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by Ollie732
27 Jun 2019, 8:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Cyclists love shaving weight but most of my weight is around my belly so until thats gone I don't get to hung up about it. I just see it as more exercise! You don't want punctures....we use Shwalbe marathon plus , prob for six years now and never had a puncture since! But they are not the perfect t...
by Ollie732
26 Jun 2019, 7:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Thanks, bananas and coke I can digest, I'll look into some alternatives too, realised just how much I'll sweat now the warm muggy weather has hit the south east :shock:
by Ollie732
26 Jun 2019, 7:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Bordeaux to Chamonix...thoughts

Before you get called out by the powers that be, you have to explain who you are and what your experience level is :D and if you are camping or (like me) going from hotel to hotel and how long you plan to take Do you have the course to share, sounds more adventurous than my trip (nice to cap D'adge)...
by Ollie732
25 Jun 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

Don't know if you guys want an update, but I'll give you one. When I came up with my fantastic idea, I hadn't ridden in ages and had 209 days until we go, we now have 80 days, and wow time has flown. Bought a couple of hybrids Our first over night planned trip was erm, interesting, we had a planned ...
by Ollie732
25 Apr 2019, 6:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 244
Views: 21814

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

Well done, enjoyed following you on Twitter, Facebook and Strava :mrgreen:
by Ollie732
25 Apr 2019, 6:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Downs Link
Replies: 16
Views: 2300

Re: The Downs Link

Hi. Grew up with the downslink next door and still live within ¼ mile of it... A lot of it has been resurfaced in the last 18 months, easy 2 day ride, not a hard one day ride. Are you planning north to South or south to north? Wild camping is possible, if you think Copsale would be a half way point ...
by Ollie732
21 Apr 2019, 5:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2817

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

[i] Wow, that puts me in the shade. I've really pushed myself, 25 miles this morning and will do 20 this evening, I've bought everything 2nd hand, think I said I started off less than half of that with jelly legs.... As I said there is always something to look at on the way round, the sun is certai...
by Ollie732
19 Apr 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2817

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

One more thing, padded shorts, I'm not brave enough to just go for lyraca look just yet so wear them under something else and buy the most expensive pair you can, I've gone for the btwin ones that are gell, (around £35) and they are far superior that their £20 ones
by Ollie732
19 Apr 2019, 9:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2817

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

1st of all, well done and 2nd of all good luck. Think there are a few threads on here that echo similar, mine being one. I'm older than you, but that is the only difference, I was alm ost 20st at my heaviest. Pleased to hear that you have a bike sorted, I started on my 18+ year old mountain bike aro...
by Ollie732
14 Apr 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Help! Getting back from Basel
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Help! Getting back from Basel

How do they treat the bikes Simon? Have to confess the thought of putting my bike in the hands of airport luggage handlers males me very very nervous! Please don't put the fear of God into me... We fly Stanstead to Nice with with jet2 and our 2 bikes mid September. Good luck with getting your bike ...
by Ollie732
3 Apr 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I appreciate the comments and "quotes" shooting a certain other poster down, I just ignore the haters :lol: In regards to gps, I found my phone was OK on 30-40 mile rides (3-4 hours) then the battery was getting low and I wouldn't have enough faith in it for my planned trip. Looked into dy...
by Ollie732
16 Mar 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

There are two kinds of soreness - the one that disappears after ? a week or two ? as your muscles and bum harden up, and the kind that never goes and only gets worse because the saddle doesn't suit your anatomy. I was criticised in an earlier post for being unduly negative. All I meant though (and ...
by Ollie732
16 Mar 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I'm a tough skinned ********.... That won't prevent discomfort in the backside for anybody who prefers planning to getting some miles in. True that, I've been called a pain in the buttock before, maybe it'll be payback time :wink: Everyone is different, but from your personal experience, how long (...
by Ollie732
16 Mar 2019, 9:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

If ok, I'll keep you all updated on progress equipment etc. After a summer break, dug bike out (which is a hard tail specialized mtb ca year 2000 and will be changed) only 20 and 30 mile days training over this week out on the road, before I had to leave for work (I work abroad) and at the moment wo...
by Ollie732
16 Mar 2019, 8:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 130
Views: 11923

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I'm a tough skinned *******, haven't taken anything personally, the topic heading opened me up for some hard hitters and have had some good pointers to take away and work with, I work in the equine industry (you gotta be tough skinned) and realise everyone's experience and views are different (you c...