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by pq
5 Sep 2019, 9:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Frame bags cf conventional panniers.
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Frame bags cf conventional panniers.

I imagine there's also a weight saving to be had. Pannier carriers weigh a bit. I remember years ago when I used to do a lot of touring in unlikely places, I knew a guy who was obsessive about keeping the weight of his touring gear down. One of his bugbears was the weight of the luggage itself, both...
by pq
21 Aug 2019, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac

Ah, well I guess that's how you connect to Clermont from my local train.
by pq
21 Aug 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: TER Train Clermont Ferrand to Toulouse via Figeac

That runs through our local station! I very much doubt there's a direct train which does that. There's a train from Figeac to Toulouse which I think originates in Aurillac. There are around 5 per day, you mostly buy the ticket on the train (unless you board at a staffed station). There's always bike...
by pq
6 Aug 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Penny farthings
Replies: 36
Views: 2011

Re: Penny farthings

I've ridden a penny farthing, a proper old one. It wasn't especially difficult until I decided I was done and wanted to get off.
by pq
6 Aug 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

The answer to this question has always been Old Man Mountain racks. I've never seen one and don't know whether they're still made, but google will no doubt reveal all.
by pq
6 Aug 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beijing to Ulaan Batur
Replies: 13
Views: 1443

Re: Beijing to Ulaan Batur

Do you really want to ride out of Beijing? In your shoes I'd be taking a train to somewhere much quieter before I started riding.
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Going to France in a few weeks...
Replies: 10
Views: 2554

Re: Going to France in a few weeks...

I've toured in France a lot and now live there. I'm not a fan of going for impressive place-to-place tours because they take too little account of the quality of riding. I'm generalising here, but for me the south of France is a much better than the north. In the south pretty much everywhere is nice...
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 1:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.
Replies: 29
Views: 4867

Re: MP's reply to additional comments to recent Cycling UK form letter.

Well at least he read your letter and responded. My MP has a secretary deal with letters on his behalf, so all I ever get is whatever standard letter seems most appropriate to whatever subject I've raised. I always respond, pointing out that he's addressed none of the points I raised, but that's ign...
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 Sprocket with Campag Chorus?
Replies: 16
Views: 2597

Re: 32 Sprocket with Campag Chorus?

I haven't bothered reading this thread, but here's my experience. I ran a 30T on a standard short cage record rear mech, and it struggled. The problem is that the top jockey wheel runs too close to the sprocket. You can adjust it, but not really enough. It was usable though. What tipped it over the ...
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recording your tour - too many gadgets already!
Replies: 34
Views: 4928

Re: Recording your tour - too many gadgets already!

I have GPS records of lots of my tours but never look at them. What I do value are the write-ups I did on Crazyguyonabike - I also enjoy sharing them with others. Time consuming to do, but well worth it, I wish I'd done more, there's no record of most of my rides. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pq
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New York to California without leaving England
Replies: 18
Views: 3236

Re: New York to California without leaving England

There's also a California in Birmingham, wouldn't make such a nice tour though.

I regularly used to ride through Botany Bay, not far from Burton on Trent - would make for an easy RTW trip.
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Narrow q factor triple chainset with steel rings
Replies: 22
Views: 3402

Re: Narrow q factor triple chainset with steel rings

There's not much point having steel for the big ring because they last ages anyway. You could also try looking for Ti rings, I have middle and small on my expedition tourer and they're indestructible.
by pq
30 Jul 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files
Replies: 6
Views: 1833

Re: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files

Not answering your question, but you don't need a signal for your phone to tell you where you are. You just need an app which uses maps loaded on the phone - I've used mapdroyd in the past but there are plenty of others.
by pq
19 Jul 2019, 8:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

Garmins eat batteries compared to phones and make some interesting route choices but not as bad as Google Allowing a gps to plot your route is always a terrible idea. You need to do it manually and have it guide you along it. On battery life, GPS are optimised to minimise power usage. If you're hav...
by pq
19 Jul 2019, 7:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

I forgot to say that if you'll be passing through towns and cities, a GPS can be especially useful for avoiding awful busy urban roads. Even if you don't use a GPS all the time, it can be useful to have routes plotted through towns and cities.