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by jk49
10 Jan 2016, 9:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When to avoid peak times in France?
Replies: 16
Views: 1303

Re: When to avoid peak times in France?

As above. I think the main french summer holiday ends on the weekend that has the religious festival of " the assumption of Mary into heaven." This seems to be , as MrsHj says around the 15th. Having been tied to school holiday camping trips for a few years, I found the camp sites to be fairly empty after this time. That is, away from hot spots.
by jk49
4 Jan 2016, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aluminium alloy rigid MTB forks- would you?
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Aluminium alloy rigid MTB forks- would you?

I've just fitted a rigid carbon disc 'picasia' fork to my 1997 spech rockhopper. So far so good, the bike rides really well.
Fnding a cheapish fork that was not corrected for suspension was a bit of a challenge though.
ducks awaiting anti carbon responses!
by jk49
14 Dec 2015, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I bought the wrong Nexus
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: I bought the wrong Nexus

ok, thanks for that. Now done google translate on the email, so see what you mean. Thanks for the heads up on this deal, seems like a good price.
by jk49
13 Dec 2015, 7:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I bought the wrong Nexus
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: I bought the wrong Nexus

hi ukdodger, I've just tried to order the same, but can't work out how to pay.If you don't mind saying, how did you pay?
by jk49
30 Nov 2015, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nikwax Tech Wash - is there a cheaper or better option?
Replies: 15
Views: 4787

Re: Nikwax Tech Wash - is there a cheaper or better option?

+1 for soap, although I use Dp liquid soap flakes, bought them from one or other of the supermarkets, cheap as chips and it also makes a spray to kill black fly if thats your thing.
by jk49
18 Sep 2015, 2:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring (soon) in France ideas please
Replies: 4
Views: 805

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: 1233

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 too, into its fourth year and still going strong with no p********.
by jk49
6 Aug 2015, 8:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sleeping pads and bags - talk to me
Replies: 61
Views: 4018

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: 3764

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 bit.
by jk49
30 Jun 2015, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?
Replies: 26
Views: 7009

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: 7009

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 Pyrenean and alpine cols, used for 2 summers as my main bike and all last winter as a single speed trainer on our terrible local roads.
So touching wood.... It was money well spent for me, though I am a bit lighter than you.
I did try VN, but they said they wouldn't help as it was a second hand frame.
by jk49
26 Jun 2015, 12:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bottom bracket-mounted chain tenioner
Replies: 11
Views: 563

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: 927

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 is of any interest to you
Jon
by jk49
13 Jun 2015, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike on train Newport to Abergavenny
Replies: 5
Views: 394

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 beginning of the day, rather than at the end. On the south side the climb is much more gradual. The pub in Llanthony abbey is worth a stop, not often you can sit in the ruins of a medieval abbey and enjoy a pint!
by jk49
10 Jun 2015, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: incurable hunger when touring
Replies: 32
Views: 1688

Re: incurable hunger when touring

Soreen? (Maltloaf)