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Re: Locks for touring

17 June 2015 - 11:39am
Thanks to all for the advice about my need to change from a cafe lock for touring to something more substantial because there will be more city centre cycling. I have decided to go with one of the locks I have already. It's an Abus cable lock. I don't know what model itis but I bought it for London use so I imagine I would have chosen a Gold rating at the time. That might be more than I need for this tour, but It is about 900gms which seems to be the weight of many, including the Kryptonite Mini that was recommended. It just seems that if the weight is about the same, a cable lock will give me more city centre locking options than a D lock. As well, I now have another excuse (my knees are the current one) for my slow speed.


Re: Schwalbe Marathon vs Marathon Plus

17 June 2015 - 11:38am
I use Marathons on several bikes and really like them. I reckon on about one puncture per year through defeated tyre (I run them at or close to 100 psi), but once they're at a certain wear point they get pretty easy to hole, and then it's time for a new one.

I've not really ever seen the point of the Plus for my own riding (general urban and tour, including simple off-road).


Re: Schwalbe Marathon vs Marathon Plus

17 June 2015 - 11:33am
What tyre pressure do you use? And what kind of terrain, mostly roads? I'm also not sure whether inner tube quality makes a difference but I tend to use proper brands rather than the cheap Decathlon-style ones.

My girlfriend & I did 4000km around Europe a couple of years ago with the basic Marathon tyres and had zero punctures but I guess a lot is down to luck!

Re: Schwalbe Marathon vs Marathon Plus

17 June 2015 - 11:18am
That sounds like a really nice trip. Personally, I think there is a problem with very puncture resistant tyres. They can be less flexible and therefore harsher and with higher rolling resistance, and they can be heavier and therefore more tiring. It is a matter of finding the right balance. I have not tested Marathon Supremes, but I put a pair on my wife's bike recently and they look and feel like very well made tyres for swift touring. They have tread extending part way up the side of the tyre, which promises resistance to sidewall damage, and they have a reasonable but not excessive depth of tread. The weight is reasonably low, and they feel flexible. I imagine (but do not know) that they are good at resisting punctures. Oh, and they are expensive. They may be the best you can get for your tour.

Re: Touring Cassette

17 June 2015 - 11:12am
I suppose a lot depends on how much stuff you are carrying too. I like the 22t front - 36t rear for hauling my full loaded bike up loooooong steep hills.

Very needed coming through wales.

Schwalbe Marathon vs Marathon Plus

17 June 2015 - 10:54am

I have a Dawes Galaxy Plus with Schwalbe Marathon tyres. I did a tour of the south coast of England last year from Margate to Land's End and had four punctures. I am looking to minimise this possibility on my next trip from Calais to Montpellier. I was wondering if anyone has any views on whether it would be beneficial to upgrade these tyres - perhaps to the Marathon Plus Tour? or any other recommendations?

Many thanks

Re: Brookes Cambium Saddle

17 June 2015 - 9:54am
I had a Brooks which, in rainy weather, I rode with the Brooks nylon rain cover in place. It felt fine in padded shorts and avoided the worry of what long periods of rain might do to the leather.

The Cambium saddles are made in Italy, not by Brooks, and are a different product altogether. As far as I am aware they do not mould to your shape in the traditional Brooks way, so the sensation you get when you first ride one is the sensation you will always get, as with most saddles. Some people like them a lot, others ditch them after the first ride. Just like most other saddles.

Re: Brookes Cambium Saddle

17 June 2015 - 9:44am
Had one and sold it on as I didn't like the look of it and thought that the rubber compound wouldn't be suitable for hot, sweaty summer days.

They are very expensive for what they are and I much prefer the Spa cycles range of leather saddles which represent real value for money.

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

17 June 2015 - 9:17am
I believe I am on that list… .

But, after my initial experiences with my unstable Giant SCR3 which gyrated wildly when loaded up I moved to the Subway. It carried everything, rock solid, off road, rock solid. Finally I got the rather expensive Salsa Vaya and immediately found gyration problems again, and the vibe was that it was good off road. I have had to lighten my kit, lighten myself and redistribute the load to overcome the gyration problem. It isnt really a real off road bike either. Its OK for things like canal banks, made up bridleways and forestry fire roads but useless for the natural forest bridleways and tracks that we have around here. The Vaya was a birthday present so I have got to stick with it but I am always on the lookout for a decent barely used Subway.


Re: Favourite country?

17 June 2015 - 9:03am
Although I said France and stand by it, I occasionally wish we'd picked Italy to move to in 1972. I haven't been there a lot, maybe three weeks in toto, but the food & the countryside were wonderful. As is the language. Can't wait to go back - I missed a club trip there a week back so as to do a PBP qualifier, but next time around I'm going.

Some great architecture, too:

Germany tour

17 June 2015 - 8:58am
I have the chance of a cheap flight to Germany next month so I'm looking into a 8 or 9 Day cycle/Camping trip..

My flight would be into Frankfurt but I can get the train anywhere to start the tour..

Can anyone recommend an area or route on quiet roads with campsites, preferably in the South for a chance of better weather?

Many thanks

Re: Handy Homemade containers

17 June 2015 - 8:46am
Also, is that glue food-safe?

Brookes Cambium Saddle

17 June 2015 - 8:22am
Morning folks,

Just wondering if anybody is using the Brooks Cambium saddle. I’m a fan of the B17 so was thinking I’d get another one of those for the new bike, but then the guy in the shop showed me the Cambium, looks like a great idea. The only problem I had with the B17 was it going out shape when I rode all day through a storm in Thailand, but the Cambium is rubber, so problem solved regarding wet weather. But are they any good?

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

17 June 2015 - 7:25am
Boy! Putting this kind of info out there will get you on the touring bike manufacturers hit list! Telling people they don't need to spend GBP2,000 just to have even a weekend trip is something well needed. (I still use the bike I got for my 11th birthday and that was 40 years ago. I am now more than 18'' inches taller now than I was then).
Basically, if your bike rides well and you feel comfortable on it, then it is suitable.

Re: Favourite country?

17 June 2015 - 7:24am
Cuba (an incredible country and people)

Scotland and Wales

Re: I'm off again

17 June 2015 - 7:11am
Enjoy the rest of the tour! Any idea what caused the food poisoning? Dodgy tapas?

Re: Locks for touring

17 June 2015 - 7:03am
I would take a heavy lock.

Re: Favourite country?

17 June 2015 - 7:02am
I've never been to Asia. My favourite tour was Scotland. I found the roads and accomodation to be good, the drivers to be mostly considerate, people to be generally friendly and helpful, and the scenery amazing.

Re: Touring Cassette

17 June 2015 - 4:56am
I have toured using much less suitable gears than the ones you already have. If you are not carrying everything plus the kitchen sink with you then you should find it okay. Also, being the gears you are used to there is a familiarity and comfort using the gears you have.
28 front to 25 back is already near to 1:1. I have toured through the Yorkshire Moors where the roads go straight up and down hills instead of round them using a bike with a lowest of 40 front to 28 rear, so yo are already better equipped than I was then (I changed to an SR Custom Triple after that summer, 32-40-52 so you still have better gearing)

Re: Single Speed Freewheel Day Trips

17 June 2015 - 4:45am
With modern gear changers being so easy to use these days (changers in the brake levers) I no longer feel interested in single speed. As a teen many decades ago I used to go fixed wheel in winter but for 3 decades haven't lived anywhere that has a winter, so I prefer to stick with gears. In tropical heat I find you need to be always in the right gear or overheat very fast.


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