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Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 8:13pm
"I'm not sure if it's my shorter stature or the fit of the bikes but with both of them I found I had to get down on the drop bars to use the brakes. Is this normal? Or am I doing it wrong? Should I be able to squeeze the brakes enough from closer to the top of the bars?"

I'm 6'1" and I felt the same way with drops.....I've rotated my whole handlebar backwards so the brakes are in a better position from the tops.

.....also, I've never really 'got' bar-end shifters. To me they're not really any improvement on down-tube shifters (which I quite liked, back in the day)

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 8:06pm
Sweep wrote:Just had a look at the gearing on that bike.

Turns out my 7 speed has a lower gear - a 22T small alivio chain ring with an 11-28 cassette.

Not criticising, just saying - others may have views on this.

Glad that you are enjoying your cycling.


Hello, thanks for the reply! Can you please explain that though...

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 8:02pm
I am 6 ft 1 and would go for a 60cm. You are slightly smaller so I'd expect you to be a 58cm or a 56cm but you really do need to sit on both. We all have our preferences.
As I mentioned the other day, with the winstanley link, I still think you are better off with a new - undamaged - Galaxy or Super Galaxy. The 53 is available in both. Don't be put off by the smaller sounding sizes, they have sloping top tubes. You need to sit on one of these too. There must be a dealer near to you...

Re: Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 8:00pm
I know its not England, but I live next to the Forth and Clyde canal and a wee jaunt from Glasgow to the Falkirk wheel and back is a nice 50mile leg warmer
....certainly nice for folk touring Scotland to fit in if they're in the Central Belt.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 7:59pm
Just had a look at the gearing on that bike.

Turns out my 7 speed has a lower gear - a 22T small alivio chain ring with an 11-28 cassette.

Not criticising, just saying - others may have views on this.

Glad that you are enjoying your cycling.

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

23 February 2015 - 7:48pm
largeallan wrote:If I sat my parents down for a presentation, they'd probably phone for the 'men in white coats' to come and fetch me!!

Haha don't get me wrong, it sounds pretty weird I know. But... it's something they're used to, I knew I'd get their full undivided attention and I knew they'd have to listen.

Although I posted here about overbearing parents... I'm an only child and these two older people I know and love are actually more akin to best friends. Plus... it was a presentation with alcohol and snacks, not a Power Point disaster

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

23 February 2015 - 7:42pm
If I sat my parents down for a presentation, they'd probably phone for the 'men in white coats' to come and fetch me!!

Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 7:35pm
+1 for the K&A. Instead of a cycle guide, buy the Collins canal guide. It's so informative and the map inserts are from the OS maps so are to scale. It shows places to stay, eat and visit. Happy travels...hc

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholson-Guide ... 0702841676

EDIT: You can do Bristol - London or VV

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 7:23pm
Guys,

I have found an ex-display 56cm Ridgeback Panorama 2014, for a brilliant price!!

However, here are the downsides:

Rust patched on top tube.
Chips to seat tube.
Chips to lacquer to lower downtube.
Scratch on left-hand chainstay.
Marks on cranks from use.
Been used as demo bike so will show signs of wear in usual places.
Will be cleaned thoroughly before sent.

EDIT: I am now the proud owner of a Ridgeback Panorama, for the bargain price of £649 - wow!!

Thanks so much for all your help, tips and advice on finding the right back. I believe I have chosen the right bike and will write back to let you know how it rides - yippeee!!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

23 February 2015 - 5:31pm
Will keep that in mind.

Here is my tentative gear list at this stage. Am I missing anything (important)?

Gear List:
2 x Bib Shorts
2 x Bike Jersey
3 x Bike Socks
Booties
Rain Jacket
Rain Pants
Arm Warmers
Leg Warmers
Tights
Short Gloves
Rain Gloves
Helmet
Sunglasses
Allen Key Multitool
Tire Lever
Spare Tire
Patch Kit
Bike Pump
First Aid Kit
Sneakers
Lightweight Shorts
MTB Shorts (?)
1 x Jeans (?)
Hiking Pants (?)
3 x T-Shirts
4 x Boxers
3 x Regular Socks
Toiletries
Back Pack
Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Camera + Spare batteries
iPhone
Wallet + Passports
GPS + batteries
Converter + Cables + Rechargers

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

23 February 2015 - 4:54pm
robing wrote:Do you always go off road when you tour?

Nope,My brompton doesn't like gravel, sand or snow >>>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/cycling/trips/

Re: New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:17pm
Only done it once and from Lymington, and it was one, if not the, most beautiful ferry crossing I've been on.

Re: New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:16pm
"They" say it is the most expensive ferry crossing in the world (per distance travelled)

New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:09pm
I'm off on a 4 day 'tour' of the IOW in May. For me part of the excitement is the ferry crossing. Growing up in a landlocked country for a couple of decades makes this a grand adventure. Early May is right at the beginning of it's emergence, but I'm also hoping to see a Glanville Fritillary. Oops I've just lost the audience...hc

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

23 February 2015 - 3:57pm
Do you always go off road when you tour?

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

23 February 2015 - 2:46pm
shane wrote:I'm known to carry way way too much of both

Me too Shane, would like to see your full kit list for this one?

Looking to lighten up (load not mood) in just over a couple of months time when I set off from the UK again.

My rig I'm on now is over 50kg excluding liquids (water/fuel for stove etc.)

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 12:53pm
Seriously that road from Settle to Skipton past Cold Preston and other little settlements is a nightmare at the best of times if you are behind a large vehicle. It is a bendy road so most drivers only manage 50mph at most more like 40 but trucks will do as low as 25-30mph at times. Add in any snow, slush, rain or standing water (yes that road can flood at times) and you have a real nasty drive.

I often go to a place near Wetherby and drive time is between 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours depending on what I am behind on that stretch of road. It is seriously that bad. That is before weather factors come into play too (the 1 hour difference is based on good driving weather and is solely based on speed of traffic through that section of road). One autumn drive home in heavy rain in the dark once took me 3 hours. That was when flooding and detours meant it took me twice what a good quite day's drive would take.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 12:52pm
Wasn't settling on the road, but was on the hills along the road. Started clagging up on my screen below the wipers also. At least I didn't get it where I was (A65) anywhere like over at Kirkstone Pass and the Struggle.

http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2 ... t-in-snow/

Looked like it could've been if I just went off the main road a bit though. Was bad enough driving in it, would've been foolish to go that way without good reason. Made that mistake before...

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 12:41pm
mrjemm wrote:Spa used to be more like that, but since moving they're more of a warehouse with a counter. That was a couple of years ago though, so may've changed again...

Just get to Skipton and follow the signs. I guess you'll be going across on the A65. All very easy, but quite a drag of a drive; got stuck behind a juggernaut in the snow yesterday going to Skipton, urgh. Navigation in Harrogate more hassle though, and worth checking on a map/gps.

FWIW I really can't 'get' Wheelbase. Overpriced and oversized for the level of stock. Ghyllside (Ambleside) and Keep Pedalling (Manchester) farrr better IMHO. Just dangerous to enter; usually can't do so without spending. If you're thinking about longer trips though, you can't beat these two shops.
Snow. Yikes

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