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Re: Fort William - Oban

25 May 2015 - 2:30pm
As far as I remember I have not done the A861 route, but I've done the A82 several times. It's only about 10 miles, of which the first few are 30/40 speed limit; while it's not pleasant I have been on worse roads. Actually if it weren't for the traffic it would be a nice enough wooded road with sea views in places. If I had time to kill I'd use the A861 but if my schedule didn't allow that I would not worry too much about the A82.

(IMO the main problem with that section of A82 is that drivers go too fast round the many bends, so as a cyclist you have to stay well out in the road to be seen, but be prepared to take avoiding action.)

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 1:37pm
some kind of hooked walking stick to create a sort of tripod? lean against top tube? As some people here have said I dont like the idea of tightening something like a stand to the tubes of the frame in case they are damaged.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Easy-Fold-Walking-Stick-Adjustable-Lightweight-Aluminium-Folding-Walking-Sticks-/380990759668?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var=&hash=item58b4d1a2f4

Cycling the coast of Spain

25 May 2015 - 1:34pm
Any one interested in joining me on a bike ride round the coast of Spain and & Portugal now postponed till I can find some one to go with me as I was let down by my friend I'm willing to postpone to a date that's good for you so long as it's not too late in the season as it would be too hot and ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander Spain what ever suits you and returning same route all you will need is a good hard tail mountain bike with panniers and racks sleeping bag and your personal equipment and funds to pay your way. I have two man tent and all the camping equipment or you can use your own I can help with any bike repairs and servicing before we go and on route any questions please call me ASAP

PS check my videos on YouTube ( 25 stone rider ) of my last ride I did in Spain from Blanes to Valencia last November.

Re: North Sea Cycle Route

25 May 2015 - 1:09pm
I haven't had a chance to look at the files yet, but perhaps you can used this as a starting point

http://www.bigbikemap.com/northseacycleroutegpxdownload

and the money saved on maps can be invested in Tuborg

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 12:54pm
Mike777 wrote:.......
Are there any good stands that people would recommend for a fully loaded bike with front and rear panniers
.....
Mike

I have used the click-stand http://www.click-stand.com/ for several years. It works for me, of course you have to engage the grey matter on soft ground...

My bike is very well loaded....

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That said I reckon the best addition is the 2 bungeee 'hand brakes' you use on both brakes. Most times there is a convenient wall or fence to lean the bike against, engage both brakes and it's as stable as a rock.... They are easily made with bungee cord and left on the bike...

The actual clikstand generally is only used when loading / unloading the panniers or if there is nothing to lean against which is rare. The brakes are 'on' every time the bike is not wheeling....

Overnight, I normally lay the bike down.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 12:36pm
hondated wrote:This link may interest you

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/bo ... ted=0&v=2p
I read about the Clickstand when I was considering this problem. I was a bit put off by the price, for what is essentially as stick. So I've bought a collapsible walking stick off ebay for £3. It's lightweight and compact. The handle happily slots firmly under the junction of the seat stays and seat tube. Used in conjunction with a velcro brake lever strap (to steady the bike) I expect it to work perfectly well, although I've not used it yet.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 12:31pm
What bike frame are you looking to put the stand on? some of the manufactures don't recommend you fit them due to thin frame walls.

Fort William - Oban

25 May 2015 - 12:26pm
Hi guys

Was wondering what people's opinions are on cycling either the A82 to Oban from Fort William or crossing over to Camusnagaul and taking the A861 to Corran and then heading back on over? I've heard the A861 is a nicer road but would be interested to hear if anyone has experience of them. Albeit ferry's are fun, I'm just wondering how much better those 10 or so miles on the A861 are than the A82.

Cheers

Ian

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 11:30am
Lateral thinking --

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

25 May 2015 - 9:38am
Most of the dyne hubs can produce up to around 5 amps to my knowledge, as soon as I even start pushing mine my phone starts telling me its charging.

