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by Smudge
25 Jan 2015, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web
Replies: 1
Views: 1254

Re: Top 50 Bicycle Touring Blogs on the Web

Mark Wallis ( has done some big trips with a good blog to keep up to date with where he is and how its going
by Smudge
7 Feb 2013, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bristol to Rome
Replies: 19
Views: 7578

Re: Bristol to Rome

apsykes wrote:Have you read my book? It may be of interest? (see link below to my website which has links to Amazon / Waterstones etc...)
Good luck!

How strange ... i started reading your book this week

by Smudge
30 Jan 2013, 6:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Funding
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Funding

Another way to look at this is, dont try to start from nothing and build, talk to an existing local Taxi/Delivery company and see if they would be interested in throwing some work your way to get you started .. it will cost them nothing and the novelty value of having a bicycle taxi/delivery vehicle...
by Smudge
23 Dec 2012, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who stocks Ambrosio rims?
Replies: 39
Views: 4256

Re: Who stocks Ambrosio rims?

I'm not sure about the rims but we have plenty of their rice pudding down here in Devon :wink:

by Smudge
3 Dec 2012, 11:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The best front light for £25
Replies: 18
Views: 3373

Re: The best front light for £25

gentlegreen wrote:They're all rubbish.
I suppose it depends what you're hoping it will do.
I'm quite pleased with my £50 DIY one.

So what part of "best front light for £25" did'nt you understand ?
by Smudge
2 Dec 2012, 4:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 day rides in Devon
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 2 day rides in Devon

The Blackdown Hills in East Devon are (by Devon standards) surprisingly good cycling country. Paradoxically, they have some of the flattest and straightest roads in the county. That's because the area is, in effect, a dissected plateau, and once you've gained the initial height you're on long, flat...
by Smudge
2 Dec 2012, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Janapar
Replies: 1
Views: 763

Re: Janapar

I've just given Mrs Smudge a nudge to say that the 20% discount runs out at midnight tonight for the DVD and all orders for christmas have to be in by tuesday ... i think my copy is already here though :)

by Smudge
27 Sep 2012, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi Cycling event
Replies: 37
Views: 7039

Re: Aldi Cycling event

Plenty of kit in the Exeter store this morning .. i got the Hi-Viz rain jacket - winter trousers - couple of pairs of socks and the micro fibre towels .. but when i got home and emptied my bag of goodies i'd bought the pink and grey shirt and softshell jacket instead of the red Doh .. im blaming Ald...
by Smudge
19 Sep 2012, 9:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help me decide on kit before I buy
Replies: 18
Views: 6013

Re: Help me decide on kit before I buy

Dont get to hung up on buying expensive kit .. other people will always enjoy trying to spend your money for you and telling you that you have to have the latest expensive brand name kit or you will have a terrible time touring ... just make do with what you have and compromise with bin liners in pa...
by Smudge
27 Aug 2012, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAWES Karakum, NEWBIE
Replies: 4
Views: 4769


I have limited money and was thinking of buying a DAWES Karakum (what do you think) The Karakum is a lovely bike .. i used to ride a Ridgeback Panorama which was to big for me and i did'nt get on with drop handlebars and when i saw a secondhand Karakum come up for sale on here i bought it .. it was...
by Smudge
18 Aug 2012, 9:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping is expensive!
Replies: 16
Views: 2129

Re: Camping is expensive!

You are surrounded by fantastic wild camping here in Devon ... why would you consider paying £20 per night ?

you can pop into a leisure center and get a free shower

by Smudge
19 Jul 2012, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Child Bike trailers. Shaken baby?
Replies: 14
Views: 5080

Re: Child Bike trailers. Shaken baby?

Have a read of this from Friedel ... she is a very knowledgeable tourer
by Smudge
4 Jul 2012, 12:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying a budget touring bike
Replies: 27
Views: 11480

Re: Buying a budget touring bike

As a suggestion i'd try a few different bikes and look to get a good second hand one. I've just bought a Dawes Kara Kum on Ebay for £155. It's 10 years old but has been looked after. Seems to have had a new chain recently and came complete with original front and rear racks, pump and set of Cateye ...
by Smudge
15 Apr 2012, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Dawes Ultra Galaxy
Replies: 11
Views: 3788

Re: Advice on Dawes Ultra Galaxy

I dont agree with Graham about the parts being different from specification making the bike worth less. The pictures show that your brother in law upgraded many parts with expensive quality equipment. A discerning eye will look at those photographs and see a very attractive bike which he put a lot ...
by Smudge
17 Mar 2012, 5:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Revolution Country Traveller
Replies: 6
Views: 5491

Re: Revolution Country Traveller

I've never heard anything bad said about the Revolution branded bikes and im sure if you do a search you'l find some happy owners

if you are considering going down the seconhand route as well as the cheaper new bikes then i'l have a 60cm Ridgeback Panorama up for grabs next month