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Re: Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

11 August 2015 - 6:16am
Glad you enjoyed yourself. Sadly the link doesn't work on my device.

Re: Bought the bike!

10 August 2015 - 11:13pm
What no pictures i thought new bike pics were mandatory.
Or tell us where you live and we can look through your letter box

Tour video of London (Outskirts) to Scotland

10 August 2015 - 9:12pm
Hi guys, not sure if this is the best place to share tour videos. But if anyone is interested; I've just come back from a 500 mile cycle tour originally starting from London (well the outskirts of the city) to the English-Scottish border. Via: Milton Keynes, Royal Leamington Spa, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Market Drayton, Chester, Wales, Liverpool, Blackpool, Lancaster and Carlisle. I filmed various parts along the way with my two action cameras, mainly so that I can look back upon it... but here is the link for those that may happen to be interested:


Originally I was hoping to cycle from London to the west coast of Ireland (Galway) [getting a ferry from Liverpool to Dublin - but I later found out that this ferry doesn't allow bicycles to my annoyance, so that plan went down the drain]. As a result the Scotland tour went ahead, as to me it was the next most logical place from Liverpool.

The route went along the Grand Union Canal / Shropshire union canal to Market Drayton through Birmingham, Wolverhampton etc (I wouldn't recommend going the entirety of these canals though as a big proportion of the surface that we went along was just grass and very bumpy). After Drayton, me and my dad got sick of the canals so decided to go along a national cycle network to Wales and then onto Liverpool which was pretty decent and a lot faster After this I made my way along the coast to Southport/ Blackpool. And up through the lake district into Scotland

The weather was on and off. The worse days were in the lake district and blackpool (for the rain). But I did enjoy every day of it (8 days). Camping was also alright, stayed in some camp sites and other times by canal banks etc. If anyone has any questions or what not about the cycle tour then I would be happy to answer.


Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

10 August 2015 - 8:57pm
I'm puzzled about why you can't put a normal pannier bag on them. The dimensions don't seem that different from a Tubus Fly which works fine with full-size panniers (or at least with Ortlieb and Vaude panniers). The top rail is fairly short once you subtract the bent bit, but there should be plenty of scope to adjust the pannier hooks - again at least with Ortlieb and Vaude.

If you are having issues with heel strike you can get a longer connecting rods.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

10 August 2015 - 7:57pm
Not really on the radar in the UK * but on the Continent, they are popular (no real competition though), very well spec'ed for the price with a decent paint job, too.
A touch on the heavy side, if you were to force a negative out of me. Most of their frames are "25CrMo4" which I think is 4130 - same as a Surly LHT.

* I think there is somewhere in Cambridge that sells them. www.chrisbikes.co.uk

Re: Calais Battlefield Tour

10 August 2015 - 7:42pm
Personally I think there is a lot to see around Ypres and virtually nothing at all at Waterloo. I would hate to think that I will cycle all that way east to see a poor museum and a bit a dirt with a lion perched on top.

Re: Bought the bike!

10 August 2015 - 6:17pm
Great news.....

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

10 August 2015 - 5:54pm
I read somewhere that midges, though tiny, actually cut a tiny piece of skin away when they feed on you. I'm also a magnet for mosquitoes.

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

10 August 2015 - 5:09pm
I've order the Ortileb City Front - I'm going to try them before going back to a more traditional rack

Re: Bought the bike!

10 August 2015 - 4:52pm
Great news - hope it all works out for you.




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