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by Doris
20 Jun 2012, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First tour anxieties!
Replies: 38
Views: 8483

Re: First tour anxieties!

The tube is a nightmare with stairs/escalators. Very few lifts. I think walking overground would be easier probably, when you have luggage too. I remember taking a small child in a buggy on the underground a few years ago, it was sooo hard. I don't think access has improved much since then.
by Doris
18 Jun 2012, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First tour anxieties!
Replies: 38
Views: 8483

Re: First tour anxieties!

When we did the Outer Hebrides, we caught a train to Fort William, train to Malaig, ferry over, cycled up through Skye to Uig, ferry to Tarbert on South Harris, cycled down to Lochboisdale, ferry to Oban, then train to Glasgow , train back to London. It seemed the best route for least busy roads. Th...
by Doris
15 Jun 2012, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First tour anxieties!
Replies: 38
Views: 8483

Re: First tour anxieties!

Hi, Bicycles and trains- it's a great way to travel! We toured the Outer Hebrides about 4 years ago, lovely it was too. I find that if we are B&B touring, I can remover one pannier and put it over my left shoulder, and this makes my bike light enough for me to carry up steps with the other panni...
by Doris
17 Aug 2011, 11:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonion Sleeper Bike Security ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Re: Caledonion Sleeper Bike Security ?

I've read stories (On these forums I think) of people needing to get up at 4am to move their bike only happens if you have been daft enough to lock your bike when travelling to Fort William! We were woken by a kindly and apologetic guard to transfer our bikes at 4 in the morning in Edinburgh. Have ...
by Doris
3 Aug 2011, 5:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Talk me into/out of getting a road bike
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: Talk me into/out of getting a road bike

I started with a hybrid, moved on to a tourer and have recently bought a road bike. The hybrid doesn't get ridden at all, but I love and use both the other bikes. If you have the storage space and can afford both, why hesitate?
by Doris
30 Jan 2011, 2:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Low sun- danger reminder
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Re: Low sun- danger reminder

I sometimes need to cycle home on a fast busy narrow road into the setting sun. I don't do it. I hang around until the sun has set. I don't think my rear lights would help: they cannot compete with the sun. This will now be my approach. Rear lights would not have helped, nor hi viz. Just been out f...
by Doris
28 Jan 2011, 11:33am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Low sun- danger reminder
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Re: Low sun- danger reminder

That sounds quite frightening. I agree with you totally about avoiding certain roads when the light is bad. All the suggestions about lights etc are good, but in the incident we were involved in the sun was so low and dazzling that I don't think the brightest light would have helped. We both have re...
by Doris
25 Jan 2011, 11:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Low sun- danger reminder
Replies: 20
Views: 1830

Low sun- danger reminder

We had an incident out cycling a couple of weeks ago, going up hill into low sun. My husband was hit from behind by a driver that hadn't seen us at all. I was cycling at the back, but he just missed me because I was cycling in the gutter (I knew at some level it wasn't the best light). Husband was o...
by Doris
25 Jan 2011, 10:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How to Film Earth from Space
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: How to Film Earth from Space

Glad you enjoyed it- I thought it was most impressive.
by Doris
24 Jan 2011, 9:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone like to try my .............??
Replies: 17
Views: 1108

Re: Anyone like to try my .............??

ferrit worrier wrote:False teeth


My Dad had a great story from his drinking days at the local pub. There was a regular who used to pop his false teeth into his pint to keep his drink safe while he visited the gents. On one occasion, the landlord swapped his own false teeth for the ones in the pint.....
by Doris
1 Nov 2010, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: camping
Replies: 33
Views: 2888

Re: camping

We never book campsites, and generally have no problems. We did JOGLE without booking in June last year finding sites using a road map. Only had a problem one night when 'Tea in the Park' seemed to have taken over all the local campsites- even then, I think we could have got a pitch, but chose to cy...
by Doris
21 Jul 2010, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Roberts "Rubbery" paint?
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Re: Roberts "Rubbery" paint?

I went for the gun metal grey, although I really liked it in blue too. I went for something that I thought wouldn't be too eye catching and nick-able. What will you choose...?

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by Doris
21 Jul 2010, 6:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Roberts "Rubbery" paint?
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Re: Roberts "Rubbery" paint?

I have the rubbery finish on my Roughstuff, had it for about 18 months and no chips. Done over 5000 miles, lots of fully loaded touring, on and off trains etc. I would happily have the same finish again. It's a great bike and I love riding it. I hope you are as happy with yours.
by Doris
26 Mar 2010, 2:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pillow problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1582

Re: Pillow problem

I also use an Ajungilak pillow. I am very fussy about having a good pillow, and find this to be very good and very light. Don't over-inflate it though, much more comfortable a bit soft.