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Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

21 March 2015 - 11:21am
pedalsheep wrote:Why anyone ever sat down and designed such a useless lock is beyond me.
I thought that too until I heard that in some parts of the world youths ride alongside on mopeds then grab your handlebar bag and make off with it. It prevents that (altho I think you might end up being knocked off your bike in the attempt) but, as you say, no use for anything else.A cheaper preventative measure is something like the bracket on the New Looxs Varo bar bag It require a red tab to be pressed in before the main button releases the bag. I'd probably cut the tab off (to make it descreet) if I were going to use the bag, then I would just press the remaining stub in with a key or something.

I've actually just bought one from Planet X for £20! It's well made, waterproof loads of pockets, it's deep and lightish. Unfortunately I can see it being a pig to use, because the lid opens from the rear, which conflicts with the Garmin on the bars. It also gets in the way of using the Tiagra STI's fully, despite it's tapered shape <sigh>. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be using it. Shame about the daft name as well. http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BANEWVAROB ... of-bar-bag (BTW, my bag came with a magnetic closure, rather than the plastic clasps. Should be a bragin for someone though. They're selling up to £70 elsewhere. http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Looxs-Water ... B00D7BSMPE

Re: Reducing pannier weight

21 March 2015 - 10:47am
jgurney wrote:If your budget will stand it, look at lightweight clothing from firms like Rohan.

I have some of their t-shirts with weight and volume less than half than of typical cotton ones, and a 'spark' insulated top which weighs very little but is very snug and water-resistant (and reversible between yellow or dark blue).
Aldi did some synthetic short sleeve shirts a while ago. About £7.

Really good. Various colours of a sort of checkie pattern.

Dry in no time.

Worth keeping an eye out - they were in one of its specials, though not a cycling one as such.

Re: Sardina

21 March 2015 - 10:32am
Will try to get back later with more thoughts on sardinia itself, but in the meantime, re getting there, even two flights sounds like a fag.
If you could get yourself down south (uk) you could fly direct with ryanair to alghero/sassari or easyjet to cagliari.

Re: 3 ladies from Belgium travelling from London to Dover

21 March 2015 - 10:07am
The bit across the shorne marshes between gravesend and higham is a really nice bit of NCN1 but that is one of the bits with problem barriers. I went fully loaded along there a couple of years ago and had to unload the bike once or twice to get through. A right pain , particularly as, from memory, the barriers were actually of different specs.

I would also look at using route 177 for bits of the trip.

Re: 3 ladies from Belgium travelling from London to Dover

21 March 2015 - 9:55am
Please note you have no particular priority over roundabouts! Here you have to pretend to be a car for these! Give way to all vehicles approaching from the right at them. NCN1 from Sittingbourne onwards is fair, except for the first stretch out of town. Thereafter it is probably your best routes to Dover but from Canterbury it is lumpy - tiring little hills.

Sardina

21 March 2015 - 9:36am
I'm looking into the possibility of a 8 night 7 day cycle/Camping tour of Sardina in early July.
Has anyone been here and can you suggest a route? . Would rather stay in campsites but wouldn't rule out wild Camping if need be, do you have to pre book campsites at this time of year?
Any must see areas?was in Corsica last year and loved it.

Would the ferry be a possibility to reduce the amount of flights to get there? Would need 3 flights from Aberdeen but could reduce this to 2 if we get a ferry from mainland Italy..

Any help would be appreciated

Re: NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

21 March 2015 - 1:00am
No worries. I've got alternate "wet" and "dry" routes worked out.

Re: NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

20 March 2015 - 10:12pm
Hi, apologies but I didn't get chance to do this ride. I'll see if I can get there one day over the next couple of weekends.

Re: Round the world on a unicycle

20 March 2015 - 10:07pm
I am thinking:

Pro's
less weight
less tyre to puncture
less components to go wrong
Easier to get on trains aeroplanes etc..
Easier to jump off if some plank gets to close

Con's
it's a unicycle (in jest no hate mail from unicycle fans please)

Wondering:

does it have a dynamo?
can you go off road? (there will be someone somewhere who has ridden up the Eiger on one)


I love being British, if we can make something harder we will , if there is an easier way of doing something we will relish in doing it the hard way, it seems to be inbred into us. I hope loads of people give him a room for the night and I wish him all the best, he has my vote!

I remeber reading the Lands End to John O'Groats book the following quote:

You've worked hard, endured exhaustion, battled lactic acid burn and probably have a boil or two in uncomfortable places. What's kept you going for the last two days is getting back to your loved one's, friends and colleagues. More specifically basking a little in the awe and admiration everyone is bound to hold you in. if you've made your effort for charity (even if only as an excuse) all the better and the more you deserve it. You've earend your bragging rights. Now it's time to cash in!

Sadly it doesn't work that way. Once you've completed your end to end it seems everyone ha did it faster than you, or at least know someone's granny who did it faster than you on a 1920's fixed wheel, 25kg bike with 30kgs of equipment and a baby in the handle bar basket whilst wearing a floor length heavy black velvet dress!

Well gentleman this guy on his unicycle is that guy!

Re: Garmin Tour mapping

20 March 2015 - 9:49pm
latest update, after swapping out the unit thinking it was faulty, Garmin decided it was my newly bought UK + NI City Navigator Maps! they RMA'd those took two weeks to do it so I put them back in and hey presto EXACTLY THE SAME ISSUE:

You can enter a postcode input the house number and then hit the ride button for a big fat nothing, I am going to contact garmin to see if I can get a refund on both units!

