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Re: My second tour (I made it)

2 October 2014 - 6:59am
mercalia wrote:on another matter how did the trailer perform? think thats the way to go in future?

Didn't have any problems at all with the trailer, apart from found it hard parking the bike when stopping to get some food and a few times it nearly fell over when I wasn't concentrating properly when pushing.

Saw a cracking stand in decathlon the other day, might help -

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/adult-two-le ... 71359.html

A 2 wheel trailer would be a lot easier I reckon but until I spot a cheap one, I will be sticking with mine.


Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

2 October 2014 - 6:39am
It's a very good YHA in Wells next the Sea (my favourite in East Anglia if touring solo) or the pub just up the road from the YHA does B and B. Good grub too. We recently stayed at the Old Red Lion independent hostel in Castle Acre. Clean, freindly,got everything you need and a good base for weekend tours.

Re: Canada to Mexico

2 October 2014 - 5:46am
mnichols wrote:Would starting at the end of September and finishing mid/late October be too late for this tour (Vancouver to San Diego inland through the national parks) judging by previous comments it would seem not but would like to check.
It's feasible, but if you don't like cold & rain, it's probably not a good idea. Also, as Pete Jack says, at high altitudes, one can already find snow & sleet that time of year. Expect autumnal weather from Vancouver to the San Fransisco Bay area. South of there, you will probably still get nice weather.

That is just early enough that you can still get lucky with the weather, so it might be okay, but it's more likely to be cool and wet. Look at both average rain fall and temperatures for the places you will go, and the ranges.

Re: Canada to Mexico

2 October 2014 - 12:25am
I rode across the North Cascades, the start of the Sierra Cascades route, in October and it was grim. Would definitely not recommend it. Further south you may run into snow and /or sleet at higher elevations at that time of year. The coast route is eminently doable but rain is always a possiblity at that time of year just like home. Can't help with Death Valley I'm afraid.

Re: My second tour (I made it)

1 October 2014 - 10:39pm
on another matter how did the trailer perform? think thats the way to go in future?

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

1 October 2014 - 9:52pm
The Brooks saddle just makes the bike look classy..And its comfortable..

Re: My second tour (I made it)

1 October 2014 - 9:48pm
neil ry wrote:from my house I can get to wales via the wirral way up towards 2 mills,
where then I can join another cycle route along the coast,avoiding all hills , 1st time and all want be nxt year now though.

There is no cycle route on the coast road but get a road atlas (or even better OS maps) and you will 3 places where you can come off the coast road and ride on a road that travels alongside. First one is at Bagilt, you can then jump on a footpath at the end of this one and go directly onto the next one. Think the second one finished just before Greenfield, then your on the road for a bit and you can jump off again when it goes to dual carriageway again. After that it's back on again for the last stint to Presthaven Sands.


Trail A Bike For Tourer?

1 October 2014 - 9:19pm
Result! (I think) I have sat on this for a while and a few ideas have been bandied around, questions asked and answered by both Burley and Surly. A Moose rack may not work on a Surly DT so neither camp want to offer any rock solid guarantees such is the legal climate these days. Hurumpf. However by grinding down the size of the Piccolo tow hitch by 8 mm, lengthening the Surly rack stays and fitting a small steel plate to the quick release mechanism on the Piccolo I think I'm in business!

A rack would cost £50 and it could be hopeless. Some longer stays including postage will cost £12. All the other bits will be recycled from bits I have lying about.

I'll keep you posted. All I have to do now is wait for my daughter to grow 3 inches. Job done. Maybe...hc

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

1 October 2014 - 9:05pm
Good advice on saddles. I'm not suffering by any standard, but such a great bike is worthy of little upgrades. The guys who sold me the bike have just had a staff do at the Brooks factory so I'm sure they'll have some good advice. Gawd help me! Liking the imperial for something different. Wether or not I'll fall down the slit I don't know...hc

Re: Canada to Mexico

1 October 2014 - 8:26pm
I've finished my tours for 2014 and starting to plan 2015 now

Would starting at the end of September and finishing mid/late October be too late for this tour (Vancouver to San Diego inland through the national parks) judging by previous comments it would seem not but would like to check.

