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Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 02:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,703
Posted By cycotourer

This is the very worst time of year to consider...

This is the very worst time of year to consider this trip.

My son worked as a helicopter pilot in Kununurra, and the summer across the Kimberley region is very hot. He did not fly at all during...
Forum: Recumbent
02-05-09, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,638
Posted By cycotourer

I know of some round the world tourers ( 1 pair...

I know of some round the world tourers ( 1 pair from Canada, and one pair from Europe) who are riding HP Streetmachines, not sure of anyone on Grasshoppers, though the recumbent shop in New York...
Forum: Touring
11-29-08, 04:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By cycotourer

Nice birthday present! I think the reason...

Nice birthday present!

I think the reason you didn't get a response is that most touring cyclists here are self-supported or do credit card touring, they don't (generally) do sagged/guided...
Forum: Touring
11-27-08, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By cycotourer

Believe it or not Rowan some people enjoy trains,...

Believe it or not Rowan some people enjoy trains, and the Indian Pacific is one of the world's great train journeys. I would jump at the chance. And they will see the real Nullabor from the train. ...
Forum: Touring
11-27-08, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 968
Posted By cycotourer

Reflective cycling jackets compulsory in France

Apologies if someone has already posted this: reflective cycling jackets are now compulsory in France if riding outside the cities:
...
Forum: Touring
11-27-08, 02:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By cycotourer

If you are considering training from the east to...

If you are considering training from the east to the west coast then you need to catch the Indian Pacific which runs from Sydney to Perth. You can't catch a train directly from Melbourne to Perth. ...
Forum: Touring
11-10-08, 02:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Posted By cycotourer

Yes Al's photos were terrific. Laura's book is...

Yes Al's photos were terrific. Laura's book is very light on for photos, though there are some on her website (but not as many as I was expecting). I would have liked photos of Bhutan and Sikkim in...
Forum: Touring
11-10-08, 01:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,144
Posted By cycotourer

I don't want to put you off cycling NZ (a country...

I don't want to put you off cycling NZ (a country which is on my definite to do list), but cycling NZ in winter may not be the best choice for your first tour.

New Zealand is not really renowned...
11-10-08, 01:12 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,986
Posted By cycotourer

After reading your book Jim, and noting your...

After reading your book Jim, and noting your battles with mountains and winds, I wiped that region off my must do list, but your photos make the region very tempting. I also just had a look at your...
Forum: Touring
11-08-08, 09:45 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 17,211
Posted By cycotourer

+ 1 There is absolutely no need whatsoever for a...

+ 1 There is absolutely no need whatsoever for a kickstand. Just lay it down in all that lovely mud! :roflmao2:
Forum: Touring
11-08-08, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Posted By cycotourer

Very true that there may be too much information,...

Very true that there may be too much information, especially if you want to be surprised and make your own discoveries. But if time is short and you can only choose one Himalaya ride this book could...
Forum: Touring
11-08-08, 02:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Posted By cycotourer

Himalaya by Bike

The very long awaited book by Laura Stone has finally landed. Laura spent 3 years riding the Himalayas to produce one of the most informative cycle touring books I have read. It is very...
Forum: Recumbent
10-08-08, 08:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,939
Posted By cycotourer

Not that I would know ( I have a RANS Stratus XP...

Not that I would know ( I have a RANS Stratus XP on order ... waiting ... waiting!) BUT when I had my first bent ride it was on a Bacchetta Cafe in a car park. I found I couldn't turn to avoid...
Forum: Touring
09-23-08, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By cycotourer

Yes, good suggestion, State Forests are a very...

Yes, good suggestion, State Forests are a very good bet.
Forum: Touring
09-23-08, 07:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By cycotourer

I know after two years of cycling you may not...

I know after two years of cycling you may not want to linger too long down under or any longer in Asia .... but you are arriving in Australia at the worst time to be cycling ... the hottest time of...
Forum: Touring
09-23-08, 01:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By cycotourer

I can't recall that I have ever been to a petrol...

I can't recall that I have ever been to a petrol station, in Australia, that didn't have customer toilets. If you look for the truckies stops (petrol stations with facilities for long distance truck...
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 03:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 856
Posted By cycotourer

Very sorry to hear that. Pleased the driver was...

