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by khain
16 Dec 2016, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: High centre of gravity for touring
Replies: 36
Views: 5088

Re: High centre of gravity for touring

Why not? The weight is in the same place a rider would be.

You're not talking much weight anyway. I think the low-centre-of-gravity aspect of panniers is less important than some make out.
by khain
7 Dec 2016, 11:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping/tenting in France
Replies: 15
Views: 1700

Re: Camping/tenting in France

I stayed in a few. They were very cheap with basic but adequate facilities. I appreciated the lack of children's playgrounds and other things that cost extra but I have no need of. I've stayed in several campsites that had worse pitches but cost many times the price. Just the job really. I wish more...
by khain
4 Dec 2016, 5:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Woods - how much warmer if at all?
Replies: 35
Views: 1714

Re: Woods - how much warmer if at all?

The danger of a branch or tree falling on the tent is low but not negligible. I've had a few small ones fall on the tent over the years. We've had so many severe storms over the past few years that many trees have been badly damaged. In Scotland countless trees have been completely uprooted. In wood...
by khain
2 Dec 2016, 11:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle the entire mainland coast summer 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 4155

Re: Cycle the entire mainland coast summer 2017

The length of a coastline depends on how closely you follow it.

Take a mountain bike along coastal paths and it will be more like 10,000 miles. That could be a new challenge.
by khain
1 Dec 2016, 10:20am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Woods - how much warmer if at all?
Replies: 35
Views: 1714

Re: Woods - how much warmer if at all?

From my experience tree cover is quite effective at keeping off frost in spring and autumn. Presumably it traps just enough heat to keep the temperate above freezing. It also stops wind which keeps the tent warmer. I reckon the temperature will be a few degrees warmer than out in the open, which is ...
by khain
28 Nov 2016, 8:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bug protection in Scandinavia
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Bug protection in Scandinavia

Yes there's mesh on the inner but it won't be much use when cooking in the vestibule! Ideas? Is your plan to cover the entire tent in mesh? That probably will work if you have enough mesh. You could just cook outside with the headset on then bring the food in to eat. I would recommend going somewhe...
by khain
27 Nov 2016, 6:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bug protection in Scandinavia
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Bug protection in Scandinavia

You definitely want a headnet though that one seems a bit expensive. Isn't there mesh on your tent? If so you shouldn't need a net. 40% deet is a bit low. I would go for 50% at least. They sell stuff over there that doesn't use deet but works quite well. I can't remember what it's called. I think de...
by khain
27 Nov 2016, 6:33pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Views on this down bag, and the mysteries of limits
Replies: 20
Views: 1576

Re: Views on this down bag, and the mysteries of limits

I reckon it's a typo. Still a really good deal.
by khain
27 Nov 2016, 6:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike recommendations sought for South America / Carretera Austral
Replies: 16
Views: 3198

Re: Bike recommendations sought for South America / Carretera Austral

Will disc brakes not stress the spokes on one side of the wheel unduly if carrying a lot of weight? I'm not sure if this is really an issue, just asking. Getting spare pads won't be easy so you'll need to bring plenty and if anything goes wrong with the brakes you're stuffed. Disc brakes can also in...
by khain
27 Nov 2016, 6:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Wheels?
Replies: 65
Views: 8114

Re: What Size Wheels?

I haven't pulled the bike to bits yet, but at present it has a seven speed cassette. The reason for going to nine speed is because I have hubs, cassette's, shifter and mechs all in my hoard of parts, so it is an easy / free conversion. The rims fitted are Weinmann, and seem pretty tough, but I'll l...
by khain
25 Nov 2016, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Reynolds tubing for touring bike?
Replies: 24
Views: 6753

Re: Which Reynolds tubing for touring bike?

Does anyone know if different grades of Reynolds rust at different rates? I have a bike with 725 that rusts extremely quickly and another with 501 (essentially basic 4130) that seems almost impervious to rust. Maybe the latter has a better undercoat or something. I imagine the quality of paintwork a...
by khain
23 Nov 2016, 6:53pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What tent to use?
Replies: 100
Views: 5620

Re: What tent to use?

I would be more worried about keeping mosquitoes out than weather-related problems. There isn't really any night-time during summer so the temperature shouldn't drop too much. It was never cold or windy when I was there. If anything you might want to look more at a summer tent with a thin mesh than ...
by khain
23 Nov 2016, 6:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured Finland/Sweden?
Replies: 7
Views: 1382

Re: Anyone toured Finland/Sweden?

I wouldn't go near Finland in the summer. The mosquitoes are an absolute nightmare.

If cycling all day and staying in hotels it wouldn't be so bad but camping will be miserable.

The scenery is kind of boring too, and everything costs a fortune.
by khain
13 Nov 2016, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another source of free Garmin maps
Replies: 6
Views: 1522

Re: Another source of free Garmin maps

They look pretty good. Still far off the level of detail of OS maps though. I really wish the price of those would come down for Garmin. I'm not telling you do do this, but it is possible to copy Garmin Discovery maps. Spend a while on Google, and you'll find software to do this. Go halves with a m...
by khain
12 Nov 2016, 11:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Wheels?
Replies: 65
Views: 8114

Re: What Size Wheels?

Some useful information here that might help you decide: http://www.tourbybike.co.uk/what-is-the-best-wheel-size-for-cycle-touring/