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by bikerta
5 Dec 2018, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 21
Views: 925

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: 1154

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: 5946

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: 1351

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: 3429

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: 553
Views: 23739

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: 1607

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: 4953

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: 4953

Re: Lighting a Trangia

A match :lol:
by bikerta
11 Aug 2017, 3:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mid Wales campsites.
Replies: 6
Views: 676

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: 1706

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.
by bikerta
8 Aug 2017, 12:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Reviews (index)
Replies: 62
Views: 12692

Re: Campsite Reviews (index)

Dol-Llys Farms at Llanidloes https://dolllyscaravancampsite.co.uk/tariff/ Stayed here last year when doing Lon Las Cymru. Excellent site. You can pitch right by river, out in open or some secluded little spots. I was right on the river bank and suprisingly no midges. Price £7.50 and includes a campe...
by bikerta
8 Aug 2017, 12:19pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: WHAT FOOD
Replies: 40
Views: 2599

Re: WHAT FOOD

mercalia wrote:
I bet you dont use a wood burner stove ( unless you also like sooted toast?) :wink:



The grill that sits on top of the Honey Stove makes lovely toast as long as you let the flames die down a bit.
by bikerta
23 Jul 2017, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru
Replies: 21
Views: 1521

Re: Lon Las Cymru

Re the one to avoid, do you mean Corris? I hope it's not too midgy, I am a bit of a midge magnet! Yes, I did mean Corris and unfortunately it's the only campsite in the area, otherwise I would have had to stop very early in the day in Dolgellau or continue on to next site and it meant doing 2 very ...
by bikerta
22 Jul 2017, 9:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru
Replies: 21
Views: 1521

Re: Lon Las Cymru

I also did this route last summer as a solo cycle camping trip. Gospel pass is fine as it is all small lanes. The route certainly has some spectacular scenery with some spectacular hills to go with it. I stayed at a campsite near Harlech that involved a huge climb to get to it, whereas you can stay ...