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Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

26 May 2015 - 11:30am
Made this with a fishermans rod rest. It collapses easily and clips to the downtube when not in use with strong elastic bands. It also supports a fully loaded bike on any terrain or surface. Very useful when camping you can prop the bike up and load or unload it in the middle of a field.


Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

26 May 2015 - 11:11am
I used a double legged kiskstand fitted under the bottom bracket some years ago (Pletscher I think) whilst touring with 4 panniers on a Dawes Galaxy. Brilliant. EXCEPT: it needed to be so tight that it damaged the frame and I had to remove it.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 11:00am
Zip-offs are fine if you are going to use them as shorts (though you do end up with rather odd looking two tone trousers!)

I use zip-offs when camping so I can put legs on when I stop to camp (depriving insects of their food supply). When staying in accommodation, I found I only want to wear them as longs. So I just take non-convertible trousers for that as they weigh a little less and pack a little better, and are not two tone.

Re: Fort William - Oban

26 May 2015 - 11:00am
The Ft. Wm. to Ballachulish bit has been covered. Ballachulish to Oban is mixed with some good cycle paths and some useless bits with some road sections. Not as bad as the A82 but depends what you are used to. The A85 Connel to Oban is not nice. There is a pavement from Dunbeg to Oban which while illegal is used by cyclists. There is also a cycle path Dunbeg to Ganavan outside Oban. Personally I take the back road from Connel to Oban which is fairly quiet unless there has been another accident on the A85. The police are now trying to close this road on these occasions as local drivers all try this way and the road gets completely jammed.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 10:51am
I've got a couple of pairs of zip-offs, one from Mountain Warehouse, and the others are Craphoggers. The MW pair are much thinner and lighter (347g CF 526g).

Re: Shetland

26 May 2015 - 10:47am
Been there several times and recommend it. Warning however do not be too ambitious as it can be very windy and also colder than you expect. On a couple of visits I used winter gear in June. Have a rear led light as it can get very foggy and police are not happy with unlit cyclists on the faster roads in the central area. The visibility can get very bad at times and I would agree that it is dangerous. Generally it is pretty good and conversely can get very hot and sunburn combined with windburn should be guarded against. All the villages have reasonable shops for provisions and as already said the natives are friendly. Go anyway

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 10:46am
+1 for Rohan. I have taken a pair of Rohan Bags for years on tours and they are still going strong. They are light, look reasonable, wash easily, and have zipped pockets for carrying valuables. Not cheap though.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 9:51am
Phunny thing about Decathlon's walking bags is that for my waist size they assume I'm around 7' tall.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 9:48am
MrsS got some for the same reason from GoOoutdoors recently, they have a selection, but hers were only about £15.

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

26 May 2015 - 9:14am

Do you have a good route from Nottingham to the general area of M1J28?

I haven't found one that is a good ride yet. I know people who commute to work in the City Centre via Ravenshead- Newstead or Hucknall, but currently haven't found a route I like.



26 May 2015 - 8:46am
If anyone is interested in going to Shetland for a tour we have just posted our travelogue of our Shetland tour last summer. If you like good quiet relatively traffic free roads, visiting islands, archaeology and watching wildlife then Shetland is a great place to tour. Oh and the natives are very friendly to .

The main highlights of Shetland for us were:
1.The RSPB bird reserve on Noss. It has an amazing bird life, Bonxies, Puffins, Arctic terns, Arctic skuas, Black guillemots with their wonderful red feet and an enormous gannetry with nearly 12,000 gannets.

2. Sitting on a bench at 2 o‛clock in the afternoon in Mid Yell overlooking the harbour where we watched an otter stroll across the road right in front of us by the post office, run across the beach, have a nose around the harbour jetty before swimming off across the bay. Absolutely amazing!

3. The Keen of Hammar nature reserve, which has some very rare alpine flowers growing in amongst some Serpentine and Harzburgite debris at the extreme height of 45m above sea level and we were delighted to find flowering the very rare Edmondstons Chickweed which is found nowhere else in the world.

4. The Unst Bus shelter, we had seen pictures of this in someone else's cycling blog and we just had to see it for ourselves.

5. Mousa Broch, the most complete broch in Scotland.

Oh and lastly we got involved in a helicopter rescue .

