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by AndyB
27 Nov 2015, 2:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pyrenees
Replies: 22
Views: 1679

Re: Pyrenees

I did it with the family 5 or so years ago. I was on the tandem with my 5 year old and my wife was on her own bike. We took the bike bus down and back, and camped on the way; 3 weeks away from home if I recall correctly. A really great trip - I particularly liked the variety from the damp Basque cou...
by AndyB
25 Nov 2015, 1:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring luxuries
Replies: 68
Views: 5931

Re: Touring luxuries

We like to take a small game or two - Yahtzee is good as it only requires 5 dice, but some other small games pack pretty small - we like San Juan, Mapominoes, and have taken Carcassonne too. A bit more sociable than a book when you're touring as a family.
by AndyB
24 Nov 2014, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Uncomfortably numb (hands)
Replies: 47
Views: 5922

Re: Uncomfortably numb (hands)

Another thought (which I don't think has been mentioned) is that it may well arise in your neck. I've found that I can get numb hands, but this seems to arise because I often hunch my shoulders. If I concentrate on keeping my shoulders relaxed (tucking my elbows in seems to have this effect), then I...
by AndyB
5 Mar 2014, 12:48pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping by the side of the road ( UK only )
Replies: 16
Views: 8530

Re: camping by the side of the road ( UK only )

A couple of friends once camped on a roundabout. They put a sign next to the tent saying "Psychological Experiment". They received no hassle!
by AndyB
13 Feb 2014, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: kinesis tripster atr frame versus enigma etape frame
Replies: 45
Views: 13794

Re: kinesis tripster atr frame versus enigma etape frame

My wife has the Enigma Etape, and loves it. It's her fast bike though, so it doesn't get used for touring. I'm sure it would be fine for lightweight touring, but not the best option if you're more laden (for example, it takes 25mm tyres with guards, but no more).
by AndyB
10 Feb 2014, 9:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm posting this here as it's important stuff..Diet etc
Replies: 418
Views: 52708

Re: I'm posting this here as it's important stuff..Diet etc

Here is an interesting take on the discussion, arguing that the confusions all result from the wrong questions being asked - well worth a read. The author also brings up the old quote on dietary advice (that may have already appeared in this thread): "eat food, not too much, mostly plants"...
by AndyB
16 Jan 2014, 12:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)
Replies: 30
Views: 45973

Re: Best way to shed weight (in terms of kit)

Softshells are pretty heavy. Since you're carrying waterproofs, presumably you only want a little insulation in the evening. I use a Patagonia Nano Puff top, which is quite a bit lighter than either a fleece or softshell, is windproof, and packs down much smaller (which might mean you can use smalle...
by AndyB
29 Nov 2013, 11:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roads, terrain, gearing best for burning calories.
Replies: 46
Views: 3434

Re: Roads, terrain, gearing best for burning calories.

My Garmin wildly overestimates the number of calories used if I don't use the heart rate strap: Ride 1 - 22.6km with 431m climbing in 44:59 (30.2kph), with HRM - 423kCal Ride 2 - 21.9km with 424m climbing in 43:25 (30.3kph), no HRM - 881kCal The former is far more realistic. I reckon on about 100kCa...
by AndyB
4 Oct 2013, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Grant Peterson Says about Bike Shoes.....
Replies: 40
Views: 6326

Re: What Grant Peterson Says about Bike Shoes.....

And no one has even mentioned the power gain on the upstroke yet :shock: Or is that all a lie too?? Well... As it happens I forgot to change back into my cycling shoes for the ride home from work on Wednesday. I ride a fixed wheel bike for the commute. All was fine, until the hill into the village....
by AndyB
4 Oct 2013, 3:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What cap do you wear !
Replies: 30
Views: 3067

Re: What cap do you wear !

Try ebay But we are not talking about ebay, we are talking about firms that supply through the traditional channels, thus if we compare like with like the CTC cap is mid priced at worst. If you factor in the fact that it is a special run designed for a specific limited custom base then it seems eve...
by AndyB
3 Sep 2013, 8:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine in Oct/Nov
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

Re: Rhine in Oct/Nov

Thanks for the replies. I've investigated further and found that most of the Swiss hostels are closing either just before or during the week we have free - most of October is fine, but not the last week! Campsites also seem rather limited... I think we shall take our chances with the weather, and st...
by AndyB
14 Aug 2013, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone know of any good 28c tyres?
Replies: 22
Views: 3341

Re: Does anyone know of any good 28c tyres?

I've got Schwalbe Duranos (not sure if they are the 'plus') on the tandem in 28mm - I prefer them to the Gatorskins, but would be hard pressed to say why!
by AndyB
9 Aug 2013, 2:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine in Oct/Nov
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

Rhine in Oct/Nov

I'm looking at options for a week long cycle tour in the October half-term with my son (8). He'll be on his own bike (just been in the Alps on the tandem), and the Rhine cycle route caught my eye. It seems that the Swiss section from Chur to Basel could be good - about the right distance and seems q...
by AndyB
26 Mar 2013, 11:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Show your touring bikes !!!!
Replies: 180
Views: 35212

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

Quite a few recumbents, a trike, but no tandems yet. Here is ours on an unusually flat holiday in Belgium - we had a boys holiday for Easter a couple of years ago: two weeks touring (camping) and watching some of the spring classics; this is in the Ardennes (from my Flickr photos). http://farm4.stat...
by AndyB
18 Mar 2013, 11:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why aren't there lightweight panniers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1630

Re: Why aren't there lightweight panniers?

My Super C rear panniers weigh approx 2.20kg for the pair. My old Ortlieb back roller plus weighed 1.51kg. The former are considerably bigger.