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by stephen_
2 Jul 2012, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anybody in France/Italy in July?
Replies: 5
Views: 2713

Re: Anybody in France/Italy in July?

Hey I will be in france and italy in july! I'm leaving for paris on sunday (8th). Pretty busy until the 20th July where I am planning on going to Brive to see the tour de france come in, and will be heading west to bordeaux before looping around and heading to the med and east to mount ventoux and t...
by stephen_
19 Jun 2012, 5:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping chair hunt
Replies: 103
Views: 17788

Re: camping chair hunt

Not sure if you managed to find a chair but I'm debating taking one of these, 480g and less than £5.
It looks like a kids chair but is actually fine for adults..

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/micro-chair-green--p152288
by stephen_
18 Jun 2012, 9:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Opinions on choosing a France route please?
Replies: 5
Views: 5349

Opinions on choosing a France route please?

Hi I am going on a 5 week trip through France to Italy and simply can't decide on the regions to cycle through- opinions needed! I am leaving in 3 weeks flying into Paris, and was thinking about doing the following, however I would appreciate opinions on this and if I should miss parts out, as I kin...
by stephen_
7 Jun 2012, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinion on this £25 saddle for tour? Do you know another?
Replies: 16
Views: 2230

Re: Opinion on this £25 saddle for tour? Do you know another

Thanks for the replies. Its all a bit confusing to be honest and I'm feeling the pressure giving the time I have and not wanting to cripple myself straight away! But partof it is that I'm not used to cycling distance so I think its inevitable it will be sore anyway. I'm in two minds what to do, its ...
by stephen_
7 Jun 2012, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinion on this £25 saddle for tour? Do you know another?
Replies: 16
Views: 2230

Opinion on this £25 saddle for tour? Do you know another?

Hey I know saddles have been done to death here so I will try and be specific, I just wanted to see what people thought about the below for a month tour, 50 miles per day? Specialized Expedition Gel Saddle http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/expedition-gel-saddle-ec028217 If you had £25 ...
by stephen_
6 Jun 2012, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4427

Re: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

Thanks for the replies! Basically this issue was based on a logistical thing with transporting bike but now I'm having a total nightmare choosing areas in france to go to- mainly because they are on opposite sides of the country! (I have been reading about areas I hadn't planned on) I want (would l...
by stephen_
6 Jun 2012, 11:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4427

Re: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

Thanks for the replies! Basically this issue was based on a logistical thing with transporting bike but now I'm having a total nightmare choosing areas in france to go to- mainly because they are on opposite sides of the country! (I have been reading about areas I hadn't planned on) I want (would li...
by stephen_
31 May 2012, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4427

France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

Would you have any preference for a length of France trip?

I'm thinking it may be easier to get the bike back home from the north in one piece on the train rather than worrying about packing it up with a suitable in the south at an airport - avignon area. Hmmm
by stephen_
31 May 2012, 8:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Stephen...I found a couple of jerky videos on-line that looked like they showed eyelets on the dropouts, have a look at your own frame before you discount it. 700c "may" roll easier, but many people tour on converted mountain bikes. Hell of a trip that guy did, I think you will be OK in F...
by stephen_
31 May 2012, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Whereabouts are you located Stephen? There is a 22" 2011 601 (hardy used) with an asking price of £300 in Essex on Gumtree. Hi thanks for that. I'm in the north east - Teesside area near Middlesbrough so Essex is a bit of a trek, unfortunately. However I do work in Peterborough during the week...
by stephen_
30 May 2012, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Whats so wrong with the Bad Boy? Sensible gears sensible tyres.... 559.32 slicks, I read Are there no fixings on the rear dropouts? I havn't found a very good picture. The top rack mounts are perfectly OK using P clips, and Tubus for one make rack mounts that fit on the R. skewer. Not ideal for a w...
by stephen_
30 May 2012, 12:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Thanks for the replies everyone :) I did mean the 2012 401 when I asked- the hardtail. I would love to try a horizon or similar but I have never ridden a drop bar and not sure theyre for me- think i prefer an upright position. I'm currently torn between the following- which is best value for money ...
by stephen_
29 May 2012, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

The 401 is stodgy on the road in comparison, unless you want suspension, I would not recommend it. 2012 401 has no suspension http://www.dawescycles.com/p-549-discovery-401-gents.aspx Looking at the spec it's not too bad, nothing special, however I would lower the gearing (change of rear cassette a...
by stephen_
29 May 2012, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Thanks for the replies everyone :) I did mean the 2012 401 when I asked- the hardtail. I would love to try a horizon or similar but I have never ridden a drop bar and not sure theyre for me- think i prefer an upright position. I'm currently torn between the following- which is best value for money ?...
by stephen_
28 May 2012, 10:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?
Replies: 25
Views: 8003

Re: Dawes Discovery 401 2012 - any good?

Thanks for the replies, much apprieciated. I was looking for a 501 but I can't find one in my size 22" for a low price- it also looks like there is no 2012 501? Did they discontinue it? What do you think of the 301 from 2011?- how far away is it from your 501? http://www.dawescycles.com/p-273-d...