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by Russcoles
22 Oct 2012, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cornish way
Replies: 6
Views: 2480

Re: Cornish way

I have to agree, the road from LE to St. Ives is a great road to cycle. Also Penzance to LE via Mousehole is rather nice, so you could probably make up a nice loop Penzance-LE-St.Ives-Penzance.
by Russcoles
21 Oct 2012, 1:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: help please who made this 1956 push bike
Replies: 16
Views: 3687

Re: help please who made this 1956 push bike

Is there a headbadge on the front? Or if its missing an indication of how many rivets held it on? 3 rivets would back up the Raleigh theory.
by Russcoles
19 Oct 2012, 4:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ww2 maps
Replies: 14
Views: 4578

Re: ww2 maps

It would seem that in the UK and France we are very fortunate with OS and Michelin respectively keeping a good back catalog of maps. I guess I will just have to make do with modern maps and use the liberation route markers as an indication of which roads were actually there at the time. Having the a...
by Russcoles
17 Oct 2012, 12:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Reinventing the bike lock
Replies: 21
Views: 5195

Re: Reinventing the bike lock

Theres also no option to have a lock cheaper than £10.
by Russcoles
17 Oct 2012, 2:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breeches/pluses?
Replies: 27
Views: 7237

Re: Breeches/pluses?

I found some tweed plus twos on ebay for £4, great for winter. Unfortunately I am allergic to wool so can only wear them over longjohns and long socks. I also got myself some moleskin ones for less chilly days. if you try and find them on ebay, a little tip is to search for Breeks as you will get mo...
by Russcoles
16 Oct 2012, 1:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ww2 maps
Replies: 14
Views: 4578

Re: ww2 maps

The Michelin historic maps only seem to cover France but I just found this:
http://www.liberationroute.com/#

Being able to download audio accounts of what happened to play when at locations marked with boulders could make this an interesting ride. It gives an indication of a route.
by Russcoles
16 Oct 2012, 6:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ww2 maps
Replies: 14
Views: 4578

ww2 maps

I have been toying with ideas for a tour for next year. It's about time I left the UK on my bike so I thought maybe Belgium or Holland. Then I had an idea that maybe to give my tour a theme I could follow the route from the film A Bridge too Far. Does anyone know where I could find maps from either ...
by Russcoles
15 Oct 2012, 1:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A little Lidl bargain
Replies: 13
Views: 6103

Re: A little Lidl bargain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q_ifItT5i8

Has Lejog on an office chair with a leaf blower been done? :D
by Russcoles
13 Oct 2012, 9:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any pub names with a cycling connection?
Replies: 21
Views: 19857

Re: Any pub names with a cycling connection?

This is my Royal Enfield Revelation outside The Royal Enfield in Redditch: http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/Russcoles11/Snapbucket/IMAG0126.jpg Cycled 800 miles to get there and no free pint! There is a Raleghs Cross inn at Raleighs cross on Exmoor, I do wonder why the Pub has a different sp...
by Russcoles
11 Oct 2012, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drum brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: Drum brakes

I love my drum brakes. I use an old SA Elite VT front hub and an XRD5(w) rear. They are very low maintenance and are extremely powerful and reliable brakes. They are on 20" wheels so larger wheels may not have the same braking. What I love most about them is that no matter what the conditions t...
by Russcoles
4 Oct 2012, 12:50am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 23716

Re: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!

The area North of the Severn is hilly. Going south further from the Welsh border will be less hilly and the route along the south of the river from Gloucester to Bristol is very flat.
by Russcoles
30 Sep 2012, 4:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: route and accommodation to west of Bristol
Replies: 16
Views: 10022

Re: route and accommodation to west of Bristol

This would be my preferred route through Bristol: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=466935 It does involve getting past a kissing gate to enter the path through Blaise Castle so may not be entirely ideal if you are heavily loaded. It takes you past Shirleys cafe at Severn Beach, which i...
by Russcoles
30 Sep 2012, 3:57am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 23716

Re: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!

I would personally avoid going across the Severn bridge and head for Gloucester and along the south of the River Severn then cross the Avon Bridge at Shirehampton and head through Clapton in Gordano to Clevedon. You would then head to Yatton and the Strawberry line cycle path, rejoining the A38 near...
by Russcoles
29 Sep 2012, 3:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maps, paper or electronic?
Replies: 61
Views: 8816

Re: Maps, paper or electronic?

When I did a trip from John O Groats back to Bristol, I bought a memorymap 2800. This obviously comes with the whole of the UK OS maps. I just find it easier to have the OS maps I am used to reading rather than some other type of map. Its quite nice to have contours and public houses marked as well....
by Russcoles
25 Sep 2012, 4:04am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 23716

Re: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!

If you want quiet and scenic, consider going via Arran. The route is a bit hilly and definitely not the shortest route but the scenery is fantastic. The A828 was a bit busy when I went down it and some of the coach drivers... If you beat the busy periods you then have a fantastic cycle path alongsid...