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by Galloper
8 Oct 2020, 7:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Clatteringshaws to Glen Trool
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Clatteringshaws to Glen Trool

It's a couple of years since I've ridden it so memory is a bit hazy as to the steepness of the climbs. The first few miles from Clatteringshaws are a single track tarmac road. It then becomes fire road until you have reached Lough Trool. The surface is rough and stony in places with a few fairly lon...
by Galloper
23 Aug 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble

A suspension seat post offers as much, or more, comfort than a sprung saddle. They cost from around £35 up to well over a hundred. I have one of the £35 models and it works very well. Some of them can be adjusted to suit your own weight. If you already have a saddle with bag loops, then a suspension...
by Galloper
9 Aug 2020, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Tyres

Decathlon have several 26x2.00 types in knobbly tyres. They also have sub 2.00 in a more road oriented format.
by Galloper
28 Jul 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ROAD Cycling routes around Northumberland
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: ROAD Cycling routes around Northumberland

Best place to start is with a copy of the regional Sustrans maps, numbers 33, 34 and 40. These show all the local and national cycle routes. They will also show whether they are on or off road. You can order them from Sustrans, your local bookstore or Amazon. The following web page will help: https:...
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: 795

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: 2143

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: 626

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: 493

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: 779

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: 1091

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: 18
Views: 1214

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: 861

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: 377

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: 1342

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...