• Anyone with road bikes here? I want to replace tires on 2 of my road bikes as they are super worn out. I am using both bikes for the city mainly with occasinonal day trips. There is a lot of broken glass and stuff in my city so a tire usually lasts only 2 seasons max. which is annoying me since they are not cheap. I am looking into cyclocross…[Read more]

    • How about Schwalbe Marathons or Continental Contacts Toni? I’m using them on my Kona road bike and Surly LHT with great success. No punctures to date.

      • Thanks Darren what exact dimensions are you using on both bikes? And is the Kona more of a real road bike or more of a bicycle touring type of road bike? The bikes I want to put the new tires on are a 90’s Bianchi and an 80’s Motobecane.

        • Im using 32mm on the Kona, it is a flat bar road bike. The Surly is running stock 35mm Conti’s. I was a little reserved about them when I got the bike but my view has changed for the better. In Australia they are better value then the Schwalbe’s.

          • I think the max I would be comfortable using would be 28mm each after all these are roadies LOL, not sure if I would be even able to fit 28mm, I need to check my exact rim with later. Currently one uses 23mm and the other 25mm.

    • I’m using CST (Cheng Shin Tire) Traveller 26 x 1.50. It has reached about 10000 km and still good.

      • Wow, 10,000km is excellent wear.

      • That is awesome indeed! Especially for Indonesian roads if I can compare them to other south east asian roads… Wishing you another 10,000km!!

      • Not for long-time touring, but only for everyday use. But sometimes once in 2 weeks or once a month I do a daytrip. Started in the morning and get home in the afternoon. More than 100 km in every daytrip I guess.

        • The worst wear-off for me is the city, I’d estimate that 10,000 km in the city mean already 2 new pair of tires, while 10,000 km touring the world should mean only 1 pair…

  • For a daytrip, I can get far distence and spent only few money. Beside that, no pollution by bicycle.

  • Riding with diabetes

    Yes I have to admit it I am a Type II Diabetic. After years of fighting with my doctor and trying to control my sugar with diet and exercise, in July of 2010 I accepted the fact that I’m just too sweet πŸ˜‰ and now I am on medication to control my blood sugar.

    The problem is
    Β· I have been over weight most if not all of my…[Read more]

    • Interesting thoughts mate. Out of interest, have you tried things like nuun (carb free electrolyte drink in tab form), or calcium magnesium tablet supplement to help with muscle / bone repair and reduce cramps.

      I can identify your with your headspace somewhat, a few years ago I was diagnosed with an incurable auto-immune disease that hasn’t gone…[Read more]

      • Hi Leon,

        Thanks for the tip on Nuun. I had never heard of it. After doing a Google search I see that is widely available in the States. I’ll have to give it a try. I can see that on a tour that they can be more convenient then the powders. We have gone to using the small tubes of drink mix (like this h…[Read more]

        • I hear ya bro. If anything, getting sick has given me the courage to just go out and do the things I dream about – nobody else is going to do them for me, it’s not going to happen if I sit around waiting, and I’m not going to get the chance to do them later – so I better get them done now.

          Quick tip – carry the tube of nuun / zym in your jersey…[Read more]

  • Gary Rose posted an update in the group Group logo of Food On & For The RoadFood On & For The Road: 7 years, 2 months ago

    Anyone out there eating besides me? πŸ˜‰

    • I do, what’s for dinner Gary? πŸ˜€ – I wish I would have some good cooking stories or recipes to share too but I don’t really cook when cycle touring, but I feel it’s going to change soon since I have been spoiled by my wife’s great cooking skills for too long now, so I probably won’t last a week without something tasty, will report back when I’ve…[Read more]

      • Hi Toni,

        In reality when we are on the road, other then the dehydrated food we carry we really don’t change our diet much. It just takes some planning to get everything ready with only one stove. Since your wife is a great cook, maybe like us (Diane and I) the two of you can take on different duties around the campsite. Let her cook and you…[Read more]

  • Having another real nice WS shower member staying over… We drank 5 beer each last night so he needs to stay another day to recover LOL (me too BTW)…

  • Toni,

    The new banner looks GREAT 😎

    • Banner is still the same I assume you mean the changes to navigation etc… but it’s funny that you mention banner… A new complete banner/header is in the making πŸ™‚ It’s gonna look great!

