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Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-19, 02:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 739
Posted By Chris L

I broke mine in 2011 after a collision with a red...

I broke mine in 2011 after a collision with a red light runner. It healed on it's own in about six weeks (along with the two broken ribs from the same collision). I didn't have a surgery, in fact,...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 04:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,708
Posted By Chris L

I toured there in October 2014. I found the...

I toured there in October 2014. I found the climate just about perfect pretty much most of the time I was there and didn't really have any problems with the air quality. I highly recommend it to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 522
Posted By Chris L

My Diverge was back on the road yesterday (so of...

My Diverge was back on the road yesterday (so of course, my commuter flatted this morning).

118km with a ridiculous amount of climbing.

This type of weather is extremely unusual for this...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By Chris L

Well done. On another note, I might just...

Well done.

On another note, I might just find myself heading that way next year.
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 04:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,751
Posted By Chris L

Make sure you have REALLY good insect repellant. ...

Make sure you have REALLY good insect repellant. Mosquitoes in tropical climates are not only extremely common, they also tend to carry nasty things when they bite.

When I did the Malaysian...
06-04-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,132
Posted By Chris L

I love threads like this. They are yet another...

I love threads like this. They are yet another reminder of why I'm so grateful to live alone. I just came back from a beautiful early morning ride with nobody to question me about it. I might go...
06-04-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,507
Posted By Chris L

Why? Everytime I'm feeling down, I just come...

Why? Everytime I'm feeling down, I just come here and read it. I immediately have a higher opinion of myself in relative terms.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 04:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 972
Posted By Chris L

It is a rare day that I get to use the word...

It is a rare day that I get to use the word 'cold' in Queensland. It does make a nice change. I can't be 169% sure of the distance since my Garmin died and it's replacement hasn't arrived yet. I'm...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 03:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,158
Posted By Chris L

I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks...

I just wanted to say congratulations, that looks amazing.

I'm heading for Shikoku in October of this year (got an amazing deal on airfares considering the timing). Your post makes me realise I...
Forum: Touring
03-27-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,296
Posted By Chris L

I remember my first bike tour. I was absolutely...

I remember my first bike tour. I was absolutely petrified at the start. I mean REALLY nervous. I remember seeing the town of Beaudesert disappearing behind me about 75km in and realising there was...
Forum: Foo
01-17-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,411
Posted By Chris L

That's completely true. Besides, most opinions...

That's completely true. Besides, most opinions people express on message boards are followed by dissenting opinions anyway. I find it hard to see how one opinion on a forum (usually expressed by an...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 948
Posted By Chris L

I used a Goal Zero solar panel that I bought in...

I used a Goal Zero solar panel that I bought in Cairns last year for a while. I found it pretty slow to charge my phone if I'm honest. Eventually I lost it somewhere near Townsville when I didn't...
Forum: Foo
01-13-19, 03:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,082
Posted By Chris L

Probably South Queensland or Northern NSW is the...

Probably South Queensland or Northern NSW is the best place to visit at that time. Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, maybe even heading up to Stanthorpe (lots of wineries and things, although...
Forum: Foo
01-13-19, 03:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,411
Posted By Chris L

I always thought that some evidence of lying or...

I always thought that some evidence of lying or untruths would be required for a successful lawsuit for libel or slander. From what I understand, if you're telling the truth, you've got a pretty...
Forum: Touring
01-13-19, 03:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,056
Posted By Chris L

This thread will probably be moved or closed...

This thread will probably be moved or closed before the next time I log in here, but I also adopt the pragmatist approach on my bike (I don't own a car). If I'm in a place like Japan where there is...
Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 02:45 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,151
Posted By Chris L

Early days yet, but I'm looking at a return to...

Early days yet, but I'm looking at a return to Japan this year, probably Shikoku in October. After that, I'm weighing up whether to spend next Christmas in Greece or Sri Lanka.

That said, I got...
Forum: Touring
01-01-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 12,566
Posted By Chris L

I made it to North Queensland for a couple of...

I made it to North Queensland for a couple of weeks this year. To be honest I was grateful to get it after dealing with some job changes and some personal issues. I feel like I'm now back on track...
Forum: Touring
03-08-18, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By Chris L

I think the itinerary you have is pretty good. ...

