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by Chat Noir
12 Feb 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Strathcarron
Replies: 10
Views: 830

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: 304

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: 304

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...
by Chat Noir
6 Dec 2018, 2:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice
Replies: 76
Views: 3971

Re: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice

Probably the most helpful advice would be for you to visit shops that have ranges of bikes to look at and try. I used a Galaxy for many years for commuting, touring, transporting children, off-roading, etc, did everything, comfortable and bombproof. These days, like lots of others on here, getting h...
by Chat Noir
28 Nov 2018, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Filthy
Replies: 30
Views: 1686

Re: Filthy

My partner was doing a market at Saltaire on Saturday so after an early start to help her set up I was off cycling my way to Haworth, Oxenhope, Hebden Bridge, up the cobbles through Heptonstall and over Widdop to Colne. By this stage the drizzle had stopped and even some sun but a cold wind from the...
by Chat Noir
25 Nov 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPAMMER : Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike

I commuted from York to Scarborough for many years until 2014. In my latter years the service was much more reliable. All trains have spaces for bikes, although can be awkward if more than 2 but I never saw people barred from getting bikes on even when more than 2. Never experienced a train terminat...
by Chat Noir
16 Nov 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 60
Views: 2433

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

Favourite saddle is Brooks Swift titanium: always been comfortable right out of the box, durable, elegant, has saddle bag loops and stays comfortable even on 200-mile days. Have used B17 happily in the past but wouldn’t change back now. Only problem is you need to be sitting down when you see the pr...
by Chat Noir
12 Oct 2018, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly stuck bottom bracket
Replies: 31
Views: 949

Re: Possibly stuck bottom bracket

Well, we’ve all sometimes been muddled with left and right hand threads and poorly fitting tools, let alone not having the strength / grip to manage. One solution I’ve found with old steel frames and seized bottom brackets is to ask whichever of my sons has spent the most time in the gym recently to...
by Chat Noir
16 Sep 2018, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]

Hi Rob The most direct route is taken up by roads like the A1 so it is a little devious trying to stay on reasonably quiet roads: not sure Dick Turpin had these challenges. First day set off from Crouch End, Potters Bar (straightforward and quick getting out of London), Hatfield (some useful off-roa...
by Chat Noir
13 Sep 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: London to York - By Bicycle - [Video]

What a good record of your ride and a reminder of how intense the light has been this summer. I did a London - York a few weeks ago now, lovely ride, but not as interesting as the route you took (Bedford, Stamford and Lincoln).

Thanks for posting the link, keep up the good work!
by Chat Noir
5 Sep 2018, 2:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 103
Views: 6836

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

Our first cycle tour was in 1978, in Ireland, on old single speed bikes. West of Galway we spent a day cycling into hurricane force winds, thinking ‘proper’ cycle tourists would think us feeble for finding it so hard, before turning round and being blown back to Dublin. We still have one pair of pan...
by Chat Noir
28 Aug 2018, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify the model designation of my Peugeot?
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: Can anyone identify the model designation of my Peugeot?

Nice frame. It's a Sept 1988 frame (the first number in the factory serial numbering indicates the year, the next 2 the month). They sold frames as well as complete bikes - here's the UK 1988 catalogue with relevant info, including that it was sold as just frameset. The Reynolds decals came in both ...
by Chat Noir
27 Aug 2018, 10:44am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My 16 Day LeJog May / June 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 5447

Re: My 16 Day LeJog May / June 2017

There are several ways to leave Inverness. You can go west to Beauly and up to Muir of Ord, perhaps a bit longer than taking the bridge but all fine (start of the NC500 route). Mick’s route probably the quietest to get to Muir of Ord but you might want to follow the NCR1 all the way to Tain from Aln...
by Chat Noir
27 Aug 2018, 9:53am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Solar Groundsheet tape refix
Replies: 10
Views: 461

Re: Terra Nova Solar Groundsheet tape refix

It’s possible to buy seam sealing tape or seam sealing glue – the latter is probably easier to apply and certainly easy to effect small repairs – might be sufficient for your needs. Alternatively, Terra Nova offer good repair service. With tents where the tape is coming off everywhere it may be wort...
by Chat Noir
7 Aug 2018, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Yorkshire's reet grand - We love Yorkshire
Replies: 162
Views: 30570

Re: Yorkshire's reet grand - We love Yorkshire

Snoozing in the midday sun. The view coming down Greet’s Hill off Acklam Wold, east of York on Sunday. The scenery takes the breath away any month of the year, summer or winter. The Howardian Hills and the Wold’s, less well-known than some parts of Yorkshire but some of the best cycling you’ll find,...