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by pootler
29 Jun 2011, 10:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring gearing
Replies: 67
Views: 4759

Re: touring gearing

Once again, thanks to everybody. I realise that there are some very experienced and GOOD cyclists out there. I met a number of them in Scotand. The various pieces of advice have been very useful. Please don't forget we are all on the same side. Within 10 minutes of being back in sunny Manchester I h...
by pootler
29 Jun 2011, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring gearing
Replies: 67
Views: 4759

Re: touring gearing

Whoa Boys. And girls. Thanks for all the thoughts. It is most enlightening to see all the viewpoints. I did my tour off the back of never having ridden more than five miles at any one time. That was my commuting distance. To go from this to averaging around forty miles a day, with the longest being ...
by pootler
28 Jun 2011, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring gearing
Replies: 67
Views: 4759

touring gearing

I've recently returned from my first tour, two weeks in North west Scotland. I bought a Dawes Galaxy and fully loaded it worked very well. However there were some hills when I must admit to pushing. The final push was up to Braemore junction from Ullapool. It was chucking it down, I was tired and it...
by pootler
20 Jun 2011, 8:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to take on tour = Cut That Kit!
Replies: 83
Views: 91385

Re: Cut That Kit!

I've just returned from North West scotland on my first ever bike tour. One of the things that I was most happy with was a 9" square piece of sleeping mat that i used to wrap my tents poles in to stop them getting damaged on the bike rack. I could sit on it when resting / eating / doing nothing...
by pootler
25 May 2011, 1:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Waterproof overtrousers
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: Waterproof overtrousers

I guessed that I might stir up something of an argument revolving around trying to stay warm and get wet you softy, don't worry about it you won't melt. I just don't want to be miserably cold. I suspect that I will use shorts, Ron Hills and my Lowe Alpine Triple Point overtrousers that I use for mou...
by pootler
24 May 2011, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Waterproof overtrousers
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: Waterproof overtrousers

Thanks geocycle. I have basically live in Ron Hills for years, at work as a PE teacher, when running, walking and generally just messing about. I have commuted to work for more years than I care to remember and have accepted the RH's getting wet in the knowledge that I can change them quite soon. My...
by pootler
24 May 2011, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Waterproof overtrousers
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: Waterproof overtrousers

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I was chuffed to get a suggestion from pedal pusher. i have been following your escapades with interest. However i looked at the the Stealth Lite and i needed a whisky to recover after I saw the price. Now there's a thought: whisky. I might notice the rain then!
by pootler
24 May 2011, 11:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Waterproof overtrousers
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Waterproof overtrousers

I'm going to Scotland next week, for a month. Not a good choice when Metcheck is even mentioning sleet. Which water proof trouser do people recommend, without going for full on gore text? In the past I've just accepted getting wet but I was just wondering whether to buy some as I get older and softer.
by pootler
22 May 2011, 9:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Western Isles and wild camping
Replies: 17
Views: 3060

Re: Touring the Western Isles and wild camping

Hi, My wife and I went in our motorhome in 2009. Had a great time. Stayed 2 nights at Polochar, right next to the stone. Pub better than OK for meal. Parked just outside. If this is no good just about two miles north there is a road leading to picnic spot by sea. A van was staying there. Toilets and...
by pootler
8 May 2011, 4:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trek 7.3 FX for touring?
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

Re: Trek 7.3 FX for touring?

I went through a very similar process. I have commuted to and from work for the last three years on a Trek 7.2 FX. I retired last year and have been planning a four weeek trip aroung NW Scotland, which I shall start on May31st. Eventually I bought a Dawes Galaxy thinking that a touring bike would be...
by pootler
3 May 2011, 4:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Any experience with the MSR Hubba Hubba HP for touring?
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: Any experience with the MSR Hubba Hubba HP for touring?

Hi dmh. I am four weeeks away from my first ever cycle tour, going around NW scotland from Fort William. I am using a hubba hubba. Obviously I have never used it cycling but I have used it, very happily, in three mountain marathons. During these running events I have split the tent between myself an...