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by raaab
30 Oct 2018, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?
Replies: 31
Views: 1779

Re: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?

I live in Cambridge and frequently take my bike to London via GA or the other line (Northern). I never booked a bike on and never even thought to do so.
Once when I was trying to get on a peak train which my bike (the train was empty) a guy said not to but all other times it was fine
by raaab
16 Oct 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: squealing cantilever brakes
Replies: 23
Views: 1150

Re: squealing cantilever brakes

Jurassic2 wrote:Thanks PH, looks like it's worth trying at £6 + a bit of p&p guess if it's mounted to the fork it reduces the cable length and may be the flex


did you go for the up hanger in the end? If so let me know how it goes. I have the same cantis, same issues
by raaab
9 Sep 2018, 5:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Altura Vortex Ultralite Panniers
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Re: Altura Vortex Ultralite Panniers

Has anyone tried these? The attachment system looks rather iffy and I've not actually seen them in the flesh but the low weight and relatively low price makes them sound appealing for a spot of fairly minimalist camping. I did not have altura untralites myself, but two people I toured with last yea...
by raaab
11 Apr 2017, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?
Replies: 13
Views: 2833

Re: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?

gaz wrote:You seem to have some privacy settings preventing you from sharing your route.


Ah.... should be public now

http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1730068943
by raaab
11 Apr 2017, 9:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?
Replies: 13
Views: 2833

Re: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?

I cycled to Dover last Sept, following this route http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/1730068943 It was quiet, even the London section was grand in comparison to other London cycling. Some roads in the Kent downs were a bit bumpy but the route was pretty quiet the whole way. If you are after a less hil...
by raaab
2 Apr 2017, 3:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Top Tube bags
Replies: 10
Views: 1675

Re: Top Tube bags

I have a topeak top tube bag, which I used a bit last summer. It looks very similar to the ravx one linked above.(https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/top-tube-bags/278-tribag) It was handy for keeping my phone and a few other bits in, but was also a bit annoying.Anything heavier than a phone i...
by raaab
9 Mar 2017, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FRONT PANNIER RACKS
Replies: 15
Views: 1110

Re: FRONT PANNIER RACKS

That does sound familiar. With the salsa front rack and my original CB fork it was a squeeze to get the rack on, it did fit though even though I'm pretty sure it was 155mm distance between the mid position and lower braze ons. I'll measure the new fork on the weekend Also, the salsa rack I have diff...
by raaab
7 Mar 2017, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FRONT PANNIER RACKS
Replies: 15
Views: 1110

Re: FRONT PANNIER RACKS

I did have some issues communicating with claud butler directly, ie, they didnt reply to emails. I bought my bike in a claud butler shop in Cambridge, so any dealings I needed to do for the bike I went through them, which was handy. I did notice a minor defect in the fork 3 years after buying the bi...
by raaab
6 Mar 2017, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FRONT PANNIER RACKS
Replies: 15
Views: 1110

Re: FRONT PANNIER RACKS

Hi, Thanks for accepting me. Sorry if this is the wrong section to introduce myself Tech question. I have just bought a Claud Butler Malvern disc. It comes with the rear pannier rack . What would be the best front pannier rack for this bike. Has anyone got a CB Malvern , what do you think of it I h...
by raaab
27 Feb 2017, 10:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hook of Holland to the German border
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: Hook of Holland to the German border

I've been from Hoek to Brunbuttel - you are right it is very samey- pleasant enough ride - If you've not been that way then it would be interesting - but not a lot of bangs for your bucks if you are used to riding in a more interesting environment Thanks for the link - your photos do make it look n...
by raaab
27 Feb 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hook of Holland to the German border
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: Hook of Holland to the German border

Look on the Open Cycle Map for the long distance cycle routes. I'd start on the LF1 going a few miles North along the coast. Then on to LF4 going East which gets you to the Netherlands-German border. Then D3 and D7 gets you to Hamburg. There's a slight gap between D3 and D7. I expect most of that r...
by raaab
11 Feb 2017, 5:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland - does it get too busy in August
Replies: 6
Views: 626

Re: Ireland - does it get too busy in August

Hi, I think regarding tour buses etc they will be present all summer so travelling in August will not be worse than another time of the Summer. Also, comparing Irish roads to the roads around the UK, the roads in Ireland never seem as busy as roads here. I think the traffic density in the UK is much...
by raaab
6 Feb 2017, 9:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any tips for touring on the cheap?
Replies: 47
Views: 2863

Re: Any tips for touring on the cheap?

I'm also interested in butterfly handlebars, as the flat bars I have at the moment tend to strain the old wrists on longer rides. I would recommend some alternative hand positions, like a butterfly bar or something else. After a few long days alternative positions are a real treat. I have not used ...
by raaab
6 Feb 2017, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: East Anglia to London - Know a Good Route?
Replies: 23
Views: 994

Re: East Anglia to London - Know a Good Route?

Hi, I have cycled between Cambridge and London a bit, having lived in Royston, Herts for a while. There are some nice quite enough routes between Cambridge and London From Cambridge to London via, Barrington, Sheprith, Fowlmere, Barley, Barkway, Hare Street, Thundridge, Ware and onto the Canal from ...
by raaab
9 Nov 2016, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour starting from Calais
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Re: Tour starting from Calais

Cycled around Flanders this summer. Agree with the other comment that it can be quite hilly in the area. Keeping near the coast avoids the most of the hills (but the breeze can be a factor there also). European trains are usually more bike friendly so cycling away from Calais and returning by train ...