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by Milfred Cubicle
23 Oct 2016, 8:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 241
Views: 22703

Re: Hardest UK climb?

I've ridden a few of the 'biggies' this year, and conclude.... Bealach Na Ba...tough, but more relentless than steep. The mid section saps your strength before the final steep section. Hardknott...vicious gradient. Harder to keep cranks turning, poor surface in corners adds to difficulty. Wrynose......
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Oct 2016, 8:28pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: One week cycle tour- any recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 13678

Re: One week cycle tour- any recommendations?

If it's the U.K you fancy, Wester Ross/Lochaber makes a brilliant base. Not many shops, mobile phone coverage is patchy, but the scenery is hard to beat. Add in that between ferry times even the main roads can be deserted...you've got a recipe for a cracking tour.
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Oct 2016, 8:23pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Hope - service
Replies: 0
Views: 3357

Hope - service

More than a few years ago I bought an expensive front light from Hope. It has done 1000s of miles and hours, and had more than its share of knocks. It developed a fault last week, WAY out of warranty. I called Hope, spoke to a real person (you could hear machines in the background), and he said to s...
by Milfred Cubicle
24 Jul 2016, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Thanks for the replies folks. Gearing wise, I'll be on at least 28x36, and may even fit a smaller (24) granny ring, so should be o.k. I'll just be carrying two small Ortlieb planners, so not too heavy. The object is to crack the climb, and east-west seems like the best option. I think I'll ride in f...
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Yep, whichever way I do it, I'm in for a long, tough day. Upwards of 80 miles at least. Thankfully I will be going light with only overnight things. Looking at it, it may be wise to fit the triple before I go.
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 6:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Thanks for the responses....especially regarding the contour of the road from Shieldag. These small coastal roads are either as flat as the shore, or as you say, quite lumpy. I'm starting out from Torridon hostel, and ending the day in Ratagan. Via Shieldag seemed the obvious route, but now I'm thin...
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 5:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

After years of trying to find the time, I'm booked up for a ride of this big beast. Has anyone any experience of the best way round to approach the pass? Most reports seem to describe tackling it east-west, finishing in Applecross. I'm wondering if it is an equal challenge in the opposite direction,...
by Milfred Cubicle
22 Jul 2016, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Genesis Vagabond is nice...
Replies: 57
Views: 8868

Re: Nice...

I managed to get one quite early, so have had mine around six months. One of the best bikes I've ever owned. It's spent most of its time in touring mode so far, but has been off road a bit. Really stable loaded, discs come into their own when carrying extra weight. Despite the slack angles and the f...
by Milfred Cubicle
17 Jul 2016, 6:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: York-Harrogate cyclepath
Replies: 3
Views: 397

York-Harrogate cyclepath

Hi, Can anyone point me in the right direction for a scenic route between Harrogate and York? I'm ideally looking for a traffic free/quiet route for a mini tour with kids. Looking at the Sustrans maps, a combination of routes 66+67 might work. Has anyone ridden these recently, and are they as real o...
by Milfred Cubicle
30 Jun 2016, 10:30pm
Forum: Mountain Biking
Topic: Gravel/adventure bike or MTB?
Replies: 127
Views: 42798

Re: Gravel/adventure bike or MTB?

I wanted a versatile bike for many of the reasons you mentioned. Have a look at the Genesis Vagabond. Classed as a 'Monster cross' bike, it has discs, relaxed geometry, full rack/mudguards eyelets, but takes 29er wheels. A touch heavy, but a brilliant bike.
by Milfred Cubicle
7 Feb 2016, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradura Rack Pack capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Carradura Rack Pack capacity

I suppose if I order one and it doesn't have them it can go back. I'll give Carradice a call first.
by Milfred Cubicle
7 Feb 2016, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradura Rack Pack capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Carradura Rack Pack capacity

It looks like I've started something...
As folks have suggested, this is either a new feature, or one that owners don't know about. I have to admit the same feature on the Topeak is very useful, I just fancy Carradice this time.
by Milfred Cubicle
7 Feb 2016, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradura Rack Pack capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Carradura Rack Pack capacity

That would be 'pockets'...unless I'm going downhill, then they would be flying pickets..
by Milfred Cubicle
7 Feb 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradura Rack Pack capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Carradura Rack Pack capacity

Hi, I'm looking for a new rackpack to replace my Topeak MTX, and the Carradice carradura looks a good bet. I know the capacity of the main compartment is a max. of about 13l. Could anyone give me an estimate of the total capacity with the fold-down pockets extended. Will these side pickets take a ch...
by Milfred Cubicle
4 Oct 2015, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Double drilled cranks for a child
Replies: 28
Views: 1073

Re: Double drilled cranks for a child

I have a pair of Santana crank shorteners for sale. Bulletproof, as recommended by J.D Tandems. Feel free to p.m. me if interested.