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by ossie
31 May 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1341

Re: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

track hubs are not suitable for 9s gearing. Check to be sure but IIRC the tricross has a rear end that is 135mm OLN; if so, you need to buy wheels with a rear hub which is that wide. The kind of wheels that you would be best using are in part dictated by the kind of tyres that you are going to use....
by ossie
31 May 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1341

New touring wheelset - any suggestions ?

UK poster. The bike is a 2008 Specialised Tricross. It was used for commuting 2008 -2011. Has been used for touring as well for the last 10 year and thats all it does nowadays. I do one or two tours a year, ranging from a week to a month in Europe / UK on mainly decent surfaces / canal paths but not...
by ossie
29 May 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland north coast 500
Replies: 35
Views: 1569

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Tinnishill wrote:Last week, heard a woman comment that she had been round the route and "had lots of marvelous views of the back doors of camper vans".


A bit like cycling the Loire then :wink:
by ossie
22 May 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 33
Views: 1418

Re: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought

Many long distance runners turn to cycling due to joint injuries etc. That said diet is absolutely the quickest way to lose weight. Cycling wise what works for me without changing diet is increasing distance. My weight losing tipping point is 45 miles. Regular steady 45 mile plus will result in a st...
by ossie
19 May 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: La Velo Francette (La Rochelle to Ouistreham). Opinions?

I did Ouistreham to Domfront as part of this route before veering off onto EV4 It was well signposted and consisted of quiet roads and railway line. Its the V43 I believe. Having previously come up from Spain via Niort (through that area from La Rochelle up to Cherbourg peninsula ) accommodation and...
by ossie
21 Apr 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Pillow

I'm also interested in a decent pillow. I've marginally improved comfort on cheapo inflatables by sticking them in a normal pillow case and will probably continue to do so but the last one went pop somewhere in France, so need a replacement soonest.
by ossie
24 Mar 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 1972

Re: Loire Valley Tours this August ....

I would use Eurovelo 6 as a template. The stage here from Nantes to Nevers will take you along the Loire and is doable within your time period at about 530km or you could shorten it and start at Angers. http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-6/les-etapes/nantes-nevers The cycle route is fully...
by ossie
23 Feb 2019, 10:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on cross channel ferries
Replies: 26
Views: 2795

Re: Bikes on cross channel ferries

Are any precautions necessary for bike transport on the cross channel ferries, in terms of how they are secured on the vehicle decks? In other words, should I perhaps be thinking of bringing some lagging to protect the frame for example? Or anything else? It'll be a carbon frame. I'm particularly t...
by ossie
21 Feb 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK coastal tour ideas?
Replies: 17
Views: 1971

Re: UK coastal tour ideas?

mercalia wrote:has any one wild camped on beaches? what is the law regarding that?


Frowned upon down here in Dorset, I would also check the beach isn't NT owned either as they get really narked.

That said below the high water mark I believe is owned by the crown - best of luck with that :D
by ossie
16 Feb 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 25
Views: 1038

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

Decanting into a water bottle as mentioned above is a great idea. Many shops abroad are also doing 500ml vino bottles if you look close enough. I hate waste but struggle (don't even try) to finish a bottle of red without some assistance when on tour...no issue at home mind .
by ossie
14 Feb 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cyclists killed riding LeJog
Replies: 16
Views: 7890

Re: Cyclists killed riding LeJog

"Fear from the rear" is overblown. Most motorist-cyclist collisions are T-bones, left hooks, right crosses, sideswipes and doorings, plus about three-quarters are around junctions. Do we have a link to prove this ? Are the Home Office now sharing this Information. Unless it's an Injury / ...
by ossie
3 Feb 2019, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2493

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

Woodtourer wrote:The Newcastle closest to where the ferry comes in from The Netherlands.



You can always get the ferry from The Hook of Holland to Harwich, which is much closer to Heathrow than Newcastle.

I guess you are touring Europe ?
by ossie
22 Jan 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour bike setup and Equipment
Replies: 39
Views: 2512

Re: Tour bike setup and Equipment

A hardtail MTB is ideal for touring. I built up an old Raleigh MTB for £200 (inc wheelset / new crank etc/ tyres / gearing ) and did 1500 miles down to Switzerand and back . I changed the bars for butterfly bars - really comfortable after weeks in the saddle I'm still using my original cheap Altura ...
by ossie
21 Jan 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?
Replies: 126
Views: 16754

Re: Your plans for 2019 - make me jealous?

Its that time of year when the planning cogs start turning over in the brain.Love it.

I really haven't a clue. I might do a simple Santander or Bilbao to St Malo / UK or Dorset to Scotland and back. I'm leaning towards the former.
by ossie
21 Jan 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 103
Views: 7035

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

I decided to go on a little bike ride after finding my wife cheating on me. I packed my bags up(panniers) 2 on the front 2 on the back grabbed a tent and sleeping bag and took a plane ride to Bergen In Norway. From here I headed into the snowy mountains and made my way over to Oslo. After feeling a...