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by PaulaT
25 May 2019, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Old Skool Cycle Tourist
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: Old Skool Cycle Tourist

I've done plenty of tours in the "old days" (pre-Google and pre-Smartphone) using just basic maps. The only electronics I take out cycling are my basic 7-function cycle computer (battery lasts a year or more) and the bike's lights. I'll use computers for route planning ahead of time but wh...
by PaulaT
19 May 2019, 9:24pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 124
Views: 3602

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

mattheus wrote:well said Mike & Pete.


And a big +1 from me :)
by PaulaT
5 May 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

If your knees are sore then something is wrong. It may be your position on the bike or perhaps you're pushing too high a gear. Whatever the cause it's definitely not something that you should shrug aside and ignore.
by PaulaT
4 May 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 124
Views: 3602

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

There's guidance on photography, aimed at submissions to Cycle on this page . I'll ask my friend, who's photos I've spotted on the website several times recently, how she got them to Cycling UK. The requirements https://www.cyclinguk.org/sites/default/files/document/2018/08/photographer_role_descri...
by PaulaT
30 Apr 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

Smaller chainrings are always good for touring :D We cycle tourists generally have the smallest chainrings which will fit and the largest cassette which we can fit on the back. Pushing a loaded bicycle uphill is probably harder work than riding it. You end up with a lot of loading on your arms which...
by PaulaT
28 Apr 2019, 10:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

You'll have to show us a detailed photo of the chainring before we could comment. A video saying how lovely the bike shop owner is doesn't really help. But assuming it was OK when you left UK I can't see that it would deteriorate to that extent so quick;y. What really causes the wear in chainrings i...
by PaulaT
11 Apr 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4178

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Absolutely unsurprising conclusion, and that's before you take into account lanes that disappear without warning, shepherd you into the path of traffic or into the dooring zone. Surely the passing distances you quote are wrong though? I mean, I know 4x4s are a menace, but a mean passing distance of...
by PaulaT
2 Apr 2019, 2:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days
Replies: 18
Views: 735

Re: What Size Bag For 2 / 3 Days

Depends on weather, if you need various layers if temps drop or it's going to rain and needing more dry kit then you may well need bigger than 10litres. There's a very good reason why the Carradice Nelson @ 15L is popular, you can get a light jacket plus a couple of days clothes in. As it's a pleas...
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 6:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor sleeping bag liner
Replies: 16
Views: 612

Re: Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor sleeping bag liner

I've got one and it definitely does give a bit of extra warmth.
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

He did say get 32mm but perhaps didn't realise they only go up to 28mm. Anyhoo I went for 28mm without checking. The front tyre on the original setup is 700x28 and the back tyre is 700x32. What would happen if it is too narrow? You increase the risk of a pinch puncture. You could mitigate that to s...
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 1:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 115
Views: 10884

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I've ridden with CTC sections for many years and IME experience people who can ride 70 miles per day day in, day out are outliers. My rule of thumb, which I think works for most people, is plan to do 1/2 to 2/3rds of your Sunday day ride mileage. Pace is important too. About 12MPH is a good average ...
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 64
Views: 2761

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

I've always used gas. I once saw one of those multi-fuel stoves being fired up and I wouldn't want anything like that anywhere near my tent. I'm currently favouring the fastboil-style stove although I use the much cheaper Highlander clone. I like that the heat is far more contained than with a norma...
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 61
Views: 4087

Re: Heaviest tent?

horizon wrote:On top of the rack (lengthwise in my case) is just such an obvious place.


+1
by PaulaT
16 Mar 2019, 9:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

If the Duranos only go up 28mm that sounds a bit narrow for a laden touring bike. Most people seem to go for something quite a bit wider. I've toured on 32mm (the biggest I could fit onto my old Super Galaxy) but use 35mm on my Longstaff.
by PaulaT
13 Feb 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21262

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 ...