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Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 8:03pm
irc wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:Wonder if this is Salsa'a attempt to chase the Surly DT? My daughter likes the blue and green though!

Both brands are owned by the same company. I guess it's just populating another perceived niche in the market. For a world tour bike the rack looks a bit light. 15kg max load.

Thank irc. Fascinating. There seems something ok with dominating the World with bikes [emoji48]

Re: nordkapp-tarifa

22 July 2015 - 7:51pm
Resting in Prague, wondeful city and the final capital of the tour, about half way to Tarifa. Interesting reading about weight saving. From +3c in Lapland, to 19c here in Prague (night temps) I think I can dispose of some of the gear. Can't see temps that low beyond Swiss, the only concern is do I have a suitable change of clothing when it rains for a long periods.

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 7:35pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Wonder if this is Salsa'a attempt to chase the Surly DT? My daughter likes the blue and green though!

Both brands are owned by the same company. I guess it's just populating another perceived niche in the market. For a world tour bike the rack looks a bit light. 15kg max load.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

22 July 2015 - 7:32pm
Forbid this site from running JavaScript and it should cure it for you. There's an earlier discussion of this problem in "about the forum" forum which explains why admin keeps it.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

22 July 2015 - 7:30pm
Double post

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

22 July 2015 - 7:23pm
Has rendered this site unusable

I did not get on at all

However I have anything between 20 - 30 invites to use Tapatalk per post

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 7:03pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:beardy wrote:why, when they've made the decision to fit disc brakes, do they fit something cruddy like bb7's?

Because a lot of people like them, offering simplicity, reliability and braking ability that is considered good in the broad spectrum of braking that is available.

+1 I'm delighted with mine (on 2 bikes) And for a numpty like me I can manage servicing them...b
But ime that's the beauty of hydraulics, you don't need to service them just bung in new pads from time to time?

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

22 July 2015 - 6:57pm
I don't use it, but I get prompted to download it three times for every CTC Forum page I visit. It's immensely annoying, so much so that I don't bother visiting on a tablet any more.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 6:45pm
I fear terrible heat, terrible cold, terrible rain, terrible diarrhoea and terrible malfunctions!
In Bavaria in June about 20 years ago we got 4 days of snow. Not fun, but I had winter gear (I'm prudent). Friends didn't. On another occasion cycled the Col de Galibier with 6ft of snow at sides of the roads. Terribly cold.
In Spain once I got industrial strength diarrhoea. It took 12 anti-diarrhoea tablets to stop it (Imodium). 2 usually work. My friends thought it was hilarious and what's funny about it is that we all drank the same water and ate the same stuff.
I've been in terrible heat a few times. Corsica once where it maxed at 37C every day and on the Camino de Santiago where it was similar many days.
On one tour of Scotland and another in France/Spain we had torrential rain most of the time. Awful.
As for mechanicals, I've had broken spokes, chains etc., but for sheer coincidence I've had a broken rim twice (spoke pulling through and rim wear causing a split). Both of these happened on the Isle of Skye and I bought the replacement rims in the same shop in Portree. How's that for a coincidence.
Finally, having toured multiple times in about 5 years without a puncture, my wife and I had a burst tyre and four punctures (including the burst one) in about half an hour in Scotland, on three different wheels. I went paranoid looking for more spares and located some. Didn't get another puncture for about 3 years touring after that.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 4:52pm
I dont think that I fear anything - Ive always toured within my comfort zone - each tour I have done added to my confidence in dealing with - hills, mechanicals, lack of campsites, occasional illness et.al. - as a touring cyclist you have to be fatalistic about the things that are most serious - being knocked off - mugged without being blase about it

Hadrian's Wall

22 July 2015 - 4:36pm
Just looked at the NCN route for Hadrian's Cycleway. It doesn't actually follow the Roman Wall that much. The B6318 comes closest by far and has both Housteads and several good local pubs alongside if my memory serves me well, Is it about accommodation or what as contour wise, it seem reasonably similar to the NCN route and the road was never a traffic nightmare except on late Friday nights. Any suggestions as my history buff brother in law wants to cycle the Wall not the route NCN suggest?

Re: Lon Las Cymru Advice

22 July 2015 - 4:14pm
I rode it last year (Bristol to Holyhead) on a road bike with 25mm Durano plus tyres, rear rack and single pannier. There are different 'routes' with the route and I avoided any off road rough stuff. Gearing was 26/39/52 12-27 which I found fine but this is very subjective due to rider weight fitness etc. I also took 5 days.

There is more here
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19714

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 3:20pm
Wonder if its a stiffer frame than the Vaya? The forks look like they have measles…

Al

Lon Las Cymru Advice

22 July 2015 - 3:00pm
Hello All,

I'm looking for a little advice from anyone with experience of the Lon Las Cymru route. My current thinking is to undertake the route from Chepstow to Holyhead as I'll be on a flat bar'd road bike. I understand this is a bit more road bike friendly? Is the route doable on 700x25 marathons? I'd like to think I can complete it in 2-2 1/2 days but just how tough is it? I've done the c2c fairly easily in 3 on a mountain bike and cycle regularly enough to mean 80-100miles out in the Staffordshire countryside in a day isn't unthinkable. What gearing have people used? I currently have 12-26 and 30/42/52 which I don't think will be good enough to tackle the climbs with panniers.

The plan for 2 and half days would be something like Chepstow to Llanidoes, Llanidoes to Criccieth and Criccieth to Holyhead

Is it better to go south to north or north to south?

Thanks in advance,

James

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 1:59pm
beardy wrote:why, when they've made the decision to fit disc brakes, do they fit something cruddy like bb7's?

Because a lot of people like them, offering simplicity, reliability and braking ability that is considered good in the broad spectrum of braking that is available.

+1 I'm delighted with mine (on 2 bikes) And for a numpty like me I can manage servicing them...b

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 1:44pm
In my case it was the fear of biting off more than I could chew, because of the probability of it happening rather than the seriousness of the consequences.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 1:30pm
the hostel is very good , i stayed there in june on my 500 trip around scotland

Re: yet another touring bike

22 July 2015 - 12:50pm
mercalia wrote: and no mudguards, sorry fenders

But it has the lugs for them, and specifically the tyre clearance is mentioned. Loads of US tourers don't use guards. Bearing in mind the climate it's understandable.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

22 July 2015 - 12:16pm
The best statistics available are for fatalities and serious injuries. If you find data comparisons between countries, they are usually fatalities or KSI per kilometer travelled. Sometimes, they also include fatalities or KSI per 100 000 population. There are also data available for other types of crash (minor injury, single vehicle, etc.), along with estimated under reporting rates, but these data are less reliable. IRTAD collects and analyses data for OECD countries and issues an annual report.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 12:11pm
I have to say it's a great hostel, and the star is the lounge area where there is NO tv and lots of books - GOOD wi fi! I was in here last night and there was a group of us just chatting telling tall stories and getting on great! So I was overjoyed with the offer of having my rest day here...

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