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Re: Brookes Cambium Saddle

22 June 2015 - 9:32pm
I just did Dieppe-Cognac-Dieppe on a 3 month old C17. 1300km in 6 days and loved the saddle. I have gone through 2 Pros and had a B17 regular and narrow of which neither suited that well. I reckon it's about the same as a Regal in shape but my old Regal skinned me in the heat last year in Champagne. This year was hot, cold, wet, sweaty, between 8 and 10 1/2 hours in saddle days. Couldn't have asked for a better perch. Try one.

Re: Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

22 June 2015 - 1:55pm
lovely write up and great photos, thanks.

Bikepacking the Wessex Ridgeway -It's a date to remember

22 June 2015 - 1:34pm
Bikepacking plans should be made to guide, however distractions can be part of the adventure. Find out what happened when my partner and I went on a bikepacking microadventure along the Wessex Ridgeway.

Hartlepool Stopover help and Nearly Off

22 June 2015 - 12:51pm
Hi All,

I leave for my tour around the UK & Irish coast in a little over a week, I have been let down for my stopover in Hartlepool, if anyone knows of a good place to stay with my bike I would be very grateful or a good camping spot!

you can follow my progress at www.thedarknewt.blogspot.co.uk

Thankyou to all on the CTC forum who have helped with my bike questions etc.. I can't wait to head out!


Re: Finding new touring friends!

22 June 2015 - 12:48pm
BenGarner wrote:I'm posting this as I've just come back from a three week tour in France which was amazing but it could of been better if I had someone to share the fun and struggles with.
Unfortunately for me none of my friends are interested in cycling, especially touring long miles in the rain or shine with the added bonus of wild camping or finding a dodgy campsite!
I live in the South-West of Wiltshire, 34 years old and looking for anyone who is interested in short tours around the UK or longer tours in Europe.
If anyone is interested please reply and maybe we can start a Wiltshire based touring club for like minded people!

Thanks for taking your time to read this post,


Hi Ben,

I am just about to leave on my tour around the UK and Irish coast over 3 1/2 monts - 3rd of July to Mid October. Happy for anyone to join in just contact me on newt@systems-engineer.info.


Re: Finding new touring friends!

22 June 2015 - 11:02am
Hi Ben, I live in Salisbury, do a bit of touring, mostly on my own. But I completely understand what you mean about having company on tour. Thinking of 4 or 5 days in Wales or the Wessex circuit ? I'm a bit older than you (51) but can do 50/60 miles a day without too much bother. Let me know if this is of any interest to you

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 9:54am
Small bottle chain lube in rag and bag.
Topeak Hexus minitool (includes levers and chaintool)
Spare very light tyre or normal size if I think a tyre is approaching the end of its life.
Tiny adjustable spanner up to 13mm.
2 spokes taped to rack leg.
Spare inner tube.
Puncture repair kit, including spare joining link.
8mm/10mm open end spanner.
Topeak Road Morph pump.

Sometimes I may also take

Second inner tube. Spare gear and brake cable.
Brake blocks if some are near end of life.

I also have but not as tool kit
Swiss Army knife, cable ties, wipes.

I do notice that my allen keys on the multi tool can not reach certain bolts as the tool itself gets in the way and I may carry a separate Allen key of a specific size for them.

My lesson from the last tour was that some bolts which never get used were corroded up and needed workshop help to remove. So a strip and regrease of everything (not immediately) before a tour would help. I couldnt remove a mudguard which was rubbing on a severely buckled wheel. A tight allen bolt between chainstays was too much for the minitool.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 9:42am
Simple Topeak multitool, tyre levers, pump, 1 spare inner tube, patches, sandpaper square, rubber glue, a J cloth, 1 film canister with detergent in it and 1 film cannister with talc in it. Have never needed anything else in the last 15 years of touring, although I did have the occasional spoke break, back when I used bikes with larger dia. wheels. 406 wheels seem strong enough to be immune to spoke breaks or rims going out of true, but I still take my red Spokey.
That's it. Can't beat going round the bike, checking everything, before you go!
But then, I only ever go for a week or two, tops...

