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by matata
10 Sep 2019, 4:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Put chains in with washing.... spotless! Doing about 50k a day ( wife likes sound of k as it goes quicker!) Cycle for three days , no not non stop! Then a day off for servicing the bodies/ laundry and generally chilling out. Breaky is anything you want as long as it’s crusty bread and croissants. Wi...
by matata
10 Sep 2019, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Late reply! Now 10 days into cycle! Eventually decided on Bordeaux to Sete to Aiges Norte to Arles , up Rhône valley , turn right to Chamonix What I’ve learnt so far ... arrived Bordeaux with bikes in box’s. Booking. Com has been first class re accomadation. About £65/ nite double with bnb. Great qu...
by matata
21 Jul 2019, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wife's triple...difference in mid chain ring distance....
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: wife's triple...difference in mid chain ring distance....

Mmmmm...that 50mm cm chain line would make sense after looking at my wifes original set up...Why would they do that compared to a road bike 47mm?
IN THEORY i'm I not best then keeping the original 50mm? Nik
by matata
20 Jul 2019, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wife's triple...difference in mid chain ring distance....
Replies: 7
Views: 298

wife's triple...difference in mid chain ring distance....

Hi guys, the wife wore out her triple chainset on her hybrid (cheapish Cannonade). I replaced the set with a spa triple set with the view to easier gearing as well. Spa recommended 47 mm from the centre of the down tube to the centre of the mid chain ring with a 113 bb. When I took the original chai...
by matata
3 Jul 2019, 6:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wedded to her phone....
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Wedded to her phone....

As you may be aware wife/I cycling in France..On a ride this w/e the wife was very keen to stop to read/answer her phone on a regular basis.We are expecting our first grand child .To ease the process can anyone recommend a handlebar phone holder..has to be rugged,secure, easily removed when in pub a...
by matata
3 Jul 2019, 6:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Thanks Angstrom...just the local knowledge I'm after...do you mind if i get back to you soon...currently working on the bikes and waiting on maps..Ta Nik
by matata
26 Jun 2019, 10:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Thanks Simon, we have friends in Chamonix and it will be great to see them. My wife and I are game for a challenge and love making it up as we go along ..its part of the holiday...we love "winging it"...A trip to Lidl with a baguette and a glass of wine working out where we'll stay id half...
by matata
26 Jun 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11910

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Hi Ollie,,,got you message on my thread,thanks. Ive cycled a bit over the years..we're 60 now and happy to do 40 a day but no more. I always do my sums on 10mph touring..so if were doing 40 miles in a day its 4 hrs cycling...this allows for punctures,we wees, reading maps and generally enjoying your...
by matata
25 Jun 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 750

Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Im planning on cycling with my wife as above,this September. Ive looked at two different cycle route suggestions.. Cycle travel suggest heading south east towards Toulouse then to the french coast and then up towards Geneva...sort of anticlockwise..climbing 4200 metres Ride with gps suggests heading...
by matata
25 Feb 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Northern Ireland border
Replies: 2
Views: 1400

Re: Cycling the Northern Ireland border

I know the NI coast very well. I went to school there for 7 years...do you still want help??
by matata
25 Feb 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: dublin to wicklow
Replies: 4
Views: 1449

Re: dublin to wicklow

I Can only help you a wee bit... From Dublin city follow the coast road ,lovely view, to Sandy cove, Dun loaghaire ,follow the coast road again to Glenageary to Bullock Harbour to Dalkey ( nice little eating and drinking places, along Sorrento Road , up Vico road to Roundabout at top . All the music...
by matata
5 Jan 2019, 9:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake pipes lengthenng....
Replies: 11
Views: 545

Re: brake pipes lengthenng....

I might leave it as there is only 1/2 inch left in the stem...shed never notice it! ta nik
by matata
4 Jan 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake pipes lengthenng....
Replies: 11
Views: 545

brake pipes lengthenng....

Just working on the wifes bike...cannondale hybrid with full hydraulic disc brakes. she like sit up and beg posture. I have used a fork stem extender and she's much happier. I need to extend one brake hydraulic cable. Is it difficult? Anybody else done it? Is it best left into LBS... Ta Nik
by matata
21 Dec 2018, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France
Replies: 26
Views: 1173

Re: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France

Thanks for the thoughts... I think, as my wife and I have just retired and I'm more keen than her ,its prob best if we finish our hols with her wanting more ,rather than throwing her bike in the ditch! The Carcassonne idea really appeals. cheap flights, plenty of places to stay and mooch around. On ...
by matata
19 Dec 2018, 10:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France
Replies: 26
Views: 1173

Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France

Just dreaming....Thinking of cycling with the wife to friends in chaminix france . Time not a problem. I don't want to put her off by big hauls/climbs. any suggestions for a "nice" route with few hills, nice scenery, the odd restaurant. Don't mind hosteling it. Ta Nik