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by Sweep
18 Feb 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 22
Views: 1254

Re: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

I use Thompson's Water Seal. It's about £15 for 5 litres. It's cheaper by far than any proprietry tent proofer and more effective. It really is superb stuff. OK, so it's meant for use on bricks etc (where it is, of course, woefully inadequate), but it works a treat on all kinds of things. I use it ...
by Sweep
16 Feb 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bivvi bags - advice please
Replies: 62
Views: 1984

Re: Bivvi bags - advice please

Give your choice of bivvi bag some thought. Some are little more than glorified sleeping bag covers. Great under shelter but not much cop in bad weather. The Alpkit Hunka springs to mind here. t. Can you say more about the alpkit hunka? I always had the idea that it was very highly regarded. I curr...
by Sweep
15 Feb 2020, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1056

Re: mapping

I've never found it easy to buy maps while touring in the UK, and more so on the continent: actual bookshops are a very rare breed, petrol stations with a shop big enough to stock maps are few and far between (especially if you're avoiding major roads), and small newsagents rarely have maps unless ...
by Sweep
15 Feb 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1547

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

Sorry to hear that.

As for "changing maps" not an issue for the ones I know about. mainly etrexes. Just use one of many flavours of OSM out there. No need to bother with garmin maps at all.
These are always going to be available I think - and updated regularly
by Sweep
15 Feb 2020, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1056

Re: mapping

But, on a lot of the main cycling routes there can be large, outdoor maps along the way. Yes. I met a bloke who'd ridden from Stockholm to Rome in ten days, without smartphone, GPS or maps. He made notes from outdoor maps at petrol stations and such. He asked people for directions. IIRC he used a c...
by Sweep
15 Feb 2020, 9:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 48
Views: 1554

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

Mrs Mick F was getting her new glasses from Vision Express the other day, and the lady in the shop said how good my glasses were. She was a little crest-fallen when I told her they only cost a quid! :lol: :) My readers are from the house of wilkinsons. Was in my local spoons a while ago using them ...
by Sweep
14 Feb 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 38
Views: 1235

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

Continental Grand Sport Extra in 28mm is another option. I've used mine on gravel worse than that before and they've been fine Are these anything like Conti Top Touring which I always liked in 28mm but got discontinued. In an effort to understand their now confusing branding (they seem to have ambi...
by Sweep
14 Feb 2020, 10:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1056

Re: mapping

Thanks again for all your replies. My queries about charging related to camping - wild and 'civilised! I think I will go with Power packs and dynamo hub. I had to laugh at - 'learn how to read a paper map (as available in shops along the route).' I'm 64 and most of my mountaineering, cycling, hikin...
by Sweep
14 Feb 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 48
Views: 1554

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

I too use Optilabs. On my 3rd pair and I’m happy with them. I’ve enquired about Oakleys and could afford them, but I can’t justify the cost to myself. I don’t even bother with Varifocals. My last pair were single vision Photochramtics, but I’ve noticed that tinted prescription sunglasses are even c...
by Sweep
14 Feb 2020, 10:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale
Replies: 10
Views: 394

Re: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale

Steve wrote:
rareposter wrote:There are NO facilities once you leave Lancaster until you get to Dunsop Bridge

Slightly off-route, but I believe there are self-service honesty box brews at Christ Church, Abbeystead. Maybe not on a Sunday morning though.


Top tip.

Thanks.

I'm an atheist but a great fan of church kitchens etc.
by Sweep
14 Feb 2020, 10:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham to London via the canals.
Replies: 17
Views: 1939

Re: Birmingham to London via the canals.

Personally, from central Birmingham, I'd actually start by cycling south along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton. Then turn east along the Stratford Canal, which is prettier and has a tolerable towpath (assuming you're not on a skinny-tyred road bike), Yes, this also misses out o...
by Sweep
13 Feb 2020, 4:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1056

Re: mapping

thanks for the reply Hobbes.

Maybe I'll try a breadcrumb ride, though I can see one being a problem at night with my garmin (apologies for not picking up on the GPS you use).
by Sweep
13 Feb 2020, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1056

Re: mapping

Osmand has been my backup for years. Free or cheap, works offline for routing. Can be used offline to plan and save a gpx track, then with the correct cabling can connect to your unit for a 100% internet free navigator (so long as the maps are downloaded). It is slow *offline for long routes and do...
by Sweep
12 Feb 2020, 10:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1547

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

fullupandslowingdown wrote:what happened to the generally accepted principle of consumer rights that says if something goes splutt before it's sixth brithday party, you can have a repair or replacement from the seller

Never heard of that.
by Sweep
11 Feb 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for workstand
Replies: 19
Views: 917

Re: recommendation for workstand

For conventional stands: 1 Lidl or Aldi, as above. (And most of their tools are excellent.) 2 MIne's a Revolution. Works very well and faultless after 20y. That's the brand of Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative but it doesn't seem to be available any more. Jonathan I have the Edinburgh Bike CoOp revolut...