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Forum: Touring
08-13-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,890
Posted By markf

For the sleeping bag, try to figure out the...

For the sleeping bag, try to figure out the lowest overnight temperature you can expect, then get a bag that is designed to be comfortable at that temperature. If you get a bag that is designed for a...
Forum: Touring
06-27-18, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By markf

Lon Las Cymru,...

Lon Las Cymru, https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/lon-las-cymru-holyhead-cardiff-chepstow.
Forum: Touring
06-23-18, 08:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 659
Posted By markf

The Alps and the Pyrenees are both well worth...

The Alps and the Pyrenees are both well worth seeing. Put the lowest gears you can manage on your bikes, keep your luggage and bikes as light as you can sensibly manage, and make sure your brakes are...
Forum: Touring
05-12-18, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By markf

https://www.nationalexpress.com/en

https://www.nationalexpress.com/en
Forum: Touring
05-12-18, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By markf

Underground or Heathrow Express into London,...

Underground or Heathrow Express into London, then take a train or bus to Portsmouth, or you could just bicycle into London and catch a train from there. If you've got the time, Google maps shows a...
Forum: Touring
04-17-18, 08:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By markf

If your airline will accept a bike in a clear...

If your airline will accept a bike in a clear plastic bag then that's a great way to go. Baggage handlers can see what they're handling, they'll handle it more appropriately, and plastic bags are...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 11:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,062
Posted By markf

I'm not sure how much gas you actually could...

I'm not sure how much gas you actually could transfer from one cartridge to another. Once the pressure differential between the two cans got close enough to zero no more gas would transfer. At any...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 09:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,062
Posted By markf

I think your long boil times are due to the...

I think your long boil times are due to the conditions you ran the tests in. Cool water, cool temperatures, no wind protection to speak of, and sub par fuel quality. Your final test was run with an...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,062
Posted By markf

If you read the fine print, most of the...

If you read the fine print, most of the advertised boil times for stoves are at 70 degrees air temperature, 70 degrees water temperature, and no wind, so it's pretty unrealistic to expect real world...
Forum: Touring
04-01-18, 08:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By markf

Like fietsbob said, always bring a lock whether...

Like fietsbob said, always bring a lock whether or not the hostel has dedicated bike storage. I usually bring a cycle cover, too, just to keep a low profile.
Forum: Touring
03-30-18, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,751
Posted By markf

I've been trying to figure that out too. I know...

I've been trying to figure that out too. I know that the gas pressure in the canister has to be higher than atmospheric pressure by enough to push the gas up out of the canister and to the burner. I...
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 07:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,751
Posted By markf

Like seeker333 said, Snow Peak makes a 700ml pot...

Like seeker333 said, Snow Peak makes a 700ml pot that is designed to hold a 4 oz/100gram cartridge and a GigaPower stove. Drop the canister in with the valve at the bottom of the pot, and there's...
Forum: Touring
03-15-18, 11:08 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,344
Posted By markf

Before your bike was built, people were riding...

Before your bike was built, people were riding across the US with bikes that had 2 or 3 chainrings (front sprockets) and 5 cogs in back, and they did just fine. Your bike doesn't have as many gears...
Forum: Touring
03-14-18, 08:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,925
Posted By markf

Taxi has worked for me in the past, sometimes...

Taxi has worked for me in the past, sometimes there's an extra fee for oversize/excess baggage. If the airline you're traveling with allows it (and that's a very big "if"), my favorite method is to...
03-09-18, 10:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,610
Posted By markf

I've had good luck with Superfeet for quite a few...

I've had good luck with Superfeet for quite a few years now, in just about all my shoes. I'm using older cycling specific Superfeet insoles in both pairs of cycling shoes.
03-06-18, 11:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 690
Posted By markf

Like Tim Iowa and fietsbob said, hub dynamo...

Like Tim Iowa and fietsbob said, hub dynamo lighting systems are the way to go if you ride in the dark on a regular basis. If you can afford them, Schmidt hub dynamos and Edelux headlights are the...
Forum: Touring
03-06-18, 08:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,315
Posted By markf

I cycled northern Tuscany (the Garfagnana),...

I cycled northern Tuscany (the Garfagnana), Liguria, Corsica and Sardinia in 2012 on a 7 week tour; I cycled Sicily in 2008 for five weeks and I cycled southern Tuscany and Umbria for three weeks in...
Forum: Touring
05-24-14, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 772
Posted By markf

Sustrans routes can be great for sightseeing, but...

