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by RobinS
27 Nov 2015, 10:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour for the spring
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Tour for the spring

Thanks for the info and offer Bretonbikes. We used a lot of your online information when we toured Brittany for a couple of weeks last June - even then some inland sites were closed. I have just discovered though that the Velodysee website http://www.velodyssey.com/ marks cycle friendly campsites, w...
by RobinS
26 Nov 2015, 4:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour for the spring
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Tour for the spring

Thanks for the responses so far. As far as temperature goes, if we start in mid April it will be late May at least before we get high in the Alps. While it can still be cold at night ( and sometimes during the day!) we can easily cope with that. (we have years of experience camping, ski touring, and...
by RobinS
25 Nov 2015, 12:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour for the spring
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Tour for the spring

It's now looking almost certain that I will be made redundant in the new year, so myself and MrsS are looking at taking the opportunity for a tour longer than can be done in a normal holiday. We are thinking of starting in April, from Roscoff, following La Velodyssee as far as Lacanau, cutting cross...
by RobinS
29 Oct 2015, 10:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Will this fit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1156

Re: Will this fit?

If your sleeping bag will not fit in an Ortlieb front pannier it is far too bulky! I can fit my Vango Venom sleeping bag, Thermarest Evolite mat, and an OEX self inflating pillow in one front pannier, and still have a bit space to spare!
by RobinS
24 Sep 2015, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: october tour sleeping bag
Replies: 16
Views: 1172

Re: october tour sleeping bag

We are doing a last camping tour of the season in October, and will take our Vango Venom 200 down bags. They have a comfort rating of 10c and an extreme rating of 0c. Since it can be cold when rising in the morning taking thermals and a down gilet is good idea anyway, so it is no extra to use these ...
by RobinS
11 Aug 2015, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?
Replies: 59
Views: 5482

Re: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?

I have been stopped and checked in a car travelling both by ferry and tunnel, and on bikes on Condor ferries. They question whether we have any knives ( or sometimes "big knives or firearms). I answer yes (to the knives bit), and offer to show them my 9" cook's knife, along with the 4"...
by RobinS
8 Jul 2015, 3:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please
Replies: 40
Views: 2205

Re: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please

by horizon » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:51 am RobinS wrote: MrsS loves hers on her tourer. Bar Bag fitting was no problem at all - easier than on my drops. They are comfortable for her, and she does seem to suffer less vibration/shocks through the bars on rough surfaces. My only reservation is that the br...
by RobinS
8 Jul 2015, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please
Replies: 40
Views: 2205

Re: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please

MrsS loves hers on her tourer. Bar Bag fitting was no problem at all - easier than on my drops. They are comfortable for her, and she does seem to suffer less vibration/shocks through the bars on rough surfaces. My only reservation is that the braking position is quite narrow. On a recent tour in Fr...
by RobinS
2 Jun 2015, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suspension seat post
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Suspension seat post

MrsS has a Kalloy SP-504, Suspension Alloy Seatpost on her Revolution Tourer - it came with it. There is nothing wrong with it, but nothing really right either. She doesn't really notice any benefit. She would not bother with if it needed replacement.
by RobinS
1 Jun 2015, 2:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Packable warm top for summer dayrides?
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Packable warm top for summer dayrides?

Something like this? http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/montane-men ... et-p304997

There are a fair number of this sort of thinner jacket around nowadays, either down or man made fillings. Much lighter and more packable than fleece, and very much warmer.
by RobinS
26 May 2015, 9:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please
Replies: 31
Views: 2334

Re: Lightweight packable trousers - recommendations please

MrsS got some for the same reason from GoOoutdoors recently, they have a selection, but hers were only about £15.
by RobinS
21 May 2015, 9:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cycling!
Replies: 33
Views: 1472

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

By combining the NCN 1, and various other cycle routes (30, 31, 42 etc) we just did a really nice 4 day tour around Norfolk and Suffolk, very largely on extremely quiet country lanes. We did about 135 miles in total, camping, as a warm up for a Brittany tour next month. As we have only toured using ...
by RobinS
21 Apr 2015, 9:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front rack Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 5422

Re: Front rack Advice

Update - tried a Tubus Tara lowrider rack, and by using the supplied spacers got it to fit perfectly on the Revolution Country Premier with enough clearance around the disc brakes. Will now order one for the Country Explorer as well as the forks are identical. Could not get a cheap one from Germany ...
by RobinS
15 Apr 2015, 7:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front rack Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 5422

Re: Front rack Advice

The Tubus Tara in the link above looks good - and the right colour! Can anyone confirm it will fit with disc brakes?
by RobinS
15 Apr 2015, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front rack Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 5422

Re: Front rack Advice

Well I decided to go for the the Tortec Expedition, which I found for a decent price. Came today, look pretty good, but there is absolutely no way they will fit around the disc brakes! Back to square one! Revolution claim that the Vavert fits (but they also said that the discs brakes would not get i...