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Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By HobbesOnTour

A disadvantage of a rackbag is that it limits...

A disadvantage of a rackbag is that it limits access to the two panniers, therefore whatever you may need during the day should be in the rackpack.

Personally, I prefer the balance of 4 panniers,...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Campfires? Are you planning to stealth camp? ...

Campfires? Are you planning to stealth camp?
Well, wild or stealthcamping is pretty much forbidden in Germany, no?
I'd imagine in a post Covid world stealthcamping is going to be treated very...
Forum: Touring
05-30-21, 04:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Yes I don't know the tyres but they appear to...

Yes
I don't know the tyres but they appear to be tubeless ready. If your wheels are not equipped to be tubeless then you are overpaying in my book.

Remember, this is mainly a US forum. Your ride...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It's perfectly normal to have doubts and see them...

It's perfectly normal to have doubts and see them bubble up in a quest for the "perfect" bike. (After that it Will be the perfect tent, stove, clothing, handlebarbag, gps etc. You may never get on...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 10:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Have you done the maths on solar charging the...

Have you done the maths on solar charging the battery? I could easily see whatever power generated by the panels being used by the battery. And you still being short.
Are you planning on charging...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By HobbesOnTour

México is great although I know nothing about...

México is great although I know nothing about your route.
Finding a partner at such short notice will not be easy, perhaps try CGOAB or Facebook groups.
Temperature will be an issue. And possible...
Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,202
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I find a reply like this to be beyond ironic on a...

I find a reply like this to be beyond ironic on a "Touring" forum. I ride my bike in strange and foreign places, something beyond the comprehension of most. I benefit greatly from meeting people who...
04-16-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,446
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Holy thread resurrection! Today, I noticed...

Holy thread resurrection!

Today, I noticed for the first time, that Wahoo have done away with the need to "ping" (their expression) the cloud to process a new route.

They said they would look...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,664
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Big fan of shakedown rides! Big fan of Spam...

Big fan of shakedown rides!
Big fan of Spam too!:)
Make sure your rain gear is at the top of the pannier.
I always like to keep one powerbank (and cable) in my handlebar bag for charging on the...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 886
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I just did a test there and I could create a...

I just did a test there and I could create a route on the fly on my android phone in Komoot and download the gpx.
Now, the quality of that route I'm not going to debate.
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The relevant point...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 886
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It really is horses for courses and of course, a...

It really is horses for courses and of course, a route is subjective. I might like mine, you may hate it.

At home (NL) Komoot refused to take me on quiet and intetesting routes, preferring side of...
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Not rambling at all. Useful info in there

Not rambling at all. Useful info in there
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

You're giving yourself good advice! For me,...

You're giving yourself good advice!

For me, a day's touring is made up of lots of little decisions; What time will I start? What road to take? Breakfast now or on the road? Is that a big rain...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I think this may have been the issue. There was...

I think this may have been the issue. There was conflict between Frame maker & Rohloff over responsibility.

These are the kinds of things that can influence success or otherwise of a tour. A...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Thanks. I think that detail is useful to the...

Thanks.
I think that detail is useful to the OP.
Part of a group, ACA maps and info. And road bike experience.
It wasn't a case of picking up a bike and rolling away.
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I've done many, many one/two/three night tours. I...

I've done many, many one/two/three night tours. I was never much more than 10 minutes from home before I donned my touring head. I could cycle 90km to a campsite 10km from my front door because I had...
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

How much planning and prep did you do? Were you...

How much planning and prep did you do? Were you solo and self supported?
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Ironically, the guy was on a Rohoff hub! There...

Ironically, the guy was on a Rohoff hub!
There was a compatibility problem between bike & hub (either frame designer or Rohloff) had changed something, exacerbated by a belt as opposed to a chain....
Forum: Touring
03-08-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,512
Posted By HobbesOnTour

It's a wonderful idea and you wouldn't be the...

It's a wonderful idea and you wouldn't be the first to come up with it.

Can you do it without experience and with little or no planning? Yes. The question becomes will you be successful and enjoy...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,704
Posted By HobbesOnTour

There's a lot of good advice above. Personally,...

There's a lot of good advice above.
Personally, I'd think there could be more danger with a vehicle hovering behind - inattention of your driver could be a factor as well as dangerous overtakes....
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I can stand over https://cycle.travel/ or...

I can stand over https://cycle.travel/ or https://m.cyclestreets.net/#5/53.78/-2.37 is popular in the UK too.
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,428
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I see that no-one has mentioned...

I see that no-one has mentioned https://cycle.travel/
Not an app, but a website.
I've plotted routes of well over 1000 km on it.
Functionality for accommodation is optimal in Europe, but I found...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,164
Posted By HobbesOnTour

www.biroto.eu is worth a look for more info. ...

www.biroto.eu is worth a look for more info.
Here's one link https://www.biroto.eu/en/cycle-route/europe/eurovelo-east-europe-route-part-north-cape-warsaw/rt00000593

As always, CrazyGuyOnABike...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,549
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Things that have a higher chance of happening...

Things that have a higher chance of happening this year than last;
Probable reduced access to bars, restaurants, cafes
Possible less backup in the form of public transport availability (especially...
Forum: Touring
06-21-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,549
Posted By HobbesOnTour

As above, the OP really needs to get to grips...

As above, the OP really needs to get to grips with travel & border crossings. Are they even sure they can fly into Europe then?

On the assumption that there are no border issues, the unfortunate...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,597
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Coming from a different perspective you could...

