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by hamish
31 Aug 2019, 10:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 2410

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

thankfully you don’t always get the bulls eye :D My Pharmacist said " if you do get the bulls eye or any flu like symptoms within the next month then visit your GP. Sorry, to clarify (as said by others above) I meant that you don't always get a bullseye rash if you become infected by Lyme. I d...
by hamish
28 Aug 2019, 2:18am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and wild camping!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 2410

Re: Ticks and wild camping!!!

As far as I understand... you don't always get a bulls eye rash and if you do it's not always around the bite. I picked up ten or so ticks this weekend around Elan Valley area. They were nearly all larvae/nymphs and not mich bigger than a full stop or poppy seed. If I didn't know what I was looking ...
by hamish
23 Jul 2019, 7:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rear pannier advice needed
Replies: 83
Views: 9996

Re: rear pannier advice needed

Well you have a load of answers, reports of experience and opinions above... A few observations from me. I have used both the standard and plus Ortliebs. The plus material is, in my experience, just as durable as the standard. The standard probably used to to be PVC and was really tough but I suspec...
by hamish
23 Jul 2019, 7:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta
Replies: 18
Views: 3263

Re: Alpkit Stem Cells or equivalenta

I use AK Stem Cells and the Aguille equivalent (just as good) on all my bikes. I really like having a small amount of storage handy on the bars. I don't like bar bags very much but the stem cells don't mess up my steering or view of the front wheel.
by hamish
13 Jul 2019, 6:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower

In Gower you have Eastern Slade Farm which a simple site in a field with a sea view in a quiet location near Oxwich.

One I like in Pembrokshire is Pencnwc near St David's
by hamish
3 Jul 2019, 8:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2655

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

I use a Pugsley for offroad touring and find that a combination of frame bag with small rear panniers works very well. The panniers sit high on the rack so are out of the way of rocks and deep water. They are quicker to pack than loads of small bags, easy to remove to if you need to lighten the bike...
by hamish
19 Jun 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: the Vagrancy Act
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: the Vagrancy Act

What I make of this is that it's time it was repealed and that we take homelessness seriously.
by hamish
19 Apr 2019, 11:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mech bolt protruding
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: Rear mech bolt protruding

Thanks Brucey

I was wondering about sticking a washer in. I will look for a suitable washer and give it a go..
by hamish
19 Apr 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mech bolt protruding
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Rear mech bolt protruding

I have just fitted a new rear mech (alivio shadow version) to my Tour de Fer. The bolt protrudes from the back of the hanger and just fouls the chain when in the smallest sprocket. This is a bit annoying - although I don't use the smallest sprocket often so I have just decided to adjust the mech so ...
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: 7004

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: 7004

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: 1642

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: 1642

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: 97
Views: 8152

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: 296

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...