all the posts and doing some more...

After reading all the posts and doing some more research we've decide to buy new (loose fitting) rain jackets.
We just need to find jackets that have the most vantilation flaps like on the...
Forum: Touring
02-12-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

That does sound scary.

That does sound scary.
Forum: Touring
02-11-13, 10:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

If possible, I would love to see some pictures of...

If possible, I would love to see some pictures of tourers actualy using rain capes and ponchos, instead of pictures on the catalogues.
Like the saying goes, one picture is worth many words :)
Forum: Touring
02-11-13, 01:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

@ Burton: we have been drenched enough times to...

@ Burton: we have been drenched enough times to know that plan works best (C) Really heavy rain is much easier to deal with from inside a rest stop) but we really like to ride in the rain.
@...
Forum: Touring
02-10-13, 04:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By xilios

Keeping dry

After trying out rain jackets and pants we are looking into ponchos or rain capes for more vanitlation.
Has anyone here have any experiance with them, and how practical are they for touring?
Forum: Touring
01-04-13, 04:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,223
Posted By xilios

My wife rides the FX7.2wsd for fully loaded...

My wife rides the FX7.2wsd for fully loaded touring since 2006 without any problems. Even though she uses it only for touring I'm sure this bike would be great for everyday commutes to work,...
Forum: Touring
01-04-13, 01:56 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,987
Posted By xilios

We've only 4 weeks so it's going to be a loop of...

We've only 4 weeks so it's going to be a loop of Northern Germany and a bit of Denmark or Southern Germany and a bit of Austria/Switzerland.
We like to see Northern Germany and Denmark as we've...
Forum: Touring
12-23-12, 02:17 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,714
Posted By xilios

I've always liked cycling but never really got...

I've always liked cycling but never really got into it, mainly due to work and family obligations. Then in my late 40s with my health going south I got laid off from my highly stressful but good...
Forum: Touring
12-17-12, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By xilios

Thank you for the tips.

Thank you for the tips.
Forum: Touring
12-04-12, 12:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,599
Posted By xilios

My wife and I have only used the flyer and highly...

My wife and I have only used the flyer and highly recomend it. With the springs on the flyer and 35c tires we ride all day in total comfort.
Forum: Touring
12-03-12, 01:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,605
Posted By xilios

We always take a thermos of tea when we leave in...

We always take a thermos of tea when we leave in the morning. It's great for our second breakfast and lunch. I find using a thermos is quicker and I don't have to break out the stove and make some on...
Forum: Touring
11-30-12, 06:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,392
Posted By xilios

My wife and I met Jose Rossner (Velo-touren.ch)...

My wife and I met Jose Rossner (Velo-touren.ch) (http://www.velo-touren.ch/) in 2006 on our way from The Netherlands to Spain.
Jose loves touring and has traveled extensively around Europe but at...
Forum: Touring
11-29-12, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By xilios

Thats alot, looks like I'll be keeping my old AGU...

Thats alot, looks like I'll be keeping my old AGU bag, 160 buys a lot of rain covers :D
Forum: Touring
11-29-12, 01:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By xilios

Looks very intereting, I've been looking for a...

Looks very intereting, I've been looking for a new waterproof handle bar.
Forum: Touring
11-28-12, 10:02 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 10,121
Posted By xilios

That is really nice, I'm going to make one and...

That is really nice, I'm going to make one and see how it actualy works. Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Touring
11-28-12, 01:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,133
Posted By xilios

We carry two 1.8meter medium weight cable locks...

We carry two 1.8meter medium weight cable locks just to make the thief work a bit for the bikes. At night we put the bikes next to the tent and I hook up a 120db purse alarm from the vastibule to a...
Forum: Touring
11-26-12, 01:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,131
Posted By xilios

The bike you have will do fine. We've only used...

The bike you have will do fine. We've only used hybrid bikes for all our tours and never had a problem.
Gazelle Playa
http://www.bike-journeys.com/equipment/photos/pic2.jpg
Trek 7.2FX wsd...
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