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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.

Re: Large Volume 700c slick tyre

10 August 2015 - 1:31pm
It depends on how slick you want, but the Continental Sport contacts are nice tyres.

http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle ... tact.shtml

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

10 August 2015 - 12:09pm
Thank you, I am overweight at the moment due to the meds and not being able to exercise over the last couple of years, so I think a 531ST frame will be a wise choice. I should have lost the excess weight by the time I start touring next year.

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

10 August 2015 - 10:23am
I've just read that KoM's can take 32mm tyres and someone on t'internet claims to be using 35...? Perhaps I will call them with the serial number and see what they say about this particular bike.

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

10 August 2015 - 9:38am
Thank you all, I think I will buy it, though I am slightly concerned about the limited tyre width. If I really don't get on with it, I'm sure I could sell it for at least what I paid.

Re: What's your top weight saving tip for touring?

10 August 2015 - 9:08am
Haha, it was more in reply to what toiletries they wanted to take with them, a speed stick is much more user friendly whilst travelling and will save on washing so much if you have some wet wipes.

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

10 August 2015 - 9:00am
Elizabeth_S wrote:eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....

They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.

I find Horseflies are painful, irritate a little bit and an hour later there is no sign of a bite.. (I know this is not true for a lot of people) I can still have nasty midge bites hanging around for 2 weeks after i have returned from a trip to midge country, so probably for about 3 weeks in total......

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

10 August 2015 - 8:03am
On my week long tour of the Western Isles at the start of June, I never felt a midgie apart from camping at lochgilphead on the way to Oban....every other day was so grim, even the midgies stayed at home

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

10 August 2015 - 7:15am
I've had several Mercian frames over the years, all second hand. They did not stir my passions in any way, possibly because they were second hand. I do not think they are better or worse than hundreds of other builders, indeed with custom frames I'd go to a local builder. Galaxy - never had one and never wanted one, but that is because I've not had a stock machine since I was 14 years old.

Back to this particular case - the frame in question is 531ST so is already a very stout frame. If you look at Tony Oliver's book on touring frames he regards it as overkill for all but large frames. However, being a cheap offering I would snap it up.




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