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by RichardPH
4 Feb 2012, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good route between London and Morocco?
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

Re: Good route between London and Morocco?

i think you'll find France is pretty simple to find a good route, plenty of roads, a wide choice between direct/busier and lanes that are hillier and quiet, also plenty of accommodation, including campsites. Spain is more difficult to find a direct route and is about twice as much climbing for a giv...
by RichardPH
21 Jan 2012, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa cycles diversify further!
Replies: 85
Views: 11991

Re: Spa cycles diversify further!

Slightly off-topic, but my Brooks Swift Titanium, bought pre-price hike, has snapped two nose bolts so far, and since it has only done about 2500miles on my 'best-bike', I think that's a bit poor, especially so at todays prices. The design is rubbish and puts heavy bending into the bolt, currently ...
by RichardPH
20 Jan 2012, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: electrical devises
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: electrical devises

Hi Phil, I used a couple of solar cell units with built-in Li-ion batteries, lightweight and portable, a characteristic exploited by the thieving b*****d who pinched them from my tent :x . I suppose I should adopt the 'half full' position and be thankful it was at the end of the ride. Search for 'so...
by RichardPH
18 Jan 2012, 7:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?
Replies: 20
Views: 1362

Re: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?

Hi Peter, the 1389 miles includes the 35 miles from Gatwick to Newhaven, but obviously not the sea crossing distance. We wanted to start the ride from where the plane flies back to, makes life so much easier to get to and from the holiday. Our routes seem to converge at Rochefort, did you use the tr...
by RichardPH
17 Jan 2012, 11:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa cycles diversify further!
Replies: 85
Views: 11991

Re: Spa cycles diversify further!

Slightly off-topic, but my Brooks Swift Titanium, bought pre-price hike, has snapped two nose bolts so far, and since it has only done about 2500miles on my 'best-bike', I think that's a bit poor, especially so at todays prices. The design is rubbish and puts heavy bending into the bolt, currently i...
by RichardPH
17 Jan 2012, 7:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?
Replies: 20
Views: 1362

Re: St Malo to GIB, how hilly in Spain?

Not sure how solid your timescales/plans are Peter, this may be of interest to you.. Been planning a vehicle supported, hotel based ride that starts near Gatwick and sounds quite similar to yours. Broadly, Dieppe - Le Mans - Rochefort - Royan - Biarritz - Pamplona - Logrono - Segovia - Cordoba - Ron...
by RichardPH
9 Jan 2012, 10:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG after Heart Attack
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: LEJOG after Heart Attack

I suppose like everything, there are varying degrees of heart attack, and yours may have been worse than the mild heart attack I had on a bike 14 years ago at the age of 43. I've spent some time rationalising why it happened concluding it was the result of a bad family history, not drinking enough f...
by RichardPH
12 Aug 2011, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which cycle sat nav?
Replies: 72
Views: 12373

Re: Which cycle sat nav?

I use a simple Garmin Etrex H. High sensitivity [WAAS] enabled with AA batteries that last for up to 17hours, it has no maps, just an LCD [black on grey] that shows up in all daylight conditions with a backlight for night. I pre-plan the route on sites such as the very excellent http://www.bikehike....