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by ossie
17 Jun 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 31
Views: 700

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

Poole and Cherbourg are big old ramps for Brittany Ferries. You don't see pedestrians walking across up, down or across these routes well at least I never have over the last decade. They have separate access. When you come off a ferry you are in the traffic flow at all terminals in every ferry port ...
by ossie
12 Jun 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

[ I'm not suggesting these as desirable ways to tour, just personal variables - it was the variables you had asked about Read the thread my friend. I didn't mention any variables. It was the other guy / gal nsew who mentioned variables. I was simply posting in the spirit of this particular thread ....
by ossie
12 Jun 2019, 9:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada
Replies: 9
Views: 368

Re: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada

Great blog mate. Thats my reading sorted for a few more nights.

MOT.. :wink: (perhaps next season my friend)
by ossie
12 Jun 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

If I'm doing a 1 week tour, I may start with only 100 ml bottles of both and a 4 week tour with 250ml. For a pure weight weenie it may be less than a 500g difference, but it's there. YMMV ............ :D Haha..its amazing what you can snaffle in camp site shower / washing up blocks to make up that ...
by ossie
12 Jun 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

We could always stick to the subject which is wild camping in Ireland. I'm not sure I've met many tourers who have a burning desire to go rock climbing or engage in any other hobby other than cycling and enjoying the surroundings and visiting local sites. As for seasons, well I'm still struggling to...
by ossie
12 Jun 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

1 week tour is no different than a 4 week tour if camping. Same weight all in. The variables make this statement of supposed fact unanswerable. How so ? I never presented it as a supposed fact, more of a personal opinion. If you are camping and say cooking that will be the majority of your weight. ...
by ossie
10 Jun 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: For a 1 week tour (wild camping) ... How much does your bike weigh?

1 week tour is no different than a 4 week tour if camping. Same weight all in.
by ossie
4 Jun 2019, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ideas to prevent paint wear on racks sought...
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: Ideas to prevent paint wear on racks sought...

I use Heat shrink on my Tubus rack....only because I snaffled some from work. I've previously used old inner tube / tape...the Heat Shrink is neater though but I wouldn't lose sleep over it and would be happy with electrical tape.
by ossie
3 Jun 2019, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

In contrast, the original rear wheel, which came with a 2017 Speciliased Tricross lasted eight years of very heavy use without an issue (NB. I'd had a full twelve months at a stretch touring on it). I guess that was a 2007 Tricross ? My original stock rear wheel was an Alexrim and that failed on a ...
by ossie
2 Jun 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Archie's Camping??
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Archie's Camping??

I just aim for the nearest big green A at the end of the day on my old Garmin etrex.

Most of the time there's a camp site at the end but if in doubt I have the app on my phone that gives more detail.

Love it, likewise cycle travel.
by ossie
31 May 2019, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

FWIW not all rims allow easy tyre fitment; (original type) Open Pros are usually very easy to get tyres on and off (often without using tyre levers at all). The Exal rims probably won't be that easy and many 'tubeless rims' are tighter than that. cheers The Open Pro (36 spoke) is still as true as t...
by ossie
31 May 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

Re: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

track hubs are not suitable for 9s gearing. Check to be sure but IIRC the tricross has a rear end that is 135mm OLN; if so, you need to buy wheels with a rear hub which is that wide. The kind of wheels that you would be best using are in part dictated by the kind of tyres that you are going to use....
by ossie
31 May 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1340

New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

UK poster. The bike is a 2008 Specialised Tricross. It was used for commuting 2008 -2011. Has been used for touring as well for the last 10 year and thats all it does nowadays. I do one or two tours a year, ranging from a week to a month in Europe / UK on mainly decent surfaces / canal paths but not...
by ossie
29 May 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1562

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Tinnishill wrote:Last week, heard a woman comment that she had been round the route and "had lots of marvelous views of the back doors of camper vans".


A bit like cycling the Loire then :wink:
by ossie
22 May 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 33
Views: 1410

Re: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought

Many long distance runners turn to cycling due to joint injuries etc. That said diet is absolutely the quickest way to lose weight. Cycling wise what works for me without changing diet is increasing distance. My weight losing tipping point is 45 miles. Regular steady 45 mile plus will result in a st...