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Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 5:26pm
Might have to find an old cigar tube to put them in . Guess I'm a little paranoid after the squeezy carnation incident after it escaped its shackles. A small box (ideally locking ) for the squashables isn't too much to carry I suppose. Good to know they will withstand some shaking about.

Could always bungee it to the outside of the mudguard along with the bananas

I tend to eat out late lunch and Breakfast number 2 and are happy to keep it simple in the evenings and breakfast 1. I like the sound of the gooey bit in the bottom. Concentrated treat to finish.

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

3 July 2014 - 5:10pm
I did Caen to Montpelier a few years back. I had difficulties finding a suitable route between Nevers and Lyon, so took the train. I recommend that you take in Sancerre - the view of the town in the distance as you approach it from the west is a thing of beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed the stop over in La Charite sur Loire. I slogged down the A7 through Valence, Montelimar & Orange. I don't recommend this, as it's a busy route, but it seemed like a good idea at the time; you could probably plot a route that weaves around the main drag. Avignon to Montpelier is a very pleasant ride. I approached Montpelier from the south, passing through Aigues Morte and Pavalas - not a route I would necessarily recommend, but I was staying on the south side. PM me if you want more details.

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 3:24pm
if you are thorough with the stirring they are great - better than cup a soup although less choice of flavours.

I put them inside my kettle for transport along with the stove - no issues with damage or mess.

Re: Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 2:53pm
These have been around for two or three years now. They are ok but don't disolve particularly well and you usually get left with sludge at the bottom of the cup.
I would think they would survive in a pannier reasonably well, maybe double wrap them in a ziplock bag to be sure.
Personally I would stick with Cup-a-soup, although the genuine Heinz Tomato flavour of these tubes is good.

Re: Cycle Touring in the Outer Hebrides - Questions

3 July 2014 - 2:24pm
Thanks for all your informative and enthusiastic responses - really can't wait to get up there now. I have booked the train to Glasgow on the 22nd and will return from the same on the 29th. This should give me just about enough time to do the route suggested. I will post up pictures on my return!!!

Fingers crossed on weather

Re: Spain North to South

3 July 2014 - 2:15pm
Horses for courses I guess, but my personal preference is a trail/track to any road, any day !

- no cars/fumes/dangers
- close to country side
- many tracks/trail are old routes... churches, vialles, etc, etc.

Stir in soups

3 July 2014 - 1:25pm
I see Heinz are now doing a stir in soup that seems to be in ultralight packaging: http://www.heinz.co.uk/en/Products/Soup ... -of-Tomato.

Anyone tried them in a pannier yet? I can gamble on the price to taste one, it's more the robustness of the packaging when on the bike I'm interested in.

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

3 July 2014 - 12:23pm
Central france can be hilly as well as hot. Which means allowing more time, water and suncreme. Start as early as possible and make sure your properly hydrated before a climb. Alcohol isn't really your friend. Standard stuff.

Re: What do you think about this overshoes?

2 July 2014 - 8:23pm
jamesgilbert wrote:I have these overshoes, I can recommend them. Cheap, lightweight, easy to put on with a bit of practice and they do keep your feet dry.

Thanks to all I have just bought them

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 8:02pm
Thread from 2009... Tutenkamun got the last of that deal.

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 7:50pm
Monsieur wrote:Can bikes such as LHT be bought over the web from the UK and then delivered to a UK address?
As far as I'm aware, Surly stopped selling complete bikes via online retailers in 2011. See here: http://surlybikes.com/blog/post/the_way_we_do_things .

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 7:09pm
Does that price include sales tax?

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker or Thorn Sherpa

2 July 2014 - 6:52pm
Can bikes such as LHT be bought over the web from the UK and then delivered to a UK address?

Re: France: La Manche to Le Med -advice?

2 July 2014 - 6:49pm
France En Velo by Walsh and Reynolds: detailed description in English of St Malo to Nice.

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