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by rareposter
7 Dec 2019, 2:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 38
Views: 1491

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

As I plan my route using some of the more available and popular guides, I find myself needing to decide on what GPS and Apps I want to use to find my way. I like simple, minimalist but reliable technology. I don’t need HR or cadence it’s such things. I’m leaning toward just using my iPhone 8 runnin...
by rareposter
6 Dec 2019, 3:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 29
Views: 1063

Re: Support vehicles and "rules".

Yeah, I've got nothing against support vehicles - my comment was more about how it was deployed and to my mind, having it sitting there a few feet behind the rider for the entire day is the worst thing possible. I appreciate that in some events (like RAAM) and for record attempts it's a necessity bu...
by rareposter
1 Dec 2019, 7:40pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 42
Views: 1143

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

there peddle assit, so they will help and make the job easy. but not many 250w will take you up a step hill without some work. Yes, I understand that, but how much do they assist you up a one chevron hill at 5mph? How much of assistance is there to take the puff and strain away? Can you get up a on...
by rareposter
15 Nov 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Youngest to do C2C?
Replies: 4
Views: 948

Re: Youngest to do C2C?

A mate did it both ways with his then 7-year-old lad in 2012. http://sometimesridesbikes.blogspot.com/2012/11/hadrians-cycleway-coast-to-coast-to.html The boy (Tom) went on to become the youngest person to do: the Festive 500 (pretty much the first few years he did it he got an honorary mention as &...
by rareposter
13 Oct 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 29
Views: 1063

Re: Support vehicles and "rules".

Once when driving up to John o Groates we came up behind and extremely slow van doing maybe 8 mph uphill. In due course we passed, to discover it was the "support vehicle" for a John-o-Groates lone cyclist. Seemingly the van had driven the whole way 10 yards behind the cyclist. Bizarre ! ...
by rareposter
5 Oct 2019, 4:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester
Replies: 6
Views: 3036

Re: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester

Why on earth would you ever choose to cycle through Manchester? It's actually not a bad option - depends of course what overall route you're taking, most people go further west and up via a corridor between about Runcorn and Partington but if you're going for a more easterly option, Manchester isn'...
by rareposter
11 Sep 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 98
Views: 31473

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

A thousand cyclist? That's a bit much for any community, maybe the organisers should cut back the numbers in order to present a more welcoming stance. It isn't 1000. They like to claim 1000 and they do the usual marketing thing of saying "limited places left, sign up now!" to try to persu...
by rareposter
4 Sep 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 98
Views: 31473

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

Thread bump: If it makes any difference to anyone, the 2019 ride starts this Saturday (7th) from LE and finishes on Sunday 15th. You may wish to avoid bits of the route if you're on it, know people who'll be driving on it or whatever. Or you may wish to go out and see them pass through. But anyway -...
by rareposter
4 Sep 2019, 7:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 Dornoch to Wick
Replies: 9
Views: 733

Re: A9 Dornoch to Wick

Cos it's an absolutely horrific road. Takes all the heavy traffic up to the north east, it's narrow, often not the best surface, it's quite exposed and traffic often travels quite fast along it. Streetview of random section It's not bad as a driving road, I actually quite like coming back down there...
by rareposter
1 Sep 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: September weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: September weather?

Maybe I've been lucky but all my LEJOGs have been in early September and I've done a fair bit of cycle touring in Scotland around that time too (outside of any LEJOGing) and while there's been a couple of bad days, I've had far more good weather than bad. First time I did LEJOG in 2012, we had about...
by rareposter
24 Aug 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1835

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

My preferred option for touring has always been to have a route in mind with some options to accommodate being faster or slower than expected. Around lunchtime, work out where I'll be based on how fast I've been so far, how much more riding I actually want to do and therefore where I'll be at maybe ...
by rareposter
17 Aug 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe
Replies: 95
Views: 6234

Re: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe

I think my first thoughts were this seems a wrongheaded action by the council. Thinking about what was supposedly complained about, noisy cycling meets, I can see a potential problem. Having been in various outdoor activity groups over the last 20 plus years I am aware how noisy groups at meet up p...
by rareposter
13 Aug 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5206

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

What can be learnt from the 'success' of the NC500? It is popular with cyclists AND with drivers! A similar promotion is planned further south in Scotland, Minus One I think I always found southern Scotland (or more particulaly, the Central Belt area) one of the most boring and depressing bits of t...
by rareposter
12 Aug 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 5206

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

I did some cycle touring up round there in 2016 - did some big days out around the west coast. The bits that were on NC500 were often quite busy (this was in September, I imagine it's worse in July / August) and it was often "convoys" - things like 3 or 4 MX5s, a couple of sports cars, a t...
by rareposter
11 Aug 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC 500 altnaharra food
Replies: 24
Views: 1081

Re: NC 500 altnaharra food

a) Altnaharra isn't on the NC500 (although it is on LEJOG if you go straight up through the middle rather than via the awful A9) b) a group of 19 turning up at a small hotel literally in the middle of nowhere - I'd be happy to even get food, never mind a choice! I'd say the hotel is being entirely r...