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Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 7:09pm
Does that price include sales tax?

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 6:52pm
Can bikes such as LHT be bought over the web from the UK and then delivered to a UK address?

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

2 July 2014 - 6:49pm
France En Velo by Walsh and Reynolds: detailed description in English of St Malo to Nice.

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

2 July 2014 - 5:27pm
Pete Jack wrote:DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.
DEET "melts" a lot of plastics. In CA covered in DEET repellant I found my camera stuck to my hands and I stuck to plastic chairs, etc.. But it was more of a tacky type of stick NOT a superglue stick. And the tacky on plastic was still far far better than the mosquitos.

Ian

Stefan Abrutat's Tour Travel Blog

2 July 2014 - 4:34pm
Just a reminder one of our own on his own tour for last few months

http://sabrutat.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: Dealing with mosquitos

2 July 2014 - 4:29pm
DEET does work, it also dissolves bike helmets. climbing up to Sequoya NP we were invaded by some kind of flies that buzzed round our heads. I sprayed my head (and helmet) with REI Jungle Juice that claims to be 98% DEET and that got rid of the flies.. Next day I noticed a black sticky deposit on my jacket collar. The DEET was melting my helmet. There was no warning on the label about melting plastic (says it's OK with cotton and wool) so I took my helmet back to REI and bellyached; they replaced it.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

2 July 2014 - 2:29pm
You can camp at the Gatliffe Trust Hostels (for a fee) and use their facilities. Berneray is fabulous!

Re: First EVER Tour! (and I'm going RTW)

2 July 2014 - 1:10pm
dakari-mane wrote:Jamesjohnson wrote:Now I jut need to work out what's causing the twinges in my knees :/
The Alps?

Sorry

Haha, the alps certainly didn't help much. I'll try playing with the seat and see if it gets any better. Thanks.

Also, I hope some of you will be happy to hear that I have posted a new blog on JamesVsWorld it's called 'Solo and Unsupported (or Alone With No Help). Read it here http://jamesvsworld.com/2014/06/29/solo-and-unsupported-or-alone-with-no-help/

Have a read and please comment, share and follow if you like it.

I've now left the Europe I know and entered the more mysterious Eastern Europe! Currently in Croatia having passed the beautiful Slovenia an I'm headed I the coast, it's about time I had a wash

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 11:58am
I have a Thorn Sherpa and i'm extremely happy with it. The Sherpa frame is better quality to the LHT frame in that it's Cold drawn, double butted and heat treated.
I guess you get what you pay for.
I'm sure the LHT would be sufficient for most touring though. on thing i do like about the LHT is the longer chainstay.

Heathrow T123 tunnel closure

2 July 2014 - 10:53am
Something for people planning to cycle to/from Heathrow terminals 1,2,3 to keep an eye on.

According to this web page http://www.heathrowairport.com/commuter/commuting-to-heathrow/by-bicycle (which is for Heathrow workers, not passengers), at some unspecified point in the future both side tunnels (which are the ones used by cyclists) will be closed at the same time for refurbishment, no mention of dates and duration. The same page implies there is no safe cycle access to T1. Alternative provision for Heathrow workers is a cycle hub to the north and come in by bus.

The web page for passengers http://www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions/cycling-to-heathrow mentions none of this. I'm assuming the alternative for cycling passengers is Heathrow Express to/from T5, from where the cycle routes are good, but this is just my guess.

I discovered this after arriving back at T3 late in the evening. By the time I'd reassembled my bike (tandem actually) it was gone 10pm. A random airport worker I asked for directions to the cycling tunnel told me how to get there, and then said he thought it was closed. It is open at present, and once you've got to it, it's fine. What is normally just the outbound (western) service tunnel is cyclists only for both in and outbound.

Re: Spain North to South

2 July 2014 - 9:44am
bikerwaser wrote:Hi Mark

i'm planning to do a similar route this coming October but from Santander. i'll use the Via de la PLata and end up in Andalucia where ever there is some there's some work ( i'm looking on the "workaway" website that offers food and shelter for a few hours work a day ).

thanks for the trip info.

if anyone else has any more info i'd appreciate it .

Stretches of the RDP are b.o.r.i.n.g, pics look great on the web but it's monotonous when actually there. The N-630 enables really good progress and is very (surprisingly) quiet.

ernycb wrote:Top tip : Include the Gredos/Bejar region south of Avila if you can !!!
Agree.

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