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Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 7:32pm
Oh they are a decent size then?

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 7:14pm
I've used those SJS panniers on a B&B tour, they are well made for the money. The hooks are steel, I'd recommend protecting your rack from abrasion. I used clear braided PVC tubing split open and zip-tied to the rack in the area where the hooks contact.

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

10 April 2015 - 7:10pm
Use a ridgeback GS500 (hybrid) cheap as chips frame and forks bought off ebay and added bits to build it up from stuff lying around shed and just bought a few newer parts (V brakes front) . Has the advantage of looking well used - the last one you would want to nick !

swop the bottom bracket and chain rings over for commutting (52 , 42 ,32) or touring (48,28,28) and front derailleur.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 4:32pm
I cycled 800 + miles with a tear in my achilles and a damaged wrist in a brace... I would prefer that to getting eaten again!

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 4:25pm
SJS wouldn't sell complete crap. At that price get a year out them and they don't owe you anything. I used similar panniers on my Lands End - John O Groats. Thereafter transferred them to my sons bike. Going strong years later.

Downsides - not as easy to take on and off as Orltiebs. Not waterproof so you need to use plastic bags inside them if there is any chance of rain.

Upsides - cheap and unattractive to thieves so ideal for a commuter bike that will be parked all day somewhere.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 4:18pm
The thing I find with clegs, though, is that they are so big and slow that you can usually whack them before they bite. And even if you don't spot them until you feel their teeth in your flesh, killing them immediately seems to prevent them leaving any irritating poisons behind It works for me, at least - I very rarely have reactions to cleg bites. Midgies are something else!

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:34pm
I have a Tubus Tara I got from Rose Bikes. It is the only front rack I've ever used, but I am happy with it so far. Plus the loop over the wheel gives me a better feeling of security as well as another hand hold to maneuver the bike around with.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 3:25pm
Newer mind the midges and mosquitos, in Scotland the horse fly or cleg is much worse!

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:22pm
I've got the Vavert low rider from eBay for £17. Used it all last summer and worked fine.

Re: Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:13pm
SJS has been selling them for some time, and seems like many people are buying them. I dont think they are very big - 30l the two of them. I doubt they ware water proof but u can put stuff in plastic bags?

Basic Pannier Advice

10 April 2015 - 3:02pm
My Burley Trailer is no more and I am about to do a week long trip with back panniers. I am tentative about this as the trailer always worked well for me. I'm opting for panniers a) the cost and b) don't need all the space this time around as I am on a B&B circuit.
Seems like I can get a pair for £10-20. I don't need fancy and I don't need them to last a lifetime - do I pick a pair and hope for the best, or is there more to it that I am missing?
I appreciate you only get what you pay for, but at this point I am mainly concerned as to a bad decision impacting my cycling.
Looking at these in the first instance.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PANNIER-BAG-S ... 8130&rt=nc

Many thanks
Helen

Re: Front rack Advice

10 April 2015 - 2:42pm
rannochraider wrote:Plus one for the Surly. Bomproof and offers a variety of heights as well as a solid over wheel platform for over wheel rack bag or case of budweisser . Looks cool as well. Never seen such a well engineered rack. I'll bet the used re sale values are high too.
Buy crap, buy twice.
Buy Surly - buy something useful next time!

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 2:32pm
They don't like me

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 2:23pm
This^ . Try and find a site exposed to wind and avoid picturesque spots near trees and/or water. Burning a moskil coil by your tent in the evening is very effective at keeping the little blighters at bay, too. They are readily for sale in the highlands.

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 1:02pm
DarkNewt wrote:
avoiding watery/wet places to camp (difficult on the coast I reckon)


Try camping right by the sea if you can (just above high-water level would be ideal). This will be possible in many more remote areas of Scotland, and on some commercial campsites. Midges like fresh water, not salt, and on the shore there is sometimes a slight breeze even on a still evening - and even a little wind will reduce or stop midge attacks.

Cheers
John

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 12:59pm
dakari-mane wrote:Ah balls. Am planning on going up the west coast of Scotland in the last week of May.

As my preferred cycling attire is shorts & a t-shirt, with my bed being a bivi, it now looks like I'll need to procure an NBC suit.

Disgruntled

thats my preferred cycling attire too - cycle and shorts not NBC suit

Re: Mosquitos/Midges be afraid be very afraid Armageddon

10 April 2015 - 12:48pm
Ah balls. Am planning on going up the west coast of Scotland in the last week of May.

As my preferred cycling attire is shorts & a t-shirt, with my bed being a bivi, it now looks like I'll need to procure an NBC suit.

Disgruntled

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 11:43am
Vorpal wrote:I have taken an unpacked bicycle on the Stansted express. I asked, and they were quite nice about it (perhaps exercising discretion), but their policy states that bicycles must be packed in a bag or box and carried as luggage.
This was true when National Express ran Stansted Express. But now it is run by Dutch cycle-friendly Abellio instead. "Abellio Greater Anglia has committed to a significant programme of investment in cycle facilities across its network, and champions the cause of cycling as a sustainable means to access the railway." Notice, carefully drafted to exclude mention of actually carrying bikes on trains.

The actual policy statements I can find are:
(1) On the Abellio Greater Anglia site:
"Only fully folded bikes that have been flat packed in preparation for air travel can be carried on Stansted Express services at any time."

(2) On the Stansted Express site:
"Please note, large non-folding bikes are not permitted."

Which suggests that they won't carry a full-size bicycle even flat-packed in a box. But your experience, no doubt on one of those utterly empty trains I usually find, is that they can be flexible about it.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 11:34am
mjr wrote:iviehoff wrote:Since it is now illegal to cycle on the A120 in the immediate vicinity of Stansted, you have to use Dunmow Rd to Takeley and then Parsonage Road to the airport[...]But unfortunately the major M11 junction is not avoidable by any practical route.
Why is the route via Birchanger and NCR16 over the M11, then the cycleway alongside Long Border Road not practical?

Only because I'm unaware of it, and because you can only see the cycle lane connection from the track over the motorway to Long Border Road on the satellite photo, not the map.

Re: How do I get to St Malo from US?

10 April 2015 - 9:13am
simonhill wrote:I'm sure you can check your luggage all the way through. Just buy your ticket to France not UK.

No, you'll have to collect at Heathrow as there is no way to separate inter-EU baggage from international baggage on the onward flight so it can be handled differently for customs purposes in Paris. And as the baggage hall is after immigration at Heathrow.......

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