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by vernon
14 Jun 2015, 5:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

Hello! I'm a fairly new cyclist and still not very comfortable biking with lots of motor traffic. We'll be biking on and near the Loire a Velo and would like to spend time in the bigger cities (Angers, Saumur, Tours, Amboise, Blois, etc.) but was wondering if there's an alternative to biking when w...
by vernon
21 Aug 2014, 11:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: My first tour (I didn't make it)
Replies: 93
Views: 10094

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

To answer some questions (can't remember who posted what) - Am not against panniers but against all that weight on my back wheel as well as me being 17 stone. I thought a trailer would be less strain on the bike. Kept reading about people with broken spokes and replacing back wheels on tour. I'm si...
by vernon
20 May 2014, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Vienna
Replies: 14
Views: 6816

Re: Cycling in Vienna

I didn't find any. The locals were very helpful in directing me but were rather anxious about the busy roads that I'd have to use. Their definition of busy is a tad optimistic. Try using Google maps. I would have done but my battery was flat in my phone and my riding partner was unwilling to use 3G ...
by vernon
14 May 2014, 11:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: New tent offer
Replies: 29
Views: 2734

Re: New tent offer

Be aware that the tent is single skin and will suffer from condensation on the inner surface of the flysheet. It'll be fine for the odd night away but isn't something that I'd use for more than a couple of nights away.
by vernon
14 Apr 2014, 9:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sunday couriers? or other transport options
Replies: 3
Views: 11238

Re: Sunday couriers? or other transport options

A tip or two if considering rail travel to Wick - check that there's bike space on the train from Inverness to Wick this is usually the stumbling point for any planned train journey to Wick or Thurso.. Split the booking of the journey at Inverness. A Wick single from Leeds is £179 whereas a Leeds to...
by vernon
7 Apr 2014, 12:44am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any comments on my Route - 1st timer LEJOG - 81 years old
Replies: 10
Views: 12073

Re: Any comments on my Route - 1st timer LEJOG - 81 years ol

I am hoping that by finishing at JOG around the 22nd that the midge season might not be in full swing?? Although I have heard on the news that it is likely to be a bumper year for the pests of Scotland? You should be finishing just as the midges are starting to emerge. I'm in Dumfriesshire around t...
by vernon
5 Apr 2014, 9:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any comments on my Route - 1st timer LEJOG - 81 years old
Replies: 10
Views: 12073

Re: Any comments on my Route - 1st timer LEJOG - 81 years ol

I thought I might of had more response about the routes between Dingwall and JOG and how this section of A9 was compared to Altnaharra You are probably getting few responses because few people have ridden both routes and are able to compare them. Pick a route and stick with it - it's your ride afte...
by vernon
5 Apr 2014, 9:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.
Replies: 67
Views: 50771

Re: How many times has anyone done the E2E. No fibbing.

I've done a LEJOG and a JOGLE. The ends are less than impressive, JOG being totally underwhelming but the bits in between are great. I have no inclination to do another E2E in the immediate future. My longer rides are now done in mainland Europe and this summer's ride is the final 1000 miles or so o...
by vernon
7 Dec 2013, 3:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds/Liverpool Canal.
Replies: 5
Views: 19504

Re: Leeds/Liverpool Canal.

I found a continuous succession of barriers at Wigan to be tiresome and I suspect that you might find the towoath a tad muddy if the weather's damp.
by vernon
1 Oct 2013, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY-an alternative to Carradice
Replies: 2
Views: 2743

Re: DIY-an alternative to Carradice

I looks nice but it's a more expensive alternative to Carradice bags.
by vernon
28 Sep 2013, 12:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Multiple chain rotation.
Replies: 30
Views: 5237

Re: Multiple chain rotation.

I don't have any problems with chain and sprocket wear since I bought a belt drive bike.

I don't even have to bother to lube the belt.

2,500 miles since purchase and I've still no need to adjust the tension in the belt by moving the rear wheel rearwards.
by vernon
27 Sep 2013, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Shifters, Campagnolo chain set - will the combo work
Replies: 2
Views: 1258

Shimano Shifters, Campagnolo chain set - will the combo work

My pal has a bike equipped with a Sora 8 speed group set. The chain set needs to be replaced due to the pedal threads being stripped.

I have a spare Campagnolo triple chain set. Will it work with the Sora triple shifter?
by vernon
20 Aug 2013, 1:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Don't change at Manningtree for Harwich!
Replies: 40
Views: 7697

Re: Don't change at Manningtree for Harwich!

I used Manningtree to change trains with a Dutch Flyer ticket. I had a reserved place on the Liverpool Street to Manningtree train and was aware of the five minute change over time between trains. On arrival at Manningtree I looked for the correct platoform for the Harwich train. Its driver and guar...
by vernon
15 Aug 2013, 10:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mechanical Breakdowns on Tour - Some or None?
Replies: 32
Views: 4632

Re: Mechanical Breakdowns on Tour - Some or None?

My tool kit is limited to a pump, spoke key, multi-tool, puncture outfit and tyre levers. Failures that I've had that could not be dealt with by an extensive tool kit include: Fractured rear drop out on a Dawes Galaxy - brazed together by Bill Nickson in Heywood which allowed me to complete my LEJOG...
by vernon
14 Aug 2013, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring drinks
Replies: 38
Views: 9327

Re: Touring drinks

Any thoughts on home made "energy" drinks for a long tour? Sugar and salt combination perhaps? I will,be out on the road more than hostels and hotels. Going through Turkey, East. Hot weather. Long days. Any thoughts in staying healthy drink wise? Thanks folks Good luck! I'm just back from...