      • I was considering the whole section above the white part, the banner. πŸ™ Yes the navigation area does look nice, liking the gold. New statement at the bottom is interesting. I need to think about starting a blog/journal when we take off. πŸ™‚

        • Thanks, also I have found a font that I am really happy with and should work across all browsers πŸ™‚ – thanks Google lol… Regarding the Cycle Touring Blog/Journal it can be about past trips too or even just thoughts about bicycle touring.. But I am not yet completely done with the set-up, just want to see if there is any interest..

  • There are a few changes in the design happening over the next days – all feedback Good or Bad are welcome πŸ™‚

  • Cleaning the house today, 2 guests from Spain arrive tomorrow on their touring bikes and they are actually taking the tour from Hamburg to Prague if I am informed right, will try to gather some tips for our own tour next year: http://worldpedal.com/groups/worldpedal-events-and-meetings/calendar/event/1/ πŸ™‚

    • I enjoy hearing my visitors stories. Always nice to get new ideas and tips. πŸ™‚

      • I really hope the stories are good since I just banged my head super hard pulling out the mattress LOL πŸ˜€ – They’ll be here this afternoon πŸ™‚

  • Gary Rose posted an update in the group Group logo of Food On & For The RoadFood On & For The Road: 7 years, 3 months ago

    β€œWhat do you want for supper?”
    That is the question every evening at home and the normal response is β€œI don’t know.” So what do we eat while on the road?

    As I said in another post we start off with a couple days of food. This food is normally the same type that backpackers use. You know the β€œcomplete meal in a bag” the ones where you jus…[Read more]

    • Nice one. I’m going away for 4 days next week with a mate on a little tour, we’re going to have a crack at taking nothing at all for food, and no cooking gear. Could be interesting!

    • lol, this really is your kind of group Gary :D… Nice!! I love these Pizza and Beer evenings (take out to the base camp) πŸ™‚

      • “lol, this really is your kind of group Gary πŸ˜€ … Nice!! I love these Pizza and Beer evenings (take out to the base camp) πŸ™‚ “

        I figured if I was going to start one, it would be something that I like to do. Eat ;-). Normally we will eat the Pizza at the Bar/Restaurant. πŸ˜€ That way we can mingle with the locals and talk about the area and w…[Read more]

  • Just got another lead from WS lol… A couple on their bicycles from spain coming soon. They are leaving Hamburg tomorrow so anywhere between 2-5 days depending on how easy they take it. Nice πŸ™‚

    • 😎
      It sounds like you may be in a prime location Toni for WarmShowers members to pass through. Even though we have only had 2 WS members stop, we enjoyed their stories and picked their brains for hints, tips, and inspiration.

      • Yeah seems like πŸ™‚ I live about 2 miles from one of the nicest cycling routes in germany, I guess that helps πŸ™‚ – Seems like they are on their recumbents, I will have a lot of questions since I am considering getting one myself!

  • All accounts should be restored properly now, but @scottjc82 , @velocetera , @samdavenport , @pedalpowertouring , @milongaroja and @tdottimster might experience log-in problems… If you have trouble logging in please let me know at support @ worldpedal . com (remove spaces) and I will get it resolved…

  • Gary Rose posted an update in the group Group logo of Food On & For The RoadFood On & For The Road: 7 years, 3 months ago

    I promised everyone lunch just before the site hack.

    I do have to admit that one day last summer (2010) on a weeklong tour (I was riding with three other guys and not Diane), I ate multiple Ice Cream sandwiches for lunch and washed them down with electrolyte drink, but that is not normal. Too make things even better I had ate 2 Ice Cream…[Read more]

  • I have a fairly comprehensive list of things I take with me when I go away that I’ve been working on for about the past 10 years over various holiday and work excursions here and there. In terms of tent etc, I have a 1-pole 2 man tent (about 1.6kg with pegs), an inflatable 3/4 length sleeping mat (600g), and a down sleeping bag (580g). I usually…[Read more]

    • I like the 2 man tent as it allows me to keep my gear inside, and if you have to spend a day or two in it, it has plenty of room! πŸ™‚

      • We use a 4 person for the the same reason.

        • I use a 2 people tent for the same reason too πŸ™‚ – I also use an inflatable sleeping mat (it’s kind of heavy but I need it long and comfy :D) -and depending on where I go I have different sleeping bags from light to heavy. I usually use my pullover as pillow.

    • I have been using a Hennessy Hammock for the past few years and its been the best sleeps I’ve had on the road. I’m not sure if I will ever go back to a tent. I’ve combined that with a Big Agnes sleeping bag and pad which is integrated with the sleeping bag so it always stays under you. The rest of my gear I park under the hammock and it stays nice…[Read more]

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