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by phil parker
20 Mar 2017, 7:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ullapool to Dingwall A835
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: Ullapool to Dingwall A835

I thought I had some photos of how nice that road is, but I don't! I cycled from Ullapool to Inverness after my Western Isles tour and I really enjoyed that road - yes, it was quiet...very quiet by England standards, once you get away from the ferry traffic and climb the long hill, you have so much ...
by phil parker
10 Mar 2017, 10:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tents inclusive ground sheet - why bother?
Replies: 29
Views: 1583

Re: Tents inclusive ground sheet - why bother?

Yes, it was with the Scout Group that I learnt that practice (of digging troughs - around Nijers) and I took that practice with me on my earlier camping escapades. Indeed, one trip to Borrowdale, where that practice was still commonplace, especially on sloping ground, and having campfires wasn't dis...
by phil parker
10 Mar 2017, 9:22pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tents inclusive ground sheet - why bother?
Replies: 29
Views: 1583

Re: Tents inclusive ground sheet - why bother?

why do tents all come with sewn in ground sheets? They mean extra weight and are usually flimsy meaning you have to use a footprint of some kind that couyld roll up at the edges inside? I think you'll be in the minority when it comes to extolling the virtues of tents without sewn-in ground sheets -...
by phil parker
28 Feb 2017, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycling from england to asia
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: cycling from england to asia

you could play safe and buy a 26 inch wheeled tourer - this is a bargain: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Thorn-Exp-Expedition-Touring-Bike-/322429723236?hash=item4b124f2264:g:HngAAOSwtpZYSEue That's a good price, if it's fully sorted and expedition ready. I have one and it's bomb proof, but I have spent...
by phil parker
24 Feb 2017, 12:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road cycling on Skye
Replies: 18
Views: 706

Re: Road cycling on Skye

I've completed a couple of loops from Portree (campsite), probably similar to what you have created, and I enjoyed them - it can get a bit busy if you coincide with a ferry arrival at Uig, but other than that it was fairly quiet and peaceful.
by phil parker
23 Feb 2017, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Salisbury, Wiltshire

It will be slow whichever route you take :shock:
by phil parker
21 Feb 2017, 8:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycling from england to asia
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: cycling from england to asia

Well, I picked my medium standard touring bike on the strength that Vin Cox completed a round-the-world cycle record on a standard touring bike with 700C wheels in much a different fashion than all the previous expedition type tourers with 26" wheels and 4 x pannier set-ups. That said - I am fa...
by phil parker
16 Feb 2017, 3:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What tent to use?
Replies: 100
Views: 3894

Re: What tent to use?

i'll buy a campervan f i do win the lottery throw the bike on the back. :lol: I'm taking a break this year from A-to-B cycle camping and taking my Camplet trailer tent to a central position to gain some of the Cycle Quest destinations, so hopefully I will relish the comfort even if I miss the total...
by phil parker
8 Feb 2017, 5:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What tent to use?
Replies: 100
Views: 3894

Re: What tent to use?

I use an Easton Kilo, two-man tent for the lightweight tours, but you wouldn't want two people in it and although it will cope with extreme weather, it's not what you would call robust. It will happily cope with an extended tour staying at Campsites, but I wouldn't be comfortable using it for an ext...
by phil parker
24 Jan 2017, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Female choices of Roadbikes
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

Re: Female choices of Roadbikes

I didn't mean this in a heavy way. I certainly didn't take it that way! ...just very happy if someone pointed out the exact women-specific frame that achieves a shorter top tube (i.e. shorter than that which is achievable on a men's bike).... I think it's also worth noting that a "short" ...
by phil parker
24 Jan 2017, 10:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Female choices of Roadbikes
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

Re: Female choices of Roadbikes

In my research into finding a bike with shorter reach for myself (long legs, short body), I concluded that 700c wheels with a diamond frame make it impossible to shorten the top tube further than a certain point. You can lengthen the top tube, you can steepen the seat angle or you can switch to 26&...
by phil parker
23 Jan 2017, 5:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Female choices of Roadbikes
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

Re: Female choices of Roadbikes

The main difference between normal bikes (for men) and female specific bikes is the comparative length of the top tube. Not in all cases, but in general, females have a longer legs to torso ratio and therefore if you (for example) buy a bike with a 54 cm seat tube length the top tube may be too long...
by phil parker
22 Jan 2017, 9:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hebridian Way
Replies: 35
Views: 2205

Re: Hebridian Way - GPX files?

What I did was to cycle from Ullapool to Inverness, I stayed at the campsite in Beauly, but you could also stay at the campsite by the Leisure Centre in Inverness. Then cycled down to Fort William and got the train from there only 2 extra days of cycling or one and half if you set off early enough! ...
by phil parker
21 Jan 2017, 8:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: trousers for Iceland
Replies: 28
Views: 1547

Re: trousers for Iceland

I have bought a pair of British Army snuggies, with a wicking baselayer and a tight weave cotton overtrousesers I think I have the right combinations. It allows for plenty of room and no chafing. I cycled out last night and it was -4 which is a whole order warmer than what I will have to put up wit...
by phil parker
18 Jan 2017, 5:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping and YHA going going gone?
Replies: 46
Views: 2688

Re: camping and YHA going going gone?

Not sure whether scrabble allows place names, if so I might win, I fished the names out of my memory. Well, I'm impressed - I can't even remember the hostels I stayed at let alone the complicated names :shock: :shock: First went hostelling 1973, cost about 37p to stay. 1977 for me, but walking in t...

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