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by cavasta
18 Sep 2011, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Lane Parked Cars - Reporting Them
Replies: 31
Views: 2675

Re: Cycle Lane Parked Cars - Reporting Them

Try setting up your own Facebook page called something like "Inconsiderate Parking in [name of your town]" and invite people to upload their own photos of said problem. Once you've got a few photos on there (including your own), notify the local press of the page's existence, with a sugges...
by cavasta
2 Sep 2011, 10:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Re: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?

Even on a fully loaded touring bike, I wouldn't have missed the experience and immense sense of satisfaction at reaching the top for anything. It was a bit of a slog but I took it steady (not much choice there!) and had plenty of stops on the way up for food, photos and chatting to people. All told ...
by cavasta
31 Aug 2011, 6:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Re: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?

Thanks for all the info so far. The only thing that still troubles me - well not quite the only thing... :lol: is whether my gearing will be suitable. I know less than the square root of eff all about gear ratios so will my set up be ok? It's Shimano 105, 48-34 28-12. If I'm honest I think it may b...
by cavasta
31 Aug 2011, 5:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?
Replies: 12
Views: 3454

Re: Mont Ventoux - the easy way up?

Bedouin is the 'classic' route. This takes you past the Tom Simpson memorial. There's a cafe half way up, should you feel the need, at Chalet Reynard. I found the first part of the climb, which is through heavily shaded woods, the hardest (ie, steepest). But then again I was on a fully loaded tourin...
by cavasta
23 Aug 2011, 10:41am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Urgent advice needed for saddle sores!
Replies: 15
Views: 3372

Re: Urgent advice needed for saddle sores!

Well done! Glad to hear you survived. Saddle sores are no joke. The best thing to do now is take a complete rest from the bike, keep applying the antiseptic cream and wait for the sores to clear up and go away - which they will. Then you can get back to enjoying pain-free riding. As the adage goes: ...
by cavasta
9 Aug 2011, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express experiences please
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Bike Express experiences please

An idea for my 4 panniers would be to lump em all into one of those large Ikea bags and tape em in all together. Then with luck I wont get to my first camp to find a bikini and pink clobber in 'my' panniers...Oh how we laughed :lol: No need to worry. You're provided with name/destination tags for y...
by cavasta
9 Aug 2011, 9:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express experiences please
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Bike Express experiences please

Penfold wrote:Wasn't aware that they offered food for sale (be it cheap babs and plastic cheese)
Graham.


And (plastic) glasses of (cheap) wine!
by cavasta
8 Aug 2011, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express experiences please
Replies: 27
Views: 2648

Re: Bike Express experiences please

+1 for EBS. Used it last year (Northants to Macon). Very punctual, staff friendly and helpful. Didn't get much sleep (overnight trip). On-board food not the best (microwaved, cheap white baps, processed cheese, etc). Impressive set-up for storing/transporting bikes. Not as cheap as flying but well w...
by cavasta
7 Aug 2011, 12:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lightweight shoe reccomendations
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: lightweight shoe reccomendations

+1 for Jingas. I bought mine for a tour I did last year and have continued to wear them about the house ever since, as well as for walking to the local shop.
by cavasta
7 Aug 2011, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPX files merging together
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: GPX files merging together

I've just Googled "merge gpx files" and it's thrown up loads of results. Haven't tried any, or had reason to, but it looks like there's plenty of freeware out there that will do what you want.
by cavasta
3 Aug 2011, 11:19am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Urgent advice needed for saddle sores!
Replies: 15
Views: 3372

Re: Urgent advice needed for saddle sores!

+1 for Sudocreme. Just a small amount lightly rubbed around delicate/affected areas works for me. Always use it while on tour, never seem to have problems. Use it on daily commute (no showers at work).
by cavasta
2 Aug 2011, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800
Replies: 6
Views: 1281

Re: Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800

Having had 2 or 3 screen protectors on several devices and found all of them lacking, I wasn't very optimistic when someone recommended trying a Zagg InvisibleShield. They're not cheap, but I got one for my Garmin Oregon. It's been on for over 2 years now and is absolutely bomb-proof. I wouldn't he...
by cavasta
2 Aug 2011, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800
Replies: 6
Views: 1281

Screen Protector for Garmin Edge 800

I'm thinking about investing in one of those anti-scratch, anti-glare clear plastic screen protectors for my 800. Has anyone bothered with one of these? Which ones should I consider, and which should I avoid? All thoughts, advice and input most welcome.
by cavasta
26 Jul 2011, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Way to Lube a Chain
Replies: 74
Views: 6192

Re: Best Way to Lube a Chain

I'm afraid you're all wrong - the correct method is given here. http://sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html Of course MickF regards this as a bit slapdash and prefers to do it more thoroughly. :lol: You had me going there for a moment - I almost believed it :oops: Presumably you've seen Sheldon's discl...
by cavasta
25 Jul 2011, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Length
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: Chain Length

Update on my OP:

The 11-28 has now been fitted and my existing chain (that came fitted with the 12-27) works flawlessly - I didn't need to add any links. Thanks to all who contributed.