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by RobinS
7 Jun 2020, 11:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marriotts Way
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Marriotts Way

We have ridden (and ran) it plenty of times. On our loaded tourers in anything other than exceptionally wet/muddy conditions we can ride the whole thing with no problems. We do have 40c tyres though.
by RobinS
6 Jun 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Several day tour with e-bike
Replies: 64
Views: 1866

Re: Several day tour with e-bike

In Germany a couple of years ago we met an "older than us" couple touring on their e-bikes, complete with camping gear. As we were stopped at a nice riverside biergarten, and they could speak good English we chatted for a while about the practicalities of touring on e-bikes. They reported ...
by RobinS
5 Jun 2020, 10:28am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping stoves and fire steels
Replies: 25
Views: 905

Re: Camping stoves and fire steels

If you use a cheapo gas lighter with the rotary wheel and small flint to create the spark it will still light the stove even when out of gas, in exactly the same way as a fire steel. (you do lose the hairs on your thumb though)
by RobinS
4 Jun 2020, 1:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a 40c tyre on a 35c rim
Replies: 9
Views: 279

Re: Fitting a 40c tyre on a 35c rim

Remember on a bike the load is spread between two wheels. If you and the bike weigh for example 120kg, that is about 80kg on the rear and 40kg on the front.
by RobinS
3 Jun 2020, 8:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you navigate on a published route?
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: How do you navigate on a published route?

Have followed "published routes" both in the UK, and all over Europe. Use a map, and follow signs. Nothing fancy needed.
by RobinS
3 Jun 2020, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which type of brakes should I go for?
Replies: 21
Views: 791

Re: Which type of brakes should I go for?

Maybe I've been lucky, but my hybrid hasn't been pampered. In 2300 miles it's needed a new bottom bracket, a new rear derailleur, new cassette, chain and both front and rear wheel bearings are in need of replacement All that in a mere 2300 miles and you think you have been lucky! My tourer has done...
by RobinS
3 Jun 2020, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bought a Raleigh for £90
Replies: 51
Views: 1261

Re: cheap budget bikes vs £500 + bikes

Even if the warranty is the same the length of time the bikes will actually last is vastly different. I have today been out on my MTB - a decent quality bike, but now about 18 years old, still in perfect working order, and nice to ride. When my youngest daughter was 10 in 1997 we bought her a decent...
by RobinS
29 May 2020, 5:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: I’m going to take my new toy on a journey. Where should I stay?

Lovely off-road former railway line trail leads from Girona out to Olot and the Pyrenees, uphill nearly all the way. When we did it on heavily loaded tourers in 35c heat (going uphill!) we got lots of cheers and bravos from locals on MTBs hurtling down the other way - they all got motorized lifts to...
by RobinS
27 May 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can you go to France with a bicycle in July?
Replies: 57
Views: 2203

Re: Can you go to France with a bicycle in July?

No idea why Brittany Ferries won't accept cycle bookings at the mo Have you contacted them? Reason I ask is that back in February before this all blew up out of control I was looking at Brittany Ferries to or from Bilbao or Santander - every date I tried was unavailable for bicycles. I thought this...
by RobinS
23 May 2020, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New quarantine rules
Replies: 16
Views: 573

Re: New quarantine rules

These new quarantine rules will apply from 8th June, and yes they apply to ferries as well - and as France is now not excluded the French Government have said they will apply reciprocal rules from the same date. (and other countries are likely to do the same) Means that you would have quarantine for...
by RobinS
11 May 2020, 3:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?
Replies: 80
Views: 2993

Re: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?

On the BBC this lunchtime they specifically said you must return to your normal residence each night.
by RobinS
10 May 2020, 1:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?
Replies: 28
Views: 1487

Re: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?

I think the camping advice might not be thought through - in a self catered apartment or caravan with toilet and shower you could holiday without much risk of cross contamination with strangers, but a crowded campsite with toilets and showers shared between hundreds of people - one of the worst plac...
by RobinS
4 May 2020, 11:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: France: subsidies for bike repair
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: France: subsidies for bike repair

Is the bike being broken a major barrier to people cycling? Actually for previously irregular, or long time non-cyclists it is. As I have been stuck at home I have been able to get an old 3 speed Peugeot running for one of our lodgers, and also, at the request of my daughter fitted new tubes, tyres...
by RobinS
28 Apr 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel to Northern France
Replies: 27
Views: 1300

Re: Travel to Northern France

We spend half our time in France so keep informed of what is happening there. The government are not anticipating opening "tourism" until the middle of July at the earliest, and even then it is likely to be for French Nationals only. From our reading of the situation, and plans of various ...
by RobinS
24 Apr 2020, 5:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...
Replies: 15
Views: 867

Re: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...

Exactly that, except "you have three months of total freedom to explore multiple countries!"