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Re: emergency waterproof poncho

16 November 2014 - 9:24am
It looks marginally better than the old dodge of using a bin bag.
As an emergency item it's probably light and will fold down to a small size.
Obviously it isn't going to last very long in use.

Re: St. David's to Lowestfoft

16 November 2014 - 8:54am
For those of a certain age there was a wonderful booklet with the catchy title of:

"140 Quiet Wind Assisted Cycle Routes Between B.R. Stations: Covering 5, 000 Miles and Using Minor Roads, Bridleways, 30 Trailways, 14 Canal Towpaths, 11 Forest Tracks - Devised for the Elderly and People with Young Families"

Written by Richard Hutchins it was a wonderful detailed guide to cycle routes and with the 1995 supplement upped to some 8,000 miles of detailed cycle routes

He recommended this route from St David's Head to Lowestoft Ness to take advantage of a tail wind, as the opposite direction would be a head wind for most of the trip

Re: Brooks saddle protection

16 November 2014 - 8:32am
I have two of these, a present from my daughter.
http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/kelly ... seat-cover

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

15 November 2014 - 11:11pm
Follow on from PaulSB's story above.
We had a Lady come out in her wagon with a bike rack on the back, pick us up, took us to the supermarket and then drove us 8k to her house:o)
Fabulous talk to her over breakfast the next morning in an absolutely stunning room

We had lots of help like that and got to know people well in the short time available.

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

15 November 2014 - 11:05pm
Hi Monsieur. I will post a list of the towns we went through over the next week, will look into posting a map, if I am able:o)
PaulSB. France en Velo is a great book, and we read quite a few guides etc before going; but only took what was in our heads with us and the first map, bought the others on the way.
We stayed off main roads as much as possible, and if we didn't like a road or bumpy tow path etc would turn off at the nearest opportunity onto some minor road. One of the great reasons for having a paper map, you can see a wide area around where you are. We were never lost, but sometimes a little worried:o)
Accom. we never ever booked ahead, and was the main reason for taking a tent (very, very light one) Plus thermorests and sleeping bags. We used the bags a lot in the mobile homes, huts etc. Chris's job (she speaks a lot better French than me) was to get the accom. each day which sometimes took about an hr or so, but we were not trying to do big miles.
As some one else said tourist offices are great (most of the time!) People in shops and bars are almost as good:o) and often more fun.
Any way the hardest part of any journey is getting out of the door.

One thing we used 'Park at my Place' to leave the car for 40 days booked less than halve price compared to other car parks. Living in N.Wales a train journey to portsmouth is a night mare.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 10:09pm
Thanks. Looks like I'm being too fussy.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 9:34pm
As Above. I had my Brooks for 17years. After the tin of proofide that came with it ran out it was never replaced. I never covered it and never looked after it. It was very comfy right up till it broke, when I replaced it with another. I treat that one with exactly the same lack of care. Its just a saddle!

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 9:21pm
The B17 on my touring bike is now 20 years old and I've never bothered with a cover. It's been soaked when riding, soaked whilst being transported on the rack of the car and soaked when left in the open whilst camping. However I have waxed it, (at least three, maybe four times in those 20yrs). My wife's B66 is nearly as old and treated the same. As for the two leather Brookes saddles on my Tandem, they're youngsters at about 14 years old and are treated with the same care.

My point is yes use a cover for protection if you want, but in my experience none of my saddles seem to have come to any harm for lack of protection and irregular maintenance.

Re: What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

15 November 2014 - 8:53pm
Zero drag (rather than very low drag) means being able to disengage the generator when it's not in use. There are only 2 such dynohubs that I know of. These are the Renak Enparlite 2, an the SP Dynamo HB-11/13/15/17.
The Renak generator is small, similar to a bottle dynamo inside, with a disengageable gear train inside to speed up the hub revolutions to something fast enough to work with such a small generator. It's small, but you'll have to google for reports on how noisy it is, or how much drag there is (bear in mind that there was a version 1, which will have been worse). And good luck finding one
The SP generator is a fairly normal hub dynamo, but with a switch that will move the magnets and the windings apart so there's no power and no drag. It's "a massive dynamo hub" in appearance.

It's far easier just to use a regular dynohub.
The smaller models are the SON SONdelux or the SP SV8/SD8. These were originally intended for use with small, faster spinning 20" wheels, but are often used with 700c because of the lower drag. They still give enough power for lighting, but tend not to be so good when powering chargers or similar power hungry devices.
Regular hubs (Shimano, SON 28 or SP SV8/SD8) are better at supplying power, but give marginally more drag (not that you would be normally be able to tell the difference).

