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by jk49
11 May 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 802

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

Yes, we just left our car at the terminal in Gill's bay. There seemed to be lots of room and we had no problems. It is a fantastic area to visit, with much of interest to see, nice camp sites, and really friendly locals. Make time to go to Hoy and Rousay if you can.
by jk49
7 Mar 2018, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Caen by train
Replies: 10
Views: 1449

Re: Bordeaux to Caen by train

We did this journey two years ago, but didn't go through Paris. I think we changed at Le mans and Tours. As above, it was very simple. Captain Train was the site we used for info and booking, which has now been taken over by Trainline I think. Enjoy!
by jk49
27 Feb 2018, 7:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: is this part of Holland worth a visit?
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: is this part of Holland worth a visit?

Went for 10 days two years ago. Loved it. Lots of little campsites, amazing civil engineering, barrages etc. Some good museums to do with the great flood. Went to Dordrecht to see the wind mills and took a waterbus to Roterdam which was fun. Nice wetlands area NE of Dordrecht with good camping again...
by jk49
8 Jan 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Suisse Normande
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Touring in Suisse Normande

There is a voie verte ( traffic free cycle path) leading out of Caen towards Suisse Normandie. It is well surfaced all the way, and scenic after the first couple of miles. When it finishes there is the usual web of d roads to choose from. Worth using to avoid aforementioned busy roads. Agree about t...
by jk49
8 Jan 2018, 2:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Spokes for front hub motor - result
Replies: 6
Views: 549

Re: Spokes for front hub motor

Not sure what length spokes you will need, but if you need extra short, as lots of ebike hub motors use, I can recommend ryanbuildwheels on ebay. Just search for custom spokes or short spoke. No connection, but excellent fast service.
by jk49
17 Oct 2017, 9:05am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cargo Bike Electric
Replies: 17
Views: 1787

Re: Cargo Bike Electric

Ps
have you considered an electric driven trailer that you could hitch to a standard bike?
by jk49
17 Oct 2017, 9:03am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cargo Bike Electric
Replies: 17
Views: 1787

Re: Cargo Bike Electric

At the risk of repeating the same piece of advice, the pedelecs forum has some very knowledgeable people who seem very happy to help. Your requirements maybe slightly outside their normal remit(solos non cargo etc), so the other place to try might be endless sphere. This is a US based forum, having ...
by jk49
13 Oct 2017, 2:32pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Help with battery replacement
Replies: 15
Views: 1590

Re: Electric bike battery

Maybe try the pedelecs forum. There are some very knowledgeable (about ebike stuff) contributors over there.
by jk49
22 Jul 2017, 6:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Orkney ferry, parking, outer islands, camping
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: Orkney ferry, parking, outer islands, camping

We went in June via Gill's bay. They were fine with us leaving our car in the car park on the dock for 10 days free of charge. (At our own risk) So much to see and do, particularly if you like Neolithic, Iron age, viking remains. Camp at hostels and there is usually cooking and lounging facilities u...
by jk49
28 Jun 2017, 10:18am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Airbed recommendations?
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: Airbed recommendations?

Exped basic, slightly heavier than their ul versions. Its been really comfy for me for about 5 years now and showing no signs of giving up the ghost.
by jk49
10 May 2017, 9:57am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pyramid or tipi tents?
Replies: 45
Views: 3087

Re: Pyramid or tipi tents?

Happy Golite Shangrila 3 owner for 3-4 years. For such a lightweight tent it is very strong, and has stood up to many bad gales and torrential nights! Its footprint allows for lots of storage room for kit around the sides, while still leaving plenty of room for 2 people to sleep. Single pole supplie...
by jk49
26 Mar 2017, 9:20am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Want to start mountain biking - what bike model should I buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 16307

Re: Want to start mountain biking - what bike model should I buy?

+1 for the voodoo bizango, bought mine in january, good condition second hand, taken front mech and shifter off and changed tyres to more mud based and ridden it through the winter. Its a great bike and very forgiving, compared to the 26" I was riding
by jk49
23 Feb 2017, 2:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Salisbury, Wiltshire
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Salisbury, Wiltshire

If you are touring and enjoy looking at the "sights" you could follow the cycle path along southampton rd (horrible), but turn into churchill gdns and follow the path to newbridge rd. Follow it under the bridge with the river to st nicholas rd, into De Vaux place and through the gate into ...
by jk49
28 Nov 2016, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Restoring a 1970s Merlin
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Restoring a 1970s Merlin

Not much of an answer, but have you tried keeping an eye out on the retrobike forum's classifieds. Perhaps posting a wanted ad on there may yield what you are after. Sorry, can't help with your other q's, as I know next to nothing about campag stuff.
by jk49
16 Nov 2016, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trekking handlebars
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Re: Trekking handlebars

^^^^^^^^+1
Also lots of room for lights, bells, gps, computers etc, if that's your thing.
Although I really like the BBB I'm considering trying to find a slightly narrower version for perfection. But I guess that depends on one's shoulder width.