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by Norman H
16 Apr 2019, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable
Replies: 29
Views: 889

Re: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable

Do you have access to a turbo trainer? Some pictures of you on your bike would be more useful. Failing that get a cycling buddy to observe you, both from the side and from behind, to see if you are dropping your toes or rocking your hips. You should feel a momentary loss of fluidity at the bottom of...
by Norman H
16 Apr 2019, 7:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 18
Views: 2133

Re: Ireland E2E

I'm not sure I can be much more help. Donegal and Northern Ireland is still on my to do list and Westmeath in Co Mayo is as far north as I've ventured. The more westerly route, towards Donegal, commits you to using the N15, at least for some part of the way. I've no idea what its like or how busy it...
by Norman H
6 Apr 2019, 7:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

As previously posted, The General Wade military road on the south shore would be my choice from Fort Augustus. The canal Towpath is OK but other parts of the Great Glen Way are more problematic on a road bike I believe. I've not ridden it but others have,and some have posted on here. A search of the...
by Norman H
5 Apr 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One Week in Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: One Week in Ireland

Some of the best scenery in Ireland is in the west, a good couple of days ride from the main ferry ports. This can be a problem if you've only a week to spare. You could fly into Cork or Shannon and there are good rail links from Dublin, not so good from Rosslare. Most coaches will take bikes in the...
by Norman H
5 Apr 2019, 6:31am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

The route that PH linked to is much as I would have chosen. The old military road along the south shore of Loch Ness does add about 20 miles but is delightful. It's a steady climb out of Fort Augustus but a great view from the top, and a super downhill to follow. A couple of suggestions, the B817 jo...
by Norman H
4 Apr 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?
Replies: 66
Views: 1561

Re: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?

The issue of mapping is important I think, especially when using for both walking and cycling. I prefer OS mapping for walking but I think some form of vector mapping is more versatile for cycling, especially on a device with a small screen. The advantage of most Garmin devices is that you can have ...
by Norman H
4 Apr 2019, 7:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 589

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

Horizon, Have you measured the distance between the bosses on your Club Tour forks? The distance between the centres of the upper and lower bosses on my Club Tour is 165mm. My CT is around year 2000 vintage. The Bor Yueh rack measures 155mm between the upper fixing hole and the centre of the Diagona...
by Norman H
3 Apr 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 589

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

horizon wrote: The diagonal bar actually covers the eyelet at every angle so something cannot be right. I think that's the whole point of the diagonal bar design. It's supposed to line up with the lower fixing eyelet over a large range of angles, especially if you reverse the P clip on the rail. On...
by Norman H
2 Apr 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 589

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

My old Club Tour had Bor Yueh Low riders fitted and they also had a tendency to slide forwards. The problem with the Bor Yueh rack is that under load the P clip slides along the diagonal strut. The similar Blackburn rack has a series of raised pips along the diagonal strut to lock the P clip in one ...
by Norman H
28 Mar 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying food in a musette on long rides
Replies: 32
Views: 2823

Re: Carrying food in a musette on long rides

Reminds me of how many local bike shops have closed. I can remember when each one would sell musettes, complete with their own branding. Mick F has highlighted the main drawback, they have an annoying habit of slipping round and dangling in front of you. I suppose a couple of tapes from each corner,...
by Norman H
28 Mar 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall
Replies: 20
Views: 2019

Re: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall

Good point about the weather. You can expect just about anything at that time of year in Scotland. Another good reason for avoiding Rannoch Moor I would have thought.

Incidentally if you want a more detailed description of the route via Callander, let me know. I can send you a PM or post it here.
by Norman H
27 Mar 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall
Replies: 20
Views: 2019

Re: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall

There are a couple of alternatives to The A82 through Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor. The most obvious is to follow Route 78 south from the Corran ferry via Ballachulish to the bridge at Connel and then follow the A85 to Tyndrum. Another option if time allows would be to ignore the Corran ferry and stay ...
by Norman H
27 Mar 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall
Replies: 20
Views: 2019

Re: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall

The A82 through Glen Coe and across Rannoch Moor is a nice route but not for the feint hearted. I've done it the other way as part of LEJOG and I enjoyed it but it may well be busy at Easter time. I'm pretty sure that the WHW wont be suitable on 28mm tyres. I've no great experience other than I stay...
by Norman H
27 Mar 2019, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cleats
Replies: 24
Views: 2142

Re: cleats

Occasionally with some cleat/pedal combinations it's necessary to relieve the rubber sole around the cleat recess as it can foul some other part of the pedal. I once went to test ride a bike that had Shimano SPD pedals and took my own Shimano cleated shoes with me. For some reason there was no way I...
by Norman H
26 Mar 2019, 6:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 18
Views: 2133

Re: Ireland E2E

I've not used that particular road but from a quick look on street view It seems fine. It climbs to over 1000' so should offer some nice views. I've got a a cousin in Co Clare and friends in West Cork. My preferred route when heading from the Gap of Dunloe towards the Tarbert ferry is to continue no...