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by F70100
4 Apr 2021, 11:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge now open to cyclists & pedestrians
Replies: 214
Views: 9163

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

The Dartford Crossing provides an on demand shuttle service for cyclists; surely that sets a precedent for at least a short term solution here.
by F70100
22 Mar 2021, 9:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best Camping & Caravan Club sites for cycling
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: Best Camping & Caravan Club sites for cycling

I don’t feel qualified to say if they’re “the best” but Polstead (Essex/Suffolk border) and Woodhall Spa (Lincolnshire) both offer good possibilities.
by F70100
19 Feb 2021, 4:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camera mount
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Camera mount

Thehairs1970 wrote:
mjr wrote:How tall is your bag?


The Ram Mount looks interesting but a similar one I had wobbled a lot and gradually tipped over.


I would expect that for mounting on a handlebar, the component that's most likely to move would be the bit that attaches to the bar. How much torque are you brave enough to apply to the nuts on the U bolt... There's also a clamp mount with rubberised jaws which might be more effective.

I used to use a Ram-mount at work where they were deployed to mount an iPads in an aircraft. Once properly nipped up, I never had one slip, not in turbulence, on taxiways made out of extra ripple effect concrete, or indeed, as a result of a 'special' landing (it was the copilot, honest guv).

Buy online of course and you can try it. If it doesn't work, send it back.
by F70100
19 Feb 2021, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camera mount
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Camera mount

Ram-mount have this.

You can buy components individually too if you needed, for example, a longer arm.

Does your camera have image stabilisation? There is often a lot of vibration when mounting cameras directly to a bike. You might consider a chest mount which means your body dampens out vibration. Chest mounts are quite a lot cheaper too, but if you're local to West Suffolk, you can borrow mine to try if you like. I also have a Ram mount (for a different application) which nevertheless would enable you to test the concept
by F70100
12 Feb 2021, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Classic C2C and general touring costs
Replies: 30
Views: 1970

Re: Classic C2C and general touring costs

Not a C2C but I've just planned and booked a solo tour for myself; West Suffolk - Stratford-on-Avon - Oxford and return. I've got 5 nights booked (fully refundable) in Travelodges at an average of £41/night. Admittedly, 2 of the locations are in the middle of nowhere but they are en-route.

£20 per day for food should be doable.

If all goes to plan, should work out at £1 per mile...
by F70100
18 Jan 2021, 4:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Foam sleeping mats
Replies: 53
Views: 2281

Re: Foam sleeping mats

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated sleeping pad is advertised as having 2 separate layers of interlocking air chambers to provide some redundancy in the event of a puncture.

Never tried one, just recently saw some guy on YouTube saying he bought it because of that feature.
by F70100
8 Jul 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Secure Vehicle Parking?
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: Secure Vehicle Parking?

Probably going to be plenty of space in airport car parks this summer...
by F70100
28 May 2020, 11:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: OS Maps free on line?
Replies: 26
Views: 1625

Re: OS Maps free on line?

The iOS app "Outdoors GPS - Offline OS Maps" provides free offline versions of 1:50000 maps of all the UK National Parks.

Full subscription for the rest of the UK at 1:50000 and 1:25000 is £20/annum.
by F70100
23 May 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping & Caravanning Club: Priority for cyclists/walkers?
Replies: 11
Views: 731

Re: Camping & Caravanning Club: Priority for cyclists/walkers?

I seem to recall someone on here saying that the Club sites, in particular, were meant be able to save a little space to accommodate late arriving walkers and cyclists even if the sites were officially at full capacity.


That has been the policy of the CCC. Any roadmap to getting back to normal though may well mean that sites open without the facilities blocks being available. That is easy to deal with for caravan and motorhome owners. Those using camper vans without onboard facilities, and tent campers, may well only be accommodated if they arrive with a portapotty and toilet tent...

I suspect that cycle tourers and backpackers may have some further time to wait before we can use campsites :?

My understanding is that all CCC campsites are generally operated under a franchise arrangement. Their Certificated Site network (i.e. the small capacity ones that can operate without having to have obtained planning permission to be a campsite) are all privately owned. Not all have facilities (essentially a loo) to accept tent campers.
by F70100
4 May 2020, 8:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions & tips for biking in UK
Replies: 14
Views: 765

Re: Suggestions & tips for biking in UK

I would suggest Suffolk & Norfolk.
by F70100
13 Oct 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 56
Views: 4627

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

mattsccm wrote:Much better that way. I remember a visit to Maine in the early 90's when English pubs were trendy over there. You could buy beer by the pint in handled glasses. Bar staff were not happy when I pointed out that a fifth of the pint was missing. All very amicable though.


I guess that saying a fifth is missing is better than saying you need a quarter more... :wink:
by F70100
16 Sep 2019, 7:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Avenue Verte campsites
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: Avenue Verte campsites

Some of the best campsites I’ve been to are naturist 8)
by F70100
5 Sep 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 61
Views: 3564

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

The “which camera” question can only be answered if you can say what creative choices you wish to have when taking an image.

Do you want to be able to control focal length, aperture, shutter speed and iso? How you answer that dictates what you take.
by F70100
25 Jun 2019, 10:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3697

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

Rod Goodfellow wrote:"We went to the Pencil Museum on Honeymoon and really enjoyed it...!" Which?

Lead in your pencil?


:wink:
by F70100
25 Jun 2019, 7:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3697

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

philvantwo wrote:I've been to Keswick 3 times on walking holidays and I certainly wouldn't recommend taking a bike unless you've got a low geared bike and enjoy climbing hills.The pencil museum is a waste of money so don't bother with that.


Lake District roads are too busy for me to enjoy cycling, but might be ok for early morning rides

We went to the Pencil Museum on Honeymoon and really enjoyed it...!