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by brianleach
21 Jul 2008, 8:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommended short fun touring ideas to get wife on bike...
Replies: 23
Views: 2334

How about train to Portsmouth Harbour then ferry to France(Caen) then cycling round Normandy. I did this last August and had great fun. Not many hills as long as you keep largely to the coast

by brianleach
13 Jul 2008, 6:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which entry level tourer? Claud Butler Regent 2007?
Replies: 8
Views: 1342

Can't comment on the 2007 Regent but have recently bought the 2008 model (58cm frame) and am very happy with it. Well made, pretty good equipment and gearing seems good for me as it fairly stonks along. Comfortable saddle, good rack. I replaced the toeclip pedals with my spds but that's a personal c...
by brianleach
13 Jul 2008, 6:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting tyres rock hard
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re Lights. I have bought a set of lights whereby only the front one is wound up. When it is placed in the handlebar unit it operates both front and back as it is attached to the rear light by a wire. I don't know if this is the same one you saw. However as I only bought it recently I haven't tried o...
by brianleach
12 Jul 2008, 9:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Must be different on the Portsmouth Caen route. Yes the bike was secured with a piece of rope but with the motorcycles and because my knots weren't up to scratch the staff tied the bike more securely after I'd gone on deck. I am going on the St Malo route in August so thanks for the warning. Brian
by brianleach
24 Jun 2008, 12:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cars are noisy things aren't they?
Replies: 18
Views: 1906

They sound like a milk float starting off, for those of you old enough to remember.

Before you ask yes I am old enough to remember.

Brian Leach
by brianleach
17 Jun 2008, 8:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Bike
Replies: 15
Views: 2573

I have had a number of cheap bikes over the years and even did a weekend in Normandy on a Probike Raptor last August. However with a view to a longer spell in Brittany this year I have purchased a Claud Butler Regent and although not that expensive (well it's all relative) I have to say it is a diff...
by brianleach
5 Jun 2008, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Normandy
Replies: 8
Views: 1301

I cycled in Normandy last August (over the Bank Holiday weekend!!) and had a great time. I rode from the ferry port to a camp site in Luc Sur Mer and stayed there for the weekend taking trips out each day. I found the whole thing great fun. I used a large scale Michelin map in my handlebar bag and j...
by brianleach
27 May 2008, 12:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claud Butler Regent review
Replies: 1
Views: 2835

Claud Butler Regent review

I am seriously thinking of purchasing this model but can't find any reviews or opinions.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please or does anyone have personal experiences they would be prepared to pass on?

Thanks in anticipation.

Brian Leach