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by mnichols
10 Nov 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much did your RTW trip cost?
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: How much did your RTW trip cost?

I haven't done RTW but have done somewhere between 20 and 30 tours in different places around the world and read lots of books on the subject. I'd also recommend Alistair Humphreys books, blogs and social media pages In his last book he travelled through Spain with no money, inspired by Laurie Lee, ...
by mnichols
25 Oct 2019, 5:16pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith Wheelset 700c
Replies: 1
Views: 279

Re: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith Wheelset 700c

hmmm, tempted, but then again I'm tempted to wait this close to Black Friday.

50% (or more) is pretty much the standard discount on last year's model in Black Friday sales with a warranty, etc.
by mnichols
23 Oct 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bristol to Bordeaux
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Bristol to Bordeaux

I've cycled from Bath to Spain, and also Bath to Italy, I've also cycled Barcelona to Bordeaux Bath to Spain went via Bordeaux. I cycled to Poole, got the ferry to Cherbourg then followed the coast to Spain. It's very flat until you get to the Pyrenees, but you won't be going that far. Bath to Italy...
by mnichols
20 Sep 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: Lap of Britain(ish) finished

If you are looking for a new target, might I suggest the British Cycle Quest. Had a look and my first thought was 'why would i want to do that?', then I noticed there were two points on tomorrow's route, then I looked at the questions, now I have to answer the question.......I guess that's called g...
by mnichols
9 Sep 2019, 10:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking trains in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 824

Re: Booking trains in Italy

... any advice or experience on booking trains in Italy? ... I do suppose that you're travelling by bicycle. Yes, and No. I have cycled through all of these places on various trips: End to End of Italy, Coast to Coast of Italy and Pisa to Girona, but this time I'm going back with the wife, back pac...
by mnichols
9 Sep 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking trains in Italy
Replies: 24
Views: 824

Booking trains in Italy

Does anyone have any advice or experience on booking trains in Italy?

Specifically Pisa to Lucca, Lucca to Florence, Florence to Siena, Siena to Pisa

I've been on trainline and it looks pretty straight forward and cheap - do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up?
by mnichols
1 Sep 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great North Trail
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: Great North Trail

Richard Fairhurst wrote:I'm guessing this will form part of the planned off-road Land's End to John O'Groats route.


When will this be launched?
by mnichols
1 Sep 2019, 10:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great North Trail
Replies: 17
Views: 1320

Re: Great North Trail

Paulatic wrote::

Edit: I thought it was ringing a bell...back in April https://www.anturasmor.co.uk/gpx


Only got my phone at the moment. Is this the route file for the whole thing?
by mnichols
1 Sep 2019, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: Lap of Britain(ish) finished

Well done! Did you do it in one go? Over one year or several years? What bike did you use? pannier or bike backing? Cheers James It was done in chunks, lap of Wales, lap of Scotland, Lejog up the west coast, Edinburgh to Thames, Thames to Home Most of it was done on my Enigma Etape. It was all ligh...
by mnichols
1 Sep 2019, 9:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: Lap of Britain(ish) finished

Excellent stuff and I too would be interested in what you consider the highlights. Though those from my touring have been the unexpected ones, that may not necessarily delight others as they have me, or even me on a different day. Did you initially set out to do this? Or was there a point where you...
by mnichols
31 Aug 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: Lap of Britain(ish) finished

Onwards.. Per arda ad astra ...... , Quite. I just finished reading a book about endurance, and it had one of the simplest definition that I've read. It said Endurance is keeping going when you want to stop (paraphrased). Sometimes this was about advesity, overcoming and endurance, but more often i...
by mnichols
31 Aug 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Lap of Britain(ish) finished

Last week I finished my Lap of Britain, I didn't do it in one go, or even in one year, instead it has taken me a few tours: Lands End to John O'Groats (3 times), a Lap of Wales, a Lap of Scotland, the East Coast from Edinburgh to the Thames, and the South Coast from the Thames back to home. If you c...
by mnichols
31 Aug 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 100hr lejog
Replies: 34
Views: 1733

Re: 100hr lejog

I did it a couple of years ago on a 1,000 mile hilly route. It's tough. Good luck

To tell you the obvious it gets progressively harder. Psychologically i found day 4 the hardest.
by mnichols
13 Aug 2019, 9:27am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Water Softeners
Replies: 0
Views: 217

Water Softeners

Can anyone recommend a household Water Softener?

Moved to a new house and we have a problem with hard water. Various appliances giving up because of limescale
by mnichols
12 Aug 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on planes Again
Replies: 9
Views: 876

Re: Bikes on planes Again

I've flown with my bike probably about 20 times. I mostly use a cardboard bike box obtained from a local bike shop. My experience is that there isn't a standard answer to these questions. Airlines are quite good at providing guidance, but the constraints seem to be with the airport and baggage handl...