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by Slow Loris
6 Sep 2016, 11:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions

Hi All Many thanks for these suggestions - lots of options to try. I'm heading out to Milton Keynes tomorrow and plan to camp at the YHA while I work out some routes. Newport Pagnell and Salcey Forest look like good destinations. I'm considering riding back to London afterwards over a few more days,...
by Slow Loris
5 Sep 2016, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions

Many thanks for the suggestions, Vorpal. We've had some discussions and the group is pretty settled on exploring the area around either Milton Keynes or Hertford. Hostelling/self-catering in the Lea Valley would suit my style of touring, however, the majority like their creature comforts so it's def...
by Slow Loris
5 Sep 2016, 1:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Milton Keynes / Hertford Ride Suggestions

Hi All Calling any local groups and solo riders: Do you have a favourite ride? My group is in the early stages of planning a long weekend in May/June next year. We're looking at places easy to get to by train from North London with a good amount of hotel/B&B accommodation. We often have a large ...
by Slow Loris
7 Jun 2015, 8:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Newbie - Cycling Training Question
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Total Newbie - Cycling Training Question

Welcome :) . It can be daunting starting out but it definitely gets easier with confidence. Some suggestions: Some councils offer free one to one cycle training for adults. If not, the Bikability website should list trainers local to you. They will give you a good grounding in road skills. Have a pr...
by Slow Loris
18 May 2015, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use
Replies: 20
Views: 1226

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

I got a bit carried away with dreams of a LHT, they are way out of my price range, even used. I think I will look out for an old 531st tourer on ebay and ride the heck out of it. Yup – Surly bikes seem to hold their value. I abandoned looking for one as I could never find one small enough for me se...
by Slow Loris
18 May 2015, 11:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use
Replies: 20
Views: 1226

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

mercalia wrote:2 bikes or a dog . hmm thats a tough :cry: one


Perhaps not. Keep dog, ditch partner and kids, plenty of room for 2+ bikes and trailer :wink:
by Slow Loris
18 May 2015, 9:21am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping pet hates
Replies: 83
Views: 4314

Re: camping pet hates

Many thanks for this - Compton Farm site duly noted! It looks better than the two sites I stayed at. My second was Heathfield Farm which had luke-warm showers that didn't run for very long - grrr. This thread is turning into the camping equivalent of radio 4's You and Yours :mrgreen:
by Slow Loris
18 May 2015, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day use
Replies: 20
Views: 1226

Re: What bike would you suggest as a tourer and every day us

Just to add to the advice above: As already mentioned, you could keep the shopper and replace the road bike with a good tourer. If you're able to bide your time, a second hand one in good condition will often be better value for money. If the shopper is tatty enough, can it be kept on the ground flo...
by Slow Loris
18 May 2015, 8:14am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping pet hates
Replies: 83
Views: 4314

Re: camping pet hates

It was Calbourne Mill. A nice site, bar the noisy rooks and peacocks! Stoats Farm is on my list for next time round. Lovely pub opposite.
by Slow Loris
17 May 2015, 8:33am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping pet hates
Replies: 83
Views: 4314

Re: camping pet hates

Si wrote:And another - having your tent invaded by a rather loud peacock.....having one of them screech in your ear at 4 in the morning is not a good way to start the day!


:lol: You weren't by any chance at this Isle of Wight site? I was chased by the pesky things for three days :shock: .
by Slow Loris
21 Apr 2015, 7:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dress
Replies: 28
Views: 4183

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

Slow Loris I am in Ruislip Ah. I'm quite a bit further east and am not familiar with Ruislip. The TFL local cycle guide 3 covers your area - it shows some off road tracks that may or may not be decent for cycling on. If you don't already have this map (free from TFL) it could be worth checking out....
by Slow Loris
21 Apr 2015, 4:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dress
Replies: 28
Views: 4183

Re: I rode off-road - fun, finding routes and how do you dre

Unfortunately my commute home is through London which is no fun and I despise the canal path. I just need to find something around NWLondon and Bucks that has a reasonable loop. To the OP – whereabouts in NW London are you? I may be able to give you some pointers. If you're near Harrow/Watford it w...
by Slow Loris
11 Apr 2015, 7:04pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddles designs for the ladies
Replies: 28
Views: 39019

Re: Saddles designs for the ladies

A note in general on Brooks, and that Much Tosh is talked about breaking them in and the time it will take to get comfortable. Yes, they do break in and get more comfortable, but if they're not the right basic shape to start with then you'll break them in from really horrible to "merely" ...
by Slow Loris
10 Apr 2015, 11:16am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low bulk but very warm blankets
Replies: 43
Views: 1685

Re: low bulk but very warm blankets

I've been following this thread with interest – there's a wealth of information here, so thank you very much for these posts. I'm going to try out some of the suggestions with a bivvy in the garden before my next camping trip. I already have a large peanut supply :) .
by Slow Loris
9 Apr 2015, 12:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low bulk but very warm blankets
Replies: 43
Views: 1685

Re: low bulk but very warm blankets

my cold problem was not the body/arms or head but legs and feet What mat are you using and do your legs stick out? You could try some additional ground insulation, maybe foam or newspaper? I use a thermarest prolite 4 short length and have poor circulation in my feet so my legs below the knee can g...