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Re: Hokkaido

18 September 2014 - 2:04pm
We have just spent 3 weeks touring around Hokkaido, beautiful very quiet island. We loved it http://www.cycling-nomads.com/hokkaido/

Re: A one day coast to coast

18 September 2014 - 12:23pm
Why groups of 3or 4?
I still recall the police making riders of the National 400 in Fife years ago insisting a group of 4 every couple of minutes. Imagine how frustrated drivers were with that by the time they tried to pass their twentieth group?

Re: A one day coast to coast

18 September 2014 - 11:23am
Why not try the Way of the Roses route. Morcambe to Bridlington or vice versa.

Re: A one day coast to coast

18 September 2014 - 9:09am
Why on gods green earth would you wanna go through Blackburn of all places???

I can thoroughly recommend The Carmen Rose in Ribchester instead. It's a 6 mile detour and you'll have to do a complete U-turn to get back on the route, but it's definitely worth it. It's not a huge tearoom/café but with (from memory) 5-6 tables seating 4 each, you should be fine.
https://plus.google.com/112810906559817 ... l=uk&hl=en

Best of luck to you

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

18 September 2014 - 8:49am
I'm in a similar position. I'm riding a charge plug ( stop laughing is my first fixie sspeed) and doing the c2c next week. I was looking at racks but eventually went with alpkit luggage. Is worth a look, soft luggage that fits onto the frame. I'm using the tail pack that holds enough kit for credit card touring for three days including associated spanners. The frame bag looks good too. Just Google them. It's an option although I'd recommend packing as lightly as possible and weigh your expected luggage to see how much you're carrying.

As an example I cycle commute on a Brompton with 10kg front and rear and that's tools. keep in mind 25kg is around the max for air travel allowance. You will likely need considerably less.

Also check the lfgss forums (Google is your friend) I got a lot of good advice from there about touring on a fixie.

A one day coast to coast

17 September 2014 - 11:54pm
Hi All,
I'm planning on a coast to coast next June, a load of my friends want to do it too so I need to be super organised! As we'll stay in a Travelodge on the Friday night before, and the Saturday night once we're done, I really want to get the basics sorted by the end of October so that I can book the rooms etc.

Here is the proposed route taking in a bit of the TdF route from York to Skipton:
Scarborough - York - Harrogate - Skipton - Preston - Lytham St Annes

People will be on a mixture of Road bikes, Tourers and Mountain Bikes (with road tyres). I'm going to organise it so that we only travel in groups of 3 or 4 so we don't block the traffic too much, and that we stop a few times so that everyone can socialise a bit.

This is the basic schedule:
Meet at Marine Drive, Scarborough to watch the sun rise then set off in groups of 3 or 4 leaving on a staggered start basis.

The daylight lasts 17 hours and trip is 133 miles so this is NOT a race… We only need to achieve an average speed of 8mph.

The stops I am suggesting are:
1. On 42 miles – York Tesco Extra, York YO30 4XZ
2. On 80 miles at Skipton Morrisons, Skipton BD23 1RT
3. On 110 miles at Blackburn Boddington Arms - Fayre & Square, Blackburn BB2 7LE

The end will be at North Promenade, Lytham St Annes where everyone will meet up to watch the sun set.

This site was invaluable when I organised a JOGLE in 2011 and a Great Yarmouth to Bicester in 2013. Any advise with be gratefully received, be it route, stops, or whatever.

Many thanks in advance,

Re: Sustrans Route Planning

17 September 2014 - 10:40pm
The world has moved on, you can get the trails from www.Bikemap.net, though if you download the gpx file you may need software to stitch sections together.

Re: South Downs Way on a touring bike ??

17 September 2014 - 9:40pm
I did it a few weeks ago on a fully ridged Steel mtb , with 2.5 inch tyres...it was fun but some of the rocky downhills left me with blurry vision, I wouldn't do it on a tourer if you paid me

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 9:14pm
Look at all the old 3 speed hub bikes from the 50/60/70s and the rear carriers all fitted to the axle. Not a problem. In those years I did this many times with 3 speed hub or with fixed.

If I wanted to do that I would not drill out a modern rack, there is not enough material on most, I would simply make some adaptor plates. Or even buy them from freshtripe http://www.freshtripe.co.uk/freshtripe/ ... 10mm-3.jpg

Having said that, I assume you are credit card touring not kitchen sink camping, so I'd go with the others and say use P clips.

