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Forum: Touring
01-02-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,862
Posted By jurjan

Our plan for this year is four weeks exploring...

Our plan for this year is four weeks exploring Mongolia by bike.
Probably somewhere in August/September.

If anyone has any tips, must see places, must evade spots, best place to stay etc. please...
Forum: Touring
04-13-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,431
Posted By jurjan

Gauvins, yes that was the case. the bike was...

Gauvins,
yes that was the case. the bike was packed in a bikebox, like they sell at Schiphol Airport (our closest main airport).
Fortunately it was on the way home.
Forum: Touring
04-13-18, 12:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,431
Posted By jurjan

We've had different 'small' damages, scratches,...

We've had different 'small' damages, scratches, bent stuff, once a broken brake handle.
The worst however was when they managed to jam the rear wheel cassette so hard
into the steel tubing of the...
Forum: Touring
03-09-18, 01:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By jurjan

Regarding foodprices: we did not find it very...

Regarding foodprices: we did not find it very expensive at all.
Maybe a little more expensive, but like Mountain Mitch mentioned: at least 30% better tasting.

oooohh, by the way: orderly society:...
Forum: Touring
03-08-18, 01:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
Posted By jurjan

We did that last year. Great experience. We...

We did that last year.
Great experience.
We used Length of Japan (http://www.japancycling.org/v2/cguide/) as a guide (it is not signposted or anything).
We did not take any cooking gear, Japan's...
Forum: Touring
02-13-18, 04:28 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 12,913
Posted By jurjan

Yeah, we hope it will be. We just booked our...

Yeah, we hope it will be.
We just booked our flight to and from Almaty in Kazakhstan, now we only need to find a nice hotel there for our first and last night.
After that: Freedom! Holiday!

If...
Forum: Touring
01-12-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 12,913
Posted By jurjan

Our plan for this year is Kyrgyzstan, maybe...

Our plan for this year is Kyrgyzstan, maybe starting in Kazakhstan, doing a loop of around four weeks.
We haven't decided on the exact route, so any do see's and do don'ts are much appreciated.
Forum: Touring
11-30-17, 06:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 767
Posted By jurjan

I couldn't agree more with Gauvins, Japan is very...

I couldn't agree more with Gauvins, Japan is very scenic, but fascinating in it's urban settings as well.

And in our experience the Japanese drivers are very courteous, trying to give you as much...
Forum: Touring
11-27-17, 02:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 767
Posted By jurjan

First of all: I'm jealous! regarding your...

First of all: I'm jealous!

regarding your questions:
1) we speak a tiny amount of Japanese, but, good will, smiles and hands do the trick most of the time.
Japanese people (like most people for...
Forum: Touring
11-08-12, 01:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,122
Posted By jurjan

We always take a deck of Fluxx...

We always take a deck of Fluxx (http://www.looneylabs.com/games/fluxx) (just a 'normal' deck, no zombies or anything else).
Not difficult, often frustrating, and since it's mostly simple, easy rules...
Forum: Touring
09-06-12, 12:49 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,249
Posted By jurjan

Aluminium isn't awful. We bought our new bikes...

Aluminium isn't awful.
We bought our new bikes a year ago (wanted Rohloff, hydraulic brakes, hub dynamo, not because our old bikes are kaputt).
We went to a specialist dealer and made our demands...
Forum: Touring
09-05-12, 12:36 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 4,249
Posted By jurjan

We only did patagonia / tierra del fuego, but we...

We only did patagonia / tierra del fuego, but we did it on our trusty steel 28" tourers (Dutch, Snel Safari with LX parts), we took some innertubes and one outer tire with us.
never used the outer,...
Forum: Touring
08-06-12, 12:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,177
Posted By jurjan

Glad it worked out. and that you enjoyed...

Glad it worked out.
and that you enjoyed yourself.
Forum: Touring
08-01-12, 12:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By jurjan

When I read the title I thought it was going to...

When I read the title I thought it was going to be about touring in southern Norway.
why is this region of the USA called the Norwegian Riviera?
Forum: Touring
07-26-12, 02:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,681
Posted By jurjan

Just keep the sea on your left. Can't miss. ...

Just keep the sea on your left.
Can't miss.
Once in Newcastle it gets a bit more involved, there are multiple routes with sometimes two variants for a route.
However, quite early on there are...
Forum: Touring
07-26-12, 02:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,681
Posted By jurjan

Chasm54, that could be it, the number DOES ring a...

Chasm54, that could be it, the number DOES ring a bell.
It would mean I'm wrong about North Berwick, but that does (only very occasionally I can assure you!) happen.

and we had the same problem,...
Forum: Touring
07-26-12, 12:57 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,681
Posted By jurjan

We took the Coast and Castles route from Berwick...

