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Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

24 October 2015 - 1:59pm
Use a trailer.
No weight on the bike, so your bike still feels like your bike.

Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

24 October 2015 - 12:26pm
My touring weight with camping is about 17kg. Steel tourers are built to carry weight, and provided the weight is evenly distributed it shouldn't cause a problem. My bike actually feels more stable when fully loaded.

Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

24 October 2015 - 9:43am
My loads are about 9 kg cc touring, and 16 kg camping. On day rides I just take the bar bag, about 2kg.

I dislike front panniers and heavy bar bags. My Salsa Vaya 3 gets a bit lively when I add camping stuff on the top of the rear rack, to the point of instability.

A little project for the winter is to make myself a decent light fitted frame bag so that I can concentrate a lot of weighty things within the frame triangle. I think I will only have one bottle cage on tbe downtube to maximise storage, and I may go for a velcro on bag over the top too. I am hoping that will cure the metranome effect.


Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

24 October 2015 - 8:49am
I recently weighed the saddlebag I normally have permanently attached as I seemed a bit heavy when I took it off during maintenance. Nearly 5 kilos tho' the bag itself ( a 40 year old carradice ) is pretty heavy. The rest is tools plus assorted bits which have somehow accumulated. Severe pruning brought this down but still more than I would have liked still "essential".

Re: 4 or 5 day LEJOG

23 October 2015 - 9:12pm
The thing that actually concerns me most are the British hills, these are much more sapping that mountains because they are too short to get in a rythm, they're steeper than abroad (where they use switch backs more) and you can't recover your speed on the downhills because they are too short and bendy. I think it would have to be the flattist route possible

I don't mind busy, fast roads but would want to avoid traffic as it slows you down..more time in the saddle

The weather is the weather. I can't control that. I've done LEJOG in non stop rain. It was unfortunate but I did it. Is there a particular challenge that the weather could bring on a 5 day route I'm overlooking? Would a headwind make it impossible?

I've got 9 months to get my distances up, although I guess I could only really start doing the longer distances when the days get longer again - maybe push the trip back to end of August to allow for more training?

Mick - is it doable?

Re: 4 or 5 day LEJOG

23 October 2015 - 8:40pm
You'd best ask your question in here viewforum.php?f=22
Perhaps a Mod could move it for you.

Re: 4 or 5 day LEJOG

23 October 2015 - 8:35pm
First, you need to be able to ride 200miles+ a day for four or five days.
Secondly, you need to know that you're going to have to ride on MAIN roads.
Thirdly, you need to know that each day will see you in the saddle from six in the morning until late in the evening or even midnight.
Fourthly, you need to know that it's dammed hard work.
Fifthly, you need good weather.

And lastly, you need a route ..........................

LE to Bristol on the A30 to Exeter, then A38.
Second day A38 and A49 via Worcester to Warrington or Preston.
Third day up the A49 and A6 and Old A74/A7 to the Scottish Borders or even Edinburgh.
Fourth day over the Forth Bridge and A9 to JOG.

You could halve that 4th day and stop off at Kingussie or Aviemore before heading for JOG.

Four days is complete madness. Five days is semi-madness.
Believe me, I drove the support vehicle for six riders doing it in five days.
06:00 starts, midnight finishes.

4 or 5 day LEJOG

23 October 2015 - 8:04pm
I've just had a message in my inbox from a friend asking if I would be interested in doing an LEJOG

I said thanks for thinking of me, but I'd already scratched that itch, and asked which route he was planning to take and over how many days

4 or 5 days was the reply

I'm now very tempted, but haven't done anything like that before

I've just last week returned from America where I did 2300 miles in 26 days mostly unsupported. I've done around a dozen 1000 mile rides, but usually stick to around 100 miles per day which I find comfortable. My fastest century in America was a little over 4 hours on a touring bike with panniers but it was pan flat and we had no wind. I've done countless century's, but usually not further than 130, with one ride of 180 miles.

The ride would be next July

Is a 4 or 5 day LEJOG possible for me?

I'm thinking it would have to be supported

What do I need to know?

Re: bike hire Charleroi Belgium?

23 October 2015 - 8:00pm
You could take a ride on the RaVEL bike path (following the old Canal du Centre). It's a bit boring though, rather industrial and the scenery doesn't vary very much.... IMO head towards Tournai rather than Namur.

Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

23 October 2015 - 7:22pm
Most days I carry around 5Kg. That includes the single pannier itself. The bulk is D-lock (New York - heavy) and cable. Also tools, inner tube, pump, waterproof, lights and some accumulated junk.

Undoubtedly I could reduce it on a per ride basis (depending on weather, light, etc.) but I prefer to just pick-up my pannier and know everything is there and never have to bother to pack. Makes the overhead (time wise) to go for a ride minimal.


Re: bike hire Charleroi Belgium?

23 October 2015 - 7:09pm
Here's a few -
They are not being recommended by me, just a nod to their existence!


http://www.dhnet.be/regions/charleroi-c ... 5aa80f56f0

http://www.pagesdor.be/la-maison-des-cy ... eroi-6000/

Google brings up the train station ("gare" in French) all the time.

If none of these take your fancy, try a bike shop. The word for rent is "louer" and bike is "velo". There are many in Belgium!!

...err...good luck. It's really not a very nice city. Why don't you jump on the train to Bruxelles or Namur (lovely) or anywhere else?

Re: Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

23 October 2015 - 7:02pm
I weigh in the panniers prior to a tour but have a good idea of the weight I'm carrying at any given time because I weigh everything.

My touring has been rear panniers only so rear heavy, but it's easy enough to adapt to the front being light.

Do you know how much weight you are carting about?

23 October 2015 - 6:59pm
Just got home with the weekly shop, it seemed a bit weighty so I thought i'd weigh the bags - 14.75kg. My all up touring weight with tent etc is 14.4kg, the rear bags as used for shopping are 8.4kg for touring.

It occurred to me that many of us overload our steeds with resulting service and wear issues. My machine was very front light and less than stable with this weight on the rear only, I usually run 5 bags for this weight! Although the weight is similar I certainly wouldn't want to tour with this weight distribution, i'd be frightened of rear wheel damage at every pothole!

So if you run all the weight at the rear do you get rear wheel issues or handling problems? Do you regularly carry the touring weight when commuting etc?




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