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by DougieB
1 Feb 2009, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XT hub + road cassette?
Replies: 3
Views: 379

XT hub + road cassette?

I have a Surly Cross Check, which I am (slowly) building for a some extended touring. I need some help with the wheels. My understanding is that mtb hubs are stronger/more robust than road hubs. But I don't want to use mtb gearing, as although I'm intending off-road there will be no off-road mountai...
by DougieB
1 Feb 2009, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know a good route from Riploi - Barcelona?
Replies: 5
Views: 375

the road from Blanes down to Barcelona gets pretty congested. Every time I've been on this road the heavy traffic starts well before barcelona. Having said that, there are quite a few cyclists using this road. Vic is quite nice, and may be worth that route to have a good lunch stop. Manresa has some...
by DougieB
31 Jan 2009, 2:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why are Advance Tickets more than Off-Peak for a train?
Replies: 10
Views: 977

I once got back into London from a cycle trip to France. At Kings Cross I went to buy a ticket to Edinburgh, for the next day. They guy said the cheapest ticket available was first class. He then realised that a first class ticket had no option to reserve a bike space. So the next expensive ticket w...
by DougieB
23 Dec 2008, 12:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alu - Steel, does it really matter?
Replies: 16
Views: 1857

I bought a £200 Edinburgh bicycle cuillin for touring. And did my first 700 miles on a trip in France. It was an Alu bike, heavy and cheaply spec'd. But I had a great time. I've spent the last ten years motorbike touring, around Europe and Africa. My only thinking on this type of subject (discussed ...
by DougieB
23 Dec 2008, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4477

hi,

If you discover anything new can you post back here? Then I can put the info on the other site too.

Cheers
Doug
by DougieB
23 Dec 2008, 8:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4477

Hi, there's some good info on travelling to Iceland here: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/iceland/ essentially, it seems to be: "Smyril line has just announced that the Norrona ferry will not sail to Norway or Scotland next year. I just wanted to let you know if you are planning to use th...
by DougieB
22 Dec 2008, 10:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: tent (free-standing, inner-only, 1+) recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 4541

I was up in the tent shop at the weekend. While they don't have the pole supports for Hilleberg tents (the supports that make the tents pitch inner only and free standing), we did work out how they worked. |/----------\| sort of like the above, where: |/ and \| are small cups that take the poles, an...
by DougieB
20 Dec 2008, 10:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Got knocked off
Replies: 77
Views: 7165

clear means is doesn't break any of the other rules of motor biking road safety. So you can safely filter on a skinny ZX6R in places that it would be dangerous to filter on a Goldwing. You can filter on some roads, but it's dangerous to filter passing a school at kicking out time, etc, etc. The gol...
by DougieB
20 Dec 2008, 9:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Got knocked off
Replies: 77
Views: 7165

for motorbikes, filtering is the correct term these days (not over-taking). it's generally required on your test if the circumstances allow, as it shows you know how to ride in traffic. It's possible for your to fail if a clear opportunity presented itself, and you sat in the traffic queue. You can ...
by DougieB
17 Dec 2008, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Millau Viaduct
Replies: 10
Views: 3379

I've motorbiked over it a few times. there's not a lot to see, to be honest. the anti-wind deflectors mean you see almost nothing that's not at eye level or above. it doesn't feel that high either, because it feels so safe.
by DougieB
15 Dec 2008, 7:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: white paint; be very, very careful
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

the white paint has ground-up glass in it, to make it reflective. the same component also makes it slippy.
by DougieB
11 Dec 2008, 9:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: tent (free-standing, inner-only, 1+) recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 4541

Yes, my mistake, you are correct. It's my current Mountain Marathon that you pitch inner and outer together. Having said that, I'm sure at one point I did this with the tadpole. All laid flat, with poles inserted in the inner, you can attach the outer before erecting the tent. Though it is not desig...
by DougieB
9 Dec 2008, 4:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: tent (free-standing, inner-only, 1+) recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 4541

hi, again, thanks for the info. I have (and had) trips through northern/western africa. a free-standing tent is very handy in the western sahara area, as sand does shift a bit so any pegging is hopeful at best. Also, the benefits of being able to pitch your tent inside (on top of a bed for example) ...
by DougieB
8 Dec 2008, 9:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: need help with spanish maps
Replies: 1
Views: 317

go to www.viamichelin.co.uk and select Spain in the maps drop-down menu.

then put in the postcode (04770) or town (Adra)

that's not an address by the way, "From the N-340 exit at Km 64, in the direction of the sea"

cheers,
Doug
by DougieB
8 Dec 2008, 8:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: tent (free-standing, inner-only, 1+) recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 4541

great stuff, thanks. I'll be trawling the websites and trying to find the nearest stockists to have a crawl inside. do cyclists tend to split the poles and the fabric, for packing on the bike? I'm thinking the tent fabric (and pegs) can be stuff-sacked down to a small size and can live inside a pann...