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by latequartet
25 Jan 2015, 7:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: ... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

Re: ... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths

Thanks DaveP and pete75 for both your reflections. pete75: Stiffkey and the traffic free path to Wells next the Sea sounds so promising, we just couldn't tell whether you had to use the roads: if it's traffic free our two love cycling along 'un-hitched' to a beach of promise! DaveP: The Atlantic Cyc...
by latequartet
25 Jan 2015, 4:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: ... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths

- either on the continent / Britain / Ireland; - where our family, with two children who can pedal unaided (but can hitch to our bikes when tired)) aged 3 and 5, can camp; - where we can cycle along the coast to a minimum of one decent sandy beach without too much hill climbing. We will use public t...
by latequartet
1 Oct 2014, 9:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys
Replies: 8
Views: 1788

Re: Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys

We're delighted with our solution. We got the Basil Tivoli basket to fit onto the Beinn 20 (small) from Islabikes. Although the basket looked tiny, on collection, it's a perfect fit. It just meant rotating the brake levers upwards to hang the basket on, making sure there was no pressure on the brake...
by latequartet
29 Sep 2014, 12:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys
Replies: 8
Views: 1788

Re: Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys

Thanks everyone, I appreciated all your comments: I've gone for the lightweight basket Basil Tivoli as the simplest, reasonable durable, lightest and most versatile option.
by latequartet
29 Sep 2014, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

Re: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes

All became clear: the Vernon Barker frame is just a perfect size for me. We don't own a car, this is my every-single-day-of-my-life bike and a joy. The man with the brazing expertise did what I wanted and put front and rear racks on, plus the hitch for the trailer/s we use. He strengthened the front...
by latequartet
29 Sep 2014, 10:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys
Replies: 8
Views: 1788

Doll Seat versus Front Basket for toys

Hi, I wonder whether there's something for a toy/doll bike seat that we can improvise which is going to work better than these, especially since our Beinn 20 Islabike's got a rear-rack on it so I think it won't work? There didn't seem much product information, except from Halfords, on how they attac...
by latequartet
5 Nov 2013, 8:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bruges: family cycling
Replies: 2
Views: 2768

Re: Bruges: family cycling

Thanks so much John, buying the cycling map, like you suggested, made all the difference for finding our way. We went to the tourist office along the coast at Knokke-Heist, about 3kms east of Zeebrugge, they are very helpful. The point to point system with numbers is so so easy and proved very usefu...
by latequartet
28 Oct 2013, 8:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bruges: family cycling
Replies: 2
Views: 2768

Bruges: family cycling

The four of us are off to Bruges, arriving at Zeebrugge (with bike trailer / bike seat / FollowMeTandem, two adults and a 2 and 4 year old). Two questions: 1 For the journey to Bruges on our first day, we've noticed this helpful conversation from 4 years ago about the canals route via Damme. 2 Any o...
by latequartet
8 Oct 2013, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

Re: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes

So if I ditch the first idea, where do I start. andyh2 thanks for your pics and XtraCycles advice, more on that in a sec ... All the feedback has been very constructive and honest. I am pleased that I cans still make very good use of the Vernon Barker frame, as a replacement for my current lightweig...
by latequartet
8 Oct 2013, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

Re: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes

531Colin / Horizon / Brucey / Meic: I'm listening very carefully, I can move all my Orbit contents straight onto the Vernon Butler and see how it rides and check the geometry with VB, thanks for the advice. Yes, 531 Colin, Orbit were still in the yard up the City Road when I bought it (2003 model, V...
by latequartet
8 Oct 2013, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

Re: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes

Thanks 531Colin too, that's really helpful feedback ... I can easily do what you say, because I'm trying to upgrade from an Orbit (Malaysian frame) because it's not coping with the loads I'm putting on it, so I guess you're suggesting that I just move everything across and see how it goes with some ...
by latequartet
8 Oct 2013, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

Re: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes

Thanks Brucey, so much for your feedback /comments, all of which is much appreciated. I was excited to get an handbuilt frame with good leg length (64cm downtube) but not too long going forward, since I'm 6ft 3, but I'm hearing that, from your point of view I might have to review what my starting po...
by latequartet
8 Oct 2013, 2:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars
Replies: 29
Views: 3150

adapting tourer for load: discs hubs lights racks shoes bars

I have bought a Vernon Barker frame (Throm tubing) from a recycling cycle place, for Dan, an independent bike rebuilder to work on for me. What I need to do is make some clear decisions and fairly quickly. Comments / advice on all of these would be appreciated. I'm trying to design a bike that I'll ...