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by ossie
6 Apr 2012, 11:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Barcelona, Pyrenees in May - advice please
Replies: 16
Views: 8130

Re: Barcelona, Pyrenees in May - advice please

I crossed the Pyrenees mid June last year, via Olot, Camprodon up from Girona. Whilst Girona was warm, up at 1500 meters it was just above freezing, freezing rain with the snow line not far above me. Heading lower down and it quickly warmed up. Also had near freezing temperatures at high altitude in...
by ossie
15 Mar 2012, 1:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20361

Re: Rear view mirrors?

I must admit, I've never used a mirror for cycling as I've always thought them a bit of a gimmick. But after reading this thread and a few other similar topics on these forums I might have to give one a go. There seems to be lots of advantages to learning to use one correctly! Thinking I'll probabl...
by ossie
13 Mar 2012, 11:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 9944

Re: New to Touring

So apart from upgrading the tyres, wheels, saddle, brakes, stem and having also suffered from lightweight bosses pulling out of the frame and having to resort to P clips to secure my panniers, I would say go for something built for the job and ready to go. Geez, what do you load it up with? having ...
by ossie
13 Mar 2012, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 9944

Re: New to Touring

As you know Specialized will not recommend a weight limit on the carbon forks, they wont even entertain the question. Really? Google "specialized carbon fork weight limit". Here's a snippet from the third or fourth result, from the Specialized website : All Specialized carbon frames, fork...
by ossie
12 Mar 2012, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 9944

Re: New to Touring

Having used a Tricross for touring I am quite happy, when funds allow, to change its 'sexy' looks for something thats up to the job. The wheelset isnt up to loaded touring, carbon forks on a bike used for touring dont sit easy with me and also extreme frame flex when fully loaded leave one lacking ...
by ossie
8 Mar 2012, 1:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2011 Ultra Galaxy clearance
Replies: 30
Views: 3363

Re: 2011 Ultra Galaxy clearance

Thats a bit naughty that they still , EVEN NOW have a 58cm Ultra Galaxy advertised 2 weeks later on the offers page when they are apparently out of stock. It doesnt inspire confidence and I guess is nothing more than a leader to get hits on their site and attract custom. Do they not realise the mont...
by ossie
7 Mar 2012, 12:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...
Replies: 77
Views: 14276

Re: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...

My first choice would have been the 2011 model but no stock of 58cm anywhere. listed on Spa cycles website in 58cm (and won't be for ever....) at a bargain price, you'll more than save your train fare. cheers thread killer :lol: I await the OP's review of the bike once he has had a spin on it.
by ossie
6 Mar 2012, 8:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring lights
Replies: 17
Views: 1126

Re: Touring lights

Exposure joystick on the front, rechargeable but battery lasts forever and is a solid piece of kit .Petzl headtorch as back up , 1/2 watt on the rear. Truth be told I could probably just get away with the head torch for the front and tent /camping but the Joystick is small enough to justify taking f...
by ossie
6 Mar 2012, 3:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Injury keeping me off the bike
Replies: 9
Views: 744

Re: Injury keeping me off the bike

I suffered a prolapsed disc in 2008 and again last year so was off the bike for many months on both occasions.I also had to give up running. 3 weeks ago I underwent surgery for the disc prolapse so expect to be off the bike for another couple of months. I was taking amitriptyline and numerous other ...
by ossie
4 Mar 2012, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...
Replies: 77
Views: 14276

Re: The frustration of a (long distance) bike buyer...

Thorn Club Tour must be worth considering. 14 day money back guarantee on complete bikes so you can buy it and ride it but if you don't like it you can send it back. Alternatively, buy the frame and forks and get 100 days money back guarantee to build it up or get your lbs to build it for you. Dawe...
by ossie
4 Mar 2012, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring saddle
Replies: 26
Views: 5235

Re: Touring saddle

Brooks Team Pro here as well. It took me a few weeks of commuting followed by a 10 day tour for it to shape itself nicely.
by ossie
1 Mar 2012, 12:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 9944

Re: New to Touring

Try looking at some of the 'next generation' options like the Specialised Tricross or Giant TCX or if your budget will stretch to it the Bianchi 'cross bike would actually be my current choice, junk the steel and get a really nice bike that's lighter, handles better on any surface and is much sexxi...
by ossie
28 Feb 2012, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Starting to tour
Replies: 32
Views: 1898

Re: Starting to tour

I think the aspect most disregarded when we talk of cycle-touring and cycle-camping is the feeling of adventure and self-reliance that doing this can give you. To wake up in your tent knowing that you are at the start of a journey of a couple of thousand miles and that you will be mostly reliant up...
by ossie
27 Feb 2012, 10:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Starting to tour
Replies: 32
Views: 1898

Re: Starting to tour

I dont see a problem in multiple posts. There are so many different aspects involved it would be impossible for you to get a definitive answer on any thread. The subject is massive yet so simple, I am 4 years into it and still learning /reading. I didnt suddenly decide I needed a new hobby, my cycli...
by ossie
26 Feb 2012, 11:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wiggle let down.
Replies: 70
Views: 10515

Re: Wiggle let down.

Out of my last 6 orders with wiggle in 2011, I have had to cancel 2 of them as items shown in stock werent actually in stock. I wasnt told this I had to chase them up. One of these (Carradice panniers at a price too good to be true) probably were never in stock, or at least a few pairs were put up a...