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by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 51
Views: 2607

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

I'm getting back into cycling to commute (urban, about 25 minutes) to work on a Decathlon hybrid, plus some weekend canalpath/railway line excursions. A friend has been moderately insistent I get toe clips because of the - alleged - pull-up, so I just spent an unbelievably frustrating 30 minutes at...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango or Vaude
Replies: 22
Views: 534

Re: Vango or Vaude

Finding where I can see them pitched might be a bigger challenge than you might think. The only local retailer is Cotswolds who do not have them pitched (Tisos does not carry them). I also am restricted in purchasing them to a place that accepts the grant "pay card" I shall get. If Cotswo...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 5:25pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.
Replies: 41
Views: 2150

Re: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.

Hi. I’ve been reading all sorts, but now require some help! I’m going to have to start transporting my daughter on a bike from September, she will be three. I don’t think she will do the walk from the nursery we hope she will get in (about 1.5 miles either way), and I don’t drive. The journey is al...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 5:09pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.
Replies: 41
Views: 2150

Re: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.

Late to the party I know: I found the seats be they rear or cross bar very difficult to manage and not very stable. We had a number of child trailers (second hand the first two, very second hand both that eventually fell apart admittedly in one instance when I tried off roading with it), however the...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ortlieb or not; and what size?
Replies: 20
Views: 1157

Re: Ortlieb or not; and what size?

Oldjohnw wrote:I recently purchased an Ortlieb 35L dry bag to take all the stuff that gets strapped to the top of the rear rack such as tent, chair, sleep mat. About to use it tomorrow for the first time as I spend 4 days in the Yorkshire Wolds.



Give me the review when you get back.
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 4 train Q: Eurostar LNER
Replies: 6
Views: 279

4 train Q: Eurostar LNER

1) Eurostar: EUrostar say no knives in the compartments/carriages: they have to go with Eurodispatch. Can I just ducktape or similar my wee camping knife (with integral potato peeler) to the rack /sneak into saddle toolbag, or should I just wait and buy a new sharp paring knife in Belgium? (DO they ...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 4:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bag for panniers
Replies: 24
Views: 1156

Re: Bag for panniers

I have never removed panniers from a bike while touring (except for overnights) and they have always been fine. I did not use to remove panniers from my bike around the city (Aberdeen, when I lived there) unless I needed the contents or to fill them with shopping. Only once did I have an empty Karri...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA Infomation and updates
Replies: 91
Views: 13072

Re: YHA Infomation and updates

I just signed my son up for his first SHYA adult membership (ie not junior "lifetime"), and got a leaflet etc through the post which said that contacting the hostel direct secures a much better price (on any of the various type of accom) than does booking through eg Hostel International or...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 21
Views: 833

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

I also have a Carradice cape that does the best job of dry & ventilated (and it's warmer than you might think!) but it's 820 grams and doesn't exactly pack small, so I mostly use it for utility cycling about town, and for walking when I have something like a rucksack to keep dry underneath it. ...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 34
Views: 1140

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Early 90s I think.
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango or Vaude
Replies: 22
Views: 534

Re: Vango or Vaude

Finding where I can see them pitched might be a bigger challenge than you might think. The only local retailer is Cotswolds who do not have them pitched (Tisos does not carry them). I also am restricted in purchasing them to a place that accepts the grant "pay card" I shall get.
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

I have spent a number of years following the Northern Lights, and have been successful (even if only a poor show om occasion) However what I was told from. the start is that you do not make these things the main focus. I have a bad track record with the Northern Lights and other such things locally...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2236

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

If the OP were planning to do nature or sports photography where having a good optical zoom is critical, he likely wouldn't even be posing the question. For most other applications, a good sensor, sufficiently high camera pixel density , and decent camera software, it is unlikely to make that much ...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 2:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2236

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

It also depends on whether you need the top quality photographs. What do you do with your images? Are you a photographer out for the best image possible for printing out? Or are you a snapper out for a memory jogger of a holiday or activity? Or any stage in between? Answer that and the tool to get ...
by Caledonia64
12 Sep 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day
Replies: 58
Views: 2236

Re: DSLR Compact Camera or Phone? Belgium c50km/day

on a related matter how many people here actually print their pictures or just view them on a pc screen, as I do? My pc screens are just 1920x1080 ( for blu rays) - thats just 2 mega pixels I think? My phones have 5 & 8 mega pixel sensors that are way beyond the screen display, You often see in...