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by gloomyandy
29 Jul 2021, 5:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Extremely low gears
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: Extremely low gears

For me it is not just the balance thing, but trying to get going again if you have to stop!

I very rarely get off and push when touring. I usually tour with a four pannier setup and the one and only time I've had to push that for any length of time up hill was on on the climb out of settle on the Way of the Roses. I had to slow down (even more!) when a car passed me as I was approaching a group walking down the road and lost my balance, so stopped. I found it pretty much impossible to get going again so pushed the bike up the hill. Maybe I just need more practice but I found it really hard work and very hard on my back.

On a similar topic I climbed the Bealach na Bà a few years ago (with the same touring setup), several times I had to pull in to a passing place to allow traffic to pass and getting going again was very touch and go! Having said that it wasn't as bad for me as it was for a guy that passed me (on an unloaded road bike), he also had to pull in and a combination of different gears and look road cleats rather than SPDs resulted in him having to walk the steepest part of the climb!

One final "getting going" tale. When the Tour came to Yorkshire a few years ago, myself and few others decided to ride our local stage a few days before the event. This included the climb up the "Cote de Ripponden Bank" which was being resurfaced and had traffic lights on it half way up. It was refreshing to see that some of the "pros" from Astana (on a training ride I guess) who we found waiting for the red light are not much better at clipping in on a steep climb than I am! But I guess they don't need to very often...
by gloomyandy
23 Jul 2021, 10:32am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag
Replies: 38
Views: 705

Re: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag

Condensation is odd I've never been able to figure out when/if I will get it in my Terra-Nova Voyager.

The door (which makes up a large area of the inner tent), is a double mesh and fabric construction so that in hot conditions you can have a pretty large area that is just mesh which helps with ventilation, but the outer fits pretty closely to the ground which limits the air flow. But on most of my trips not having the tent blow away has been more of a concern!

My PHD bag is probably "over hot" at times which probably does not help, but I often get some cold nights on a trip so it's hard to strike a balance. I often used to travel to Scotland in early May, but in more recent years I've tended to end of May, early June and although this usually means I get better weather, condensation is certainly more of an issue.
by gloomyandy
22 Jul 2021, 9:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag
Replies: 38
Views: 705

Re: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag

Looks like the Pertex Quantum has a DWR coating on it, so maybe that makes the condensation bead up more and makes it more obvious?

I seem to remember that when I've managed to get water/rain on my PHD sleeping bag (that has a "Drishell" outer that I think may be similar to your Quantum) it has beaded up a lot and I could sort of brush it off.
by gloomyandy
22 Jul 2021, 7:22pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag
Replies: 38
Views: 705

Re: Pertex Quantum, condensation and a sleeping bag

Could the greater condensation be because you are in it? Extra heat from you and possibly water vapour as well?
by gloomyandy
8 Jul 2021, 4:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone cycled on Isle of Jura ?
Replies: 25
Views: 789

Re: Anyone cycled on Isle of Jura ?

Both are interesting islands to visit (as is Colonsay if you can fit in with the ferry times). I visited Bute, Arran, Gigha, Islay, Jura and Colonsay on a tour a few years ago, starting and finishing at Oban. Staying a night on each island and finishing off the tour by popping out to Coll to stay a few nights with friends who live there. It was reasonably easy to link them together using the ferries, the only tricky bit being the timing of the visit to Colonsay.

This was the one and only time I used the old CalMac 8 day pass, it was only just a little less than buying the tickets separately, but it was kind of nice to have a magic ticket that let me use any ferry. I don't think they offer that option anymore.
by gloomyandy
28 Jun 2021, 9:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses camping
Replies: 11
Views: 850

Re: Way of the Roses camping

A few years ago after completing my WoR ride I had some difficulty finding a campsite in Bridlington. It seems that many of the sites are "Families only" and did not want to take a booking from a single male. I ended up in a B&B.
by gloomyandy
13 Jun 2021, 9:56am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 230
Views: 11141

Re: How light can you go?

Tools are a tricky one and spare parts even more so. It's hard to balance weight against risk to your trip/hassle of getting things fixed. These days I usually camp, carry cooking gear, food and I like to be able to be comfortable if I need to sit out bad weather so travel with four panniers and don't worry too much about weight.

