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Forum: Touring
06-30-14, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By wiiiim

thanks storrkel, you make some good points

thanks storrkel, you make some good points
Forum: Touring
06-29-14, 07:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By wiiiim

Cycling around the world while developing apps for mobile devices

Hello!

I wanted to share my story, in the hopes of finding some support, ideas or just general advice! I'm Wim, 29 year old from Belgium, and I recently came back from a 20 month bicycle trip that...
Forum: Touring
02-23-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,097
Posted By wiiiim

have a look at Exped's tents as well (Suiss...

have a look at Exped's tents as well (Suiss brand), they have great 4 season tents, quality-wise you can expect something along the lines of Terra Nova and Hilleberg but less expensive

I've got my...
Forum: Touring
02-22-14, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,664
Posted By wiiiim

smartphones don't have internal zoom though, only...

smartphones don't have internal zoom though, only digital zoom as far as I know, a tiny lens with poor aperture, hence they perform bad at low light with or without 'flash', overall sharpness is a...
Forum: Touring
02-22-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By wiiiim

Thank you! I didn't make a blog really, but I...

Thank you!
I didn't make a blog really, but I could try and put some more pictures on Flickr later on if people are interested
Forum: Touring
02-20-14, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By wiiiim

Halfway around the world, photo trip summary

Hello,
I made a short summary with photos of my latest trip, about 20 months worth of cycling (24000km) with a lot of projects along the way, through 25 countries, parts of Europe, Africa, Central...
Forum: Touring
05-29-12, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 827
Posted By wiiiim

im mostly intersted in using this in combination...

im mostly intersted in using this in combination with paper maps, you could power on your device just once a day to seeif youre still on the right track, say in Morocco where road names can be in...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By wiiiim

thanks everyone! it feels really good to be on...

thanks everyone! it feels really good to be on the road :)
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 827
Posted By wiiiim

offline gps for smartphones/tablets

heya!
I was digging aroundon the internet searching for good offline gps navigation for long distance tours in remote country, and came across this neat app for android devices called Mapdroyd. I've...
Forum: Touring
05-11-12, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By wiiiim

Leaving tomorrow, butterflies in stomach!

Hello fellow bike lovers!

It's been a long time coming, but finally.. after quitting my job, building my 'dream' touring bike, enjoying some smaller pre tours in Belgium, postponing departure...
Forum: Touring
02-27-12, 03:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,559
Posted By wiiiim

my 1st rule (there are not many ;-)): either camp...

my 1st rule (there are not many ;-)): either camp far away from a big city or stay right in the center, city outskirts is where most of the **** happens
or avoid big cities completely, usually the...
Forum: Touring
01-31-12, 11:02 AM
Forum: Touring
01-31-12, 07:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,456
Posted By wiiiim

tbh if its just 1500 km i'd keep using what i have

tbh if its just 1500 km i'd keep using what i have
Forum: Touring
01-30-12, 03:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,284
Posted By wiiiim

Salsa Gordo's, bombproof!

Salsa Gordo's, bombproof!
Forum: Touring
01-21-12, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By wiiiim

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ has a section on...

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/ has a section on traveling with pets, personally I like this blog: http://cyclinggypsies.wordpress.com/
i think any bike will do, its just a matter of personal...
Forum: Touring
01-20-12, 10:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,908
Posted By wiiiim

I'm curious though, what is this 2 lb 9 oz tent...

I'm curious though, what is this 2 lb 9 oz tent you already own? If it's some light weight free standing model like the MSR carbon reflex or hubba or Big Agnes copper spur you can put it up without...
Forum: Touring
01-18-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,953
Posted By wiiiim

haha, great stuff!

haha, great stuff!
Forum: Touring
01-18-12, 06:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,603
Posted By wiiiim

i usually stuff the little bag from my sleeping...

i usually stuff the little bag from my sleeping bag with my jacket or fleece
Forum: Touring
01-18-12, 04:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,576
Posted By wiiiim

Its just that elitism is a huge turn off for me,...

