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by andymiller
16 Sep 2016, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D locks on tour - advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 1125

Re: D locks on tour - advice please

To be honest the Kryptonite Evolution Mini looks to small to be much use either on tour or off tour. I have a Kryptonite with a D that's a smidge under 23cms and I find that this is just enough to go round a Sheffield stand and through the rear triangle of the bike (the most secure way of locking it...
by andymiller
16 Sep 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Touring duvet for princess?
Replies: 21
Views: 3807

Re: Touring duvet for princess?

If you google 'camping quilt' you'll find plenty of choices. Backpackinglight.co.uk have a range: http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/category-56.html There are two different types - Alpkit and PHD do one that is rectangular while others do something that's more of a cross between a sleeping bag and a...
by andymiller
14 Sep 2016, 10:07am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What do you look for in a campsite
Replies: 108
Views: 5899

Re: What do you look for in a campsite

4:00 am is a ridiculous time to empty the bins. And that process is noisy enough to wake many people in their houses, let alone tents. I donæt think they should be allowed to begin before 6:00 am. That may be so (if it was actually 4am), but it's not something that's in the control of the campsite ...
by andymiller
14 Sep 2016, 8:15am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What do you look for in a campsite
Replies: 108
Views: 5899

Re: What do you look for in a campsite

les tocknell wrote:Please don't allow the refuse people to empty the bins at 4.00 am! An unnamed site in La Manche is the guilty party...


In fairness they probably don't get a choice about it - I doubt your council gives you a choice about when your bins are collected.
by andymiller
13 Sep 2016, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gorilla clips on P2 forks.
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: Gorilla clips on P2 forks.

It looks like a pretty secure fixing system - if you do up the cable ties tight enough the clips aren't going to go anywhere. Mind you it seems pretty pricey for what it is, and I did wonder whether you couldn't achieve the same thing using 25mm webbing tie-down straps or velcro tie-downs going dire...
by andymiller
11 Sep 2016, 3:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rack options.......
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: Lightweight rack options.......

The Tubus Fly weighs 330g, so the weight is hardly OTT. The the recommended maximum load is 18kgs, so reasonable, but it's not really an expedition rack. Aluminium racks aren't necessarily lighter than steel - you have to use more material to get the same strength: for example the Standit weighs 687...
by andymiller
11 Sep 2016, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight rack options.......
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: Lightweight rack options.......

I have a Tubus Fly as well as a couple of Cosmos - the stainless steel version of the Logo (new and old versions). The Fly is 7.5 cms across the top as opposed to 9cms on the old Cosmo and 11.5 on the new one. I use it on my fixie/utility/winter bike it's served me well for over a decade for things ...
by andymiller
10 Sep 2016, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: android or chrome os offline map for editing gpx routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1717

Re: android or chrome os offline map for editing gpx routes

Sorry I know it's iOS not Android, but I've just downloaded the latest update to MapOut ? and there is a really very impressive facility for drawing tracks (they call them 'tours'). I was expecting to be a little bit sceptical but even on my iPad Touch (and with my stubby fingers) it was very easy t...
by andymiller
9 Sep 2016, 8:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route from Amsterdam to Passau, Germany?
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Route from Amsterdam to Passau, Germany?

Maybe one answer might be *not* to start from Amsterdam. The Inntal Radweg goes to Passau through Switzerland, Austria and Germany. So maybe you could take it from Innsbruck (potentially you could also pick it up from northern Italy). I've only ridden the southern section which was pretty varied, bu...
by andymiller
8 Sep 2016, 12:10am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3370

Re: Painful hip when camping

MrsHJ wrote:Not criticising the decision to get an inflater but do check that you need it


I thought the other major reason for using a pump is to stop your mattress going mouldy inside. But for all I know it could just be manfacturers trying to sell us more stuff.
by andymiller
7 Sep 2016, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Buying French train tickets online

For me that means booking fees but maybe I'm being pessimistic... I don't know how they get away with charging fees in the UK, but it seems hard to imagine how they could charge them in the rest of Europe, when they are trying to compete with DeutscheBahn, SNCF etc. In the UK it's sort of understan...
by andymiller
6 Sep 2016, 4:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying French train tickets online
Replies: 10
Views: 702

Re: Buying French train tickets online

I've just got another email from Captain Trainline. The new site is: https://www.trainline.eu/ not to be confused with https://www.thetrainline.com (Trainline UK). "I book in advance. I am train" (I am train?) ... although clicking 'European rail tickets' on the Trainline UK site will take...
by andymiller
6 Sep 2016, 1:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting the ride position for touring...
Replies: 14
Views: 1513

Re: Getting the ride position for touring...

I was once given the advice to support myself using the core muscles to reduce the weight on the bars. It's easier said than done, but I think it's right. Also avoid gripping the bars too tight as you climb (or is that just me?). As far as the advice to move the saddle backwards: it helps if you gro...
by andymiller
6 Sep 2016, 8:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 510

Re: Route advice please

Presumably you're going to be driving there sometime over the winter (Christmas?). Instead of bombing up and down your normal route why not plan a couple of routes (there and back) taking the sort of quiet roads that you might use as a cyclist, then use what you've learned as research for your bike ...
by andymiller
5 Sep 2016, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting the ride position for touring...
Replies: 14
Views: 1513

Re: Getting the ride position for touring...

Butterfly bars. Yeah yeah I know they're not trendy, but ...