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by soapbox
24 Oct 2020, 11:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: British Cycle Quest
Replies: 16
Views: 746

Re: British Cycle Quest

I've only ever used my touring bike for BCQ, and all but half a dozen recent car-assists have been done from home (day rides for the more local ones, tours for the rest with some train-assists). I also have a trig-bagging thing going on (only 100+ from 6,500 available trig points) which is a similar...
by soapbox
24 Oct 2020, 10:55am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: A shim (Sorted via ebay purchase).
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: A shim

Jdsk wrote:: - )

And thanks for timing the post!

Jonathan


You're welcome ;)
by soapbox
24 Oct 2020, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Made to measure touring bike
Replies: 25
Views: 847

Re: Made to measure touring bike

Few people NEED a custom build, but if you can afford to treat yourself I'd say go for it. I had a touring bike measured up for me from Mercian some time ago, and it's not really any different from the off-the-peg Mercian I had before it other than choosing which brazings I wanted. It somehow feels ...
by soapbox
24 Oct 2020, 10:45am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: A shim (Sorted via ebay purchase).
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: A shim

Jdsk wrote:I'll put my money on two more posts before someone mentions the book...

: - )

Jonathan


Haha. It IS one of the most memorable bits of the book though. I've been using that anecdote regularly for 40 years. Classic quality vs romantic quality.
by soapbox
22 Oct 2020, 9:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bob Jackson's shutting up
Replies: 70
Views: 2925

Re: Bob Jackson's shutting up

Mercian's previous owners retired a few years ago, they'd been working towards the business continuing for some time. Though the shop has now closed, the frame building is busy, 10 months wait for a new frame. Blimey, that's the first I've heard of that. I'm a Mercian fan, having bought four over t...
by soapbox
18 Oct 2020, 10:16am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 1st Wild camp of the year North Wales
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: 1st Wild camp of the year North Wales

Sounds like you had a great time. Shame that (maybe) in 10 days time wild camping will be a criminal offence if the Govt gets its' way over trespass laws. I don't think the plods are going up Tal y Fan arresting anyone! That said, technology could make prosecutions more likely in the future, if Nat...
by soapbox
18 Oct 2020, 10:13am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 1st Wild camp of the year North Wales
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: 1st Wild camp of the year North Wales

Just watched the video. Beautiful. Might just be the inspiration I need to get a late wild-camp in myself. Cheers.
by soapbox
18 Oct 2020, 10:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can one legally cycle out of a Covid tier-3 area ?
Replies: 76
Views: 2458

Re: Covid tier 3

When people living in Manchester aren't allowed to drive into Wales, but people living in Wales are allowed to drive to Manchester airport and hop on a plane to anywhere in the world, you know we've gone way beyond bonkers.
I wouldn't worry too much about a bike ride.
by soapbox
18 Oct 2020, 9:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 178
Views: 5520

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

The mention of Kindernay interested me, so I clicked on the link to the website. I was halfway through reading the info on the hub when it switched photos and description to the next one. Websites like that turn me off instantly. I know we live in a world of limited attention spans, but as the punte...
by soapbox
18 Oct 2020, 8:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: British Cycle Quest
Replies: 16
Views: 746

Re: British Cycle Quest

I think PH has this covered. I've also been at it for about 15 years and am only just over halfway, and I only know of one other person who is doing it (plus a mate who accompanied me a couple of weeks ago to bag a couple in Shropshire and was so smitten that he's into double figures already). Googl...
by soapbox
14 Oct 2020, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)

I don't do GPS technology, May be time to consider I think (I poo-pooed GPS for ages but am a convert) - will save your blood pressure - a doddle to follow dedicated cycle routes with a GPS - you often don't need to actually even input a route - it's all shown. I'm sure, but I like actual maps too ...
by soapbox
13 Oct 2020, 5:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)

Thanks for the comments. I was thinking of doing it in reverse, too. I don't do GPS technology, so I'll probably end up transferring the route onto an OS map, but for £9.99 that shouldn't be necessary, I don't think. Agree about Barrow being an odd place. Piel Island is somewhere we tried to get to ...
by soapbox
12 Oct 2020, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Morecambe Bay Cycle Way (Sustrans)

After a couple of recommendations from friends about the 'Bay Cycle Way' that starts at Barrow-in-Furness and ends at Glasson Dock, skirting Morecambe Bay, I ordered a copy of Sustrans cycle route map. It's absolutely useless. The map is a complete mess, with no detail, and makes traversing even a s...
by soapbox
7 Aug 2020, 1:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof for long downpour
Replies: 18
Views: 1214

Re: Waterproof for long downpour

I'm a fan of both Buffalo and Paramo. For the one-off rides in the cooler part of the year, Buffalo is, for my money the best garment I've ever bought. Only really performs whilst on the move, but it does everything it claims to. It's not waterproof, but it keeps you warm and comfortable and is very...
by soapbox
16 Jul 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever
Replies: 67
Views: 5332

Re: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever

Sweep wrote:
Maybe he is slightly on the quiet side but i took that as thinking about the serious matter in hand.
I realise that you aren't really having a go at him


No, I wasn't having a go at him at all. The 'surliness and sarcasm' are quite endearing when you realise just how good he is.