Its just that elitism is a huge turn off for me, it go's against the very nature of bike touring
Whether you are cycling with a crappy mountainbike without bike bags but having everything strapped...
Forum: Touring
01-16-12, 05:17 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,953
Posted By wiiiim

there are other pictures i like more, but this...

there are other pictures i like more, but this one really struck me as a road 'meant to be ridden'

http://i.imgur.com/xk8FB.jpg (http://imgur.com/xk8FB)

South of Chile
Forum: Touring
01-16-12, 04:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,576
Posted By wiiiim

great idea actually, just poorly executed by...

great idea actually, just poorly executed
by reading the submission guidelines, seeing how all images are branded with your website (while these are clearly not your property), no credit or link to...
Forum: Touring
01-06-12, 10:48 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,908
Posted By wiiiim

that's what I thought too :P, but in reality...

that's what I thought too :P, but in reality you're there all groggy from having no sleep, rain is poring down and there you are with a smelly jacket on your face which is getting soaked and muddy...
Forum: Touring
01-06-12, 10:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,908
Posted By wiiiim

I've used a bivi bag on several 1 week treks in...

I've used a bivi bag on several 1 week treks in the Alps

* if you are serious about camping with a bivi in the rain, don't buy a cheap one with frabric that isn't breathable! they will try to...
Forum: Touring
12-15-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,579
Posted By wiiiim

thanks everyone! so far the Tamron 17 to 50mm...

thanks everyone!
so far the Tamron 17 to 50mm 2.8 is at the top of my list, while you can get longer range lenses for the same price (18 to 200 etc) I'm thinking the extra aperture here will prove...
Forum: Touring
12-14-11, 05:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,579
Posted By wiiiim

Favorite DSLR lens when touring?

I was wondering, for those that tour with a DSLR, what is your favorite lens? That one lens you can't do without!
I'm going on a long tour in a couple of months, but can't decide what lens (or...
Forum: Touring
12-13-11, 09:32 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 9,539
Posted By wiiiim

its pretty much a non issue imo, doing the death...

its pretty much a non issue imo, doing the death road (and below) in Bolivia all the way up from la cumbre above La Paz (about a full day of decent coming from 4700m) was just fine with V brakes
we...
Forum: Touring
12-07-11, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By wiiiim

july and august are the best months i think, go...

july and august are the best months i think, go for it!
Forum: Touring
12-06-11, 06:02 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 23,208
Posted By wiiiim

http://i.imgur.com/KDYQH.jpg alti plano,...

http://i.imgur.com/KDYQH.jpg

alti plano, Bolivia
North Face 3P tent

http://i.imgur.com/JtzvE.jpg

lago general carrera, Chile

http://i.imgur.com/iad77.jpg
Forum: Touring
12-05-11, 03:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

also this is a good place to stay in Cusco, cheap...

also this is a good place to stay in Cusco, cheap and lots of room for the bike (many cyclists and motors stay here)...
Forum: Touring
12-05-11, 03:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

sounds good! I think starting mid-march is a good...

sounds good! I think starting mid-march is a good idea, try to be on the alti plano (North of Salta) by june/july so you'll have the best sunny months to cross to Peru
a few tips on the route:
-...
Forum: Touring
12-01-11, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By wiiiim

great article! thanks for sharing

great article! thanks for sharing
Forum: Touring
11-24-11, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,748
Posted By wiiiim

S&S couplers on a regular bike are only worth it...

S&S couplers on a regular bike are only worth it imo if you intend to do crazy stuff like do a part of your trip by canoe while carrying the bike
for regular transport it hardly makes a difference,...
Forum: Touring
11-24-11, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By wiiiim

looks grainy :(

looks grainy :(
Forum: Touring
11-21-11, 06:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By wiiiim

it's worth adding that just recently a new model...

it's worth adding that just recently a new model of the GoPro came out, GoPro2 which now shoots in full HD at 30fps, and 120fps in WVGA (for nice slowmo's), overall the colors are more vibrant than...
Forum: Touring
11-18-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 969
Posted By wiiiim

cool stuff! are the pictures straight of the...

cool stuff!
are the pictures straight of the camera? most of them look heavily color corrected with some kind of HDR effect, a little overdone perhaps :-)

for example: ...
Forum: Touring
11-17-11, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By wiiiim

I've heard depressing stories about biking the...

