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by gplhl
27 Sep 2017, 4:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Government launches urgent review into cycle safety
Replies: 172
Views: 7751

Re: Government launches urgent review into cycle safety

“Series of high profile incidents”, I recall one that was high profile!


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my stupid phone.
by gplhl
13 Apr 2017, 9:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: maps for expedition touring
Replies: 52
Views: 2317

Re: maps for expedition touring

That's right. Correct. RidewithGPS will export kml and I use Cyclemeter on the iPhone to record rides which can also generate kml. Kml is also good for google earth. Cyclemeter will export rides direct to google earth on the iPhone so you can view places you've been easily and drop into street view...
by gplhl
12 Apr 2017, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Butterflies and Bats - Cycling Around the World
Replies: 15
Views: 7131

Butterflies and Bats - Cycling Around the World

Stephen, congratulations, I'm sure once you get going a lot of the butterflies will disappear. Setting off is the biggest step. With SIM cards and data easy to obtain it's easy to keep in touch. Don't rush, if you feel like stopping, do, smile and speak to people often and you'll see how friendly mo...
by gplhl
12 Apr 2017, 10:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Surly LHT or Cross Check?
Replies: 34
Views: 3993

Re: Surly LHT or Cross Check?

The LHT is better at carrying these heavy loads I'd agree, the Trucker feels a little odd unloaded. Fully loaded it feels right and the comfortable Mercedes analogy is spot on. I averaged just under 12mph fully loaded from the UK to Cape Town and couldn't have had a better performing bike. https://...
by gplhl
12 Apr 2017, 10:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: maps for expedition touring
Replies: 52
Views: 2317

maps for expedition touring

Download the map.me app and load the countries required. Works fine off line down to street level. Does anyone actually do it like that? Ive found Maps.me great for finding the junction of Rue du Rene Artois and Gruber Strasse when Im looking for a particular shop but pretty useless for finding my ...
by gplhl
12 Apr 2017, 9:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Packing Luggage
Replies: 7
Views: 1249

Bike Packing Luggage

Hi all, I usually tour with a fully loaded bike, four panniers, bar bag, trunk bag, under bar bag etc. Due to circumstances I'm no longer able to go on long extensive tours, so looking at less time and maximising distance. Any recommendations from those using it already on good quality, waterproof b...
by gplhl
28 Mar 2017, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sourcing water
Replies: 23
Views: 1380

Re: Sourcing water

To date my theory that any place remote enough not to have houses will have fresh natural water has yet to be disproved. Haven't tried to put this into practice in the Sahara though. Britain. Yes The Sahara still has plenty enough water and surprisingly more people living there than you'd think, at...
by gplhl
23 Jan 2017, 12:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10 punctures in 10 days - finally solved !
Replies: 15
Views: 1679

Re: 10 punctures in 10 days - finally solved !

As the title suggests , have just been through a string of punctures. Always on the outer part of the tube. The holes were always round, so I presumed a thorn that had gone in and out. Changed my cycle route to no effect. And yes after every puncture I ran my fingers around the tyre to check for an...
by gplhl
1 Jun 2015, 6:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Todays Phone Call
Replies: 52
Views: 2138

Re: Todays Phone Call

I've got a message that loops on my iPad I play, it's hold music and keeps stopping every 10 seconds to tell them that phone call is important to me, please hold the line. I leave it until they give up. I've had some hold up to five minutes.
by gplhl
1 Jun 2015, 7:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar bag as security risk
Replies: 20
Views: 1332

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

I use an ortlieb bar bag. No problem with risk. I'm with it all the time. I leave the shoulder strap on and when I get off the bike, so does the bag.

Regards,

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk
by gplhl
1 Jun 2015, 7:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please
Replies: 31
Views: 2312

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

I'd recommend Peter Storm zip offs. Although the 10 month tour I just did I rarely unzipped them. Still in good condition and the only pair I took. For cycling in the day I had Endura shorts.

Regards,

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk
by gplhl
1 Jun 2015, 7:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommend me a pair of panniers.
Replies: 20
Views: 1247

Re: Recommend me a pair of panniers.

I've just used my Ortliebs to cycle from the UK to Cape Town over 10 months and written a piece about my experience of using them here:

http://longbikeride.co.uk/travelling-an ... -panniers/

Regards,

Gary Hewitt-Long
www.longbikeride.co.uk
by gplhl
8 Apr 2015, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tektro RL520 brake lever question
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Tektro RL520 brake lever question

Yes they do work!
I have them on my Surly Long Haul Trucker with BB7's, just finished an 18,000km tour with them, all worked wonderfully!

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk
by gplhl
16 Mar 2015, 2:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike security for camping tour
Replies: 11
Views: 2280

Re: Bike security for camping tour

If you pick the right places to wild camp nobody should know you were even there.

Leave all the bags on. It's harder for someone to steal unless they are used to riding a fully loaded cumbersome tourer. :-)

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk
by gplhl
12 Mar 2015, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

Wipe down occasionally. Just look after the drive train and simple oiling elsewhere.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk