Search found 43 matches

by bikerta
22 Apr 2019, 9:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High Peak trail
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: High Peak trail

I was staying with my Aunt in Stoke-on-Trent last week and drove over to Parsley Hay on Thursday with my bike in the back. I had intended to do the High Peak trail along with parts of the Tissington Trail. I was very disappointed not to be able to complete the trail and as I did not know the area at...
by bikerta
21 Apr 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quiet site near Loch Ness
Replies: 27
Views: 749

Re: Quiet site near Loch Ness

I stayed at both the Foyers C and C site and the one at Dingwall, when I completed my JOGLE 4 years ago. I was not a member of the C and C Club at the time and had no problem getting into either site at the backpackers rate which was around £8 to £10. The site at Foyers has brilliant facilities incl...
by bikerta
4 Apr 2019, 9:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

That's the route I also took on my JOGLE. It's a steep climb going out of Fort Augustus, but lovely quiet road all the way to Inverness. Then it's very easy to follow route 1 all the way to John O'Groats. I also agree about the road along the Naver, stunning part of the country.
by bikerta
19 Feb 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FInding a Surly LHT or Disc trucker to try out ( Plymouth area )
Replies: 22
Views: 4678

Re: New bike

You are not too far away from Bridgwater in Somerset, where you can visit SJS cycles to look at their Thorn tourers. I have the Sherpa and is an excellent bike if you want to stray away from the roads and onto gravel tracks etc. Also makes a good commuter. Their Club Tour is a lighter bike if you do...
by bikerta
5 Dec 2018, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 21
Views: 967

Re: Schwalbe 26” tyre query

I really like the schwalbe Dureme 2" on my Thorn Sherpa. Great for rolling on tarmac, but cope very well on tracks and gravel. Only thing not so good at is mud. I have not had any punctures on mine in 8,000 miles. They are still available at SJS cycles and I will replace them with the same tyre...
by bikerta
9 Nov 2018, 11:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route navigation
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Route navigation

For example she'd like to do the Lon Las Cymru route in Wales. I did this route 2 years ago and used paper maps all the way. To be honest, this route is very well marked with only a couple of places where I was unsure. I also have a Garmin E trex 20, which I tend to use only if I cannot tell which ...
by bikerta
2 Sep 2018, 8:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6206

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

I was on my JOGLE during Hurricane Bertha. 10 hours of cycling/walking in the heavy rain through Gretna and on to Lake District. Spent ages trying to get into a B & B in Lake District with no luck. Ended up at intended campsite to find they had camping pods. Unfortunately, the last one had been ...
by bikerta
2 Sep 2018, 12:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Britain's best tours
Replies: 35
Views: 1414

Re: Britain's best tours

And another one for Lon Las Cymru. One of the hardest tours with many big climbs but also the most rewarding. Very easy to follow and good campsites along the way.
by bikerta
12 Aug 2018, 6:51pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent
Replies: 112
Views: 3815

Re: Advice required on choice of 2/3 person lightweight tent

I have been using the Vango Spirit 200+ which is the older version of the Xenon and I have also been very pleased with the performance. It is about 9 years old now and I have just returned from a week in the Yorkshire Dales with no problems. Porch is huge. It does tend to sag a little when it gets d...
by bikerta
17 Jun 2018, 8:10pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 583
Views: 37059

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Brilliant achievement. It took me 3 weeks when I did JOGLE. I watched his progress from about 100 miles out and found I was totally addicted to watching the new dots appear and the target getting ever closer. In the end I just had to stay up and see it through to the finish. Unbelievable that anyone...
by bikerta
8 Apr 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Your thoughts about the Camping & Caravaning Club
Replies: 37
Views: 2445

Re: Your thoughts about the Camping & Caravaning Club

I really like a lot of the camping and caravanning club sites and have had good experiences with all that I have stayed on. If you arrive by bicycle, they will always find you a spot and they charge you the backpackers rate. This is usually around £8 to £11 a night. For that you get good facilities....
by bikerta
24 Oct 2017, 6:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lighting a Trangia
Replies: 77
Views: 5205

Re: Lighting a Trangia

To be fair, I have had my problems lighting my trangia, especially if I have only put enough meths in for a quick brew. Matches work the best, but I have been caught out where the box has got damp and the matches no longer strike. In this instance I use a small paper taper (usually a bit of the cros...
by bikerta
23 Oct 2017, 10:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lighting a Trangia
Replies: 77
Views: 5205

Re: Lighting a Trangia

A match :lol:
by bikerta
11 Aug 2017, 3:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mid Wales campsites.
Replies: 6
Views: 703

Re: Mid Wales campsites.

Used ukcampsites website and called up sites near Oswestry and this one came up first. Looks like the type of campsite you are after, just depends on if location is right. 15 mins cycle to pub.
http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/revie ... evid=10686
by bikerta
8 Aug 2017, 12:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Reviews - Wales
Replies: 14
Views: 1789

Re: Campsite Reviews - Wales

I can also second this site for its amazing views. What a sunset I had that evening. However, I struggled to even push a loaded tourer up parts of the hill from the northern side, especially at the end of a long day. Definitely make sure you have everything you need for the evening.