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by Chat Noir
20 Jun 2019, 8:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Another route suggestion post (sorry)
Replies: 24
Views: 597

Re: Another route suggestion post (sorry)

There's a description of an 8 day Lejog in this account of a ride I did the other year http://www.yetey.wordpress.com

Hope helpful for your plans - enjoy the ride.
by Chat Noir
6 Jun 2019, 7:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John's LEJOG 2019 route
Replies: 14
Views: 621

Re: John's LEJOG 2019 route

I did a ride from St Just up to Boscastle the other year, as this illustrates. SW Day 5.png The Garmin says I did 82 miles and 2300 m of ascent. Quite arduous in places but always enjoyable, ferry crossing fine. Funnily enough, the next day Mick F joined me in Boscastle to ride up to Hartland Point,...
by Chat Noir
27 May 2019, 12:09pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lightweight camping setup recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Lightweight camping setup recommendations

Good quality lightweight camping gear tends not to be cheap, it needs to keep you dry and comfortable, you need to be able to sleep well and you want stuff that packs small. Here is a good website to look at, although you may want to be sitting down when you see some of the prices: careful explorati...
by Chat Noir
25 May 2019, 9:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New touring bag
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: New touring bag

I have used Sea to Summit straps for several years https://www.seatosummit.co.uk/products/field-repair/accessory-strap-alloy-buckle/ . Very versatile, fit Brooks loops, strong, come in different lengths / widths. I routinely fix these to the top of a saddle bag to affix loose items (eg jacket), have...
by Chat Noir
21 May 2019, 11:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.

These are good frames, not that common. Amongst others, Raleigh used them for a decent touring bike for a while and Peugeot used them for short period in early 1990s. I obtained an unused frame from a disbanded pro team and built it up with Sachs New Success groupset. Not ridden a lot but a lovely b...
by Chat Noir
29 Apr 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: York Rally Sportive and Retro Classic, Sunday 28th April 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 5270

Re: York Rally Sportive and Retro Classic, Sunday 28th April 2019

Huge thankyou to all those who organised and supported this friendly and enjoyable event. As a retro rider good to see so many old bikes complete with brake cables and downtube shifters. Met and chatted with lots of riders some of whom had travelled big distances to support this event. The weather w...
by Chat Noir
22 Mar 2019, 11:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Venice Marco Polo airport-hotel that will store bike boxes
Replies: 3
Views: 1552

Re: Venice Marco Polo airport-hotel that will store bike boxes

4 of us left our bike bags (think we crammed them all into one, possibly two) at left luggage the other year. Not cheap, but between 4 not so bad, you can probably check current left luggage facilities and prices on-line, but was convenient and avoided the hassle of getting boxes / bags somewhere an...
by Chat Noir
22 Mar 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 61
Views: 4100

Re: Heaviest tent?

We do our best not to carry heavy weights these days and probably the heaviest we toured with regularly was about 3 kgs. We did once go with a very heavy tent in Ireland, but that was over 40 years ago when we were young, didn't know any better and probably wouldn't have cared anyway because we were...
by Chat Noir
14 Mar 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 35
Views: 2565

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

Thanks (again) for an informative read. Helicomatic? Recently acquired a pair of Maillard Professional 700 hub wheels dating from 1983 with helicomatic rear hub, not well used and very smooth, even before stripping and re-greasing. The freewheel is equally smooth and so easy to remove. Yes, these ar...
by Chat Noir
6 Mar 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bob Jackson Audax Tyre Clearance (28?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2044

Re: Bob Jackson Audax Tyre Clearance (28?)

I have a 23 inch BJ made out of 731 oversized tubing from the 1990s. I can get a 28 on the rear but only a 25 on the front (no way will it fit under the fork, I have tried). The 28 is tight at the back in the sense that the brake calliper has marks on the underside where muck and grime from the road...
by Chat Noir
23 Feb 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Supplies along the way
Replies: 36
Views: 5522

Re: Supplies along the way

No problem in big towns. All small towns and many villages have local stores, such as Co Op, usually open from early until late, 7.00 am until 7.00 pm or later not unusual; fuel stations often have food supplies with surprising variety of foods useful for cycling, which for me means things like flap...
by Chat Noir
12 Feb 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Strathcarron
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

Re: Inverness to Strathcarron

Mick's provided a good route, part of the North Coast 500 ( https://www.northcoast500.com/ ), and reasonably quiet most of the way, although a lot of vans and lorries leaving Inverness first thing in the morning. Plenty of café or food stops along the way (Lochcarron pretty special place for breakfa...
by Chat Noir
16 Jan 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?

That's them (thought I was in the first one for a brief moment!). Going back to the canal from the boulangerie it's very pleasant sitting near the boat in the grass eating your goodies, even more so if it's so hot you have to sit under the shade. P1000574.JPG We went on down to Rennes this time, hav...
by Chat Noir
16 Jan 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?

Sounds a great idea and a good route. Just couple of comments, noting some of your preferences in the blog. Great start across La Rance to Dinard on the Corsaire boats, then easy up to join the old railway line in the middle of town. Easy and mostly pastoral cycling, good warm up, on the track. Just...