Very sorry to hear that. Pleased the driver was caught.

I am sure Ian was an inspiration to many other cycle tourers and adventurers. A life well lived.
Forum: Recumbent
09-02-08, 01:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,388
Posted By cycotourer

you might want to look at what this guy did: he...

you might want to look at what this guy did: he created a "power distribution system" on the top tube of his bent, just forward of the seat, it has a switch for the lights. See it here complete with...
Forum: Touring
08-27-08, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By cycotourer

Did just that. Thanks for the suggestion, ...

Did just that. Thanks for the suggestion, excellent site. Nice to see the returns to society as opposed to "please donate to us to keep us on the road solely for our own benefit"!
Forum: Touring
08-26-08, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By cycotourer

My SPD cleats came with the pedals, shoes...

My SPD cleats came with the pedals, shoes without.

regards
Forum: Touring
08-14-08, 08:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,684
Posted By cycotourer

The ultimate advice on desert touring is...

The ultimate advice on desert touring is available in your own state from Jim Malusa who joined the forums a couple of days ago. Buy his book Into Thick Air which describes his bike tours through...
Forum: Touring
08-12-08, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By cycotourer

Hi Jim, I bought the book the day it was...

Hi Jim,

I bought the book the day it was released! It was an interesting read. In fact I did recommend it here on Bike Forums when someone was asking for good adventure books to read on...
Forum: Touring
08-06-08, 11:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 929
Posted By cycotourer

I thought it was funny too! I didn't detect any...

I thought it was funny too! I didn't detect any anger, just dry humour (and some pride on getting to the top) .... I am actually collecting a list of quotes from bike tourers expressing answers to...
Forum: Touring
08-04-08, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By cycotourer

+ 1 As has been said before: "If you can't...

+ 1

As has been said before: "If you can't afford the insurance, you can't afford to travel."

See these cases at the Smart Traveller web site:
...
Forum: Recumbent
08-02-08, 10:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,999
Posted By cycotourer

OK ..... if I have to ask what was geeky about...

OK ..... if I have to ask what was geeky about someone riding to work on a recumbent ..... does that make me geeky too? :D
Forum: Touring
08-02-08, 09:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,913
Posted By cycotourer

+ 1 plus I add chopped dates or trail mix to my...

+ 1
plus I add chopped dates or trail mix to my morning oats, improves the flavour and nutrition. I also like dried apricots as an easy to eat snack on the bike.

Macadamia nuts (an Australian...
Forum: Touring
07-28-08, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 546
Posted By cycotourer

+ 1 saddles with cut-outs as a solution for...

+ 1 saddles with cut-outs as a solution for squished female parts.
Forum: Touring
07-28-08, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,075
Posted By cycotourer

The Historian - Unworthy of touring??? Can't...

The Historian - Unworthy of touring??? Can't help but comment on your current by-line.

Put things in perspective and don't worry about what anyone else thinks. You want to go home, go home! ...
Forum: Touring
07-22-08, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By cycotourer

Gareth the Danuble Cycle Way is on my wish list. ...

Gareth the Danuble Cycle Way is on my wish list. Haven't done it so can't provide specific advice however I do own a copy of The Danube Cycleway: Donaueschingen to Budapest, by John Higginson,...
Forum: Touring
07-20-08, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By cycotourer

Very nice design for your blog. Will follow the...

Very nice design for your blog. Will follow the tour with interest.
Forum: Touring
07-15-08, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By cycotourer

You could also look at the Selle SMP Strike...

You could also look at the Selle SMP Strike saddles - perfect for epididimytis sufferers.
Forum: Touring
07-10-08, 05:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,445
Posted By cycotourer

[QUOTE=vik;7034465] I also have a Big Dummy...

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I also have a Big Dummy with disc brakes as well as a LHT. I can see the advantage to discs if you are doing lots of dirt road/offroad touring - especially if it will be wet. ...
Forum: Touring
07-10-08, 04:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,445
Posted By cycotourer

Please update if you find a good touring bike...

Please update if you find a good touring bike with disc tabs. I was going to get an LHT until I discovered I couldn't have disc brakes. Then I decided to get a Big Dummy which can have disc brakes,...
Forum: Touring
07-09-08, 04:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,769
Posted By cycotourer

What time of year/season was the photo taken?

