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by keithg
3 Sep 2014, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Re: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

Psamathe wrote:http://www.sleepinginairports.net might help.

Ian

What an astonishing website! Truly the web is an amazing resource, all human life is there.
by keithg
1 Sep 2014, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Overnight sleep possible in Barcelona airport?

I am starting a tour from Barcelona and my budget flight gets in at 10pm. I was planning to kip on the floor for a few hours somewhere in the terminal till dawn before setting off, hopefully somewhere discreet, quiet and out of the general hubbub. Does anyone know if this would be possible or practi...
by keithg
28 Aug 2014, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCN Route 1
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: NCN Route 1

Planning a touring holiday in North Scotland from Inverness & on my way would like to use NCN 1. Looking @ OS maps part of the route uses old railway track towards Cullen. Is this route OK for laden touring bike using 700/28 wheels/tyres. Or am I better sticking to the lanes ? Dave Yes, very su...
by keithg
29 Jul 2014, 7:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping mats
Replies: 23
Views: 1318

Re: camping mats

I use a thin traditional style karrimat (non-inflatable closed cell foam) and a 3/4 length lightweight thermarest-type inflatable one, this is a bulky but comfortable and bombproof best of both worlds belt-and-braces solution. The karrimat protects the thermarest from pu*ct*res (why did I say that, ...
by keithg
25 Jul 2014, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: long sleeves for a summer shirt
Replies: 7
Views: 1021

Re: long sleeves for a summer shirt

I could use suncream What do others do? Use Riemann P20 in either the SPF 20, 30 or 50 strength depending on your skin and where you are. Its a genuine once a day waterproof sweat proof non-greasy sun cream. It works. I do use a hat/helmet to protect the scalp as I'm a bit (very) thin on top. I hav...
by keithg
25 Jul 2014, 12:49pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?
Replies: 11
Views: 3477

Re: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?

Hello AaronR, NCN7.3.jpg I built that bench from a upcycled ("retired") skis and wooden sleepers last winter, it was "installed" this spring, glad someone is using it. I did wonder if it was a bit too visually intrusive but it was one of the few places I could put it where motor...
by keithg
23 Jul 2014, 9:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?
Replies: 11
Views: 3477

Re: A9 or NCN between Inverness and Pitlochry?

As title really - anyone used the NCN route from Inverness down (or up) that shadows the A9 between Inverness and Pitlochry? Is that stretch of the A9 cycle friendly? If you want to ride fast, then it is OK to ride on the new A9. Its unpleasant though and downright scary on some of the dual carriag...
by keithg
21 Jul 2014, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Switzerland
Replies: 3
Views: 955

Re: Switzerland

I left Venice airport last year on a tour through Switzerland to France and found the following route pretty good and takes you through the Dolomites arguably the prettiest part of Europe if you like mountains. You'd be doing it the other way around...of course!!!! There was an old road north out of...
by keithg
12 Jul 2014, 6:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dublin - Larne
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: Dublin - Larne

Anyone cycled this - I have. Did this a few years ago as a circuit of the Irish Sea. The best bits were from Dundalk through Newcastle in NI following the coast to Strangford/Portaferry and a nice scenic rural coastal route to Bangor. Delightful cycling. I'm afraid I didn't find the Dublin to Dunda...
by keithg
12 Jun 2014, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Of a helmet cover that fits the helmet
Replies: 28
Views: 2587

Re: Of a helmet cover that fits the helmet

You know those shower caps you get in hotels, like elasticated polythene bags?
They work quite well, just don't expect any prizes for style!!
by keithg
12 Jun 2014, 8:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MSR fuel bottle
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: MSR fuel bottle

Interesting, I don't.
Concerned re leaks and Coleman fuel is so corrosive and volatile also damage to the pump mechanism.
The fuel bottle top is so good, I always use that and store the pump somewhere safe.
by keithg
12 Jun 2014, 8:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just advice
Replies: 36
Views: 8617

Re: American looking for touring partner/s in UK or just adv

I would recommend narrowing your tour by thinking about what appeals to you most in the UK, history, culture, cities, mountains or coastline. I think (as a Scot) that the finest touring is on our west coast (of Scotland) but some might want the quaint rural villages of the Cotswolds or the cathedral...
by keithg
2 May 2014, 8:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shoe selection on tour
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: Shoe selection on tour

for off the bike, I now take a pair of theses http://www.hi-tec.com/uk/zuuk-mens-lightweight-shoe-royal-red-charcoal.html all different colours, cheap and very light. Dry quickly, comfy and have a reasonably competent spongy sole. I have used them for some easy mountaineering on ok paths but the gri...
by keithg
2 May 2014, 8:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?
Replies: 43
Views: 3105

Re: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?

You shouldn't underestimate the damage ticks can do to you especially if you are bitten by ones that have had contact with deer and sheep. A teacher at my nephews school was in the ITU for several days and extremely ill for 6 weeks following a tick bite. Sure don't underestimate their danger BUT do...
by keithg
11 Apr 2014, 2:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: bivvy bag users and the critters
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Re: bivvy bag users and the critters

any one here been used as a snack by critters during the night aslseep. After seeing a post on web about giant rats in Sweden I started to wonder. My sister says they are here also in the UK, seen some in her garden, also giant mice. This thought putting me off getting a bivvy bag. So what are the ...