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Re: Sending a suitcase ahead?

22 May 2014 - 11:08pm
If you stay in a Youth hostel they usually have a store room where you can leave a suitcase..perhaps free or for a small charge.
I once left a bike box in the corridor of Malaga Youth hostel and it was there a fortnight later when i returned..

Re: Heads up Aldi Camping/slumming it clothes

22 May 2014 - 9:52pm
Bamboo underwear just doesn't sound right!

Re: Tandem tyres?

22 May 2014 - 9:41pm
We used the Marathon Dureme Tandem Specific tyre on our Hase Pino and cycled 5600 miles across the USA last year. The tyre was superb, it rolled well and we only got one puncture, still lots of wear left in the tyre.

Re: Good multi-tool model

22 May 2014 - 9:35pm
Leatherman Wave, or the cheaper Leatherman Wingman.

We were looking at all this for a present for someone from work, who is going on a bit of a travel round South America - we got her the Wingman and bought the Wave for myself

Re: Best lightweight, packable warm layers?

22 May 2014 - 9:20pm
I'm tending towards wear everything that I have and take one "special" layer for an emergency. Leaning towards and ultralight packable down jacket/shirt/gillet plus glove liners unless there are some ultralight, ultrawarm, ultra small gloves that I haven't heard of

Re: Pity Me & Annfield Plain

22 May 2014 - 9:01pm

That's my neck of the woods.

Re: Pity Me & Annfield Plain; Feedback

22 May 2014 - 8:40pm
Just an update to let you know that we did manage to get to Annfield Plain alright.
The caravan park at Finchale Abbey is in a wonderful location and on arrival we scouted out the bridle path from the Prison down into Durham. We just about fathomed out how to get onto the cycle routes from the city centre, thanks to 6 guys who were doing the W to W and had found the route into Durham rather tortuous.
The next morning we rode back into Durham and had the hardest climb of our 3 week tour, up Redhill(?). I confess I got off and pushed - a typical Sustrans route if you ask me.
Anyway, we got onto the Lanchester Valley track (NCN route 14) and apart from one confusing section just before Langley Park, where the route is signed back onto the road, away from the track (and rejoins again a couple of hundred metres further on. ), rode all the way into Lanchester.
Enjoyed a nice light lunch in a very quaint café at the back of a gift shop, where it was lovely and quiet away from the booming music coming from a marquee, where there seemed to be a biker's convention going on!

Rode up the hill through Maiden law and straight into Annfield Plain, where the first house you see, straight opposite, is where my Dad and uncles grew up. Worked our way around to find St.Aidens Crescent, where we found the house my Dad was actually born in. (This was a pilgrimage for me, as my Dad died when I was only 18 months old and have, sadly no memory or recollection of him. But a very emotional experience as we arrived at the house. )

Within 10 metres of the house, where the old station used to be is now Tesco and from there we took the old railway line, now NCN route 7 over to Chester-le Street, where we looped around to Great Lumley and walked the bikes through Cocken Wood, back to the campsite at Finchale.

A day I'll never forget. Thanks for all your input chaps.


Re: Heads up Aldi Camping/slumming it clothes

22 May 2014 - 8:28pm
Sweep wrote:You think the polo shirts too warm for cycling?

From a touring pov I want to wear the merino as much as possible to keep other clothes wearable. So merino+polo shirt is likely to be too warm and make the polo shirt need washing with every wear. Fine at home but a burden on tour.

Shortsleeved shirt is dry in 4 hours but long sleeved one still damp in the collars.

Re: Good multi-tool model

22 May 2014 - 8:24pm
It's got to be a Swiss Army knife. I've got two and I've one of them for almost 25 years and it's still in great condition

Re: Leyburn to Reeth: Feedback

22 May 2014 - 8:19pm
Hi chaps, just to let you know that we did as mentioned in my previous posting.
Cycled from Leyburn up t'hill and turned left onto Leyburn Moor. A bit grim and damp on the top but a nice downhill to Redmire (we were so busy enjoying the scenery that we missed the cycle track off to the right on the approach).

Then up Greets Moss, a looonnng climb, but had a lovely moment near the top when, within one minute, I saw a curlew, a lapwing, a skylark and a grouse ------wonderful.
And what a downhill from there, amazing. Did have to pull up sharply near the bottom as the council were resurfacing the road near Grinton, ready for Le Tour guys, who'll be crossing the (easier ) Robin's Cross pass from Reeth to Leyburn.

We called into the Dales Cycle centre and café and I didn't after all try out the recommended lemon drizzle cake.
That was only because I had the Yorkshire Chorizo and Mozzarella Panini. Oh my...delicious.
The people in there were really friendly and I told them that they'd been recommended on this forum.

From there we rode in to Reeth for a mosey around the beautiful large village green and then headed out and over Cleaburn Pasture to Marske. By this time the weather was nice and warm and sunny.

