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by dondelion
3 Oct 2020, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I don't want to have to be flat-out overnight...
Replies: 11
Views: 995

Re: I don't want to have to be flat-out overnight...

Seam grip for tents works really well too.
by dondelion
23 Sep 2020, 9:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good quality cycling cap?
Replies: 27
Views: 1137

Re: Good quality cycling cap?

http://www.johnsonstitchworks.com/

UK made, well finished, lots of colour, next to no logo, reasonably priced, made me a smaller size due to my pin head
by dondelion
20 Aug 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA "post Covid"
Replies: 51
Views: 2048

Re: YHA "post Covid"

We're currently in YHA Alnwick. £60 per night for a double room with en suite! After 45 nights camping it seems worth it though. Nearly all the facilities are unavailable except laundry. No food available in house as they couldn't square it with the one way system they've implemented in the building...
by dondelion
20 Aug 2020, 12:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?
Replies: 25
Views: 1363

Re: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?

We left Sussex 6 weeks ago and have just reached Northumberland travelling via Dartmoor and Mid Wales. Probably spent 25 nights at numerous campsites mostly costing around £20 for 2 of us and 1 tent. Honeypot campsites have been heaving, especially in coastal Devon, but away from popular spots they'...
by dondelion
25 Jun 2020, 2:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!
Replies: 32
Views: 1065

Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

A frame builder friend who is a shorter fellow is currently building himself a 20 inch offroad tourer with 3 inch tyre clearance, a pinion drivetrain and a suspension fork. He was aggrieved to find Velo Orange have released something similar as mentioned by Brucey above. Vee make some big and bouncy...
by dondelion
25 May 2020, 11:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: OS Maps free on line?
Replies: 26
Views: 1543

Re: OS Maps free on line?

https://maps.the-hug.net/

You can plot a route online using OS Explorer 1:25000 maps then generate a gpx file.
by dondelion
23 May 2020, 9:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much food to carry for an expedition?
Replies: 31
Views: 1212

Re: How much food to carry for an expedition?

5 days is a good amount in general but it depends whether you want to take your time and you don't mind riding heavy. If you're fast and light, it's easier to ride hard 100km to the next resupply point so you can carry a lot less. I love cooking in camp so I'll always carry fresh veg, cheese, pickle...
by dondelion
23 Jan 2020, 12:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route advice for Kyrgystan
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Route advice for Kyrgystan

I rode Pereval Tosor solo in mid June 2015 in good weather and it took me about 10 arduous hours of climbing. There was some hike a biking due to some rocky bits and especially in the snow at the top but the descent was particularly scenic and enjoyable. All on a panniered Surly LHT with 2 inch Schw...
by dondelion
18 Dec 2019, 1:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance routes in Spain - suggestions?
Replies: 11
Views: 1055

Re: Long distance routes in Spain - suggestions?

I'm hoping to do this at some point in the future, a 2000km mostly off road circuit of Andalusia.

https://www.transandalus.org

Has anyone here done it?
by dondelion
31 Mar 2019, 5:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 119
Views: 20205

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

I'm using an Alpkit Stem Cell XL bag in the gap between stem and bars and it fits perfectly. My cockpit has definitely been minimised due to the lack of flat surfaces though. The bars are really comfy and it feels like a natural position even after long hours in the saddle. My partner is using On On...
by dondelion
28 Mar 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 119
Views: 20205

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

No love for bullmoose bars? They have a similar swept back style to the Jones. I'm currently riding the Baja Divide on my Surly Troll with them (slowly, fully loaded and with panniers) and they are a revelation after years on drops. Planet X sell Nitto's version for £70 https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q...
by dondelion
18 Jul 2018, 10:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Buddy MK3 or similar
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Bike Buddy MK3 or similar

I used one to carry a 750ml fuel bottle on my big tour and it never caused me any problems even on the roughest of Mongolian tracks. At some point I lost a part during transportation and they sent me a free replacement. Thoroughly recommended.
by dondelion
1 Jul 2018, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Chainring bolts fell out

So after riding some 20 miles, with the ring only secured by 2 bolts, it has changed shape sufficiently so that I can get 4 out of 5 bolts back in. Strange stuff. Will borrow a needle file to get the remaining bolt in.

I have written to FSA UK asking where to obtain a replacement.

Lessons learned...
by dondelion
30 Jun 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Re: Chainring bolts fell out

Thanks for all the replies. I've tried gradually doing up the bolts, with no success. The Cycletourist chainring is 8 speed but I'm running 10 speed. Research tells me this isn't a problem. But it's silver... I'll have a go with a hammer and a file tomorrow and get the Cycletourist if it doesn't wor...
by dondelion
30 Jun 2018, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 791

Chainring bolts fell out

...and now I can't get them back in. Yesterday, I was riding happily along when I heard an odd rattle and felt some resistance. Checks revealed that 4 chainring bolts had ejected themselves at some point and my inner chainring was hanging on by one bolt. The chainset is an FSA Tempo Adventure 46/30 ...