I have never put a test meter on it to see the actual voltage though.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 9:24am
Mike777 wrote:Are there any good stands that people would recommend for a fully loaded bike with front and rear panniers

I have found rear fork mounted stands to be the best. The main point is to find a stand where the foot is furthest away from the bike when the stand is in use.

Of the ones I have tried, Pletscher stands were the best made albeit a bit heavy. The very best of the Pletschers use custom mounts built into the frame. The other Pletschers have mounting brackets which are sturdy and relatively easy to use. The foot on the ones I fitted did not come out so far from the frame as the custom mount ones. However, the ones on the SJS site look different to the ones I have, the design of the leg has changed a lot. I would also take a look at Hebie stands as well. A recent WarmShowers visitor had one on his VSF tourer it seemed to be OK.

The cheap rear fork stands made from pressed steel invariably have a design fault - there is only one piece of plate metal between the leg hinge and the mounting to carry the weight. After a short while the stands tend to bend outwards when in used, eventually breaking at the weak point. This can be remedied by bolting a steel strap on the back of the stand between the leg hinge and the rest of the mounting fitted to the frame. However, I would avoid these.

It can be a challenge to fit rear fork stands if you have a Rohloff with a long torque arm. The torque arms can be removed, bent and re-fitted round the stand. One great advantage of rear fork stands is that they allow the cranks to be rotated whilst the stand is down. Handy when oiling the chain.

As usual YMMV...

I fitted a front pannier rack stand to one of my bikes. This works well to a point, it definitely makes the bike more stable when parked but the fitting kit (from Tubus) is pricey and the stand they supply is of the cheap pressed metal variety. The stand also lowers ground clearance significantly.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

25 May 2015 - 8:22am
My bike weighs about 90lbs fully loaded and this one holds it up no problem
Be careful tightening the clamp though as it's possible to crush the chain stays if you overcook it.

Pletscher Standard Mount Kickstand 295mm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001E1OUT6/ ... yvb10H4NZW

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 10:35pm
There is a newish large revolution travellor on there starting at £200 and he is offering to post.

Re: Getting your bike to Harwich for the ferry

24 May 2015 - 10:29pm
If you go via Manningtree be aware that there are steep steps down to the tunnel and up again to change platforms.
If you can get an earlier train it's nice to go into Harwich itself which is a pleasant place and has an excellent fish & chip shop. I was worried about connections so left hours more than I needed!

Re: Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire

24 May 2015 - 10:23pm
Useful info - I'm planning to be doing this route on Friday as part of a short tour circumnavigating the Peak District.

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

24 May 2015 - 10:17pm
I use GPS for following Audax routes etc. and I use one to record where I've been, or even to plots a quick route from A to B, but for casting about a neighbourhood a paper map gives you a better overview.

Something I've done in the past is to photograph the map, or sections of it. The screen quality and zoom/scroll speed of the camera are better than on the GPS.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 10:10pm
Yes - it looked good. I put in a bid factoring in the cost of getting there and back - but not enough!

The surley frame was tempting to - but went way higher than I bid for it (500) - it went for nearly the same as other complete LHTs had sold. It went more than I can buy a new frame and for! I thought to build it up would be at least another 300.

I am sure something will come up one day!

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 9:40pm
BeardyWeirdy wrote:bigjim wrote:This would be worth travelling for if it came in at the right price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Super-Galaxy-Mens-Tourer-Bike-25-Frame-21-Shimano-Deore-LX-gears-/261891007698?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf9eba4d2


I tried, but missed out on this - oh well, I am not good at winning things on ebay! - I will keep trying - thanks for the heads up
Shame. Somebody got a bargain. Newish Brooks saddle as well by the look of it. I was tempted.

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

24 May 2015 - 9:33pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Slowroad wrote:Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Thank you. Sand dunes do it for me. And living in Somerset, I can't be without hills for too long...b

Just looked it up: Wow! That could be a highlight. Thanks...b

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

24 May 2015 - 9:27pm
Slowroad wrote:Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Thank you. Sand dunes do it for me. And living in Somerset, I can't be without hills for too long...b

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