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by RobinS
2 May 2019, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Weather in France (May'ish)
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: Weather in France (May'ish)

We are off tomorrow, Portsmouth to St Malo, down to Nantes, then east along the Loire, and onwards...….. On average the weather should be moderately warm (12-20c), some rain, but more dry days than wet. What we have had in the past leaving home late April - one trip, consistent night frosts, down to...
by RobinS
2 May 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc
Replies: 8
Views: 313

Re: UK to Finland- looking for advise on routes etc

http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos shows Eurovelo routes - combine a few of those and it would get you from Hook to Finland.
by RobinS
2 May 2019, 11:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight footwear.
Replies: 23
Views: 1122

Re: Lightweight footwear.

What's wrong with wearing your SPD shoes to the pub - I often do. On a three month tour I have just SPD shoes and very lightweight open sandals or flip flops, I certainly wouldn't cart trainers around.
by RobinS
1 May 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue
Replies: 16
Views: 639

Re: Glue to fix sole of SPD shoes + tubes of patch glue

McNetts Freesole. Absolutely brilliant. Repaired a pair of walking boots with it and they lasted yonks - the repair was as strong as the rest of the sole/rand.
by RobinS
30 Apr 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France coast to coast off road...
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: France coast to coast off road...

Which coast to which coast? Channel to Med? Atlantic to Med? Channel to Atlantic? https://www.af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html is a good starting point
by RobinS
30 Apr 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 2015

Re: Loire Valley Tours this August ....

I am thinking of cycling the Velo 6 this September and found the above posts interesting. For me the issue is how and where to come back to the UK from? Any thoughts please? Anthony We are setting off to do a good bit of EV6 this week. Ferry to St Malo, cycle to Nantes, follow Loire, etc to Basel, ...
by RobinS
25 Apr 2019, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Baggage - order of priority?
Replies: 23
Views: 711

Re: Baggage - order of priority?

Day trip - Bar Bag Lightweight tours - Bar Bag plus 2 x Ortlieb front rollers on the rear. A bit heavier - Bar Bag plus 2 x Ortlieb rear rollers. Substantial load (2 week, full camping kit) - Bar Bag plus 2 x Ortlieb rear rollers + 2 Ortlieb Front rollers. Full load (3 month+ camping trip - Bar Bag ...
by RobinS
25 Apr 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: TAX Deductions from Business Mileage when cycling to work
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: TAX Deductions from Buisness Miliage When cycling to Work

Ah, so if I get you right, if working in the office you cycle. If out visiting other sites you drive directly there from home, and back to home? If this is the case he HMRC will accept your employer paying you mileage (at 45per mile) of the actual distance covered, or the distance from your office t...
by RobinS
25 Apr 2019, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: TAX Deductions from Business Mileage when cycling to work
Replies: 15
Views: 686

Re: TAX Deductions from Buisness Miliage When cycling to Work

The tax free mileage allowance is based the distance from your place of work to the places visited in the course of your duties. Travel between your home and normal place of work is specifically excluded. If your employer was to pay you for driving (or cycling) to your place of work it would be a ta...
by RobinS
22 Apr 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 32
Views: 1231

Re: Camping Pillow

We got some self-inflate type ones from Go Outdoors, have been very successful, and we find they are more comfortable than just air filled pillows. We have also made microfibre covers for them. Since we can easily fit sleeping bag, pillow, Nemo air mattress, sleeping bag liner, air mattress cover (h...
by RobinS
22 Apr 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia
Replies: 9
Views: 343

Re: Ciclovia Svizzera Mare from Imperia

We cycled right along the coast past Genoa to Sestri Levante and crossed the Passo Cento Croci to Borgo Val di Taro, then on to Parma. Really nice quiet route on hardly used roads, climbs just over 1000m in 42km from the coast.
by RobinS
20 Apr 2019, 10:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rusted chain
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Rusted chain

I'd just spray with WD40, then a few days later spray with oil. When you get back it will probably be fine, or if not you'll need a new chain.
by RobinS
16 Apr 2019, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route and POI Planning
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: Route and POI Planning

To be honest on our normal 3 month tours we plan a general idea of the route (though often that changes dramatically half way through), follow that in principle, and visit nice places that we happen to find along the way. The best sights, interesting places etc are usually those you come across by a...
by RobinS
16 Apr 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable
Replies: 29
Views: 1205

Re: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable

I am someone who rarely cycles, except when I go off on tour, riding almost every day for 3 months. I just set the saddle at what feels the right height, after the first day (or maybe sooner) I adjust if it if it doesn't feel perfect - I may do three or four adjustments in the first couple of weeks....
by RobinS
14 Apr 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1017

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

For cycle touring we use Vango Venom 200 down bags. I originally bought mine about 15 years ago for mountaineering bivvies, and it is still going strong, including having been used on several 3 month tours in recent years. It is just warm enough for April and October weather (we have survived some v...