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Forum: Touring
12-06-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 299
Posted By waddo

You need a real 4 season tent for winter camping....

You need a real 4 season tent for winter camping. I suggest before you even think about adding a bike into the mix you go for a two night hike and camp. I lived in Quebec for 20 years and you go...
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 520
Posted By waddo

We have a tarp that packs up to something hardly...

We have a tarp that packs up to something hardly bigger than your fist and covers the tent entirely. Most importantly, it is about 1.5 meters longer than the tent. So we use it when we know there...
Forum: Touring
11-17-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By waddo

Well I just uploaded the video of our summer tour...

Well I just uploaded the video of our summer tour in northern Japan; not only did it rain but roads and houses were flooded. We just got on with it. Everything is and experience.
Forum: Touring
11-14-22, 05:47 AM
Forum: Touring
10-31-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,402
Posted By waddo

These type of canisters are more common in Japan...

These type of canisters are more common in Japan than the usual ones. Also, you can buy them in convenience stores, which are everywhere, whereas the usual ones are sometimes hard to find during a...
Forum: Touring
07-28-22, 05:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,454
Posted By waddo

Ultralight and just normal light camping gear is...

Ultralight and just normal light camping gear is not living like a hobo. Nor does it involve uncooked food etc. Also, nothing to do with distance rode in a day. Those who have experience hiking and...
Forum: Touring
07-17-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,494
Posted By waddo

Having gone through 2 brooks saddles, I now have...

Having gone through 2 brooks saddles, I now have a SERFAS RX-922V. So far it is much more comfortable from the very first ride.
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 03:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed the video. Occasionally we do...

Glad you enjoyed the video. Occasionally we do stay on a (free) campground. Usually there are not many people there and they are relatively quiet--being Japanese. So I cannot complain; but some of...
Forum: Touring
06-25-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By waddo

Not sure what "the rollers" are, but glad you...

Not sure what "the rollers" are, but glad you enjoyed it! This several trips to Iberaki show you really don't need to go far from home to have a nice bike tour.
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By waddo

New tour video now uploaded

Our spring holiday video in Iberaki Japan is now online for those interested.

https://youtu.be/I7kRiCmw3Jc
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 06:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By waddo

I am wondering if there are one or two saddles...

I am wondering if there are one or two saddles (not Brooks) that many people would agree make a good touring saddle. Selle Royal does seem to get high ratings on Amazon, though a UK touring board...
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By waddo

Another saddle question.

Just about to dump my second and final Brooks.

The bike I rode for the longest period was a mountain bike and I used and replaced with the same saddle that came with it. It was wide and padded and...
Forum: Touring
05-11-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,290
Posted By waddo

Make you own routes. Research places to visit and...

Make you own routes. Research places to visit and camp and then find suitable empty roads to join them up using google earth and maps street view. Not sure why anyone would just follow a route some...
Forum: Touring
04-05-22, 02:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,480
Posted By waddo

Just to let you know, finding fuel is not that...

Just to let you know, finding fuel is not that easy, even when you are in towns. The best bet is a "Home Centre." They are giant shops and usually have flowers/plants outside in the growing months....
Forum: Touring
04-04-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By waddo

When you set up camp, there is lot's of time and...

When you set up camp, there is lot's of time and not much to do (smartphone notwithstanding). Cooking some simple food passes the time, is fun, and allows you to eat at the time you want vis-a-vis...
Forum: Touring
04-04-22, 05:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,480
Posted By waddo

Primus.

Primus.
Forum: Touring
04-04-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

As you may have noticed, we only occasionally use...

As you may have noticed, we only occasionally use campgrounds and only when they are free. It may not be your thing, but if you notice a beautiful peaceful place with no people and flat ground,...
Forum: Touring
04-02-22, 05:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

Must be a fast pace life there in Tokyo. ...

Must be a fast pace life there in Tokyo.

Actually if you check some of my vids on youtube for example the walking up our river, our neighbourhood, and the river bike rides etc you will see that it...
Forum: Touring
04-01-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

In June we are just at home in western tokyo...

In June we are just at home in western tokyo slaving away. Our summer holidays are always during the obon time and again we will go to Tohoku.
Forum: Touring
03-28-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,180
Posted By waddo

Besides keeping your food and cooking away from...

Besides keeping your food and cooking away from where you sleep, everyone I ever heard of who works in bear territory carries bear spray; and that includes Japan, where I live. Sad to say that almost...
Forum: Touring
03-28-22, 04:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed the vid. My favourite is always...

Glad you enjoyed the vid. My favourite is always the one I just finished, so at the moment I cannot really evaluate it. But the unusual content (for Japan) certainly captures my imagination.
...
Forum: Touring
03-21-22, 08:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,025
Posted By waddo

I'd say one pair of shoes/sandals for everything....

I'd say one pair of shoes/sandals for everything. In warm seasons I take keen sandals: I ride, walk through streams, take outdoor showers etc. They quickly dry and are very comfortable.
Forum: Touring
03-21-22, 05:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,536
Posted By waddo

I think the "breathable" part of rain suits is...