The only downer was that the council were also resurfacing the B-road towards Hartley Park and wouldn't let us even walk through, as they said the road was too narrow near the woods. So rode up the A-road and detoured via Barden and Harmby.
The ride from there back up to the main road was the steepest and hardest of the lot.

Anyway a great day, so thanks for all your tips.

fausto and Mrs. Copy.

P.S. next day we rode down through Wensley and round into Coverdale, where a lovely swoop along the gorgeous dale before heading into Masham. I can thoroughly recommend the Bordar Café in the square; the sausage, egg and chips went down a treat. Popped over to Bedale and the last section back to Leyburn, when we got soaked (for the only time in our 3 weeks away).

I only hope the Tour guys have a bit of time to appreciate what is absolutely magnificent scenery. Thanks Yorkshire.

Re: Stiff soled touring shoes

22 May 2014 - 8:13pm
Isn't the geography teacher look cool yet? Surely only a matter of time with all the hipsters in London - i expect them to be pushing me aside with their leather armpads any month soon.

Ps - those shoss look nice honesty but am wary of buying shoes online despite Rose's obviously good service.

Re: Heads up Aldi Camping/slumming it clothes

22 May 2014 - 7:55pm
You think the polo shirts too warm for cycling?

I bought a couple of the short sleeved shirts a week or so ago - tested on the brommie on a warmish day they seemed excellent, especially for the price. Just a pity not more choice of colours.

I have an aldi merino base layer - very good.

I agree that the mats looked way too big in the shop - i took a note of the packed size to compare with my thermarest in case they can be packed smaller

Good multi-tool model

22 May 2014 - 6:38pm
Hi all.

Looking for a few useful tool bits as-side from that for strictly bike maintenance,

Things like can opener, scissors and need-nose pliers would be useful.

Thank you,

Re: Touring in Northern Norway

22 May 2014 - 3:38pm
In norway i used meths, it is called rod sprit, pronounced rord sprit, you can get it in lots of places, eg petrol stations, etc. I didn't see much gas for sale.

Re: Cycling in Vienna

22 May 2014 - 3:24pm
I did the Danube Route as far as Vienna 2 years ago. I stayed in a hotel near the Rathaus and cycled around town for a couple of days before leaving for home from the Westbahnhof. It is indeed a very bike-friendly city. Not many of the side streets have cycle lanes but the main ones do. Generally it was much less stressful than cycling around London for example. I used my Garmin to navigate, but the main Ringstrasse is pretty obvious, you keep on hitting that or the canal, so it is difficult to get lost unless you are outside the Ring somewhere.

Re: Stiff soled touring shoes

22 May 2014 - 2:32pm
I ordered the Keens but I might have ordered the Giros just as well - they don't have the geography teacher look. I must say the Keens are enormous - I ordered a size down. They're well made and stiff enough for this leisure/tour rider. Thanks for advice one and all.
By the way the Keens hide my frog cleats entirely in the well. I don't click clack any more.

Re: Heads up Aldi Camping/slumming it clothes

22 May 2014 - 2:30pm
also got the sandals, a long and a short sleeved shirt. Just running them through the washing machine as a test and to check drying times.
Polo shirts less convinced about from a touring pov. I've got a merino base for warmth so a thicker shirt is a bit specific.
The mats seem rather large.
Also got an "oil pen".

They had panniers too; looked ok but on the ones I had 7+ years ago the clips broke. Good for local use.

Also 3 man tent for 30gbp. 2 skin 2k hydrostatic head. 4.5kg. Looked a reasonable balance of attributes. likely to need better pegs and some tweaking but worth a punt for the cash strapped.

Re: Best lightweight, packable warm layers?

22 May 2014 - 2:26pm
How about a copy of l'Equipe down the front of the gilet? Not very warm but it cuts the right style.

Re: Somerset Tour

22 May 2014 - 2:24pm
Thanks Dodger, if you remember the names I would love to hear + anybody's other suggestions most welcome.

Heads up Aldi Camping/slumming it clothes

22 May 2014 - 2:18pm
https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/t ... -22nd-may/

From today.

I got the trekking sandals not for trekking (always wary of rubbing with cheaper stuff) but for slumming around camp.

A technical long-sleeved shirt in a rather naffish colour but looks like decent quality and of course cheaper than my Rohan.

Another technical button up short-sleeved shirt remaindered from last week - they are pretty good.

Two casual breathable polo shirts.

Compact fold-up rucksack - handy for popping in Brommie briefcase if I decide to pick up some food/beer.

Waterproof duffle similiar in design to Ortleib - not saying same quality but looks decent.

Self inflating mats might be oK - I don't know. Didn't get. Lidl was selling mats the other day may be the same I don't know.

The clothing seems very good for cycling/camping/evening relaxing out of camp.

Never spent so much in Aldi in my life

I'd be interested in other folks' views on the stuff.


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