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by philsknees
17 Feb 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Train reservations
Replies: 82
Views: 3464

Re: Train reservations

RickH is probably correct, there is (or was?) a glitch in the Virgin bike booking system but it's not confined only to online bookings. About 5 years ago my cycle touring oppo booked a Single Advance Virgin ticket for himself with a cycle reservation from Oxenholme to Glasgow Central. The booking wa...
by philsknees
15 Feb 2019, 11:10am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

Yep, even outside of this topic there's some nasty stuff about that you wouldn't normally consider. A farmer friend of mine is authorised to occasionally provide limited camping on his land for small music/mountain athletic events but he has to certify that no livestock has used the field for some w...
by philsknees
15 Feb 2019, 9:43am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

Conveniently small bottles of waterless hand wash are available from chemists. Not enough to do a whole elephant though..... My night "kit" in a small stuffbag contains the aforementioned folding bottle, a ziploc with some loo paper & the hand wash. Need I add that hand wash is also an...
by philsknees
13 Feb 2019, 11:05am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

mercalia, your photo reawakened the horror of me venturing out of my tent starkers for an early morning pee in full view of a crowded campsite. Unfortunately it was a case of "I've started so I'll finish"! All caused by a combination of misreading my watch while half asleep, a very gloomy ...
by philsknees
10 Feb 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

I'd already anticipated some comments on the price, brynpoeth, but in my experience it really is well worth the money for the ability to pack my chosen bottle down small (I also backpack) & the extra wide lid makes for ease of use in the dark. I've not found anything more user-friendly for campi...
by philsknees
10 Feb 2019, 9:59am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 29
Views: 664

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

For ease of use see these: https://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/hydration/PB114-115.html - a little pricey but as a regular all-season camper of a certain age I highly recommend them for their low weight, packability, longevity & suitability for purpose. I'm still using one that I bought nearly 10...
by philsknees
14 Jan 2019, 11:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best exhibition for lightweight gear
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Best exhibition for lightweight gear

+1 for bikepacker's suggestion. The AGM/Club meet venue changes annually. I've been to a couple that were fairly local to me and found them fascinating but be warned that they can be disastrously expensive, though they do have stuff on special offers. It's all down to willpower....... You could also...
by philsknees
13 Jan 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping chair hunt
Replies: 88
Views: 13930

Re: camping chair hunt

Two points on the Thermarest chair kit. Firstly (and strictly for my peace of mind) do any of the oldies amongst us recall seeing a Thermarest chair incorporating a built-in, custom sized self inflating mat section? I'm absolutely convinced that I saw these on sale many years ago (1970's?) but it's ...
by philsknees
5 Jan 2019, 11:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novel overtaking move this morning
Replies: 20
Views: 1972

Re: Novel overtaking move this morning

Hmm, perhaps its a north west of England driving affliction? My erstwhile touring companion, now sadly deceased, recounted how on a day ride near Kirby Lonsdale he was overtaken by a mid-size truck approaching a blind bend on a narrow country lane. Shaken by the ultra close pass at speed, my mate he...
by philsknees
4 Jan 2019, 11:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novel overtaking move this morning
Replies: 20
Views: 1972

Re: Novel overtaking move this morning

Recently queuing (in a car) at night at a narrow crossroads with restricted sight lines, our traffic lights changed to red with the "regulation" 2 cars sneaking through on amber/red. The car ahead of me stopped, as did I, but the one immediately behind me pulled out of the queue onto the o...
by philsknees
4 Jan 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: UK camping without a reservation

That surprises me Oldjohnw. I don't know that site but in my experience most UK sites will accept solo (or two) late arriving unbooked walkers/cyclists, even when the "Full" sign is up (though I'd always recommend using a bit of common sense at Bank Holidays - no point in making a nuisance...
by philsknees
1 Jan 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat
Replies: 13
Views: 580

Re: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat

"It gets cooler at a higher altitude - so if you take the advice about an early start you should be OK. 60 is no great age - perhaps a few days of acclimatisation.?" Why acclimatise abroad? Spotted this while in Manchester the other day: https://www.ellis-brigham.com/advice-inspiration/abo...
by philsknees
20 Dec 2018, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A tough Merino top
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: A tough Merino top

At risk of stating the obvious, have you considered moths, which have been making a come-back recently? I foolishly left some good merino gear out for a while in my loft (which is floored out but open at the eaves) & it developed small holes which soon became bigger with wear once the weave of t...
by philsknees
20 Dec 2018, 11:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wrist mirror
Replies: 39
Views: 1680

Re: Wrist mirror

A pleasure Lollykat. Like you I'm enamoured with the bar end shifters on my restored no.2 bike, finding them practical and a quirky change from STI's. But cycling in a big city I do insist on a mirror. I meant to add that when finishing the job I'll be wrapping the bars under the (black) stem but ov...
by philsknees
19 Dec 2018, 7:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A tough Merino top
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: A tough Merino top

I've had similar problems as the OP with merino, especially Icebreaker, maybe I'm just hard on it. I fully agree that heavier weight stuff lasts much longer but being a big (but reducing!) chap I find cycling specific stuff rarely fits me. I'm currently using Rohan Merino short zip tops - the ones i...