If you want a USB port in the head cap, that sounds like the Tout Terrain/Supernova "The Plug". It normally uses wires fed up inside the steerer tube from the fork crown. This is the only such option.
Schmidt (SON) do have an option to take the power from the hub via connections built into the dropouts, so there are no plugs to connect or disconnect, and with wires that go up inside the fork blades, It's custom built frames only though.

What is the best dynamo hub for touring?

15 November 2014 - 8:24pm
I've just had a wheel built with a Shimano XT Dynamo. Almost no drag, powers my B&M lights perfectly and charges my iPhone which I run the Runtastic app. Unfortunately not at the same time though [emoji17]. Can't have everything. Get some little cable ties and route the cables secretly. You'll forget they are there. Or get a black bike [emoji12]

EDIT There's a stem cap USB that you can route the cables through too although I've only seen it on another bike so I have no experience...hc

Re: First tour in France after 50yrs together:o)

15 November 2014 - 8:20pm
Hi Monsieur - I have hijacked Davetb's discussion with you (I am his other half!) to let you know he says he will write out the towns. we went through. You will see that he made up the route as we went along (as you always hear about something worth visiting when you meet people, or odd things happen!) We bought maps each time we were about to fall off the end of one and cut out the likely route to keep the weight down! We had read Saddle Skedaddle's Velo book and several others before going but did not carry any of them. We really wanted feel free and a bit adventurous. So please look back to this part of the Forums again in a day or two and it will be there. Happy Touring, Moptop


15 November 2014 - 8:17pm
Just got their brochures. Awesome and pricing isn't bad at all. I know our Parcelforce courier well and have no issue...hc

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 8:16pm
I notice Spa sell a GILLES BERTHOUD Rubber Saddle Cover -
http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 0s204p2824

It claims to be biodegradable, which somehow sounds slightly worrying, but I suppose that could also be said of a leather saddle itself. I knew there was more than one reason to prefer plastic

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 8:13pm
Sorry [emoji15] I'll be the devil's advocate: Brook's vegan option, The C17 is the future! I love mine. Never had a better saddle...hc

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 7:25pm
stephenjubb wrote:22camels wrote:To answer my own question, looking at the Brooks rain cover page http://www.brooksengland.com/catalogue- ... ain+Cover/ and reading the reviews and staff comments, Brooks do not recommend riding on the cover:

"use the cover when the bike is parked or when you absolutely must ride in a downpour, a little rain is no worry at all."…

What if I really love riding in downpours for hours at a time?

A plastic supermarket bag works perfectly. stuff it under the saddle when not needed. Attracts less attention as well.

thats what I use when parked - not for riding. no need when u are riding? also as said above conceals what some thieves would like to un bolt and sell

Re: St. David's to Lowestfoft

15 November 2014 - 7:23pm
well I would start at Lowestoft for one as not much of a place, get the worst part over first.

emergency waterproof poncho

15 November 2014 - 6:52pm
Not going to be to everyones taste, and to be honest I got it because I knew it would be a cut above a poundland/99p store poncho, but a good way to see how I'd get on cycling with a poncho/cape, and for the price these are very good - how the seller makes a profit over ebay fees/postage I don't know!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141308905391? ... EBIDX%3AIT

Used it twice last week and while its not big enough to go down the back of the saddle and over the bars so I had to stick my arms out of the holes, but stayed completely dry otherwise

Downside is work colleague described me as Casper the Ghost on two wheels and my ever supportive ball and chain said I looked like a c**t

Was very dry though

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 6:46pm
On my recent JOGLE, I rode for 10 hours in pouring rain and my Brooks saddle was absolutely fine as your rear end covers the saddle (at least mine does!!) When parked up at the campsite overnight, I used a shower cap to protect the saddle and this worked well. It was no hassle at all when stopping and parking the bike during the day to take the shower cap out of the bar bag and slip it over the saddle as it is elasticated so no tying involved. The saddle is not as comfortable with a cover on because it is the 'shiny' feel to the leather that means no friction and therefore no saddle sores.

Re: French End to End

15 November 2014 - 6:45pm
Give me a nice french mountain any day compared to Devon and Cornwall. The Montagne Noir and around that area is very nice, a bit steep but long steady climbs. The Cevennes have some really interesting elevated limestone plateaus with flattish tops. There's also an argument for heading a smidge further east first and hopping over Ventoux. Conversely if you have a big issue with mountains head down the west coast and figure out a river route towards Perpignan.

Re: Brooks saddle protection

15 November 2014 - 5:48pm
Supermarket bags need replacing far too often.


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