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by Greg
6 Jun 2012, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4423

Re: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

If you're going to Avignon you should really do Mt Ventoux as it's very close. Don't believe the scare stories, you won't die as long as you're not racing, not on drugs and don't have a pre-existing chest infection! It's not as steep as the famous British climbs, it just goes on a bit. It's also fan...
by Greg
6 Jun 2012, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?
Replies: 10
Views: 4423

Re: France which way - North to South, or South to North..?

A friend and I toured Caen to Marseilles a couple of years ago, you might like to read our report. The TGV back from Marseilles to Paris was really good. We improvised some basic bike bags on the way back and we could have got away with even less, but most of the trains (just not the one we caught) ...
by Greg
23 Feb 2012, 3:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany
Replies: 11
Views: 5668

Re: Spain, France, Switzerland and Germany

You'll be passing by Mt Ventoux, which one highlight that you definitely shouldn't miss. It's not nearly as hard as people think it is, or at least it may be when it's blowing a gale, or when you're tired from a day's racing, have taken the wrong drugs and are racing up in the heat of the day. Ridin...
by Greg
21 Feb 2012, 5:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any bike recommendations for JOGLE - Aug 2012
Replies: 14
Views: 6346

Re: Any bike recommendations for JOGLE - Aug 2012

Differences: The Scott is 3kg lighter. The Apollo has a threaded headset. While threaded headsets still work fine in themselves, they are obsolete, which means that the only ones you see on new bikes are cheap headsets fitted to cheap bikes - this doesn't bode well for the rest of the bike's compone...
by Greg
7 Feb 2012, 2:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Any bike recommendations for JOGLE - Aug 2012
Replies: 14
Views: 6346

Re: Any bike recommendations for JOGLE - Aug 2012

For £400 you can get a lot of bike if you buy secondhand. You really want something on the road-touring spectrum, and for a tour where you're hostelling rather than camping (commonly known as a 'credit card tour') I'd recommend more of a road bike - it'll be lighter, easier and faster. If you do buy...
by Greg
9 Jan 2012, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Should I book hotels before I go or as I go
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Should I book hotels before I go or as I go

We toured France last year, from Caen to Marseilles. Read about it here . When planning the route, I took us to a reasonable sized town each day - it didn't have to be huge, just big enough to support a couple of cheap hotels. Each evening we'd head to the office d'tourisme and ask them to find us s...
by Greg
14 Oct 2011, 3:06pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Funny/stupid idea - lejogle in 10 days
Replies: 46
Views: 30101

Re: Funny/stupid idea - lejogle in 10 days

You may like to check out Ben Rockett. Last year he rode LEJOGLE in sub 6 days, in a supported and sponsored attempt. He was a postgrad student at Bath University at the time. There's a good video of his ride here which should be informative!
by Greg
14 Oct 2011, 2:58pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: has lejog ever been done on a bmx???
Replies: 15
Views: 2969

Re: has lejog ever been done on a bmx???

Someone did Paris-Brest-Paris on a BMX a few years ago, though they did give it a longer seatpost.
by Greg
31 Mar 2011, 10:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Big bags for train travel
Replies: 7
Views: 1895

Re: Big bags for train travel

On our French tour last year, we bought some rain covers for bikes in a Decathlon store for 20 Euros each, a couple of days before the end of the tour. A haberdashers supplied some velcro, needles and thread, then on the last night of the tour we used a couple of strips of velcro to seal up the tops...
by Greg
11 Mar 2011, 4:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: What Now?

Finishing my lejog in June 2010 there was a sort of, "What next?". Then what next, Mont Ventoux! Just joking. Don't joke. Since quitting a LEJOG 3/4 of the way through, I've ridden Channel to Med via Mt Ventoux. It was a warmer and shorter trip than LEJOG and if you go up at touring pace ...
by Greg
10 Mar 2011, 11:48pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: TREK 1.5, suitable for JOGLE?
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: TREK 1.5, suitable for JOGLE?

Yes, it's suitable. If you're doing a fully laden camping tour, it's not ideal. You'll want rear pannier rack, which means that since I doubt this bike has eyelets, you'll need to use P clips to fit it. If you're doing a very lightweight camping trip, or are staying in any other form of accommodatio...
by Greg
10 Mar 2011, 11:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cycling shorts for Jogle
Replies: 17
Views: 2095

Re: Cycling shorts for Jogle

Get yourself down to your local bike shop. They'll have some decent quallity but basic shorts by a brand like Altura or Endura. The bottom rung will be at £20, go for a level up at £30 so you'll get a better pad for your bum. These will be good quality shorts and you'll be able to try them on before...
by Greg
16 Feb 2011, 10:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: garmin Etrex Legend Hcx stem mount
Replies: 22
Views: 3056

Re: garmin Etrex Legend Hcx stem mount

All you need to do is get a bar mount, cut off the bottom and file it into a curve to fit on the stem. Then drill a couple of holes through it sideways, so you can fit a couple of cable ties through it and round the stem. That's how mine's mounted and it's perfectly secure - it's survived a tour acr...
by Greg
10 Feb 2011, 12:08am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Trying to find an appropriate bargain bike
Replies: 16
Views: 2394

Re: Trying to find an appropriate bargain bike

How long do you intend to take to do the tour? Will you be camping youth hostelling, staying with friends or what? Will anyone be supporting you along the route? If you're doing a fully loaded camping expedition, you'll need eyelets to fit a rack and panniers. If you aren't carrying all that, you ca...
by Greg
20 Jan 2011, 5:45pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Stop Headway - Helmet compulsion in Northern Ireland
Replies: 118
Views: 8068

Re: Stop Headway - this time...

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