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by jk49
18 Sep 2015, 2:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring (soon) in France ideas please
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: Cycle touring (soon) in France ideas please

Not my question/post, but thanks for the brilliant information regarding Blagnac. Just the job for next years tour to the Pyrenees.
by jk49
3 Sep 2015, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Jeeperz - there is a God, after all!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: Jeeperz - there is a God, after all!!!

I use the basic exped mat. I can vouch that it is really comfortable, especially if not blown up rock hard, just enough to keep hip bone and shoulders off the ground.My son has a synmat and although it is lighter, it is also shinier, so possibly not so nice to sleep on. My basic has been good value ...
by jk49
6 Aug 2015, 8:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping pads and bags - talk to me
Replies: 61
Views: 3691

Re: Sleeping pads and bags - talk to me

Exped basic mat. Fantastically comfortable, light and when rolled up is the size of a coke can. I'm only 11 stone, but have been using mine for about six years. Can be had for about £50, perhaps with a space blanket in winter.
by jk49
20 Jul 2015, 2:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Canal du Midi towpath
Replies: 8
Views: 3694

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

Rode Carcassone past Toulouse last year. All fine, surface wise except for short section just west of Carcassonne. Perhaps 10 k from city centre. Easily by-passed on quiet wide roads. Detour lasted 10km, when rejoined path, the surface was fine again. Sorry, don't know exact length of rutted, bumpy ...
by jk49
30 Jun 2015, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?
Replies: 26
Views: 5231

Re: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?

Sorry about late reply De Sisti. They charged £90 four years ago. I guess it will have gone up a bit in the meantime. My frame wasn't one of theirs.
by jk49
26 Jun 2015, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?
Replies: 26
Views: 5231

Re: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?

Hi, I've been through this, also with an airborne(zeppelin). I took it to Enigma in Sussex, who welded and drilled the crack. They did a beautiful job, its funny but it almost looks better with the small ti coloured scar. Anyway, that was 4 years ago. Since then its been up and down a fair few Pyren...
by jk49
26 Jun 2015, 12:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bottom bracket-mounted chain tenioner
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: bottom bracket-mounted chain tenioner

Black spire stinger?
by jk49
22 Jun 2015, 11:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Finding new touring friends!
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: Finding new touring friends!

Hi Ben, I live in Salisbury, do a bit of touring, mostly on my own. But I completely understand what you mean about having company on tour. Thinking of 4 or 5 days in Wales or the Wessex circuit ? I'm a bit older than you (51) but can do 50/60 miles a day without too much bother. Let me know if this...
by jk49
13 Jun 2015, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike on train Newport to Abergavenny
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Bike on train Newport to Abergavenny

Rode up from the Glasbury side a couple of years ago, towards the end of a reasonably long day. Don't know if I choose the correct route, but it was very steep in places! So... if you like a challenge, that could be the way over for you. Both sides are really scenic, so you maybe do it at the beginn...
by jk49
10 Jun 2015, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: incurable hunger when touring
Replies: 32
Views: 1590

Re: incurable hunger when touring

Soreen? (Maltloaf)
by jk49
5 Jun 2015, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Navigating France: Paper maps? Smart phone? GPS? Other?
Replies: 19
Views: 1183

Re: Navigating France: Paper maps? Smart phone? GPS? Other?

Rode from Carcassonne to St Malo last year. Used Michelin maps torn out of v. cheap road atlas. I Liked being able to construct a route going from national park to national park, so ended up travelling through regions that were really beautiful. Navigation was very easy as the signage, even on d roa...
by jk49
27 May 2015, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

I used it to come the other way last July. Seemed fine to me.Tide was a long way out, but the sloping slipway still allowed us to load and unload without removing panniers. Just wheeled the bikes on,don't remember any lifting. Nice road out to Dinan and although I didn't get much of a look round Din...
by jk49
5 Apr 2015, 6:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Singlespeed conversion question
Replies: 13
Views: 1575

Re: Singlespeed conversion question

You can buy a spacer kit and one appropriate sprocket for your free hub from various suppliers. I used Charlie the bikemonger who has plenty of choice from cheap (£3) to expensive. Good advice by phone too.
Hth jon
by jk49
18 Mar 2015, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pannier weight
Replies: 57
Views: 9595

Re: Reducing pannier weight

Re: cookware. I have used home made coke can stoves for a few years now. They work really well and are very light. Also very cheap to make with home made trivet and wind shield. Then a couple of years ago I bought a honey stove. This is a foldable wood burning stove, weighs almost nothing and folds ...
by jk49
5 Mar 2015, 2:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cable lock in hand baggage?
Replies: 25
Views: 3849

Re: Cable lock in hand baggage?

Same here, lost my cable lock at Bournemouth last July. Let me keep the straps on my day sack and belt. Surrounded by people with thin leather handbag straps! Heyho.......