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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...
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...
- 8 Jul 2017, 8:37am
- Forum: Touring & Expedition
- Topic: What tyre sizes for Brittany Voies Verts
- Replies: 8
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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...
- 4 Jul 2017, 10:06am
- Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
- Topic: Bottom Bracket Removal
- Replies: 5
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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...
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?
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...
- 9 Jan 2017, 5:46pm
- Forum: Electric bikes
- Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
- Replies: 29
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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...
- 9 Dec 2016, 8:35am
- Forum: Touring & Expedition
- Topic: Woody's Top YHA closed
- Replies: 40
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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 ...
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...