Sustrans routes can be great for sightseeing, but not so great for actually getting from point A to point B. I have memories of badly marked routes, inaccurate signs that led me around in circles,...
Forum: Touring
08-18-13, 08:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,475
Posted By markf

I've used the "naked bike" approach on 5...

I've used the "naked bike" approach on 5 transatlantic round trips with British airways since '04. No bag, no box, just pull off the pedals, turn the bars sideways, lower the saddle and roll the bike...
Forum: Touring
08-16-13, 09:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 671
Posted By markf

If you're going to Tuscany anyway, that would be...

If you're going to Tuscany anyway, that would be a great place to do a week long bicycle tour. There are some great cycling roads between Bologna (OK, it's not Tuscany) and Florence, and the...
Forum: Touring
07-12-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,661
Posted By markf

This spring I spent 6 weeks covering 1300 miles...

This spring I spent 6 weeks covering 1300 miles around Italy and Corsica on a set of Marathon Supremes, no flats and the tires still look good. They roll nicely and they're relatively light. The...
Forum: Touring
07-09-12, 06:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,169
Posted By markf

Like raybo said, just winging it can put you on...

Like raybo said, just winging it can put you on some very unpleasant roads or areas when a little advance planning could have put you on a much more enjoyable route. Besides, I rather enjoy the...
Forum: Touring
06-28-12, 08:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,841
Posted By markf

I've taken a fully assembled, unboxed touring...

I've taken a fully assembled, unboxed touring bike from Denver to Europe and back (Scotland, Tuscany, Sicily, Ireland, Tuscany) 5 times since 2004. 4 times involved a British Airways flight from...
Forum: Touring
06-27-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By markf

Depending on how long you're going to be gone, it...

Depending on how long you're going to be gone, it just might be worth your while to just pay the long term parking rate in one of the economy lots at DIA. DIA's shuttle lots charge $7/day, and there...
Forum: Touring
06-26-12, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By markf

Which airline are you flying with? British...

Which airline are you flying with? British Airways treats your bike as a piece of checked luggage- if everything else is carry-on, the bike is your one free piece of checked luggage (Economy Class)....
Forum: Touring
06-12-12, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 631
Posted By markf

Newgrange is excellent, if you go to Ireland be...

Newgrange is excellent, if you go to Ireland be sure and see it.
Forum: Touring
06-12-12, 06:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 631
Posted By markf

Where in Italy did you find a campsite for 5...

Where in Italy did you find a campsite for 5 euros? Or should I say when? My experience last month was that 1 person + 1 tent never came to less than 13 euros. Had I had a car with me, the cost would...
Forum: Touring
06-11-12, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 631
Posted By markf

I cycled Scotland in 2004 and had a great time....

I cycled Scotland in 2004 and had a great time. North and west of Pitlochry was where I really started to enjoy the scenery and the cycling in general. If you want to visit any of the islands,...
Forum: Touring
06-09-12, 06:57 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,757
Posted By markf

Just got back from my big tour of Italy (and...

Just got back from my big tour of Italy (and Corsica). Bologna-Florence-Castelnuovo di Garfagnana-Cinque Terre-Corsica-Sardinia.Camped about half the time, did a few layover days for sightseeing and...
Forum: Touring
04-16-12, 04:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 672
Posted By markf

I remember the stretch north of Cologne being...

I remember the stretch north of Cologne being very heavily industrialized, so much so that I detoured to Aachen and followed bike paths to Amsterdam. This was 1972, but I don't think that's changed...
03-26-12, 04:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,281
Posted By markf

CO 91 from Copper Mountain to Leadville was...

CO 91 from Copper Mountain to Leadville was rebuilt last summer, there is now a shoulder on the southbound side from Copper to Leadville and the road is much smoother. On the debit side, the...
Forum: Touring
03-23-12, 06:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,472
Posted By markf

Nitrile gloves, and/or some kind of pumice based...

Nitrile gloves, and/or some kind of pumice based hand cleaner. I keep a giant container of mechanic's hand cleaner at home and decant as much as I feel like carrying into a squeeze tube or jar to...
Forum: Touring
03-18-12, 06:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,276
Posted By markf

I understand about seat tube length being only...

I understand about seat tube length being only one part of how a frame fits, but 53cm sounds awfully small for a 5'10" person. I'm 5'9" and ride 57 or 58 cm road and touring frames, measured center...
Forum: Touring
03-04-12, 07:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,106
Posted By markf

I've done four transatlantic roundtrips with the...

