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by nirakaro
19 Apr 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike
Replies: 17
Views: 1729

Re: Leeds & Liverpool Canal on a Trike

Any updates on which sections between Silsden/Kildwick/Skipton/Gargrave have been/will soon be improved?
by nirakaro
4 Apr 2019, 7:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in the Yorkshire Dales / Lake District?
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Wild camping in the Yorkshire Dales / Lake District?

Have to admit I once camped at Bolton Abbey about ten yards from a big 'No Camping' sign. Tent up at sunset, away at seven in the morning, no-one any the wiser.
by nirakaro
4 Apr 2019, 1:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10507

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Also, do you need your phone on all the time? +1. In France especially, where signposting is generally excellent, my main navigation aid is a piece of paper with road numbers scrawled on it before I set off in the morning: e.g D911, r onto D43, l onto D1a, etc. The phone's there as a backup or if I...
by nirakaro
30 Mar 2019, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Got the motivation for the ride, just worried about the train
Replies: 14
Views: 1593

Re: Got the stones for the ride, just worried about the train

The DeutscheBahn https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/e website is good for researching trains, and has a tickbox that lets you specify only trains that carry bikes. Broadly, French regional trains (TER) carry bikes free, without booking, but are much slower than the TGVs. (e.g. 5-6 hours for...
by nirakaro
30 Mar 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2616

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

Cabron? Spanish for [rude word removed], I believe. :D
by nirakaro
22 Mar 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D1091 - Grenoble to Briancon?
Replies: 15
Views: 4967

Re: D1091 - Grenoble to Briancon?

There's a couple of cafes at the top of the pass. Good place to stop for a beer if the weather's nice.
by nirakaro
22 Mar 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D1091 - Grenoble to Briancon?
Replies: 15
Views: 4967

Re: D1091 - Grenoble to Briancon?

I rode it in May last year, on a loaded bike. It felt perfectly safe. It's a fabulous scenic descent from the col du Lautaret, a few short tunnels, but nothing to worry about. The road was closed for a year or two recently along the lac du Chambon after a landslide, and there's now a brand new tunne...
by nirakaro
18 Mar 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10507

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

+1. First time I toured in France, I didn't even own a bike. Borrowed my girl friend's, and did 400 miles from le Havre to the Dordogne in five days. Oh to be young and daft again!
by nirakaro
18 Mar 2019, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malega, Spain & Carpignano Salentino, Italy - Solo Cyclist
Replies: 6
Views: 1806

Re: Malega, Spain & Carpignano Salentino, Italy - Solo Cyclist

Southern Spain, southern Italy – they're very different. And like most places, they're perfectly safe until suddenly they're not. Italian men have a reputation for being, shall we say, over-attentive in the way they approach young women, but not for being threatening. I suspect that Italian idiots a...
by nirakaro
16 Mar 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 179
Views: 18342

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

The last thing a newbie needs is to heading off with doubts about her tyres, or indeed any other aspect of their gear. +1. Worth emphasising that, though it's nice to have the right tyres, it's perfectly possible to tour on the wrong tyres. And perfectly possible to change them half way if they're ...
by nirakaro
15 Mar 2019, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: \what happened OP for Chinese frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 2403

Re: \what happened OP for Chinese frame?

Ivor Tingting wrote: Taiwan which although NOT China

Ooooh, careful! You can get into a lot of trouble suggesting that. :shock:
by nirakaro
14 Mar 2019, 8:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10507

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I fear Tyre Lady may have unintentionally misled us through an excess of modesty - this seems to be someone who knocks off marathons/ultramarathons by the dozen. I suspect it won't take her long to find her cycling legs, and then leave us in the dust.
by nirakaro
13 Mar 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1489

Re: Squeaky brakes again

Just out of curiosity, if I put the part-worn long-trailing-end pads on back-to-front, what would be the negative consequences? (They're solid pads, not the kind with replaceable pads that could slide out of the shoes.)
by nirakaro
12 Mar 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 179
Views: 18342

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

When you setting off Tyrelady?
by nirakaro
11 Mar 2019, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1489

Re: Squeaky brakes again

Yes that makes sense – I do generally brake pretty gently. Doesn't solve the problem though!
The brakes are Tektro CR710. Pads were Clarks CPS301. I think. I've just changed them for something black and nondescript I found in the box of bits. Still squeaks.