Coming from a different perspective you could consider a trailer.
Of course, if very much depends on how much you want to carry, and where.

I am using an ExtraWheel trailer that works...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,287
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Another one to consider is the ExtraWheel....

Another one to consider is the ExtraWheel. However, when I was researching I did come across one couple who could not make it work on their tandem - there was a constant wobble. My understanding is...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,756
Posted By HobbesOnTour

There are two significant advantages to building...

There are two significant advantages to building your own bike, IMO.

The first, if you know what you are doing is that you can get exactly what you want.
The second, if you know less about what...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,267
Posted By HobbesOnTour

A few random thoughts..... I'd personally go...

A few random thoughts.....

I'd personally go with the MTB for the simple reason that it's more versatile. Changing tyres can give me access to places the Schwinn won't go.

If the bags are as...
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I've cycled the Camino Frances as part of a...

I've cycled the Camino Frances as part of a longer tour and I have a couple of suggestions based on my own experience.

First of all decide if you want the pilgrimage experience or the touring...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Specific to WWI I have visited Ypres (Ieper) and...

Specific to WWI I have visited Ypres (Ieper) and the area around it. There's a museum in Ypres that is well worth a visit. I also came across a section of preserved trenches in Belgium that I found...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By HobbesOnTour

There are often bikes "donated" at the end of the...

There are often bikes "donated" at the end of the Camino. I'd imagine you could easily pick up your choice of bikes from people who are finished & don't want the hassle of bringing them home....
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Great video - well done! - and a great route. ...

Great video - well done! - and a great route.

I rode it N-S in November and really enjoyed it! I was self supported and did it a bit slower than you! :)
Forum: Touring
12-10-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,219
Posted By HobbesOnTour

You're loading up your bike & you're getting out...

You're loading up your bike & you're getting out there. That already puts you ahead of a whole lot of people, if you want to look at things that way. Personally I think mentality is more important...
Forum: Touring
12-08-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,894
Posted By HobbesOnTour

The thing is the units from different companies...

The thing is the units from different companies work in subtly different ways. The best way to figure out the best unit for you is try what is available and test them in situations you foresee...
Forum: Touring
12-08-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,894
Posted By HobbesOnTour

In my experience most gps units that can plot a...

In my experience most gps units that can plot a route do so poorly. They simply do not have the capacity to get from A to B in the most suitable way for a bicycle. They go for the direct route. In...
Forum: Touring
12-01-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,219
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Fair play to you! I think you're downplaying...

Fair play to you!

I think you're downplaying what you achieved, which is a shame.

You packed up and you got out there! I'll bet there's many, many people reading this forum who have never done...
Forum: Touring
11-30-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,351
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Without getting into technicals, I believe that...

Without getting into technicals, I believe that you can tour pretty much anywhere you want on any bike. Some bikes/designs may well be more appropriate than others, but what's between your ears is...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,465
Posted By HobbesOnTour

For what it's worth I think the most important...

For what it's worth I think the most important thing in your toolkit is your head.

For some people what's a showstopper is a minor irritant to others, or maybe even a challenge!

Nothing wrong...
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,405
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Your whole day cycling could be 100 miles, mine...

Your whole day cycling could be 100 miles, mine might be twenty. I'm not saying the cycling ability is unimportant, just one factor in the success or enjoyment.

Of course now you'd never practise...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,405
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I don't like to use the word training. To me it...

I don't like to use the word training. To me it implies a focus on the physical preparation of cycling.

A bike tour, in my world, is about far more than the cycling. Yes, we need to be able to...
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,326
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Hi, First of all, good luck with your...

Hi,
First of all, good luck with your retirement and a Camino is a great way to begin!

To be boring, before deciding what route to follow, I'd suggest having a think about what your goal is - do...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 03:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,706
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I don't have the words to explain just how wrong...

I don't have the words to explain just how wrong I believe this advice to be.
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,087
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm about to do just that next week. I...

I'm about to do just that next week.


I hand over my keys, wander around locally for a couple of weeks tying up loose ends, then catch a ship across the Atlantic. My plans are open ended. I...
Forum: Touring
08-21-19, 12:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,706
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I can't agree with it's a mad, mad, mad world -...

I can't agree with it's a mad, mad, mad world - most especially not from the saddle of a bike. I don't know when was the last time you went on tour for more than a few days away from home, but the...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,706
Posted By HobbesOnTour

I'm sorry, but describing a solo self supported...

I'm sorry, but describing a solo self supported cross country bike tour as "crazy" in the bike touring forum is an ..... interesting tack to take.


When you say avoiding trouble, do you have...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,131
Posted By HobbesOnTour

You are using the term "bike packing" which can...

You are using the term "bike packing" which can mean different things to different people. And you say that you are trying to "figure out" what to purchase and then to "try them out".

Based on...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,411
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Based on the fact that you want to head off and...

Based on the fact that you want to head off and live off your bicycle for an undefined time, then yes, you are making some poor choices. Not that the idea is intrinsically bad, but your preparation...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,411
Posted By HobbesOnTour

If only there was a document that outlined what...

If only there was a document that outlined what was covered and any exceptions to that cover, what the terms and conditions are. You'd think someone in the insurance industry would think of something...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,260
Posted By HobbesOnTour

Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've...

Don't want to rain on your parade, but you've possibly voided any warranty you had on the frame.
My understanding is that most frame manufacturers (of touring bikes at least) don't advocate...
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