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by Mr.Benton
28 Nov 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: European Holiday 2021 suggestions ( flattish terrain )
Replies: 20
Views: 678

Re: European Holiday 2021 suggestions ( flattish terrain )

I have taken the ferry from Hull to Europort and then toured the Netherlands a couple of times with the family. In 5 days there are plenty of options. There are plenty of books, maps and guides on line for destinations. There are options to visit windmills, cities, beaches, old towns just choose the...
by Mr.Benton
27 Nov 2020, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying luggage on bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Carrying luggage on bikes

I am of the old school of touring bikes where my luggage is carried on racks both front and rear, I try to split the load 60:40 rear to front, and carry the load low down. It seems that modern bikes carry the load high up under the saddle, high up on the handlebars or front rack, and on the forks. S...
by Mr.Benton
2 Nov 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rotterdam, or anywhere, anywhere but home.
Replies: 22
Views: 1251

Re: Rotterdam, or anywhere, anywhere but home.

What about the windmills of Kinderdijk, there are water busses that go to and from Rotterdam if you are short of time. The town of Brielle is nice. There is one of the world's biggest moveable structures not far away, there is a visitor centre on the north bank. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&s...
by Mr.Benton
25 Aug 2020, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight
Replies: 25
Views: 1156

Re: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight

I used the slightly smaller version, the Xenon UL2 when I was cycle touring in Chile at the beginning of the year. It is essentially the same tent as recommended by ianmcdaid but without the massive porch. The tent is excellent. https://www.vango.co.uk/gb/camping-equipment/1110-f10-xenon-ul-2.html I...
by Mr.Benton
24 Aug 2020, 12:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Berridale braes
Replies: 53
Views: 80969

Re: Berridale braes

This picture from the BBC news story makes it look like they have just completed a perfect cycle path. If only.....
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by Mr.Benton
3 Aug 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best Garmin type computer for bicycle tourist?
Replies: 40
Views: 2162

Re: Best Garmin type computer for bicycle tourist?

I use a Wahoo Element, which I class as an advanced bike computer rather than an advanced navigation device. It provides real time information on the ride such as distance, time and elevation. After the ride these can be uploaded to Strava or similar websites. For route planning I use Kamoot or cycl...
by Mr.Benton
29 Jul 2020, 8:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar ends inboard of brake levers
Replies: 42
Views: 1510

Re: Bar ends inboard of brake levers

These handle bars might do the trick
https://www.cyclingabout.com/koga-denham-bars/

The bars are compatible with bar end shifters but in the text the designer explains why it isn't the best setup.
by Mr.Benton
2 Jul 2020, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.

I went on a 3 month tour of South America, the saddle was comfortable by the end of the trip!
by Mr.Benton
2 Jul 2020, 2:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring food
Replies: 72
Views: 2487

Re: Touring food

For the first night on tour I try and take a frozen home made casserole/curry/stew. This defrosts during the day and is simply heated up at the end of the day and provides a tasty filling meal. For breakfasts I take oats, dried milk, and dried fruit. This makes a good porridge an alternative to oats...
by Mr.Benton
1 Jul 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle
Replies: 20
Views: 743

Re: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle

My first ride on a Brooks B17 standard was painful but after a few short rides it became comfortable, I think it was under 100miles before it became really comfortable. The Brooks B17 Narrow was less painful and took less time to break in. I think a good treatment with Proofide helps. I have also ha...
by Mr.Benton
25 Jun 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1st Big unsupported ride info please
Replies: 12
Views: 897

Re: 1st Big unsupported ride info please

The transpennine route comes close to Manchester and goes to Hull where you catch the ferry to the Netherlands. Once in the Netherlands your life becomes a lot easier as there are lots of signed and safe cycle routes. https://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/ https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-...
by Mr.Benton
10 Jun 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another irritating new bike query
Replies: 20
Views: 863

Re: Another irritating new bike query

I was in the same situation about 20 years ago when I wanted to start cycling after a period of absense. As I knew nothing about bike maintenance I purchased a new Dawes hybrid, similar to the hybrids posted above, from my local bike shop costing just under £200. I didn't know what cycling I would e...
by Mr.Benton
10 Jun 2020, 12:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kilometres or miles
Replies: 106
Views: 2464

Re: Kilometres or miles

I use Kilometers for self propelled journeys by bike, walking or canoe. I find it easier to measure meters/kilometers on an OS map which is what I generally use for navigation on those journeys. Plus a journey in Km sounds much more impressive than a journey in miles. "I cycled 100km today"...
by Mr.Benton
9 Jun 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1918
Views: 43954

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

First time I have entered a guess on this excellent quiz. It is giving me plenty of ideas for future tours.

Head of Loch Sligachan, Isle of Skye looking towards Rassay perhaps
by Mr.Benton
1 Jun 2020, 7:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem wheel rim choice
Replies: 9
Views: 269

Re: Tandem wheel rim choice


Thanks, does anyone have.any experience or recommendation for which I should choose?