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  1. #1
    Gearing up to explore UK
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    Newbie, Staffordshire, UK

    Hi folks,

    I feel like I'm begining to develop a bit of a bug for cylce touring.

    I'm currently looking for the right hybrid bike as don't want to be fully restrained to concrete and tarmac. I posted a thread last night and have already benifited from some excellent advice. This forum will be invaluable to me as I continue the process of gearing myself up and kitting myself out for frequent but short tours around the UK - probably 1 week at a time max for first year or so (due to young family and work commitments).

    I look for to contributing to what seems like a fantastic resource.

    Could anyone recommend any interesting/inspiring books on cycle tours/expeditions etc. I have already seen some interesting travel logs on the site which I mean to read when I have the time.

    Many thanks,

    BB

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    Hello BB, sorry for not welcoming you earlier, been busy, usual bull****. I too thought about a good hybrid and settled for the Claud Butler urban 200. The bike is exclent as I tour with full camping kit and love to go off road. There are a few modifications needed on this, get a new rear wheel with more spokes, and a cassette hub since I have done this I have not broken a single spoke. Also I changed the gearing from 21 to 24. The bike carries 25 kg approx and goes everywhere

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    Gearing up to explore UK
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    Thanks,

    I was beginning to feel like Billy-no-mates there. Thanks for the Claud Butler, I'll check it out.

    BB

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    Na my man dont feel like Billy No mates, everyone is really freindly and warm to all, its just a combination of less traffic on the site, and people not reading new posts thats all, normally you post a question and you always get a massive global response backed by huge number of experienced riders you not only saw the film, wore the T shirt but probably wrote the book.....

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    Gearing up to explore UK
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    Cheers fella. I'm already becoming rather addicted to roaming around these forums - and searching online bikes shops for my new ride to be. Haven't done anything constructive at my computer for days now!

    Darren

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