We took the Coast and Castles route from Berwick to Newcastle.
we took another NCN route from Edinburgh to Berwick, can't remember the number (could look it up tonight if needed?).
but it went...
Forum: Touring
07-25-12, 12:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,177
Posted By jurjan

go see a doctor... that's the only REAL answer...

go see a doctor...
that's the only REAL answer to medical problemes (on OR off the internet) worth giving.
unless you are in deepest africa and there's no doctor for 100's of kilometers (or...
Forum: Touring
07-12-12, 12:37 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,681
Posted By jurjan

we took the ferry to Newcastle (from the...

we took the ferry to Newcastle (from the Netherlands), then the train to Edinburgh / Aberdeen, another ferry to cycle the Shetlands for a few days, antoher ferry to the Orkneys for a few days then...
Forum: Touring
05-29-12, 01:09 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,166
Posted By jurjan

I shave while on tour, using my normal gilette...

I shave while on tour, using my normal gilette sensor excell system stuff plus wiliams shaving oil for lubrication.

I've got no preference for people being clean-shaven or not, just that they...
Forum: Touring
05-21-12, 12:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,023
Posted By jurjan

Carriers here as well. We use our sandals...

Carriers here as well.
We use our sandals (Teva's) to walk TO the showers, but once inside we want to scrub our feet as well.
Forum: Touring
03-26-12, 12:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,618
Posted By jurjan

What were the criteria for selecting these...

What were the criteria for selecting these cities?
because I would imagine most Dutch cities (not JUST Amsterdam) woul dbe in the top ten, just like most of the Danish ones would be. And lots of...
Forum: Touring
01-27-12, 08:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,316
Posted By jurjan

my gf uses the Ortlieb Camera Insert as well,...

my gf uses the Ortlieb Camera Insert as well, very happy with fit (both in the bag and the camera in it).
Forum: Touring
01-27-12, 01:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,316
Posted By jurjan

we both have Arkel big bar bags, keeps our...

we both have Arkel big bar bags, keeps our photography stuff, some food / goodies and more (kindles, maps etc.).
Forum: Touring
01-27-12, 01:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By jurjan

we keep them taped together in the tentpole bag,...

we keep them taped together in the tentpole bag, together with the tentpoles, wich is then strapped (as the single exception that everyting is carried inside our panniers) to my rear rack top.
keeps...
Forum: Touring
01-19-12, 01:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,115
Posted By jurjan

Well, I just dump my clothes in a heap at the...

Well, I just dump my clothes in a heap at the head end of my sleeping bag, g/f builds / folds a three-d pillow from her clothes.
We just recently bought into the whole exped synmat (ul) craze,...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 06:11 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,745
Posted By jurjan

Our plan is to take the boat to Newcastle...

Our plan is to take the boat to Newcastle (UK/Scotland), train (via Edinburgh) to Aberdeen, boat to Lerwick (UK/Shetlands) then start cycling back via the Orkneys, northern Scotland to Newcastle.
...
Forum: Touring
11-30-10, 01:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By jurjan

Over here in the Netherlands they are standard...

Over here in the Netherlands they are standard equipment on most if not all bicycles.
They range from the extremely flimsy to the very sturdy (most of 'm on the sturdier end of the scale nowadays)....
Forum: Touring
11-11-10, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By jurjan

Xilios, have you tried contacting the...

Xilios,
have you tried contacting the manufacturer?

Perhaps they can tell you why the new version is a kilogram heavier than your version.
Forum: Touring
09-16-10, 12:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,202
Posted By jurjan

We've never ever taken our bikes with us into...

We've never ever taken our bikes with us into hotel rooms.
for one: hotel rooms tend to be not the roomiest of places and having two bikes PLUS the gear in there tends to limit the space available...
Forum: Touring
09-10-10, 12:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

Erick, I know the GH1 is definitely NOT a big...

Erick,
I know the GH1 is definitely NOT a big camera.
However, it IS bigger and more dslr-like.

does anybody here know if the idea that it's easier to photograph people on the street with a...
Forum: Touring
09-09-10, 12:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

Imonabike, PaxtonM, thanks... I do have...

Imonabike, PaxtonM,
thanks...

I do have almost exactly the same dilemma: in camera IS plus just a bit better images (so the reviews say) versus faster focusing and flash.

Imonabike:...
Forum: Touring
09-08-10, 12:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

Imonabike: thanks for the report. ...

Imonabike:
thanks for the report.

regarding automode: we/I tend to use that while cycling as well. leaving the 'serious' (ha!) photography for later and or rest days.

how is the autofocus...
Forum: Touring
08-30-10, 12:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

We were planning to wait until after the...

