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Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 7:45pm
Sweep wrote:foxyrider wrote:
Still looks like a commuting bike!



Care to elaborate/explain?

What is comfortable for a thirty minute commute will not be comfortable for a day in the saddle. As far as I can see, apart from a clean you've added a poorly designed rack and are calling it a tourer. Lots of elements make a bike fit for purpose and far be it for me to say what you have there isn't a potential tourer but I'd be looking at a better designed / more suitable rack (that model sits far too high - was it sold as a 29er rack?) and a different handlebar set up (butterfly bars most likely) to improve bike balance and day ride comfort.

Just observations, I am a velocipede salesperson of some experience and would be advising any of my customers the same

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 7:08pm
bigjim wrote:This would be worth travelling for if it came in at the right price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Super-Galaxy-Mens-Tourer-Bike-25-Frame-21-Shimano-Deore-LX-gears-/261891007698?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf9eba4d2


I tried, but missed out on this - oh well, I am not good at winning things on ebay! - I will keep trying - thanks for the heads up

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

24 May 2015 - 6:46pm
letelemarker wrote:Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Really? how come? do you have a link?

Electricity is electricity doesn't really matter how its produced just how its converted in to a useable supply, so if you have a good usb device i can't really see a problem…I'm no expert however!



From what I understand the I phone requires the current to be a fairly steady 1A, less than this and the phone won't necessarily charge

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

24 May 2015 - 6:40pm
Well, I managed to complete my Lon Las Cymru tour a couple of weeks ago. Stuck faithfully to NCN 8 for most of the route with a slight diversion off the Taff Trail just north of Cardiff to visit some friends in the Rhymney Valley.

I took the route over a leisurely 6 days camping each night, except for my last Caerphilly overnight stop.

Weather was mixed with a strong south-westerly headwind most of the way.

I saw only two other tourists along the entire route. One chap going the same direction as me who broke his chain neat Llanidloes (I offered my spare link), and a tandem going northwards that I passed near Builth Wells.

Scenery was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, soon hopefully, and perhaps South to North next time.

My overnight stops were:

- Llanllyfni (south of Caernarfon)
- Dolgellau
- Rhayader
- Talybont-on-Usk
- Caerphilly

I've posted some video of my journey on youtube if anyone is interested - https://youtu.be/F81xftVeV7Q

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:52pm
Bicycler wrote:
Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances.........

1" threaded headsets and quill stems...



Can you elaborate? What are the problems of these on a tourer?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:49pm
foxyrider wrote:
Still looks like a commuting bike!



Care to elaborate/explain?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:42pm
I'd be bidding on this if I needed another touring bike.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surly-Long-ha ... 3844&rt=nc

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:35pm
MarkF wrote:After


Still looks like a commuting bike!

I would be looking for a better rack at least - that is just nasty and do you really ride with the saddle at that angle? Its either too high or needs levelling - you must be sliding forward off of that all the time.

Re: Tour of Switzerland

24 May 2015 - 5:26pm
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.

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 5:08pm
I think that you are over reacting to a small degree of chance, your body language would probably attract a potential thief rather than how you carry stuff. The potential for bag theft is probably less for you than the thousands, no millions of women who carry a bag every day. It's been said before, use common sense, take the bar bag with you if you are keeping valuables in it. Unless you are flashing your Goldcard and Nikon about, you are probably not going to be a top target for thieves, if you go about hugging your bag, patting your wallet pocket etc you are telling the thieves that a/ you have something worth nicking and b/ where it is!

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 5:01pm
22camels wrote:If I were travelling on foot, I would have a rucksack/backpack along with clothes pockets and a (hidden) pouch or waist belt.

Please don't do that if you ever go to Barcelona as we had our rucksack dipped into when we went there. Fortunately we somehow expected it to happen and they got away with nothing.
Their modus operandi was to surround us on the train and as we got off with a rolling suitcases one of them stood in the way of my wife expecting her to stop. Little did they know. Rather than stop she just barged her way through hitting one of the thieves in the shins. As we moved along the platform she made me aware of them following us and I just turned and glared at them when they then skidaddled over to the other platform. It was only when we were going up the escalator when someone pointed out to us our rucksack was open.
We had a lucky escape and I now know why you see people walking around in Barcelona with their rucksacks on their stomachs.

Not a great trip as we managed to leave our camera in the taxi.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

24 May 2015 - 4:54pm
maybe a double leg centre stand?

tbh its a rare stop when I can't park against something and my bags are low emough that they nearly hold the bike up anyway!

Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

24 May 2015 - 4:32pm
Hi all

Recently back from a tour and found it a pain either resting my bike on the panniers or pedals. (actually fell over couple of times)

Are there any good stands that people would recommend for a fully loaded bike with front and rear panniers

Many thanks for any advice and your time

Regards

Mike

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 3:01pm
IF you happen to find a bike in the right size and IF you are sure of your ability to assess its mechanical condition then second hand is the budget choice.

I'd certainly second the advice of avoiding anything with old style 27" wheels and/or freewheel blocks rather than cassettes. Whilst not insurmountable problems for those with such machines, they make less practical sense long term for new purchasers.

Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances. The cantilever bosses may be too narrow to accept modern replacement canti/v-brakes. 126mm (6/7spd) hubs are not widely available. A 130mm rear end limits you to 7spd, an overly dished road rear wheel, or springing a 135mm wheel in and out. 7spd is making less sense as parts become scarcer. 1" threaded headsets and quill stems...

For me, if buying a bike today, the sweet spot would be a bike from the last 20 years: 700C; 1 1/8" Ahead, 135mm rear end so any modern wheel will just drop in; 8spd (parts widely available on tour and can be upgraded in the future); will fit modern canti/v-brakes (maybe even discs).

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 2:25pm
If I were travelling on foot, I would have a rucksack/backpack along with clothes pockets and a (hidden) pouch or waist belt. It wouldn't be very obvious where my valuables were (unless I carried a big camera in its own bag). The bar bag by itself seems to scream out "this is where my valuables are" - and it is really tempting to put most of them in there. Especially as, on the bike, I wouldn't want to have much, if anything, hanging on my body because it may constrict movement and get annoying in hot weather.

I know the majority of my time will be spent in rural areas where there is nothing to worry about, but, especially on a longer tour, one has to go through lots of towns and cities some of which can be dodgy.

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 2:06pm
I've used cycling bar bags to store all sorts of things over the years - even off bicycle. Like as a photo bag before I had a proper one to carry my equipment. I think the issue isn't really about the handlebar bag [I carry a lot of expensive filming equipment and the like frequently - in bags designed for that, which stand out, too] but about being aware of your surroundings. People that steal things are opportunistic, most of the time, and it matters less what type of bag you carry, but how you carry it (and how you carry yourself). Always have it slung over the opposite shoulder from the side it's hanging in areas that are unsafe. Leave your arm over and on top of the bag. [I.e. bag between your body and your arm.]. It'll make it harder to just snatch it.

And learn to trust people, a little. The large majority are not thieves .

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 12:50pm
Will pm you later to avoid boring others with adventure fandom

Re: Caen to La Rochelle to Santander.

24 May 2015 - 11:33am
I just got back from riding London to Malaga. After the ride to Portsmouth I took the ferry to St Malo - not your planned start in Caen but near enough. Made my way down Western France, past La Rochelle and to Bayonne. I then diverged from your planned tour and crossed the Border between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles heading to Pamplona and onwards through the middle of Spain. This was early May and I was bothered most of the way through France by westerly and southwesterly crosswinds which were very annoying but manageable.

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