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Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 9:05pm
Graham wrote:robing wrote:I've just got the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for this year's touring. Carradice has a lifetime guarantee and this bag is unique I believe in having a light attachment so you can put your lights on the front of it as they can't go on the bar.
http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18
I have the Carradry version with the underslung bar.

* The bike lights wobbled around like crazy.

* On this large, deep bag model the small Lumicycle light cans rubbed against the mudguard

I just gave up in the end.

I've tried it out and didn't have these problems. My lights didn't move about and I tilted the bag up so well clear of the mudguard
(and easier angle to read the map).

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 8:53pm
robing wrote:I've just got the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for this year's touring. Carradice has a lifetime guarantee and this bag is unique I believe in having a light attachment so you can put your lights on the front of it as they can't go on the bar.
http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18
I have the Carradry version with the underslung bar.

* The bike lights wobbled around like crazy.

* On this large, deep bag model the small Lumicycle light cans rubbed against the mudguard

I just gave up in the end.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

4 January 2015 - 8:46pm
Hello all,

I'm Laura and I'm organising the festival, together with Tom Allen and a couple of others. More details will be announced very soon and tickets should go on sale at the end of January.

Glad people are excited about it, I am!

Please do sign up to the newsletter if you're thinking of coming (sign up at http://cycletouringfestival.co.uk/)

If there's anything you want to see there, let me know.

Thanks,

Laura

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 8:38pm
I've been using Ortlieb Ultimate's for some time, the '2' is in semi retirement after over 10 years of use - it still does the job but looks a bit tired! The replacement '3' is quite similar and I'm sure will be just as durable! Both of these have a mesh outer pocket and a pair of 'bedroll' straps incorporated in the design, both very useful, the map case just studs on the top.

They are now on Ultimate 6 and I'm not sure I approve of the 'improvements'! bit of cord to hold the map case on - recipe for disaster, fixed inner organiser, why? and what's with the locking feature - the thing goes everywhere I do!

If I was looking for a replacement my key points would be

[list=]studded map holder
deep box lid
front mesh pocket
the bed roll straps are nice but not essential
R&K mounting
waterproof![/list]

I don't need it to lock, I don't need a solid top, I do need it to be light and simple

Handy Homemade containers

4 January 2015 - 8:19pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJC4ngQvQNY

ideal for carrying bits you may need for touring

Re: Dutch Cycle Paths

4 January 2015 - 8:15pm
Monsieur wrote:- cycle route the whole way?As a general "rule" in The Netherlands, you will mainly be on cycle paths, but you may have to share parts of the route with light motor traffic, roads carrying heavier motor traffic will have a segregated path (fietspad) alongside.

Re: Which Bike do I take?

4 January 2015 - 8:12pm
Take the carbon bike! I think you'll regret it if you go on the steel tourer and see everybody whizzing past

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 8:06pm
I've just got the Carradice Super C handlebar bag for this year's touring. Carradice has a lifetime guarantee and this bag is unique I believe in having a light attachment so you can put your lights on the front of it as they can't go on the bar. Looking forward to using it this year. Last year I didn't have one and it was a bit of a pain having to stop to look at the map.

http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 7:12pm
Yeah that's the one I was referring to, price seems to be about that to £56. The original price of £85 seems again excessive though I imagine maybe the fittings attribute a lot of the cost on both the Vaude and Ortlieb bags. The vaude aqua box does look nice as well.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

4 January 2015 - 6:57pm
You made me cry into my trifle
Will the movie be in 3D with IMAX and will Johnny Depp be playing you or the bike?

Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

4 January 2015 - 6:57pm
freiston wrote: there was a marked absence of 'brifters' (I think I only spotted one bike with them) - almost all bikes had down-tube shifters

Slightly off topic, but I've yet to hear evidence of the more modern 'brifters' breaking whether on tour or in general road riding. My opinion (FWIW) is that the convenience of these shifters on a laden tourer far outway any concerns over reliability and even if one does fail you can fix the transmission into a 3- or 9-speed (or whatever) depending which side fails (or carry a spare downtube shifter if you are really paranoid!). Bottom line for me is that STI is a brilliant invention. I do accept, however, that they are more prone to accidental damage but most objection to them is the rip-off prices we have to pay.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

4 January 2015 - 6:51pm
shane, that's brilliant, can't wait for the book
Happy adventures
+1

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 6:27pm
Is the "decent price online" anything like the £42.49p. . . . . Edinburgh Bikes . . . SALE price . . .

http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/product ... dlebar-bag

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 6:16pm
I have the Vaude Aqua Box which seems to be the same size and shape as the Discover but made from the same sort of material as the Ortlieb Classic. When I bought mine a few years ago there wasn't much price difference between it and the Ortlieb, I preferred the shape, the Klick Fix mount and that it included a map holder. I've been very happy with it and the Ortlieb camera insert fits it as well.
I also have the small Vaude Road, which is the same as the one Swallow links to, it's fine but not waterproof and you can't use the included cover and the map holder at the same time.

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 5:57pm
I have one of these http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/product ... gs-baskets . Love mine, comes with a waterproof cover and map holder. I'm told that they are made by Vaude, certainly looks like a Vaude Road II

Handlebar bag views and costs

4 January 2015 - 5:28pm
I'm in the market for a handlebar bag and am wondering if anyone has had experience of using the vaude discover box handle bar bag? That particular bag can be found online at quite a decent price at the moment and it seems relatively suitable. I have ortlieb panniers and also like their handlebar bag, however, it seems ridiculously priced especially with the additional cost of a map holder (almost same cost to a pair of back roller classics). Is it just a case of accepting the cost and investing in one or has anyone got any other ideas? Any views would be welcome

Re: Bike friendly hotels in Northern France?i

4 January 2015 - 5:13pm
Many thanks Emyr, will see if they can put us up.
Good cycling in 2015

Pamir Highway May/June

4 January 2015 - 3:43pm
Hello folks and happy new year.

Looking for riding partners for above trip.
Kick off from Bishkek then South into Tajikistan, along the Highway and then back up to start point.
Flying from Edinburgh via Istanbul with Turkish Airways.
I already have x2 folk from Oz wanting to team up but would like to hear from others who may be in the area around that time.

Matt

I have posted on CGOAB & Facebook forums

Re: TOURING 2015

4 January 2015 - 3:37pm
ossie wrote::D when your are in Leeds pop down Beeston Hill to Elland Road and the home of Leeds united Football club, one of the most famous Football teams in the country.
Hurrah for civic pride! I knew there would be a reason to visit Beeston.
ankaradan wrote:Don't forget Beeston Tor, in the Peak District.
Been there on foot: beautiful! — as is so much of the Peak District. (With a temperature of -36º C. in Saskatoon this morning anywhere in England seems beautiful to me today )

I really appreciate the tips, but I don't want to hi-jack this thread. Give me a little more time to sort out the shape of our route and I'll post a request for advice.

Re: Oh eck...its another one of those "What bike" questions.

4 January 2015 - 3:22pm
My nephew lives in Vietnam and got into cycling after doing a Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City charity ride (about 1,200 miles). From what I saw of the photos and videos, the riders had locally sourced 'average' road bikes but the interesting thing was that although bikes looked 'modern' in most respects - frame geometry, threadless headsets etc., there was a marked absence of 'brifters' (I think I only spotted one bike with them) - almost all bikes had down-tube shifters - so, with spares and repairs in mind, it might be an idea to keep away from brifters. The roads varied from mostly good tarmac to the occasional stretch of pot-holed with loose hardcore but the riders seemed to manage without much incident - I got the impression that other road users were far more threatening than the state of the roads. They had a support van with mechanics

Here's a link to a blog of the 'project' - some photos there that might be of interest.

P.S. Re. the bike, I can't really recommend one but I would have thought any decent 'tourer' up to the job with the usual caveats about repairability etc. I have a Jamis Aurora; haven't used it for anything other than day rides, commuting (with panniers) and shopping but I reckon I would feel as confident with it as with any other bike.

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