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by toontra
10 Jul 2020, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pot Luck Delay in Renewing Passports
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: No Delay in Renewing Passports

Good to know, Simon - thanks.

Where are you hoping to travel to next? There can't be many places left you haven't been! I'm hoping to get a tour in Vietnam (north to south) next spring but who knows. If I do no doubt I'll be asking you for tips :wink:
by toontra
9 Jul 2020, 8:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin battery life extension
Replies: 38
Views: 975

Re: Garmin battery life extension

De Sisti wrote:
mattsccm wrote:Quite possibly my charging regime doesn't help as it is also used for daily commuting ,

I would have thought that you would have committed your daily commute to memory by now?


Some people use their devices for recording stats rather than route-following.
by toontra
4 Jul 2020, 12:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 110
Views: 2962

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

My first long UK ride was based on Sustrans routes - mainly NCN1. I got lost so many times I vowed (stuck in a muddy field approaching South Queensferry at 6am in the freezing rain) that I'd never use them again. I'm sure they have their uses for local rides to avoid the worst traffic but as a basis...
by toontra
30 Jun 2020, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1172

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

I've just fitted the stand. Bought from Amazon and it's crap. Any suggestions as it will never hold the bike up fully loaded. Cheers My touring partner has tried all sorts of stands without success on similar set-ups. They usually fail when fully loaded with potentially disastrous results. Anything...
by toontra
29 Jun 2020, 11:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1172

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Agree with the above. All by loaded touring has been done on a steel 26" '90's MTB - in my case an Orange Clockwork. With the right wheels and tyres they are pretty bullet-proof and can handle the surprise off-road incidents that tend to happen when touring. My very first long ride was on a sim...
by toontra
22 Jun 2020, 7:44pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar
Replies: 18
Views: 4102

Re: Garmin Varia RTL510 light/radar

Reduced to £99 clearance at Evans at the moment.
by toontra
31 May 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lightweight camp shoes.
Replies: 26
Views: 902

Re: Lightweight camp shoes.

Etnies Scout are what I take on tour. Very light but strong enough for walking, hiking and running, and look smart for casual-wear.
by toontra
24 May 2020, 6:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?
Replies: 1377
Views: 30012

Re: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?

I expect Kier Starmer has been on the phone to Boris urging him not to sack Cummings and to ignore the angry people calling for his dismissal. Starmer will have pointed out that his own party takes a progressive and forgiving attitude, choosing to give another chance to self-confessed racists and c...
by toontra
24 May 2020, 5:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?
Replies: 1377
Views: 30012

Re: Is the UK government an incompentent bunch of liars?

Johnson has a lot of dirty secrets, he has to support Cummings as Cumings has him in his pocket That is the only explanation that makes any sense of Johnson's briefing just now. I think they're both gone anyway. That was one of the most shameful statements by a politician I've ever seen. Right up t...
by toontra
22 May 2020, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More space on trains?
Replies: 30
Views: 1018

Re: More space on trains?

There may be some movement on this after all - for SE commuter trains at least:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/designers-build-bike-racks-for-social-distancing-a4448761.html
by toontra
18 May 2020, 1:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More space on trains?
Replies: 30
Views: 1018

Re: More space on trains?

I've had to put up with the GWR Hitachi "shower cubicles" for over a year now. They are indeed totally crap and it's unbelievable that they were deemed to be functional or appropriate, unless the design brief was to deter as many cyclists as possible. I'm saddened that there wasn't more of...
by toontra
13 Apr 2020, 2:06pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: A pain in the balls of my feet (both)
Replies: 38
Views: 1501

Re: A pain in the balls of my feet (both)

I swear by Specialized Footbeds. They solved many foot-related cycling problems for me, especially hot-foot, which I used to suffer from badly on long rides. Available in 3 types to suit your arch. They can be swapped between shoes. But I agree, pain in the ball of the foot would suggest cleat press...
by toontra
10 Apr 2020, 9:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Connecting ANT+ Cycle and home computers
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Connecting ANT+ Cycle and home computers

This is what I'm using on my MacBook Pro 2012 and Mac Pro 5,1. Works well and should be just as good for PC's:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1
by toontra
25 Mar 2020, 1:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 1055
Views: 33347

Re: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak

If this last two weeks hasn’t proven food is more important than money I doubt anything will until you’re hungry. Oh, to live such a simple life. I suppose you realise farming and farm produce in the UK is subsidised (at the moment via the EU and soon directly)? I wonder where that money comes from...
by toontra
25 Mar 2020, 11:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 1055
Views: 33347

Re: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak

That's as may me. I'm merely saying that as things stand Londoners (living in conditions unfit for animals according to some) are subsidising the rest of the country. Not saying that's a good thing - just stating facts. Anyway, this is getting off topic. I'm off for my daily cycle around Dickensian ...