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by vernon
6 Mar 2013, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK touring maps..?
Replies: 14
Views: 1124

Re: UK touring maps..?

Goldeneye maps are perfectly OK.

I've used the Yaorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors ones and found that they have more than enough information to plot a journey and navigate with.

The Philips motoring atlas is a good suggestion. I used one to navigate on a LEJOG and a JOGLE ride.
by vernon
3 Mar 2013, 6:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!
Replies: 54
Views: 3365

Re: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!

I first had a ride on a Rohloff hubbed bike six or seven years ago in Preston when a friend lent me his to potter about on one morning. It was a Thorn expedition biek - a Raven? It did little to persuade me that a Rohloff hubbed bike would be owned by me. The sales literature was a little too evange...
by vernon
2 Mar 2013, 11:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!
Replies: 54
Views: 3365

Re: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!

531colin wrote:I was on one of those for just a few minutes the other day.........no chain noise!.....weird.....nice, but weird.


Some folk find it disconcerting. Generally all you can hear is a bit of tyre buzz and even that disappears if you are spinning and cruising.
by vernon
1 Mar 2013, 9:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Show your touring bikes !!!!
Replies: 180
Views: 35686

Re: Show your touring bikes !!!!

Here's my Woodrup Cycles' Chimera.

It has subsequently acquired lowrider pannier racks at the front and a bar bag.

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by vernon
1 Mar 2013, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!
Replies: 54
Views: 3365

Re: It's not a Hybrid... It's a Chimera!

This is a Chimera. A Woodrup Cycles Chimera. I've had it for a year and loved every mile.

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by vernon
28 Feb 2013, 7:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Whats the best way to get from York to Doncaster??
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Whats the best way to get from York to Doncaster??

You can't beat playing with a mapping web site/app to come up with a route.

Have a look at www.mapmyride.com for route planning. It will also create a gradient profile.
by vernon
21 Feb 2013, 9:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: E-Werk charging capabilities? Charging netbooks on tour...
Replies: 18
Views: 2106

Re: E-Werk charging capabilities? Charging netbooks on tour.

I would magine that even if your e-werk can charge the netbook drawing 12v out of a hub dynamo would create a lot of resistance. Not pleasant pedalling at all. I use a Solar Gorilla 10 watt panel to charge USB items which it does pretty well. Why not use a Smart Phone instead of a netbook? Smaller,...
by vernon
16 Feb 2013, 11:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hull to Liverpool Airport.. Advice on route..
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: Hull to Liverpool Airport.. Advice on route..

Plenty (of nutcases) have done the ride in one day. If it's done on a week day it is not busy at all, anywhere. The busiest stretch, tourists, walkers, anglers (IMO) is Leeds to Keighley, he can cut that out by by road all the way to Skipton, mostly flat, 30 miles gone in 2 hours, easy peasy! :D Th...
by vernon
14 Feb 2013, 10:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lake Balaton - Best area for short cycle rides
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Lake Balaton - Best area for short cycle rides

I'd spend the time in Budapest sampling the museums, galleries, restaurants and thermal baths. The Museum of Horror, the steam railway museum and the Central Market filled best part of a leisurely day. A circular tour of Buda and Pest took up a chunk of a morning. Watching the world go by along the ...
by vernon
9 Feb 2013, 11:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Panniers for touring
Replies: 20
Views: 1663

Re: Panniers for touring

Thanks for those - reading those posts was interesting. Lots of arguments for and against 4 bags. When I toured the last time (in France) I was on a cheaper bike, the wheels were under a lot of strain especially uphill and as I was leaning side to side up the hills the wheels were wobbling under th...
by vernon
6 Feb 2013, 6:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C - Taking Bike on Train
Replies: 20
Views: 2205

Re: Devon C2C - Taking Bike on Train

The bikes on the train from Exeter to Barnstaple shouldn't be a problem as FGW use DMUs on the service. You should be able to get the same type of train from Plymouth to Exeter. If you do, sit on the RH side of the carriage as you look forward. DMU trains have limited capacity and spaces, if they a...
by vernon
6 Feb 2013, 1:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheapest airline for carrying bikes??
Replies: 19
Views: 1455

Re: Cheapest airline for carrying bikes??

gordy wrote:I like Ryanair... although their website does annoy with all the constant "extras" that you have to pay for. Nevertheless, I consider £107 to get me + luggage + bike to Poland last year an absolute bargain.


That's nearly as cheap as the train and ferry method of getting to Prague.
by vernon
6 Feb 2013, 12:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C - Taking Bike on Train
Replies: 20
Views: 2205

Re: Devon C2C - Taking Bike on Train

Mrs M_W and I are intending to ride the Devon C2C over 2 days in early July this year. We would like to leave the car at Exeter and take the bikes on the train to Barnstaple, do the ride and then take the bikes on the train from Plymouth to Exeter to return. Has anyone done this and were there suff...
by vernon
6 Feb 2013, 12:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which panniers and rack
Replies: 13
Views: 1376

Re: Which panniers and rack

A Blackburn rack is as good as any.

Altura, Carradice and Ortleib are all reputable brands of panniers. I've used all three brands and eventually settled for Carradice.
by vernon
5 Feb 2013, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Please help to ID this Dawes frame
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Please help to ID this Dawes frame

Stand on the scales without the frame then see how much heavier you are when you are holding the frame clear of the ground.