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Top Touring Tips

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Maggot, 10 Jul 2007.

  1. JohnClimber

    JohnClimber Veteran

    robing and uphillstruggler like this.
  2. robing

    robing Well-Known Member

    And you can use them to cover your saddle to keep it dry when storing the bike outside.
     
  3. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    this 7 quid stove ended up costing me 35 quid - although I got a free emergency foil sleeping bag (to keep in the car)and one of those steel strike fire things (multi uses) for nowt :whistle:
     
  4. jonyjony

    jonyjony Well-Known Member

    Location:
    suffolk
    If you are planning to cycle the Canal du Midi in France , and if you stop at "chez Phillipes Bar " at the side of the canal ( some 10 klms from Beziers ) then DO NOT have one of his cheese and ham baguettes. I was stupid enough to do this and within 10 mtrs of leaving the bar i fell of my bike into a bed of nettles .....laughed about it ...did not feel the pain until the morning when i realized i had left my panniers in the nettles ,as i could not manage to lift the bike up with all that weight on it ...had a terrible headache the next morning whilst cycling back to pick up my panniers . It may have been the mustard he uses ,i am not sure , but avoid at all costs .. The only good thing was after every 4 beers or so "Phillipe" would get a round in , great beer.......shite sarnys
    Ohh..... another tip.....i take a couple of clothes pegs and use these to clip any washed , but not yet dry , tee shirt etc to my shoulders so it "flaps " dry as i ride .
     
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  5. chaingangclub

    chaingangclub Active Member

    Might be of interest, I've just cycled solo from bordeaux to calais in January and am running a blog which will have lots of tips and tricks to keeping comfortable on your tour plus some kit reviews and guest blogs. I hope it's helpful. Www.wheretheresawheel.com/cyclechat
     
  6. fatblokish

    fatblokish Über Member

    Location:
    In bath
    Sounds like a good idea, but does this shag up the paint on the top tube?
     
  7. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Not if wrapped in the tent pole bag
     
  8. freiston

    freiston Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Coventry
    This might not be for everyone, and it has been derided elsewhere, but when I used to cycle-camp, I had a plastic bowl (like a large mixing bowl but I suppose a small washing up bowl would do as well) which I packed stuff into before slipping it into a pannier - it takes up hardly any extra room if you pack around it and in it with a bit of thought and it also can be used to provide some protection for delicate/crushable items. Then you also have a bowl for clothes-washing, personal washing and dish-washing.
     
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  9. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    I know this is an old post so possibly you had a temporary issue but i find maps.me fine. I find google maps irritating - if you download maps for offline use it appears to frequently insist that you download them all over again.
     
  10. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded. Staff Member

    We used Google maps live which worked brilliantly.
    We did try maps.me but didn't get on with it.
     
  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    Fair enough, thanks for the reply, but i have become a bit of a puritan/luddhite in my relative old age - the idea of using an internet connection for a map rubs me up the wrong way :smile: (i use a garmin e20 as well with osm)
     
  12. planetcondor

    planetcondor Formerly Kevon

    Location:
    Durham
    Yes great stuff been using it for years.
     
  13. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I use one from Sainburys', works just as well as the King of Shaves stuff (which I used to use) for 99p.
     
  14. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    yes it may have been the original marketed in the UK but there are lots of other shaving oils - it's a good system for travelling - and the oil seems to help if the water is a bit dodgy/salty.
     
  15. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    The expiry date (after which the Google Maps app prompts you to download the offline map again) is normally set to 1 month after the last download. I found this was more than enough for my recent trip (where I spent 2.5 weeks overseas). Also, I don't think the map expiring prevents you from continuing to use it.
     
    Last edited: 25 Jul 2017