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by vernon
11 Feb 2007, 10:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: First audax
Replies: 16
Views: 3384

Brian's first Audax

Well done Brian! The ride was a bit grim wasn't it? I was Tail End Charlie until Knaresborough - arriving at Tockwith at 8:58 and two punctures on the ride, the first at the Battle of Marston Moor monument saw to that. The ride was lumpier that I expected and the icy slush at Lotherton Hall nearly b...
by vernon
10 Feb 2007, 10:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike advice needed !
Replies: 6
Views: 1276

I know I'm contradicting your preferences for a hybrid bike but...... A Dawes Galaxy has served me well during the past two years. I am now a svelte 22 stones whereas I used to be 24 stones. It's coped well with carrying all my camping gear on two LEJOGS, and four/five coast to coast rides plus shor...
by vernon
10 Feb 2007, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Touring and married/family
Replies: 15
Views: 5103

I'm really blessed. My wife counts on me being out for one day every weekend and a week at easter and two to three weeks in the summer. It reduces the clutter and mess that I create, elminates the bickering between me and our boys and she doesn't get crushed when I roll over in bed. :D She has put u...
by vernon
9 Feb 2007, 10:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tockwith Audax
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Tockwith Audax

Looks like tomorrow's Audax will be interesting. I am banking on the online weatherforecasts being accurate i.e. overnight rain will thaw the snow. Still it will present me with the opportunity to try my Altura retina searing yellow waterproof jacket.

I bet the entry has shrunk.....
by vernon
7 Feb 2007, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LEJOG - times
Replies: 3
Views: 1648

Re: LEJOG - times

OK, at the risk of through the cat amounst the pigeons... What do you think is the ideal time scale for an end to end? My view is around 2 to 3 weeks. I did it in two weeks and while the riding wasn't that hard (about 75mpd) I found that spending so long in the saddle (so I ain't that fast, OK) mea...
by vernon
7 Feb 2007, 6:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maps for LEJOG
Replies: 17
Views: 7575

Re: Maps for LEJOG

Can anyone recommend me a map/ set of maps that go into enough detail for me to be able to plan a route that avoids the major roads and allows me to take in some of the sights along the way? Obviously it's not really practical or cost effective to have two hundred and eighty three massive regional ...
by vernon
2 Feb 2007, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best (LED) lights?
Replies: 14
Views: 2814

my vote for the Cateye LD1100. i used to have an 600, which was ok, but the 1100 is far superior and less bulky. Best features: -can run one side as constant and other as flashing -seperate side projecting leds, great when mixed up with slow moving traffic. The old LD1000 is robust. Mine survived a...
by vernon
2 Feb 2007, 8:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best (LED) lights?
Replies: 14
Views: 2814

I was in the market today in Tavistock. A stall had a pair of LED lights made by that well-respected company - Black Spur. They were £2.50 or thereabouts, I think. I didn't look too closely, but sounded good value. Mick F. Cornwall They might sound like good vluie and indeed look to be good value b...
by vernon
27 Jan 2007, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Mystery Clicking noise while riding
Replies: 14
Views: 2171

Does it happen in all gears? If does not, then it might be the chain against the front gear mech. Because of the much greater pressure when pedalling normally, this would not necessarily be apparent if you held the bike in a stand or similar and manually turned the pedals. Are you sure the left cra...
by vernon
25 Jan 2007, 7:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LEJOG - What type of bike?
Replies: 3
Views: 2906

Re: LEJOG - What type of bike?

Hi, Am doing the LEJOG ride at the end of may/beginning of june, and have been putting a few hours in the gym while the cold weather is with us. Daft thing is I have no idea which type of bike I need to buy!! Have been to a few bike shops and have been told different things - some recommend the hyb...
by vernon
20 Jan 2007, 9:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Distance on a folding bike
Replies: 26
Views: 6094

Re:Distance on a folding bike

I have both a Brompton and a birdy.<br>The brompton is excellent for crowded commuting with its small folded package and is comfortable only for short cycle journeys as small wheels and front suspension create a somewhat harsh ride.<br>The birdy has a larger folded package but with its front supens...
by vernon
16 Jan 2007, 11:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LEJOG experienced cycle partner needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2062

I agree with all the above but you could also try approaching the leaders of your local Duke of Edinburgh award scheme or Army, air force or Naval cadets or at a push Scout/guide masters who all have to go through the clearance process these days. Sad to have to curb your enthusiasm but we live in ...
by vernon
16 Jan 2007, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LEJOG experienced cycle partner needed
Replies: 3
Views: 2062

Re: LEJOG experienced cycle partner needed

Hi, I am a 14 year old student. Me and my friend have just started training for the ultimate cycle challenge, Lands end to John O'Groats. We would be planning to do it in the summer holidays and have already started planning for the event. We are in need of an adult to accompany us on this huge cha...
by vernon
10 Jan 2007, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LEJOG Route
Replies: 10
Views: 8033

julk, where were you a few weeks back when I came through Dalkeith in the pouring rain looking for a campsite. Ended up at one down by the shore near Leith. Regarding LEJOG. Once in Scotland my favoured route is up the West Coast to Fort William. Go through Dumfries and Galloway towards Ayr. Follow...
by vernon
10 Jan 2007, 10:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lands end - John O' Groats routes
Replies: 8
Views: 4173

Re: Lands end - John O' Groats routes

Hi there. I wondering if anyone can recommend a good book or good maps with routes of a classic Lands end - John O' Groats routes?. I'm planning to cycle this route sometime in April/May as part of a trip starting in Gibraltar. Thanks for the help................. lanty Garrison,ny There are some '...