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Re: Basic Pannier Advice

11 April 2015 - 10:15am
I have never invested in waterproof panniers, but I do pack everything in plastic bags to keep them dry. The only time I ever had any trouble was when an edge rubbed a hole in a pannier, then through a couple of my plastic bags.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

11 April 2015 - 12:26am
I've bought one of these for this years trips.

http://www.uttings.co.uk/p116100-nemo-b ... GJyu2AqXIU


I do a bit of canoeing so the weight doesn't matter. It would be best split between two riders if travelling on the bike. I know it gets great reviews with a small firebox alight inside it. Haven't used mine yet so can't give you my own review. One thing is for sure, it'll be a lot better than nothing !

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

11 April 2015 - 12:08am
I know there's not many of us do it nowadays but if you are a smoker you have won a watch with regards to midgie deterrents. Skin so Soft is very good but in days gone by there was nothing to beat a few hefty cigars or a pipe blowing like a farriers furnace to keep the blood sucking barstewards at bay. There was a tackle dealer called John Cobley who used to run Argyll Sports in Dunoon , who wore a bush hat with the burning 'mosikill' coils lit and smouldering above the hat. We fished for night time sea trout in the Glendaruel area together during the still summer nights when the midgies were at their worst. This was in the pre skin so Soft days and Tobacco smoke and mosikill coils worked well. They were obviously not at all healthy but they made it possible to go where others feared to tread!
The fact that you are allowed to build a smokey fire while camping in Scotland is very handy. It is a great defence against the ravenous hordes !

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 11:59pm
Thank you for the comments, advice and photos.
Much appreciated!
Helen

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

10 April 2015 - 10:47pm
Yes that's a good plan. There's a voie verte from dieppe. If you google voie verte dieppe you will get to a specialised website on it.

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 8:51pm
Not big but you can stuff them as they are well stiched. I just used them to carry sleeping bag, small bivi style tent, u-lock & cable, raincoat and spare clothes, I left cooking gear at home and bought food on the go.

Re: Cycling from Suffolk to Paris

10 April 2015 - 7:41pm
Thank you, we're hoping to cycle it in less that 48 hours for charity, I looked at the Harwich crossing but its expensive. Ideally would like to cycle to the bottom of the uk and then across france. Someones suggested cycling to Newhaven and then from Dieppe though

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 7:32pm
Oh they are a decent size then?

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 7:14pm
I've used those SJS panniers on a B&B tour, they are well made for the money. The hooks are steel, I'd recommend protecting your rack from abrasion. I used clear braided PVC tubing split open and zip-tied to the rack in the area where the hooks contact.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

10 April 2015 - 7:10pm
Use a ridgeback GS500 (hybrid) cheap as chips frame and forks bought off ebay and added bits to build it up from stuff lying around shed and just bought a few newer parts (V brakes front) . Has the advantage of looking well used - the last one you would want to nick !

swop the bottom bracket and chain rings over for commutting (52 , 42 ,32) or touring (48,28,28) and front derailleur.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 4:32pm
I cycled 800 + miles with a tear in my achilles and a damaged wrist in a brace... I would prefer that to getting eaten again!

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 4:25pm
SJS wouldn't sell complete crap. At that price get a year out them and they don't owe you anything. I used similar panniers on my Lands End - John O Groats. Thereafter transferred them to my sons bike. Going strong years later.

Downsides - not as easy to take on and off as Orltiebs. Not waterproof so you need to use plastic bags inside them if there is any chance of rain.

Upsides - cheap and unattractive to thieves so ideal for a commuter bike that will be parked all day somewhere.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 4:18pm
The thing I find with clegs, though, is that they are so big and slow that you can usually whack them before they bite. And even if you don't spot them until you feel their teeth in your flesh, killing them immediately seems to prevent them leaving any irritating poisons behind It works for me, at least - I very rarely have reactions to cleg bites. Midgies are something else!

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:34pm
I have a Tubus Tara I got from Rose Bikes. It is the only front rack I've ever used, but I am happy with it so far. Plus the loop over the wheel gives me a better feeling of security as well as another hand hold to maneuver the bike around with.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 3:25pm
Newer mind the midges and mosquitos, in Scotland the horse fly or cleg is much worse!

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:22pm
I've got the Vavert low rider from eBay for £17. Used it all last summer and worked fine.

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:13pm
SJS has been selling them for some time, and seems like many people are buying them. I dont think they are very big - 30l the two of them. I doubt they ware water proof but u can put stuff in plastic bags?

Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:02pm
My Burley Trailer is no more and I am about to do a week long trip with back panniers. I am tentative about this as the trailer always worked well for me. I'm opting for panniers a) the cost and b) don't need all the space this time around as I am on a B&B circuit.
Seems like I can get a pair for £10-20. I don't need fancy and I don't need them to last a lifetime - do I pick a pair and hope for the best, or is there more to it that I am missing?
I appreciate you only get what you pay for, but at this point I am mainly concerned as to a bad decision impacting my cycling.
Looking at these in the first instance.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PANNIER-BAG-S ... 8130&rt=nc

Many thanks
Helen

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 2:42pm
rannochraider wrote:Plus one for the Surly. Bomproof and offers a variety of heights as well as a solid over wheel platform for over wheel rack bag or case of budweisser . Looks cool as well. Never seen such a well engineered rack. I'll bet the used re sale values are high too.
Buy crap, buy twice.
Buy Surly - buy something useful next time!

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 2:32pm
They don't like me

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