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by meejozzz
3 Aug 2020, 2:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Would my hybrid bike be suitable on these tracks?
Replies: 21
Views: 685

Re: Would my hybrid bike be suitable on these tracks?

I would take a chance on the wider gravel tyres - purely as they’ll give your rims a little more protection on landing. I’d imagine a Whyte cross/hybrid type frame will allow quite a wide tyre choice anyway. Looks fun! I’d have loved that kind of track when I was a kid!
by meejozzz
23 Jun 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route suggestions - Northern France
Replies: 23
Views: 1391

Re: Route suggestions - Northern France

I’ve done a fair amount of cycling in Normandy over the past 10 years (my mate lives in Pompey so we ditch the car there and off we go). We’ve sailed to Cherbourg, St Malo, Caen and Le Havre, all good places to start a tour. I’d suggest sailing to Ouistreham (Caen) and heading west to catch the ferr...
by meejozzz
16 Jun 2020, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 25.4mm handlebars - where to get!
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: 25.4mm handlebars - where to get!

Saw these on eBay: 720mm width and 25.4 diameter. £16.99 for risers or flats? From China of course,but if you're not in too much of a hurry... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/25-4mm-UD-Matte-Carbon-MTB-Handlebar-Mountain-Road-Bike-Bicycle-Flat-Riser-Bar/233583190363?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item3662a4...
by meejozzz
15 Jun 2020, 1:46pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Retro suspension forks
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Retro suspension forks

My earliest mountain bikes all had dust boots and I was told at the time not to remove them as they kept the crud out. I had Rock Shox Judy's and Manitou Sxr' forks both with boots. Of course as time has moved on suspension manufacturers have the stanchions visible, I presume this was because the th...
by meejozzz
9 Jun 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel rash
Replies: 25
Views: 864

Re: Gravel rash

Freeflow, I can confirm they still do this. I had an incident with a rather invisible unmarked speedhump last year which I encountered at precisely 24.8mph. After I’d literally flown over the bars and bounced along the road a few times I was scooped up and taken to A&E to have my gravel rash ‘ti...
by meejozzz
14 May 2020, 11:00am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off-road Gravel Bike Limitations
Replies: 20
Views: 1578

Re: Off-road Gravel Bike Limitations

I feel your pain. It's the old n+1 conundrum I guess. Over the years I've discovered that any bike is a compromise. I have a lovely road bike but there's usually a point in the ride when I wish I'd taken something with slightly wider tyres, the potholes are unforgiving in my area. Similarly on my fu...
by meejozzz
4 Jul 2019, 8:17am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango Banshee 200 pro max
Replies: 14
Views: 1478

Re: Vango Banshee 200 pro max

Can’t speak for method of your waterproofing test but I can confirm that our 5000 HH Vango 200 tents (Banshee, Zenith & Tempest models) all withstood monsoon conditions on a cycle tour around the continent 2 years back. Of course, any tent can suffer from a bad day at the production plant.
by meejozzz
21 Jun 2019, 9:30am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: OEX Phoxx 1 Man Backpacking Tent
Replies: 26
Views: 13351

Re: OEX Phoxx 1 Man Backpacking Tent

Speaking from experience, we followed the TDF around for a week every year. My mate has one of these tents. Quite waterproof and quick to pitch, but his complaint was it just wasn’t big enough for him and 2 relatively small panniers. My experience with expedition style tents has been if it says 1 ma...
by meejozzz
28 Apr 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight footwear.
Replies: 23
Views: 1320

Re: Lightweight footwear.

We’re doing the Sandstone Way, with add-ons - so we’re in Wooler, Rothbury and Bellingham before Hexham then back along the Tyne to Newcastle (We’re all from Newcastle anyway). Thankfully all of our b&bs all sound geared up for clarty cyclists. Anyway, it’s going to be a totally scorching heatwa...
by meejozzz
28 Apr 2019, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight footwear.
Replies: 23
Views: 1320

Lightweight footwear.

I’m doing a 4 day very lightweight mountain biking trip in June. I usually tour with panniers but this off-road trip is rucksack only as my full suss bike won’t permit panniers! Space and weight is very limited and my good old Hi-Tec Zuuk trainers have just about had it and it looks like HiTec are n...
by meejozzz
7 Jan 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords discount?
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Halfords discount?

I was just about to order a pair of tyres from Halfords and just remembered that as a Cycling UK member I get a discount. I’ve been to CTC (sorry old habits) and logged in but I keep going around in circles with no discount code. Apparently I still need to present my membership card at Halfords, alo...
by meejozzz
7 Sep 2018, 2:19pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: I need help picking my bike
Replies: 6
Views: 7468

Re: I need help picking my bike

As a recent uni graduate (albeit mature in years!) I’d recommend getting yourself a older less valuable machine for your uni travels. Something that isn’t attractive to theives but works as it should is easily sourced. Check out your uni ‘for sale’ page - in my experience there were always people mo...
by meejozzz
22 Aug 2018, 10:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 6915

Re: Budget touring, I would be very grateful for advice on gear

Poundland has an inflatable camping pillow for er, one pound! Took mine to the TDF this year for 8 days camping and lasted perfectly well. You can often top up on an emergency set of lights, tubes and odd bits of camping stuff there too.
by meejozzz
7 Jun 2018, 10:29am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Sky's new Ocean Rescue kit for TdF
Replies: 8
Views: 5067

Re: Sky's new Ocean Rescue kit for TdF

Team Sky seem to bring out a lot of different jerseys don’t they? I’m way too chunky to fit into anything Rapha or Castelli (I can’t get XXXL over my head) churn out so it won’t be troubling my current account anytime soon - although they do seem to price all official kit way beyond my meagre means ...
by meejozzz
3 Jun 2018, 3:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette query
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: 9 speed cassette query

Excellent- I thought it would be good to hear it definitely will work. Thanks everyone.