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by Enigmadick
25 Jan 2021, 5:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JoGLE this year on Frankenbike
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: JoGLE this year on Frankenbike

Interesting on what you say on panniers over frame bags - i was going for bags but would be keen to hear why youre going the other way! Best way to answer that is to point you to an article I wrote a couple of years back, - needs an update as some carbon bikes, like the Chicken, have lugs and stren...
by Enigmadick
25 Jan 2021, 12:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JoGLE this year on Frankenbike
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: JoGLE this year on Frankenbike

You'll be fine on a 1x with 40 or 42 on the front and 42 on the back. Climb anything including the worst of Cornwall and Devon. And it'll be good for any off road sections you include Many will tell you that should go for a 2x for a bit more high end speed and smoother shifting which proponents say ...
by Enigmadick
23 Jan 2021, 2:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Where do I start please
Replies: 15
Views: 1133

Re: Where do I start please

Of course you could buy a guidebook. :D PSX_20201211_125038.jpg Got invited to do a new route for Cicerone. So spent a couple of years reading all the blogs and forums looking for all the best advice, then investigated and rode lots of different options before settling on the final route. And if you...
by Enigmadick
21 Jan 2021, 9:33am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: NC500 Scotland
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: NC500 Scotland

Yes, you'll be fine on narrower tyres: something like 32c or 28c would be ideal but whatever you have will do. Your preference not to carry your gear suggests to me that you're not entirely road fit. If that's the case, I'd be more concerned about gearing, because there's some steep hills to climb e...
by Enigmadick
5 Jan 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 324
Views: 10985

Re: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)

Suddenly everyone's become an expert in freight forwarding, and cross border trading which makes a change. When the UK joined the single market in the 1980s I worked in a team in DHL responsible for getting our processes and products aligned to frictionless trade. It didn't half simplify life and we...
by Enigmadick
2 Jan 2021, 9:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Davids - Lowestoft
Replies: 78
Views: 6073

Re: St Davids - Lowestoft

NCN 42 from Chepstow through Abergavenny up the Vale of Eywas and over the must-do Gospel Pass. (The artist Jeremy Deller, who was on celebrity University Challenge last night, wanted the Vale of Eywas as his luxury item when he appeared on Desert Island Discs some time back. It is wonderful). West ...
by Enigmadick
1 Jan 2021, 5:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Newbie cyclist doing LEJOG 2021
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: Newbie cyclist doing LEJOG 2021

EnigmaDick has posted brief but good advice, he's also known as Richard Barrett (SP?) and has a rather nice Cicerone guide to LEJoG (it used to be in his signature but google will find it I'm sure). Thanks for the mention Wirral Cyclist. There is indeed a new Cicerone guidebook to Lejog coming out ...
by Enigmadick
30 Dec 2020, 7:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Newbie cyclist doing LEJOG 2021
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: Newbie cyclist doing LEJOG 2021

You'll struggle to get better gearing Dave - and your only issues with taking 3 weeks is the time (off work / away from family or whatever) and the cost, depending on your choice of accommodation. Meanwhile the best thing you can do to make the trip enjoyable is to try and shift another couple of st...
by Enigmadick
9 Dec 2020, 2:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tubus Luna rack spares?
Replies: 13
Views: 403

Re: Tubus Luna rack spares?

Just ring Lyon - the UK distributor - who are really helpful.

https://lyon.co.uk/cycle/tubus
by Enigmadick
7 Dec 2020, 10:48pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: What's going on Winstanleys!
Replies: 9
Views: 641

Re: What's going on Winstanleys!

Either way it's still deplorable.
by Enigmadick
7 Dec 2020, 10:03pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: What's going on Winstanleys!
Replies: 9
Views: 641

What's going on Winstanleys!

Ordered 7 small items from Winstanleys - pedals, 2 x cages, bottle, 2 x tubes, and a puncture repair kit totalling 7 items. It was sent as 5 different packages just days apart involving five separate Hermes deliveries. It was like having my own cycling Advent calendar. But this ain't good for the pl...
by Enigmadick
25 Nov 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Navigation in Scotland
Replies: 38
Views: 1593

Re: Navigation in Scotland

You could use the Cicerone guide which has all the maps you need, lots of useful information and access to the GPX files should you want them. PS It is the NC500 but doesn't use that in the title as whichever body set it up, trademarked it and demands a large fee to use it commercially. https://www....
by Enigmadick
16 Nov 2020, 6:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rohan sale
Replies: 48
Views: 2236

Re: Rohan sale

Rohan's sister companies Madison and Genesis are the brands for cyclists. Generally we'll designed, made and priced although I do possess a pair of their bib tights where the zip is so high I had to spend a fortune on penis enlargement therapy in order to relieve myself satisfactorily.
by Enigmadick
11 Nov 2020, 7:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Starting a group ride
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Starting a group ride

Yep find your local Cycle Touring Club group via the Cycling UK website. Groups ride weekends, weekdays and weekday evenings in the summer months. Many CTC members are pensioners so prefer to ride on weekdays rather than weekends which might fit your needs. And don't be put off by their age. These p...
by Enigmadick
10 Nov 2020, 6:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lowest Traffic Route?
Replies: 26
Views: 2087

Re: Lowest Traffic Route?

Apologies if posted many times before, but is there any advice/links on quietest road routes? I love a climb but hate that constant car noise. I realise the OP hasn't been back in a while, but if they're monitoring this and still at the planning stage a couple of points: If you go East of the Penni...