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Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 7:37pm
Have to say that the Brookes B17 is the saddle of choice for my cycling adventures. It just works. . .

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 7:29pm
Brooks imperial is what I use on my touring bike. Never done a really long ride but it is very comfortable for 75 miles in a day and 150 miles,at a weekend. Gel saddles destroyed me which just proves that saddles are a very individual preference

Re: The ultimate battery charger for touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 7:27pm
I carry a USB charger from the £1 shop. Comes with a wall socket and takes two AA batteries. Works brilliantly. Went out and bought a spare. Not bad for £2. I've had them for about three years, used them a lot and they are still working fine.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 6:58pm
SQLab 602 Active is my current saddle. http://www.sq-lab.com/en/sqlab-products ... QcZKRNFDcs

Tried most including all the Brooks instruments of torture and none come close to the comfort of the 602 Active.

Re: The Isle of Wight - One night on the Tennyson Trail

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 6:47pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Fabulous! I'm off round the IOW in May. Great blog as usual. Only downside is that you've made the waiting harder [emoji6]
It'll be worth the wait.

pedalsheep wrote:Lovely write up. The Isle of Wight is a great place, tho I could be slightly biased - I live there!
Lucky you. Wasn't you we met in the woods then?

rannochraider wrote:Nice post and quite inspirational in a world that often challenges our ability to mix domestic happiness with worthwhile micro adventures. Liked it. Thanks.
That's really lovely of you to say, thank you.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 6:43pm
Brooks 17 for me - lady version. Love it and I took it on a 500km tour straight out of the box.

Re: Taking a bike on a train

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 6:37pm
They're a bit grim on trains round my way, any more than six bikes and I'm afraid you're riding home

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 6:22pm
It's probably worth saying that moving the Panniers back may cause shimmy on some bikes........not a good thing if carrying no spare underwear.
Low and as close to the saddle as possible is a good rule.

Re: Bike security for camping tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 5:31pm
You can't completely remove the risk. There was a UK-China cyclist who had built his bike into his tent, but someone in Mongolia came along with a pick-up truck, attached it by a chain to the bicycle, and drove off in order to take the bicycle. Sadly, this rapidly made both tent and bicycle unusable, and sleeping cyclist found himself staring at the stars. There are people who tell of having their bike stolen when it was inside a locked hotel and chained up to solid metal fittings. If someone wants your bike badly enough, they will separate you from it, maybe even at gunpoint. But there's the famous story of the guy who'd been cycling around the world on his bicycle for 40 years or something, and never had a bike stolen until he came to Britain, where it was stolen in Portsmouth shortly after he got off the ferry. So all risk is relative.

People generally say that former soviet central Asia is a bit dodgy, so it is an area to be careful. There are a number of noted cyclist incidents there. I think it is generally wise to stay in accommodation whenever it is available, in any country where it is a bit dodgy.

My general philosophy is that if it's safe enough in general to wild-camp, bike or no, then a cable lock should suffice for your bike. I travelled and wild-camped in South America, but didn't go anywhere dodgier than Bolivia; I later went to Guatemala and I would not wild camp there, at all, nor several other countries in central America. I know several people who have had problems while wild camping in Peru.

Re: Didn't know cyclists could be fined for speeding!

CTC Forum - On the road - 16 March 2015 - 5:30pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.434742,-0.266002,3a,75y,94.12h,70.69t
Road looks fairly open, good sight lines
Quite. If that were a public road it would have a 60mph speed limit for motors and people would think you a dangerous subversive if you suggested that it ought to be lowered out of concerns for pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 5:13pm
My Salsa Vayas no name saddle that came fitted to the bike is the best I have ever had, and I have had 9 in the last 9 years. Its plastic, quite slim and firm but the part where the sit bones sit has a bit of give. I have tried a couple of leather saddles including a Brooks but these have an unforgiving leather covered metal part at the back that transmits shocks and vibrations very directly without any damping and the side parts really chafed badly on my thighs.
Dont spend too much, try lots, and dispose of the failures in the For Sale section here.

Al

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 5:03pm
Have you cycled the Danube route? I've done it several times.
Last year I did Gunsburg (just East of Ulm) to Vienna if you need any info.
I have a GPX file of my route if you want, although it really just follows the path.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 4:53pm
danube wrote:foxyrider wrote:Where did you find a flight to Stuttgart?

I'm flying Dublin to Stuttgart with Aer Lingus.

I'm not answering your question very well, but....
I fly out of Dublin with Aer Lingus every summer, usually to Munich or Vienna.
I just use a CTC plastic bag and never had any problems. Aer Lingus have been excellent with the bike.
As have the staff at Munich and Vienna.
The plastic bag folds up to easily fit in a pannier so don't need to worry about a box.

Re: Stuttgart and Bratislava Airports with bikes

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 4:44pm
foxyrider wrote:Where did you find a flight to Stuttgart?

I'm flying Dublin to Stuttgart with Aer Lingus.

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 4:43pm
One thing I've only just realised is that the saddle I'm currently using (Brooks Flyer Imperial) at 860g, is a whole 500g heavier than some other saddles I could try (like the San Marco Rolls Classic which I might try next). I've become quite weight conscious and if it was super comfortable I wouldn't mind so much but now I've done perhaps 2000km on it and though it's certainly better than most saddles, I am still not entirely convinced by my Brooks (also the springs creak which doesn't help)…

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 4:33pm
I get on well with Specialized saddles. I tour on an Alias which they either don't make any more or have changed it's name. I use it because have this and a couple of Toupes (the stupidest name for a saddle) on my other bikes that I ride when I'm not touring.
You need to visit a shop and get measured to ensure you have the correct width.
Not recommending this site it just shows them all.
http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/c ... ;sort=asc;

Re: Best saddle for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 4:03pm
the best saddle for touring is the one you have already done a lot of miles on ( over some time, maybe many short journies ), never a new one.

Re: Bike security for camping tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 3:59pm
well the horrible inconvenience, expence and trauma of having your bike ( and bits ) stolen while in foreign parts would not lead me to take any chances; maybe thats just me

Re: Chainstays too short?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 16 March 2015 - 3:51pm
maxglide wrote:
*Freewheel Shimano MF-TZ21
* 7 Speed
* 3 Chainrings (24x34x42)
* V-brakes (bit rubbish)
Looks like 13 - 28 in the rear. Which gives you a bottom gear of just over 23 inches (depending on cranks, tyres, etc.).

I expect that's okay for most touring. I would prefer something a little lower, but I might just try it and see how I get on.
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