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by keithg
12 Dec 2013, 6:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another thing about France…
Replies: 28
Views: 61081

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: 25481

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: 2871

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: 6221

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: 3743

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: 32256

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: 2132

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: 4565

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: 5318

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 ...
by keithg
20 Oct 2013, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: So, you're building a Surly....
Replies: 70
Views: 6134

Re: So, you're building a Surly....

I have an LHT with bar end shifters which I dislike and regret fitting now. They may come in handy for a S American trip I'd like to do but as most of my touring so far has been in the UK and Europe, they are overkill for durability, seriously considering converting to STIs with the adaptor for the ...
by keithg
5 Oct 2013, 4:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How to (mostly) avoid the A82 to Crianlarich
Replies: 14
Views: 30214

Re: How to (mostly) avoid the A82 to Crianlarich

One not always practical way on these busy roads is to try and do them in the early morning before 8am or after 6pm in the evening. Or at least get as many miles in before traffic builds up. This really only works in the summer when you have the longer daylight. There's a huge difference in traffic ...
by keithg
6 Sep 2013, 5:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Any Bivvy users here?
Replies: 10
Views: 1159

Re: Any Bivvy users here?

All my bivvying has been done in the Scottish mountains so my experience is a little biased. When it works its great, truly memorable nights spent close to nature and stored in the memory to relive in the armchair or when I cant sleep at night in bed at home. Brilliant. When it goes wrong its horrib...
by keithg
3 Sep 2013, 8:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gaick - Dalnacardoch to Sronphadruig
Replies: 3
Views: 962

Re: Gaick - Dalnacardoch to Sronphadruig

Its a good 4WD track and doable on a tourer. The trike might struggle with the middle section of the road (lengthways, if you know what I mean) which will be grassy and rough and you might struggle to get all the wheels onto the best part of the track. I once saw a Reliant Robin on a country road in...
by keithg
3 Sep 2013, 8:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Quick piece of route advice (A82)
Replies: 18
Views: 44193

Re: Quick piece of route advice (A82)

I will third irc's advice.
The main road is pretty grim and loads of buses during the day.
by keithg
17 Aug 2013, 7:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Items with double use...
Replies: 48
Views: 3659

Re: Items with double use...

MSR's 0.75 L flat plate which doubles up as a plate and soup bowl and is tough enough to use as a chopping board and very light. Do you have a link. A lightweight 'double use' chopping board is something on my list. Cheers. http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/kitchen-stuff-c8/cups-m...