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by Thehairs1970
20 Jun 2019, 9:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed

I have a Dawes Kalahari that I am selling for £75. Takes racks and mudguards. Nice bike but been replaced.

I have some racks too if you're interested.
by Thehairs1970
17 Jun 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferries to get to Belgium.
Replies: 12
Views: 397

Re: Ferries to get to Belgium.

Regarding secure parking at Harwich. Don't bother. There are a number of people in Harwich who will let you park in their drive for a small fee. Some will even drive you to the terminal. Try Just Park website.
by Thehairs1970
16 Jun 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 61
Views: 1745

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

nsew wrote:Windshield - the cheap, tall and heavy 10 plate ones (H&S) for about £6. Remove 4 of the plates by cutting through the top bracket which releases the pin. Replace with the outer pin. Somewhat amazingly 40% of the weight vanishes. You now have two lightweight windshields for £6.


H&S?
by Thehairs1970
15 Jun 2019, 1:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Exeter route advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1996

Re: London to Exeter route advice

My other half and I did something similar during a ride we did to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research. We rode from Woodbridge to Henley on the first day, Henley to Westbury on day 2 and Westbury to Exeter on day 3. Day 1 was 143miles, day 2 was 68 and day 3 was 88. Day 3 was hardest, once we h...
by Thehairs1970
15 Jun 2019, 10:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps

Thanks guys. We are only doing two big climbs. The Chamonix one and from Annecy to St Jean de Sixt. Our plan is slow and steady, lots of stops. And we are trying to go lightweight this year. Trying...
by Thehairs1970
14 Jun 2019, 9:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps

Great photos! We, me, my wife and two older teens, are touring near Annecy this summer. The route from Passy up to Chamonix. Which way did you go and how hard was it? We will have full on camping gear and could train it instead.

Cheers
by Thehairs1970
12 Jun 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Renting a bike for the NCN 2 Dover to St Austell
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Renting a bike for the NCN 2 Dover to St Austell

I'm not sure this is helpful but have you thought of going the other way. I don't imagine Dover will have much in the way of bike hire of the type you need. London might. So, if you flew into London, hired a bike, took the train to the SW and then cycled back to Dover, you could return the bike to L...
by Thehairs1970
9 Jun 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 61
Views: 1745

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

You asked about recipes. Pasta and pate. Sounds weird but cook your pasta, chuck in a tub of pate and mix it up. The pate melts slightly coating the pasta. Yum.
by Thehairs1970
5 Jun 2019, 7:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc

There's an online map shop called Stanfords. They have all the French maps you could need. I think they also have an actual shop you can ring for advice.

http://www.stanfords.co.uk
by Thehairs1970
4 Jun 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New solar charger, Power pack or both?
Replies: 5
Views: 442

New solar charger, Power pack or both?

We are off to France, the Alps, as a family this year. 10 day tour staying mostly at 'proper' sites. We have existed before on topping up phones in shower blocks etc. I have a Powermonkey Explorer which only charges an iPhone twice and takes about 4 hours to recharge. With two kids with phones, me u...
by Thehairs1970
4 Jun 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 61
Views: 1745

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

I love Trangias - they were my stove of choice in my youth, camping and bivvying in the Peak District. However, they do have a tendency to stick, especially the aluminium variety pan. Coupling this with a fiercer gas burner could only make it worse. Get a non-stick pan. We spent about £40 on a Tefal...
by Thehairs1970
31 May 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild Camping? Ok that will be £20
Replies: 41
Views: 1238

Re: Wild Camping. Ok that will be £20

I agree, and agree with the writer too. It occurs to me that perhaps there could be a charge for car parking, but the self propelled go free. I have always been keen on the clandestine camp, especially when I was on the dole. £20 is ridiculous. I think there often is a charge for car parking. I liv...
by Thehairs1970
27 May 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 40
Views: 1671

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

I'm anticipating that other readers will have the same question as me. Where are you going? Depending on this would change what you take. For what it's worth, I take puncture kit and spare tube. Puncture kit includes a tyre patch. Pump. Tyre levers, Chainlink. Allen keys. Double ended screwdriver. I...
by Thehairs1970
24 May 2019, 5:24pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Ridgeway, Dartmoor Bodmin Moor - Gravel or MTB
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Ridgeway, Dartmoor Bodmin Moor - Gravel or MTB

Dartmoor - it depends. Do you have any plans on where? Many of the off road tracks are proper off road. Exceptions would be Princetown south towards Eyellbarrow (spelling) and Princetown down to Yelverton.
by Thehairs1970
15 May 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands
Replies: 31
Views: 1069

Re: Cycle lights regulations in France, Belgium and Netherlands

Daytime lights, flashy lights, clothing that makes you visible are a perfectly sensible choice. Also you asked the OP whether a flag may be a better choice. Isn't that increasing his visibility and therefore creating an expectation? I just don't get your logic. My logic is... logic! You can't appea...