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by JohnWL
7 Apr 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Chamois Creme ???
Replies: 30
Views: 8467

Re: Chamois Creme ???

+1 on applying to skin not shorts. I have gradually reduced the amount I use, and I do not use it for rides of less than 50 miles or 4 hours or so. I think use of it is one part of the answer to no chafe ; the others being saddle you are comfortable on ( I swear by Brooks ), gel shorts which suit/fi...
by JohnWL
3 Apr 2020, 12:17pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Great North Trail - Which bike?
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Re: Great North Trail - Which bike?

Thanks all, that is helpful. I'll have the Specialised fully serviced and then do some off road trips locally leading up to 2 days loaded. I usually cycle 50 - 80 miles a day road touring, unsupported, depending on the hills. I'm planning 30 - 40 miles a day as as Tinnishill says I want to enjoy it....
by JohnWL
2 Apr 2020, 9:44am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Great North Trail - Which bike?
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Great North Trail - Which bike?

I would appreciate members' advice. I am planning the Glasgow - Cape Wrath section of the above, which has been an off road route for some time - An Turas Mor. It is about 350 miles, 32,000 - 40,000 ft of ascent. The route is described as not a technical off road route as it is mainly hill tracks bu...
by JohnWL
2 Sep 2017, 10:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Channel to the Med
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Channel to the Med

Thanks Rob, will do.

John
by JohnWL
2 Sep 2017, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Channel to the Med
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Channel to the Med

I did this - from Ouistreham to Cagnes sur Mer - last May. I had never cycled in France and it was great - the roads, drivers, food, wine and most of all the scenery. I had intended to do it solo and unsupported, credit card touring, not camping, as I did LEJOG, but a friend recommended Peak Tours s...
by JohnWL
22 May 2016, 12:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How important is it that I choose a definite route?
Replies: 20
Views: 2252

Re: How important is it that I choose a definite route?

I set off on a planned route in early June 2014 with a few variations. I did change it as I went - for example in the area of Wigan, Preston etc I followed canals which were a bit slow but pleasant easy cycling away form the mass of roads in that part of NW England.I also found a great road not on t...
by JohnWL
7 Jul 2015, 10:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: track from Tomintoul
Replies: 4
Views: 8811

Re: track from Tomintoul

I've walked it whole and in parts at various times of the year and also - as far as Ben Avon - cycled it so I could climb without the foot slog. I also - with estate permission - have driven the land rover tracks. If any chance of poor weather avoid unless well equipped. You need a good mountain bik...
by JohnWL
26 Jun 2015, 7:36pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which way should you ride the route?
Replies: 22
Views: 10522

Re: Which way should you ride the route?

I would start at LE for the following reasons : there is a prevalent wind which is usually SW as the chart shows, the weather in March in Scotland can be very poor - ice and snow - and it should improve and most importantly if due to weather , lack of fitness or any other reason you are just not mak...
by JohnWL
19 Jun 2015, 9:47am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Midges, live track and thank you
Replies: 27
Views: 12483

Re: Midges, live track and thank you

I began by using Jungle Formula then stopped after witnessing it disfiguring plastic. That brings back memories of 1979 when I was in teh Army Reserve and we were given DEET which I think was developed by the USA for Vietnam- it's watered down in Jungle Formula. I saw it melt away the plastic butt ...
by JohnWL
13 Jun 2015, 11:27am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's wrong with me ???
Replies: 19
Views: 9852

Re: What's wrong with me ???

Sorry cannot help as to A49 but as to routes I also felt it got a bit of a pain . I did LEJOG and started on 4th June 2014. I did work out a route - and a few variations depending if I was feeling like doing hills which I avoided where I could . I also changed the route as I went - for example I wen...
by JohnWL
17 May 2015, 9:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 43022

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

I took this last June on my journey home - Inverness to ( supposedly ) Euston. I did very little advance booking of anything on my route as I was unsure that I could do the distance so I could not get on the day trains with my bike. So that left the sleeper. I booked a First Class berth , which was ...
by JohnWL
28 Apr 2015, 10:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 12 day Jogle?
Replies: 9
Views: 9516

Re: 12 day Jogle?

I agree with Mick F, especially if like me you highlight 2 or poss 3 alternatives in some areas and then decide to take the least hilly as you are knackered/lazy/whatever. And best I found to stay open to unplanned diversions - I found the canal paths through Wigan and thereabouts very good. The Sus...
by JohnWL
3 Nov 2014, 8:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 14398

Re: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015

Yes that's what I meant re Penrith - Carlisle. I see you have taken the route across the top of Crediton - I did this going in the other direction . I hadn't intended to follow the lane but just did and it worked out really well especially as for me it was downhill all the way ! I hadn't heard about...
by JohnWL
29 Oct 2014, 7:49am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 14398

Re: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015

Sorry I wasn't clear enough - for Day 4 leave Carlisle as you have planned but then turn left ie East on to Newbiggin Rd and then right ie South on to the unclassified road which tracks what you planned but to the East .

Here is a pic of it I took in June

Road to Carlisle.jpg
by JohnWL
27 Oct 2014, 8:38am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 14398

Re: 9 Day JOGLE - 2015

For km 50 - 66 from just outside Carlisle I would not go on the A6 but I went on an unclassified road just to the W of the M6. It is vv quiet, straight and less hilly than the A6. I think it was once the main road form Penrith to Carlisle before the A6.