I've heard depressing stories about biking the coast of Brazil, not many options in terms of roads, lots of highways just swarming with big trucks

either way, worth digging deeper :-)
Forum: Touring
11-14-11, 07:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

I'd stay away from any kind of race frame in...

I'd stay away from any kind of race frame
in bike shops components are often combined with different qualities so you should always check on that, mixing up groups is essentially not a problem, but...
Forum: Touring
11-10-11, 04:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

depends try to get an idea on how many km's the...

depends
try to get an idea on how many km's the bike has ridden before, look for things like worn out teeth on the sprocket, rusty cables, bends in the derailer, does the derailer pull hard enough,...
Forum: Touring
11-08-11, 03:16 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

i wouldn't see myself riding the ripio with that...

i wouldn't see myself riding the ripio with that diamondback, i wonder how it handles with a lot of weight, plus i'd get back pains riding every day bent over like that
the trek frame could perhaps...
Forum: Touring
11-08-11, 03:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

just to add another option: i travelled 6...

just to add another option:
i travelled 6 months in SA with a simple alu mountainbike, bought second hand at 300 euro's, everything on the rear, no front panniers, fully equipped (tent, clothes,...
Forum: Touring
11-07-11, 10:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

i'm a little skeptical about carrying just 20kg...

i'm a little skeptical about carrying just 20kg of gear
you could do without cooking gear in theory (i personally wouldn't), but a tent and a warm sleeping bag are kind of mandatory in my book, at...
Forum: Touring
11-06-11, 07:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,156
Posted By wiiiim

how much gear are you carrying? that Cannondale...

how much gear are you carrying? that Cannondale looks like a light weight race frame, i'd go for something stronger!
you're looking at a trip of about a year, i'd invest in a solid steel frame (or a...
Forum: Touring
10-04-11, 06:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,952
Posted By wiiiim

lol what first world problemmmmms :lol:

lol what
first world problemmmmms :lol:
Forum: Touring
09-28-11, 05:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,058
Posted By wiiiim

Is it possible to hook up an external hd to an...

Is it possible to hook up an external hd to an iPad and copy over pictures from the iPad to the storage device?
Can you view pictures from an external hd on an iPad without importing them?
When you...
Forum: Touring
09-28-11, 04:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,587
Posted By wiiiim

I've been reading your blog in the past, quite a...

I've been reading your blog in the past, quite a nice story on Tibet! I laughed at the way you passed the border with Nepal, playing the ignorant naive tourist, haha :-)
The dream for me is to pass...
Forum: Touring
09-27-11, 03:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,587
Posted By wiiiim

good stuff! but how did they travel straight...

good stuff!
but how did they travel straight through Tibet (Lhasa - Kashgar)? was it recent?
09-26-11, 05:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,725
Posted By wiiiim

That's awesome Dan, great work :-) I did a test...

That's awesome Dan, great work :-)
I did a test drive on my dummy this weekend, quite nice! no big surprises so far, its as roomy, sturdy, big and heavy as i thought it would be, although it does...
Forum: Touring
09-26-11, 04:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,058
Posted By wiiiim

if you're the kind of person that shoots RAW i...

if you're the kind of person that shoots RAW i really doubt you want to deal with the hassle of uploading pictures to a service like dropbox (slow, unreliable, ...unless you upload images at half...
Forum: Touring
09-23-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,058
Posted By wiiiim

don't get me wrong I like Apple products too, but...

don't get me wrong I like Apple products too, but if you go the smartphone way there are Android phones as cheap or cheaper than the iPod touch..
Forum: Touring
09-23-11, 03:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,058
Posted By wiiiim

I'm in a similar situation If all go's well my...

I'm in a similar situation
If all go's well my tour will be quite long, 1 year or more, I'm thinking about taking my usual laptop because of the storage space, processing power and full size...
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