Archive for the ‘Touring’ Category

Sit Back and Enjoy the Music

4 September 2015

Seven League Boots has been quiet for a year or so as I’ve been caught up in some non-cycling activity, including the Folk Music Map which has been quite a success with folk music people round the world.

But everything comes round and my efforts on the map have led me to start planning folk music cycling tours. If you have a map of every live folk music venue in the UK it stands to reason you will want to cycle between them!

Plus I failed to publish anything about my very successful tour last summer on my Brompton Recumbent, along the first part of the tour of British Bromptons route. 50 miles a day for five days and no discomfort, which is astonishing for me, especially as the Brecki has a well shaped but barely cushioned seat. It made me realise that I really don’t want to use an upright bike for touring.

So a new bike and a new plan

I’ve bought one of these:
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It’s an HP Velotechnic Grasshopper, and yes it folds, although not quite as neatly as a Brompton. And mine will be bright yellow! Hoping it will arrive in the next couple of days.

And the plan is to ride this:
Bicycle Jaunts
Click on the image for more information, cycle touring with a social purpose?

So watch this space.

Bionic Tandem Part 3

17 May 2014

Coast to Coast with a little assistance.

Way of the Roses — Route Map

Having received our pedelec controller back from Andreas Schroeer and established that the regenerative braking was working we were ready for our 5-day coast to coast trip on the Way of the Roses. (more…)

Platinum Blonde Nomads – Packing the Pino

12 October 2013

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The Hase Pino is a big bike. It’s slightly shorter than a conventional tandem but it’s more awkward in some ways as it has unusual wide handlebars that wrap around the wide front seat. However it does split in two for transport and I was confident that we could transport it by air as others have done in the past but it wasn’t clear how to pack it. (more…)

Free maps on your Cycling Satnav

22 May 2013

Having explained how much I like using my new GPS gadget for navigating I should give some more information about the practicalities, starting with how to get the maps you will need installed on such gadgets without spending a fortune.

Garmin navgwide 2 800 (more…)

A Sceptic Converted to Cycling Satnav

21 May 2013

Garmin navgwide 800

I bought a Garmin trekking GPS unit (eTrex30) for our trip to India partly to have a good bike computer and partly to capture a gps record of our travels. It did both of those things very well. There wasn’t any scope to use the navigation features in India and we didn’t really need them for the rides we did, and anyway I’ve always been very happy to use paper maps which have many more uses than simply following a route. However since then I’ve been exploring ways to use GPS navigation on planned routes and I must say I’m really impressed by how useful it is.

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Pino by Train

11 May 2013

Our Hase Pino Tandem has done a lot of miles by car in Britain, France and India, thanks to the neat way it splits in two to fit into quite small cars. It has flown to India and back (details coming soon) but until last week it has not been on a train.

Pino train

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Platinum Blonde Nomads – Gadgets Part 1: Reading, Communication, Navigation

25 April 2013

Any new venture is an opportunity for a gadget addict like me to add to the collection and many touring cyclists seem similarly inclined. Going to Kerala we had a rich set of needs that might be met by a careful choice of gizmos.

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Platinum Blonde Nomads – How to fly?

24 April 2013

Knowing that it was theoretically possible to take the Pino to India by air, and having plenty of experience of flying with my Brompton folding bike did not make it any easier to confront the reality of getting 26kg of very big bicycle, plus everything we would need for a month, to and from a small town in Kerala.

Etihad

With this team on our side what could go wrong?

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Bicycles and Pleasure Steamers 2013

7 April 2013

As a boy in the 1950s I loved the great fleet of pleasure steamers that sailed down the Firth of Clyde from Glasgow and the railway piers at Craigendoran and Gourock, where I lived. It’s still possible to enjoy a steamer cruise and it can be a great way to extend your reach when cycle touring. I’ve compiled some information that will help you do that.

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Platinum Blonde Nomads in Kerala – Online Maps

5 December 2012

Having established that the paper maps are very limited I have been thinking about how to use free online mapping.

Google small Munnar

Google maps might seem an obvious choice (more…)