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by MattH
26 Jan 2019, 7:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?
Replies: 9
Views: 4673

Re: Inverness to JoG on NCN1?

I followed this route back in September although I did go via Bonar Bridge after reading about having to take the bike down quite a few steps. That particular section was quiet as far as traffic was concerned. Stopped over at a B&B/pub in Lairg almost everyone there was either doing JOGLE or LEJ...
by MattH
21 Jan 2019, 10:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2435

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

If you're sticking with the MTB handle bars it may be worth investing in some bar ends. I agree with the other comments, in that camping itself consumes quite a bit of time in the evening (and morning!). Quite a few times people have approached asking questions regarding what I'm doing, or sharing t...
by MattH
5 Jan 2019, 9:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: First aid kit?
Replies: 29
Views: 4062

Re: First aid kit?

Always have one when touring, had to use it once and was glad to have it with me - only had rear panniers on and the front wheel slipped on some wet leaves after braking suddenly for some dog walkers on a path.

I might have a couple of plasters in the saddle pack on the road bike.
by MattH
3 Jan 2019, 12:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Your best ride of 2018?
Replies: 32
Views: 2373

Re: Your best ride of 2018?

Probably LEJOG in September. Although C2C Whitehaven to Tynemouth in October was quite eventful. A forecast of 60MPH southerly winds after I'd paid for most of the accommodation meant cycling in almost comedy weather conditions. Being pushed up fairly steep ascents by the gusts and featuring a few o...
by MattH
18 Oct 2018, 9:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 57
Views: 2368

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

Useful to read about insurance, mine is similar, 60 days and it's "unoccupied". Definitely something worth thinking about before any long tour.
by MattH
16 Oct 2018, 1:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling
Replies: 57
Views: 2368

Re: After A Tour ... Lacking Motivation to Go Out Cycling

Know that feeling. To keep things fresh I have just taken on more challenging rides, big/steep climbs etc. Last year I bought a new bike which made everywhere seem new. Did lejog in September, then at the weekend it was C2C enjoying Storm Callum in the Pennines. Now looking at improving waterproofs ...
by MattH
26 Sep 2018, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Cycle computer that works with cycle.travel and has wifi/bluetooth
Replies: 26
Views: 1047

Re: Touring Cycle computer that works with cycle.travel and has wifi/bluetooth

I have recently switch from tablet (originally laptop) to phone when cycle touring. The OTG cable works well for me and routes are pretty easy to create on cycle.travel (transfer gpx format to my etrex 30x). Also have bought OsmAnd+ on the phone so I have a backup with the routes on it and more deta...
by MattH
18 Sep 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Navigation pain
Replies: 37
Views: 1243

Re: Navigation pain

For gadget, I use the Garmin etrex 30x. 20x is probably just as good for navigation. It uses AA batteries so relatively easy to sort out batteries running out (although they last for a long time anyway). One of my favourite features is being able to see where you are on the elevation profile of your...
by MattH
18 Sep 2018, 5:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 43
Views: 36002

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

bikerwaser wrote:
Also , about the alternative bike transport. Are the bikes available to pick up when you get off the train ?


They are supposed to be however this morning the bikes were just over an hour late due to traffic.
by MattH
17 Sep 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 90
Views: 29464

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

The last day of the event actually coincided with the last day of my own LEJOG. It was quite a surprise to get rounds of applause going down towards the end at JOG, wasn't sure exactly what it was until I spotted the finish line. This was followed by about 100 "good lucks" as I cycled into...
by MattH
25 May 2018, 8:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Is It You Enjoy About Touring
Replies: 18
Views: 806

Re: What Is It You Enjoy About Touring

Think I mostly enjoy seeing things, going up and down massive hills/mountains, and the adventure of just being on your own miles away from anything you know. Personally most of my rides are about the 30 mile mark unless I get a lot of time on my hands. Do longer rides from time to time but none of t...
by MattH
5 Mar 2018, 6:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to do with panniers and kit when touring?
Replies: 46
Views: 3208

Re: What to do with panniers and kit when touring?

To be honest, on tour I have rarely found much need for my lock (although always taken it with me). The risk is a lot lower away from the cities even in the UK. If I have planned some sight seeing I will normally stay nearby to what I want to see and set up camp prior to making the visit, leaving my...
by MattH
3 Feb 2018, 11:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle routes St Malo to South France
Replies: 13
Views: 1095

Re: Cycle routes St Malo to South France

I followed the France en Velo book route back in September. At least in the earlier stages there is a bit of a discrepancy between the elevation gain figures they quote in the book and what was recorded on my bike computer (may be twice as much in the garmin compared to the book in a few places). La...