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by PaulaT
13 Feb 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 83
Views: 3667

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

So guess was wrong.....it is 4 times more polluting than the train.....unless my calcs are wrong? Well you don't seem to have included the huge carbon footprint and environmental impact of actually constructing the tunnel nor the energy required to keep the tunnel operational. Until you do so your ...
by PaulaT
3 Feb 2019, 6:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 83
Views: 3667

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

Am trying to also go zero waste and to see how much I can get preloved.....Would you have a place you look for reliable 2nd hand stuff? The snag with buying used is that you really need to know what you're buying. You won't have the option of asking the bike shop owner for advice as you would with ...
by PaulaT
26 Jan 2019, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Small cool bag for touring?
Replies: 23
Views: 1706

Re: Small cool bag for touring?

I am assuming that if you "hit the wall" then a blood test would show you that you were hypoglycemic but I have no idea how to test if you are running low on fat if you are keto adapted. Discussing this in another forum so I have to remember which one I am posting in. :-) Unless you are l...
by PaulaT
20 Jan 2019, 1:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2328

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

Do you intend to camp because that makes a big difference to how much you'd be carrying. If you're not camping then a bar bag and a bikepacking saddlebag would probably give you enough storage space.

PS my touring bike is 20 years old and still strong so don't worry about the age of your bike.
by PaulaT
19 Jan 2019, 9:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7501

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

One option could be to consider a maximum speed limit on most rural roads for the over 70's, perhaps 50 mph. With driverless cars around the corner it may not matter in 10 years time. Out of interest how would you define a rural road? Most of our motorway network is outside of urban areas so might ...
by PaulaT
19 Jan 2019, 9:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2328

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

Those Altura bags do look very narrow at 16cm. My Carradice Super C's are 22mm deep and I can just nicely fit my 2 season synthetic sleeping bag into that width. I can get my somewhat bulkier 3 season synthetic bag in there but it has to live at the top of the pannier. Obviously down bags will fit i...
by PaulaT
19 Jan 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 25
Views: 2769

Re: Who has done this?

I want to spend some time looking at various parts of the wall: that is part of cycle touring to me. That's very much my approach to touring too. For me, the joy of touring on a bicycle (or tricycle) is that there's no barrier between you and the people you meet along the way. It's a journey not a ...
by PaulaT
17 Jan 2019, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Leather saddles and saddle cream
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Leather saddles and saddle cream

i just give my saddle(s) an occasional application of Brooks Proofide. The small tin I have dates from the 1990s and there's still loads left. I suspect it will see me out :)
by PaulaT
14 Jan 2019, 3:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring saddle
Replies: 40
Views: 3048

Re: Touring saddle

You can get many of the Brooks saddles pre-softened which significantly reduces the break-in period. My Dawes Galaxy came with the non-softened version and it was quite an exercise to make it comfortable. I had a pre-softened one put on my Longstaff when I had it built and it was fine from day one.
by PaulaT
13 Jan 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 36H road rims - long term prospects?
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: 36H road rims - long term prospects?

I sincerely hope so. I also hope that 40 hole will still be available as that is what I have in the rear wheel of my touring bike.