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Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 7:41pm
Hi

I use the Carradice cape and swear by it. The thing that never seems to get mentioned is how warm a cape keeps you in cold rain.
I've had mine 10 years now and would never leave home without it. I don't use it much but when it is needed it is always there and always been waterproof.

Point made about handlebar furniture but in practice you want to be dry. I moved my front light lower to get over this problem.

John

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Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 5:41pm
I usually use nikwax for my waterproof stuff. There's also a heavier duty waterproofer you can get which is designed for the likes of tents.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:57pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Respect!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:24pm
hotsauce wrote:I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Seems like everybody is at it!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 4:23pm
I used to tour fixed in the winter. 68" of pain! Toured all over the North York moors, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. Favourite time to get away was just after Christmas, to beat the winter blues!!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:45pm
pete75 wrote:ukdodger wrote:pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Notice the chap is from the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club - there's a club that lives up to it's name !!

The Japs are nuts anyway. I'm minded of that TV game of theirs 'Endurance'

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:42pm
ukdodger wrote:pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Notice the chap is from the Japan Adventure Cyclist Club - there's a club that lives up to it's name !!

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:30pm
shane wrote:Many good tips already, but here goes
Haven't decided if Im going to Scotland, The Lakes or Spain for my trip this winter....Im done with that really cold stuff, its too much like hard work Luckily Helen loves it and will paint a totally different picture

Ultimate respect.

I've been to Lapland three times - skiing, not cycling - and have experienced -30°. It is far colder than most British Islanders can imagine. I was out in it all day and even with ski gear and a very good Mountain Equipment Annapurna jacket on top, and a North Face Nuptse vest under, I was chilling off to the point that I had to get indoors. I could not have camped that night without a serious upgrade to my clothing.

I heard someone from the British Antarctic Survey team being interviewed and she said -30° was okay, it was when things dipped below -40° that the real problems started, and at -50° it was pure survival, meaningful work was impossible.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:29pm
pete75 wrote:8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Pass.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:27pm
8,600km across Siberia starting in December perhaps?

http://www.tim.hi-ho.ne.jp/andow/fareas ... eport.html

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 3:13pm
I have a Carradice Pro-route cape, but I found the waist tape doesn't fit around my 40 inch waist and its a bit too small and restrictrive overall. They only come in one size, so if your on the big side then i wouldn't bother. The more expensive Duxback comes in different sizes so may be worth a try but it's a lot more money - about £80.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 3:10pm
Assume you werent using cleats then! I've cycled in wellies before but not far

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 2:24pm
ukdodger wrote:Vorpal wrote:ukdodger wrote:Here's a medal! how many days were those rides and out of interest what did you use for leg and feet covering? If any
If it's below freezing, lots of things are easier, as Shane rightly points out. It's much easier to dress for cold than wet & cold. Wool tights, plus thermal tights, plus some over trousers on my legs (wind blocking material is essential). On my feet, two pairs of wool socks and (oversized) lined winter boots.

If it's wet and near freezing, I wear thermal tights with waterproof trousers over them, wool socks and hiking boots. If I'm out multiple days in wet & cold, I usually end up with a layer of plastic carrier bag in my boots because even waterproof ones seem to eventually soak through with repeated exposure, and no chance to dry overnight.

VP how does one cycle in fur lined boots lined again with plastic bags?
It's my hiking boots that get the plastic bags. And those are only for repeated days of wet. I used them once this year I was on a short atumn tour in the Norwegian mountains. And ended up in 3 days of 5 to 7 C and heavy rain. After the second day, I was pouring water out of my boots, so I put plastic bags in for the last day. Hot showers and restaurant meals at the end of each day were very much appreciated!

I don't have fur lined boots. Just lined boots.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 1:33pm
I don't have a cape, but I do use a waterproof Gortex jacket.
I never use detergent on it, just 'Grangers 2 in 1 '
It does the job. Had my jacket for four years and it is still waterproof.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 1:27pm
AaronR wrote:... even with using decent detergent and reproofing...
Is that your problem - detergents are often bad news for outdoor gear. Can't help with what you asked though.

Re: Vaude or carradice cape?

15 October 2014 - 12:52pm
I've got a Carradice Pro-route cape that I use occasionally. It works, in that it keeps you dry without soaking you from condensation on the inside. And it doesn't really billow out because there are loops internally to tie around your waist and wrists which help to keep every thing in place. However, when it's windy, it does act like a sail and you can get blown around a bit. I can imagine that a long ride into a headwind would be no fun at all. It's made out of quite a heavyweight material so it doesn't pack down especially small.

The main reason I don't use mine more often is that when you're wearing it, you can't use handlebar mounted lights, maps, GPS, routesheet etc, as the front of the cape will cover them when you're riding.

Re: Has anyone ever toured in the winter?

15 October 2014 - 11:52am
ukdodger wrote:Thanks for all the encouraging posts. I think I'm going to chance it.
You'll enjoy it, just go for it, it really is no worse than a usual club run, just over a couple of days. As with anything, start simple and just do a short break with just 1-2 nights away.

Re: London to Norwich - Which Way?

15 October 2014 - 11:16am
hey probably repeating things but the last post is 2009. I did the london to norwich ride in spring 2014.

below generally deals with the tow paths of rivers lea and stort.

the river lea tow path is in good nick with minimal problems. by in large it is not paved but it is generally very smooth and covered in a kind of corse sand (maybe a decomposed granite like this (http://swbstone.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/image2.jpeg)

I ride a steel beast with fat 27 1 1/4 inch wheels so if your flying round on a real thin 700c you might have to walk it over a short sections, bridges with bumps on them etc.

i branched off the river lea onto the river stort just before rye house. the tow path here is a bit of a mess. most sections are fine but a few are down right horrendous i was nervous about the health of my wheels (though i risked it anyway with not adverse events). all in all you can pull it off on a road bike but you may opt to walk short sections depending on the risk you are willing to take.

i loved these tow paths. to be able to get out of london with out even seeing a car is worth the grit.

I took a rather convoluted path through suffolk as i was staying at a farm out side bury st edmunds. I dont remember it exactly but just a word of warning at some point google maps through me off the road completely and i found my self with mud up to the rear rear derailleur....literally.... made the stort look like a velodrome. so just spend the time looking over things with google satellite. if it looks like a farm track its not its a bloody bog.

all in all use the tow paths. the most scenic and beautiful part of the journey. I took my time, 2 days, 85miles in the 1st, the rest in the second, so if your trying to power it through in one gulp stick to the road.

great journey highly recommend

Re: finding a suitable route - southwest UK

15 October 2014 - 10:19am
Do you mean that you want to do that 300 mile drive and a 60-mile (~100km) ride in the same day? You may not have time.

If you do have time to fit it all in, as already said Somerset will be easier riding territory than Devon. If you break the car journey between Weston-Super-Mare and Bridgewater, you could ride inland to places like Glastonbury (perhaps a good combination with your Avebury visit) or Wells. If you really like stone circles you could do some hill-climbing and visit Stanton Drew.

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