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01-25-13, 12:24 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,988
Posted By stokell

Hi Kathy, Excellent sites. I have a bike...

Hi Kathy,
Excellent sites.

I have a bike tour website (http://tourcycle.ca/) but also a blog on bicycle stealth camping (http://www.tourcycle.ca/blogstealth.html). could you link my blog to your...
Forum: Touring
02-02-11, 04:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,662
Posted By stokell

Taking Your Bike in a Plastic Bag on a Plane Update

Hi,
I've long been an advocate of the plastic bag. No need to store the bag and you can ride right to the airport. Some members recoil in shock at the idea. It turns out I'm not alone.

Check out...
01-24-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,988
Posted By stokell

New URL for my Stealth Camping Blog

I posted the new URL several years ago and now I've updated the information on stealth camping and it is available on:

http://tourcycle.ca/blogindex.html
Forum: Touring
11-12-10, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 2,016,403
Posted By stokell

There appears to be a great number of dry weather...

There appears to be a great number of dry weather tourers out there currently. What happened to the fenders?
Forum: Touring
11-07-10, 01:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,684
Posted By stokell

Thank you safariofthemind, for starting such an...

Thank you safariofthemind, for starting such an interesting post.

For me (and I won't speak for my clients), food is one of the most important aspects of bicycle touring. I jettisoned by PB&J...
09-30-10, 01:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By stokell

I've planned most of the tour (leaving out...

I've planned most of the tour (leaving out Glastonbury) on a Google map. If anyone is interested in reviewing it and making suggestions please send me a personal message and I will email you the...
09-24-10, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By stokell

Thank you very much gentlemen. At this point,...

Thank you very much gentlemen.
At this point, since I'm coming in by plane to London, I might take the train to Reading and then the canal/river route to Marlborough where I'll head overland to...
Forum: Touring
08-10-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,525
Posted By stokell

Remember those foam handlebar pads?

MEC used to offer foam handlebar pads. They were black foam that you could twist on to your bars with a little help from WD-40.

I replaced them on the back of our tandem with a good wrap. I even...
Forum: Touring
08-10-10, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,570
Posted By stokell

Not wishing to blow my own horn, but if stealth...

Not wishing to blow my own horn, but if stealth camping is your wish, please check out my blog or check crazyguyonabike.
Forum: Touring
08-10-10, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 876
Posted By stokell

It's a bit difficult for an old guy like me to...

It's a bit difficult for an old guy like me to read your post because it seems to be all one long paragraph, but I didn't see where you mentioned the pressure in your tires.

I used to have lots of...
Forum: Touring
07-05-10, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 865
Posted By stokell

I can offer you an excellent way to get to...

I can offer you an excellent way to get to Brantford (not Brampton) which is most of the way to London. Either bike the Waterfront Trail (http://www.waterfronttrail.org/trail.html) to Hamilton (or...
Forum: Touring
07-05-10, 06:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,959
Posted By stokell

Biking in the rain (without the right equipment)...

Biking in the rain (without the right equipment) does suck. When I do tours I encourage people to bring proper rain gear and helmet covers. Many do not. They say they'll stay wet and then just change...
Forum: Touring
06-22-10, 11:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 271
Posted By stokell

Germany's Romantic Road: Tour diary and video

Hi all, I'm just back from a month long trip to Germany. I had the pleasure of leading a 5 day tour of the Romantic Road. I've just posted the diary as well as videos and stills on my touring...
Forum: Touring
06-13-10, 05:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 738
Posted By stokell

You might try the Alpha Hotel in Neu Isenburg...

You might try the Alpha Hotel in Neu Isenburg (the closest town to the airport). They have a garage they use for bikes. I'm sure if you book first and last they would store the boxes.
Frankfurter...
Forum: Touring
06-13-10, 05:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,135
Posted By stokell

I'm in Germany right now. Most people don't even...

I'm in Germany right now. Most people don't even lock their bikes in rural areas. I have a piece of Velro I use to fasten on the front brake, so I use this for quick little trips into a shop. Even in...
Forum: Touring
06-02-10, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By stokell

Thanks for everyone's input. I'm now in...

Thanks for everyone's input.

I'm now in Germany, and managed to find my way. Because of a baggage handler in Toronto who fully deflated my tires and stole my pump, I had to spend the night in Neu...
Forum: Touring
04-23-10, 12:46 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,339
Posted By stokell

irc you are perfectly right. I block...

irc you are perfectly right.