We were planning to wait until after the Photokina anyway, perhaps even till after the new year.
We're not in a hurry, but WOULD like to have as much info on as many as possible angles before we...
Forum: Touring
08-26-10, 12:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

People, thanks for your replies so far, ...

People, thanks for your replies so far,
however, we are quite specifically looking at the four thirds (and other mirrorless camera's like the nex 3 or even alpha33 alpha55) to get away from the...
Forum: Touring
08-25-10, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

ooohh dear... what pictures.... But,...

ooohh dear...
what pictures....

But, exactly the kind of things I wanted to hear: tuff stuff.
This year I covered my Canon in sweat so much so that in one week I rubbed off the lettering on...
Forum: Touring
08-25-10, 01:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,530
Posted By jurjan

I've got a small bicycle computer and that's it,...

I've got a small bicycle computer and that's it, my headlamp is situated on the crown.
oooh, and I forgot the main thing: the handlebar bag (Arkel Big Bar Bag).
and a bell of course.
Forum: Touring
08-25-10, 12:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,297
Posted By jurjan

new camera? micro four thirds?

Dear people,
I'm looking for a new camera to take on our bicycle tours.

We use two cameras: mine, a Canon Powershot s3 is
and hers, a Nikon D40.

now, she bought the D40 about a year ago,...
Forum: Touring
08-24-10, 01:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 617
Posted By jurjan

I don't meditate, I watch the road. And the...

I don't meditate, I watch the road.
And the surroundings.
And the traffic etc.
I think the FIRST priority is: You are taking part in traffic. that means you have to pay attention.
after all, most...
Forum: Touring
07-06-10, 12:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,186
Posted By jurjan

DEET is horrible stuff. The only thing is has...

DEET is horrible stuff. The only thing is has counting for it is that it repels bugs.
plastics reacts badly (most of them anyway) with it.
I have seen it's effects on the frames of glasses,...
Forum: Touring
06-23-10, 11:36 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,591
Posted By jurjan

fietsbob (any dutch relatives?): yes, that is the...

fietsbob (any dutch relatives?): yes, that is the standard way of putting up a tunnel in windy conditions.
it works like a charm, I can tell you from experience.
Neil: yes, that 'bit at the end' is...
Forum: Touring
06-22-10, 08:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,591
Posted By jurjan

Bekologist: I don't think my bike would fit,...

Bekologist: I don't think my bike would fit, never thought about it, but my gut says my bike's higher than the 1.05m that even the nammatj 3 gt is.
plus: the door is significantly lower than the...
Forum: Touring
06-22-10, 06:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,591
Posted By jurjan

and you forget: light (because they're hollow)

and you forget: light (because they're hollow)
Forum: Touring
06-22-10, 06:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,591
Posted By jurjan

Occasionally it does get wet(ish) down there,...

Occasionally it does get wet(ish) down there, we've never had it more than damp, I think it depends on lots of factors.
I always attributed it more to the fact that it's slightly colder at the...
Forum: Touring
06-22-10, 12:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,591
Posted By jurjan

We use a Nammatj 3 GT for the two of us. When I...

We use a Nammatj 3 GT for the two of us.
When I used to travel alone I had a Nammatj 2 GT.
However, it got old and we both wanted a bit more space (the 2 GT is definitely usable with two persons),...
Forum: Touring
06-08-10, 11:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,743
Posted By jurjan

Vik, I'm not trying to say anything wrong or...

Vik,
I'm not trying to say anything wrong or mean at you, but WHY WOULD YOU EXPECT to get pushed to the front of the queue?

Just because you've overpaid them MASSIVELY (more than TWICE the...
Forum: Touring
06-07-10, 11:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,743
Posted By jurjan

I'm dutch, and I'm flabbergasted at this...

I'm dutch, and I'm flabbergasted at this question.
Do you tip the person at the checkout where you buy your food?
Do you tip your doctor?
I always understood that in the USA waitesses etc. where...
Forum: Touring
05-20-10, 08:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,220
Posted By jurjan

We change, then later that day at camp we patch. ...

We change, then later that day at camp we patch.
I don't like patching much, even less so when it's raining (ever tried to patch in the pouring rain?).

I think our patches are with glue, however,...
Forum: Touring
05-12-10, 01:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,478
Posted By jurjan

Most of the time we take a single malt whisky...

Most of the time we take a single malt whisky with us, most of the time the flask is empty when we return home four weeks later.
When available we like to taste the regional wines / beers, but we...
Forum: Touring
05-07-10, 05:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,003
Posted By jurjan

We've been bringing a 'universal stopper' with...

We've been bringing a 'universal stopper' with us, like the one Rowan described.
Before that we used a torn off piece of plastic bag (shopping or other, whatever was handy), waterpressure tends to...
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