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Re: Thames path

31 August 2014 - 9:15am
makes u wonder how on earth the Thames comes from that!

Re: Satmap Protective Case anyone?

31 August 2014 - 8:53am
I use one has been water tight so far, got it for the extra protection .does make using the buttons a bit of a fiddle On satmap 10 taking off the protective lens to add the cover generally means
if you us the waterproof cover you have to leave the other protector home

Satmap Protective Case anyone?

31 August 2014 - 7:59am
I have just bought one of these
https://satmap.com/accessories/proshiel ... black.html

This thing is for use with the bike mount
The bike mount back for the Active 10/12 is still employed with this case
So the attachment sticks through a large slit in the back of the case

Waterproof? - I think not
However The rubber of the case does seem to press against the back of the device when on the mount so it may be a bit more waterproof than it looks.

Anyone know for sure if the slit in the back lets in water while employed

Re: Thames path

31 August 2014 - 6:05am
Here is a photo of the stone marking the source of the River Thames. It's in a a remote Gloucestershire meadow full of grazing dairy cows.rsz_img_1352.jpg

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

30 August 2014 - 11:15pm
I'm fortunate enough to own a few bikes, all to my specification, without being unsensibly restricted by budget. These include a Thorn Exp (expedition standard bike); a Genesis Croix de Fer, in touring spec for medium weight touring, and a Roberts Compact Sportive that I have over-abused for cycle-camping, and it has coped admirably, but is not really robust enough for the state of the roads today when loaded with 15 kgs of tent & luggage.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses for touring, but if you plan to go touring, which I assume you do, then you are right to specify a touring bike for your very needs. The Surley Long a Haul Trucker would, of course, be an excellent choice (for any tourer) -so perhaps you could narrow down or specify your question for a touring bike? What type of touring are you planning to do? How long, how often etc.?

Otherwise, if you are looking for support - then you've come to the right place - I would certainly agree with your decision. I would disagree that it is a mid-life crisis at 40, you've got another 10 or 15 years to go for a real mid-life crisis!

Re: Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

30 August 2014 - 8:37pm
The choice pf which bike to buy is very easy.
European tarmac? Dawes Galaxy with Marathon tyres or Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tyres. Perhaps a Thorn Sherpa.
Cross Africa, Patagonia, crap roads? Perhaps a Thorn Raven. Nomad, 26 inch wheels so you can buy tyres anywhere. Surly also good. Strong frame.
Or maybe go for a lighter frame, handmade specially for you? Roberts of Croydon.
Short of money? Go to halfords.
In China? Buy a £25 bike.
Which only goes to show that you can ride almost anything to almost amywhere. If you have a decent local bike shop, ask them or ring Thorn, which is what I did.

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

30 August 2014 - 8:06pm
+1 For Classics. I use mine to transport chicken food, cider, you name it...hc

Re: New Route Planner

30 August 2014 - 8:03pm
A fantastic site that I have used to plan a pannier full of short, local training (alright pub) routes. Thanks Richard...hc

Ditching my Hybrid for a full Spec Tourer

30 August 2014 - 7:35pm
At 40 I am being accused by those nearest and dearest to me of having a mid-life crisis. I call it just knowing how to have fun. I am ditching my hybrid (Specialized Globe City 3.1) for a full spec tourer (I'm soft on a Surly Disc Trucker) The sale of my hybrid will help me a little towards this goal I hope! It's on eBay which is new territory for me. Yikes.

I'm learning loads on here so thank you all for the knowledge although I am lurking and avoiding adding my 10 cents or bombarding the wise with inane questions. A bit about me as an intro: I am a gardener in Somerset and I lean towards organic methods as I have a very strong affinity with Britain's flora and fauna. At the moment I own a decent hybrid which handles light touring without complaint but as I said I'm on the hunt for a proper tourer to match my beard and long hair. I also have 2 sheds, 2 greenhouses, a spaniel, 2 daughters, some chickens and a tortoise. All of which are about as useful as a chocolate tea pot.............hc


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