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by donnieban
29 May 2013, 6:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?
Replies: 97
Views: 21673

Re: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?

Met Office are giving us a week of good weather. Get here quick!

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by donnieban
21 May 2013, 6:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?
Replies: 97
Views: 21673

Re: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?

Its a cool start to the Summer. Low temps with snow forecast for high ground -wrap up warm...

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by donnieban
19 May 2013, 12:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?
Replies: 97
Views: 21673

Re: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?

I do declare, at long last the Summer has arrived in the Highlands Yippee!!

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by donnieban
17 May 2013, 11:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?
Replies: 97
Views: 21673

Re: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?

The Rhenigadale Hostel is simply sublime. Its a hard 5 mile haul but the accommodation and Kate the lovely warden warrant the hardship of actually getting there. It takes roughly an hour to haul a loaded bike the 5 miles in/ out but its def worth it. Loads of hot water, great drying facilities, love...
by donnieban
13 May 2013, 7:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wind & Rain
Replies: 40
Views: 2620

Re: Wind & Rain

May is pretty much the last midge free month in the Highlands, at this end of the year - which explains a lot in terms of the time is running out - I must go now regardless of the weather mentality. This morning on Skye temps were a low +3 with heavy wind and hail showers with snow on the high groun...
by donnieban
13 May 2013, 6:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?
Replies: 97
Views: 21673

Re: Fancy a tour of the Hebrides in 2013?

Just back from a weekend tour of Uist, Harris and Lewis. The Outer Isles make for very hard cycling when the wind is against you. Pushing 3mph cycling against the mother of all head winds yesterday afternoon in lashing rain. Not nice. Arrived in Skye to moderate headwinds yippee!! Lightweight tents ...
by donnieban
7 May 2013, 11:33pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Planet X - customer service
Replies: 27
Views: 39715

Planet X - customer service

Some 3 or 4 weeks back I ordered a set of new tyres anongst other things. Delivery was swift and the prices were excellent. About a week ago I decided to fit my new touring tyres. Only 1 had been sent.... Phoned up Planet X and they couldnt be more helpful. Long story short - missing tyre was delive...
by donnieban
7 May 2013, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porteree to Sligachan
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Porteree to Sligachan

Hi jamesgilbert,

The road was repaired shortly after your visit, last summer - traffic is negligible on this road. The route is certainly safe for loaded touring bikes.

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by donnieban
7 May 2013, 9:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent
Replies: 32
Views: 2325

Re: Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent

I think its all down to personal choice and what best fits in with our own needs. I think al_yrpal has got it right, build quality and a practical size for comfort at a sensible price. Titanium pegs which are more akin to kirby hair grips, tent floors which require protective footprints void any ini...
by donnieban
6 May 2013, 11:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent
Replies: 32
Views: 2325

Re: Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent

Hi Simon, The tent is dual purpose intended: cycle camping and exposed ridge line climbing. I simply value a good nights sleep a good nights sleep. I agree that a heavy tent doesnt guarantee that but to my mind decent geodesic build quality does require some extra weight. The Quaser mirrors that sen...
by donnieban
6 May 2013, 9:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent
Replies: 32
Views: 2325

Camping choice to tour with a heavy tent

I have decided to abandon light tenting in favour of a heavier tent to ensure comfortable nights and worry free days where one no longer frets about the wind.

This goes against the grain I know, perhaps you share this sentiment towards practicality? Who tours with a heavier tent and why?

donnieban
by donnieban
6 May 2013, 8:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porteree to Sligachan
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Porteree to Sligachan

You can avoid the steep hill section south of Sligachan on the A87 (Druim na Cleochd) by diverting onto the Moll road and following the coastal route - turning left at Sconser Golf Course, its a public road but beyond the stone quarry just past the Golf course) it is very quite and you are unlikely ...
by donnieban
5 May 2013, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porteree to Sligachan
Replies: 8
Views: 442

Re: Porteree to Sligachan

Its a rough track not suited to a loaded road bike. The main road(A87) isnt too bad. For cycling on its mostly uphill but gently so towards Sligachan. Sligachan is notorious for midges here on skye!

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by donnieban
5 May 2013, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame
Replies: 13
Views: 2515

Re: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame

Thank you for all the suggestions.

I have decided to go with the tim_f solution c/o halfords - Elite water bottle strips.

I stumbled across this info which may be helpful to others:

http://nordicgroup.us/cageboss/

Best regards to all

donnieban
by donnieban
4 May 2013, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame
Replies: 13
Views: 2515

Re: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame

Hi Valbrona,

Tried the Parktool solution and failed, sadly.

donnieban