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Cycling to Southampton - John C. Kirk
Apr. 25th, 2011
11:08 pm -
Cycling to Southampton
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April 26th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Wow sounds like you had a comprehensive trip! Sounds like my style: get stuck trying to find trains, find you're on a crap route to get home, eat food to re-coup and then make it back anyway :-)
A friend of mine has done Box Hill a few times and you came close to where I live when you went through Alton - I'm in Petersfield.
When I did a "bike hike" to Devon with camping kit I think I over-planned the route a bit. I'd say you only really need to take detailed directions for parts that are complex - big towns or cities that look like you might get lost. For these I tend to just take a compass and refer to it often.
I've just come back from a ride to the New Forest for an overnight camp which was about 60 miles both ways, but I cheated and took lots of ferries :-)
Chain keys are a great idea as I've have chains snap and actual links half-pop out, also spoke keys are handy incase you get a nasty ding on the way. Both are small and light so easy to pack. Also don't forget emergency Snickers bars!
April 27th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip - I bought a spoke key after your
, and I've seen them in use. A chain key seems like a good investment, and I'll look at some YouTube videos to figure out how they work.
I'm planning to be back in Southampton for this year's WNBR (on my way home from LEJOG!), so maybe I'll see you there.