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Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

18 May 2015 - 12:24am
I suspect that my own Carradice Super Cs are older than yours as I know not of these anti-sway catches of which you speak. I've looked them up though to understand the problem .

Over the years Carradice have made many styles of hook and a different variety might raise or lower things enough to resolve the issue.

Sourcing some could be more problematic.

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 10:40pm
Naah, it's just all the rain we get here keeping the waterfalls well topped up.

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

17 May 2015 - 9:55pm
well anything that is nice is also nice to thieves? I would try hard to keep the shopper and get rid of the road bike and think of a tourer to replace it. I live in a block of flats 4 floors up and have to carry my 1-Down up 3 flight of narrow steps, if there is a will there is a way. My flat is small also. I am sure you could find some where to keep both bikes if u really had to.

What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use

17 May 2015 - 9:03pm
I need to go down to just one bike and am not sure where to start.

I currently have a road bike, an old shopper and was looking at getting a dedicated tourer. An upcoming house move means I realistically need to own just one bike. I need something I can ride to the shops etc. but doesn't look so fancy that it will be a target for thieves. I will also use it for long day rides and shortish tours.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 8:46pm
It's interesting that most suggestions are in Scotland. I wonder if this is because of 'isostatic readjustment' - Scotland is rising whilst the South of England is sinking.

on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

17 May 2015 - 8:31pm
BeardyWeirdy wrote:Hi All

I am hunting for a bike to tour on - I have got a nice road bike (carbon) and a mountain bike, that has on occasions been used for touring, but it is not ideal.

What I want it for: I am looking to mainly do a week of so road touring, with the occasional path, field or track, so I don't need to be able to ride through jungle or over mountain sides, but I do want to leave the black stuff on occasion. I would like the ability to add front panniers, although I do travel quiet light most of the time. I am 6ft 2 and not a whippet, either in physique or inclination.

So the question is with a budget of about £300-500 all in, am I better off going new, where at least the first few trips are likely to be ok, for example I can get Dawes Galaxy AL for £420 or say Revolution Country Traveller '15 For £499 - where I can probably get a deal on other bit and pieces I want, and the right size!

or go second hand - where I know nothing of the bikes history but can find some nice looking bikes. But the sizing is less easy and there is the problem of all the bikes I like being the other end of the country.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

I've got a nice Dawes Galaxy for sale, it's in Hove. [emoji3]

Re: Long cycle tourers - you feel like you just want to go h

17 May 2015 - 7:07pm
elioelio wrote:Very late reply here - but thanks for all your replies. I actually got a train home the day after writing that post and haven't been on the forum since. I'm now in a dull job and am now thinking about my next tour! I don't regret coming home, i was feeling pretty down, but very happy now! I just think definitely that 3 months max for me is good. I think now I've also managed to convince my partner to try out cycle touring so maybe I won't be solo next time!

Plan a tour where you fly or get a ferry to your starting point .....ie Santander / Carcassone / Barcelona and then plan a route home....if you feel that your'e missing home comforts you will cycle faster and longer and at least have an objective

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

17 May 2015 - 5:11pm
As explained in the 'opener' I had two small pocket ones but one was stolen and the replacement is slighy different.

Re: cycling to Italy

17 May 2015 - 3:29pm
A belated reply, but it may still be of use.

Just in case anyone gets the wrong end of the stick: there is no Fréjus pass. On the French side the road leading into the tunnel isn't a motorway, but the road leading out of it is a motorway - so this is definitely not a runner.

There is a pass nearby - the Col de Montgenèvre which is an option.

The best bet is probably the Col du Grand Saint Bernard which takes you pass the Lac du Mont Cenis (Moncenisio in Italian).

There are some other possibilities:

- the Colle della Maddelena. Technically part of the road on the French side is off-limits to bikes, but I saw plenty of cyclists going over the pass (although admittedly mostly from Italy to France so possibly the others were nabbed by the gendarmes). This doesn't seem to be enforced and I think it's mainly there in case anyone has a stone fall on their head and they want to sue the French government (pas de chance). It's a lovely road - although there are quite a lot of lorries that use it.

- the Colle del'Angelo is a big climb. On the Italian side there's 10 kilometres with an average gradient of 10 per cent - I think the French side is gentler;

- the Colle della Lombarda via Isola 2000 looks like it might be a nice crossing point - but it's quite along way south.

