Top Touring Tips

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

  1. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Had never heard of it - quick look up - is this a campsite or freecamping?
  2. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    It belongs to the Camping&Caravanning Club. Smack in the middle between Chester and Northwich.
  3. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Thanks for the reply - have been wondering whether to join them for a while - are you a member?

    (worries whether this is serious thread drift)
  4. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    Maybe the mods can split the thread if required.

    I joined a couple weeks ago and also signed up to their Association of Lightweight Campers section. I think the C&CC main club is I feel geared towards caravanners and motorhome owners.
    It's a hefty price tag admittedly and the savings for members are useless unless camping often but I like the peace of mind of turning up to one of the smaller certified sites and knowing for a fact I won't be turned away for not being a member.
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  5. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    I have toured the Lakes with all the wrong kit... 60litre rucksack, carrier bags bungied to the pannier racks and a road map that showed no gradients.

    Doing the Way of the Roses is what i bought the kit for, which is a bit more than one night... i have toyed with a couple of one nighters (up to the source of the Lune, the old Hornby Road between Roeburndale and Slaidburn)... but i guess one thing I'm really good at is procrastinating.
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  6. HobbesOnTour

    HobbesOnTour Über Member

    The Netherlands
    When I wrote that I had 2 specific points in mind, and one more general.
    First of all the maps (which as you rightly pointed out for OSM are used across multiple devices). Are the maps suitable for what the chap has in mind?
    Second was the satellite coverage/reception (may or may not be a factor - I have no idea)
    The general point I had in mind is that the more specific the needs (and in this case there are very specific needs) the more specific should be the research. It's not a bad idea to have a good think about how you want to use a device like that and to check that it actually works the way that you expect it.
  7. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^


    The other thing that may be handy for pedals and crank as a back up to the Garmin is a 7 inch android tab with the OSMand app on it - offline maps using the same OSM data which give you the bigger picture. The plus version of that app gives you as many maps as you want for life.

    It's also another GPS of course.

    The Etrex 20x and android tab together will cost less than many more-promoted more expensive garmins.

    Of course maps in the outback may be a tad sparse.
  8. 8mph

    8mph Senior Member

    In March I drove from Swindon to Inverness, rode 400 miles then drove back. It was a wonderful ride but all that driving was tiring and very expensive.

    My tip - If time is a factor consider exploring your local area.
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  9. Carry a Smile.
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  10. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Easy to say but I think some people over- plan - either to the point where they almost believe they've already 'done the trip' or start being afraid it might never live up to their grandiose expectations - or not be like the edited highlights of other peoples journeys.

    Expect to be tired, bored, underwhelmed at some points, get wet, and p*ss*d off at other motorists now and then -

    Touring is just like any other cycling - not perfect all of the time - but there will be highlights that stay with you for ever- and if you go slightly underprepared - you also get to experience the delights of other humans helping you out at unexpected moments.

    For instance I've been scooped up by a lovely lady who drove me to a Calmac ferry that i would have otherwise missed - whilst trying to mend a puncture on a windy roadside.
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  11. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Have a cheery song to sing when its raining -

    " Bring me Sunshine - in your smile"

    Is one of my faves - rather unsurprisingly - I usually go by myself ..
    Last edited: 26 Nov 2018
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  12. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    i stopped and asked a group of builder blokes for the quickest route to .... Somewhere in Yorkshire.

    The Irish one did actually say
    " ooo, now, i wouldn't start from here"

    I really hope he was sending himself up .
  13. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    Don't stick rigidly to a schedule.
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  14. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    good advice... that means i can worm my way out of next years' imaginary tour :okay:
  15. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    me too - :smile:

    I've got a mahoosive list of trip plans - that I can abandon at a moments notice...

    Its brilliant to have such built in flexibility isn't it?? :whistle:
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