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by hamish
5 Mar 2019, 11:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?
Replies: 171
Views: 6542

Re: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?

hamish wrote: Never mind the names and terms. Riding on tracks; mud, stone, sand, gravel, etc. Is brilliant. I would rather tour on tracks than on roads. I ride them on my fat bike - which is fast and laid back to tour on all day on tracks, or on my tourer which does ok. But whatever bike you prefe...
by hamish
5 Mar 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?
Replies: 171
Views: 6542

Re: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?

Never mind the names and terms. Riding on tracks; mud, stone, sand, gravel, etc. Is brilliant. I would rather tour on tracks than on roads. I ride them on my fat bike - which is fast and laid back to tour on all day on tracks, or on my tourer which does ok. But whatever bike you prefer, I think it's...
by hamish
17 Feb 2019, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 142mm Through Axle Hubs for Touring
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

Re: 142mm Through Axle Hubs for Touring

Yes.. The new Surly frames with Gnot Boost take both... But to use 135mm you have to use adaptors that are a bit more of a faff and introduce a weakness relative to an normal 135mm dropout without small alloy widgets. Also the 142mm hubs drop out vertically where as the 135 tend to go I from the bac...
by hamish
17 Feb 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 142mm Through Axle Hubs for Touring
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

142mm Through Axle Hubs for Touring

I was looking at the latest version of the Surly Ogre/Troll. I have an old, Rohloffed, Troll and have been thinking about changing to an Ogre. Their 'dropouts' take 135mm and 142mm hubs. I suspect they work best with 142mm so... Are there any 142mm through axle hubs that are up to the job for touring?
by hamish
24 Dec 2018, 8:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Greatest ever uk frame builder?
Replies: 86
Views: 6496

Re: Greatest ever uk frame builder?

I had a 1986 Woodrup bought of the peg from JD Whisker. It was absolutely immaculate with a superb paint job. Blue, 73 degree parallel 531c and a dream to ride. I wish I still had it.
by hamish
9 Nov 2018, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sringar - Kargil logistics
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: Sringar - Kargil logistics

I cycled Srinagar to Leh a loooong time ago. It was then a brilliant route. The traffic used to be organised into convoys after the Zoje La pass so most of the time the traffic was light or zero. When a convoy approached (2 convoys in each direction a day) we'd just let it pass and carry on after. I...
by hamish
28 Oct 2018, 3:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 101
Views: 5314

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

Wow, this issue generated a lot of interest. I will go with the idea that everyone is free to make their own decisions about what's safe and what's not. But... I tried listening to music on my commute when I got an IPod and was excited by the whole iPod thing. My commute is about 21 miles of all kin...
by hamish
1 Sep 2018, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tyre size poll
Replies: 38
Views: 1675

Re: Tyre size poll

I mainly tour on 26" x 4" these days.... The poll kind of underestimates that.
by hamish
30 Aug 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Cambium saddle - should it be comfortable straight away?
Replies: 28
Views: 2300

Re: Brooks Cambium saddle - should it be comfortable straight away?

I bought a c17 from a friend years ago. I rode it for a day and it felt terrible. I then rode the Trans Cambrian way on it and by the end I was a bit bruised but happy that it was going to be a good seat for me. Since then I have got to the situation where it's my favourite seat... Displacing a B17,...
by hamish
30 Aug 2018, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New model or old faithful?
Replies: 51
Views: 1471

Re: New model or old faithful?

If you like GTH lots then you don't need a new bike. If you actually really want a new bike then go for it. I think that it is definitely best to spend time to work out what you want and need in a new bike. You can use GTH in the meantime. Maybe you can use the thought of a new bike as a bit of a ca...
by hamish
27 Aug 2018, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 3222

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Mudguards... Well in proper wet weather, not all the water on the road comes directly from rain. Surcharging inspection covers (manholes) can let sewage discharge onto road surfaces. It's usually dilute, but it's sewage none the less. So that spray of liquid up your backside and in your face is some...
by hamish
26 Aug 2018, 3:09pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

Hamish: I was of course referring to them feeding on us but I often spot the beggars who are in transit between victims & they're plenty big enough to be seen. I'm not being pedantic without reason here... But whilst you will see adult and nymph ticks fairly easily, the larvae are small and unt...
by hamish
25 Aug 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

The tick larvae do not tend to grow much when feeding - they seem to remain small. It's the adults that engorge and become large and spherical. High tick numbers are associated with large deer populations - hence Jura being very 'ticky' - but Wales has its fair share even where there are little or n...
by hamish
25 Aug 2018, 8:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

I wear two pairs of reading glasses and use a head torch to search them out!
by hamish
25 Aug 2018, 8:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 1290

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

I usually spend about 4 weeks a year wild camping in Scotland; cycling and sea kayaking. I go for ages without picking up ticks, then I will end up with tens of them in a short space of time. I think whether you pick them up or not is often down to luck... The worst places I have found are Islay and...