The Ciclovia Val di Susa will take you to Rivoli, and from there it's only a short way to pick up the Moncenisio variant of the Ciclovia Francigena the cycling version of the via Francigena. This goes via the Passo della Scoffera and then heads for the Liguria coast. It does go to the Cinque Terre - although you can take the SS1 Via Aurelia from Sestri Levante to La Spezia - for most of the way it's so quiet you'll see more cyclists than cars. Be careful as you descend into La Spezia: be sure to avoid the tunnel.

The alternative to this option is to follow the Po towards Piacenza and then head over the Apennines via the Passo della Cisa.

Going through the Garfagnana be aware that there's a section of the SS12 into Lucca (starting a little further on from Borgo a Mozzano) that's off limits to bikes: follow the signs for Ponte a Moriano and then the quiet roads into Lucca (or there's a cycleway along the Serchio).

There's some more information about the different routes through Piemonte here:

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/piemont ... n-valleys/

and some more about the different versions of the Ciclovia Francigena (eurovelo 5) here:

http://italy-cycling-guide.info/cyclewa ... urovelo-5/

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 3:28pm
Steall falls near Fort William. Not exactly on the coast and requires a bit of walking but definitely worth seeing. Crossing the wire bridge takes a bit of nerve, assuming it's still there. A cycle up Glen Nevis is well worth it alone.

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

17 May 2015 - 3:20pm
3spd wrote:My 2 super c's have different top rail to lower rail heights 16cm and 17cm.
Are they a set? If so that's pretty dodgy. Carradice seem to have a problem with quality control. I had to use an old tyre to get my bar bag mount to fit.

Re: Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

17 May 2015 - 2:29pm
Tempted to give one of the spa cycles saddles a try.

With it being quite cheap, there's not much to lose but a lot to gain after a fair few miles on it.

Re: Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

17 May 2015 - 1:58pm
What I can't quite understand is, despite being wider, that the standard B17 is 10g lighter than the B17 Narrow and Team Pro Chrome. Having had a couple of B17's I might give the B17 Narrow a go.

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 1:12pm
Wikipedia has lists of waterfalls... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wa ... of_England

It gives some location informaiton, though you may not be able to tell from that which are on the coast. If you scroll down, near the bottom are links for the lists for Wales and Scotland, and the UK, as well.

Re: Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

17 May 2015 - 1:01pm
I have a B17 on my Moulton, and it previously lived on my (fairly stretched) MTB. The main issue of "does it suit my bike" is that, as with most Brooks saddles on lightweight racing confections, you tend to add about 30% to the weight...

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 12:44pm
Falls of Measach in the Corrieshalloch Gorge,
http://www.nts.org.uk/property/Corriesh ... e-Reserve/

Falls of Glomach, not on the coast but near enough, some walking requred though.
http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Falls-Of-Glomach/

Venice to Florence Cycling Tour

17 May 2015 - 11:14am
Has anyone done the Venice -Florence 8 day tour widely advertised with a variety of companies but always same itinerary. Considering doing with my family - all keen cyclists so not particularly concerned by distances, temperature or climbs but more concerned with traffic on the route - the trip is advertised as mostly on cycle paths or quiet rural minor roads - can anyone with any experience of this organised trip shed light on how busy we can expect the roads to be?

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

17 May 2015 - 11:00am
I think I am going to have a similar problem with my Super C's on a new Tubus Cargo that I am thinking of fitting. I bought it dirt cheap in Evan' s sale, so not to bad if it doesn't work.

I am currently using a TorTec Expedition and they fit fine. On the Cargo, the natural p!ace to attach the anti-sway is the up and over strut, but it is recessed and well inboard of the panniers.

I read on here a few years ago about someone who got round this with 2 clips on the front stay, so I will have a look.

It makes you realise that you need to check pannier/rack compatibility before buying. I think many would assume all fit all as standard.

These things are sent to try us!

Re: Waterfalls

17 May 2015 - 10:32am
Eas Fors north west side Isle of Mull. On the "main" road B8073.

Re: Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

17 May 2015 - 10:12am
I tried a few of the Brooks out, over some time. I found that the B17 works when the bars are above the saddle. The Team Pro when the bars are level or just below the saddle. And the Swift when the bars are well below the saddle. These are just the saddles I tried.

I've toured for years on a B17, but when I switched to a road bike it was a horrible/painful saddle to use. I now use a Team Pro on the road bike (setup for 400km days so not extreme), and it's as good as the B17 was on the tourer. I would guess that a lot of people who struggle with Brooks (or talk of breaking them in) may have the wrong saddle for their bike.

cheers

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