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by Tail End Charlie
10 Oct 2019, 8:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Would You Do With £170M
Replies: 94
Views: 1697

Re: What Would You Do With £170M

I'd buy a massive turnip.
by Tail End Charlie
4 Jan 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ortlieb bar bag fixing
Replies: 19
Views: 675

Re: Ortlieb bar bag fixing

Another advantage of the R&K fitting is that the cable can be cheaply replaced with a suitably sheathed length of old brake cable inner. The Ortlieb cable has a unique brass ferrule fixed to one end and is expensive to replace. Just cut off the cable flush, then drill through and you can use an...
by Tail End Charlie
3 Jan 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ortlieb bar bag fixing
Replies: 19
Views: 675

Re: Ortlieb bar bag fixing

My Ortlieb bar bag fits to my R and K mounting without any modification on one of my bikes. I don't know if the design of either has changed in the last few years though.
That said, the Ortlieb mounting, whilst it looks flimsy, is sturdy enough on my other bike.
by Tail End Charlie
16 Aug 2018, 9:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speed Awareness Course
Replies: 258
Views: 6336

Re: Speed Awareness Course

Be warned of the term "local". It's local to where you were caught. A mate of mine was caught in Southampton and had to return there in order to keep his clean licence. That cost him £50 in fuel and a hotel overnight stay, so not just a cheap and convenient kop-out. :wink: Don't think tha...
by Tail End Charlie
31 Jan 2018, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best chain tugs?
Replies: 12
Views: 575

Re: Best chain tugs?

The Surly version is good, although the price makes your eyes smart a bit. It makes chain tensioning a piece of cake and doesn't hinder wheel removal. I'd recommend one (you only need one).
by Tail End Charlie
28 Jan 2018, 6:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru Elan valley area
Replies: 5
Views: 514

Re: Lon Las Cymru Elan valley area

I did that loop in August last year. Road surface is fine and there was no traffic. There are some hilly parts though. I hope I could do it at 83!
by Tail End Charlie
14 May 2017, 9:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike transport Ullapool to Inverness - Sharing Costs
Replies: 8
Views: 5160

Re: Bike transport Ullapool to Inverness - Sharing Costs

The normal bus will take a bike or two, if you ask nicely. They get put in the luggage compartment under the bus. Me and a friend did this last week.
by Tail End Charlie
13 Jul 2016, 12:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru
Replies: 31
Views: 1782

Re: Lon Las Cymru

Looks like you had a great time. I could do that route every year and not get bored with it.
by Tail End Charlie
7 Jun 2016, 10:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LLC - Harlech
Replies: 20
Views: 1403

Re: LLC - Harlech

I'd do the second route, but the best part is after Harlech through Eisingrug, which both your routes go through. It's stunning.
I love Harlech castle, it's my favourite in the world. I go every year and don't get bored with it.
by Tail End Charlie
19 Feb 2016, 9:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LLC - Harlech
Replies: 20
Views: 1403

Re: LLC - Harlech

The hills behind Harlech were one of the highlights for me both times I've done LLC. I would do them. In particular the road through Eisingrug is superb, but it is very tough.
by Tail End Charlie
12 Feb 2016, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike-friendly cafe - what would you like to see?
Replies: 66
Views: 2316

Re: Bike-friendly cafe - what would you like to see?

A hook on the back of toilet doors. A simple thing but saves a load of aggro trying to stop your clothes going on the floor.
by Tail End Charlie
14 Mar 2015, 10:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mam Tor, shivering mountain
Replies: 21
Views: 8008

Re: Mam Tor, shivering mountain

To be fair to them though, if that had happened, it would have been Darwinism in action. ;-)
by Tail End Charlie
8 Feb 2015, 7:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Northumberland Coast route queries
Replies: 5
Views: 1162

Re: Northumberland Coast route queries

It's a footpath, you can't cycle on it. Hacks me off when out walking and someone flies past on a path on a bike. If you must use it, please push your bike. I've done the coast and castles route and it's a good one, there are some bits where wider tyres are a bonus but overall 28/32 mm are fine. Tak...
by Tail End Charlie
8 Dec 2014, 9:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Enjoyable Audax
Replies: 30
Views: 2973

Re: Enjoyable Audax

Merry Wanderer, if you've got the saddle sorted that's more than half the battle. After that it's just a case of putting in some long rides. On the Audax itself you'll be able to go further than you've done before. Even after a bit of a winter lay off I find the first couple hard work and can't thin...
by Tail End Charlie
6 Dec 2014, 6:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Circuit of the Luberon
Replies: 5
Views: 1555

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

The web site mentioned is very helpful. I did the loop of Luberon in 2009. I used the EBE to Orange and worked my way past Avignon to Cavaillon and went anti clockwise. It's a great route, well sign posted and I did the extra loop above Forcalquier, which I recommend. Campsites will be open in Septe...