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Re: touring tool kit

23 June 2015 - 1:22pm
Mudguard nuts I have replaced Allen bolts and large washers saving the need for a spanner. Likewise a few Shimano mechs take a spanner on the cable clamp and I'd switch to an Allen head. Pedals which take an Allen key are available too.
I'd go for a small adjustable spanner over a fixed one if I needed to carry it, simply because it is more versatile.

I would always take a couple of chain links and two fast links on multi-day tours and I like a Leatherman tool as it has several screwdriver bits, knife and pliers in a compact package.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

23 June 2015 - 1:19pm
Well it is great that you can read a map, but try using your OS map to get you through the cycle networks of an unfamiliar town or city. Like other Sat Navs I think they have their uses but over-reliance upon them can be a problem. To me they are not a replacement for route planning or map reading skills, but they are a useful tool, even if it is just to check your position.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

23 June 2015 - 1:17pm
One of the under-appreciated benefits of using a map is the things you can see when route planning, like detours to something interesting nearby or bail-out routes if you are tired or if the weather turns. Personally I dislike things with batteries in them and prefer paper maps.

Re: Map reading - can anyone do this now?

23 June 2015 - 12:55pm
Always happy to discuss maps and reading them...
I learnt with cub scouts and then school cadet force, but never got very good until I started, quite recently to go for regular walks with a chum and doggins. We do a country walk every fortnight and cover between 8 and 10 miles and as I'm the planner-in-chief I get to do all the navigating, so I'm getting better at it these days. It's definitely a skill that grows on me, I learn the nuances slowly...
For walking, used to prefer 1:25k but am now getting more used to using 1:50k.

Map reading - can anyone do this now?

23 June 2015 - 12:37pm
One of the most useful skills i learnt at school/scouts was map reading. To this day i often pull out a map and peruse the contours and symbols - online mapping can be useful too - if you can read a map and understand what it tells you.

There are regular questions on here about GPS units/apps - today someone even asked for a talking version so i'm curious, do people genuinely not have map reading skills or is it just laziness? If your GPS malfunctions are you lost?


(i can offer a distance learning course of basic map reading for those who don't know what a map is and how to interpret one! )

Re: help...sat nav

23 June 2015 - 11:36am
I have no experience of this app. Never tried it (never even loaded it) but noted it as part of a related app search https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/navfree-gps-uk-roi-+-street/id391334793?mt=8


Re: touring tool kit

23 June 2015 - 11:03am
I've been refining things for many years both toolwise and bike to make things simple so here's the parts/tools i take on tour:-

2 tubes
Park self adhesive patches
Tyre boot
SKS Micro tool - 2 tyre levers and spoke keys
Emergency spoke - no need to remove cassette to use
Multitool with chain tool - all the hex bolts on the bike are covered - my pedals included
Spare computer magnet - lost several over the years!
1 spare nipple - have had one break
1 pair brake pads
1 each gear/brake cables
Leatherman Micro - pliers, blade, screwdriver, bottle opener, file, saw blade
2oz bottle of lube
pair of latex gloves
'j' cloth for cleaning

Bike has self extracting crank bolts so if needed i can remove the cranks. Sealed BB unit, Campag hubs that don't need cone spanners if they needed attention.

If my tool kit can't do the job its a workshop thing ie replacing BB/headset/cassette

All fits into an Ortlieb Micro seat pack - total weight 495g

Re: Finding new touring friends!

23 June 2015 - 9:39am

If you live in S.W. Wiltshire presumably you are fairly close to Warminster. They had their 7th annual Warminster Wobble cycle festival a week ago, which I hear was very successful. Have a look at their website warminsterwobble.org.uk

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

23 June 2015 - 9:05am
simonhill wrote:Of course an XRay wouldn't show what was inside the frame tubes so their insistence seemed a bit pointless!!

I used to think this too. I mentioned it to an X-ray guy at an airport once, and he showed me the screen while he X-rayed my frame, demonstrating that airport X-rays can indeed see inside a bicycle frame. Clearly they are using something a bit different from medical X-rays.

Re: Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

23 June 2015 - 7:14am
Thank you PH.
Mercalia, I didn't get too wet, just spattered.

help...sat nav

23 June 2015 - 6:32am
i need a free iPhone app that will talk to me when navigating routes. I have downloaded Wikiloc and saw some good routes that folks have put on their site. Question, when i download the routes on to my phone will i have to pay to use them or are they free to use..........anyone?

Re: Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

23 June 2015 - 1:08am
didnt like the look of the muddy /water part

Re: Finding new touring friends!

22 June 2015 - 11:18pm
Hi Cheltourer. Your trip in September sounds great. Are you planning any short tours in the UK before you go?

Re: Finding new touring friends!

22 June 2015 - 11:05pm
Hello Ben, I live in Cheltenham. Also looking for touring companion who is into cycle camping. My cycling is best described as rambling with wheels. I have booked the bike bus in September with the aim of doing some of the cols of the Pyrenees.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 10:42pm
Check your cycle for any unique fittings. I will rarely leave the county without my cone spanners .

Re: Brookes Cambium Saddle

22 June 2015 - 9:32pm
I just did Dieppe-Cognac-Dieppe on a 3 month old C17. 1300km in 6 days and loved the saddle. I have gone through 2 Pros and had a B17 regular and narrow of which neither suited that well. I reckon it's about the same as a Regal in shape but my old Regal skinned me in the heat last year in Champagne. This year was hot, cold, wet, sweaty, between 8 and 10 1/2 hours in saddle days. Couldn't have asked for a better perch. Try one.

Re: Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

22 June 2015 - 1:55pm
lovely write up and great photos, thanks.

Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

22 June 2015 - 1:34pm
Bikepacking plans should be made to guide, however distractions can be part of the adventure. Find out what happened when my partner and I went on a bikepacking microadventure along the Wessex Ridgeway.

Hartlepool Stopover help and Nearly Off

22 June 2015 - 12:51pm
Hi All,

I leave for my tour around the UK & Irish coast in a little over a week, I have been let down for my stopover in Hartlepool, if anyone knows of a good place to stay with my bike I would be very grateful or a good camping spot!

you can follow my progress at www.thedarknewt.blogspot.co.uk

Thankyou to all on the CTC forum who have helped with my bike questions etc.. I can't wait to head out!


Re: Finding new touring friends!

22 June 2015 - 12:48pm
BenGarner wrote:I'm posting this as I've just come back from a three week tour in France which was amazing but it could of been better if I had someone to share the fun and struggles with.
Unfortunately for me none of my friends are interested in cycling, especially touring long miles in the rain or shine with the added bonus of wild camping or finding a dodgy campsite!
I live in the South-West of Wiltshire, 34 years old and looking for anyone who is interested in short tours around the UK or longer tours in Europe.
If anyone is interested please reply and maybe we can start a Wiltshire based touring club for like minded people!

Thanks for taking your time to read this post,


Hi Ben,

I am just about to leave on my tour around the UK and Irish coast over 3 1/2 monts - 3rd of July to Mid October. Happy for anyone to join in just contact me on newt@systems-engineer.info.



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