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by simonhill
23 Feb 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 Day Norfolk Tour Recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: 4 Day Norfolk Tour Recommendation

Kings Lynn might be a good starting point. You can get a train there. Either head N to the coast, but as Nuke says that road can be busy. Or you can head East, Sandringham way and keep heading East till you get to Norwich and or the Broads. I like the Broads and it's worth a days cycling. Then pick ...
by simonhill
23 Feb 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aberdeen/Manchester/Dehli
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Aberdeen/Manchester/Dehli

Sounds like a good plan, but there are tens of things that can go wrong. All you can do is have a good plan and then contingencies for any major hiccups. Hopefully the train bit will be OK, at least you aren't on Southern. Re the boxing, I'd ring Evans the day before to: a, confirm you have a time s...
by simonhill
23 Feb 2019, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FInding a Surly LHT or Disc trucker to try out ( Plymouth area )
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: FInding a Surly LHT or Disc trucker to try out ( Plymouth area )

No headset, just frame and forks.

The one I'm selling does have headset from previous build.
by simonhill
22 Feb 2019, 6:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Test Ride. Is It Overrated?
Replies: 14
Views: 609

A Test Ride. Is It Overrated?

Suggesting or recommending a test ride is very common on this forum, but I wonder if they have any real value for the average person. I accept that for many contributors to this forum, a test ride is very revealing. They probably have a shed full of bikes and a quick ride can reveal that an extra de...
by simonhill
21 Feb 2019, 9:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FInding a Surly LHT or Disc trucker to try out ( Plymouth area )
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: New bike

Lust on. What's wrong with wanting such an icon in the touring world. I checked into a small GH a couple of days ago and parked up was a nice olive green LHT that belonged to a guy from S Korea. I don't expect it will be the last I see on my travels. If you compare frames, I think you will find litt...
by simonhill
21 Feb 2019, 12:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Zealand touring
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: New Zealand touring

You can always post any unwanted gear home to save carrying it with you on the rest of the trip.
by simonhill
20 Feb 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: Travel Insurance

...........but does it include cycle touring? Policies often have a clause that bans something done as the sole part of the holiday. The example I've seen given is you can go diving, but you can't be on a diving holiday, eg living on a dive boat. My policy specifically includes "cycle touring&q...
by simonhill
20 Feb 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FInding a Surly LHT or Disc trucker to try out ( Plymouth area )
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: New bike

If you are after a 26" Surly LHT, I have a 56 cm frame for sale. Hardly used, black, £200 plus postage. Unfortunately I live the other side of the country, otherwise you could have tried out one of mine. Not available till I get home at end of March as I am currently touring in Asia on one of m...
by simonhill
20 Feb 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Zealand touring
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Re: New Zealand touring

I have toured on NZ 2x2 months. Glad to see you are now thinking about where you can get a bike rather than where you can ride. Your best chances will be the new rail trails plus outdoor centres like Queenstown. You may find some of these are one way rides with transport back options. If going multi...
by simonhill
20 Feb 2019, 8:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike locks for South East Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Bike locks for South East Asia

Lawynet, I know you are mainly in Indonesia, I don't know if it is different. I agree that people put motorbikes indoors, but only at night. They often seem very casual during the day, often leaving keys in and sometimes even the engine running when they go into a shop, etc. I never feel particularl...
by simonhill
20 Feb 2019, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Re: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?

Gotta laugh at you guys, you love to get stuck in. The OP is probably hiding under the sofa. To the matter: I ride quite lot. I've just finished 67kms, day before yesterday 93kms, day before 87, admittedly in up to 35° heat, but I think 85 miles is a long way. I know most of you guys knock off 100km...
by simonhill
18 Feb 2019, 12:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike locks for South East Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Bike locks for South East Asia

I cycle a lot in SE Asia and am in Burma at the moment. I only use a cheapo cable combination lock. I also have a very short combination lock just for putting through back wheel when I make a short stop eg into a 7 Eleven or a meal where bike is visible. At night I never leave bike outside, it is ei...
by simonhill
17 Feb 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Re: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?

Here is some info. https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kentsport-news ... challenge/

Looks like the OP may have already 'invested' £330 in the ride (or £230, depending which bit of the page you read).
by simonhill
17 Feb 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Re: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?

Mid/late March seems a bit early to be organising a charity ride like this. Is there any historical significance? Looking data for 23rd March for Ypres: Average max temp 10°, min 4° Averages for the month: Average windspeed 22kph (pretty meaningless) Rain days 10 It's described as a " dry month...
by simonhill
17 Feb 2019, 1:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Re: How to prepare for an organised EVENT (soon) from zero start?

What sort of bike is it? Do you understand how to use the gears? To put it very simply, if you've got 3 at the front then you have 3 different sets of gears. You can't just use any rear cogs with any front ones, there are certain combinations. If you don't know this, I suggest you speak to bike shop...