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by Norman H
10 May 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar mount for eTrex
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

I bought several cheap Chinese copies on ebay. Virtually indistinguishable from the expensive Garmin item. It pays to secure the unit with a safety lanyard as I've read reports of them popping out and bouncing down the road. Can't remember the exact supplier but similar to this one. It attaches to t...
by Norman H
7 May 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Forth&Clyde + Union ride querry
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Forth&Clyde + Union ride querry

It would also be worth considering the Coast and Castles route between Newcastle and Edinburgh. http://www.coast-and-castles.co.uk/ https://cycle.travel/route/coast_and_castles There are plenty of options for cycle hire and tour operators. https://pedal-power.co.uk/
by Norman H
3 May 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Oxford following the Thames
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: London to Oxford following the Thames

One bonus since the advent of the Thames Path is the provision of camping facilities along the way. For instance a number of the locks, particularly in the upper and middle Thames, now allow camping. I kayaked down the Thames from above Lechlade a few years ago and made use of several of them. There...
by Norman H
26 Apr 2019, 1:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1536

Re: handlebar bag

Yes, but there are cheaper versions available of the non locking handlebar adaptor. https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s76p1570/RIXEN-KAUL-Klickfix-Handlebar-Adapter https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/luggage/rixen-kaul-klickfix-handlebar-adapter-without-lock-32-mm/ Another advantage of the R&K mount is t...
by Norman H
25 Apr 2019, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1536

Re: handlebar bag

I can't advise on a suitable bag but if you go Ortlieb get the Rixen & Kaul clickfix mount instead of the Ortlieb mount. Clickfix is easier to mount your bag and can be removed /replaced without messing with a securing cable which Ortlieb advises to be single use only. Mike For clarity, I assum...
by Norman H
22 Apr 2019, 7:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 34
Views: 1536

Re: handlebar bag

I have both Altura and Ortlieb bags, all of which I use with R&K fittings, including an ancient Ortlieb which I've customised with foam inserts to house a digital SLR. I'm around 5'6” and ride smallish frames. All of the Ortlieb bags obscure my fork crown mounted dynamo lights. The Altura bags s...
by Norman H
16 Apr 2019, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable
Replies: 29
Views: 1309

Re: Saddle Height - Which Indicator More Reliable

Do you have access to a turbo trainer? Some pictures of you on your bike would be more useful. Failing that get a cycling buddy to observe you, both from the side and from behind, to see if you are dropping your toes or rocking your hips. You should feel a momentary loss of fluidity at the bottom of...
by Norman H
16 Apr 2019, 7:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2603

Re: Ireland E2E

I'm not sure I can be much more help. Donegal and Northern Ireland is still on my to do list and Westmeath in Co Mayo is as far north as I've ventured. The more westerly route, towards Donegal, commits you to using the N15, at least for some part of the way. I've no idea what its like or how busy it...
by Norman H
6 Apr 2019, 7:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 14
Views: 2835

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

As previously posted, The General Wade military road on the south shore would be my choice from Fort Augustus. The canal Towpath is OK but other parts of the Great Glen Way are more problematic on a road bike I believe. I've not ridden it but others have,and some have posted on here. A search of the...
by Norman H
5 Apr 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One Week in Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 438

Re: One Week in Ireland

Some of the best scenery in Ireland is in the west, a good couple of days ride from the main ferry ports. This can be a problem if you've only a week to spare. You could fly into Cork or Shannon and there are good rail links from Dublin, not so good from Rosslare. Most coaches will take bikes in the...
by Norman H
5 Apr 2019, 6:31am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 14
Views: 2835

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

The route that PH linked to is much as I would have chosen. The old military road along the south shore of Loch Ness does add about 20 miles but is delightful. It's a steady climb out of Fort Augustus but a great view from the top, and a super downhill to follow. A couple of suggestions, the B817 jo...
by Norman H
4 Apr 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?
Replies: 66
Views: 2012

Re: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?

The issue of mapping is important I think, especially when using for both walking and cycling. I prefer OS mapping for walking but I think some form of vector mapping is more versatile for cycling, especially on a device with a small screen. The advantage of most Garmin devices is that you can have ...
by Norman H
4 Apr 2019, 7:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 725

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

Horizon, Have you measured the distance between the bosses on your Club Tour forks? The distance between the centres of the upper and lower bosses on my Club Tour is 165mm. My CT is around year 2000 vintage. The Bor Yueh rack measures 155mm between the upper fixing hole and the centre of the Diagona...
by Norman H
3 Apr 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 725

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

horizon wrote: The diagonal bar actually covers the eyelet at every angle so something cannot be right. I think that's the whole point of the diagonal bar design. It's supposed to line up with the lower fixing eyelet over a large range of angles, especially if you reverse the P clip on the rail. On...
by Norman H
2 Apr 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 25
Views: 725

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

My old Club Tour had Bor Yueh Low riders fitted and they also had a tendency to slide forwards. The problem with the Bor Yueh rack is that under load the P clip slides along the diagonal strut. The similar Blackburn rack has a series of raised pips along the diagonal strut to lock the P clip in one ...