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by Middle of the road
26 Jan 2018, 3:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fast rolling tires? 26 inch
Replies: 35
Views: 5367

Re: Fast rolling tires? 26 inch

I've used 26 x 1.6 Continental Sport Contact on my Surly Disc Trucker and I really liked them. Used this set up for Audax and light touring
by Middle of the road
12 Nov 2017, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4197

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

I've camped in winter in the Cairngorms several times, between December and late February on winter mountaineering and cross-country skiing trips and I'd suggest being aware of condensation in your tent. We breathe out a lot of water vapour while we sleep and on cold nights this will freeze on the s...
by Middle of the road
11 Nov 2017, 12:19pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Continuing pain in my knees .... help..please.
Replies: 37
Views: 2882

Re: Continuing pain in my knees .... help..please.

Hi Landsurfer, Sorry to hear that you have got pain in your knees. I have had knee problems for some years (cartilage and ligaments caused by 30 years of rock climbing and running) and I now have arthritis (I'm 50) that has started in both. I'd suggest start with going to see a physio about your kne...
by Middle of the road
29 Oct 2017, 6:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which road bike to go for
Replies: 9
Views: 890

Re: Which road bike to go for

If money isn't an option (so much) I would look at a new Triban 500 SE at Decathlon for £299, ie only just over £100 more than buying used. I am assuming that way that you could test the frame for size and you wouldn't need to guess whether the seller of the used bike had ever bothered to service th...
by Middle of the road
27 Oct 2017, 7:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Squirrels!
Replies: 72
Views: 5506

Re: Squirrels!

Mrs M-O-T-R was almost hit by a Muntjac deer a few years ago whilst we were cycling through the Sandringham estate in Norfolk at New Year and we had a close encounter with a Roe Deer biking through Brittany last month
by Middle of the road
6 Oct 2017, 5:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Your Favourite Ride of Summer 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 2142

Re: Your Favourite Ride of Summer 2017

I've stretched the definition of Summer to include the month of May. That way I can post a photo of the day that my wife and I enjoyed cycling on the west coast of South Uist in early May this year. (Photo of the track on the west side of the machair). We had stunning weather for the whole 3 weeks t...
by Middle of the road
23 Sep 2017, 12:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag?
Replies: 26
Views: 1323

Re: Handlebar bag?

I've got an Altura one, and an Ortlieb, but this is my favourite one; http://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s76p34/CARRADICE-Super-C-Handlebar-Bag It comes with a good shoulder strap for carrying and has a useful map cover for navigation. It's also waterproof, has a less fiddly closure than the Altura or ...
by Middle of the road
21 Sep 2017, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar bag?
Replies: 26
Views: 1323

Re: Handlebar bag?

I've got an Altura one, and an Ortlieb, but this is my favourite one; http://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s76p34/CARRADICE-Super-C-Handlebar-Bag It comes with a good shoulder strap for carrying and has a useful map cover for navigation. It's also waterproof, has a less fiddly closure than the Altura or O...
by Middle of the road
21 Sep 2017, 8:08pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Are you dead or likely to be dead ..soon
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Re: Are you dead or likely to be dead ..soon

Strange - entering a height of 5 feet 1 with a weight of 30 stones person who smokes 20+ a day and has chronic cardiovascular disease, kidney disease etc and a BP of 180 and cholesterol of 11...and I still have 5 years left to live. Result! I'm off out now to get a kebab :-D
by Middle of the road
20 Sep 2017, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Holland ,any book or map suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 1191

Re: Touring in Holland ,any book or map suggestions

We have used Eric van der Horst's book too and the ANWB Fietskaart Maps at 1:50,000 scale Netherlands Map 2.jpg Netherlands Map 1.jpg The numbers on the map correspond to the numbers on the posts in the ground at those intersections and the posts themselves have indicators showing the directions to ...
by Middle of the road
18 Sep 2017, 9:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 2982

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

I haven't tried a cape but have seen a few people wearing them. I use a Buffalo Windshirt with a baselayer underneath in summer and a Buffalo Teclite Cycle Shirt for autumn and spring then change to a Buffalo Big Face shirt (equivalent to the heavier weight Cycle Shirt) when its around 6-7 degrees. ...
by Middle of the road
17 Sep 2017, 3:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions for 100ish miles route
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: Suggestions for 100ish miles route

Don't know where in the UK you live but Norfolk and Suffolk could be a possibility if you are looking for some traffic-free parts for children. There's the coast, the Broads and The Marriots Way (a traffic-free disused railway that runs north-west from Norwich to just north of Reepham). As an altern...
by Middle of the road
11 Sep 2017, 7:04pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: PSA Test & Cycling
Replies: 41
Views: 4084

Re: PSA Test & Cycling

I have a PSA test every 12 months and the Endocrinologist knows that I am a regular cyclist and has said nothing about not cycling or refraining from any other activity before the test. My readings have been a steady 1 to 1.1 and no difference whether I have cycled or not
by Middle of the road
11 Sep 2017, 2:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries and Cycle Helmet
Replies: 11
Views: 1931

Re: Brittany Ferries and Cycle Helmet

Mrs MOTR and I have just returned from a short 5 day tour of Brittany courtesy of Brittany Ferries, Portsmouth to St Malo and return. We found the ferries a doddle despite it being our first overseas tour. We pushed the bikes onto the ship (no helmets required) and tied them up ourselves in the dedi...
by Middle of the road
2 Sep 2017, 12:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What £1500 bike do you think?
Replies: 18
Views: 1377

Re: What £1500 bike do you think?

I'd suggest a trip to somewhere like Spa Cycles that has a range of different bikes in different sizes and that will let you have a decent test ride; http://www.spacycles.co.uk/m1b0s21p0/Bikes/Touring-Audax-and-Sportive I've just bought one of their steel tourers and it's a really good bike. It will...