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by honesty
16 Apr 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring bike for a small woman
Replies: 22
Views: 1137

Re: Touring bike for a small woman

Have a look at the Spa Cycles steel tourer. Its a bit more than you were looking to spend but if you wanted to go up to £900 its a good buy. - https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m1b0s225p0/Bikes/Touring

They do drop bar or flat bar versions as well.
by honesty
14 Apr 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4070

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

Back to the original topic, I was originally planning on doing a long weekend with my 9 year old over the May Spring bank holiday on the 25th camping along the Devon C2C or the Kennet and Avon (though she's leaning towards the C2C as she knows the camp sites and likes them). If the restrictions are ...
by honesty
14 Apr 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What endurance road bike would you buy?
Replies: 33
Views: 1323

Re: What endurance road bike would you buy?

Fairlight Strael 2 with Ultegra di2. Or a Mason. Or the Spa cycles Elan...
by honesty
28 Feb 2020, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tour de fer 20
Replies: 32
Views: 1748

Re: Tour de fer 20

Just buy new stays for the mudguard to use off rack. Sounds like they’ve cut the current ones to mount to the rack rather than eyelets.
by honesty
24 Feb 2020, 5:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: White Peak Loop
Replies: 0
Views: 283

White Peak Loop

Does anyone know the current status on this? Online news seems to have stopped in 2018. This looks on paper great but has some big missing bits at the moment - Cromford to Matlock and Rowlsey to the Monsal trail seem to have alternative routes for these 2 but they don’t look stellar. The big ones se...
by honesty
18 Feb 2020, 1:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route

I've modded the D2 route to take in the Meldon Viaduct which, I agree, looks fantastic and then continue to Okehampton One question on your navigation around Taunton....we will be on standard road bikes with 25mm slick tyres. Can the non-road routes you suggest be ridden easily with a normal road b...
by honesty
18 Feb 2020, 9:41am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route
Replies: 16
Views: 1242

Re: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route

Day 2 route looks good. I've cycled the route between Okehampton and Tiverton a few times. It's a little hillier than the southern route MickF recommends but is beautiful and theirs a good cafe in the village shop at Morchard Bishop. If you want to and can spare 5 minutes is I'd divert onto the Gran...
by honesty
17 Feb 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)
Replies: 31
Views: 1593

Re: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)

I have a mk3 Thorn audax, and have used it for day rides, audaxing and B&B touring (either with 2 small panniers or with a Carradice) and it's a comfortable, nice riding, bomb proof bike. They are heavy though, the frame and forks weigh upwards of 3.3kg. I would say on a sliding scale from race ...
by honesty
10 Feb 2020, 10:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Walking Britain’s lost railways
Replies: 31
Views: 1395

Re: Walking Britain’s lost railways

New series started this week with Monsal trail. I really need to take my bike next time i go to visit the parents...
by honesty
27 Jan 2020, 6:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?
Replies: 62
Views: 2007

Re: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?

It’s the English translation of my surname. Simple :)
by honesty
27 Jan 2020, 6:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 52
Views: 2519

Re: King Alfred's Way

I don't think I'm the one with a limited definition of touring - I know only too well that people tour on everything from road bikes to fat bikes, passing through hybrids, tourers, roadsters, gravel, cross, MTB and more along the way. I think it's the people who are promoting these MTB routes as if...
by honesty
27 Jan 2020, 1:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 52
Views: 2519

Re: King Alfred's Way

I have no problem with CUK developing off-road routes like King Alfred's Way - it looks like a superb ride and I'd love to try it one day. Full marks to Zulu Eleven and colleagues for their work on it. Agree completely, by the way. I'm just mystified by comments that this sort of stuff is "aim...
by honesty
20 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Devon C2C options

Its quite funny actually if you read that report, the 2 land owners who rejected the move to use the rail bed have backed this one as it doesn't interrupt work on their farms...
by honesty
19 Jan 2020, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Devon C2C options

Absolutely none on the old rail bed. The current land owner has point blank refused as far as I understand. There is planning permission to extend the current Tarka trail from the right angle turn just before Meeth down to the lane from the A road to Petrockstow. The Made Well centre isn’t trying to...
by honesty
16 Jan 2020, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Devon C2C options

. Spent the first night at campsite at East Yarde, very small, delightful café and some nights is also a restaurant and well worth going to – if it’s still open. Next night we stopped at campsite in Plymouth then returned the same way, stopping at East Yarde again. Last time I looked East Yarde had...