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by keithg
11 Apr 2014, 1:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Charging your phone or tablet on camping tour…
Replies: 43
Views: 4470

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: 19167

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: 7214

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: 26529

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: 51910

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: 61057

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: 61096

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: 25490

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:
by keithg
9 Dec 2013, 9:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Panracer Pasella - Opinions
Replies: 23
Views: 2894

Re: Panracer Pasella - Opinions

Another vote in favour esp the tourguard version.
I have a pair of 1.75" MTB size on my Surly LHT, no problems so far and they are very grippy on roads and cope with most off road bike tracks.
I've found them comfortable (they should be at that size) too and reliable.
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by keithg
2 Nov 2013, 10:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage
Replies: 21
Views: 6234

Re: Unhelpful example of cycle path signage

Posting on this forum is a start; maybe I might have a go at the local papers. I wish I knew a journo on the 'Middy' ( Mid Sussex Times ) or the Brighton Argus - someone else does, possibly? Good stuff, don't girn about it, do something. Campaign, find out who to contact and write to them, speak to...
by keithg
2 Nov 2013, 10:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Recommend a tent?
Replies: 47
Views: 3819

Re: Recommend a tent?

I'd like free-standing and quick pitching, so semi-geodesic or dome, 3 season, with enough headroom to sit up (1 metre+). Despite what Bikepacker says I think you've made a good start at narrowing it down already. I'd keep adding to the criteria till the shortlist is even shorter. One door or two, ...
by keithg
2 Nov 2013, 10:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Edinburgh to John O'Groats - best route?
Replies: 3
Views: 32299

Re: Edinburgh to John O'Groats - best route?

Is it better to go north through the Cairngorms, saving distance but having some nasty climbs into the bargain, or to take an extra day and cycle round the eastern coastal roads, which are flatter? They are both good routes but give a different choice of scenery and experience. I actually don't thi...
by keithg
29 Oct 2013, 6:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ultimate UK Tour
Replies: 12
Views: 2140

Re: Ultimate UK Tour

As a Scot, I may be accused of a little bias here :wink: but I wouldn't bother pootering around the overcrowded area in the south. Go Island Hopping up the West Coast of Scotland starting across Arran onto Kintyre then Islay and Colonsay, Oban onto Mull, Ardnamurchan, Mallaig and Skye and then onto ...
by keithg
22 Oct 2013, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame protection film. Which one?
Replies: 11
Views: 4621

Re: Frame protection film. Which one?

Just ordered a Surly Disc Trucker :D and I want to take steps to keep it looking good for as long as possible when it arrives. The black paint on my LHT is very durable indeed and by far the toughest paint I've ever had on a bike so you may not need it. I do think chain stay protectors are a good i...
by keithg
20 Oct 2013, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: storage of bike boxes at airports etc..
Replies: 24
Views: 5419

Re: Re:storage of bike boxes at airports etc..

Great stuff nurgles! I only have one query - how did you get to the airport with the box? (otherwise this could be the answer!) I have cycled to Lyons airport from the city centre (about 12 miles) with a folded cardboard bike box on my back using a bit of duct tape to hold it all together and make ...