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by island girl
15 Feb 2011, 11:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Cycle America Tours. Have you done it?

Hi, I am interested in cycling across America in 2012 using the tour company 'Cycle America'. I have e mailed them for information but received no reply. I am looking for information on average speed, mileage per day etc. Has anyone cycled with them and could give me some inside information. Thanks.
by island girl
17 Jan 2011, 10:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bute, Cowal, Kintyre
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Re: Bute, Cowal, Kintyre

We are cycling round Bute which I have plotted at 25 miles. I want them to enjoy this trip and feel a great sense of achievement which will encourage them to do more. I have to factor in weather - the last thing I want is them struggling against a strong wind with a B&B 50 miles away. I think 25...
by island girl
16 Jan 2011, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bute, Cowal, Kintyre
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Re: Bute, Cowal, Kintyre

Good question. If I was cycling myself I would probably take a day or two depending on connections with ferries BUT I am taking along my two sisters who only do social cycling. They want to enjoy their first tour and take things easy therefore the cycle is about 25 miles per day. Thanks for all the ...
by island girl
12 Jan 2011, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bute, Cowal, Kintyre
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Bute, Cowal, Kintyre

I am planning to cycle round Bute over to Cowal at Colintraive then onwards to Tarbert via Portavadie then onwards to Arran via Cloanaig. Does anyone know of B&B on Cowal near Colintraive or Auchinbreck. I am ok with accommodation in Rothesay and Tarbert but need something near Colintraive. The ...
by island girl
30 Dec 2010, 10:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: I did it!
Replies: 16
Views: 2103

Re: I did it!

Hi Gavin. Well done on your achievement - it is a wonderful feeling. I agree age is not factor. I did it solo unsupported staying at B&B's last year when I was 62 years. It was so special to me I am reluctant to repeat it in case it doesn't live up to the first time. This year I cycled from Arra...
by island girl
20 Oct 2010, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stopping Vibration From Handlebar Camera
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Stopping Vibration From Handlebar Camera

I have a video sports camera attached to my bike handlebars. Great footage spoiled by vibration and noise from bike. It is a bit too big to attach to helmet and also more awkward for switching on/off. I have tried various cushioners like foam and thick rubber pads. Any ideas on how to prevent vibrat...
by island girl
23 Apr 2010, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialised Bike - should I buy it???
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Specialised Bike - should I buy it???

Thanks Si. i maybe should have been more specific. I only use rear panniers and don't fix mudguards so I will do as you suggest and have a test drive. To be honest I am more concerned about punctures in the middle of nowhere than anything else.
by island girl
23 Apr 2010, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialised Bike - should I buy it???
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Specialised Bike - should I buy it???

Hi I do a fair bit of touring mostly on roads but sometimes on cycle paths. I have done LEJOG and CtoC so carry panniers, I am a lightweight at 8stone. Thinking of buying the Specialised Vita Sport (see link below) below as I want a lighter bike but wonder if it is sturdy enough. My present bike a P...
by island girl
1 Feb 2010, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip
Replies: 119
Views: 9363

Re: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip

Thanks Helen. Funnily enough I have just bought the Topeak Turbo Morph Pump with guage. Haven't used it yet so your recommendation is most welcome.
by island girl
30 Jan 2010, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip
Replies: 119
Views: 9363

Re: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip

Thanks everyone. I seem to have opened a can of worms with this topic. I am a conformist so will partially deflate tyres as requested. The reason I posted this topic is I know I will not be able to inflate to the high psi that I like. I will do my best and I am sure everything will be fine. Thanks f...
by island girl
24 Jan 2010, 12:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip
Replies: 119
Views: 9363

Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip

All information from airlines says to deflate tyre for plane trip. CTC advises it is not necessary. I am confused - what should I do?
by island girl
14 Jan 2010, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fort William to Aberdeen
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: Fort William to Aberdeen

Thanks all. I am now plotting routes like mad. Will head for Kingussie, Tomitoul, south to Deeside etc. Can't wait.
by island girl
7 Jan 2010, 8:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres or VERY Wide tyres for India ??
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Wide tyres or VERY Wide tyres for India ??

My bike will be unloaded as a suport team carry all gear. As for myself I am skinny so no weight lose there. I cycled this route Kolkatta to Kalimpong, in the Himalaya, two years ago and the roads are very changeable tarmac, gravel, stoney, broken tarmac - you name it, it is there. Once you get used...
by island girl
7 Jan 2010, 12:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres or VERY Wide tyres for India ??
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Re: Tyres

Thanks everyone. Will probably stick with the 38mm. The roads are realy bad in places - craters not potholes. The last day of the ride we cycle 4500ft so I was looking for a tyre to help with the hills. Probably naive to think a narrower tyre would help - just rely on muscle power and stamina.
by island girl
31 Dec 2009, 12:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres or VERY Wide tyres for India ??
Replies: 10
Views: 830

Wide tyres or VERY Wide tyres for India ??

I have 700x38c Specialised Infinity tyres on my hybrid bike. I have done 5000 road miles with no punctures, including LEJOG, so needless to say i am delighted with them. I am going to India on a 400 mile trip so plan to renew tyres. I have been before so know the roads can be very rough in places. I...