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by Barrenfluffit
20 Jul 2015, 8:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: visit the south of england with my family
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: visit the south of england with my family

Well you could follow NCN Route 1 from Dover (direction: london) but cross the Thames on the Gravesend ferry and head N from there towards Cambridge. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/route-1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Thames_and_Medway_Passenger_Boat_Company http://forum.ctc.org.uk/...
by Barrenfluffit
15 Jul 2015, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Books on bike maintenance
Replies: 15
Views: 1465

Re: Books on bike maintenance

+1 for Zinn.
by Barrenfluffit
15 Jul 2015, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reading to Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 2083

Re: Reading to Paris

The final part of Donald Hirsch's Dieppe - Paris route is actually from Versailles in the west. It ends at the Eiffel Tower and I suggest it would be a great way to finish off your ride. Also that when you've been fit, your expectations don't adjust accurately to your actual fitness. The answer is (...
by Barrenfluffit
14 Jul 2015, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mending slime tubes /mending punctures
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: Mending slime tubes /mending punctures

hang them up so the patch is at the top and all the slime drains away? May need a clamp on the patch so it sticks properly. And a spare tube to go in the tyre while the slimed one is drying.
by Barrenfluffit
14 Jul 2015, 12:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice/Info Please on *another* Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 51
Views: 6512

Re: Advice/Info Please on *another* Dawes Galaxy

Or change to 700c wheels, modern freehub etc. Even if you don't switch yet its sensible to buy brakes etc that will work with 700c wheels to reduce the cost later on. Also to allow you to buy a wheel on tour where 27" tyres etc are not readily available. It's best to decide a point to switch in...
by Barrenfluffit
12 Jul 2015, 6:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Self sealing inner tubes
Replies: 7
Views: 1190

Re: Self sealing inner tubes

I'm not a fan either for the reasons above. In practise the holes lose some air before sealing so you've got a slow deflation. You need to carry stuff anyway for bigger holes. Puncture resistance in tyres is a better route than self repair.
by Barrenfluffit
10 Jul 2015, 10:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Terra Nova Voyager tent anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 6183

Re: Terra Nova Voyager tent anyone?

Now to report my second (of three) pole breakages which also ripped the flysheet. Latter will be patched and the former will have a pole replaced. Other repairs have been needed.
by Barrenfluffit
10 Jul 2015, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Age limits in city hostels now.
Replies: 14
Views: 2038

Re: Age limits in city hostels now.

An example from Brussels: Age: Hello Hostel is a Youth Hostel. Guests over 40 years old will have to book a whole private room (you have to book the 2 beds, even if you are alone). Nevertheless, if you are 4 guest over 40 years old, we can accommodate you in a 4 bedded dorm. https://hello-hostel.eu/...
by Barrenfluffit
9 Jul 2015, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Age limits in city hostels now.
Replies: 14
Views: 2038

Age limits in city hostels now.

This seems to have become more widespread. Certainly in Brussels and Berlin there are multiple hostels which will not accept anyone over their age limit into a dorm (or even at all). In Brussels the Youth Hostel "Génératon Europe" is one of the few not to have a limit; its quite restrictin...
by Barrenfluffit
9 Jul 2015, 8:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles from Britain to Continent
Replies: 26
Views: 2535

Re: Bicycles from Britain to Continent

Also to report an hourly, bike suitable, train connection between Brussels and Amsterdam. The train has a specific, generous area for bike carriage and doesn't require reservations. However the bike does require a single international bike ticket (which can be different from the rider's ticket) whic...
by Barrenfluffit
13 Jun 2015, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Europe in late October
Replies: 11
Views: 1604

Re: Touring in Europe in late October

If you can get your bike on eurostar as carry-on then Avignon direct becomes possible as a start point. I'd be tempted to head south generally as autumn Mediterranean climates can be wonderful.
by Barrenfluffit
12 Jun 2015, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps Navigating Imported Route
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Google Maps Navigating Imported Route

Also the orientation of the map to direction of travel or north makes a big difference. You need to know which way your travelling along the track particularly if rejoining it.
by Barrenfluffit
12 Jun 2015, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Loire a Velo: biking bigger cities?

From what I remember the Loire bike routes often offer / low / no traffic routes through the cities. Either by towpaths, bike paths or low traffic roads. Basically use the local bike provision to get into city centres. OTOH if you want a rest then looking for a campsite with a good bus / rail connec...
by Barrenfluffit
28 May 2015, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road bike or mountain bike?
Replies: 18
Views: 979

Re: Road bike or mountain bike?

My experience was that a touring bike was 50% faster than a mtb.

The key issue is toughness; as a shakedown taking the weaker bike might help clear this up. That said tourers in general are tougher than road bikes so my experience may not be valid.
by Barrenfluffit
27 May 2015, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Paris - Dieppe camping
Replies: 7
Views: 783

Re: London to Paris - Dieppe camping

The ferry has seats which can be used for snoozing too. There's a time difference but its still not a particularly long crossing. If you arrive at 4am you could reckon to finish cycling earlier to catch up on sleep. Don't forget bike lights as the voie verte is unlit. If you arrive at 10.30pm I'd be...