Also, does anyone know what the road surfaces are like in Death Valley (traveling North to South)?

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

1 October 2014 - 5:36pm

My Surly 26" disc trucker with Rohloff. Photo is it being cleaned in a river in Mali during my tour of Africa. I'm now in Kenya with it still heading South.


Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

1 October 2014 - 4:17pm
@Pioneer - Ta. As I won't be in a rush to get anywhere I could drag my stuff around with me - after all it's unlikely to slow me down too much - but it's not my favoured option.

@TrevA - Call me thick, but that's something I didn't even consider! Not only that but you seem to have covered much of the ground I'm thinking of. My base would probably be Wells-N-T-S if I take that option. Simples.

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

1 October 2014 - 3:23pm
One way would be to do day rides from a fixed base. My sis in law has a caravan at Hunstanton so we do this quite a bit. You can do out and back routes in different directions. We've done rides to Wells, the Walsinghams, Castle Acre, Fakenham and Downham Market as day rides. Some nice rural lanes but stay off the main roads and the coast road if you can.

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

1 October 2014 - 3:12pm
shane wrote:More photo's when " Red" is finished.
Quite unusual, a M-gineering on this forum.

Tell more about this guy in Kiel-Windeweer (this is a village )

Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

1 October 2014 - 2:28pm
mercalia wrote:Heh £370 the people from Suffolk/Norfolk not that silly then. I would only want to spend £100 tops, but then I live in London now and know the value of money when u dont have it.
If you can organise & sell a trip with 3 nights B&B plus luggage transport plus a pre-organised route (so you've already found the quiet roads for folk) & sell it for £100 you could be onto a winner (or have deep pockets). Could you get 3 nights B&B (in separate locations) for £100? Of course you can always camp &/or organise your own route &/or carry your stuff to keep costs down - the choices are entirely yours, subject to what is actually available.


Re: Short Duration Norfolk Trip - Baggage Courier

1 October 2014 - 1:28pm
We had our autumn weekend club tour up there two weekends ago. Didn't think the roads were any worse than rural Suffolk. Much less traffic though, brilliant! But if you are only going for a long weekend, is it really worth the logistics of planning baggage transfer and costs involved? Surely can't a small single pannier (there's them on here that worship the cult of the single pannier...) or a saddlebag suffice?

Re: Getting to Scandinavia

1 October 2014 - 9:49am
There were rumors of a new Bergen/Stavanger ferry earlier this year from Newcastle in my Norwegian class (yep, I'm learning Norwegian) and it still seems to be on-going
http://driveeuropenews.com/2014/07/30/n ... good-news/
I used the old Newcastle to Kristiansand ferry and it was packed out so cannot see why this route does not have a viable ferry.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

1 October 2014 - 9:39am
Good for you. Quite a few people confuse them though, so it's not an unreasonable assumption.

Re: Pennine Cycleway

1 October 2014 - 8:53am
honesty wrote:There is also the possibility that Richard Fairhurst is talking about the Pennine Bridleway national trail, for which from the their website a mountain bike is recommended.
No, there isn't. I am talking about the Pennine Cycleway. If I wanted to talk about the Pennine Bridleway I would use the word "Bridleway"!

Re: Pennine Cycleway

1 October 2014 - 8:51am
Thanks all for the information.
I have done the TPT a couple of times. First time on a hard tail MTB and second on a hybrid with MudGuards fitted.
The Woodhead section was fine on both although walked a few yards on the rocky bit with the loaded hybrid.

For some strange reason I get towards the end of the year and realise I haven't done much then decide to get my finger out. November isn't the best time of year for Pennine routes but on the other hand it does give an extra dimension with the shorter days and possible poorer weather.

I intend doing it over 3 separate weekends. Derby to Hebden Brdidge, Hebden Bridge to Appleby (both 2 day weekends) then Appleby to Berwick, 3 days. I am trying to balance getting some distance done but also being able to stop and see things and enjoy rather than some of the head down days I have had in the past where it was just about getting to the end point.

If all goes well the intention would be to do it with other people maybe next spring...
I don't have a problem deviating from 'official' routes where it makes sense at the time.

Thanks again..

ps what mapping web site?


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