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03-13-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 198
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Posted By nun

I have a summer trip to the UK planned. When I...

I have a summer trip to the UK planned. When I booked the flight it cost me $700 - the same return flight to day costs $400. But as it stands today there are no restrictions for me flying between the...
Forum: Touring
03-10-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 622
Posted By nun

I take a head mounted Petzval lamp when I tour so...

I take a head mounted Petzval lamp when I tour so I can see around camp at night. I use it if I ride at night too. Simple, light weight and does double duty.
Forum: Touring
02-29-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By nun

The leather straps and buckles do take more time...

The leather straps and buckles do take more time than many attachment systems, but I don't find it a big enough deal to bother with racks and multiple bags. Anyway, once the bag is on there I rarely...
Forum: Touring
02-29-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By nun

Yes the D-ring is my own mod, but Carradice has...

Yes the D-ring is my own mod, but Carradice has now added them to the Camper and the Nelson. I sometimes use the D-ring for a shoulder strap, but most times I just use the nylon straps I attach to...
Forum: Touring
02-29-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By nun

New bike, old set up

FYI, here is my new Specialized Diverge with my old Carradice Camper and Ortlieb handlebar bay set up. The 32mn tires and futureshock make the ride quite comfy. Thereís loads of clearance for the...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,125
Posted By nun

If you book too far ahead then it can be...

If you book too far ahead then it can be difficult and costly to change things. So I usually book only one day ahead. Phone apps like Booking.com make this easy.
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

I like to go old school with my Carradice and...

I like to go old school with my Carradice and tuck them as close to the seat post as possible. As I have clearance to the back wheel I don't need/use any internal or external supports.
The scuffs...
Forum: Touring
02-23-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

The thru axles are just fine and it's easy to get...

The thru axles are just fine and it's easy to get the wheels and discs positioned. The whole hydro system is still a mystery to me so it better be reliable. One day it might swap it out for a cable...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

The 32mm tires feel like balloons right now and...

The 32mm tires feel like balloons right now and as most of my time is on roads it's as wide as I'll go for now.



Yes there's probably room even with 1 liter water bottles, but the Ortlieb front...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

itís been pretty cold and itís taken me 3 weeks...

itís been pretty cold and itís taken me 3 weeks to fully get over the flu, but Iíve been out a couple of times. Iím using 32 mm gator skins which with the future shock make the ride very comfortable,...
Forum: Touring
02-22-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

I'm planning on doing LEJOG in June. The UK blogs...

I'm planning on doing LEJOG in June. The UK blogs have people who treat it like a sprint and do it in a short vacation break - taking around 7 days. My goal is two or three weeks. I've also got to...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

There's a van shuttle that leaves from Inverness...

There's a van shuttle that leaves from Inverness and then there's the train. I looked at both options. I'm dubious about UK train service right now as there are horror stories of cancellations and...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

The reasons you give are why I've used the Tardis...

The reasons you give are why I've used the Tardis in the past. This time I can leave the bag with friends and the Post Carry definitely does a better job at protecting the bike.
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

Yes LEJOG this summer, or as much as I can get...

Yes LEJOG this summer, or as much as I can get done anyway.Drive to lands End and then rent a car in Wick to drive back
Forum: Touring
02-20-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By nun

Soft sided bike bag

I'm touring aboard this summer and so needed a bag to transport my bike on the plane. I've used the Groundeffect Tardis in the past, but it has no padding and so I've always added cardboard and foam...
Forum: Touring
02-19-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

The human auditory system has evolved so that it...

The human auditory system has evolved so that it can cope with multiple inputs. So an ear bud in one ear does not mean that you will miss other sounds. I still find a simple FM radio to be great when...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,932
Posted By nun

A pair of kung fu shoes fold flat so they take up...

A pair of kung fu shoes fold flat so they take up very little volume and they are very light too.
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I'm all for defensive riding. I did the "cycling...

I'm all for defensive riding. I did the "cycling proficiency" test in the UK back in the early 1970s and I have kept up the habits of following rules of the road, attention to surroundings and...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,932
Posted By nun

I wear Shimano M089L SPD shoes and they work well...

I wear Shimano M089L SPD shoes and they work well on and off the bike. Iíve done some hiking in them and while bit great for scrambling over rocks they are just fine for trails and walking around...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

Thanks for the links, especially the SciFi ones....

Thanks for the links, especially the SciFi ones. Starship Sofa is great and the host has a very familiar accent for me so that's lovely too.
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,932
Posted By nun

Yes in rain the A530 flat side was slippery. The...

Yes in rain the A530 flat side was slippery. The EH500 has set screws to provide grip on the flat side. I needed some pedals for a new bike recently as so ended up with the EH500 and they look good....
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

When camping it's nice to have gentle...

When camping it's nice to have gentle sounds...too often in campsites there's the noise of partying. On the bike I really look forward to a good podcast or some of my favorite music.
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,932
Posted By nun

the A530 are discontinued and replaced with EH500

the A530 are discontinued and replaced with EH500
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 12:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I have to use "sport" buds with the loops that go...

I have to use "sport" buds with the loops that go around the ears as regular ear buds just fall out. I usually ride with a bandana around my neck as I find it keeps me cooler in the summer and it...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I imagine wind noise in the ears would be the...

I imagine wind noise in the ears would be the issue using an open air speaker. That's why I use a single earbud; the music/radio goes directly in one ear, and eliminates wind noise issues, while the...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I often match my listening to the terrain with...

