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by bikepacker
13 Jul 2021, 6:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Has your life changed?
Replies: 50
Views: 1080

Re: Has your life changed?

al_yrpal wrote: 13 Jul 2021, 1:07pm BP, best wishes to you and your wife. You have both been through the Mill. Hope you get some solace through many more happy miles and that pleasant little loop. Getting old can sometimes be challenging.

Al
Thanks for that Al. We have had a nice meander of 32 miles this afternoon and enjoyed every mile and we look forward to doing similar each day.
by bikepacker
13 Jul 2021, 11:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Has your life changed?
Replies: 50
Views: 1080

Re: Has your life changed?

My life changed before Covid in 2018 when my wife developed ovarian cancer and other complications. Prior to September of that year, we did a lot of cycling tours throughout UK and Europe including spending some winter tours in warmer climates. The cancer cist grew at an exceedingly fast rat from the size of a pea in September to the size of a melon by mid-October. The operation to remove it was not totally successful leaving her with other internal problems, culminating with a DNR order being placed on her at the beginning of December. She did recover after other operations, many weeks in hospital and months of chemotherapy. As she is well into her 70s we know she will never get back her previous strength but now regularly putting together 30 miles rides with the occasional 50 milers.

Throughout the Covid crisis we have had the opportunity to cycle most days around the lanes near our home in Worcestershire. This has given Pauline the chance to build her strength gradually to a point where she is considering touring again. Hopefully later this year.

As a little adage: Near where we live is a little lane that at one time was a gated, coupled with two other lanes it makes a quiet triangle of roads covering 3 miles. Over the years we have used this loop as a means of adding a few extra miles to a ride. It is a very pretty lane with superb views across the Severn Valley to the Malvern Hills. Everyday that Pauline was going through the illness I would visualise both of us riding along this lane and enjoying the view. Just imaging how emotional I felt when in late Summer of 2019 she was able to do a short ride with me incorporating this lane.
by bikepacker
28 Jun 2021, 2:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why we should stop obsessing about weight
Replies: 19
Views: 1228

Re: Why we should stop obsessing about weight

A test I did, previously posted somewhere on this forum and only to satisfy my own curiosity revealed: That a 100 mile two day ride with an overnight camp, first done with a light load and then repeated with a heavier full camping load, had very little difference in overall time for each journey.
by bikepacker
28 Jun 2021, 1:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Near Stourport
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Campsite Near Stourport

The last time I was at the Camp House (about 18 months ago) the campsite was closed. Also from the A443 it is quite a detour down a dead-end lane to get to the pub. If you are looking at that area, I believe the riverside campsite at Holt Fleet is open. This is a better option as it is only few miles further. If you decide to go there, after passing Top Barn Farm complex on the A443 take the right turn to Holt Church. Carry on past the church and don’t be put off by the lane getting narrower, it will bring you out just above the Fleet. Also, from there you could stay on the East side of the river using the lanes through to Kidderminster.

If you decide to go further, stay on the West side of the river to Bewdley here are a couple of sites I know cycle campers have used in the past but you would have to go direct to find the current situation.

Bannut Tree Farm, Pound Green. Tel 01299 401251. All year. Casual visit. Rough meadow, level, hedge shelter. Water on site. Toilets at farm 350yds. Pub (meals/real ale) nearby.

Far Forest: Yew Tree Farm, Pound Bank. Tel 01299-266300. Casual visit, usually busy at Easter and Spring Bank Holidays. All year. Level, sheltered, secluded pitch. Water, toilets and showers. On the edge of the Wyre Forest.

The latest information I have about Wolverly is that they require advanced bookings even for cycle campers, so check with them before turning up there. It is reachable on the canal towpath from Stourport, the simplest way if you don’t know the roads around there.

BTW. I was being serious about the Fell Club suggestion.
by bikepacker
27 Jun 2021, 9:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Near Stourport
Replies: 10
Views: 353

Re: Campsite Near Stourport

Join the Fell Club their magazine editor lives in Stourport and allows camping by members in his garden.
by bikepacker
25 Jun 2021, 4:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What Cycles do the Elderly and those with Impaired Health Ride?
Replies: 68
Views: 2444

Re: What Cycles do the Elderly and those with Impaired Health Ride?

