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  • TJs recovery ride 2 – Ayrshire and Ireland
  • tjagain
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    Its easily replaced. Just need the bearing. Its acommon size. Ill give you a shout if i need a hand. Ta

    tjagain
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    Today i have mainly been going thru the Cork and Kerry mountains

    I think i might do Beara rather than the ring of kerry. Having a pint and a burger in Kenmare and pondering. 1100 ft climb .

    ElShalimo
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    Kenmare is a lovely place.

    We tried to get into a B&B there years ago but it was full. The owner Mary, called round 3 or 4 other B&Bs until she found us somewhere to stay – they were all run by women called Mary !

    esselgruntfuttock
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    they were all run by women called Mary !

    Years ago our phone rang, bloke says (in a proper southern Irish accent) ‘now Jim, how ya doing’?
    Seeing as that’s my name I said I was fine thanks & he says, ‘ is Mary in’? I said there was no Mary I the house, cue 5 minutes of me trying to convince him my wife was called Liz & him thinking I was taking the Moichael & that Mary was my Mrs!
    Sorry, nowt to do with the thread but it just reminded me.

    Saccades
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    Ring of Kerry is really nice, ultra smooth roads and only 2 lumpy bits (it’s the easiest 170km I’ve ever done, and that was on an il pompino with an 8 speed alfine). Has a lot of tourists at times so coaches are common (but ring road generally wide.

    Ring of Beara has a lot of steep but not high, rolling hills, pita. Then the one long climb. Road isn’t as good and narrower, less coaches though.

    tjagain
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    Im pretty much cmmitted to beara now.

    ElShalimo
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    I hope you get good weather ‘cos it’s beautiful.

    Cougar
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    Ring of Kerry is really nice, ultra smooth roads and only 2 lumpy bits

    I think I know her too.

    jca
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    Today i have mainly been going thru the Cork and Kerry mountains

    Did you meet Captain Farrel?

    tjagain
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    Aye. Counting money he was

    tjagain
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    Fabulous day riding round the Beara peninsula. Sunny and warm. For those without maps thats me at the end of one of the fiddly bits in the bottom left corner. Watch the wind direction change to easterly now!

    tjagain
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    tjagain
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    matt_outandabout
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    ^ love those colours

    leffeboy
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    such beautiful looking roads

    tjagain
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    The light is amazing. Its like west coast Scotland in technicolor

    tjagain
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    Leffeboy. The go up and down a lot 🙄🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️👍

    tjagain
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    I must be too old. I just went and told someone to turn their music down. Loud gangster rap somehow didnt fit on the campsite🤣🙄

    Caher
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    Was it traditional Irish gangster rap?

    andy4d
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    It’s a shame you never got the weather when you were further up the West Coast at first as it really is beautiful. As you are seeing, Ireland is not too shabby in the sun. When heading for the ferry there are some cracking beaches/coast past Youghal at Whiting Bay/Ardmore. Just south of Cork around Kinsale/crosshaven is nice coast too. No idea about the cycle-ability though. You have to have a Bulmers (magners in the uk) and ice when the sun’s out.

    tjagain
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    It is andy but at least i got a bit of the coast in good weather.

    Throughly enjoyed today

    andy4d
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    Were they playing some Rubber bandits

    tjagain
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    No

    No mention of a horse outside

    squirrelking
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    Hahaha Rubberbandits was the first thing I thought of too!

    That looks lovely, certainly earning the views though!

    tjagain
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    On kit.

    Any other tourers i have met are carrying much more. Remember the trailer is smaller that two big rear panniers. 4 panniers and a rack bag seems the norm even if travelling as a couple. Pair on lastnights campsite have 40 kgs between them . I feel quite fast and light in comparison.

    Today i start heading east. Want to bet the wind changes direction?

    Caher
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    Set to be a westerly for the next few days. It’ll blow you back to Rosslare. I’d take the coast road if you have time, it’s very nice.

    molgrips
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    Can someone do a speed test with a trailer vs the same kit in panniers? It’d be interesting. I’ve not ridden with a low style cargo trailer but I’ve noticed a fair bit of extra drag from panniers.

    BikePawl
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    What I’ve noticed with a trailer compared to panniers,is they are a lot easier to handle in side winds

    tjagain
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    I found a chandler and engineering shop that had the right bearings for the trailer. Never thought i would get them here. Really good engineering shop as well. Dead chuffed

    shermer75
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    Can someone do a speed test with a trailer vs the same kit in panniers? It’d be interesting. I’ve not ridden with a low style cargo trailer but I’ve noticed a fair bit of extra drag from panniers.

    Sounds like the sort of thing Alee Denham at CyclingAbout would be interested in!

    https://youtube.com/c/Cyclingabout

    tjagain
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    Molgrips. my guess would be flat and still conditions nothing in it. Hilly trailer slower. Windy trailer quicker.

    It the improved handling over panniers that makes it work for me tho that and ease of packing

    shermer75
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    I found a chandler and engineering shop that had the right bearings for the trailer. Never thought i would get them here

    And I always thought chandlers were something to do with candles lol

    molgrips
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    Manhandling your bike is a bit of a PITA with a trailer, I’d imagine. I’ve used a kiddie trailer which is of course a lot bigger, but stuff like gates and even barriers on cycle paths are a real ball-ache with trailers. And even stuff like parking up at cafes/shops. Swings and roundabouts ofc.

    squirrelking
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    Manhandling an 18kg single wheeler is probably vastly different to a twin wheeler with 36kg* of moving weight and a massive frontal area though. It does make life more difficult in other ways though, something that collapses rinko style for trains would be handy.

    *or whatever her heavy arse was.

    molgrips
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    Manhandling an 18kg single wheeler is probably vastly different to a twin wheeler with 36kg* of moving weight and a massive frontal area though.

    Yes of course but the point is it makes it harder in some circumstances, like lifting up steps and stuff. Yes, not easy with panniers but you can reach for the down tube for a short distances with panniers to get over a footbridge or whatever, but it’s a PITA with a trailer. Even a high kerb can be a problem with a trailer, or it was for me even when empty.

    TBH my main concern would be the weight of the trailer itself, a lot more than a rack. But of course it’s a lot more reliable and as above easier to actually ride with. So yeah, like most of this stuff it all works you just have to choose what you fancy.

    tjagain
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    Yes its harder to manhandle in some ways but easier in others.

    tjagain
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    Toays ride. Glooming this morning with low cloud but this afternoon once i started heading west lovely. More fab scenery

    tjagain
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    thestabiliser
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    Fantastic stuff, never been out that way, will add it to the list

    tjagain
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    Its up there with the most beautiful places i have been and the cycling is good considering its all road

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