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by ossie
19 Sep 2020, 7:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )
Replies: 25
Views: 867

Re: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )

I use a 2008 Spesh Tricross sport with upgraded wheelset to cope with the weight. I believe these so called cyclocross bikes are similar to 'gravel bikes'. I've also used a steel framed 90's MTB on a 1500 mile tour, likewise upgraded the wheels The priority for me is strong wheels and suitable geari...
by ossie
7 Sep 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training for NC 500
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Training for NC 500

I was going to say the adrenalin would get you through the 5 / 6 days but you may well come to a halt on day three. There are too many variables, weather, breakdowns etc. I'd forget the 5/6 days and look at a longer timescale and see how it pans out. It takes me about 7 days to start knocking out ce...
by ossie
31 Aug 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?
Replies: 28
Views: 809

Re: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?

Not only London but there are more there than anywhere else. Which one's getting heated? Its getting heated down here in Dorset as well https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18686286.protests-road-schemes-bournemouth-poole/ Some of the decisions are bizarre, it looks like in several cases the coun...
by ossie
25 Aug 2020, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggest a Coast to Coast ( not too far from London ),
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Re: Ridgeway rider: my 360-mile cycle ride from Dorset to Norfolk

A route on ancient walking trails across England makes for a challenging but magical ‘bikepack’ tour https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/aug/24/great-ridgeway-cycle-path-dorset-to-norfolk-by-bike-ancient-walking-trails It looks like he changed his route quite considerably. 90 miles a day is a l...
by ossie
30 Jul 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 65
Views: 3159

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

If the camp site is quiet and I have the freedom to pick a pitch I will carefully consider a suitable location, partly but not wholly based on the inevitable 4am tent exit. The way I look at it even if using a suitable container I'd still have to extract myself from the sleeping bag and liner so mig...
by ossie
11 Jul 2020, 10:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 78
Views: 2387

Re: low budget camping challenge

When wet collect firewood from the woods perimeter or a clearing. Shave wet wood as it’s only surface wet. Staking out isn’t as critical in the woods where wind isn’t a factor. Shape a few wood stakes. Meths can run out (evaporate). A good wood stove (double chamber) nests a Trangia burner. Mallet ...
by ossie
7 Jul 2020, 9:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 78
Views: 2387

Re: low budget camping challenge

Well, you don't need a mallet that's for sure, so spend the £6 on something else. In 35 years of cycle camping I've never used a mallet for anything. There's always a rock or lump of concrete lying around somewhere. My plastic mallet saves me looking around for rocks and also has a handy bit for pu...
by ossie
7 Jul 2020, 9:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle
Replies: 20
Views: 735

Re: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle

Brooks Team Pro

It took me 10 days, Girona in Spain back to the UK to properly break it in even after a few weeks use beforehand , so 800 / 900 miles or so.

If I'm going to be brutally honest, nine years later and despite still being my touring saddle of choice we do have a love / hate relationship.
by ossie
5 Jul 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?
Replies: 37
Views: 1542

Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

I guess it would depend on the Individual. I can go a couple of weeks without any meaningful discussion with anyone.
by ossie
5 Jul 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain, chain, chain.....ch-ch-ch-changes...
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: Chain, chain, chain.....ch-ch-ch-changes...

Unless it starts chattering away I'll leave it. When it does I'll measure it and usually change it.

Two or three chains to a cassette and probably 1500 miles per chain looking back.
by ossie
5 Jul 2020, 8:05pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: helmets from Why wear black?
Replies: 385
Views: 9382

Re: helmets from Why wear black?

Was nearly run over by a driver entering a roundabout. I could see the sun was in her face as she entered as I look for eye contact so managed to split second avoid the collision whilst shouting a few expletives into her open window. She followed me down the road and yelled at me it was my fault for...
by ossie
4 Jul 2020, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Hike website
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: Bike Hike website

Its done this before, they're still taking donations though :wink:

Perhaps the meter needs topping up.
by ossie
4 Jul 2020, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2517

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

Will try and pop over to France for a tour once I work out how the municipal camp sites are coping with the situation.
by ossie
4 Jul 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: CUK supports BLM
Replies: 291
Views: 5767

Re: CUK supports BLM

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