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by ossie
29 Nov 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hotel laundry service?
Replies: 21
Views: 967

Re: hotel laundry service?

Pick an older hotel / B&B

They always have radiators that you can turn on / off even in the warmer months. As said wash your gear in the shower / sink and stick on the rads.
by ossie
21 Nov 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rumania - bears?
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: Rumania - bears?

Its probably not on my destination list.

I see one poor local perished in Transylvania ...its like a double whammy when in your tent at night as to what exactly might sink its teeth into you :shock:
by ossie
11 Nov 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Kennet and Avon with child
Replies: 27
Views: 1011

Re: Kennet and Avon with child

I've done the section between Reading and Newbury four times, the last time in Sept. I guess you are starting at Reading. The path near the city centre is narrow with some tight corners so beware. It then sorts itself out for a bit. Between Reading and Newbury you will be diverted through some field...
by ossie
6 Nov 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 1000
Views: 21109

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

This made me chuckle... until i realised it's most probably the truth :| https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Tory_bus.jpeg Are US drug firms cheaper? I personally don't care where the NHS source their drugs as long as the value is there and of course the quality. A friend of mine has j...
by ossie
6 Nov 2019, 8:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's your average speed?
Replies: 76
Views: 2755

Re: What's your average speed?

On tour fully loaded with 4 panniers and a tent it ranges between 9.5 - 12.5 mph.

On the road bike 13-16 mph dependant on route. 16 is a bloody good day :D
by ossie
4 Nov 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Track Pump
Replies: 49
Views: 1393

Re: Best Track Pump

Topeak Joe Blow sport

A mate of mine owns a cycle shop and said it would probably outlive me .
by ossie
2 Nov 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared paths etiquette
Replies: 64
Views: 2068

Re: Shared paths etiquette

In general, a good speed for a shared path aka cycleway is 20mph BUT it depends how busy it is. On the rare bits with errant toddlers, it's going to be slower, not much above walking speed. On sections with no other traffic, no junctions and good visibility, you can go far faster. Do you actually c...
by ossie
30 Oct 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets in Spain
Replies: 47
Views: 2092

Re: Helmets in Spain

Its a shame this thread was moved to some obscure forum due to a few individuals getting on their high horse. If you don't want to wear a lid in Spain - fair play - don't comment and don't lecture the rest of us that by avoiding the place you will somehow force them to change their legislation. That...
by ossie
27 Oct 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Gulls
Replies: 95
Views: 2163

Re: Gulls

One of my earliest memories when visiting my gran in Torquay was seeing a gull swoop down and pick up a duckling from a small lake. On my visits to Torquay since I've found these gulls to be far more aggressive than the Gulls in my home town of Poole, or Indeed Bournemouth and Swanage. They are nutt...
by ossie
27 Oct 2019, 7:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 2546

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

I camp.

Working weight in all four panniers inc tent is roughly 18k-20kg....also includes stove / food etc.

I'm not adverse to a B & B or hotel but only the weather or lack of camp sites would drive me into one .
by ossie
24 Oct 2019, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 139
Views: 6170

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

philvantwo wrote:Picked up degreaser from the screwfix today, says to dilute it 5 capfuls to 5 litres of warm water, Mick F mixed his 50/50??


I also use it for other applications. Its brilliant for the tops of kitchen units , cooker hoods etc and in that case I usually dilute more to their instructions.
by ossie
24 Oct 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 139
Views: 6170

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

I use screwfix degreaser (diluted) for chain cleaning on or off the bike... £9 for 5 litres. It might have been someone on her who recommended it. https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-heavy-duty-degreaser-5ltr/88668 https://media.screwfix.com/is/image//ae235?src=ae235/88668_P&$prodImageMedium...
by ossie
18 Oct 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair
Replies: 54
Views: 5397

Re: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair

Are we talking a just ever so slightly curved longish section of pole here or one of those short "gothic arch" bits which you get some modern tents? There are two slightly curved poles at the top of the curvature on the transverse section. If you look at the pic its that left to right pol...
by ossie
17 Oct 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair
Replies: 54
Views: 5397

Re: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair

The issue I have is that one of the split poles is shaped (the one in the pic). Vaude do replacement sections online for £6.50 but they're all straight. IME pole sections that start straight acquire a bit of a bend with time just by using them. As long as it's not a dramatic curve my guess is it'll...
by ossie
16 Oct 2019, 6:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair
Replies: 54
Views: 5397

Re: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair

If you've got a cracked pole you've found at home base, replace the pole (or at least the cracked section). For a field repair, anything goes, but a sleeve you can slide over the pole and is long enough to support on both sides of the joint (because poles almost always go at the joins) is the usual...