I often match my listening to the terrain with quiet methodical stuff for climbing and fast paced music for the flat sections, particularly if Iím looking to get somewhere fast. I might be be...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I'll take a look at those. One thing that has...

I'll take a look at those. One thing that has annoyed me recently is the new iPhones emphasize bluetooth headphones and that's just another device to power. I use an adapter so I can plug headphone...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

I don't have mirrors, but I'm always careful to...

I don't have mirrors, but I'm always careful to check behind me. I tend to take my ear bud out in towns and heavy traffic.
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

​​​​​​I find that just one ear bud in my right...

​​​​​​I find that just one ear bud in my right ear allows me to still hear things around me and that music can often enhance my ride. This summer I did some climbing in the NH mountains and listening...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,686
Posted By nun

Listening choices on your bike

I like a bit of audio entertainment when I ride, I usually listen to the radio or music on long days in the saddle. Sometimes Iíll download an audiobook. I use one earphone and leave the other ear...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By nun

FYI here is the new Diverge-Sport. I have the...

FYI here is the new Diverge-Sport. I have the 700x32 Gatorskins at 70psi and that seems pretty good. otehr old school parts are a Nitto S83 seatpost,
a Brooks Swift saddle and a NOS Carradice...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,089
Posted By nun

The reasons I use what many would describe as a...

The reasons I use what many would describe as a bike packing set up is because I want to keep my touring setup as light as possible and I want to be able to mount my bags to any bike without worrying...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,089
Posted By nun

Bikepacking and touring exist on a spectrum; one...

Bikepacking and touring exist on a spectrum; one might emphasize rough stuff while the other is mostly on roads. But there is significant overlap. I tend to stick to roads as I have 25mm tires on my...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By nun

Yes the drops are flared out. The bar also has a...

Yes the drops are flared out. The bar also has a little step in it at the stem so the bar tops are a little higher than the stem. This makes for a relaxed position. The KlickFix Ortlieb Mount fits...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By nun

Yes the "Future shock" comes with 3 springs of...

Yes the "Future shock" comes with 3 springs of different stiffnesses. I think I have the medium in right now. The handlebars are pretty high right out of the box and basically level with my saddle...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,608
Posted By nun

I did it with 25mm Gatorskins. They were just...

I did it with 25mm Gatorskins. They were just fine as the towpath surface is pretty smooth crushed limestone and there are some road sections.
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By nun

The bike comes with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes...

The bike comes with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and I've learned to protect the pads whenever I take the wheel off and to make sure no oil gets on them or the discs. I've been assured that the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,608
Posted By nun

The Erie Canal is a great route: itís scenic;...

The Erie Canal is a great route: itís scenic; flat; has great transport links ; and good free camping at many of the locks as well as plenty of motels on route Iíve done it a couple of times. For the...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By nun

I bit the bullet and just got a Specialized...

I bit the bullet and just got a Specialized Diverge Sport-less money than the Cervelo. Iím getting to grips with the disc brakes which I realize might not be the most convenient for long distance...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,089
Posted By nun

Bikepacking is for hipsters and touring is for...

Bikepacking is for hipsters and touring is for Freds.

Seriously I was riding off road on the North Yorkshire Moors on a Claud Butler with a Carradice saddlebag with a tent strapped to the top...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By nun

FYI I just bought a Specialized Diverge Sport and...

FYI I just bought a Specialized Diverge Sport and once factor was the simple 27.2mm diameter seatpost. It comes with one in carbon, but I will swap that out for an aluminum one and a Brooks Swift...
Forum: Touring
01-13-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By nun

Weird shaped seat posts make it impossible to...

Weird shaped seat posts make it impossible to swap them out for simple aluminum ones, but I've seen plenty of saddlebags strapped to saddles and seat posts and I imagine a lot of those were carbon....
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 11:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,970
Posted By nun

Here's an idea for credit carding it, no cooking...

Here's an idea for credit carding it, no cooking and staying in hotels or couch surfing. Total weight is 7.5lbs. There's even room left in the Barley saddlebag for quite a bit of food like tortillas,...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,970
Posted By nun

My solution is a Carradice Barley saddlebag and...

My solution is a Carradice Barley saddlebag and an Ortlieb Classic handlebar bag, but just about any bikepacking type saddlebag and a handlebar bag of some sort should work just fine.
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

A tarp and a bivy might end up being heavier or...

A tarp and a bivy might end up being heavier or more volume than a single walled tent. If you use the hammock instead of the bivy the setup could also get heavy depending on the type of hammock and...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

Muddy routes are often given by Google maps too....

Muddy routes are often given by Google maps too. Iíve spent quite some time on dirt tracks in northern New England when following a Google bike route.

Might do LEJOG next summer as my family want...
Forum: Touring
12-22-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

dont forget that a good shelter isnít just...

dont forget that a good shelter isnít just protection against the rain, it should also keep bugs at bay, they can be far worse than rain.
Forum: Touring
12-21-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

Pitching an single walled tent in the rain has...

Pitching an single walled tent in the rain has the advantage that the inside does not get wet. It's also quick and simple. But I try to avoid that and
if it's raining my default action is to wait...
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

You can order custom tent poles from Quest...

You can order custom tent poles from Quest Outfitters. You can choose the diameter and length and then install elastic cords and the end hardware. The stock pole that came with my Tarptent Contrail...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,957
Posted By nun

I use a Contrail. It preceded the Protrail shown...

I use a Contrail. It preceded the Protrail shown here, but the two are similar

https://www.tarptent.com/product/protrail/

Here is how I pack the tent. Here is my saddlebag
...
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