I block Spinnakers posts, so I didn't see his post, but I would like to remind him and any property rights zealots to first read their own state/province/country's...
04-21-10, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By stokell

Been there. Done that. BTW: The West...

Been there. Done that.

BTW: The West Country Way map book is out of print. I'm actually looking for someone with local knowledge of the area.
Forum: Touring
04-21-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,064
Posted By stokell

Biting Insects in Germany

I'm leaving for Germany in a couple of weeks and plan to camp in the woods until mid-June.

Are there any biting insects in Germany and if so is DEET effective against them?
Forum: Touring
04-19-10, 11:05 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 6,339
Posted By stokell

If I come across a water fountain in a park or on...

If I come across a water fountain in a park or on the street, I will fill my bottles. That is water not paid for but offered. On private property? Even a church is private property so I'd tend to...
Forum: Touring
04-16-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,530
Posted By stokell

I lead bike tours as a part-time job. I hear you!...

I lead bike tours as a part-time job. I hear you! Participants who have their own agendas can cause some issues within the group as a whole.

May I suggest next time that the difficulty, the daily...
Forum: Touring
04-10-10, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By stokell

I take it one step further than using a ditty...

I take it one step further than using a ditty bag, I buy the travel compression bags from a travel store. They also make any pannier 'water proof'.
...
Forum: Touring
04-09-10, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By stokell

Another thought is about access and separation....

Another thought is about access and separation. If you have a rubber boot and you've packed your socks on the bottom, you have to rummage through or take out everything top get your socks. Panniers...
04-07-10, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,678
Posted By stokell

Off Road Bristol, Bath, Avebury, Glastonbury, Stonehenge - Is this possible?

I'm looking to tour probably from Bristol to my 3 favourite places Avebury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge. I've done all of this 20 years ago or more and I recall that the Bristol, Bath portion is on a...
Forum: Touring
04-05-10, 02:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By stokell

Minimus Products and Bike Camping

If you can't carry around a whole pantry of items on your bike you may want to buy products in miniature sizes. I discovered Minimus years ago, but now they have discovered me...
Forum: Touring
04-04-10, 07:07 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,383
Posted By stokell

I hear you. If you aren't having a good time, why...

I hear you. If you aren't having a good time, why are you doing this?

It is however important that a first time tourer have realistic expectations and be well enough prepared and equipped to...
Forum: Touring
04-04-10, 06:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By stokell

I've had my passport checked on ferries and when...

I've had my passport checked on ferries and when going through the France/England chunnel, but once on the mainland I roam freely. On the boundary between Belgium and Germany kids were playing in the...
Forum: Touring
04-04-10, 06:24 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,383
Posted By stokell

Last winter I did two bicycle touring seminars...

Last winter I did two bicycle touring seminars with a friend from the Toronto Outdoor club. As you can imagine, it is usually the fears of newbies which keeps them from touring. As you can see not...
Forum: Touring
04-03-10, 07:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By stokell

I meet many Americans in Cuba. They arrive...

I meet many Americans in Cuba. They arrive usually through Canada or Mexico and the Cuban officials don't stamp American passports so there is no proof of entering or leaving. The Cubans are...
Forum: Touring
04-03-10, 06:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,500
Posted By stokell

First, I tour mostly in Europe, but around...

First, I tour mostly in Europe, but around Ontario and New York State too. In many ways the three places are similar.

If you have a shiny, expensive looking bike, lock everything to a pole if you...
Forum: Europe
03-25-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 815
Posted By stokell

I'm Confused

Hi.
I'll be in Germany in May and June. I need to recharge my camera and phone. I seem to recall that German plugs are recessed from the wall slightly and have two round plugs
...
Forum: Europe
02-28-10, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 766
Posted By stokell

Honestly, I'm only as techie as I have to be. I...

Honestly, I'm only as techie as I have to be. I find these things confusing. Can you tell me why I might need a virtual personal network? Would that be to protect my credit cards or bank accounts? I...
Forum: Europe
02-17-10, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 766
Posted By stokell

WiFi Access in Germany

I will have to stay in touch while touring the Romantic Road. I'm bringing my netbook, will I have to pay for my WiFi service, or are there enough free sites? If I have to pay, who should I sign up...
Forum: Touring
02-04-10, 05:51 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 271,098
Posted By stokell

It seems to be a commuter bike. Relaxed geometry...