I think the itinerary you have is pretty good. Following the coast road from Opatija to Senj is probably the best option if you're going early in the season. The island route that I followed over...
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By Chris L

A lot depends on where you're coming from before...

A lot depends on where you're coming from before you hit Croatia. I think the best of Croatia is the islands, Plitvice Lakes and Istria (the northern peninsula near the Slovenian border which is...
Forum: Touring
03-07-18, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By Chris L

Personally I loved Zagreb when I was there. I...

Personally I loved Zagreb when I was there. I just spent ages walking around the old town and enjoying some of the restaurants. I visited the Museum of Broken Relationships (yes, that really is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-18, 05:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By Chris L

I'm late on this because I can be. Sue me. ...

I'm late on this because I can be. Sue me.

Saturday: 136km with a bit over 1,800 metres of climbing.

Sunday: 65km with around 600 metres of climbing.

https://i.imgur.com/Eks10Ru.jpg
...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 03:26 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 98,402
Posted By Chris L

Rain, glorious rain. What a great way to start...

Rain, glorious rain. What a great way to start 2017. Oh sure, the rain could have been a little heavier, and maybe the temperatue could have been a couple of degrees cooler, but it was awesome...
Forum: Touring
01-01-17, 04:43 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,056
Posted By Chris L

Lots of things up in the air for me at the...

Lots of things up in the air for me at the moment, having just started a new job and just recovered from the worst illness I've ever had. If I can get away in July/August, I'd love to go somewhere...
12-31-16, 02:19 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,330
Posted By Chris L

I covered 26km by lunchtime one day a few months...

I covered 26km by lunchtime one day a few months ago, which included a mountain climb (and subsequent descent). That was after riding 40km to get there (and riding another 40km to get home). Not...
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 05:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,286
Posted By Chris L

There are many stories I could share here, but...

There are many stories I could share here, but here are some that stand out...

In Spain I snapped a derailleur on Monserrat (near Barcelona), and some locals not only gave me a ride out, but then...
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,023
Posted By Chris L

The perimeter of Hokkaido would take a bit longer...

The perimeter of Hokkaido would take a bit longer than two weeks. I did the length of Hokkaido over two weeks in 2010, and I was covering bigger distances than the OP is planning on.

That said,...
12-18-16, 05:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,285
Posted By Chris L

Depends how long I spend posting about it on...

Depends how long I spend posting about it on message boards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfreSnAXp0Y

*dons flame proof jacket*
12-18-16, 05:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,194
Posted By Chris L

There used to be a Unicycling subforum here many...

There used to be a Unicycling subforum here many eons ago. There's even a thing called "Mountain Unicycling" - imagine that!
Forum: Touring
12-18-16, 04:38 AM
Replies: 736
Views: 95,493
Posted By Chris L

Still feeling like crap, and Croatia came right...

Still feeling like crap, and Croatia came right before Slovenia, so it's that time again. What I found amazing was just how different these countries were, despite both being part of the old...
Forum: Touring
12-18-16, 04:07 AM
Replies: 736
Views: 95,493
Posted By Chris L

I wasn't aware of the French expression. I've...

I wasn't aware of the French expression. I've been to France three times, I really should have paid more attention. As for the town of Bled, not many people know that Slovenian is a language in...
Forum: Touring
12-17-16, 04:59 AM
Replies: 736
Views: 95,493
Posted By Chris L

I'm far too sick to do any touring right now, so...

I'm far too sick to do any touring right now, so it's time to delve into the past. These were from Slovenia in 2015:

Piran:
http://i.imgur.com/mtR0wsf.jpg

Predjama:...
10-17-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,158
Posted By Chris L

I gave up on try to organise group rides years...

I gave up on try to organise group rides years ago. Some of the problems I encountered were in people being totally unprepared (this happened after one of my rides was featured in the outdoor...
Forum: Touring
10-17-15, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,083
Posted By Chris L

I'm not thinking of 2016 until I'm finished with...

