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by sabrutat
8 Dec 2017, 4:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 18
Views: 719

Re: Heaviest tent?

I tour solo with a Vango Halo 300, which weighs in at around 4 kg. With the additional footprint it's around (I imagine) 4.5 kg. Weight doesn't bother me much, a lack of space, especially if I stay put for a few days, certainly does.
by sabrutat
22 Nov 2017, 2:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French battlefields
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: French battlefields

I rode through the WWI battlefields of the Ardennes etc during my tour of Belgium, NE & Central France and Switzerland a couple of years ago, while listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcasts about those very battlefields and region. It was, quite simply, one of the most singular experie...
by sabrutat
29 Sep 2017, 6:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route for East Coast of Britain?
Replies: 24
Views: 1316

Re: Route for East Coast of Britain?

"I've got a gap from Newcastle to Hull - any recommendations?" I've ridden from Kent to Scarborough a few times now (where I live), and from Scarborough to Edinburgh and beyond a couple of years ago. I think any east coastal route that misses out the majesty of the North Yorkshire coast, p...
by sabrutat
23 Sep 2017, 7:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hadrian's Wall Cycle Route 72 - Would love Feedback on my Video
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Hadrian's Wall Cycle Route 72 - Would love Feedback on my Video

I was touring up around there at the same time, wild camping and staying two nights at Stonehaugh bothy. We must have just missed each other! Enjoyed the video, especially the historical bits.
by sabrutat
8 Sep 2017, 7:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bristol,Bath,Oxford,Hunstanton,Norwich,Ispwich,Tilbury,Caterbury July 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1764

Re: Bristol,Bath,Oxford,Hunstanton,Norwich,Ispwich,Tilbury,Caterbury July 2017

City ;-) Ely is lovely. The main problem is that the cycle routes (both on-carriageway and off) to it are fairly poor and made all the more jarring by the proximity of Cambridge which is so much above average. Ach, city of course! My mistake. IIRC, one of the cycle routes into Cambridge, approachin...
by sabrutat
8 Sep 2017, 6:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bristol,Bath,Oxford,Hunstanton,Norwich,Ispwich,Tilbury,Caterbury July 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1764

Re: Bristol,Bath,Oxford,Hunstanton,Norwich,Ispwich,Tilbury,Caterbury July 2017

The cathedrals and churches were great and added a lot to the experience. The best cathedrals for me were Bristol, Ely (a complete surprise), Norwich,and Canterbury. The Avebury stone circle was impressive. People along the way were very helpful when I got lost. I would not do something like this w...
by sabrutat
22 Aug 2017, 5:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 28
Views: 1403

Re: exped down mat - short life

I've had the welding fail in two Synmats, one after about six months of continuous use and the other after three weeks, which I too thought was a shame because they are so comfortable. I switched to a Thermarest NeoAir Camper, because it's bigger and heavier, and therefore, I reasoned, might be more...
by sabrutat
4 Aug 2017, 1:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: WHAT FOOD
Replies: 40
Views: 2006

Re: WHAT FOOD

Nettles have already been mentioned: I tried this recently after having seen Ray Mears doing it - pick them by the stem and waft the leaves over an open flame until they are slightly charred, then you can just pick the leaves off and eat them, or add them to a soup/stew/noodle dish. Taste a bit like...
by sabrutat
18 Jul 2017, 11:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lincoln to Hull to Robin Hood's Bay!
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Lincoln to Hull to Robin Hood's Bay!

Hi Sabrutat, the cycle planner website suggests a route to Hornsea and then north through Skipsea, Burton Agnes, Rustan, Hunmanby, Cayton, Osgodby. Is that the way you'd recommend? Pretty much, though I'd follow the coast road past the harbour and around the castle foot in Scarborough rather than c...
by sabrutat
17 Jul 2017, 12:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: down quilts
Replies: 15
Views: 627

Re: down quilts

I'm toying with the idea of the softie jacket, Mercalia, to use in conjunction with either a quilt or one of those half-sleeping bags for my legs. Could you tell me how big is it when packed?
by sabrutat
17 Jul 2017, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lincoln to Hull to Robin Hood's Bay!
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Lincoln to Hull to Robin Hood's Bay!

I've ridden this route a couple of times. Lincoln to Hull is pleasant enough, with no particularly challenging climbs along route 1. I would recommend the bridleway from Hull to Hornsea rather than cutting across the Wolds via Beverley and Driffield, as the roads can get busy. There is some pretty c...
by sabrutat
3 Jul 2017, 12:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2060

Re: First time UK!

I've toured the entirety of the UK (save Northern Ireland) in the last few years and I'd say the site that had the most effect on me was Isaac Newton's house (mind you, I'm a science bod so the visit had tremendous personal meaning): Woolsthorpe Manor near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Possibly close en...
by sabrutat
21 Jun 2017, 11:53am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: hammocks?
Replies: 39
Views: 1678

Re: hammocks?

Are you doing without a bug net?
by sabrutat
19 Jun 2017, 9:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Power bank
Replies: 52
Views: 3029

Re: Power bank

Thanks Sweep! TBH three large powerbanks are a little overkill: they enable me to stay off grid for almost two weeks, but the most I've done is ten days. I could probably get away with two and achieve the same results, but I'm planning on starting up either a daily or weekly vlog, so I need to cover...
by sabrutat
17 Jun 2017, 12:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: hammocks?
Replies: 39
Views: 1678

Re: hammocks?

The amount of 'bend' or 'sag' completely depends on how you set it up. You can go tight and lie lengthways, which reduces sag but causes the sides of the hammock to pull in, which some people might find claustrophobic. You can combat this (on the DD Travel, anyway) by guying out the sides with shock...