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by Chat Noir
26 Aug 2020, 9:38am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 886
Views: 61514

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Just looked at this. Any end to end is a memorable ride and pretty amazing achievement however and whichever way you go – it’s your ride. A double end to end is very special in any company and 200 miles a day exceptional, a distance most on here can only wonder at let alone repeat for 9 days. Good l...
by Chat Noir
9 Aug 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightwave T10 tent
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Lightwave T10 tent

Sorry for delay in responding. I took a Geertop footprint, cheap and surprisingly durable but not, unfortunately, impervious to an unguarded moment while packing and so disappeared with the wind into the void. The T10 groundsheet is ok for the task but I like to protect lightweight tents when going ...
by Chat Noir
9 Aug 2020, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mid 1980 Dawes galaxy, seat tube diameter.
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Mid 1980 Dawes galaxy, seat tube diameter.

Reynolds’ tubing and seat tube diameters: now there’s a simple topic. My own experience is that the internal diameter is what it is and not necessarily what it is supposed to be (not unlike Eric Morecambe’s note selection). Three of my bikes with metric tubing (ie 28 not 28.6 external seat tube) tak...
by Chat Noir
23 Jul 2020, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightwave T10 tent
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Lightwave T10 tent

The other month I contributed to the thread about suitable tents for round the world trips and mentioned that I was looking at Lightwave tents for a mountaineering trip to Cordon del Plata in the Andes in November / December (https://lightwave.uk.com/products/tents/lightwave-tents ). In the event I ...
by Chat Noir
21 Jul 2020, 6:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Van bike racks -Fiamma questions
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: Van bike racks -Fiamma questions

We've used Fiamma bike racks for over 20 years, first on a VW T4 and now on a T5. Spare parts are easily obtained, very easy to use, pretty bombproof. Always worth getting a few spare straps for the wheels (not the plastic ones, the metal corrodes all too quickly) and a number of countries want you ...
by Chat Noir
20 Jul 2020, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing

Happened to be over that way today. As already said, new gravel starts half way down, much of the loose gravel has now left the surface but still just enough to ensure you want to keep your speed down. What is perhaps of greater interest in descent is suddenly coming upon the set of lights about hal...
by Chat Noir
30 Jun 2020, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oldest Still Serving Panniers/Saddle Bag
Replies: 41
Views: 1413

Re: Oldest Still Serving Panniers/Saddle Bag

We bought two pairs of panniers from a shop in Birmingham in 1978 for our first cycling tour, over to Ireland. One pair is still going strong, Karrimor something or other, made out of duck cotton, used on commuting bikes in London for years as well as on tours. I still occasionally use one or both o...
by Chat Noir
15 May 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 716

Re: Vitus 979

Read this excellent article by Peter Kohler to find out all about 979. https://on-the-drops.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-peugeot-px-10du-vitus-979.html There's a lot of varied opinions about this stuff. I have one, beautiful frame, 19 lbs weight, 59 cm, very fast and stable. I've had no issues with flex...
by Chat Noir
15 May 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Buchan's Spells
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Buchan's Spells

I was unaware either of Alexander Buchan or his Spells until my 94 year old mother mentioned him in an e-mail to me referring to his views that there were times of the year when cold and hot spells came every year. Intriguing. I think that meteorologists do not accept his spells theory these days. O...
by Chat Noir
7 May 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My Moulton TSR - a love story?
Replies: 101
Views: 3056

Re: My Moulton TSR - a love story?

Well, Mick’s done most of Cornwall and probably a fair bit of Devon as well as various end to ends including a double so I’m sure he will have an informed opinion. When I met up with Mick I was doing a south west coast route, starting from and finishing in Bristol. Funnily enough, this followed an i...
by Chat Noir
7 May 2020, 12:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My Moulton TSR - a love story?
Replies: 101
Views: 3056

Re: My Moulton TSR - a love story?

Yes, Millook Haven - here's the map of the area: Millook map.png The photo was taken looking down from just before the viewing point. The left hand hairpin has a track leading to Higher Penhalt and can be used as an escape route for respite from the rigours of the road. I can once recall being in a ...
by Chat Noir
7 May 2020, 12:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My Moulton TSR - a love story?
Replies: 101
Views: 3056

Re: My Moulton TSR - a love story?

We were going towards Bude, so yes it was the hill with the really serious hairpin and impossibly steep inside bend, just before you come to the wide parking area at the top with views to Lundy. As we approached the top a post office van arrived and he was good enough to reverse to allow me to carry...
by Chat Noir
6 May 2020, 8:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My Moulton TSR - a love story?
Replies: 101
Views: 3056

Re: My Moulton TSR - a love story?

Great account, great bike.

Seem to recall Mick + Moulton floating up from Millook the other year (poor photo but the sign does say 30%) ... 8)

Mick top of Millook.jpg
by Chat Noir
4 Apr 2020, 1:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Virtual lejog.
Replies: 6
Views: 645

Re: Virtual lejog.

Good thread! We will all have our own favourite bits and that’s part of the beauty of this ride. Starting from Land’s End early in the morning always feels special and once off the A30 after Penzance following smaller roads through Cornwall and then up to Holsworthy before heading east and out of De...
by Chat Noir
24 Mar 2020, 5:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1673

Re: Cattle grids...

Always been a little cautious with cattle grids. Some years ago one of my brothers in law was cycling round Rutland Water during the Christmas holiday. He hit some ice on a cattle grid, came down, put his arm out and ended up with a nasty fracture. He carried bike / self some way back to his car, th...