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by largeallan
28 Jul 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New York to California without leaving England
Replies: 18
Views: 3323

Re: New York to California without leaving England

There's a Moscow in Ayrshire.
by largeallan
9 Mar 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why I like single touring
Replies: 45
Views: 8922

Re: Why I like single touring

When I cycle alone, I yearn for company....When I cycle in company, I yearn for solitude.
by largeallan
9 Mar 2019, 7:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tubus Tara Front Low Rider - suitable panniers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1766

Re: Tubus Tara Front Low Rider - suitable panniers?

Ortlieb front rollers for me too....The Ortlieb/ Tara combo is popular for good reason. Interchangable with the back rack for day rides on mine too.
I've balked at the price of Ortlieb too, but they really are worth it in the end if you prefer your stuff to stay dry on tour.
by largeallan
25 Sep 2018, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 8280

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

I'm in the west of Scotland, hence my bad weather reliability concerns.
by largeallan
25 Sep 2018, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 8280

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

....Absolutely agree pwa, I'm not looking to buy cheap crap, though I'm not stretching to a SON either. I'm looking at spa cycles looking like I'll be getting a ready built 36hole Sputnik rim with something in the middle.....the 'something' is what I'm interested in.
by largeallan
25 Sep 2018, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 8280

Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

Hi there, I'm looking to hear thoughts and experience on the reliability of shimano hubs dynamos through the murk of a Scottish winter.
I've decided to bite the bullet this year and try a 20mile commute, to and from work, but the weather effects on my electrics concerns me
regarding lights and dynamo. I don't expect it to be chucking it down every day, but........

Has anyone found water ingress to be a problem?

Also, any recommendations on a decent set of lights at a reasonable price? My pedal will be mostly former railway cycle path, but with a 3 mile grind up a country single track to start
....the start is the bit that's always put me off commuting. :shock:

Thanks, Allan.
by largeallan
8 Sep 2018, 2:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?
Replies: 37
Views: 2318

Re: Outer Hebrides "tour". Train to Oban or car?

Easy Peasy....Dump your car at Fort Wullie.... cycle down to oban...... ferry to Barra........Pedal up the Outer Isles.......Ferry From Tarbert to Uig on Skye......Pedal to Armadale.......ferry To Mallaig.......Cycle to Fort Wullie via Lochailort, Strontian, Corran........I can't think of a nicer tour. :D
by largeallan
11 Apr 2018, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Forth and Clyde and Union canals
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Re: Forth and Clyde and Union canals

I haven't been on the Union Canal, but I've done all of the F&C from Glasgow to the Falkirk wheel on a 700x32 tourer with no difficulty. Most of it is Tarred or hard packed Tar/gravel type mix. There are one or two sections that are more bare earth, but not many and they don't last too long. I see road bikes commuting on it often enough, though I suppose they might not be the latest shiny skinny wheeled velocepedes out there...

Oh,I forgot...... and Bowling to Glasgow is fine too
by largeallan
9 Apr 2018, 1:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 3344

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

Why anyone in their right mind would want to cycle on there is beyond me.....The same goes for the M8 where it does a similar thing by changing into the A8 between Langbank and Port Glasgow. I see cyclists on there regularly and think they must have a slate loose. I don't speak for anyone else, but I personally would rather be alive than exercising my legal right of way, while being bypassed at 90mph by folk who are more interested in their smartphones than the road ahead. I would consider myself to be pretty confident among traffic, but I draw the line on roads that are Motorway in all but name.
by largeallan
9 Apr 2018, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Car Parking Ardrossan
Replies: 14
Views: 3848

Re: Car Parking Ardrossan

I wouldn't leave my car parked anywhere on an Ardrossan street......use the harbour car-park. The prevailing wind is from the SW, so the general consensus is that the island should be tackled clockwise. Turn left out of the Port heading for Lamlash and Whiting Bay....This gets the strength sapping up and downy half of the Island out of the way first. Also, on the more exposed but flat, West of the island, the wind will be at your back and you'll fly along all the way to Lochranza with only a couple of minor pimples to climb :) After Lochranza the torture begins!! (only Joking) The hill has a lot of little 50yd flat spots to regain your breath, so it isn't as bad as it looks. Then its downhill for miles on nice tarmac followed by a flat pedal all the way back to Brodick......Beautiful cycling country!! Be aware also that the "String road" across the middle of the island is a lot busier traffic-wise, and a more relentless uphill slog than the lochranza hill. If you need supplies, then there is an Asda in Ardrossan, and two Co-ops in Brodick. There aren't many other shops around the island so stock up if you need to. I'd recommend Asda as the Co-op is an overpriced monopoly, as it is in many small Scottish Places.......Anyway, enjoy.....Arran is a Cycle that everyone should try. :)

Oh, and for an official fuel stop, I'd recommend the Machrie tearoom, right on the main road by Machrie golf course (on the West Coast almost directly opposite Brodick)
by largeallan
14 Feb 2017, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubus Tara on Discs
Replies: 15
Views: 2866

Re: Tubus Tara on Discs

Excellent, that's answered it for me, thanks cats :)
by largeallan
13 Feb 2017, 6:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubus Tara on Discs
Replies: 15
Views: 2866

Tubus Tara on Discs

Hi, can anyone tell me of a decent front lowrider rack for a 2014 Dawes Galaxy plus with disc brakes? My brother seen advice on a forum somewhere or other , that a tubus tara would fit....I'm a bit wary of him spending money on something that says 'not for disc brakes' on spa cycles site!! Thanks for your help.....Allan
by largeallan
25 Jan 2017, 5:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decent quality ball-bearings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1321

Re: Decent quality ball-bearings?

Thanks for the help Cats, I'll order from the simply bearings site.
by largeallan
25 Jan 2017, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decent quality ball-bearings?
Replies: 15
Views: 1321

Decent quality ball-bearings?

Has anyone any pointers on where to find ball bearings of an appropriate grade for a tourer's wheels....ie, hard wearing. I see -plenty of bulk-buy options on Amazon, but none seem very clear or trustworthy regarding grade.
by largeallan
23 Jan 2017, 5:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Outer Hebrides, S. Uist, Eriskay, Barra
Replies: 27
Views: 2139

Re: Outer Hebrides, S. Uist, Eriskay, Barra

Leave your cars in Oban, the rise in traffic in the islands is bad enough since the introduction of the Road Equivalent Tarrif.


Should we just send our money over to 'island businesses' and not bother visiting?