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by HarryD
22 Feb 2021, 10:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: It's not about the speed…
Replies: 8
Views: 580

Re: It's not about the speed…

Quite simple really. In terms of fitness you are what you do You do all-day steady rides and your body adapts to this way of working. To get your lower power long duration endurance you will have unconsciously sacrificed your short term high power. Can't have both Your wife and granddaughter haven't...
by HarryD
26 Jan 2021, 9:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mtb to touring conversion
Replies: 39
Views: 1710

Re: mtb to touring conversion

Like roberts8 I swapped out a suspension fork for a Surley compensated rigid one for touring. However it lasted a three week tour before swapping back. Didn't like the rigidity, the road roughness being transmitted and the small changes in handling. The weight savings didn't feel noticeable when tou...
by HarryD
14 Dec 2020, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thorne to Keadby by Canal Path
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Thorne to Keadby by Canal Path

Thanks Ray & Richard for your advice

My plan now is to cut east of Thorne on one of the minor roads and have a look at the path and if I'm not happy will then cut south to use either the A18 or the parallel road south of the M180

Cheers, Harry
by HarryD
13 Dec 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thorne to Keadby by Canal Path
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Thorne to Keadby by Canal Path

Can anyone advise on the condition and surface of the cycle route that follows the Stainforth and Keadby Canal between Thorne & Keadby? Looking to do a Christmas eve 'Dales to Wolds' ride ending up at the out-laws. Will be on a road bike with 25mm road tyres. Not much daylight then so I wish to ...
by HarryD
12 Dec 2020, 10:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loading top of rear rack
Replies: 118
Views: 4480

Re: Loading top of rear rack

Like many I carry my tent along the rack as that way it allows easy access to the paniers I use 5mm shock cord zig-zagging the length of the rack to hold it in place. Cheap, light, grippy and with nothing to break. Easy to adjust the tension as things get added. Holds clothes that need drying or air...
by HarryD
24 Nov 2020, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Navigation in Scotland
Replies: 38
Views: 1652

Re: Navigation in Scotland

The OS do a paper version based on the 1;250K which I find just about the best for cycle touring although for the NC500 you could sketch your own on the back of a fag packet and be fine. It is also available on 'water resistant paper' For what its worth I would take in the whole of the Assynt loop l...
by HarryD
5 Oct 2020, 10:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post EHIC - anyone know?
Replies: 21
Views: 841

Re: Post EHIC - anyone know?

Simon

Looks like if you already are resident in the EU you should be fine if you satisfy certain requirements. Visiting after 1st Jan 2021 is still up in the air
by HarryD
10 Sep 2020, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training for NC 500
Replies: 21
Views: 925

Re: Training for NC 500

One important thing to remember is that distance is one thing but parts of the 500 are seriously hilly. A complete loop of Applecross is only 71km but I've recorded 1850m of ascent while a complete loop of Assynt is 103km with 2300m of ascent. 80 to 100 miles per day can easily mean 8 to 10 hours in...
by HarryD
26 Aug 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2428

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

Our experience is different to Martin's. We were there in January and February this year and did a number of rides. None were near the coast which I know tends to be busy traffic wise. Very much like Spain. Many motorways are costly toll roads as are many of the upgraded IC roads (which usually ban ...
by HarryD
20 Aug 2020, 9:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2428

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

Given that you have flexibility over the start date and caveats over travel restrictions here are my comments based on many new year breaks and for the last two years taking our camper van with bikes south for 6 weeks. Setting off around new year France can be hit or miss weather wise. This year we ...
by HarryD
21 Jul 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing

Keyboardmonkey, like you I'm a bit puzzled by what Sustrans are doing The map you show has sections of the WotR deleted where the road is wide with good sight lines but cars can travel fast but I'm unaware of any cycling injuries on those sections. However, the descent into Pateley is retained altho...
by HarryD
17 Jul 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Greenhow Hill Re-Surfacing

The bottom 1.5 miles of Greenhow Hill into Pateley Bridge have just been surface dressed. There is lots of loose gravel and several deep drifts in the carriageway. Should be OK going up but dreadful descending. Peat lane, starts at the Toft Gate car park/lime kiln is an alternative but beware that t...
by HarryD
4 Jul 2020, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camino by Trike?
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Camino by Trike?

I found 'El Camino Frances: Camino de Santiago en Bicicleta' by Mardones and Datcharry to be excellent. Although written in Spanish its maps and graphics are very clear and need no translation. Apart from the main route there are alternatives for tricky bits and nearby roads are shown to give even m...
by HarryD
20 May 2020, 9:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?

Easy one. From Girona how about a loop taking in Banyoles, Olot, Ripon, Berga and Vic. Lots of scenery, hills and historic villages. As you didn't state what distances or other preferences you can expand or contract the loop as you like. Head a bit further north for some bigger hills for example. So...
by HarryD
26 Feb 2020, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aegean Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Aegean Airlines

Email them and ask. Ask them in such a way that it easy for them to say yes. Print out reply and keep. E.g. I have a Decathlon (insert model) specifically made for protecting bikes while transported on aircraft and I have used it successfully many times. Could you confirm that it is acceptable for u...