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

26 May 2015 - 7:43am
I put all my valuables in a big, clunky, amateur looking bar bag - and I keep hold of it all the time. I also have a bit of cord in it and have been known to tie it to things like luggage trollies when at an airport and you could do the same with a supermarket trolly. As already mentioned, it is no different to a handbag - or a rucksack. Put your valuables in it and look after it.

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 7:42am
Rohan do some nice quality ones, but somewhat pricey. If you are within reach of a Decathlon store they have a good range (look in the 'walking' aisles) for a lot less money, but decent quality.

Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

26 May 2015 - 7:31am
I'm looking for some lightweight packable trousers to wear in the evening when I'm touring

Not looking to spend a fortune

Re: D-Day Ride, Done It

25 May 2015 - 10:15pm
Hi groberts,

I thoroughly enjoyed your account of your D-Day Ride that you made a number of years ago now. I am also considering the same ride but I will take the ferry back to Portsmouth from Caen and not Le Harve - based on your recommendation!

I have never undertaken an overseas tour but I'm desperate to try. The only worry I have is security. I envisage - rightly or wrongly - that I'll go into a museum leaving my bike outside and when I return everything is gone! Naturally, I can lock the bike up to a post or something similar but it's things like panniers etc that might be a target for a quick fingered Frenchman or woman!

How did you handle this issue? Did you take your panniers into every museum / restaurant / toilet stop?

I'm sure that there are security measures in place at the front of these museums but it doesn't take much to whip off Altura panniers and be gone!

Any advice would be welcome.


St.Malo to Nice

25 May 2015 - 8:33pm
I want to do the St.Malo to Nice trip as suggested in the book, 'France en Velo'. I live in Canada and don't want the hassle of bringing my own bike by air. A few questions. Has anyone done this route on a rented bike from St Malo? Are there places in St. Malo for dedicated touring bikes with drop bars? I have to return from Nice to St.Malo so what is the train service like for carrying unboxed bikes? Appreciate your input guys!

Re: Tour of Switzerland

25 May 2015 - 8:17pm
foxyrider wrote:Unless you are used to alpine climbing give yourselves a few days of 'easier' terrain before you start on the passes!

There are routes that don't involve too much serious climbing but these can be directional eg the Brunig pass is much less climbing and stressful heading north than it is south.

The Veloland.ch site is excellent and on the ground signing is very good, be careful that you follow road cycle routes rather than MTB routes.

If you aren't great climbers you can take bikes on many Postbus (PTT) routes and most of the rail system.

Oh and be prepared for heavy rain - I've done quite a few trips to Switzerland at various times of year and whilst the weather can be glorious it can be dismal too, even in summer and it can be cold on top of the passes with snow even in July/August.
Thanks a lot, in my mind there is the climbing of san bernardino the first days and the climbing of neufenen pass or the furkapass the last days...i just hope the weather will be better than last year in Austria/Germany

Re: Tour of Switzerland

25 May 2015 - 8:10pm
JJF wrote:Switzerland has a network of cycle routes. I have used a few of them and found the signing very reliable.
Look at
I looked at it but i don't understand if those are all cycling route, only for cycles, or some of them are along the main roads

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

25 May 2015 - 7:46pm
Glad you like the look of the Hoge Veluwe! (It translates as something like 'badlands'). The Netherlands have some lovely campsites, I used the Naturkampeerterrein sites (http://www.natuurkampeerterreinen.nl/ which are some of the best I've ever used.

Re: Fort William - Oban

25 May 2015 - 7:16pm
Avoid weekends etc and the A82 isn't too bad. Mostly it is bendy enough that traffic is slow. I've cycled it and preferred this section with 45-50mph traffic to the Glencoe/Blackmount section where given a gap in traffic some cars are passing you at 70mph and having to make overtale/brake decisions at motorway speed on a single carriageway about 18ft wide.

Between Ballachuilish and Oban there are long sections of smooth tarmac surfaced cycle path.

If time is an issue I wouldn't hesitate to go this way. Scenically going via Mull is better and on much, much quieter roads.

The ride across Morvern requires climbing up and over the top of the mountain. I remember it being a bit of a low-gear grind. It is likely steeper going the other direction. Once at the top, the coast down going that way would be fabulous.

Yes, I've done that one N-S and the long downhill is a nice reward for the relatively short steep uphill.


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