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Classifieds / Re: Thorn Nomad touring bike
« on: October 03, 2013, 07:31:52 pm »
For anyone remotely interested in buying the Thorn, let me put in my two cents worth.  The frame was built by Kevin Sayles a master craftsman and I have one of the first Rolhoff hubbed bikes built by him at his new employers Woodrup Cyles in Leeds.  The geometry is much the same as a Thorn and the quality of the ride offered by the bike is superior to any of the preceding three touring bikes that I have owned. 

Anyone buying the Thorn will be rewarded with trouble free, low maintenance cycling for many years to come.  The Rohloff hub requires just an annual oil change which is a simple ten minute job.  All I have had to do in the past eighteen months of ownership is to change the hub oil and replace the brake pads once. No-one will regret its purchase apart from the vendor.

Gear Talk / Re: Generator Hubs and USB Devices
« on: February 07, 2013, 05:59:50 pm »
iPhones if i recall correctly can be very selective in what voltage and current they will accept for charging purposes.  It is very important that you check that whatever device that you choose has an output that is suitable for charging an iPhone. Most other rechargeable devices are not so fussy.

For what it's worth I use a Busch and Muller eWerk which has a range of adaptors and adjustable voltages and currents.  I use it to charge my Samsung SIII GALAXY phone and HTC Desire HD.

Routes / Re: Cycling in the U.K.
« on: December 09, 2012, 08:16:25 pm »
I appreciate the response and link.  The John O'Groats to Land's End route is exactly what I have in mind with a detour to the town in the north of Scotland from which my mother's maternal grandparents emigrated.  I think I may still have some cousins there.

You need to be aware that there is no definitive John o'Groats to Lands End route.  There are publications that each describe a route specific to that publication.  There are plenty of people on the CTC forums mentioned elsewhere on this thread and you need to be aware that the opinions of some of the posters need to be treated cautiously as they hold strong opinions about their own route preferences.

I live in the UK and have cycled Lands End to John o'Groats and John o'Groats to Lands End.  I used a Philips UK road Atlas which was cheap, showed the approximate location of camp sites and was disposable once I tore out the relevant pages to use on the rides.  The biggest obstacle is getting to/from John o'Groats.  There is a rail link but the trains have limited capacity for bikes and pre-booking is essential.  The train guards will not let you board the train without the relevant piece of paper showing that you have a cycle reservation.

Be prepared to be underwhelmed by John o'Groats and Lands End.  There are better places to start and end cycle rides.  The big bit in the middle is worth joining the two places together by bike though.  As someone else mentioned, there's tiny flies called midges which can make your life hell.  They tend to disappear when it's raining or windy which means that you'll be unmolested in Scotland  ;)

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