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by cjs
25 Apr 2016, 11:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cairnryan to Ardrossan
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Cairnryan to Ardrossan

cooper_coleraine wrote:For a number of years my son and I have done a tour of the Inner Hebrides and Kintyre. We crossed from Larne to Troon .....


Might be an alternative, but weather dependent.... http://www.kintyreexpress.com/ferry%20service.html
by cjs
14 Sep 2015, 2:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof®
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Nikwax Tent and Gear SolarProof®

After hand washing with 'Tech Wash' I treated the Waterproofs with 'DX.Direct' then used the same solutions on the tent outer. It certainly did the business in the Hebrides with 14 days of rain :) and a couple of weeks in Benelux - perfect 'beading' properties at the end still... Of course, ''Tent &...
by cjs
13 Sep 2015, 10:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Exped Synmat Delamination
Replies: 24
Views: 1986

Re: Exped Synmat Delamination

One of my XL Synmat UL valve flaps came off at the 'stalk' and got lost around the 60 night mark... I emailed the company and asked for a replacement by post as I was on tour (2014) - they declined stating return to main dealer for repair which of course was impractical. 2 weeks later, 3 days after ...
by cjs
13 Sep 2015, 10:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weight when touring - how much is too much?
Replies: 66
Views: 5254

Re: Weight when touring - how much is too much?

25kg is OK - dont worry about it - people write lots of things secure in their own beliefs - NSR is hardly the most mountainous route - if it handles OK - and you have packed what you want to take then go for it Absolutely 100% Correct. Last week I was pottering around Netherlands and Belgium after...
by cjs
4 Sep 2015, 10:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advisability of camping in Sept into October ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1546

Re: Advisability of camping in Sept into October ?

Sep & Oct will be fine temperature wise if you are using a 3 season bag with decent comfort temperature and a reasonable mat. (the mat insulation can be boosted by adding a cheap decathlon foam mat underneath) It sounds as if your route is not too hilly so I would not worry too much if you want ...
by cjs
26 Aug 2015, 11:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How much do you take on tour ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1265

Re: How much do you take on tour ?

How much gear? Depends where you go, when and for how long... And whether you eat out, cook, self sufficient etc... And the size of your wallet.. Everyone is very different.. :) My idea of perfection is not others... many years ago, just a tarp and a bag on the ground would do, but not now :) How mu...
by cjs
21 Aug 2015, 8:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones

@DaveP - thanks for the response... but the new hub is in the post... I had look at that link before posting and could not see the model I need ... @recordacefromnew - thanks for the response... hopefully it will be fine.. its a SHIMANO Deore LX HB-T670 - same as original except colour - so fingers ...
by cjs
21 Aug 2015, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones

Sorted... just ordered a new LX hub for 20 euros delivered from Rose Bikes... just use the cones - done.

The wrong cones from the LBS were 14 euros...!
by cjs
21 Aug 2015, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

SHIMANO LX Front Hub spare outer cones

Hi, Halfway through a tour (Ireland, Hebrides, Holland etc..) and currently in Holland.. The front hub gave some bother a while back and investigation shows one of the outer cones is done. Anyway, the rather extensive and expensive LBS gave me a pair of replacement cones that apparently they reckone...
by cjs
17 Aug 2015, 11:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scottish weather has me freaked out!
Replies: 61
Views: 9428

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

Last 2 1\2 weeks in the inner & Outer Hebrides.... Camping.... Wet, wet, wet & wet with a good dose of cold air would be a fair description... But it was fine otherwise, the magic and friendliness abounds everywhere... One hotelier on asking if we can camp in the front garden said here, use ...
by cjs
27 Jul 2015, 7:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: decathlon blow up sleeping mat?
Replies: 19
Views: 2763

Re: decathlon blow up sleeping mat?

After the complete and total failure of an expensive EXPED UL7 XLI considered this mat for some time, even lying down for 30 minutes on the floor in decathlon... A nice mat, reasonable comfort and an excellent price and guarantee. I value Decathalons guarantee very much... no quibble... sorted... an...
by cjs
23 Jul 2015, 1:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat

... Thank you Andrew, the knees are done (not because of cycling) so getting up from the comfy looking low chairs would be difficult.... I would have to roll out of them LOL but getting in would be even funnier, one knee just completely gives way at any angle below 90 degrees... being that I mostly...
by cjs
20 Jul 2015, 6:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat

Cheers TM for responding.... Yes I agree I would not be a fan of the chair kits, the one with backs and webbing, to me they seem to make a mess of the mat too much.... I have a walkstool at the right height for me ( they come in a multitude of sizes) but to be honest, its a pain on soft ground and i...
by cjs
20 Jul 2015, 3:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat

Thanks Andrew, but it is just the functionality of the seat option I'm interested in. I gave up worrying about weight years ago, my mat is a camper XL because I'm 6'4" and 110KG....! and love granny gears... me I'm a 5 pannier long distance comfort camper :) My old EXPED 7UL tube seams didn't l...
by cjs
20 Jul 2015, 11:36am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Jembe Seat

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Any one used one of these in earnest, by this I mean more than occasional weekend use?