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by Galloper
21 May 2020, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 756

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

I have a LHT, 26" and love it. I have toured with panniers front and rear and the bike is perfectly stable and easy to ride, even on poor surfaces. I did switch out the drop bars for butterfly bars as they offer, imho, better control on rough surfaces. The other change I've made is to fit a sus...
by Galloper
20 May 2020, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Healthy food/snacks suggestions
Replies: 66
Views: 2023

Re: Healthy food/snacks suggestions

I like Jordan's Frusli bars. They're fairly moist, which I find helps and seem to do the job energy wise. A simple way to decide is to have a look at the energy information given on the box, I look for the "traffic light" symbols as a quick check. Other than that, bananas or for a real ene...
by Galloper
3 May 2020, 7:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Kids-friendly UK route replacement for a French tour
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Kids-friendly UK route replacement for a French tour

I think a good place to start is with "The Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner". I use this all the time to plan my trips, one of it's best features is that it clearly identifies routes as traffic free or otherwise. I tend to favour "star burst" touring, selecting a base and then hav...
by Galloper
3 May 2020, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice for my 71yr old mother transport
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Advice for my 71yr old mother transport

My first suggestion would be something like a Cube Touring Hybrid One. These are very practical and easy to ride with the weight of the battery and motor well positioned low in the frame. They're comfortable too, with a step through design and offer good longevity, I have one Cube bike which is over...
by Galloper
21 Apr 2020, 8:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shoes to wear with flats?
Replies: 18
Views: 764

Re: Shoes to wear with flats?

I also have a LHT with flats and can highly recommend 5-10 shoes. These have super sticky soles and are comfortable and supportive. I have a pair of their Impact shoes which are a bit burly but are still going strong after 4 years of intensive mountain biking and touring use. In winter I use a pair ...
by Galloper
13 Apr 2020, 6:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book Suggestions
Replies: 24
Views: 1013

Re: Book Suggestions

Not so much about routes, more about the journey, can I recommend Edward Enfield's books, particularly "Downhill all the Way" and also those of Anne Mustoe. I particularly liked Anne's idea of following Roman roads. For many of my trips in the UK, I use an excellent map, "The Ultimate...
by Galloper
7 Apr 2020, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof for long downpour
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Waterproof for long downpour

Have a look at the Rohan Momentum jacket. I've used mine for both walking and cycling on some very wet days. It's sized to enable a mid layer underneath but is still a reasonably close fit. It's currently in the Rohan sale :)
by Galloper
2 Mar 2020, 7:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium and Holland
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: Belgium and Holland

My first suggestion would be the RaveL network in Southern Belgium. This is an extensive network of traffic free paths and is great fun, a mix of flat, river following routes and rail paths. Those in the Ardennes are well worth exploring. The tourist board have some excellent, free maps. https://rav...
by Galloper
24 Jan 2020, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting North-East England / Scottish Borders
Replies: 6
Views: 362

Re: Visiting North-East England / Scottish Borders

1st suggestion, Durham. There is an extensive network of rail paths which cover large parts of the county and link to others in the region. Being rail paths, mainly, gradients are gentle but will take you right up into the Pennines. Path quality is generally good but more suitable for hybrids or tou...
by Galloper
20 Jan 2020, 7:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 1321

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

I used a Saris Bones rack for several years on a couple of different cars without any problems. It will take three but I never used it for more than two. It's a very well made carrier and the arms can be easily adjusted to suit different car shapes. I used the fitted securing straps and some bungies...
by Galloper
12 Jan 2020, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pootling not touring in the Loire Valley, and getting there
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Pootling not touring in the Loire Valley, and getting there

I've seen plenty of cars with racks using Eurotunnel so that shouldn't be a problem. If the rack is on the roof, you need to state that on booking as you will need to travel as a high vehicle. I used a Saris Bones rack for many years on several cars and never had any damage but I'd recommend using r...
by Galloper
18 Dec 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance routes in Spain - suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1011

Re: Long distance routes in Spain - suggestions?

European Greenways association is worth exploring:

https://www.aevv-egwa.org/trip-ideas/
by Galloper
1 Nov 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast to Coast with a child (11)
Replies: 18
Views: 1754

Re: Coast to Coast with a child (11)

I think Hadrian's Cycle Way is an excellent choice for a family ride with an 11 year old, for the many reasons stated by Vorpal and others. There are lots of books suitable for an 11 year old to spark their interest prior to the ride. There is even a Haynes Manual! And very good it is too :D The You...
by Galloper
16 Aug 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: “Dutch” bike brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1045

Re: “Dutch” bike brakes

One of the principle advantage of hub brakes is that they're unaffected by the weather and if you ride all year round as do the majority of riders in many parts of Europe, that's important. Rim brakes can suffer a momentary lag when the rims are wet. Disc brakes are less affected now that the motorb...