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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

Re: Panniers don't fit my new rack!

17 May 2015 - 10:02am
My 2 super c's have different top rail to lower rail heights 16cm and 17cm.
My Super C Shopper pannier measures 14cm and fits fine!

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

17 May 2015 - 7:24am
Now you're talking, sounds like a good plan to me - but take it easy to start with, don't scare your partner off!

My great passion is a particular form of fishing in the Tropics, and I do have a fishing buddy for these 9-day trips but it's still an awful wrench to leave my wife & daughter. She's tried the sport, indeed she's come along 2 or 3 times, but it's not or her, sadly.

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

17 May 2015 - 12:29am
Interesting post Martin. But happens if your front wheel is without packaging?

Just going back to the OP's question. The Euskatren only runs as far as Bilbao. For West bound passengers (Santiago) you have to
get a Feve train. These take bikes without any problems ( but do be warned these narrow gauge trains are painfully slow - so bring a good book with you).

As an aside, buses in Portugal, from my experience, will not accept un-packaged bikes at all.

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

16 May 2015 - 11:32pm
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!

Probably the best cycle touring video I've seen...

16 May 2015 - 11:01pm
Damn I've got me a new tintertube telly Channel! That also looks like a C17 to me! Fine saddles: one on each of my bikes. Both my kids have joined me to watch. Awesome times. Love the chilled approach...b

Re: Handlebar bag

16 May 2015 - 10:50pm
Put "handlebar front bag velcro" into ebay and you'll get lots of light bar bag options that attach to the bar with straps. I got one in a french supermarket, £5, 200g, much like this, below, could not be happier with it, to the extent that I sold my Ortlieb. Horses for courses etc.
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Re: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9

16 May 2015 - 10:22pm
It's cycle tracks over Drumochter Pass, then down the other side. Personally, I'd get on the A9 at that point because its 20 miles of downhill. You can freewheel at over 30mph for ages and ages and ages. I last did this on my Raleigh Chopper, so I know.

This particular section was a life changer for me. http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/science-and-wolf.html

Cheers

Stef

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

16 May 2015 - 6:15pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Finally! Steven your book is brilliant. The last two bike travelogues I've read had me wishing I'd never been interested in bikes, croissants, hotel receptionists hills and giving my bike a nameb
Am assuming/hoping that the bike naming refers to an author, not you.

If so, i fear i may know what you mean.

Mr smith has a very rare style - i just hope he manages to maintain it.

I'll be in line for the next book.

Re: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9

16 May 2015 - 5:57pm
irc wrote:What bike are you using. If it can cope with a bit of roughstuff then the Gaick Pass is a nice route from Kingussie to Blair Atholl completely avoiding the A9. I;ve done it on a rigid MTB with 26x2 tyres but a tourer with reasonably wide tyres would be fine. There was a few hundred yards of pushing otherwise all rideable.
A couple of years ago I was cycling near Kingussie and saw a couple with Surly LHTs and panniers turn off at Tromie bridge onto the Gaick Pass route - I wondered at the time where it went .

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

16 May 2015 - 5:47pm
That's interesting Martin - I'll have to remember that.
I think the "Euskatren" ( Basque railway Bilbao to St Sebastian and Hendaye ) is good though - just take a bike on - a bit like our Southeastern )
Obviously only regional service.

Re: Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

16 May 2015 - 5:46pm
It is a matter of personal choice and comfort. It also depends on definition of "road bike". To my generation a road bike was for riding road races and indeed the saddle of choice was the Brooks Pro which is pretty close to the B17 in shape. The modern "road bike" tends to be set with the top of the bars set much lower than in days of yore, but with much shallower bars. My machines were always set with the top of the bars about an inch lower than the saddle, and they still are set that way, but on the other hand I do not follow the modern way which seems to be to ride the drops at all times. I ride the tops and so sit more upright in general riding. All of my machines, racing or touring, had the same reach to the bars so I do not really understand that any is necessarily more stretched out. So I would say that a B17 may be suitable, but if you ride with bars set very low you might prefer a Swift (Spa equivalent is the Wharfe).

