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by bikepacker
11 Oct 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 64
Views: 4914

Re: Why no ferries from South (West) Wales to Cornwall?

pwa wrote:Weston to Cardiff by road takes about an hour. Why would anyone want to queue and pay for a ferry that would probably take even longer?


I can remember being taken on a paddle steamer ferry from Weston Super Mare to Cardiff. I was about 10 at the time.
by bikepacker
7 Oct 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 56
Views: 1322

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

I had my jab on Saturday morning and in the evening I was achy and very cold. Yesterday I was achy but still set out on a 40 mile ride but had to return home after 9 miles as I did not feel right. Got home after a slow 9 miles back and had a really bad headache for the rest of the day. Today I feel ...
by bikepacker
14 Sep 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Nidd Open Saddle - anyone tried one?
Replies: 1
Views: 405

Spa Nidd Open Saddle - anyone tried one?

Spa have a Nidd saddle with a cut-out listed on their website I was wondering if anyone had tried one. It looks similar to the B17 Imperial and I know the leather on the Nidd is tougher than Brooks but other thoughts would be welcome.
by bikepacker
19 Aug 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Websites
Replies: 15
Views: 532

Re: Camping Websites

The Backpackers Club looks as if it might be worthwhile, at half the price of the Camping & Caravan Club, so thanks for the tip, bikepacker. They also have a footpath campsite list for walkers on many of the long distance paths. Even so I have stayed at some as a cycle camper and have never bee...
by bikepacker
19 Aug 2019, 6:55am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Websites
Replies: 15
Views: 532

Re: Camping Websites

The Backpackers Club have a farm pitch list which has a lot of cheaper sites. Look them up.
by bikepacker
18 Aug 2019, 7:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1586

Re: Theft from campsites

I've had 2 items stolen from campsites now. One in France, one in Germany. The France one was pretty stupid of me really. I left a battery pack charging in the toilets, I should have given it to reception. But the recent one in Germany was annoying. It was a microfibre towel. I'd only left it on th...
by bikepacker
10 Aug 2019, 6:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out
Replies: 34
Views: 1010

Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

I rarely take pictures these days. Even on tour or holidays. We are bombarded by pictures now, I think we have lost something somewhere, but I don't know what it is. Phone cameras are brilliant and I sometimes wish we had digital in my day but when I see wedding photogs churn out 500 pics and are i...
by bikepacker
10 Aug 2019, 10:32am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out
Replies: 34
Views: 1010

Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

The first Weston I used was the 3 back in 1957 when my Saturday job was helping a wedding photographer. I used it when I took my first wedding photo using a 5x4 Speed Graphic camera. The first one I owned was a 5 which I used for a few years until the Euromaster came along. Somewhere up in the loft ...
by bikepacker
23 Jul 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Totnes: the curious and remarkable Escher town of England where you can only cycle uphill
Replies: 18
Views: 3466

Re: Totnes: the curious and remarkable Escher town of England where you can only cycle uphill

Fastest I've done on my lightweight Mercian 531c is 52mph down off Dartmoor. Easy peasy and that's without a full tuck. Try it sometime! That is the speed I reached descending from Ventoux. Fastest I ever did was coming down from the old racecourse into Oswestry with a strong tail wind. that was 63...
by bikepacker
23 Jul 2019, 1:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3747

Re: Coast of UK?

My favourite book about cycling around the coast is 'Postcards from the edge of Britain' by Peter Mann. He did it on a Moulton. If anyone is into walking books 'Turn right at Lands End' is a good diary account by John Merrill of his 7000 mile walk around the coast. My favourite E2E was when I did it...
by bikepacker
18 Jul 2019, 9:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6652

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

Maps. Pages torn out of road atlases. What's a Garmin?
by bikepacker
17 Jul 2019, 11:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?
Replies: 41
Views: 4981

Re: Train to Penzance won't take bike trailer - how else?

Maybe you have already checked but this is a suggestion based on my own past journeys. Waterloo to Exeter by SW trains then Exeter to Penzance by Cross Country. As I say I have used both of these in the past with a loaded bike but never with a trailer and both without reservations.
by bikepacker
28 Jun 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Worcester canal towpath
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Worcester canal towpath

Oggi wrote:Looking on google maps the route through Worcester and across the road bridge looked unpleasant to Diglis bridge is the obvious choice.


It really depends on where you are heading for after Worcester as to when you leave the canal.
by bikepacker
28 Jun 2019, 12:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Worcester canal towpath
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Worcester canal towpath

Rode down from Tardebigge last week on my Mercian with 28mm tyres. As Richard has said it is great from Tibberton to Diglis it really depends where you are intending to join before there. Either side of Droitwich there are some messy but passable sections and after the tunnel at Dunhampstead it gets...
by bikepacker
12 Jun 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclecraft
Replies: 64
Views: 2611

Re: Cyclecraft

I wasn't aware of any new edition but will make enquiries and I like to keep an up to date copy.

John Franklin was indeed an very good expert witness and put together a brilliant case when he testified on cyclists behalf at a public inquiry in which I was involved.