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by bikepacker
9 Oct 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shock absorbing handlebar tape.
Replies: 23
Views: 814

Re: Handlebar padding

I use foam grips of all my drop bar bikes. although I only use the "Grab Ons" brand. Others I have tried in the past tend to be very flimsy and not last very long. I fit them using WD40 and tip given to me by George Longstaff and I find it better than using soap or washing up liquid. On my...
by bikepacker
23 Sep 2020, 10:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Breaking International Law
Replies: 184
Views: 3382

Re: Breaking International Law

Have previously read the documents you are referring to but the fact of the matter is; with both Mrs May's and the current agreement the EU would regard the Irish Sea as the border.
by bikepacker
23 Sep 2020, 9:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Breaking International Law
Replies: 184
Views: 3382

Re: Breaking International Law

Mrs May refused any terms in her agreement that would have led to a "border" in the Irish Sea. Johnson readily agreed to such a thing in his "oven ready" deal. You've got things completely the wrong way round in your misogynist rant. If Mrs May's backstop agreement had been acce...
by bikepacker
18 Sep 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames
Replies: 21
Views: 993

Re: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames

He has been riding occasionally with a group out of Pershore and they have told him he needs to get as light as possible and have advised titanium. On Sunday we are going to do some riding letting him use two of my bikes. First I shall set up for him my Mercian light tourer with 25mm tyres then give...
by bikepacker
17 Sep 2020, 6:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames
Replies: 21
Views: 993

Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames

There is a guy that lives near to me at the moment he rides an old Raleigh hybrid but wants to start riding Audax and B&B touring. He asked me today if I would help him build a new bike with a titanium frame. He has two frames in mind the Spa Audax and the Van Nicholas Yukon but asked me if I th...
by bikepacker
16 Sep 2020, 5:32pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Nocturnal End2End
Replies: 27
Views: 775

Re: Nocturnal End2End

NA. You are right about the food, I took flapjacks and mars bars but doing it in winter the cold and damp meant I needed some hot food. At Hilton I downed 3 bowls of hot soup and changed some clothing. My home at the time was only 6 miles from Hilton so at my Carlisle stop I arranged to have some fr...
by bikepacker
15 Sep 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Nocturnal End2End
Replies: 27
Views: 775

Re: Nocturnal End2End

The answer we got from them was due to speed. Because of cold and needing food I took longer at Hilton that I would have liked and got behind schedule. As the challenge was to do it in the official hours of darkness to make up time I had to ride at well over the speed limit from there to Exeter.
by bikepacker
15 Sep 2020, 6:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Nocturnal End2End
Replies: 27
Views: 775

Re: Nocturnal End2End

Slightly but not totally off topic, As a Rotary Club sponsored challenge on Saturday 11th Dec 1982, I left JOG on my BMW100RS at 4.22pm. After refuelling and coffee stops at Perth, Carlisle, M6 Hilton Services and Exeter I arrived in LE at 7.54am. The RC tried to get it ratified with Guinness Record...
by bikepacker
11 Sep 2020, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short legs, long cranks, Dutch riding position.
Replies: 21
Views: 547

Re: Short legs, long cranks, Dutch riding position.

Hello everyone, This is my first post, so please forgive me if I'm in the wrong section. I am 5ft 3" with an inseam of 29" and have just bought a second-hand Dutch style bike, as I wanted a very upright riding position. The cranks are 170mm. I plan to ride on mainly flat pathways for mayb...
by bikepacker
19 Aug 2020, 8:55am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Froome out of Tour
Replies: 29
Views: 841

Froome out of Tour

Breaking news on BBC showing that Chris Froome has been dropped by Ineos and is out of the tour.
by bikepacker
15 Aug 2020, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring ideas - Midlands-ish?
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Touring ideas - Midlands-ish?

I know you said not Wales but if you are using trains, why not train to Aberystwyth and do a four day ride back. You could route over the old mountain road to Rhayader, through Builth to Hay on Wye. Then through the golden valley going south of Hereford over or around the Malverns. Finish by routing...
by bikepacker
15 Aug 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Tent help!

This question arises quite often on this forum. Generally it really comes down to the potential use and budget. If you are only doing the one tour most of the cheaper makers will have tents to suit. Vango as previously stated, (there was one advertised on this forum a few weeks ago) Robens and Colem...
by bikepacker
11 Aug 2020, 11:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2048

Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

From what I was told by those who worked there Dawes made Galaxy and Super Galaxy frames in a factory unit at Tysley up until David Grove took them over in 1998. Shortly afterwards production of brazed frames was contracted out to a company in Czechoslovakia when production of other frames went to t...
by bikepacker
2 Aug 2020, 5:49pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: All round shoe for bikepacking and hiking
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: All round shoe for bikepacking and hiking

I wouldn't use Inov8s for cycling and only take them on bike/hiking tours because of their lightness. They are too flimsy for much else. For just hiking trips I prefer La Sportiva boots with Vibram sole. Good grip and keep feet dry.
by bikepacker
2 Aug 2020, 4:27pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: All round shoe for bikepacking and hiking
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: All round shoe for bikepacking and hiking

Don't have any opinions on your suggestions and I have searched for years to find a cleated shoe that is good for both cycling and walking. Now if I am intending to do both on a tour, as I did on my last Switzerland tour, I ride in Shimano Sandals and take my Inov8 Roclites for hiking.