I'm not thinking of 2016 until I'm finished with 2015. I'm probably heading to Thailand at the end of the year for a few weeks exploring the northern part of the country. Then I'll start thinking...
Forum: Touring
10-15-15, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,108
Posted By Chris L

Depends where I am, and how long the tour is...

Depends where I am, and how long the tour is going to be. I've cycled through typhoons in Japan and Taiwan. Then on my three-month ride across Europe a couple of years ago, I took quite a few days...
Forum: Touring
10-15-15, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,102
Posted By Chris L

Personally I wouldn't worry about North Korea...

Personally I wouldn't worry about North Korea until things change (dramatically). I did some research into that one last year, and while it's definitely possible (and probably a lot safer than a lot...
01-24-14, 01:30 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

At least three Australian states have seriously...

At least three Australian states have seriously discussed the issue at government level in the last 15 years. There was a big thread here about California discussing it several years ago, and I've...
01-24-14, 01:23 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

Apparently more observant than you were reading...

Apparently more observant than you were reading my post in this thread. I never claimed the facilities in Germany didn't exist. I even admitted to using them. I simply pointed out that if I had to...
01-24-14, 01:32 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

Pal, I was in Germany six months ago. I don't...

Pal, I was in Germany six months ago. I don't need to "exaggerate" anything, I saw it for myself. I could quite happily ride recreationally in Germany, but if I had to live there, I'd get a car for...
Forum: Touring
01-23-14, 03:38 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,335
Posted By Chris L

Oh goody! Another helmet thread. Just give me a...

Oh goody! Another helmet thread. Just give me a minute to cook up some popcorn.
01-23-14, 03:36 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

That's pretty much nailed it in one post, and as...

That's pretty much nailed it in one post, and as a life-long cyclist, I think it's great. The last thing I want is to see a heap of people on bikes who don't really want to be there, interfering with...
01-23-14, 02:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By Chris L

Riding the same suburban route to and from work...

Riding the same suburban route to and from work everyday can be, and often is, as boring as bat*****. For me, commuting on a bike is simply a means of saving time and money, which then allows me to...
01-23-14, 02:23 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

This issue really has been done to death on these...

This issue really has been done to death on these boards and elsewhere, and it will never be properly resolved here because you're dealing with egos, and egos refuse to "lose" the argument. On the...
01-22-14, 10:00 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 6,058
Posted By Chris L

These days I no longer have the ego to be...

These days I no longer have the ego to be terribly concerned about "converting" the rest of the world to biking. I'm far more concerned about making life easier for those of us who are already doing...
Forum: Touring
01-22-14, 03:13 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,267
Posted By Chris L

As far as my plans are concerned, it will...

As far as my plans are concerned, it will probably be in the second-half of the year after some changes in my life recently. I'm tossing up between Malaysia and Thailand -- and there will almost...
Forum: Touring
01-22-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,267
Posted By Chris L

I've been to NZ twice, and I can vouch for what...

I've been to NZ twice, and I can vouch for what Machka said. It gets *very* cold there -- even in summer. Looking at your dates, my advice would be do the South Island first (i.e. April) before the...
Forum: Touring
01-22-14, 05:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,081
Posted By Chris L

I certainly wouldn't be keen on riding somewhere...

I certainly wouldn't be keen on riding somewhere that I felt the need for six armed guards. Especially when you consider the number of other places one could ride in the world.
01-22-14, 05:08 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,128
Posted By Chris L

It's entirely possible. I actually quite liked...

It's entirely possible. I actually quite liked the city centre. Set aside an entire day to explore it and could have spent more time there. The Alcázar was particularly impressive.

I'm just...
01-22-14, 04:30 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,128
Posted By Chris L

And you wonder why so many people complain about...

And you wonder why so many people complain about this sub forum.
01-22-14, 04:29 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,128
Posted By Chris L

My map reading skills worked fine just about...

My map reading skills worked fine just about everywhere else.



Broadly, from Lisbon. Specifically, the Santiponce/Camas area.
01-22-14, 04:21 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,128
Posted By Chris L

I highly doubt this is one of them. I haven't...

I highly doubt this is one of them. I haven't been here for over a year, I come back and the same three monikers dominate the board. Why would anyone pay someone to argue with three people?
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