What time of year/season was the photo taken?
Forum: Touring
07-06-08, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By cycotourer

I'm sorry to hear about the accident, I have...

I'm sorry to hear about the accident, I have dropped in on their web site occasionally to check their progress. I'm pleased to see she will make a full recovery.
Forum: Touring
06-29-08, 05:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,324
Posted By cycotourer

We are VERY definitely thinking about getting...

We are VERY definitely thinking about getting recumbents for touring for the superior comfort. I am really looking forward to responses to your thread from recumbent tourers but I think we have 90%...
Forum: Touring
06-20-08, 11:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 499
Posted By cycotourer

I ride in long sleeve shirts with side, mesh...

I ride in long sleeve shirts with side, mesh ventilation from under arm to waist. Very lightweight, wicking, quick drying fabric. Keeping the sun off your skin is actually cooler, especially if the...
Forum: Touring
06-18-08, 03:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By cycotourer

Have you got any photos posted anywhere? I have...

Have you got any photos posted anywhere? I have heard other rave reviews about Croatia, so it is definitely on our list of places to cycle.
Forum: Touring
06-18-08, 02:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 659
Posted By cycotourer

Thanks for the photos, looking forward to the...

Thanks for the photos, looking forward to the journal and/or captions for the photos.
Forum: Touring
06-12-08, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By cycotourer

+1 for True Wheels Cycles at Mullumbimby. We...

+1 for True Wheels Cycles at Mullumbimby. We used to live about 6km from Mullum and I am still riding my (steel) mountain bike I bought from True Wheels over 15 years ago.

I was very sorry to...
Forum: Touring
06-10-08, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By cycotourer

we are just 2.2 km off the Pacific Hwy, half way...

we are just 2.2 km off the Pacific Hwy, half way between Sydney and Brisbane, you are welcome to a bed and hot shower if you pass by ... if we are not off touring ourselves! We've got a very quiet...
Forum: Touring
06-07-08, 08:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,596
Posted By cycotourer

OK .. boast time! I rode past about 50...

OK .. boast time!

I rode past about 50 "roadies" this morning in their spiffy roadie outfits and fast bikes, and I over heard one of them say .. WOW LOOK AT THAT LIGHT! With a tone of...
Forum: Touring
06-07-08, 01:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,596
Posted By cycotourer

Machka, Dinotte lights are visible in bright...

Machka, Dinotte lights are visible in bright sunlight for over 1km. Clothing is not.
Forum: Touring
06-07-08, 12:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,596
Posted By cycotourer

I think visibility is extremely important,...

I think visibility is extremely important, especially on busy highways. I'd take the Superflash to get the attention of drivers who have gone into auto-pilot mode.

After nearly being taken out...
Forum: Touring
06-06-08, 11:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 779
Posted By cycotourer

Best wishes for a safe and fun adventure. We'll...

Best wishes for a safe and fun adventure. We'll check your blog regularly.
Forum: Touring
06-03-08, 04:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Posted By cycotourer

+ 1 Stephen Lord - Adventure Cycle-Touring...

+ 1 Stephen Lord - Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook .... heaps of interesting input from lots of tourers covering just about every region.

Hot off the press in 2008: Into Thick Air : Biking to...
Forum: Touring
06-02-08, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By cycotourer

My advice is going to be a little bit different...

My advice is going to be a little bit different to what you have received so far. I am back on my bike after surgery and 4 weeks off in March. I did very little the first week back. You don't want...
Forum: Touring
05-22-08, 04:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,672
Posted By cycotourer

The other side of the coin is that canvas is...

The other side of the coin is that canvas is usually made of cotton and cotton cropping is repsonsible for shocking environmental degradation due to the high use of chemical pesticides and the need...
Forum: Touring
05-21-08, 05:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,023
Posted By cycotourer

That option would certainly provide good sun...

That option would certainly provide good sun protection but by spending very few more bucks, you get a one layer solution under the helmet (cooler), UPF fabric, lightweight, mesh ventilation in the...
Forum: Touring
05-21-08, 03:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By cycotourer

I'm getting a blue LHT with blue Ortleib...

I'm getting a blue LHT with blue Ortleib panniers. I like the all blue theme.
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