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by mnichols
31 Aug 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lap of Britain(ish) finished
Replies: 12
Views: 882

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: 2143

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: 238

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: 915

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...
by mnichols
6 Aug 2019, 3:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A7 South of Edinburgh
Replies: 2
Views: 403

A7 South of Edinburgh

Does anyone know what the A7 South of Edinburgh is like for cycling?

My route runs parallel as far as Hawick, but it looks fine on Google Maps - might be easier to just be on it?

Ultimately I'm heading to Stannersburn that day

Is the A68 better/worse?
by mnichols
30 Jul 2019, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6238

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

iandriver wrote:Well, there is the new GRX groupset https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/product/ ... 00-10.html


Will grx support rim brakes? I like the ratios and have a Titanium frame i'd like to build from, but it's rim not disc. Ive also already got some Ultegra Calipers
by mnichols
25 Jul 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!
Replies: 295
Views: 17286

Re: what are you going to do when it hits 35C on Thursday?

Audax67 wrote:38°C out, 27°C in. Drinking lots of Badoit & doing SFA else. Oh, watched the stage. Viva Colombia!


I had 7 minutes left before the highlights. Managed to avoid hearing the result all day
by mnichols
25 Jul 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone cycled the Welsh coast?
Replies: 15
Views: 3328

Re: Anyone cycled the Welsh coast?

I did a Lap of Wales as training for a longer ride about 3 years ago I lived near Bristol at the time, cycled across the Severn Bridge, I cut inland across Brecon as I couldn't find a nice route through Newport and Cardiff then down to the coast. Around Pembrokeshire, up the coast to Anglesea. Along...
by mnichols
25 Jul 2019, 6:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reading to Bristol - Kennet & Avon - Things To See
Replies: 20
Views: 3280

Re: Reading to Bristol - Kennet & Avon - Things To See

Might be worth a short detour through the two tunnels, which I believe is still the longest cyclist tunnel in the uk

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-rout ... s-circuit/
by mnichols
23 Jul 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Things that make you disproportionately happy.
Replies: 131
Views: 10804

Re: Things that make you disproportionately happy.

Hearing my wife and kids laugh

If they're happy then everything else flows from that
by mnichols
23 Jul 2019, 10:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

Re: Coast of UK?

Be careful not to let other people impose their rules on you. I've had this happen to me a few times. I like End to Ends, and Coast to Coasts. I rode top to bottom of America, cycled in via Canada from Vancouver and out via Mexico through Washington State, Oregan, California, etc. Got some that's no...
by mnichols
23 Jul 2019, 9:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

Re: Coast of UK?

Why do you need rules? It's your ride. I'd think of them as guidelines to help you plan If the rules say 'You Must do road A....', but there is a better, nicer, more scenic, more bike friendly route 1/2 mile inland, why do a road that isn't as nice? As I mentioned in my earlier post I'm missing Newc...
by mnichols
23 Jul 2019, 9:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coast of UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 3824

Re: Coast of UK?

Im finishing mine this year, but I didn't know I was doing it until I'd done half of it I saw a post on here and liked the sound of it, but then realised I'd done a lot of it on other tours: 3 lejogs (different routes), Lap of Scotland, Lap of Wales, Coast of Cornwall, Hebrides, Lap of Devon and liv...