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by brianleach
15 Nov 2008, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you camp?
Replies: 22
Views: 2969

I've also experienced this kind of bizzarre behaviour. Me too. I was camping in Hadrians Wall campsite (can really recommend this. is in Cool Camping book and the facilities out of this world including sauna) in March last year and was the only camper on the site. I went out for the day and came ba...
by brianleach
15 Nov 2008, 11:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you camp?
Replies: 22
Views: 2969

I love those campsites (usually on the Continent & away from resorts) where you get a private hedged emplacement for each pitch, so much better than almost rubbing shoulders with fellow campers I was embarrassed by the size of last year's pitch in Normandy!! Brian http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpi...
by brianleach
14 Nov 2008, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you camp?
Replies: 22
Views: 2969

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Like this. Brittany last August. Bike is locked and covered with a Halford's bike cover overnight.

Brian
by brianleach
12 Nov 2008, 6:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycle storage at work
Replies: 4
Views: 593

Odd that I left a pannier full of waterproofs and lights on the bike but they didn't take the contents. Strange that I once used to cycle to the railway station on a really heavy old bike which I had converted from drops to straight bars and always worried that it would be really easy to unbuckle a...
by brianleach
11 Nov 2008, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on best shoe/pedal combo for touring/commuting?
Replies: 17
Views: 1604

Another vote for Exustar Stelvios

Bought a pair last August and wore them straight out of the box on a long weekend tour.

Very comfortable and reasonably easy to walk in.

Brian
by brianleach
11 Nov 2008, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Claud Butler Regent
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Bought the 2008 model (lovely blue colour) last Juneish on the net and love it to bits generally . I took it to Brittany on a short tour last August which wasn't a great success but that was nothing to do with the bike which performed excellently. It's a really easy ride I think and can eat up the m...
by brianleach
10 Nov 2008, 11:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage carrying options
Replies: 10
Views: 758

Something similar, I thought this one

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product-Blac ... -15294.htm[url]

It's probably heavier but it is cheaper.

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by brianleach
10 Nov 2008, 9:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage carrying options
Replies: 10
Views: 758

Thanks for the response. I had spotted the Blackburn MTN at sjs which seemed to be what I am after. For me I don't think the additional front panniers would be an issue. I use South West Trains to get to the ferry and generally am able to leave the bags on the bike as I hover around near them, it's ...
by brianleach
10 Nov 2008, 9:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage carrying options
Replies: 10
Views: 758

The CETMA rack looks a bit over the top for me I'm afraid and might interfere with my handlebar bag by the looks of it. Have now found the Blackburn on the net thanks and may well go for it. Others may know differently but I think the trailer might be a problem on Brittany Ferries if my past experie...
by brianleach
10 Nov 2008, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage carrying options
Replies: 10
Views: 758

I take your point and am seriously considering this option but as I already have rear panniers and bags I thought I might try front panniers first.

I'm also just a bit concerned about the additional complication of travelling with a trailer for instance on ferries.

Brian
by brianleach
10 Nov 2008, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage carrying options
Replies: 10
Views: 758

Luggage carrying options

Leaving aside the option of a trailer which I am seriously considering for local shopping etc what is my best option for load carrying. Last year I went to Brittany and used a handlebar bag and a rear rack with panniers. However the bags, tent etc on top of the rack made getting on and off the bike ...
by brianleach
5 Nov 2008, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Russia
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Having looked at the cost it seems prohibitive. Did you go independently Martin or in an organised group. Any quick hints or tips would be helpful if you have a moment.

Many thanks,

Brian
by brianleach
31 Oct 2008, 4:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Russia
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Touring Russia

http://www.rctc.ru/tour.html

Rather like the idea of this next year.

Can I get there by train. I feel some research coming on.

Brian
by brianleach
31 Oct 2008, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How many of us are still using paper maps?
Replies: 42
Views: 4844

I always use GPS when driving. It's quite good fun winding up the "voice" if your "local knowledge" route is a different one to that which the computer chooses. So far I have never been sent anywhere undrivable. However although the TomTom software which I use has an option for b...
by brianleach
29 Oct 2008, 8:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prohibitive train fares
Replies: 30
Views: 7198

Winchester to Pembroke: 216 miles, I can do that on £20 of diesel; or, if I cost in the entire expense of the car: £54. (Yes really, I've recorded every penny including buying the old thing and we're down to 25p per mile!) To be honest this was really my point. What I didn't say originally was that...