Touring Industrial Relics

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Touring Industrial Relics

Postby reohn2 » 31 May 2020, 2:39pm

Just read this on Cycleblaze.com:- https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/relics/intro/
Well worth the very enjoyable read with the last page's summation being spot on IMO
Thanks to the poster Peter Jones
Enjoy :)
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby pwa » 31 May 2020, 5:30pm

Very nice. I have got part way through and I will return to it later. I love that sort of thing.

By coincidence, earlier today I discovered what this chimney is about.
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4843009 ... 6?hl=en-GB
I often pass it on rides and I have wondered what it was for. It turns out that it was part of a lead mine. I had no idea there was ever lead mining in that area. It presumably dates back to the time when some of those Swaledale workings were active.

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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby reohn2 » 31 May 2020, 5:36pm

After reading it I found myself once again asking myself "what have we done and are still doing in the name of progress?" :?
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby Sweep » 1 Jun 2020, 6:07am

Many thanks for this reohn. Often cycle in those parts.
Will read thro all of it later
I know wycoller.
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby pwa » 2 Jun 2020, 9:42am

I like the bloke's bike, with its lack of suspension and its no-nonsense simplicity, but if it were me I would have a rack on it if only to get rid of that back pack. Even when walking I endure a back pack, with the sweat patch and the unwanted extra something around the shoulders, but to put up with it on a bike where there are alternatives seems unnecessary.

But there would be no point in telling him. Because, like me, he has arrived at his own optimal set-up that suits his own way of looking at things, so for him it must be right. Each to his or her own, I suppose.

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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby Des49 » 2 Jun 2020, 9:48am

Thanks, that is a fascinating article and a great ride.

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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby reohn2 » 2 Jun 2020, 10:04am

pwa wrote:I like the bloke's bike, with its lack of suspension and its no-nonsense simplicity, but if it were me I would have a rack on it if only to get rid of that back pack. Even when walking I endure a back pack, with the sweat patch and the unwanted extra something around the shoulders, but to put up with it on a bike where there are alternatives seems unnecessary.

But there would be no point in telling him. Because, like me, he has arrived at his own optimal set-up that suits his own way of looking at things, so for him it must be right. Each to his or her own, I suppose.


I too like the bike's simplicity,though IMO not quite simple enough or too simple in a couple of respects,there are a couple things I'd change.
I've followed this chap's progress on 5 year tour down the Americas starting in Alaska and watched him par down his kit as he's gone:- http://www.bikewanderer.com
His videos on YouTube are inspirational and very entertaining a true adventurer on a shoestring,and as you say has found a rack with a large rucsack strapped on top is a very versatile way to carry luggage off road especially in very remote places where the bike may need pushing .
Also interesting is his different bike choices along the way.
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby Mike_Ayling » 3 Jun 2020, 6:08am

reohn2 wrote:Just read this on Cycleblaze.com:- https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/relics/intro/
Well worth the very enjoyable read with the last page's summation being spot on IMO
Thanks to the poster Peter Jones
Enjoy :)

I am a CycleBlaze member and check in daily.
I really enjoyed it too.

Mike

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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby reohn2 » 3 Jun 2020, 8:36am

Mike_Ayling wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Just read this on Cycleblaze.com:- https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/relics/intro/
Well worth the very enjoyable read with the last page's summation being spot on IMO
Thanks to the poster Peter Jones
Enjoy :)

I am a CycleBlaze member and check in daily.
I really enjoyed it too.

Mike

I noticed :wink:
Not read any of yours yet though.....
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby Paulatic » 3 Jun 2020, 11:36am

reohn2 wrote:Just read this on Cycleblaze.com:- https://www.cycleblaze.com/journals/relics/intro/
Well worth the very enjoyable read with the last page's summation being spot on IMO
Thanks to the poster Peter Jones
Enjoy :)

Loved it. I wish I was there.
I’ve done most of those routes back in the nineties and it was pleasing to see from the pictures that nothing has changed. Starbottom surface looked a lot better than I remembered it. :)
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Re: Touring Industrial Relics

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 3 Jun 2020, 11:42am

Hi,
Wish I was there too, The scenery looks fantastic :)
My sort of heaven, getting away from it all in remote places with lots of interesting stuff to look at, I know some people don't like industrial stuff but I find it as interesting as the nature.
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