Comments for TwistingSpokes Cycling to Nepal - follow us on our adventure Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:04:00 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Review: Ortlieb panniers (Rear and Front) by Reinhart Bigl Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:26:01 +0000 Hi, thanks for your review of the bikepacker plus bags. In some of your images, I can see you “appear” to use the Ortlieb Rack Pack bags to strap across the top of the rear bags…i am considering this iption as well…can you advise on whether you felt they were worth the purchase?


Reinhart Bigl
Ontario, Canada

Comment on Cyclist’s Guide to Chiang Mai by Simon Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:36:47 +0000 Hi Martin! Hi Susanne!

I understand you correctly, do you mean this route ?

All right?

Comment on Via Egnatia on the edge of Europe by Jobbe Tue, 22 May 2018 06:31:10 +0000 Ha, wat ik nog mis is hoe lang jullie er over deden. (Dat staat heel vaak niet in verslagen gek genoeg). Zijn alle vlagjes op de kaart kampementen?

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Comment on 2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu! by Ute Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:53:45 +0000 Wow!
What an amazing and inspiring journey!!!

Congratulations on completing it.
The blog an pictures are fabulous.

We are getting ready for a miniature road tour – in comparison,
from Amsterdam to Geneva. Needless to say. a long part along the rhine.
My first “big” bike tour.

How difficult was it to settle back into working life?

Wishing you all the best for your continuing journey.


Comment on A 36 hour taste of winter cycling by Hilz Kitching Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:21:58 +0000 Hi Martin & Suzanne; firstly Happy New Year for 2017! Yes, Winter cycling and camping is very tough and it’s hard to get out of that tent in the morning…you did well.
Reading how your water bottles froze reminded me of a trick we were taught from the Army…put things like water bottles and boots into your sleeping bag to prevent them freezing. Boots can stay at the bottom of the bag (once they’ve been cleaned as much as possible of course 🙂 ). As you climb into your sleeping bag at night have the water bottle close to your body and try and keep it there all night, another thing is buddy, buddy system…feed off each other’s heat and don’t have too many clothes on. Clothes you want first thing in the morning can also be put into your sleeping bag/s. Glad you got the tooth sorted. One Love.

Comment on 2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu! by Ids van der Velde Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:35:24 +0000 Hallo Susanne, Een gelukkig nieuwjaar voor jullie beiden! Je zal ons niet meer kennen, als je zo’n enorme reis hebt gemaakt en zoveel mensen hebt ontmoet… We hebben maar kort “live” van jullie avonturen mogen genieten: slechts even met Susanne in Hohhot China. Wij gingen na Hohhot schaatsen op de Gele Rivier. Daarna hebben we thuis met veel plezier en bewondering jullie reis via de site gevolgd.
Grappig en misschien moeilijk dat jullie zo snel weer in het arbeidsproces moeten draaien, ben benieuwd hoe dat gaat. Ook leuk dat Martin (als hij daar nog steeds werkt) maar een steenworp van ons vandaan is (omdat we in Nieuw-Beijerland wonen, net over de rivier)
Ben erg benieuwd of jullie de foto’s nog in een boek onderbrengen.
Groeten van Willemijn en Ids

Comment on 2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu! by Robert Keys Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:10:59 +0000 Hello & Happy New Year!

Just started reading your blog, but just read your end of year review.

Great to hera you have settled back to work and you have all the wonderful memories to keep you going
until the next trip!

Take care, kindest regards and thanks for your great blog!

Comment on 2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu! by Lumpy Jones Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:31:04 +0000 incredible journey, nice summary. Wishing the both of you all the best. Are you glad it’s over, or are you thirsting more?

Comment on Returning through Europe: Bornholm, a small Danish island by Martin from Twisting Spokes Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:08:43 +0000 Hi Jonathan and Zara, Thank you very much for these kind words 🙂 We really enjoyed Bornholm had a good feeling there. We have indeed decided to settle a bit and are already back in NL for a while now. These posts are a bit behind schedule. Yes we would like that too a trip to the forest of skåne next year could be the thing 🙂 All the best from us to you op in the north hope the winter is strong and kind to you. Martin and Susanne

Comment on Are we really cycling through the Alps? by willflower84 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:37:23 +0000 There’s something massively satisfying about climbing through mountains in the winter when everyone else tell you it can’t be done! Good effort!

Comment on Returning through Europe: Bornholm, a small Danish island by Jonthan Horwitz Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:55:58 +0000 Welcome back! These pictures don’t look like November or even October! I love Bornholm. Are you going to (temporarily) settle in DK or NL? Hope to see you again, Martin, and to meet you Susanne. All Blessings on your winter and the road ahead. Jonathan and Zara in Skåne

Comment on Returning through Europe: Poland by Ddddd Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:56:41 +0000 Tip for you – you should never (really never) eat blueberries without washing them before. Foxes pisses on blueberries (sorry for being so primitive right now) and eating such contaminated fruits will give you bąblownica (unpleasant disease).

Comment on Returning through Europe: Poland by Richard Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:20:40 +0000 Hi,
I am cycling now in Corsica. I cycled in Czech Republic, Austria and Croatia 3 years ago. I found that the Czech drivers have contempt for cyclists. On the quietest roads, some drivers just missed hitting my handlebars. I was fed up with their dribing behaviour. What do you think of the Polish drivers?


Comment on Returning through Europe: Bulgaria by Josh Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:32:23 +0000 Great post – glad you enjoyed Bulgaria. We travelled overland last year and its a wonderful country. All the best!