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by groberts
23 Jul 2009, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the worst road you've ever cycled on?
Replies: 29
Views: 1472

Re: What is the worst road you've ever cycled on?

The ones in Surrey where I live! I pay more and more council tax each year and the roads get worse and worse. OK there are really worse but what are we paying for here?
by groberts
22 Jul 2009, 6:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paris to Norwich
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Paris to Norwich

I did did London (Surrey) to Paris via Newhaven in May and Surrey to Norwich via Saffron Walden earlier this month. If you let me know your contact details I can send you details of my routes. Both routes were excellent and very enjoyable but given there's only one really useful ferry from Newhaven ...
by groberts
6 Jul 2009, 11:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What's happened to the YHA?
Replies: 33
Views: 3388

What's happened to the YHA?

After some years I have recently re-joined and started to use the YHA for Cycle touring, only to find great numbers of closures in England etc - what has happended? I searched but can't find a succint explanation. I'm sure it goes something like: they were not used so had to close. However, there st...
by groberts
2 Jul 2009, 12:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Norwich - Which Way?
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

Re: London to Norwich - Which Way?

Just back from riding London to Norwich (Wymondham) - which overall was a really nice ride and I would highly recommend but the heat (+30C) made it difficult on the second day. In the end I had to change my route and go via Saffron Walden following a recent fire at the Cambridge YHA, which as a resu...
by groberts
19 Jun 2009, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Norwich - Which Way?
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

Re: London to Norwich - Which Way?

Many thanks WildCorgi, it's not too late and your comments are very useful; sounds like you've done it a few times? I am hoping to depart sometime over the summer when the time and weather allow. Thanks again, Graham
by groberts
17 Jun 2009, 9:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tesco Ultra-Lite Mummy Sleeping Bag
Replies: 16
Views: 4433

Re: Tesco Ultra-Lite Mummy Sleeping Bag

Looks like a very interesting product with obvious limitations for the price. Reviews on the Tesco website indicate it might also be a bit on the small side being just 750cm wide - does anuone have any comments / experience of this issue, what would be the size of a 'normal' more expensive comparabl...
by groberts
8 Jun 2009, 2:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Norwich - Which Way?
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

London to Norwich - Which Way?

I am planning to cycle from London to Norwich (actually Surrey to Wymondham) and have been looking at routes. I would be grateful if anyone could comment on the following points or has any further thoughts on these routes. 1. There seems to be some cycle paths going along the Lea Valley through Ches...
by groberts
26 May 2009, 4:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris Help?
Replies: 11
Views: 2521

Re: London to Paris Help?

I'm just back from the ride via Dieppe using the CTC Route-1, which is about 140 miles from Dieppe. It has the advantage of taking in the excellent Avenue Verte cycleway just outsdie Dieppe for abot 30 miles and the equallly excellent Ourcq Canal of 15 miles that takes you straight into the centre o...
by groberts
13 May 2009, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Tyres (& wheels)
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Touring Tyres (& wheels)

I ride a Dawes Audax 2006, until recently mostly for day rides - the bike is fitted with Continental Ultra Gatorskin 700x23 tyres and Rigida Nova 32h rims and Tiagra hubs, which have worked really well. I have just returned from an excellent trip from London (Redhill actually) to Paris using this bi...