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 Post subject: Re: Retrobike Touring.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:46 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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Utter perfection and exactly why I created this thread. Many MANY thanks for what is one of the best written reports I've seen. The standard has now been set.

Well done that man.


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 Post subject: Re: Retrobike Touring.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:40 pm 
GOLD | PoTM | Rider | rBOTM
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Thank you.

Further to this I've got an even thicker heavier mat and to compensate, replaced my pots and burner with titanium. I've also invested in a very light inflatable pillow and 3 season down sleeping bag. This means kit total is a kilo lighter despite the new mat. Also a new head torch. I could go further with the weight saving but it's diminishing returns.


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 Post subject: Re: Retrobike Touring.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:55 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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Has anyone dared go for a tour overt the winter period?


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 Post subject: Re: Retrobike Touring.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:21 pm 
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Yes, I did a 3 day tour along the Camino de Santiago in mid December. Probably not as cold or wet as December in the UK, though, so perhaps it doesn't really count.


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Glad this thread has resurfaced, I'm still planning on doing a little tour this year and love looking at the reports posted here for guidance and inspiration.

Still deciding whether to do on a more "road" tour on this;

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Or a mtb tour on this (albeit with some knobblies on it);

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I'm thinking MTB tour though, as the roads are too busy to enjoy the ride most of the time.

Anyone on here toured the Forest of Bowland or the Yorkshire Dales? I'm thinking of starting from Clitheroe.


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 Post subject: Re: Retrobike Touring.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:37 pm 
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A couple of weeks ago I managed to combine a business trip to Belgium with a tour: Eurostar from St.Pancras to Lille then ride 55 miles to Ghent, do my day's work the following day, then ride back to Lille.
Eurostar was brilliant: I had booked my bike with EuroDispatch to go on the same train as me for £30 - they even had a workstand and washbasin for dismantling and boxing up. Likewise at the other end there was another workstand.
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Arriving in Lille there were really nice segregated bike paths out of the city, then along the side of the Schelde to Ghent. Unfortunately it was a headwind all the way.

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Friday saw me turn the opposite way, back to Ghent - and the wind had turned round also! So 55 miles back bashing into the wind...
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This time I went alongside the Leie:
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Navigation is very easy, using the Knooppunkt node system - like a giant dot-to-dot. Map here:
http://www.fietsroute.org/cycle-node-planner
All you have to do is look out for these signs:
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Most of the routes are traffic-free, a great example of how perfect cycling can be. I'll be back!

Finally, thank you to Upper Crust in Waterloo for a waste-free way of serving me tea which allowed me enough hands free to get through the barriers onto the platform for the train home!!!
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Awesome!


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