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

16 May 2015 - 5:45pm
Interesting, I plan to ride the Via de la Plata later this year and was wondering much the same thing, mainly as I was looking to fly somewhere central and then train to the beginning, back from the end. I shall look into the busses rather than train. Thanks.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

16 May 2015 - 5:41pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Finally! Steven your book is brilliant. The last two bike travelogues I've read had me wishing I'd never been interested in bikes, croissants, hotel receptionists hills and giving my bike a name. I've laughed out loud at a lot in your book. I'm pleased you have unashamedly chucked your dark humour into the mix and been edgy from the off. Too many authors try and mainstream their writing by being too polite and PC to please everyone. You are a fine ambassador for Blackburn and the North, long hair, beards and oversized forearms.

But Hell's teeth: Even in Afrika I never saw an Englishman with Sun bleached eyebrows! I see a fashion phenomenon sneaking into the world of cycle touring. Pass the peroxide. 40% mind...b

You're not wrong there! I've read quite a lot of these bike books now and Steven's certainly stands out. Some are terrible (and I have to include a certain ginger haired adventurer ). I'm currently reading one about a tour round Ireland because I did the same journey. But am losing the will to live, I don't need to read his commentary on the tour de France when Wiggins won.

Re: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9

16 May 2015 - 5:40pm
As has been suggested already, follow the NCR7. It is reasonably well signposted out of town, if you lose the signs follow the directions for Culloden battlefield and then pick up the route a few hundred metres beyond. I live in Aviemore and rode this route just 2 days ago to get home from the west coast, barely any traffic and really nice scenery. Pretty nice riding too in fairness, the route follows the old A9 for the most part once you get south of Inverness.
The cycle.travel map link is great, it will more than likely default a cycle friendly route such as Route 7 anyhow. I know that it is clearly marked on the map so selecting it and printing it is fine if you have a printer etc.

Is a B17 suitable for a road bike?

16 May 2015 - 5:04pm
I know this kind of question about saddles is asked alot, but this is not about what saddle is right for me, rather what saddle is right for my bike.

Looking at getting a saddle for touring, but was wondering if the B17 or the spa cycles alternative is for a more upright riding position and therefore not as comfortable on a road bike with a fairly stretched out position.

Re: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9

16 May 2015 - 4:55pm
What bike are you using. If it can cope with a bit of roughstuff then the Gaick Pass is a nice route from Kingussie to Blair Atholl completely avoiding the A9. I;ve done it on a rigid MTB with 26x2 tyres but a tourer with reasonably wide tyres would be fine. There was a few hundred yards of pushing otherwise all rideable.

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This desc covers it pretty well. It is infinitely better than the cycle path beside the A9 with associated traffic noise etc.

http://www.davebanks.com/uk/route_8.htm

From Blair Athol south the old A9 is good.

Re: sealskinz socks

16 May 2015 - 2:51pm
I think gloves are a different thing.
Wearing a glove on a bike, the wind comes at you and the cuffs are usually under your sleeves as you'll only be wearing gloves when it's cold.

Socks OTOH you may wear when it's wet and in shorts, just like the blurb shows.
I see that the socks I bought aren't available now.
http://www.sealskinz.com/UK/socks?activity=road%20cycle

Re: Handlebar bag

16 May 2015 - 1:56pm
MartinBrice wrote:ortleib is the most expensive. you will probably save twenty quid by going for another brand. this is a decision you will regret for many years. ortleib is bombproof waterproof, well made, lasrs for decades and has brilliant replaceable map cases.
+1 - my 20 year old is still going strong!

Re: Waterfalls

16 May 2015 - 1:43pm
In North Wales, you have Dyserth waterfall which is a bit inland and Aber falls which are worth visiting and about 3km from the coast.

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