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

17 September 2014 - 7:31pm
I did it south-to-north and arrived at Holyhead just in time for the train out (having started in Criccieth that morning). Of course, if you wanted a warm-up for a north-to-south ride, another option would be to cycle from Chester to Holyhead along the coast on NCN 5, then pick up NCN 8 from there.

Re: Lon Las Cymru Holyhead to Chepstow just completed

17 September 2014 - 7:25pm
I'm planning this trip for July 2015. Would have gone this year but financials didn't work out (having to fly in from the US and all).

However, I was planning on going counter to the guidebooks and do it South to North - my initial plan is to do the Celtic Trail starting in the West as a warmup, then tranisition over to the LLC once I hit Cardiff. Stupid idea given train times etc in Holyhead?

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 6:02pm
Yeah I've seen those adapters for qr skewers but a fixed axle is wider and held in place by nuts.
What I need to know is if anyone had adapted on to fit a Fixie or if it would be safe (if it would affect the track nuts)?

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 5:52pm
Stressing the seat stays? How much weight are you planning to take?

P-clips should be fine, or the Axiom Journey Uni-Fit http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _Rear_Rack comes with loads of fittings and claims to carry 50kg (also available in much-dearer cro-mo steel).

If you really don't fancy it, some seat post racks like http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... p_DLX_Rack claim to go up to 15kg, rather than the typical 10. Still much less than 50, though.

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 5:41pm
I've seen them but it doesn't seem as strong. And I'b be worried about stressing my seatstays.

Re: Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 5:31pm
don't even think of trying to adapt to fit on your axle, just buy a pair of P clips, about £3, job done

Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 5:00pm
I just need some help with a few things, I'll try to keep it short.

I'm riding to France on my own in about a week, for a week or two or three if I like it.
Never done any touring before. I used to work as a courier though which explains my first problem.

My only bike is a Fixie (Condor Pista) with horizontal dropouts, no eyelets, but it is drilled for a rear brake. It's got two part track nuts, not a quick release. Will it be safe to attach a rack to the rear axle? It seems like strongest/best place to take the weight. My concern is the rear wheel getting loose and killing me.
And if it can be done, is installation similar to qr skewers? Just widen the hole to fit bigger axle?
Also recomendations for racks would be good, I think I'm taking panniers, Tubus Fly is pretty sexy.

I'm going to start a new thread for my really stupid questions.

Re: Carpets, camels, goats and rocks - Morocco

17 September 2014 - 4:53pm
Very sore, but it healed up quickly despite the dirt.

Red Loon?!

17 September 2014 - 12:28pm
No, not me (I'm blonde!), but bike panniers - has anyone ever used this brand before? I can only find them on Amazon and eBay so am a bit dubious, but the reviews are positive. I've got an Amazon voucher (£100) which I want to buy touring panniers with; plan is to do the British cycle quest and the Danube, plus a few other longer, more arduous tours in the future - so looking for durable and decent bags. Ideally at least one back pannier (I have one, but open to buying a pair if necessary) and a handlebar bag with map case, both to convert in to bags - i.e. have straps for carrying when off the bike. im not keen on having 3 panniers on the back (left, right and top) unless I can fit a tent and sleeping bag in them, with enough room for everything else! Currently i use a makeshift pannier (old rucksack) , a "real" pannier and I pop a tent in the middle on top where a top bag would ordinarily go. I like ones with lot a of useful pockets so am not an ortleib fan (shock horror!) Red Loon seem to tick all these boxes but I'm wary. Advice? Suggestions?

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

17 September 2014 - 11:27am
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Wasn't sure where to ask this question but assumed there would be people out there who use Icebreaker clothing.
Basically, I bought some Icebreaker everyday leggings 2 weeks ago and they already have a rip in the side seam and a hole in the knee. I'm working from home at the moment and all I've been doing is sitting at a desk all day in them. It seems stupid that my primark leggings cost 5 times less but have lasted 20 times as long.

Was I just unlucky with a shoddy pair or are the 'everyday' leggings just bad quality?

Anyway, I'll get to my point. I'm off on a 6 month cycle tour and really want some decent leggings. To wear while sleeping, when cold, but also as everyday wear to wear under a skirt on rest days/evenings. Icebreaker do lots of variations of leggings. Are the others much better quality than the 'everyday' leggings? I realise there are some thicker ones, but I don't really need thicker.
I basically don't want to spend a whole load of money again on some leggings that end up ripping straightaway.
Any thoughts?

Moths perhaps? Not taking the pish here, moths are gits ! If hole is in the knee, I take it you've already ruled out excessive praying?


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