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by b1ke
30 Jun 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1362

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Curious to know people's opinions on changing the wheels. I've got an old mountain bike that I'm converting into a touring bike and I'm happy with the existing wheels. 26" wheels are very strong and it has decent Shimano hubs, I don't feel I need to upgrade the wheels. My take on wheels is, if...
by b1ke
29 Jun 2020, 11:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1362

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

If you like the Saracen, then why not keep it. I toured on an old 90's Merlin mountain bike with Tange tubing for a couple of years. No problems at all. The Merlin had no mounts for a front rack and I used Tubus adapters. Very good indeed. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/carriers-racks/tubus-lmi-mountin...
by b1ke
16 Jun 2020, 8:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1200

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

I've toured with solar panels for quite a few years. I use a folding 15w panel with 2 usb inputs. I've kept my phone and e-cig topped up for a good few days in decent weather. However, I bought a power bank in France when I was there last year. I still used the panel, but it felt good to have the re...
by b1ke
3 Apr 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Slight tear in fly sheet
Replies: 18
Views: 700

Re: Slight year in fly sheet

I used a Park self-adhesive puncture repair patch on the groundsheet of my Laser tent, since that was all I had at the time when it split. Haven't got the tent here to check if it's still doing well, but haven't had any issues when using it camping.
by b1ke
25 Feb 2020, 11:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turn any bike into a cargo trike
Replies: 28
Views: 5320

Re: Turn any bike into a cargo trike

Another conversion kit here called 'The Lift', This one converts into a Long John cargo bike. https://newatlas.com/the-lift-cargo-bike-kit/44284/ https://assets.newatlas.com/dims4/default/e9a33fa/2147483647/strip/true/crop/1280x720+0+0/resize/1200x675!/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnewatlas-brightspo...
by b1ke
17 Jan 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 29
Views: 2190

Re: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

To add another layer of coating to an existing tent floor, this seems to be the correct stuff: https://outdoor.mcnett.eu/outdoor/tent-sure-tent-floor-sealant/ +1 for this product. I had an old bag I wanted to use but the PU coating inside was flaking off. The small bottle of Tent-Sure product isn't...
by b1ke
5 Nov 2019, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield

When I've taken bikes on Cross Country, it's been fairly hassle free. I always reserve a bike space these days. It saves on potential problems on the day. I'm pretty sure you can do this from any station local to you that's got a ticket office. But check that one out. As others have said, there are ...
by b1ke
3 Nov 2019, 4:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 1242

Re: Solar panel

I've got a 15w panel made by Portapow. Has dual usb outputs. A few years old now but it's been decent. The Anker stuff also seems to get good reviews
by b1ke
31 Oct 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Re: La Velodyssee

climo wrote:
b1ke wrote:I pedalled from St Malo to Hendaye on the Velodysee in February this year.

Looks like you were camping. Were the sites open?


A few sites were open, but not many. Also stayed in hostels in the cities.
by b1ke
30 Oct 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velodyssee
Replies: 17
Views: 1947

Re: La Velodyssee

I pedalled from St Malo to Hendaye on the Velodysee in February this year. I really enjoyed it. Imagine it could get pretty busy in summer. You could always start on the route and veer off if you find it tedious. A few pics below from the trip. 20190225_122045.jpg 20190223_153745.jpg 20190224_153446...
by b1ke
25 Oct 2019, 2:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How dry are your stuff sacs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1263

Re: How dry are your stuff sacs?

I've used the same Ortlieb dry bags for years. Bought them second hand on ebay, so no idea how old they are, but still functioning and still watertight.
by b1ke
8 Sep 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dogs on Wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 932

Re: Dogs on Wheels

Some advice here from Cycling Gypsies>> https://cyclinggypsies.wordpress.com/dogs-on-bikes/
by b1ke
15 Aug 2019, 8:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 3207

Re: La velodyssee getting from Hendaye to Santander on bikes?

There's an electric regional railway that runs across the north coast of Spain, starting in Hendaye. Not the fastest, but if you're not in a rush, worth considering. I've caught it west of Santander and enjoyed it. No problem with my bike. More info here>> http://www.maint.com/GreenSpain/ Looks like...