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by phil parker
8 Sep 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 529

Re: The Scottish midge

The West Coast is definitely the worst - I have to time my tours specifically to avoid the worst of the midges. However, on the rare occasion that I've had to go in the summer months (climbing/walking rather than cycling) I've taken all the precautions possible.

Great photo!
by phil parker
7 Sep 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1590

Re: Theft from campsites

You took a chef on a camping trip? He was one of our colleagues - and it was a work-related trip, (although we weren't chefs) not quite as ostentatious as it seems! He also needed a break from work (mentally and physically); we wouldn't have otherwise taken a chef, but it was a way of giving him tw...
by phil parker
7 Sep 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1590

Re: Theft from campsites

Was it an all-male group? I once came back to signs that someone had been in my tent, pulled my clothes about and not taken anything. It turned out that a pervert had raided several tents taking only women's underwear. Yes, it was an all-male group, about 10 of us on a rock climbing trip in the Cal...
by phil parker
1 Sep 2019, 8:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???
Replies: 17
Views: 1049

Re: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???

I have the 2019 Croix de Fer Ti (56) frameset, which I used to upgrade from a 2013 725 CdF frameset - and swapped the majority of the bits over (not all were compatible), which was used for 'medium' touring - as is my new Ti bike. The front carbon fork does have internal cable routing, but will not ...
by phil parker
26 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Websites
Replies: 15
Views: 535

Re: Camping Websites

These YHA offer camping at resonable prices that also includes use of the facilities for "free" https://www.yha.org.uk/camping-and-cabins/camping?utm_source=augustwanderer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=camping-cabins&dm_i=1N6K,6FFLG,BK6W7F,PH3Q7,1 There is only one in Suffolk ...
by phil parker
18 Aug 2019, 8:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1590

Re: Theft from campsites

Whilst camping near Cassis, southern France, in the mid-90's, a group of us had our tents ransacked, but nothing was stolen! They had the chance to steal personal food (chocolates/savouries etc.), small change and some personal luxuries, but nothing was taken. We came to the conclusion that the woul...
by phil parker
13 Aug 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4466

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

It was collectively decided that we would want to avoid the A rds and a little deviation from the official route most probly have more scenic roads as well. We are heading south into Altnaharra rom the north coast Ok, that makes sense - I also deviated, having cycled the east coast so many times I ...
by phil parker
12 Aug 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4466

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Do you know the altnaharra area enough to recommend somewhere for food. ..we are staying overnight at the altnaharra hotel but it appears they are exploiting the cyclists on the 500 and charging an awful lot of money for not a lot of food I read your other thread and wondered why you would be going...
by phil parker
12 Aug 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4466

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

Has anyone has similiar experiences on the NC500? I was perhaps fortunate, from what I read, to complete the NC500 (with Orkney and Shetland included) 3&1/2 years ago and although it was 'picking up' and getting popular, there were also very long, quiet stretches of road and no discontent with ...
by phil parker
12 Aug 2019, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?
Replies: 50
Views: 3124

Re: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?

reohn2 wrote:What is that seatpost?


Easton CT2 Carbon Wrap, which has since been replaced from that 2010 photo, as with a few other bits and pieces, but the bike is still going strong!

PS: Photo taken in St Malo - the baguette was my lunch en route to Cancale!
by phil parker
8 Aug 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?
Replies: 50
Views: 3124

Re: What is the Most Popular Touring Bike in the World?

The most popular tourer I have come across outside of Europe is the Koga Miyata/World Traveller. I’ve no doubt it is LHT in UK.
by phil parker
12 Jul 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: My New Bike
Replies: 19
Views: 708

Re: My New Bike

Congratulations! A great bike...it will take a few miles to soften that saddle :lol:
by phil parker
12 Jul 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: canvas tents
Replies: 30
Views: 1127

Re: canvas tents

I still have a little two-man Cabanon Chic Choc for quick (not-so-lightweight) camping from the boot of the car!

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by phil parker
9 Jul 2019, 6:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cornwall & Devon Coast & Borders
Replies: 60
Views: 7230

Re: Cornwall & Devon Coast & Borders

So about lands end, you pay to go past the car park? I've never had to pay on a bicycle (4 times now in the last 10-15 years) or at least never 'been asked to pay'! I once got away with it driving a minibus when the toller (correct word?) asked who we were and what we were doing...then said "g...