Top Touring Tips

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

  1. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    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:
  2. jonyjony

    jonyjony Well-Known Member

    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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  3. 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.
  4. fatblokish

    fatblokish Veteran

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

    Brains Guru

    Not if wrapped in the tent pole bag
  6. freiston

    freiston Senior Member

    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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  7. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    I know this is an old post so possibly you had a temporary issue but i find 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.
  8. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded.

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

    Blue Hills ^

    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)
  10. planetcondor

    planetcondor Formerly Kevon

    Yes great stuff been using it for years.
  11. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

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

    Blue Hills ^

    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.
  13. 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
  14. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    I had the impression that they were no longer avaiilable if youndidn't redownload. I like my maps to stick around. I also didn't like its constant naggin to tell it where i was, with the false implication/threat that it would refuse to work if i didn't. Why the hellnshould i tell a map any more than my toilet paper or toothpaste where I am?

    By the by, I now use osmand+. Very good, all offline.
  15. Twowheelxtc

    Twowheelxtc Active Member

    Always mount tyres with the pressure marking next to the stops all that annoying searching to find it!
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