I am only a youngster of 78yo so as yet I have not had to consider anything other than both my touring bikes. Had a nice and steady 36 mile ride today and hopefully something similar tomorrow with the aim of doing 10,000 miles again this year.
by bikepacker
23 Jun 2021, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI Levers v Bar-end shifters
Replies: 53
Views: 2028

Re: STI Levers v Bar-end shifters

When I toured, I always carried with me a set of the cheapo Sunrace downtube shifters as part of my emergency spares. Never used them and sometimes wondered why I bothered until one day in the Cevennes. Heading along the Cornice to Florac I caught up with a cycle camper struggling up one of the climbs. From the back I guessed he was British by his Carradice panniers. The reason he was finding it tough was his front sti had completely seized and he was limping on using his front three rings. At last my downtube levers had a purpose and within a few minutes he had all his gears functioning again.

We were actually heading for the same campsite and in conversation we found our paths had already previously crossed at Mildenhall Rally. And we met up again there later that year where he gave me back the lever.

Going back to the initial posting; I have both on my bikes and often am undecided as to which is best. However, for cycle camping with a full load I much prefer bar-end shifters and separate brake levers.
by bikepacker
9 Jun 2021, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora 9 speed changer problem
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Sora 9 speed changer problem

Yes, the play is there even without the cable connected. As I stated once the first change has been done it works perfectly.
by bikepacker
9 Jun 2021, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora 9 speed changer problem
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Sora 9 speed changer problem

Does anyone know if there is an adjustment I could make to a Sora 9 speed sti changer? I have one on my wife’s bike that is bugging me.

The lever has a lot of play before it changes the first time from the high gear and cable set up position. The tip of the brake lever travels about 3 inches to the left before it engages the gearing to change down. Once the change down has engaged indexing is okay and the gear change as normal. I have checked all the other bikes we have (there are four with the same changer) and they have minimal play before they start to change down.

The play is there even when the cable is disconnected.

My wife has small hands so this play does pose a slight problem and I would like to find a solution.
by bikepacker
27 May 2021, 10:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is CUK doing for us?
Replies: 146
Views: 9468

Re: What is CUK doing for us?

KTHSullivan wrote: 27 May 2021, 9:29am
al_yrpal wrote: 27 May 2021, 9:27am
NickWi wrote: 26 May 2021, 11:22pm I gave up when the CTC rebranded itself CUK complete with a childish logo and forgot what the "T" bit meant.
As did literally thousands of us. The pandemic did more for cycling than CUK

Al
+1
+2

IMO. the CTC started to loose its way the day they gave Kevin Mayne the job of Director
by bikepacker
3 May 2021, 12:17pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Backpackers Club?
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Re: The Backpackers Club?

leftpoole wrote: 3 May 2021, 12:04pm
Well, in answer. I was in the Club for Farm pitches only. Magazine too.

Older much more ingrained in the Club-rule-the roost. Mention a new Hilleberg or such plus a Titanium stove and it is ignored in the main by others. (Unlike bicycle riders!)
All (most) get togethers are in the North. attended by hard and fast walkers. Cyclists get a mention from time to time.
Obviously you have never been to their AGM or one of the larger meets. If you had you would have seen Hilleberg Aktos in abundance and many using titanium stoves. I would say at the Bath Racecourse AGM there were at least 15 cycle campers in addition to the walking backpackers.
by bikepacker
2 May 2021, 11:30am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Backpackers Club?
Replies: 13
Views: 946

Re: The Backpackers Club?

I was a member for a number of years but haven't renewed in the last few years. It is a good club their AGM weekends were well attended and organised usually having two nights camping plus a meal after the AGM.

There are two campsite lists available for members. Sites were in Word format, covering both Farm Pitches listed by County and secondly Long-Distance Path campsites.
by bikepacker
1 May 2021, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Leatherman?
Replies: 68
Views: 2140

Re: Leatherman?

Jdsk wrote: 1 May 2021, 1:50pm
bikepacker wrote: 1 May 2021, 11:35amThe pliers will cut brake and gear cables, which is a help when rectifying broken ones.
Yes. And I'd recommend a few experiments before they're needed in anger.

Jonathan
I've been carrying it for about 16 years and used it many time to cut cables, mostly to assist other cyclists with cable fitting and removal.
by bikepacker
1 May 2021, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Leatherman?
Replies: 68
Views: 2140

Re: Leatherman?

I take a Leatherman with me when on a cycle tour for both camping or B&B. Mine is a Juice CS4 and the pliers and scissors to be especially useful at times. The pliers will cut brake and gear cables, which is a help when rectifying broken ones.
by bikepacker
28 Apr 2021, 10:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring Spain South to North (Santander ferry)
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

Re: Cycle touring Spain South to North (Santander ferry)

There is a book called: A Trans-Iberian Challenge by Reg Andlaw and it documents his ride over the same ground but the other way round to your intended route. Maybe worth finding a copy and having a read.