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by LinusR
13 Jun 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Rough Stuff Fellowship
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: Rough Stuff Fellowship

There is a lovely set of old RSF photos in today's Guardian . Heading towards Everest base camp. Snow on Grindleton Fell. Lowering a bike by rope on Mull. and more. Unfortunately I can't find them on line. Published here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/13/break-the-cycle-britains...
by LinusR
4 Jun 2019, 2:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 39
Views: 1273

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

As above says for porridge, a good tip. Also the 3-minute porridge you can buy in sachets work well. If you are using an aluminim pan to cook it will stick very quickly. Stainless steel or a non-stick pan, obvs, are better. But maybe your gas stove does not offer much control. I've only cooked on an...
by LinusR
2 Jun 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First aid kit?
Replies: 47
Views: 4872

Re: First Aid Kit

I carry a general purpose first aid kit that I got from Superdrug. This one I think: https://www.superdrug.com/Superdrug/Superdrug-Family-First-Aid-Kit/p/657707 I bought some extra antiseptic wipes and also one of those tic remover tweezers https://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/what-we-are-doing/shop...
by LinusR
14 May 2019, 9:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1128

Re: Hidden message(s) on Open Cycle Map

And yes, it is easy to mess about with it. So there are probably lots of messages tucked away at any given time, but there's always someone else getting rid of them. I've always thought that a moderator had to approve any changes to the Open Street Map before they're published. Obviously not. Thank...
by LinusR
14 May 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map
Replies: 17
Views: 1128

Hidden message(s) on Open Street Map

I was working out a route to lead a ride in central London when I found a hidden message on Open Cycle Map - can anyone tell me what it means? And are there any more hidden messages on OSM? [moderator note: link includes profanity] https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29979906 :oops: Any help much appreci...
by LinusR
12 May 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?

Greater Anglia again messed passengers around on a Sunday morning. Five of us from our club were due to catch the 09:28 this morning from London Liverpool Street to Audley End to enjoy a day's cycling. This morning I double checked the train times with National Rail and it flagged up a "cancell...
by LinusR
8 May 2019, 5:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3217

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

My advice if you are going to Mallorca on a cycling holiday. Unless you have a specially adapted cycle, then you are far better off hiring a bike. Mallorca has many, many cycle hire places that offer a range of cycles. If you are only going for a week it is usually better value - because of the high...
by LinusR
8 May 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 127
Views: 3217

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

I think the OP has been treated extremely unfairly. The bag in question is described by Wiggle as: The Cycling UK (formerly known as the CTC) designed heavy-duty polythene bag is big enough for packing up a bike, yet is light enough and small enough when folded to carry on the bike whilst touring. A...
by LinusR
30 Apr 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Navigation
Replies: 16
Views: 661

Re: GPS Navigation

. What do other people use? I use the free version of https://ridewithgps.com to plan and create the routes using Open Cycle Map. I load the .tcx file onto a Garmin Edge Touring GPS device (2013). I use the Garmin with the sound turned off and the backlight turned off to save the battery (it's old)...
by LinusR
30 Apr 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Ridgeway, Dartmoor Bodmin Moor - Gravel or MTB
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Ridgeway, Dartmoor Bodmin Moor - Gravel or MTB

I am planning to ride the Ridgeway and Wessex Ridgeway from Streatly down to Dorset then onwards off-road as much as possible to Lands End. In East Anglia I can ride offroad on 37mm tyres with 47mm being a bit better for deep sand. A few years ago I did the South Downs way on a P7 with ~50mm tyres ...
by LinusR
27 Apr 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suisse normandie
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Suisse normandie

I've been through that area and stopped for lunch at Pont d'Quilly many times during July (on my way further south from Caen). It's pleasant cycling country and the smaller D roads (yellow or white on Michelin 1:200,000 map) are pretty quiet with some nice rolling countryside. I've not been through ...
by LinusR
26 Apr 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 572

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

I'm fairly sure the footbridge is only accessible from within the service station buildings, so it's likely that anyone trying to take a bike through would get stopped by security before they even reached the bridge. I doubt if security would care about someone wheeling a bike across the footbridge...
by LinusR
25 Apr 2019, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 572

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

Another useful stop is South Mimms services at the junction of A1(M) and M25 - easy (legal) access in and out on foot or by cycle.
by LinusR
25 Apr 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 572

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

That looks like a handy little place to stop on a ride - toilet facilities and eats. I might nip in there next time I'm in Hampshire. Getting in and out on foot or cycle would be a doddle. That's probably how some of the - underpaid - staff who live locally get in or out. I'm sure you could wheel yo...
by LinusR
21 Apr 2019, 8:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves that prevent blisters?
Replies: 8
Views: 368

Re: Gloves that prevent blisters?

Buy some surgical spirit (on shelf from Boots or Super drug) and rub your hands with it to harden the skin. Do it once a day for a few weeks before the tour and take it with you. Good for your feet too to prevent athlete's foot. Wear rubber gloves when doing any dishwashing, etc. And don't grip the ...