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by Tail End Charlie
7 Sep 2010, 8:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Commuting Bikes
Replies: 35
Views: 2777

Re: Commuting Bikes

I agree with having two bikes and keeping your best for touring. That way your tourer is always functioning perfectly. If you use it to commute aswell then there'll always be something not quite working properly as you never get round to fettling it. This does of course pre-suppose you have room for...
by Tail End Charlie
27 Aug 2010, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring
Replies: 65
Views: 15115

Re: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring

I'd agree Ergon grips are good, I have a pair on my town bike, but I prefer the configuration I posted above. It all boils down to the fact there's simply too much choice out there!
by Tail End Charlie
27 Aug 2010, 7:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lon las cymru in 4 days?
Replies: 27
Views: 4084

Re: lon las cymru in 4 days?

I've done it in both directions and can't decide which I prefer. I would gladly do it every year though as it's a great ride and I love Wales. Both directions are well signposted. I started/ finished at Chepstow both times simply because I like castles (yes I know Cardiff has one aswell!). Four days...
by Tail End Charlie
24 Aug 2010, 11:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Western isles (Formerly Outer Hebrides) Mini tour
Replies: 53
Views: 6783

Re: Western isles (Formerly Outer Hebrides) Mini tour

I would hostel and can recommend the Gatliff hostels. They are in the most fantastic locations.
by Tail End Charlie
20 Aug 2010, 1:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eagerly Anticipated France Trip 2011
Replies: 32
Views: 1984

Re: Eagerly Anticipated France Trip 2011

Go camping and use the Bike Express as mentioned before. Look at their drop off points and work out a region to explore. Virtually anywhere in France you won't go far wrong. In the hilly hot regions be prepared to keep your mileage down though to around 40 a day. And do put in the odd rest day to al...
by Tail End Charlie
18 Aug 2010, 9:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring
Replies: 65
Views: 15115

Re: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring

Tail end charlie : I was out on my Sardar today - a quick but very hilly 10 miler from the shops. I was marvelling at the bike taking the hills in its stride and nimbly negotiating the twists and turns of the narrow Cornish lanes. I was also luxuriating in its supremely comfortable riding position,...
by Tail End Charlie
17 Aug 2010, 11:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring
Replies: 65
Views: 15115

Re: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring

How about this option? Very comfortable and brakes within easy reach. Given you ride on the hoods most of the time, I can heartliy recommend it as a set up.


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by Tail End Charlie
26 Jul 2010, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?

... have recently bought the OpenStreetMap SD card of the UK and Eire with contours ... the display is much better. Could you let us know why the display is much better? Is it just the contours? City Navigator maps display roads just fine, and they have more roads than OpenStreetMap (the last time ...
by Tail End Charlie
25 Jul 2010, 10:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: Garmin GPS - confusion re maps?

I bought the City Navigator maps from Garmin and have recently bought the OpenStreetMap SD card of the UK and Eire with contours and the OpentreetMap is much better IMO. If you only had the SD card admittedly you would still need some mapping software to create routes on the PC but the display is mu...
by Tail End Charlie
4 Jul 2010, 7:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shakedown questions
Replies: 14
Views: 902

Re: Shakedown questions

Aldi sometimes have drybags in their special lines £6/7 each as I recall and they seemed pretty strong. I'll get a couple next time as my son has just nicked my Ortleib for a trip he's going on. :evil:
by Tail End Charlie
3 Jul 2010, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nice Restoration project that my Dad took up.
Replies: 17
Views: 4903

Re: Nice Restoration project that my Dad took up.

Nice bike there. There's something about fettling with old bikes and giving them a new lease oflife I find immensely satisfying and encouraging in this age of disposable things.
by Tail End Charlie
3 Jul 2010, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: If you could buy 1 item for a long journey...
Replies: 23
Views: 1343

Re: If you could buy 1 item for a long journey...

Ergon grips. Expensive (£25) I know but they really do help me. And bar ends aswell, but you said only one thing. You can get Ergon grips and bar ends combined, but they are around £36 and I've not tried them combined. I'd expect them to be pretty good though.
by Tail End Charlie
16 Jun 2010, 11:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase - any opinions?
Replies: 7
Views: 2807

Re: Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase - any opinions?

I find them really good. No problems in the wet or dry. Good rate of wear aswell. I use them on my fixie for commuting as they feel much more responsive than Marathon Pluses that I have on other bikes.
by Tail End Charlie
14 Jun 2010, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 1137

Re: Touring Shoes

I use some Specialised BG MTB shoes which are well ventilated, pretty stiff and best of all very comfortable. They allow a certain amount of walking around, but if I want to do more I simply change into the sandals I carry. At the end of a day I want to take off the cycling shoes in any case.
by Tail End Charlie
5 Jun 2010, 3:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lon Las, Porthmadog to Dolgellau section
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Lon Las, Porthmadog to Dolgellau section

For most of the way there is a cycle path which is separate, not just a bit in the gutter. Before that, the hills above Harlech are one of the best bits of the ride IMO. Hard work though.