I carry a fairly large set of tools (hex keys, adjustable spanner, spoke key, tyre leavers, chain tool, screwdriver), but not a lot in the way of spares (spare tube, puncture patches, spare gear cable, zip ties, spare nuts and bolts, tent pole splint). I mainly travel around the Scottish Islands and so don't usually bother with a substantial lock. I have a small rear light always fixed on my rear rack and only take a front light if I know I'm likely to be using a very late/early ferry, I have a head torch I can use in a pinch. I always check things like tyres, chain, brake pads, cables a week or two before I set off and replace (and test) anything that needs it.

I've usually managed to fix anything that goes wrong during a trip and I've helped many cyclists to repair bits on bikes that they did not have the tools for (mainly rear racks and cables!).

The Scottish islands have very few bike shops, but they do have lots of people with tools and "stuff" in sheds and a willingness to help. On one trip a few years ago, one of the people I was travelling with had a pedal seize and strip the threads in the crank arm. What looked like the end of the trip for them was saved by a very helpful local that offered a lift to Stornaway where a bike shop stayed open late and sorted things out!
by gloomyandy
12 Jun 2021, 1:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe July.????
Replies: 617
Views: 13971

Re: Europe July.????

In some areas (like my own) there has been an element of "Surge vaccinations" along with an increase in testing. But my understanding is that this has been mainly focused on either getting folks that could already have had a first dose to do so (especially if they are in a vulnerable group) and in accelerating the second dose for those that have had the first. Both actions seem to make some sense to me. Although the dose may not have an immediate effect it may help reduce the ongoing increase and will hopefully also reduce the impact of any infection on the NHS. In this area, (which was at one point the highest per 100000 in England), the efforts seem to have stabilised things and the rate has actually dropped, in the mean time the rates in many other places have increased meaning we are now much lower in the list of regional infection rates.

In my own case I had a knock on the door yesterday lunchtime to invite me to have a PCR test. The test kit was picked up an hour later and I got the result via text message this morning (negative).
by gloomyandy
8 Jun 2021, 4:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe July.????
Replies: 617
Views: 13971

Re: Europe July.????

I'm seriously beginning to wonder about the news coverage in Europe about what is happening here in the UK. I live in an area that had a couple of hot spots of the delta virus. We have had additional testing and additional vaccination centres opened with pretty much anyone able to get a vaccine, perhaps as a result of this the numbers here are now dropping again.
by gloomyandy
7 Jun 2021, 4:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New set up ideas...
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: New set up ideas...

Oh and the thought of "extending the season" by carrying a set of waterproofs made me smile. They are one of the first things I make sure I've packed!
by gloomyandy
7 Jun 2021, 4:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New set up ideas...
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: New set up ideas...

I'm always impressed by folks that can manage with minimal kit. I think I like my comforts too much and usually end up with 4 panniers! One of the reasons I switched from two to four was wanting to have more room for things I purchase during the ride so I can certainly appreciate that.

I'm not sure that a hammock would work for me, I tend to tour in the Scottish Islands and there are very few trees! I also often end up cycling to a spot and then put the tent up and leave stuff in it while I go off to explore for the day, returning to the tent for one or more nights, this works really well when visiting the smaller islands. I guess we all adapt our setups to suit our needs (or change our needs to fit our setups!).
by gloomyandy
7 Jun 2021, 3:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe July.????
Replies: 617
Views: 13971

Re: Europe July.????

willem jongman wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 2:13pm France remains to be seen, but some 43% of their population of all ages have had a first jab already, in Germany 45%, the Netherlands 40% and Italy 44%. With 52% for a first dose the UK is still ahead, but not by that much anymore.
I'm not sure what your UK data is based on but this dataset (which seems match your other figures pretty well): https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations Shows the UK having given at least one dose to approximately 59% of the (total) population and two doses to 41%. For the Netherlands it shows 41%/20%, Germany 45%/21% and for France 42%/21%.

The official UK figures are 76.6%/52.5% but these are based on the adult, not total population (which may or may not be more realistic depending upon your views on vaccinating those under 18/16/whatever).
by gloomyandy
6 Jun 2021, 9:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 41
Views: 1615

Re: Closed Roads

It's interesting how different workers react. I'd say that 90% of the time the folks working are really helpful and either, just wave you through or offer advice on the safe way to pass. But sometimes there seems to be a determined effort to stop anyone going through. A recent local case here was the road works on the road over the tops between Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge. The road was closed for fixed periods during the day and at weekends and they had all sorts of signs saying this applied to walkers and cyclists. In fairness it was a long stretch of road being worked on and there was not really an easy way to get through away from the road.
by gloomyandy
4 Jun 2021, 2:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 41
Views: 1615

Re: Closed Roads

That looks pretty handy, I wonder if any of the planning apps (like cycle.travel) have any sort of integration with it?