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by Pyranha
28 Jul 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New York to California without leaving England
Replies: 18
Views: 3300

Re: New York to California without leaving England

On the biblical theme, there must be loads, but the first two that spring to mind are Eden (Valley) and Padanaram (near Forfar).
by Pyranha
20 Jul 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: 950 euros for a coffee!
Replies: 19
Views: 1161

Re: 950 euros for a coffee!

We were there last month, when a tourist was charged for taking a bike into the city - and for being shirtless. There are signs telling you some of these laws. Bikes are welcome on some of the other islands, and we hired a tandem on Lido for an afternoon. In the city a bike would be more of an encum...
by Pyranha
26 Jan 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for Italy
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: Maps for Italy

We did a short ride out of Siena in October. Started by looking at a tourism website for inspiration, then spent a wee while in the bookshops looking for a decent map - there are 1:50000 scale ones if you look, with suggested cycling/hiking routes - gave it away after we got back and can’t remember ...
by Pyranha
12 Oct 2018, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore

The road between Crieff and Aberfeldy should be quiet - the descent into Aberfeldy is fun. Then Aberfekdy to Logierait, on the minor road should be ok. At Logierait, NCN7 goes up the (possibly) unclassified road parallel to the A9; I would then stick with NCN7 all the way as it's a mix of quiet road...
by Pyranha
22 Jul 2018, 6:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alps night time temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 672

Re: Alps night time temperature

had to wait for my underwear to thaw, then dry, before getting moving around lunch time. Hopefully you were not wearing them! No, but thanks for the thought. I was backpacking solo, so travelling with limited spares; I washed them at the campsite and put them on a (guy) line to dry, but I'd arrived...
by Pyranha
21 Jul 2018, 8:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alps night time temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 672

Re: Alps night time temperature

It really depends. Obviously it is colder the higher you are. Camping in valleys in June, frost is unlikely, but I’ve been snowed on every month June-September. One September morning near Courmayeur, I had to wait for my underwear to thaw, then dry, before getting moving around lunch time. I would s...
by Pyranha
16 Jul 2018, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem sizing
Replies: 26
Views: 985

Re: Tandem sizing

For parts, look on the sjs site (https://www.sjscycles.co.uk) - they are Thorn tandems too, and sell tandem specific parts (like stoker stems) which might help fettle the bike for you.
by Pyranha
14 Jul 2018, 1:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem sizing
Replies: 26
Views: 985

Re: Tandem sizing

Tandems are different from solo bikes, in part because you need to be able to stand over the top tube comfortably, in a way that’s not necessary solo. I think that most cheaper tandems appear to be made for a pretty small stoker (probably the archetype male pilot and 'little woman' on the back. If y...
by Pyranha
16 Nov 2017, 7:30am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16948

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

It's a shame that the anti-wheel-clamping law only applies to motor vehicles - as usual cars are deemed 'special'. Someone in my position - both parents working - would have difficulty retrieving a bike. I hope there's due process so that a child can defend themselves if, for instance, a bullying vi...
by Pyranha
9 Oct 2017, 10:50am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Polite Endangerment At Crossroads
Replies: 34
Views: 2457

Re: Polite Endangerment At Crossroads

I was taught to always do that, though the Highway Code approves both methods though there is a warning to watch out for cyclists No, those two images are of different situations - it shows passing behind each other for a crossroads and passing in front where the side roads are offset (only a littl...
by Pyranha
6 Jul 2017, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD + flats, advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 1421

Re: SPD + flats, advice please.

Decathlon also do, or at least did - I bought them a few years ago - a M324 style pedal. I've a pair and they're ok. But if M3424s are heavy these will be too. But I'm wondering how heavy they really are - is there really a noticeable difference?
by Pyranha
5 Jul 2017, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD + flats, advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 1421

Re: SPD + flats, advice please.

You could look at the Click'r (silly name) PD T420. My wife's just bought a second pair so she'll have the same on the tandem and cross bike. She often rides the cross bike in normal shoes so I presume they work well enough as flats.
by Pyranha
18 Apr 2017, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hybrid cars big enough to take a bike
Replies: 18
Views: 1554

Re: Hybrid cars big enough to take a bike

You could look at the Kia Niro. I was considering one as it is often described as one of the few hybrids which can take a tow bar (I put the bikes on the tow bar as the dogs are in the boot) but, unfortunately, the UK models are not sold as towing compatible. I'm not sure I would describe the Outlan...
by Pyranha
12 Mar 2017, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sourcing water
Replies: 23
Views: 1503

Re: Sourcing water

If you stop at a cafe or pub for lunch, or just a snack, they're pretty likely to fill your bottle for you - some might do so even if you aren't a 'customer', but it would seem polite to buy something.
by Pyranha
12 Mar 2017, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: Bothy-bagging: Scotland's best-kept secrets revealed

Most are not very near roads, so no good if you don't go off road. Some are pretty remote as well, but a lot could be accessed by mountain bike. The biggest problem is that I would be wary of going with the expectation of there being room, so a tent is advisable . . , and if you're carrying a tent, ...