I have never been so exasparated or disapointed in a piece of kit!

Re: 3 ladies from Belgium travelling from London to Dover

20 March 2015 - 9:34pm
Best of luck with the trip.

I can back up gaz's caution about bits of NCN1.

I would create your own route.

Will you be taking tents?

Do keep us updated on your plans and progress.

I intend to ride to rome someday.

As a local (ish)
I must admit to being intrigued by the starting point - apologies for kinda asking if it is too personal.

Re: Chainstays too short?

20 March 2015 - 8:58pm
foxyrider wrote:frame bags - a solution to buying the wrong bike!
Sorry, I don't understand that. But no matter, it is all personal choice. If you are happy with your setup, stick with it.

Re: Tour de Manche

20 March 2015 - 8:44pm
roygriff21 wrote:BeeKeeper wrote:It was the British side of the route which put me off when I first looked at this last year. This may be an unjust judgement, I need to look at the route in detail but as a generality (and therefore not wholly true), I enjoy cycling in France but I don't like cycling in the UK - and it is the attitude of drivers which makes the difference.

Hi Beekeeper

Check out our 6 day itinerary suggestion at http://www.signpostcycling.co.uk/tour-d ... uth-poole/ hopefully the mileages will suit - the route can be broken down into 9 stages if required and have all been planned using quiet country lanes or traffic-free routes.

How many miles do you like to do a day?

Roy
Many thanks, I'll look at those. Around 80km a day I find comfortable, less if possible! I have done 110 or so a few times but that's demanding. Of course hills make a difference, on the Velodyssy in 2013 longer days were fine, along the Pyrenees last year mileages were smaller!

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

20 March 2015 - 6:47pm
pedalsheep wrote:Why anyone ever sat down and designed such a useless lock is beyond me.
I thought that too until I heard that in some parts of the world youths ride alongside on mopeds then grab your handlebar bag and make off with it. It prevents that (altho I think you might end up being knocked off your bike in the attempt) but, as you say, no use for anything else.
fair comment pedalsheep if its happening abroad probably won' t be long before it happens here.

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

20 March 2015 - 6:41pm
Why anyone ever sat down and designed such a useless lock is beyond me.
I thought that too until I heard that in some parts of the world youths ride alongside on mopeds then grab your handlebar bag and make off with it. It prevents that (altho I think you might end up being knocked off your bike in the attempt) but, as you say, no use for anything else.

Re: 3 ladies from Belgium travelling from London to Dover

20 March 2015 - 5:42pm
Welcome to the forum.

A very helpful route planning website is http://www.cycle.travel

It would be useful to know what route you've already found. I'm guessing it's NCN1. If you are not familiar with the National Cycle Network you may wish to know that routes (in parts) can be circuitous, poorly surfaced and involve barriers that can be difficult to negotiate with laden bikes.

I'm happy to provide more detailed info on much of the route if that is the way you have chosen. If it's any other route I'll do my best and I'm sure there will be more help along shortly.

3 ladies from Belgium travelling from London to Dover

20 March 2015 - 4:53pm
On 12th May, 3 of us, 2 Belgian and 1 Brit, living in Belgium hope to start a long cycle ride following (as closely as possible) the Via Francigena pilgrim's route from Canterbury to Rome. For personal reasons, I would like our little trio (average age 60) to start from Drakefell Road in the New Cross/ Brockley area of South London. I have seen that there is a biking-commuter's route to and from London and Canterbury but am not quite sure how to negotiate a ride - remembering that riding on the left will be a challenge to begin with - between New Cross and a suitable place on the said bike-commuter route. Can anyone help us?
We are also looking for cheap and bike -friendly accommodation in the Dartford area... We would be very grateful for any advice or practical help to see us on our way.

Many thanks in advance. Theresa

Re: Tour de Manche

20 March 2015 - 3:26pm
geocycle wrote:I did the French section from cherbourg to Roscoff last summer. Loved the route. Pics and brief reports are on this thread on the thorn forum http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/forums/ind ... pic=9585.0

Hi Geocycle

We did part of the route last year - caught the train from Cherbourg to St Lo and then rode down to St Malo - loved Mont St Michel

Roy & Jacqui

Re: Tour de Manche

20 March 2015 - 3:22pm
BeeKeeper wrote:It was the British side of the route which put me off when I first looked at this last year. This may be an unjust judgement, I need to look at the route in detail but as a generality (and therefore not wholly true), I enjoy cycling in France but I don't like cycling in the UK - and it is the attitude of drivers which makes the difference.

Hi Beekeeper

Check out our 6 day itinerary suggestion at http://www.signpostcycling.co.uk/tour-d ... uth-poole/ hopefully the mileages will suit - the route can be broken down into 9 stages if required and have all been planned using quiet country lanes or traffic-free routes.

How many miles do you like to do a day?

Roy

Re: Tour de Manche

20 March 2015 - 3:16pm
Hi CBreeze - Thanks for the feedback and your comments - we have tried to break down the route into 9 sections on the UK side and have created a 6 day itinerary which can be seen at http://www.signpostcycling.co.uk/tour-d ... uth-poole/ with mileages that shouldn't make the odd climb too hard to cope with.

We attended the Fiets & Wandelbus (Biking & Hiking Fair) in Amsterdam recently to promote the 'Tour de Manche' route in association with Normandy & Brittany Tourism - feedback from the Dutch visitors was that they quite liked a few hills as they were so used to flat riding it actually made a nice change.

Great photos - another benefit of reaching the top of a hill!

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