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by vjosullivan
6 Nov 2013, 12:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bar end levers - why?
Replies: 118
Views: 57144

Re: Bar end levers - why?

With bar end shifters, I know what gear the bike is in at night. Judging by the amount of cross-chaining I see on other bikes after dark, STI and similar have a major disadvantage. Just for clarity. Are you saying that people riding with STIs at night can't see what gear they're in... ...but you ca...
by vjosullivan
7 Oct 2013, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Winter cycle touring tips
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Re: Winter cycle touring tips

"Cycling itself also becomes a lot slower and harder once under -15."

I'm increasingly finding it becomes slower and harder under +15.

Some great Arctic winter tips there. For England, the winter touring advice can be summarised as: "Waterproof layers aren't."
by vjosullivan
26 Sep 2013, 11:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses (alternative end point)
Replies: 4
Views: 1196

Re: Way of the Roses (alternative end point)

It's not a bad route on the whole. The bulk of the roads are pretty quiet. The first real hill out of Lancaster was a surprise for me being even more unfit than I had realised and the big one out of Pateley Bridge. (I ended up cycling up the top half of that hill one telephone pole at a time.) But g...
by vjosullivan
26 Sep 2013, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Poole Harbour route
Replies: 5
Views: 2460

Re: London to Poole Harbour route

Not sure what cycling restrictions there are if any but what a view. Bournemouth has daytime cycling restrictions on the seafront in July and August but otherwise it's an excellent way to cycle to Poole. East of Bournemouth Pier, I don't think there's a seafront path, so you'd have to go inland a b...
by vjosullivan
26 Sep 2013, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Poole Harbour route
Replies: 5
Views: 2460

Re: London to Poole Harbour route

Not sure what cycling restrictions there are if any but what a view. Bournemouth has daytime cycling restrictions on the seafront in July and August but otherwise it's an excellent way to cycle to Poole. East of Bournemouth Pier, I don't think there's a seafront path, so you'd have to go inland a b...
by vjosullivan
4 Jun 2013, 1:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which GPS?
Replies: 44
Views: 3548

Re: Which GPS?

Ayesha wrote:If guidance was a primary function, the things would be sold with usable detailed maps installed.
Don't you consider OS maps usable?
by vjosullivan
4 Jun 2013, 7:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Danube route..
Replies: 14
Views: 1281

Re: Danube route..

The same reports also mention levels of the Elbe "approaching those seen in 2002"; so like all floods, the severity varies widely from one location to another and depends heavily on local conditions.
by vjosullivan
28 May 2013, 10:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Thoughts after completing LEJoG
Replies: 15
Views: 2945

Re: Thoughts after completing LEJoG

My thoughts on LeJoG (and a bit on cycle touring in general)  Do the extra miles and go to Dunnet Head. The finish should be here: wild, spectacular and unvisited. Interesting write up. My only comment - and a minor one, at that - would be that, if the finish should be at Dunnet Head (the most nor...
by vjosullivan
17 May 2013, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wind & Rain
Replies: 40
Views: 2632

Re: Wind & Rain

Starfire wrote:I really hope we don't get another summer like we did last year.

You got a summer, last year? You were lucky!
by vjosullivan
14 May 2013, 5:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Roberts v Thorn v Dawes v Surly
Replies: 235
Views: 32918

Re: Roberts v Thorn v Dawes v Surly

Horizon.....one of the downsides of living in the lovely part of Britain where you live is that you're a long way from Harrogate, and Spa.............. It's not so far, if it gets you what you want. I live near the south coast and am fortunate enough to have a car. It was a day trip to Harrogate an...
by vjosullivan
10 May 2013, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which GPS?
Replies: 44
Views: 3548

Re: Which GPS?

I'm just getting to grips with the Edge 800. It does everything I want. I'd second that. The ability to move between a map and a bike computer with a swipe across the screen and to mix and match whatever info (and there are dozens of really obscure things being tracked) you want to see is extremely...
by vjosullivan
1 May 2013, 6:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Galway in May
Replies: 27
Views: 2126

Re: Galway in May

mcallaghan wrote:I depart for Ireland tomorrow and am mental...

Sounds great. I hope the weather holds out for you.
by vjosullivan
27 Apr 2013, 10:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carradice alternative saddlebag
Replies: 4
Views: 1441

Re: Carradice alternative saddlebag

There's all sorts of stuff around. Specialized do a nice range of small, discreet bags which are perfect for a few tools and spares. If you're feeling flush then check out Gilles Berthoud 's extensive range. If you want something handmade to your specifications (with matching prices) then Shoichi Wa...
by vjosullivan
22 Apr 2013, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar bag
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Bar bag

...hugely inflated prices. I haven't used it, but thirty seconds on Google found this on Amazon for five quid including delivery. I made the mistake of buying one of those. Utter utter utter rubbish. No room for a map inside the so-called map pocket and no sane method of attaching to a normal bar a...
by vjosullivan
22 Apr 2013, 7:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar bag
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: Bar bag

Dave W wrote:...hugely inflated prices.

I haven't used it, but thirty seconds on Google found this on Amazon for five quid including delivery.