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by gloomyandy
5 Nov 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have you cycled up Bealach-na-ba?
Replies: 51
Views: 8854

Re: Have you cycled up Bealach-na-ba?

I seem to remember the getting started after pulling in to a passing place (the road was quiet busy and this was before the NC500) being rather tricky, I had front and rear panniers and getting enough forward momentum to get started was hard! I was passed by a guy on a "racing" bike with l...
by gloomyandy
24 Oct 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 2639

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

I've spent a fair bit of time touring and camping in both the Outer Hebrides and many other of the Scottish islands. The main thing I'd add to all of this good advice is that the weather can play a huge part in any trip to that part of the world, especially if you are in a tent. I've mainly toured i...
by gloomyandy
13 Oct 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Thanks everyone. We are here now! Yesterday we cycled out to Scarborough and back. We set off along the "Cinder Track" cycle path which runs from Whitby all the way to Scarborough. But we found it very rough in places and very busy with walkers etc. so when we got to Ravenscar (which by th...
by gloomyandy
4 Oct 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Thanks for the suggestions so far... Hills are fine (well within reason, I'm not sure I'd want to do Rosedale chimney more than once!). Does anyone know what the cycle path that runs from Whitby down to Robin Hoods Bay and on to Scarborough is like? Oh and anyone have any experience of taking a coup...
by gloomyandy
3 Oct 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Aislaby (near Whitby) day rides & cafes

Hi, we are off to stay for a week or so in Aislaby (near Whitby), which is not an area I've ever cycled around. I'm looking for recommended day rides (ideally starting from Aislaby) up to around 40 miles (though shorter rides are also good) and especially for some good cafe stops! We will have touri...
by gloomyandy
24 Aug 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1207

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

I seem to remember that the "standard" temperature measurement is not only inside a screen but also that the screen has to be placed above some sort of standard surface of a certain area (sorry can't remember the details it has been a while since I worked on some weather related software!)...
by gloomyandy
16 Aug 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way
Replies: 14
Views: 3112

Re: Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way

Might be worth checking that the route is currently passable. I think there was a fair bit or road damage in the Grinton area recently, but I can't work out exactly which roads have been closed as a result (sorry!). I did the route a few years ago (clockwise) camping at Goredale (near Malham), Dent,...
by gloomyandy
9 Aug 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these are actually "traffic lights"?
Replies: 13
Views: 998

Re: If these are actually "traffic lights"?

Has anyone else here ridden this new section of the cycle way? I'd be interested in other views on these lights. I've no idea if the intention is that they should be compulsory or not. But I do know that it is frustrating to sit waiting for them when crossing an empty road, particularly when what is...
by gloomyandy
7 Aug 2019, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these are actually "traffic lights"?
Replies: 13
Views: 998

If these are actually "traffic lights"?

A few days ago I cycled the most recently completed phase of the Leeds/Bradford cycle superhighway (from canal road Shipley into Bradfornd) and it has a fair number of this type of lights on it: http://www.hedgehogcycling.co.uk/images/bicycle-traffic-lights-leeds-bradford.jpg So you basically arrive...
by gloomyandy
11 Jul 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1230

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

I'm not sure there is a perfect tent (and almost certainly not sleeping bag) for that wide a range of conditions. For instance I've found my Terra Nova Voyager to be really good for my visits to Scotland (mainly the islands) where it has handled some truly scary high winds very well, but I'm not sur...
by gloomyandy
4 Jul 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2714

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

[...] With four I can more easily get to things, [...] they are easier to get on and off the bike and [...] OK, I'll accept most of your arguments, but how can it ever be easier to remove four panniers and juggle them (usually upstairs on a ferry or in a hostel/hotel/accommodation, and it varies on...
by gloomyandy
4 Jul 2019, 4:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2714

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

Am I the only one that likes to have four panniers that are not really very full? I could fit everything I have into just the two rear bags (and have done so in the past), but they would be very tightly packed. With four I can more easily get to things, they are quicker to pack (as I'm not squeezing...
by gloomyandy
21 Jun 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 22
Views: 3694

Re: Way of the Roses.

Honestly I think the combination of doing it in two days and camping may not be a good one. Personally I'd take longer and enjoy the route and the overnight camping. If you do want to do it in two days I'd be inclined to ditch the tent etc. and travel lighter. But obviously up to you! I did the main...
by gloomyandy
19 Jun 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 22
Views: 3694

Re: Way of the Roses.

I rather enjoyed the bit through York, pot of tea in front of the Minster! Signage is generally pretty good, but I also had the Sustrans Map with me (which I thought was very good BTW). I don't think you have to go through the tunnels anymore there is an alternative bike path now (though I don't thi...
by gloomyandy
9 Jun 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 933

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

So just a quick update. In the end I used the Gills Bay (Pentland Ferry( route to get to Orkney and parked my car for just under two weeks there. No problems at all. Had a good trip and my planned route worked pretty well allowing me to visit all of the islands I'd got on my list. Of the places I st...