It seems to be a commuter bike. Relaxed geometry - GOOD
3 frame braze-ons - ?
able to take front and rear racks - ?
Bars - not too many configurations

Any bike can be good for touring...
Forum: Europe
02-02-10, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,089
Posted By stokell

GERMANY: Routes from Frankfurt Airport

Hi,
I'm a Canadian cyclist and I'll be arriving in Frankfurt in May. I usually cycle from the airport. I'll be heading to Wurzburg. The suggested route is north from the airport to the Main Radweg,...
Forum: Touring
01-25-10, 10:25 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 271,098
Posted By stokell

To add to the budget touring bike debate: My...

To add to the budget touring bike debate:
My first tourer was an old chromoly framed road bike I bough for $50. It had most of the braze-ons and space for 2 water bottles. Basically many of these...
Forum: Touring
01-21-10, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By stokell

Germany: Route from Frankfurt airport to Wursburg

Hi,
I'm biking in Germany in May. I want to bike out of the Frankfurt airport to Wursburg where I'm joining the Romantic Road.

I like mostly off road routes, but can take quiet streets. Please...
Forum: Touring
01-02-10, 09:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,640
Posted By stokell

If you live in or near Toronto, the Toronto...

If you live in or near Toronto, the Toronto Outdoor Club is offering a series of seminars dealing with bike touring. Go here. (http://www.torontooutdoorclub.com/events/details.asp?eventid=2025)
...
Forum: Touring
11-27-09, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By stokell

I work for government. I tour internationally 3...

I work for government. I tour internationally 3 weeks a year, and weekend tours the rest of the time.
Forum: Touring
11-08-09, 09:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 768
Posted By stokell

Here in Toronto it's 16 C today (that's warm for...

Here in Toronto it's 16 C today (that's warm for Canada), and I'm making fruitcake for Christmas. I've been soaking the fruit in rum for 24 hours and was about to combine all the ingredients and...
08-26-09, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,840
Posted By stokell

Inexpensive e-bikes don't come with expensive...

Inexpensive e-bikes don't come with expensive components. My Crystalyte hub came with a rim that I cracked within the first 8,000 kms. Toronto roads are full of potholes are repairs.

I went to my...
08-24-09, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,040
Posted By stokell

In the province of Ontario in Canada, we are just...

In the province of Ontario in Canada, we are just coming to the end of a trial period. The rules appear to have been changed slightly around what constitutes an electrically assisted bicycle...
Forum: Touring
08-24-09, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Posted By stokell

Sadly much of it is locked, meaning I have to use...

Sadly much of it is locked, meaning I have to use McDonald's and coffee shops mostly. In Europe there is a movement to get rid of free WiFi. Many places want you to buy it, including Starbucks. In...
Forum: Touring
08-17-09, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,000
Posted By stokell

Or use a plastic bag the airline provides and...

Or use a plastic bag the airline provides and carry nothing.

I've bagged boxed and shipped my bike across the Atlantic many times. With boxes you have to start and end in the same place and find a...
Forum: Touring
08-16-09, 03:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,145
Posted By stokell

I wanted to go back to the original post to make...

I wanted to go back to the original post to make sure I fully understood the question.

Without fear of members calling me a snob (BTW;I am a snob), I couldn't imagine touring for even a weekend...
Forum: Touring
08-13-09, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 778
Posted By stokell

Thanks, I'm pretty much good to go now.

Thanks, I'm pretty much good to go now.
Forum: Touring
08-13-09, 06:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,145
Posted By stokell

At camping supply shops you can buy freeze dried...

At camping supply shops you can buy freeze dried meals. Many come in a re-sealable pouch. Pour in boiling water and seal up for about 10 minutes, then enjoy a great meal.

You can choose anything...
Forum: Touring
08-13-09, 04:55 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 271,098
Posted By stokell

You should carry a couple of tubes and know how...

You should carry a couple of tubes and know how to change one. I started touring with just that much knowledge. In 17 years, Ive had to change tubes twice. The real secret; tour with a...
Forum: Touring
08-12-09, 06:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 942
Posted By stokell

I have a coil lock I use to fasten the pannier...

I have a coil lock I use to fasten the pannier handles to the bike. I use re-usable tie tabs to fasten the zippers and alarm the contents with a dollar store window/door alarm. I also lock both...
Forum: Touring
08-12-09, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 778
Posted By stokell

Basically, I'll be guiding a group of cyclists...

Basically, I'll be guiding a group of cyclists from the VIA/GO station to the Merritt Trail and down to Port Colborne to meet the Friendship Trail. I need to get a bike friendly route from the train...
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