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by heatonrider
26 Feb 2017, 11:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Weight of bike and kit?
Replies: 10
Views: 7973

Re: Weight of bike and kit?

i used a pair of Sketchers for footware in the evening ... v light and compact. You can hire towels so would not bother with that. A long sleeved cycling top in the day is a cardigan in the evening if you unzip it!
by heatonrider
26 Feb 2017, 11:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: YHA Lejog
Replies: 12
Views: 8203

Re: YHA Lejog

it depends on your route .... we used St Just. the Eden Project, Oakehampton then some SYHAs e.g. Arran and then independents such as Tongue and one at St Augustus (Morags .. would not recommend ... full of Chinese and Aussies making lots of noise ...). I think it would be hard to do the whole thing with YHAs - there was a gap beyond Bristol. You could try Warm Showers website too. but it depends on your route and how you split your legs. Also time of year .. e.g. Street Hostel closed for the season the day before we arrived ...
by heatonrider
30 Dec 2016, 12:00am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My LEJOG Route
Replies: 7
Views: 8877

Re: My LEJOG Route

We came up from Whitchurch, Beeston, Tattersall and through to High Lea and then round to Leigh and to Bolton, Horwich, Chorley and then to Preston.
by heatonrider
27 Feb 2016, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Danube from its source to Budapest
Replies: 15
Views: 1462

Re: Danube from its source to Budapest

Save time for Budapest - great spas
by heatonrider
25 Jan 2016, 12:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End Hostel
Replies: 3
Views: 1066

Re: Lands End Hostel

I can now answer my own question .. found their mobile no on their fb page and texted them ... no longer operating as a hostel .. going to be self catering accom on weekly let.
by heatonrider
18 Jan 2016, 7:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End Hostel
Replies: 3
Views: 1066

Lands End Hostel

Does anyone know when the lands end hostel is going to be taking bookings again (the private one no the YHA) - doing planning for our 2016 trip and this place has said not open to bookings for a while now. Ta
by heatonrider
15 Jan 2016, 3:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Trailer or Panniers?
Replies: 24
Views: 2556

Re: Trailer or Panniers?

we are planning this year to do it with Orlieb front panniers on a rear lightweight rack .. this is credit card touring if you are not camping .. what do you need to stay in a b&b .. toothbrush?
by heatonrider
15 Jan 2016, 2:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Trailer or Panniers?
Replies: 24
Views: 2556

Re: Trailer or Panniers?

are you camping - if not what would you fill a trailer with???
by heatonrider
8 Oct 2015, 11:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which tourer
Replies: 95
Views: 5019

Re: Which tourer

Don't get this - you buy the bike and then you fit it yourself? -you want to do that when someone else can work it out for you and include that the cost! Then you do not have to change anything and you buy a great bike with a great fit! Plus a Hewitt comes with Hewitts handbuilt wheels which are the business - Paul's reputation is legendary. All bikes have a different geometry in anycase and Paul fits to a millimetre .........
by heatonrider
7 Oct 2015, 2:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which tourer
Replies: 95
Views: 5019

Re: Which tourer

my vote goes to Paul hewitt - it comes with a fit on a jig. The review in last months copy of Cycle is worth a read. Came out well.
by heatonrider
20 Jul 2015, 3:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?
Replies: 59
Views: 15173

Re: Way of the Roses..an accident waiting to happen?

just ridden it this weekend - a descent all right but not much worse than many of the hills in the north of uk .. caution is required as for any descent!
by heatonrider
16 Jul 2015, 2:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?
Replies: 20
Views: 4139

Re: Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye over five days?

Mull is great - less busy and less tourists than Skye ..
by heatonrider
2 Sep 2014, 3:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Iceland
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: Touring Iceland

Tigerbiten clearly did not cycle in the NW fijords - we spent best part of the day going up and down over the hill in some grim conditions .. would not have missed it for the world!
by heatonrider
1 Sep 2014, 12:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Iceland
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: Touring Iceland

Grunavik is Grindavík I think - really good campsite there with good cooking facilities - we used it as a base to cycle to the Blue Lagoon - hopeless commercial and expensive but figured it was a once in a lifetime ... managed a whole day there and took own lunch ...
by heatonrider
29 Aug 2014, 10:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Iceland
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: Touring Iceland

Hi - 4 of us toured Iceland last year and can offer some pretty comprehensive and up to date info:

Western Fjords - brilliant place to go and would recommend.
Snæfell - again lovely and would heartily recommend
Hveragerði - really nice small town with a hospital (private) that does accommodation cheaply - again we were in bad weather so ended up staying the night at the hospital - meals included. Included access to swimming pools.
Ring road - not nice for cycling - lots of people seemed to ride it but did 10K on it and it was busy - there are no other roads for trucks and the tons of RVs so they are all on there.
Arriving - we stayed at the Alex hotel the first and last nights - will let you store bike boxes and have space for you to assemble bikes (no camping however)
Campsites - we camped wild some of the time as there were no sites on the route plus we had some weather which drove us to need to dry out
Food - good supermarkets but generally sparse so we had to carry extra with us when we found it
Road surfaces - generally excellent and far better than anything in the UK - we were on one stretch that was compacted shale type .. in the wet ...
Buses - you can get bikes on buses easily but you might need to book - buses from go from Harpa centre - we booked a bus to the fjords before we left UK and only just managed to squeeze on - they had to get an extra bus and trailer. We rang a bus from a campsite and booked ourselves on for the next day, all worked perfectly!
Costs - it was expensive, we did not eat out except a few hot chocolates and a couple of meals.
Weather - it was challenging (and we are hardy outdoor types ...)
Camping Kit - our mates a Hilleberg GT Nallo and we had a Terra Nova Solar2 ... as a result of the trip we bought a Nallo! They fared much better in the 50mph winds!
Bike shops - only saw anything decent in Reykjavik, rest of the time were not in any big towns (but then they aren't any!)
Photos - if you want to see the slide show of our trip here is the link - there are some maps of where we went included (I did it for my cycling club)
https://picasaweb.google.com/1171190117 ... 6_LS7bzXAQ

Lastly - it is a truly wondrous place and i would not hesitate to go back! They are very family friendly folk and it would be an amazing trip ... just hope you get the weather! If you want to know anything specific just let me know. Enjoy the planning!