I've done four transatlantic roundtrips with the "naked bike" method, and it's worked out just fine every time. Just take the pedals off, turn the handlebars sideways, and roll the bike up to the...
Forum: Touring
02-27-12, 07:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,632
Posted By markf

You can probably do a one way car rental from Las...

You can probably do a one way car rental from Las Vegas to Durango, and you can definitely do a one way car rental from anywhere to Denver airport, but the drop-off fees for a one way rental can be...
Forum: Touring
02-08-12, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,709
Posted By markf

regarding option 1, a good folding bike is going...

regarding option 1, a good folding bike is going to cost at least as much as a non-folder of comparable quality, maybe a touch more. Also, airline baggage regulations are such that the folder in its...
Forum: Touring
01-23-12, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,006
Posted By markf

I would scour the websites of Air Canada and...

I would scour the websites of Air Canada and Lufthansa, paying particular attention to the sections on code shares, bicycles and baggage in general. Rules and fees are changing too fast to rely on...
Forum: Touring
01-23-12, 05:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,714
Posted By markf

A Carradice Nelson or Camper seatbag or maybe one...

A Carradice Nelson or Camper seatbag or maybe one of Rivendell's offerings would hold enough luggage for the type of tour you propose, and would fit in well with the retro theme.
Forum: Touring
01-12-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Posted By markf

Why Rome? A smaller city like Florence or Bologna...

Why Rome? A smaller city like Florence or Bologna would be an easier place to start a tour. Pisa apparently has a lot of cheap flights, too. Fly into one of those cities, cycle around Tuscany for two...
Forum: Touring
01-06-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,802
Posted By markf

I've used a bivy on climbing trips in Rocky...

I've used a bivy on climbing trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, where bivy sacks are allowed but tents are not in certain areas. Mine kept me dry in a couple of pounding downpours and one...
Forum: Touring
12-08-11, 12:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,632
Posted By markf

A van shuttle to Frisco would knock off 90+ miles...

A van shuttle to Frisco would knock off 90+ miles and 6000+ feet of climbing, plus eliminate the need to ride over Loveland Pass with all the haz-mat trucks and oversize loads as well as the ride...
Forum: Touring
11-24-11, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,632
Posted By markf

Having driven between Las Vegas and St. George...

Having driven between Las Vegas and St. George too many times, I would definitely agree with the advice to use an airport shuttle van to cover that stretch, whether you start your trip in Vegas or in...
Forum: Touring
11-09-11, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,326
Posted By markf

Flying internationally with a bike isn't as cheap...

Flying internationally with a bike isn't as cheap as it used to be, unfortunately. Lufthansa treats a bicycle as an oversize luggage piece (150 euros per flight, I think). British Airways still lets...
Forum: Touring
08-20-11, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By markf

For the Aerocat, I'd suggest a medium to large...

For the Aerocat, I'd suggest a medium to large saddlebag (Carradice Nelson Longflap or one of the Rivendell saddlebags, like this one:...
Forum: Touring
08-12-11, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,506
Posted By markf

I've used the Ortlieb backpack conversion gizmo...

I've used the Ortlieb backpack conversion gizmo on a couple of tours, I'm not that crazy about it. Ortlieb should stick to panniers, IMHO, and let someone else make backpacks. There are a lot of...
Forum: Touring
08-03-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,144
Posted By markf

Are you going to camp or stay in hostels, B&Bs,...

Are you going to camp or stay in hostels, B&Bs, etc.? The trip you propose would be a serious challenge with camping gear, to the point of being more like work than fun. Without camping gear it would...
Forum: Touring
06-06-11, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By markf

The avalanche deposition on the Copper-Frisco...

The avalanche deposition on the Copper-Frisco bike path is melting fast, people are walking across on a regular basis. The chutes that the bike path is exposed to are either clear of snow or...
Forum: Touring
06-03-11, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,518
Posted By markf

I cycled around Tuscany and Umbria a few years...

I cycled around Tuscany and Umbria a few years back and had a ball- no cycling infrastructure to speak of, but plenty of quiet roads and drivers were very considerate of cyclists. My only annoyance...
Forum: Touring
06-02-11, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 500
Posted By markf

I would not feel safe riding through the night...

I would not feel safe riding through the night without a good set of lights and lots of reflectors on my bike.

Definitely get panniers or a big seat bag (like a Carradice Camper), or at least...
Forum: Touring
05-28-11, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By markf

It's become somewhat of a cliche, but Tuscany is...

It's become somewhat of a cliche, but Tuscany is a great place to tour. Start in Florence, work your way south through Siena and the area just south of Siena (Montepulciano, Montalcino, etc.). Umbria...
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