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by nirakaro
15 Mar 2020, 8:59am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Sauvage
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Camping Sauvage

Looks like Cloitre-Lanneandu. 'Cloitre' is a nunnery, I think. Google doesn't have anything for Lanneandu – any detectives out there?
by nirakaro
14 Mar 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Sauvage
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Camping Sauvage

Very nice. I wonder if this 'self-isolated' style of touring is what's best suited to this strange year?
by nirakaro
10 Mar 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 168
Views: 9063

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Well … if I had to be stuck for a while a long way from home, I'd settle happily for the historic heart of Syracuse.
by nirakaro
9 Mar 2020, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 147
Views: 9579

Re: Fixie: Why?

On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear. That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong? You weren't in the wrong gear. You were riding at the wrong speed in the right gear! :twisted: Of course. I think that...
by nirakaro
9 Mar 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 147
Views: 9579

Re: Fixie: Why?

slowster wrote:On a fixed gear bike you are always in the right gear.

That's strange - the season I spent riding a fixie, I found I was always in the wrong gear - wonder what I was getting wrong?
by nirakaro
5 Mar 2020, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cars using horn whilest they are stationary and you are cycling past.
Replies: 51
Views: 2556

Re: Cars using horn whilest they are stationary and you are cycling past.

Cyril Haearn wrote:(never trust a morton)

I used to know a bloke whose name was Morton. He seemed reasonably trustworthy.
by nirakaro
5 Mar 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ancient lanes and old main roads
Replies: 31
Views: 1786

Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

The B7076, which used to be the main road from Carlisle to Glasgow before they built the motorway. Now quiet (-ish – the motorway's often quite close, though not that busy), wide, smooth and scenic.
by nirakaro
29 Feb 2020, 11:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2633

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

Cyril Haearn wrote:Keep Sunday special
Or rather, make Sunday special again :?

Sunday can be as special as you wish - for you. It's when religious people start trying to impose their views on others that we start to worry. As the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, let there be no compulsion in religion.
by nirakaro
27 Feb 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2633

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

mikeymo wrote:Yup, nothing like making sure other people are miserable to guarantee entry into the kingdom of heaven, eh?

The old one about why the Wee Frees disapprove of sex?
"Because it might lead to dancing."
by nirakaro
26 Feb 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2633

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

So, not working, or causing others to work. I can respect that. My dad, born into a Jewish family, told me of relatives who wouldn't turn a light on on Friday nights for the same reason. I wonder where, and how, you draw the line.
by nirakaro
26 Feb 2020, 9:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles
Replies: 72
Views: 2633

Re: Sunday strict observance on Outer Hebrides northern isles

Cyril Haearn wrote:Do others on here try to avoid weekend shopping? I find it easy enough, shopping is work not pleasure

Not having grown up in a religious tradition, I'm puzzled and intrigued as to what you're not supposed to do on the sabbath. Is it work? In which case, is shopping ok if you enjoy it?
by nirakaro
24 Feb 2020, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1574

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

simonhill wrote:I've asked who lets the plane's tyres down after take off, but don't get a reply.

I suppose it's fair to assume that aircraft tyres are designed with high altitude in mind. I hope. Whereas I might have inflated my bicycle tyres to - or well beyond - their design limit.
by nirakaro
22 Feb 2020, 8:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal
Replies: 119
Views: 4300

Re: No More Extra 9 Months on Passport After Early Renewal

Back in the nineteenth century, I believe, the identifying mark of a Brit abroad was that he didn't have to carry a passport, while other nationalities did. Surely this is the situation that we should return to, and I'm sure other nations will be happy to accept it. After all they need us more than ...
by nirakaro
19 Feb 2020, 10:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nature hike Ali express tents
Replies: 23
Views: 1177

Re: Nature hike Ali express tents

A lot of tents pitch inner first which makes a nice tight inner, but inner gets wet if you pitch while it is raining. Tents that pitch outer first allow you to keep the inner pretty much dry. I think this issue can be overstated. The one time I had to pitch my (inner first) tent in the rain, I foun...
by nirakaro
15 Feb 2020, 3:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mapping
Replies: 33
Views: 1414

Re: mapping

But, on a lot of the main cycling routes there can be large, outdoor maps along the way. Yes. I met a bloke who'd ridden from Stockholm to Rome in ten days, without smartphone, GPS or maps. He made notes from outdoor maps at petrol stations and such. He asked people for directions. IIRC he used a c...