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by 4wils
26 Apr 2010, 7:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trailers for tandems
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Trailers for tandems

Thanks for all the help, it seems that the two wheeled option is probably the best.
That was certainly the conclusion I came to first time round.
by 4wils
25 Apr 2010, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trailers for tandems
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Trailers for tandems

We have toured successfully with a Carry Freedom, though the tandem was still heavily loaded as we were carrying gear for the kids. We are now looking for a trailer to enable the kids to take more of their gear - they ride a tandem too. We could get another Carry Freedom, but perhaps a single wheel ...
by 4wils
28 Feb 2010, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Suitable drop bars
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Suitable drop bars

We have toured on a fully loaded tandem, 4 panniers, rack pack, bar bag and trailer (after all you do need the kitchen sink!), using 44cm drops without any handling issues. Mostly road but with some quite uneven sandy/gravel tracks. My son pilots a flat barred tandem with his yoounger sister as stok...
by 4wils
19 Nov 2009, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LED rechargeables v dynamo
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: LED rechargeables v dynamo

Thanks for all the comments, dynamo driven would appear to be the way to go, my only concern would be swapping to other bikes - but most of my riding in the dark is commuting anyway.
by 4wils
14 Nov 2009, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LED rechargeables v dynamo
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

LED rechargeables v dynamo

I've been extending my daily commute to about 20 miles on unlit country roads. The 6 volt , 10w halogen I currently ride with does not provide enough light, particularly in wet weather, to ride at a decent speed. I would like to use a dynamo set up (no worries about batteries etc.) but I am worried ...
by 4wils
10 Oct 2009, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spare parts for ergopower levers?
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Spare parts for ergopower levers?

Thanks for the help, I'll give them a ring.
by 4wils
10 Oct 2009, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spare parts for ergopower levers?
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Spare parts for ergopower levers?

I have 10 speed Veloce levers, whilst shifting to larger sprockets appears OK, shifting to smaller sprockets is problematic. A light touch on the thumb shifter causes a jump of several sprockets. At first I thought this was a cabling issue, but a good clean and lube seems to have made the problem wo...
by 4wils
23 Sep 2009, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike!
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: New bike!

I know how you feel, I've been cycling for years but finally persuaded my wife to try tandeming. We toured the Loire this summer for our first tour and like you we wish we had started years ago! The Loire is fantastic as a first tour, loads of bike friendly facilities, plenty to do and see.
by 4wils
19 Jul 2009, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping in France
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

Re: Camping in France

Hi gnasher I posted a similar question earlier in the year, like you we are first time tourers. I didn't get a definative response but my understanding is that it should not be too difficult to find campsites each night without booking. I hope this is correct as we are off on Saturday! I hope you en...
by 4wils
6 Jun 2009, 7:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Loire: July 2009
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Re: Touring the Loire: July 2009

Hi, I'm planning on doing something very similar this summer, and was also considering camping. My question is, will I be ok finding campsites as I go or do I need to book beforehand? My trip is planned for the last week in July/first week in Auguest, and as I am taking my 12 year old son I would r...
by 4wils
5 Apr 2009, 10:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Loire: July 2009
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Re: Touring the Loire: July 2009

Thanks for all the comments.

The pictures on John_the_Cyclist's link have us all fired up and raring to go, all we've got to do is wait for the summer!
by 4wils
23 Mar 2009, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Loire: July 2009
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Re: Touring the Loire: July 2009

Thanks for the advice - plenty to go at!

Our intention is to drop off at Orleans, cycle West then return to Tours for the pick up. As it will be the first tour daily mileages will not be too great, I don't want to kill off any enthusiasm.

Cheers Keith
by 4wils
22 Mar 2009, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag Vento wheelset
Replies: 0
Views: 114

Campag Vento wheelset

Hi, Just given the bike the once over and decided the bearings are getting a bit long in the tooth on the back wheel. Ventos use sealed bearings, they do not knock out with the axle, there not being a shoulder to force them out. I have read that it is possible to push the internal spacer between the...
by 4wils
22 Mar 2009, 6:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Loire: July 2009
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Touring the Loire: July 2009

Hi, We are taking our first tour this summer, European Bike Express to the Loire with two tandems. The intention is to camp. Does anyone have experience of this? To keep the cost down I want to avoid large sites, possibly using municipal campsites. Will it be necessary to pre-book, I would rather le...