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by keithg
12 Jul 2014, 6:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dublin - Larne
Replies: 13
Views: 2723

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: 2513

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: 570

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: 8463

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: 1912

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: 2949

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: 750

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 ...
by keithg
11 Apr 2014, 1:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Charging your phone or tablet on camping tour…
Replies: 43
Views: 4318

Re: Charging your phone or tablet on camping tour…

My Mrs wouldn't camp with out the electric heater! I got a power pack for my phone and hope to find a socket occasionally Agree, a chargeable power pack left plugged into a socket on the campsite (in the loos etc) works well and means you don't have to abandon your phone while it charges or watch o...
by keithg
11 Apr 2014, 1:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Perth to John O'Groats - A9 all the way?
Replies: 20
Views: 19003

Re: Perth to John O'Groats - A9 all the way?

The actual A9 road is busy and fast on most stretches during the day and while some use it to ride, I would not recommend it for pleasure in the southern half of this road at least which is the portion I know best. There are some very fast dual carriageways and while it can be quite quiet (relativel...
by keithg
4 Mar 2014, 5:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bar Ends Cable routing
Replies: 14
Views: 7086

Re: Bar Ends Cable routing

Its a lot easier if you have a small size frame and bars, it gives you a lot more cable (they come in standard lengths and aren't designed for the extra reach of bar end shifters) to play around with.
If you are pretty big, use large bars or a high set stem then it may be impossible, good luck!
by keithg
24 Jan 2014, 8:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oban: secure car parking
Replies: 13
Views: 26375

Re: Oban: secure car parking

Unofficially the large car park behind Oban cathedral is used regularly and that's where I always park for Mull ferries which I use about once per year. Don't use the Tesco car park, they issue fines or did a couple of years ago.
by keithg
14 Jan 2014, 9:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 0uter Hebrides.
Replies: 31
Views: 51791

Re: 0uter Hebrides.

There are a couple of books on the subject inevitably a Cicerone one (how do they do it, a guidebook for every pastime everywhere!) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cycling-Hebrides-Island-Touring-Cicerone/dp/1852846437 The other was a humorous one with cartoons whose name escapes me abut I'll try and post l...
by keithg
18 Dec 2013, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing europe - need some tips
Replies: 35
Views: 60950

Re: Crossing europe - need some tips

Your initial map misses out on the Alps and Dolomites which to me at least are the highpoints, literally(!) of a European tour. Different culture food and of course the scenery is jaw droppingly wonderful. Even if you only dip into them, do get a taster and come back for more. Alpine roads and passe...
by keithg
12 Dec 2013, 6:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another thing about France…
Replies: 28
Views: 61063

Re: Another thing about France…

Depopulation in rural villages is a huge issue in rural France (and to a lesser degree in the UK where distances are less, we're a smaller busier country) and the loss of the local baker/patisserie and shop is a big problem. Was touring Normandy last year and the Loire the year before and it was com...
by keithg
12 Dec 2013, 6:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wildcamp cycle tour of the Lake District?
Replies: 7
Views: 25475

Re: Wildcamp cycle tour of the Lake District?

Or better still go to Scotland where our access laws are a good deal more civilized and allow for wild camping (with a few sensible common-sense restrictions) :lol: