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Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

19 April 2015 - 8:37pm
You know, just reading this thread is making me itch - a lot!

Re: 1st tour advice

19 April 2015 - 8:03pm
I have cycled from Bordeaux to Barcelona a few times (link to write up link to write up) there is one particular day from 'Coll de Nargó to Solsona' that is absolutely stunning. (link for route link for route), so stunning it was the main reason I've ridden that tour three times now!




If you get the chance I would definitely definitely definitely definitely recommend it

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

19 April 2015 - 7:58pm
Physio is next step and I have been doing yoga since last September. I guess every bit helps. My neck flexion is poor and posture is poor. Guess I should have taken up running lol.

C2C serendipity

19 April 2015 - 6:35pm
Out for a ride from home today, I picked up the C2C route from Kirkland (West Cumbria). Now I'm well used to this bit of the C2C route, and quite commonly cycle or drive along the roads in West Cumbria that form part of the C2C route.
....so I'm an hour or so out from home and just thinking "its been a head wind all the way" and "gosh, that's a cold wind" and " I really should have brought a sarnie and a flask of tea" when, out of nowhere, like a mirage, appears "The Log Cabin".
Amazement.
I'd never seen it before. Right at the place above Kirkland with the best views of Ennerdale Lake, is a tea-and-burger van parked in a field.
Of course I stopped.
Only me there ( and the owner behind the counter).
A truly excellent cup of tea.
Bacon sarnie made from thick cut rashers cooked just right. Brown wholemeal roll. Proper ketchup.
I parked my bike next to the van's track pump. Puncture repair kits are stocked.
There are picnic tables and chairs.
Its at the top of the hill, and every way out is downhill.
.....was I dreaming?
(I'm going to have to go back for another look....and another bacon sarnie)

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

19 April 2015 - 1:26pm
New'ish thread on Lonely Planet you might want to keep an eye on as well (not many contributions as yet).

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/on-your-bike/topics/cycling-pamir-highway-2015-e65125b3-ef7c-4e5f-ab75-67e147ccdb3f

Ian

Touring France with a child's trailer

19 April 2015 - 11:18am
Has anyone experience of this? I'm wondering if you can take a trailer on the French trains and how easy (difficult!) it is with two bikes, panniers and an infant (who has trailered since he was 8 weeks old and is now 8 months). We would be camping too.

Nallo vs. Anjan

19 April 2015 - 11:17am
The Nallo's been the bench-mark 2 pole tunnel tent for a while and Hilleberg have made the lightweight vs. available in a timely fashion. One of the attractive features of the Anjan, when using it in warmer conditions is the ability to roll the rear section of the tent right up and over the rear pole. Has anyone tried doing this on a Nallo?Hilleberg-AnjanRed-Italy-182IT3501oH-StefanRosenboom.jpg

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

19 April 2015 - 9:18am
531colin wrote:You might have been better paying a physio. to sort your shoulder out than having a bike fit.....but how do you know until you do it?

I agree about the physio,and I'd go and see a good Yoga teacher to help with flexibility too perhaps mentioning it to the Physio first.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

19 April 2015 - 8:00am
You might have been better paying a physio. to sort your shoulder out than having a bike fit.....but how do you know until you do it?

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

18 April 2015 - 11:10pm
Unless you expect night riding would not worry too much about lights... a headtorch around the drybag or barbag is more than good enough. And if it is on path or track away from other users pop it on your head....

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

18 April 2015 - 9:38pm
LIndisfarne is worth an overnight stop if you can plan it

The Busy coach infested tourist attraction becomes a place of peace and serenity in the evenings

One of my highlights was a couple of hours on the rampart above the ruins just sat there watching the tide and seabirds

Re: best audax/light touring disc wheelset ?

18 April 2015 - 9:19pm
Depends on how much they are and how much you want to spend.

There was a really nice set for sale a few weeks back on here.

However, back to the point, if they are around £300 I would speak to a decent wheelbuilder, Wheelcraft in Scotland are highly recommended and there are others.

I like the H+ Son rims (well they look pretty) with novatech hubs, which can be rebuilt. If that is too much, xt disc hubs with a nice rim - by RoseBikes will be around £250 I think.

Also hope are doing fully built up, rebuildable wheels as well.

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

18 April 2015 - 9:03pm
22camels wrote:I've actually been wondering whether, after I get the new bike, whether it's worth paying for a bike fit. Let's assume I go for the Thorn, yes they will set me up though I have to tell them how relaxed or sporty I want the position, and then I can fine tune the position myself. But is it worth getting one of these bells and whistles bike fits as well perhaps? It seems to me a lot of them are focused on racing fits (I spoke to one Retul fitter recently who said as much and that they'd basically have to ignore most of what the system tells them making it pointless)? Or do you think I may still learn something from the experience that would be useful to me in the future? If so, does anyone know a good fitter in South Wales or South-West England?

This thread has been very helpful, thanks for all your input.

TBH I would have the bike fit done first.

I would also say that after 3 years of fiddling I got myself fitted as I lost faith in my own ability. Oddly enough he set up seat height to where I had it 3 years ago and bang in line with what Colin recommended for me. My setback went forward 1cm, everything else was about spot on.

Now I only had this done about 2 weeks ago and am still dialing in. However, my shoulder ache, which the fitter said had nothing to do with cycling, has gone down enough for me to do a 100km sportive. It still gets tight but I have terrible posture. I am hoping it decreases. I think what has helped more to alleviate it, is that I move around a lot more on the bike - hoods, tops, drops etc. I am also careful to push them back more.

A good bike fit is not cheap and I still wonder whether I could have done without it, and I think not as its given me a toolkit where I know what good should feel like.

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

18 April 2015 - 7:31pm
cjs wrote:ferdinand wrote:......

The purpose is to balance the bike front-back while (light) touring. Panniers would be nice, but something to support a stuffed dri-bag would probably do the job.
.......

Have a look at https://www.alpkit.com/products/kanga

Will do what you want without hassle... only down side I can see is the weight is a tadge high - but then you are light touring so no matter....



The touring will be a 100 miles or so of coast path to a hotel. Weekend in hotel on day rides. 100 miles or so to another convenient station.

It's the coastal path in a lot of bits.

Actually that mount looks a little high for lights etc. But I ordered one of these

http://www.avt.bike/WebStore/merchant.m ... Mount-Wide

And may go for a similar system which goes below the bars.

F

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

18 April 2015 - 7:28pm
Vantage wrote:Drilling the bars??? Do you have a reserved bed at the ER department?
Wouldn't a handlebar bag do this job?

It seems to have been not uncommon in the past. Thinking, the way to do that would be a sturdy riser bar and innovative fixing to that, so any problem would only destroy the riser.

However I now have the Advancer for my £10, and will probably get a handlebar dribag harness. The rack is delightfully light.

The price of £50 or so for a harness hurts though!

Ferdinand

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

18 April 2015 - 6:00pm
ferdinand wrote:......

The purpose is to balance the bike front-back while (light) touring. Panniers would be nice, but something to support a stuffed dri-bag would probably do the job.
.......

Have a look at https://www.alpkit.com/products/kanga

Will do what you want without hassle... only down side I can see is the weight is a tadge high - but then you are light touring so no matter....

Re: Front Rack for Boardman Hybrid Team

18 April 2015 - 1:24pm
Drilling the bars??? Do you have a reserved bed at the ER department?
Wouldn't a handlebar bag do this job?

Re: Coast & Castles - Recommended sights & tea shops?

18 April 2015 - 1:18pm
Thanks again for all the very helpful suggestions. They are going to add lots of interest to my trip.

Re: Round the World Blogs.

18 April 2015 - 8:14am
This guy really deserves to be followed

http://www.worldunicycletour.com/

Click on 'Where's Ed'

Currently in Germany, not sure how he's going to carry sufficient water for the deserts of Kazakhstan?

Re: Mark Beaumont is off again

18 April 2015 - 7:35am
Ben@Forest wrote:geocycle wrote:I think (hazy memory) that on Ewan MacGregor'/Charlie Boorman's motorcycle trip down Africa they bumped into a solo touring cyclist somewhere in central Africa doing the same thing. And I thought that the story of his trip would be more interesting
His name is Jason Lewis. Astonishing story of the first human-powered circumnavigation. Not using sails, only human power. In a nutshell: two London window cleaners, cycle to Portugal, pedal a specially-designed boat(it's in the National Maritime Museum now) to the US. His mate cycles to California, he roller-blades and is hit by a drunken 80 year old with cataracts and both legs are broken, the surgeon lets him stay on his ranch while he recovers, he goes back to the spot of the accident and takes up the trip again, they pedal to Hawaii. At this point the trip has taken five years and they thought it'd take three. His mate leaves (he now works on a ferry in the west country crossing the same bit of water every day). Jason goes on, pedals the boat to Asia, cycles across India, pedals the Indian ocean to Africa, cycles (in Africa he met the motorcyclists) to Calais, pedals to Greenwich. The whole trip took 13 years. There are three books about it. He was offered loads of money to rush out a quick book for the Christmas market but spent years writing what he wanted to say. He's a nice chap, I met him once in London. On YouTube there is a clip of him meeting the bikers. It's an astonishing story of determination, grit, adventure, and ask on a shoestring. In the US he was sleeping under bridges and raising $50 by giving talks to the local rotary club. He had schools involved. Fantastic epic. Mark Beaumont is an amazing cyclist but this is a different ballgame.

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