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 9:34am
I would take spare spokes, especially for the rear drive side, and the tools to allow you to use them. Very little weight is involved. The spokes can be taped to the back of your seat tube. You will need a spoke key. And you will need a cassette lock ring removing tool, but not a normal one that needs a chain whip and spanner. Instead you need a NBT 2 (Next Best Thing) that allows you to use the frame dropout as a spanner. They are available from Spa Cycles for about £17. They are not as easy to use as your normal, heavy garage tools, so make sure the lock ring is not too tight before you set off. With this kit you should find replacing a broken spoke not much more time consuming than a puncture.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 8:42am
P1010236 by Shane Cycles, on Flickr

This is about it for me, the crank puller was a one off as I was over the 10,000km mark with my BB at the time.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 8:10am
That is almost exactly what I take.

No cleats as I use clips.

Also a small adjustable wrench ie a multi size spanner, useful for stubborn pedals (usually flying). It was recommended by CJ for removing broken chain link before repair.

Pretty soon those who take enough tools for a complete rebuild will be posting. I like light, take your pick.

Finally, I have 2 bottle cages on my bike. I can get most of above in a bottle shaped container. This means I always carry my tools even when riding without luggage.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 8:01am
It does depend what type of touring you're doing and where you're going. I have plagiarised irc's list, here's what I take for a month or two cycling slowly round Europe, mostly on-road:

Separate Allen keys.
spanner to fit mudguard nuts
puncture kit
tyre levers
1 tube
cable ties
piece of duck tape
couple of M5 bolts
chain lube
spare chain quicklink

Re: 1-way bike box hire

22 June 2015 - 8:00am
Use something like Google maps search to locate bikeshops. They usually give a website, then you can email and reserve a box. Then you only have to go to one shop.

Re: touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 6:13am
Separate Allen keys.
Spoke key
chain tool.
spanner to fit mudguard nuts
puncture kit
2 tubes
cable ties
piece of duck tape
spare SPD cleat screw
couple of M5 bolts
chain lube
spare chain quicklink
spare spokes.
1 set spare brake blocks

touring tool kit

22 June 2015 - 6:04am
Looking for advice from more experienced tourers. What do you take as a tool kit with you?
Aware that tools are rather heavy ? Thanks for any advice.

Re: USA Coast to Coast

21 June 2015 - 9:35pm
The Adventure Cycling maps are pretty good at avoiding busy roads. They use back roads as far as possible. If busy roads are used for short sections there is usually a good shoulder. They are also good for local info - camping, shops, libraries (for wifi), etc. If you are using their maps that's all you need.

Route 66 wouldn't be my first choice. It goes through more big cities than other routes. Less choices for times as well. You really don't want to be in the Mojavie desert in the summer. ACA suggest a mid April start.

Outside big cities there is plenty scope for choosing your own routes. Many roads have shoulders and there are low traffic roads everywhere.

Consider the big rail trails as well. Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA can be done traffic free on the C&O canal towpath and the GAP Trail. The Katy Trail crosses most of Missouri.

Crazyguyonabike is the place to research USA coast to coasts though. Hundreds of coast to coast stories.

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/cat ... pe=journal

1-way bike box hire

21 June 2015 - 9:34pm
I am cycling the Pacific coast this summer. I have a box from my local bike shop to take the bike out there, but as I'm flying back from a different airport I can't stash it somewhere. I had previously seen a website that hired bike boxes at the airport ( to be returned at the destination airport). Can't find the site anywhere now?
Anybody know of anyone who does this? Failing that it will be a mad dash round LA to find a bike shop that has a bike box available

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 9:15pm
This year I think it will be short local trips (baby due in September so want to stay near). Also interested in wild camping. I've got one eye on a big trip but think that will be a while away.

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 8:46pm
Hi ipswichcycler,

What type of touring were you thinking about? Is it the UK or Europe your interested in?

Re: Finding new touring friends!

21 June 2015 - 8:31pm
Hi there, in based in Suffolk but also looking to hook up for a tour sometime.


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