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by Graham O
22 Jan 2021, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Faro to st-malo
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Faro to st-malo

You could head up the coast of Portugal if you really like the beaches and the sea, but the journey up the border is much more interesting. Lots of history, lovely countryside, great places to visit (if you aren't in a hurry), very quiet roads and you can cross into Spain when you are ready.
by Graham O
13 Sep 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2348

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

Another vote for Portugal. The roads are pretty quiet in the central region outside the big towns and generally drivers are considerate. However, they are so used to empty roads, that they panic when in traffic. Most traffic is along the coast region from Lisbon upto Porto where most people live, bu...
by Graham O
22 Jun 2020, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lower Gear Options
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Lower Gear Options

Thank you Brucey. With the move out here, I've not thought much about cycling tech, just riding and I'd forgotten about a super compact chainset. Spa have a 42/26 which will certainly do the job.
by Graham O
22 Jun 2020, 9:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lower Gear Options
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Lower Gear Options

I have a cyclo cross bike with the following spec: Shimano 105 11 speed shifters Chainrings 46 - 36 bcd 110mm Sprocket 11-32 While this was okay for the riding I used to do in the UK, it is overgeared for the terrain now that we have moved to Portugal. There are many more gravel trails here, but the...
by Graham O
12 Jul 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Do synthetic bags skimp on the wadding stabilising quilting vs clothing with same insultation.
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Do synthetic bags skimp on the wadding stabilising quilting vs clothing with same insultation.

With regards the amount of quilting in a sleeping bag relative to clothing, there may well be a different amount of quilting between them, but I would suggest, that for a quality brand (a very relative term), it is not to do with cost cutting or "skimping". Some fibres designed for sleepin...
by Graham O
13 Jun 2019, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada

No problems Kapalasa, it's a great read and I'm waiting for the right opportunity to get some of your sayings into conversation! :lol:
by Graham O
13 Jun 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Re: 1 year on the road, Brazil to Canada

Looking forward to reading this blog.

Does anyone know if it is possible to reorder a wordpress blog with oldest postings at the top rather than scrolling up and down all the time?
by Graham O
27 Apr 2019, 6:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Front Rack?

HobbesOnTour wrote:For bag inspiration have you tried Googling porteur or decaleur images?


Thank you. The problem with Googling is that if you don't know the name of something, Google returns all sorts of rubbish. A porteur or decaleur bag is just what I'm after. :)
by Graham O
26 Apr 2019, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Front Rack?

The Ortliebs will do the job, but they have to be attached to the rack with bungees which is a pain when I want to access the contents. What I really need is a bag which has it's own fastening to the rack allowing me to just rip the top open to access the camera, map, or a snack, even on the go. A r...
by Graham O
26 Apr 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Front Rack?

The problem I have is not related to weight as the extra load I'll be carrying is not huge, maybe 3kg. The problem is with finding a front rack, which I think I have an answer to, and to a bag to go onto it of around 15-20 litres. Does anyone know of any off the shelf bags available to go onto "...
by Graham O
25 Apr 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Front Rack?

Thanks Ivor, the Pizza rack is more or less, just what I'm looking for and still £45. The bike is a Surly Cross Check so has mounts on the fork and it shouldn't be difficult to fit the Pizza to it. I like my bike(s) to have the maximum utility in them, so a rack which suits both a rack pack and pann...
by Graham O
25 Apr 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Re: Front Rack?

If I'm reading your op correctly, you're not actually interested in using a front rack, but more of a handlebar type bag? snip I already have a handlebar bag, and yes, the front rack with a bag on top is the point of my post. The extra space I need is about 15 - 20L ;10'ish litres for the camping g...
by Graham O
25 Apr 2019, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1508

Front Rack?

Hi, My trip this year is likely to be a bit longer than previous ones (upto 3 weeks) and I will need to take camping gear.So far I've survived with 2 rear panniers, a rack pack for lock, tools etc and a bar bag, but I'll need a bit more, but not a lot, of extra space which makes me think of a front ...
by Graham O
22 Apr 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 43
Views: 2398

Re: Camping Pillow

I spplashed out on a Sea to Summit, Aeros Premium Large Pillow and love it. It inflates by mouth or using the same pump as my mattress and I've had some of the best sleeps I've ever had outdoors. Should have bought one years ago.
by Graham O
26 Mar 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 126
Views: 5872

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

Petrol is dangerous. Having seen a couple of incidents with the stuff it would be hard to convince me to give it a try. I've seen more incidents with gas than I have with petrol and even 2 with Trangias. If you follow the correct procedures, then the risks are probably about the same with any of th...