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by groberts
31 Jul 2017, 6:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Passchendaele
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Re: Passchendaele

Thanks for the comments, as the saying goes "just do it", it's the least we can do! Both the Flanders battlefields and the D-Day beaches (best on or about 6th June) are very rewarding rides but, in my opinion, do some research before going so as to better appreciate what you are seeing and...
by groberts
31 Jul 2017, 12:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Passchendaele
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Passchendaele

Given today's events commemorating 100-years of Passchendaele, just thought I'd post my blog from a ride I made there a few years ago. It was naturally a moving experience but also very interesting and my way of remembering those who fought there. As always being on a bike connects you with the plac...
by groberts
8 Jul 2017, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tyre sizes for Brittany Voies Verts
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: What tyre sizes for Brittany Voies Verts

Good and very pleasant for easily getting from A to B but best when incorporated into a wider ride using smaller, local roads - which themselves are almost always immaculate in France and interesting. I've always found 28mm 700c tyres OK. For a take on VV here's my previous blog on the matters: http...
by groberts
4 Jul 2017, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Removal
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Bottom Bracket Removal

They're out!!!! Thanks again for the advice.
by groberts
4 Jul 2017, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Removal
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Bottom Bracket Removal

Ah so the threads are different, like the pedals - had a feeling that was the case but couldn't remember!

Thanks
by groberts
4 Jul 2017, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Removal
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Bottom Bracket Removal

I've been here before but as I don't remove the bottom bracket very often can't remember the answer. 1. Can someone please confirm the screw direction to remove the cups on a cartridge BB - is it normal i.e. anticlockwise to unscrew on both sides? It's difficult enough as it is, I don't want to be s...
by groberts
30 Jun 2017, 8:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Milk?
Replies: 72
Views: 4376

Re: Milk?

Ned Ludd wrote:I've never seen a calf on a bike so of no benefit what so ever....


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by groberts
28 Jun 2017, 9:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LEJOG on ebike
Replies: 61
Views: 4092

Re: LEJOG on ebike

Thanks again Pete, that's certainly got me thinking.
by groberts
28 Jun 2017, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LEJOG on ebike
Replies: 61
Views: 4092

Re: LEJOG on ebike

Thanks, that looks really nice. What's your range + do you carry panniers + what size battery + where'd you get the motor from + how do you control the power or is it assist?
by groberts
28 Jun 2017, 5:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LEJOG on ebike
Replies: 61
Views: 4092

Re: LEJOG on ebike

I would be very interested to know specifically what Ebikes people are riding for long, loaded touring? I had a TKR a couple of years ago and after six months or so was back on the bike slowly getting back to limited cycling. Unfortunately my other knee is now showing signs of going + the TKR knee i...
by groberts
11 Jan 2017, 3:47pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 8681

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

Thanks Phil, personal experience is always helpful.

Is that range indicated loaded or unloaded?
by groberts
9 Jan 2017, 5:46pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 8681

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

Just noticed this thread - become a convert to ebikes and coversions myself. Pros and cons with everything you choose - I bought a BH Neo city ebike originally, Dutch style, very comfortable, fairly 'solid'. Moved on to conversions, having already got decent tourers. Finally bought full suss mtbs a...
by groberts
6 Jan 2017, 9:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Artistic cycling in the UK?
Replies: 43
Views: 5199

Re: Artistic cycling in the UK?

Clever but belongs in the circus!
by groberts
9 Dec 2016, 8:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woody's Top YHA closed
Replies: 40
Views: 7401

Re: Woody's Top YHA closed

The tenor of this thread is both sad and worrying. I understand the world has changed / is changing but the wholesale demise the the YHA seems to be taking place, something that was of real value, particularly younger people. I used the YHA extensively when younger, including in Europe. As a matter ...
by groberts
10 Oct 2016, 8:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA Hindhead gone!
Replies: 24
Views: 3932

Re: YHA Hindhead gone!

So sad to hear and wonder if there is really any future for the YHA, except as a quasi commercial lodging for parties. At a fundamental level for cyle / walking touring there are so few left it's no longer practical to use a hostel each night when as there are now too many gaps. I also stayed at Hin...