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by vernon
3 Jun 2013, 7:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trans Pennine Trail or Way of The Roses?
Replies: 23
Views: 2130

Re: Trans Pennine Trail or Way of The Roses?

Both rides are fine.

A Tricross will cope with the Tran Pennine surfaces and the hills of the Way of the Roses.

The question is which one of the routes are you best equipped to deal with.
by vernon
30 May 2013, 8:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling home from Marseille
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Cycling home from Marseile

I've spent nearly two months cycling in France. I'd not worry too much about your limited language skills. The French appreciate you making the effort to speak their mother tongue and will assist you if you struggle. More often than not they will intervene early on in the conversation. I'd not over ...
by vernon
30 May 2013, 8:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: Loire Valley

I'm also thinking about this as a possible future trip and have just ordered the Cicerone book about the route which I guess may answer some of your questions and when it arrives I will know for sure! They are doing 25% off at the moment so it cost me £9.00 and free P&P. http://www.cicerone.co....
by vernon
30 Apr 2013, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: BH camping trip
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: BH camping trip

There's decent camp sites at Reeth and beteen Richmond and Reeth as well as basic sites at Keld and nearby. There's plenty of local loops that you can ride in the area with decent tea shops and hostelries. Equally Hawes and Hardraw have decent camp sites and hostelries. All of the suggested place ar...
by vernon
27 Apr 2013, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Day trip to Ely - any comments?
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: Day trip to Ely - any comments?

Try choosing the walk option on Google maps. The journey reduces to 38 miles. The cycle routes are not always the most direct.
by vernon
27 Apr 2013, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: while on the ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1614

Re: while on the ferry

There's no need to remove anything other than your valuables. The car deck is secured during the sailing.
by vernon
27 Apr 2013, 10:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ridgeback voyager
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Ridgeback voyager

Yes, thanks, I guess I would also need to try it out for this reason as well. I was also wondering whether anyone has experience of hub gears, reliability/no quick release etc. I'm not sure how the alfine hubbed wheel is connected to the fram and the gear change cables but I have a Rohlhoff hub wit...
by vernon
27 Apr 2013, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging
Replies: 7
Views: 1413

Re: Charging

No need to test it. It works. Trust me. I've had an identical set up.
by vernon
17 Apr 2013, 11:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Some touring advice needed
Replies: 53
Views: 4935

Re: Some touring advice needed

Therealsouthstander wrote:
I have a Trangia meths stove so hopefully plenty of meths available..



Most supermarkets stock it and it's a lot cheaper than in the UK. Alcool a bruler is what you need to look for.
by vernon
17 Apr 2013, 11:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Some touring advice needed
Replies: 53
Views: 4935

Re: Some touring advice needed

No French campsite ever, under any circumstances, supplies toilet roll. Take one roll, per week, per person. You can of course buy them in supermarkets but only in packs of ten. DAHIKT. This is not strictly true. Some camp site do provide toilet rolls though it isn't possible to predict from appear...
by vernon
17 Apr 2013, 6:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training programme for touring
Replies: 42
Views: 1979

Re: Training programme for touring

Forgive me if I'm wrong Vernon, but you sound like someone in their twenties who has always been fit :roll: I don't understand why it would be puzzling to use loaded panniers for training :?: You gradually gain stronger muscles which reduces the chance of injury, an important consideration at my ag...
by vernon
14 Apr 2013, 12:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training programme for touring
Replies: 42
Views: 1979

Re: Training programme for touring

I'm not sure that you need to do any training. Your weekly activities should equip you with the required level of fitness. I'm always puzzled by folk who go out with loaded panniers on training rides as I'm not sure what they hope to gain from it. Adding a load does slow you down a tad on the hills ...
by vernon
4 Apr 2013, 11:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Revolution Audax
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

Re: Revolution Audax

The gearing might be on the high side for touring with fully loaded panniers.
by vernon
31 Mar 2013, 2:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: coast and castles cheap parking
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: coast and castles cheap parking

It might help if folk knew which end you were starting at. :D
by vernon
16 Mar 2013, 3:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Beware Southern Rail taking bikes
Replies: 27
Views: 1887

Re: Beware Southern Rail taking bikes

So it looks like the problem is of the OP's making and not Southern Rail. Any hint of apology?