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by groberts
10 Aug 2009, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard Fastening
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Mudguard Fastening

With some concern while out this week-end I discovered that the plastic 'tag' that attaches the mudguard stay to the front forks had broken leaving the stay free to move; whilst in itself a minor problem the stay could easily have gone into the wheel's spokes and caused no end of probelms. On closer...
by groberts
4 Aug 2009, 2:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Transport from Paris back to UK
Replies: 6
Views: 424

Re: Transport from Paris back to UK

I came back from Paris a few weeks ago on Eurostar using the bike-baggage system, which costs £20.00 per bike. You need to first check the train you want online, then call Esprit Europe who manage this for Eurostar to chack availabilty for bikes Tel: 08705 850 850, then book your train then go back ...
by groberts
30 Jul 2009, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres and road riding a mountain bike
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

Re: Tyres and road riding a mountain bike

OK please bear with me. I've looked at Sheldon and still remain baffeld by one point: given the numbers I gave in my original posting, what is the rim width and how will this affect my trye choice?
by groberts
29 Jul 2009, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres and road riding a mountain bike
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

Re: Tyres and road riding a mountain bike

Thanks for everyone's thoughts - lots of good advice. Being a bit stupid when it comes to tyres and gears (more another time) would there be an optimum width which would still fit my wheels? As you can tell at the moment they're very fat - I would have thought going slimmer would help rolling but it...
by groberts
29 Jul 2009, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling doesn't get better-Avenue Verte Update & Trip Report
Replies: 7
Views: 5463

Re: Cycling doesn't get better-Avenue Verte Update & Trip Report

Assuming you are in the municipal campsite, just past the second services block (wash rooms etc) there is a metal fence with a gate through to a private campsite / activity centre and about 200 metres (or less) further on is the Avenue Verte; there was no problem going through this area and so the A...
by groberts
27 Jul 2009, 7:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres and road riding a mountain bike
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

Tyres and road riding a mountain bike

I have a Trek 830 mountain bike which I am now riding more on-road - the wheels are Araya 26x150 HE VP-20 (whatever that means?). I changed the tyres to Specialized Mass Transit 26x1.90 for better road riding but it’s still like riding a tractor! I wondered if there was a better tyre I could use wit...
by groberts
27 Jul 2009, 10:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hills for training close to London
Replies: 5
Views: 968

Re: Hills for training close to London

Take the London to Brighton route (not the main road) - lots of hills as you pass across the Weald through Turners Hill etc finishing with the big one at Ditchling Beacon, before rolling into Brighton + train (or ride) back to London.
by groberts
27 Jul 2009, 10:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thank you ...British TDF Riders
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Thank you ...British TDF Riders

Completely agree, many congratualtions to them all - Britisch cycling just gets better and better, pity the roads and facilities dont! I see that next year a British team will be sponsored by BSkyB, does that mean it will not be available on terrestrial TV - does anyone know? I watched on ITV4 and a...
by groberts
25 Jul 2009, 5:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Manners
Replies: 30
Views: 1585

Road Manners

I wonder what others experience of cycling clubs on the road is. Over the past few years there is one club (who shall remain nameless) who cycle in my area and routinely speed by very close, cut me up after passing and generally cause havoc on the roads with everyone else; they seem to think they ow...
by groberts
25 Jul 2009, 5:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family friendly parts of france
Replies: 11
Views: 651

Re: Family friendly parts of france

Bunker, take a look at my trip report for the Avenue Verte which I have just filed - reckon it's perfect and easy to get to. If you stayed at the camp site there is an activity centre for children next door on the lakes which includes sailing, canoing, rock climbing etc and of course the sea is near...
by groberts
25 Jul 2009, 4:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling doesn't get better-Avenue Verte Update & Trip Report
Replies: 7
Views: 5463

Cycling doesn't get better-Avenue Verte Update & Trip Report

Just a short ferry hop across the English Channel is some of the best cycling I have ever done and I thought it might be of interest to anyone considering cycling in France; even if you are not – you should. I am just back from a week’s cycling in the area just south of Dieppe which incorporates the...
by groberts
23 Jul 2009, 5:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the worst road you've ever cycled on?
Replies: 29
Views: 1502

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: 424

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: 3445

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: 2960

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...