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Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 3:36pm
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I feel that I should point out that Sopworth is in Wiltshire
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Any ideas of good 3 day (mainly off road tour)

2 June 2014 - 3:33pm
Hi all

Any ideas for a good 3 day off road (mainly sustans routes) tour.

Would be travelling by myself with loaded bike and fancy some where by the coast.

Would aim to do about 140 miles (40/60/40)....

Any ideas or recommendation would be great.

Many thanks for your time

Regards

Mike

Re: opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

2 June 2014 - 2:10pm
If it's the road between the Aubisque and Soulor, with both cols accessible, it will probably be that one of the built up sections along the cliffs in the Cirque du Litor has gone off down the hillside. If that's the case, it's unlikely that you would get through on a bike if the road is still officially closed. If you go up without confirmation, make sure you give yourself enough time to retreat and go round the long way.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 1:42pm
jamesgilbert wrote:
The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Solved many years ago...

Step 1, it's started to rain, bah!
Step 2, it's not Proper Rain and/or it won't last more than a few minutes, I'll not bother breaking out the waterproofs
Step 3, well, I was wrong about that, better put them on after all...
Step 4, but I'm already soaked through, so what's the point?

Summary, you carry them, but never use them. (Corollary, doesn't matter what they are!)

Pete.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 12:50pm
I've had a pair of very basic (and therefore lightweight) waterproof overshoes for the last few years. They look like they're about to fall apart but do a surprisingly good job of keeping my shoes dry, even in prolonged heavy rain. Combined with some not too expensive Vaude waterproof trousers, they work well.

The only difficulty is deciding when to stop to put them on!

Re: Cycle touring (camping) with a BBQ - anyone got experien

2 June 2014 - 12:19pm
I've carried the metal grid piece from the top of a disposable BBQ with me which I have used over the embers of a fire. At many campsites in France there are BBQ pits and people often leave a bit of spare charcoal behind for others to use. I have also used pine cone instead of charcoal and they work quite well.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 11:01am
In warm weather I like the sandals option too, but it suck sin the cold.

Sealskinz or similar waterproofs are good but not as good as you might like... the main point of dry in the winter is it happens to be a good way to help stay warmer (as water conducts heat away well), so if you have a thin layer keeping you dry which is soaked outside the water might not get at your feet, but it can take the heat away from them. Waterproof shoes/boots are, sadly, waterproof both ways, so any water running down your legs/socks will get inside, and stay there. Overshoes with the tops inside overtrousers are probably the best solution, but a great deal of faff.

For overtrousers I tend not to bother unless I can't avoid setting off in to a deluge, and then I just use my hiking/skiing ones. Not perfect, but okay. The side zips leak a little at the knees, but not to the point that's a problem.

Pete.

Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 10:28am
Thanks - much too far for me, though.

Re: Pack-away rain coat and trousers

2 June 2014 - 8:59am
mjr wrote:I'm currently using a kag in a bag and second hand rain legs, total about £20. I get wet around the edges but I've never found waterproof trousers that didn't catch on either top tube or cranks, and some water always dribbles in from my face if the neck is comfortably loose. At least these pack down small.

I got over the rain legs problem by hacking off the bottoms of some waterproof trousers just below the knees. With a pair of overshoes I found this kept my legs reasonably dry and warm throughout a wet 200k Audax.
I'm inclined to agree that a waterproof but not breathable jacket works pretty well - particularly over a fleece or some such.
Breathability doesn't seem to last - I do have an Altura which seems quite good - at the moment - but I've had Gore-tex which didn't stay waterproof for long.

opening of Col d'Aubisque 2014

2 June 2014 - 8:45am
I'm due to set off on the tourist raid mid June. It appears that the road between the Col d'Aubisque and the Soulor is closed and is likely to be so for some weeks. I'm going to e-mail CC Bearnaise to find if there is an approved alternative, but it occurs to me that there may be others undertaking the raid (either version -this part of the route is common).
I've trawled the internet but there doesn't seem a definite date.
There does seem the suggestion that although access by car is not possible there is a possibility of making it by cycle.
Any information appreciated.

Re: GPS Course this W/E

2 June 2014 - 12:04am
Sorry forgot to put this in
Sopworth in Gloucestershire

Neil

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