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by Chat Noir
14 Mar 2015, 11:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?
Replies: 11
Views: 2776

Re: Mains USB charger for a 3 week tour?

One of the modern challenges, how to stay powered up! I purchased a plug with 2 USB sockets for use on the continent. I have phone, Garmin and Kindle to keep charged and need 2 cables (Garmin has different socket to the phone and Kindle). Can charge up 2 simultaneously = no problem. On 16 day ride f...
by Chat Noir
12 Mar 2015, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar bag views and costs
Replies: 51
Views: 11566

Re: Handlebar bag views and costs

I tend to use small Topeak wedge bag as a bar bag. Keep it for camera, phone, other small bits, tools, passport, etc. These photos show how it attaches. Very stable, light and easy to take on and off and can fit light. I quite often take photos while on the move and fine for this, easy to access, al...
by Chat Noir
12 Mar 2015, 2:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1722

Re: Bike lubing/cleaning on tour

I take 37 ml bottle (v small and refillable) of White Lightning and apply as required but certainly every 2 or 3 days - takes only a little time to put on, build up of wax and I find it works well, but everyone has their own favourite. Part of the morning ritual - pack up the bike, lube the chain, p...
by Chat Noir
11 Mar 2015, 4:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of Brittany
Replies: 39
Views: 8030

Re: Tour of Brittany

Great place to cycle tour. I'm doing week long circuit with group of friends from St Malo in July. This will be a very leisurely trip, taking in some of the old green ways, ie canal towpaths, old railway lines, etc. This website shows the lot. http://cycling.brittanytourism.com/ If you like the idea...
by Chat Noir
8 Mar 2015, 12:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Double ender
Replies: 24
Views: 16767

Re: Double ender

Did I / we? Part of the 'pleasure' of getting older is you don't remember everything you did recently, although from years ago is not so hard. Hugh was over recently and we looked at some of the pictures on the link with Wigan, he might even have posted a comment. But it was a happy school, the face...
by Chat Noir
7 Mar 2015, 10:36pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Double ender
Replies: 24
Views: 16767

Re: Double ender

Thanks for your observations, helpful. I will heed the voices of experience! I have slight leeway with timing so will add a day at the beginning to ease route to Bristol, some difficult route finding for first 140 miles anyway. I can also add day at the end to better space out return from JOG. With ...
by Chat Noir
5 Mar 2015, 11:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Double ender
Replies: 24
Views: 16767

Double ender

I’m planning a double in May, starting and finishing in York. It’s similar distance to both ends, about 460 bike miles each way, so avoids the complications of getting to the beginning and back from the end, making it a sort of circle. Thought about camping but plan fairly high mileages so will use ...
by Chat Noir
4 Mar 2015, 4:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway
Replies: 34
Views: 5905

Re: Eastern European cyclist escorted off motorway

Last year was cycling up to Briancon along the N94, just north of Embrun. Came to roundabout with signs clearly saying no bikes as the road became dual carriageway. Bit alarmed as couldn't see any other way so decided to carry on. The traffic was going v fast and even though I was sticking near the ...
by Chat Noir
26 Feb 2015, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: spa saddles
Replies: 26
Views: 3114

Re: spa saddles

I've too many bikes, and mostly Brooks saddles .. I always wear padded shorts, am just used to wearing them when cycling. Have bought 3 Brooks Swift saddles from Spa over the years. The first two were comfortable out of the box and one of them has carried me on an End to End, through the Dolomites a...
by Chat Noir
16 Feb 2015, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Italian lakes
Replies: 10
Views: 1041

Re: Cycling the Italian lakes

Tunnels are an unfortunate reality. I take lightweight LED lights, front and rear. Sometimes see people cycling with no lights, which can be scary. I've just invested in slightly larger, rechargeable LED lights, but significantly brighter, and I would use these in future - some tunnels are unlit so ...
by Chat Noir
16 Feb 2015, 11:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?
Replies: 50
Views: 5035

Re: Is touring becoming a thing of the past?

Like everything else, cycle touring evolves. There are some who remain traditional tourers, with panniers, racks, using tents, cookers, etc, and probably always will be. I sometimes still tour with panniers and tent, and all the gear that goes with it. I also tour with a credit card, which means far...
by Chat Noir
1 Feb 2015, 12:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Neo Air Venture sleeping mat
Replies: 7
Views: 1110

Re: Neo Air Venture sleeping mat

Hi Would endorse other positives. Use this for long climbing trips (3-4 weeks) and cycle touring. Packs small, reasonable weight, long enough at 6', comfortable even at altitude and sleeping on snow and ice. Only minor downsides: can be noisy moving around on and takes a little more care and time to...
by Chat Noir
13 Jan 2015, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front braze on alignment
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Re: Front braze on alignment - fixed, thanks

Thank you for all the helpful suggestions, seem to have solved the issue. I didn't have spare Campag mech but did have spare Shimano Ultegra: this did exactly the same, ie rotated. However I held the mech always rotated as the bolt tightened. The DA 7403 feels a little wobbly anyway (and it's hardly...
by Chat Noir
12 Jan 2015, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front braze on alignment
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Re: Front braze on alignment

Yes, have the curved washer. I had read of people slightly enlarging the slot with a file to allow some movement - perhaps that will be the best way forward. It all looks square and sorted when held in place and when I start tightening the bolt, but as it gets tighter simply pulls it out of true - o...
by Chat Noir
12 Jan 2015, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front braze on alignment
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Front braze on alignment

Building up steel bike from 1990s with braze on front derailleur. Using DA 7403 front. When I tighten the bolt the body rotates out of parallel and ends up with the back pointing out, ie not parallel to the chainset, not allowing the cranks to turn. Have read few things on the internet and others ha...