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Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By waddo

I can tell you that sometimes google is 1000%...

I can tell you that sometimes google is 1000% wrong! Sometimes a route we takes seems relatively normal then at the end the graph shows a 90 degree angle! Perhaps the total elevation is accurate but...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By waddo

No, just a normal mount. I believe the camera has...

No, just a normal mount. I believe the camera has optical as well as digital stabilisation, so in addition to better sound who video is smoother than other action cams. For the last 2 years or so I...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By waddo

Arkel also make waterproof bags.

Arkel also make waterproof bags.
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 02:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By waddo

I will not talk about the old ones (camera on...

I will not talk about the old ones (camera on helmet???!!!) but for all the newer 4k videos, I have a Sony FDR X3000 action cam. It is not waterproof but has the best mics of any action camera. I try...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By waddo

I live in Japan and the Tip of Hokkaido to Kyushu...

I live in Japan and the Tip of Hokkaido to Kyushu I believe is a bad idea unless you have at least two years. I have seen vids on youtube of such journeys and they just ride and ride and miss...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By waddo

KOOL STOP thinline brake pads

These are the pads I use on my LHT. They cost a fortune in Japan and I always have a problem knowing when it's time for a new set. I don't want to start scratching the rims but I don't want to throw...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,229
Posted By waddo

Check reviews on the net. But I would not try to...

Check reviews on the net. But I would not try to save money on a tent. A good tent will keep you safe and dry even in wild storms and will last for years. Also a good tent is probably the price of 7...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 03:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,273
Posted By waddo

Perhaps "most people aren't," but this is a bike...

Perhaps "most people aren't," but this is a bike touring specific question and I think here most people are. And I have wild camped ll over the world for more than 40 years and recommend it to...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed it. As for the audio, there is...

Glad you enjoyed it. As for the audio, there is editing magic going on
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed it.;)

Glad you enjoyed it.;)
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,273
Posted By waddo

Leave no trace camping means I was never there....

Leave no trace camping means I was never there. It's private land? Was I there? Rather an "illegal" leave no trace camper than the dick-heads who stay on camp grounds and "party."
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,388
Posted By waddo

I picked up a smoothound second hand a few years...

I picked up a smoothound second hand a few years ago because the seller didn't understand the pricing! Small wheels are very twitchy and I cannot imagine riding one for long distances, especially...
Forum: Touring
03-11-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By waddo

New Shodoshima Japan tour video for those interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m7QMMgyRUo
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 747
Posted By waddo

Nice vid, but having your wife drive all that way...

Nice vid, but having your wife drive all that way to take you home and back every day--aside from global warming issues--seems a strange idea. Camping is surely intrinsic to touring and for some,...
Forum: Touring
01-20-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By waddo

Glad you like the vids. But remember, at risk of...

Glad you like the vids. But remember, at risk of sounding pretentious, these videos are art and shows only a narrow spectrum of reality. If we compare Japan with Europe, the latter takes much better...
Forum: Touring
01-19-21, 05:23 PM
Forum: Touring
12-21-20, 09:15 PM
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,762
Posted By waddo

We just ride and enjoy the scenery. Panniers are...

We just ride and enjoy the scenery. Panniers are convenient and practical.I could possibly strap something to my forehead and be .2% more efficient.
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 04:52 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,746
Posted By waddo

Bike packing is an awkward solution looking for a...

Bike packing is an awkward solution looking for a problem.
Forum: Touring
12-13-20, 07:08 PM
Forum: Touring
12-13-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By waddo

And thank you for being inspired!

And thank you for being inspired!
Forum: Touring
12-13-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By waddo

The shirt is actually "Sport Science" brand. Fast...

The shirt is actually "Sport Science" brand. Fast drying synthetic that feels like cotton. I had one for 10 years and it became so thin it was transparent. When they started shipping abroad I bought...
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By waddo

new Hokkaido video for those interested

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Ua4g2xtbs
Forum: Touring
11-29-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By waddo

dgodave, that's a very interesting way of...

dgodave, that's a very interesting way of touring. Never thought of it but it's like regular holidays where you have a base (hotel) for a few days and visit the places in the area. I'm planning our...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By waddo

Maybe an unwelcomed comment but I live in Japan...

Maybe an unwelcomed comment but I live in Japan and I think doing these end to end tours in such a short time is not the best of plans. With 8 weeks I would just do Kyushu, the inland sea etc and do...
Forum: Touring
10-01-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By waddo

Go alone or find a real friend locally. Months...

Go alone or find a real friend locally. Months with a perfect stranger is just asking for trouble.
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By waddo

You don't need to ask such question here. Use...

You don't need to ask such question here. Use google earth/maps to plan your route and go to street view and you will see if it is empty of full of traffic. Spend a few weeks planning like this and...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,488
Posted By waddo

Mustachio bars. Stylish and utilitarian. All...