I think the "breathable" part of rain suits is total BS. But, a newish suit with the waterproof treatment fresh really is waterproof. After a good amount of use or a couple of years they slowly stop...
Forum: Touring
03-21-22, 05:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

In actual fact those churches were built on...

In actual fact those churches were built on remote islands because Christians were persecuted and killed; and so they fled to safely build their churches. On the mainland (Kyushu) houses had secret...
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 11:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

The Goto islands are pretty far and only get a...

The Goto islands are pretty far and only get a few visitors in summer. I never met anyone who went there and I've been in Japan for 20 years. With the churches and empty roads it's a fantastic place...
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

Glad you enjoyed it.

Glad you enjoyed it.
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

We do our bike tours according to fixed national...

We do our bike tours according to fixed national holidays, so yes the videos should be released like clockwork! The winter and summer trips are the longest so usually take about two months to edit.
...
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 01:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By waddo

bike camping in western japan

Somewhat out of the ordinary, for those interested.

https://youtu.be/vqV8lJuSiRE
Forum: Touring
03-06-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 954
Posted By waddo

Fantastic tour. Great story and photos.

Fantastic tour. Great story and photos.
Forum: Touring
01-16-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,862
Posted By waddo

From my experience Brooks do not break in. The...

From my experience Brooks do not break in. The break your ass and you get used to them. Then they start to sag. Eventually you realise they are crap.
Forum: Touring
01-16-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,400
Posted By waddo

Great review. Thanks.

Great review. Thanks.
Forum: Touring
12-19-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,772
Posted By waddo

Our Katadyn BeFree: when it's been in storage for...

Our Katadyn BeFree: when it's been in storage for many months, we first fill it with water and hang it upside-down over night. This clears the filter and then it works just like the first day we...
Forum: Touring
12-17-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,772
Posted By waddo

Katadyn Befree, i think the name is. Flow-through...

Katadyn Befree, i think the name is. Flow-through is much faster than Sawyer. In Japan we often find pipes in the mountains/parks/shrines spewing mountain water. We assume it's drinkable but there...
Forum: Touring
12-13-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,181
Posted By waddo

Anyone going to Kyushu should visit Aso. It is...

Anyone going to Kyushu should visit Aso. It is one of the wonders of planet earth: an ancient volcanic crater (caldera) so huge it has 5 mountains and an active volcano within it's embrace.
Forum: Touring
12-13-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,317
Posted By waddo

A couple were doing a long distance tour: one had...

A couple were doing a long distance tour: one had dynamo hubs, other an popular solar panel open on the rack as they rode. Conclusion: solar panel provided more energy.
Forum: Touring
11-20-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,001
Posted By waddo

Your post: fail

Your post: fail
Forum: Touring
11-20-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,573
Posted By waddo

Sometimes nature just cannot be bettered. When I...

Sometimes nature just cannot be bettered. When I accidentally bought my first pair of marino socks I felt I was floating on air and now never wear anything else even for daily life. As for clothing,...
Forum: Touring
11-16-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By waddo

Actually in the old old days I studied...

Actually in the old old days I studied photography and had my own (black and white) darkroom. All of my life I did photography and my first few bike tours in Japan were partly for photography. When...
Forum: Touring
11-15-21, 03:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 534
Posted By waddo

Biking, hiking and camping in Nikko national park

More for the hikers and campers than bikers, but still worth watching.

https://youtu.be/NKadGqjPGHc
Forum: Touring
11-12-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,320
Posted By waddo

Thanks for all the ideas, we a sifting through...

Thanks for all the ideas, we a sifting through them.
Forum: Touring
11-12-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,320
Posted By waddo

Gloves for below zero riding

We are tired of freezing when we ride down from the numerous mountain passes on our winter tours. Without peddling and constantly breaking our feet and hands hurt from the cold. This year we have...
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,977
Posted By waddo

Who appointed you officer in residence? I suggest...

Who appointed you officer in residence? I suggest you learn about wild camping and respecting the environment. And I will be watching for you next time you park your car illegally to nip into a shop.
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,977
Posted By waddo

Many things are prohibited. Practice leave no...

Many things are prohibited. Practice leave no trace camping and you never did it.
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,977
Posted By waddo

Wild camping is free.

Wild camping is free.
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By waddo

Yes those tunnels are for snow; though in Japan...

Yes those tunnels are for snow; though in Japan many public works are just to feed tax money to construction companies with local politicians getting a cut. I would guess 70% are of this type so...
Forum: Touring
11-09-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By waddo

You're welcome and it's a great country. It also...

You're welcome and it's a great country. It also has more than its fair share of ugliness, so trip planning is important.
Forum: Touring
11-08-21, 05:49 AM
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By waddo

Yes that's pretty good shelter for your shelter,...

Yes that's pretty good shelter for your shelter, and I didn't know it had become a feature of campgrounds. By the way, that looks like a nice full mesh summer tent. What brand is it? Ours reached end...
Forum: Touring
11-04-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By waddo

Well as you see we became addicted to it! But a...

Well as you see we became addicted to it! But a shelter for your shelter is inherently absurd!
Forum: Touring
11-04-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By waddo

Well they are longer. Wait for the full 90 minute...

Well they are longer. Wait for the full 90 minute version!
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