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by mike4.3
6 Feb 2012, 1:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who won the 2010 TdF?
Replies: 41
Views: 1785

Re: Who won the 2010 TdF?

I want to know if William Hill owe me more money as I backed Denis Menchov who's moved up from third to second ;)
by mike4.3
6 Feb 2012, 1:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sad News Once again !
Replies: 19
Views: 1653

Re: Sad News Once again !

No further info but it's on the BBC site... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-16902829 I'm being extremely presumptuous, but I assume this will on the stretch of National Route 5 which goes from traffic free to bad road conditions in Flint... I've heard this stretch flagged up so m...
by mike4.3
31 Jan 2012, 3:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

More great info... cheers.
I'm glad I've re-sparked your ultralight bug... it is addictive and I'm not sure why. I've no desire to travel faster or further, I just love the idea or being as minimal as I possibly can just for the fun of it :D
by mike4.3
31 Jan 2012, 8:42am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

I came across this last night. Whilst there's no "packed size" info, it's 1lb 6oz... how big can it be! http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/nemo_gogo_elite_featherweight_bivy_shelter.html It has an airbeam tent so no poles. Looks just the job albeit a bit more pricey... and quite possib...
by mike4.3
30 Jan 2012, 5:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

Mmmm... certainly another thought... especially at that price!! Again, a single skin was something at the back of my mind. And what a fantastic blog link however! I will be pouring over that all night and am sure it will fill me with ideas. Brilliant :D UPDATE: it's the guy from the Cycle magazine a...
by mike4.3
30 Jan 2012, 2:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

p.s. I've since noticed there's now a sub-forum for camping stuff, so I'm sorry about that! Mr Moderator, you may wish to move this topic :oops:
by mike4.3
30 Jan 2012, 2:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

Thanks for that mike. From that, I take it that you mean "without a tent". I only ask because it prevents confusion when discussing the minimum weight/equipment required for camping when people actually mean bivvying (or even roughing it :shock: !) Well yes and no. As Bealer suggests, biv...
by mike4.3
30 Jan 2012, 11:54am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Re: Ultralight Camping / Shelter

mike: could you please very carefully define exactly what you mean by the word " camping "? Thank you. I mean sleeping next to my bike under the stars for a couple of nights during Spring/Summer whether that be wild camping in Scotland or a small camp site with basic facilities. Something...
by mike4.3
30 Jan 2012, 11:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ultralight Camping / Shelter
Replies: 21
Views: 3136

Ultralight Camping / Shelter

Great article in this months Cycle about ultralight camping I thought. However this was really credit card touring and whilst the the bivvy bag squashed into a bottle cage is a great idea, it was according the to author, not up to the job. I've always fancied doing a short camping trip with just a d...
by mike4.3
21 Dec 2011, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Holiday Base
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Dutch Holiday Base

Personally I love the place and brilliant to get people into a cycling mood… Wonderful... just the inspiration I needed :D Thank you very much for the response... I shall certainly check these places out. I think, as suggested, somewhere not too far from a city or 2 is a great idea then we can hop ...
by mike4.3
21 Dec 2011, 12:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Holiday Base
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Re: Dutch Holiday Base

Well yes that's certainly a consideration but I'd like to explore a bit of The Netherlands as it's not somewhere I've ever really been (outside of Amsterdam).
by mike4.3
21 Dec 2011, 10:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Holiday Base
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Dutch Holiday Base

Whilst I'm happy to ride all day every day, my wife is not... my plan is to slowly get her riding more and more. So I thought a compromise holiday would be to pop the bikes on the car, grab the ferry and spend a week or so in The Netherlands. I'm looking for a good town/area to use as a base where w...
by mike4.3
18 Oct 2011, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trying Touring Tyres
Replies: 18
Views: 1923

Re: Trying Touring Tyres

Thank you for all the advice. I fully understand the point of going to fatter tyres in the first place but I don't want to take my road bike too far towards the "middle ground" and try to keep it set up for it's sleek road biking duties. I can just ride my Marathon/XC mountain bike is the ...
by mike4.3
18 Oct 2011, 10:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trying Touring Tyres
Replies: 18
Views: 1923

Trying Touring Tyres

My road bike needs new tyres (plus winter is coming). My currently tyres are reasonably slick racing tyres (700x25) and I thought about giving some touring tyres ago for the winter (again 700x25)... Pasela TG or similar. Firstly, aside from the obvious grip advantages in winter conditions I assume t...
by mike4.3
24 Jun 2011, 3:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailer to carry the mail
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: Trailer to carry the mail

When I'm not towing, I take the hitch off. It's an ankle biter rather than a rock hitter! Yeah that's what I need to avoid. I can't be putting it on and off every day hence I was looking at seatpost mounts. I know it's probably a "2 minute job" but working days are hectic and it all adds ...