Mustachio bars. Stylish and utilitarian. All these others are either too heavy or just look weird to me.
Forum: Touring
09-08-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,770
Posted By waddo

Before buying my Ortlieb, which as I said I do...

Before buying my Ortlieb, which as I said I do not like--weight, material, no pockets--I spent a long time searching. Wife got Axiom. Apart from the shoulder strap, they are better than Ortlieb; but...
Forum: Touring
09-08-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,119
Posted By waddo

My wife switched her LHT to mustachio bars. The...

My wife switched her LHT to mustachio bars. The main reason was, nothing needed replacing. They are, after all, just drop bars that are stretched out. She is extremely happy with them and now her...
Forum: Touring
09-07-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,770
Posted By waddo

Ortlieb are as heavy as hell empty. THAT is...

Ortlieb are as heavy as hell empty. THAT is though said. The fabric is too stiff and hard to handle. I hate mine and only stick with them because they include a very nice shoulder strap so I can...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Those NHK shows are a total embarrassment. I find...

Those NHK shows are a total embarrassment. I find entertainment only in seeing how bad, dishonest, unethical and amateur they are. Not to blow my own trumpet but U think some of my more recent vids...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 03:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Yes I do have a Google Earth pin on Rishiri...

Yes I do have a Google Earth pin on Rishiri island and I was also reading about it. Really looks like a great place. Unfortunately it is too far and we don't have time. I am hoping we enjoy Hokkaido...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Ah that's a shame. We will be returning basically...

Ah that's a shame. We will be returning basically when you arrive. We will visit Toyako around the 20th. I went there a long time ago with an ex-wife and a car rental. It's a fantastic lake. We will...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Haha indeed you did. We were chatting near the...

Haha indeed you did. We were chatting near the strange statue and our tent was hidden nearby. Yuki even remembered you are from Yokohama and said you went to the lake by car. I doubt we will meet in...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

We have the old fashioned 26" wheels. This is my...

We have the old fashioned 26" wheels. This is my second steel framed bike, the previous I kept for about 15 years. The ride is so much smoother and there is something I just don't like about...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

I haven't done a lot of urban exploring but what...

I haven't done a lot of urban exploring but what I have done I enjoyed very much. There is a hotel on Hachijojima island that must surely rank in the top 10 abandoned places in the world. We went...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Hi. You misunderstand. We want to explore...

Hi.
You misunderstand. We want to explore abandoned buildings, for example apartments and a school now derelict after a mine closed down. We don't want to camp in them! I have been wild camping for...
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Sorry I don't know much about bikes. All I can...

Sorry I don't know much about bikes. All I can say is they are Schwalbe Marathon Plus and the wheel/rim size is the same as a stock LHT.
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

I hope our experience echoes yours!

I hope our experience echoes yours!
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

We both have Surly LHT, wife with mousachio...

We both have Surly LHT, wife with mousachio handlebars for easier braking. My routes are intricate and minutes planned over a couple of months, usually using mountain/country roads with little...
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Yes I agree, three weeks is a nice time...

Yes I agree, three weeks is a nice time especially these days we are stuck in the house a LOT due to the virus. Not sure what to expect with Hokkaido so hope the video will be ok.
Forum: Touring
08-01-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,963
Posted By waddo

Hokkaido trip

For those interested, next Wednesday we will go on a 3 week tour of Hokkaido, Japan. We usually post evening and morning photos of our wild camping sites on instagram: y.hojo
Forum: Touring
06-20-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,226
Posted By waddo

As someone mentioned, just use supermarket bags...

As someone mentioned, just use supermarket bags to organise your stuff and keep everything dry. Rain covers are not needed.
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 455
Posted By waddo

Another short video riding in the mountains of W. Tokyo

For those interested:

https://youtu.be/4v8EWCcDsN8
Forum: Touring
06-14-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By waddo

Japan is a country of conventions not laws. Even...

Japan is a country of conventions not laws. Even the police break cycling laws ALL the time. Bicycles can go anywhere people go and vice-versa simply because that's we we do. What the actual rule or...
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By waddo

Not sure there will be a follow up! I rarely make...

Not sure there will be a follow up! I rarely make these short videos and only do it now because of the virus and getting bored! But there are much better videos on my channel if you have time to...
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By waddo

Yes the cowes were a big surprise. We have free...

Yes the cowes were a big surprise. We have free range chickens 5 minutes from where we live bit I had no idea there were cows in Tokyo.
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By waddo

Oh, thanks! I thought the original wow was being...

Oh, thanks! I thought the original wow was being sarcastic because there is not much to this little vid.
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,069
Posted By waddo

You didn't hear the narration which said...

You didn't hear the narration which said something like, "We forgo the ruins this time and instead have lunch here." If you check on the channel and also the narration mentions we have camped there...
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