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by mullinsm
6 Mar 2018, 2:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Sherpa
Replies: 11
Views: 1181

Re: Thorn Sherpa

slightly confused because your fist pic shows mini-Vs fitted I think. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17884630_10155224509106514_2008323865477299746_n.jpg?oh=d075fc7e068d442ab7227c82141ad206&oe=5B00E749 With the shortys I presume that you had them set to mid-arm mode (as per the R...
by mullinsm
6 Mar 2018, 12:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Sherpa
Replies: 11
Views: 1181

Thorn Sherpa

If anyone's thinking of buying a 26" wheel tourer, then they could do much worse that a Thorn Sherpa. Having toured New Zealand twice on a 700c bike, I wanted something more at home on gravel roads and, having done quite a bit of research, I opted for a Thorn Sherpa frame with Ryde rims and Deo...
by mullinsm
6 Mar 2018, 12:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Boxing a bike for air travel
Replies: 19
Views: 2407

Re: Boxing a bike for air travel

The only significant damage I've had taking a bike on a plane was a dented down-tube and broken rack mounts. Nowadays I've learned my lesson and use pipe lagging on the tubes and remove the rack from its mountings. I also unbolt the rear mech and attach it with a cable tie to the chainstay, take the...
by mullinsm
20 Feb 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring New Zealand
Replies: 47
Views: 3886

Re: Touring New Zealand

I've just returned from my third consecutive annual holiday touring South Island for two weeks and will be booking to go again next year. No, the standard of driving out there isn't great, but the traffic is generally very light apart from the major cities and as long as you keep your wits about you...
by mullinsm
1 Aug 2017, 10:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycle return from Santander
Replies: 10
Views: 1640

Re: cycle return from Santander

I did this trip a few years ago, with the ferry back from St.Malo. I camped pretty much all of the way and found the French campsites cheap, plentiful and usually really nice just as I always have when touring France. I avoided the coastal route because, as someone else pointed out, it's full of hol...
by mullinsm
4 Apr 2017, 11:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suggestions for 8 or 9 day tour
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Suggestions for 8 or 9 day tour

Northern Spain may well not be all that warm and sunny as it can be surprisingly wet near the coast at any time of year. You'll be better inland, but the terrain is challenging to say the least and there aren't very many campsites in many areas. Have you thought of Burgundy? Plenty of hills if you l...
by mullinsm
27 Mar 2017, 8:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycle route from santander
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: cycle route from santander

Once you're in France, I wouldn't bother too much with detailed route planning. When touring there I just follow my nose and ride till I get an idea of where I want to stop for the day and then Google campsites in the area. In my experience you're never further than 10 miles from a decent campsite i...
by mullinsm
22 Mar 2017, 2:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycle route from santander
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: cycle route from santander

I did this route in 2013 from Santander to St Malo. The ferry across the bay to Somo leaves from a jetty about 200 yards from the main ferry terminal. Once across, there is a campsite in Somo which I used and was fine. The next one is I believe in Laredo, but I don't know what it's like or even if i...
by mullinsm
8 Jul 2016, 5:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight shoes for panniers
Replies: 55
Views: 4394

Re: lightweight shoes for panniers

Vans are as good as anything. Fairly light, comfortable and they last really well and can be machine washed time and time again. You'll also be down with the kids :)
by mullinsm
28 Jun 2016, 6:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 10624

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

I've been taking my bike on planes since budget airlines started about 20 years ago, using big plastic bags. Last couple of years getting more and more hassle at check in. Such a bad experience returning from Charleroi last year, I haven't dared book a trip this year. Airlines often don't specify E...
by mullinsm
11 May 2016, 11:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe
Replies: 87
Views: 10299

Re: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe

just found this on offer has anyone any experience of this bike is it a good buy it looks ok for £999.99? looking to start touring next year and this seems to have everything i need and price seems good? http://www.swinnertoncycles.co.uk/bikes-c97/touring-c114/ridgeback-panorama-deluxe-touring-bike...
by mullinsm
11 May 2016, 11:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Northern England Road Cycling Tour - any help appreciated!
Replies: 7
Views: 817

Re: Northern England Road Cycling Tour - any help appreciate

A word of advice: If you haven't toured with weight on the bike before, you may be surprised how much extra effort it takes. 75 miles a day in the lake district on a heavy bike is pretty tough going by most people's standards.
by mullinsm
11 May 2016, 11:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4567

Re: Long touring without front panniers

I've toured and camped with two and four pannier set-ups and must confess that It's a struggle to get everything in two bags and a bar bag, but it can be done. A frame bag will obviously give you a bit extra and that would help, but one thing you'll certainly miss is the stability that front pannier...
by mullinsm
29 Apr 2016, 9:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best contract or Pay s you go sim for calls & data in France
Replies: 28
Views: 1294

Re: Best contract or Pay s you go sim for calls & data in Fr

I've toured in France and Northern Spain on a Vodaphone contract using their £3 a day Eurotraveller so that I can use my minutes and data as if I were at home. The only difference is that at home, the coverage with Vodaphone can be hit and miss whereas I always get a good signal when I'm touring abr...
by mullinsm
18 Apr 2016, 8:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!
Replies: 29
Views: 2327

Re: Advice / Touring Partner wanted for UK to Scandinavia!

I'd agree with the partner thing. It's all very well and good having company in the evenings, but I always find the cycling more enjoyable when I can just go at my own pace. Also, you get to meet more new people if you have to make the extra effort for some conversation. With regards to practicing f...