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by Norman H
27 Mar 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall
Replies: 22
Views: 2295

Re: kyle of lochalsh to hadrians wall

The A82 through Glen Coe and across Rannoch Moor is a nice route but not for the feint hearted. I've done it the other way as part of LEJOG and I enjoyed it but it may well be busy at Easter time. I'm pretty sure that the WHW wont be suitable on 28mm tyres. I've no great experience other than I stay...
by Norman H
27 Mar 2019, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cleats
Replies: 24
Views: 2224

Re: cleats

Occasionally with some cleat/pedal combinations it's necessary to relieve the rubber sole around the cleat recess as it can foul some other part of the pedal. I once went to test ride a bike that had Shimano SPD pedals and took my own Shimano cleated shoes with me. For some reason there was no way I...
by Norman H
26 Mar 2019, 6:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

I've not used that particular road but from a quick look on street view It seems fine. It climbs to over 1000' so should offer some nice views. I've got a a cousin in Co Clare and friends in West Cork. My preferred route when heading from the Gap of Dunloe towards the Tarbert ferry is to continue no...
by Norman H
23 Mar 2019, 6:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

So is there an official or most used route for the Ireland e2e ... could some one point me at a WIMP type route .. ie least climbing Much like the UK E2E, there is no official route, although there are a number of published ones, many of them from companies who run organised tours. As for wimps rou...
by Norman H
23 Mar 2019, 6:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

You're spoilt for choice in that part of the world but I would take the road over Priest's Leap and follow the minor roads all the way to Kenmare. The route via Kilgarvan is a fair bit longer and in my view is not quite as nice. They both involve a fair bit of climbing but the view from the top is w...
by Norman H
22 Mar 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

One final point. Presumably you are starting your End to End at the Mizzen Visitor Centre. The most obvious route is to head east to pick up the R591 at Goleen and on to Toormore before crossing the peninsular towards Durrus and joining the N71 about 5Km from Bantry. There's a much nicer route on qu...
by Norman H
22 Mar 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

I did cycle up Moll's Gap a couple of times at low traffic times and it was pleasant and safe, but that was from Kenmare. I turned left at the top. The problem section would, I imagine, be the section between the top and Killarney, which twists its way through woodland and could be oppressive when ...
by Norman H
21 Mar 2019, 11:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: Ireland E2E

The N71 is OK but it wouldn't be my first choice. It can get busy at times, mornings and evenings, and at holiday times. It's quite a scenic ride as it crosses the Caha mountains on the Cork Kerry border and there are two or three short tunnels. A better route in my view would be to leave the N71 ab...
by Norman H
19 Mar 2019, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 2782

Re: Replacing a fence

Leaning concrete posts can be straightened, especially at this time of year when the ground is damp. Attach a guy line to the top and apply gentle tension over a number of days. 25mm ratchet straps work well, or a rope with a trucker's hitch. The same technique works for wooden posts but there's a g...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 10:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes
Replies: 18
Views: 2519

Re: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes

We camped in quiet little farm campsite - Birch Bank Farm Caravan and Campsite, Stamford Ln, Chester CH3 7QD. The site was clean, flat and cheap - no frills - so perfect for our needs. The added bonus was the Ring O' Bells pub in Christleton - about 1.1 miles from the campsite, down a quiet country...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 2782

Re: Replacing a fence

+1 for concrete spur posts. Bolt the timber posts to the concrete spurs clear of the ground by using steel studding (cheaper than coach bolts). Digging out the old concrete post fixings is hard work. I'd avoid this by starting with a half panel or better still a length of traditional feather edge an...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 5:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New to London and Cycling, in need of a new frame.
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: New to London and Cycling, in need of a new frame.

If you decide on the Spa Audax, Pilgrim Cycles do builds based on Spa frame sets. They're at Box Hill and handily placed for travelling by train from London Waterloo.
by Norman H
22 Feb 2019, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: before indexing....
Replies: 20
Views: 1982

Re: before indexing....

A search for Powercam Crankset brings up many hits.

It seems to be a device for advancing and retarding the chainrings relative to the cranks.

http://www.velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=ea56395b-a2bf-4ea7-bf4e-3bb0449eff8b&Enum=115
by Norman H
13 Feb 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1796

Re: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?

I'm in two minds about having my Lee Cooper frame resprayed by Mario Vaz. I recently had Winston Vaz reset the rear end on a Dave Yates frame of mine. He did the work whilst I waited and charged £20. I'm very happy with the result. I also spoke with his brother about respraying the Lee Cooper frame ...
by Norman H
12 Feb 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Strathcarron
Replies: 10
Views: 1799

Re: Inverness to Strathcarron

Is this part of a longer tour of the west coast? If so, it might help if you posted your approximate itinerary. In particular, are you also planning to end your tour at Inverness? There are various road options but you could also consider using the train for at least part of the journey. I once stay...