The Dawes Galaxy Touring Bike

A list of Cycle Tours with pictures and comments (warning some are 'veeeery long'). I sure you canna' wait a minute longer to read them!

The Dawes Galaxy features a reliably strong, yet light 4130 chromoly frame and forks. The geometry is configured to give enhanced comfort even through those long days in the saddle. It is equipped with 27 speed Shimano STI Alivio gears, Tektro CR-510 cantilever brakes, Alex double wall alloy rims, Shimano hubs and Schwalbe tyres. Dump the Dawes Tour Gel saddle and get yourself a leather B21 Brooks Saddle.

Cycle Kit for a UK Tour (UK)

Small radio/Ear piece FIRST AID KIT Gas Stove Sleeping Bag Drying Line Straps
Maps/cover Plasters Kettle/Pots Sleeping sheet Midge Spray Cycle Computer
Glasses Bandage Mug Sleeping Mat T Shirt Water Bottles
Lock & Key Antiseptic cream Cutlery Inflatable Pillow Rohan Shirt Pump
Camera Tweezers Tin Opener Ear Plugs Fleece Bike shoes
Phone & Charger   Emergency Food pack Torch Sandals Helmet
Baby Wipes TOOLS Scourers Kindle 3 pr pants  
Sun Block Allen Keys J Cloths Bed clothes Floppy Hat  
Pen/book/notes Mulitool lighter      
Spray hand gel Cable ties Spatula Cycle trousers spare    
WALLET Spare tubes Sealable food bags Cycle top spare    
Bank Card Puncture repair Veg Knife 3 prs socks    
Credit Card Tyre Levers Gaz cylinder (CV270) Waterproof Jacket/Trousers    
Cash Chain Oil Salt/pepper Wind-proof Cycle jacket    
Driving Licence Brake Blocks Veg Oil      
YH Card Spokes Extra bar bag nibbles TOILET    
  Shifter cable Muesli Toothpaste/brush    
NIBBLES Chain tool Tea/Coffee Micro flannel    
Nuts/ Fruit bar etc     Microfibre towel    
      Toilet paper    
      Nail clippers    
      Shower gel    

Odds & Ends

Tips I have picked up over the years most of which I have not tried!

1. Carry a second wallet. Make it look authentic and keep a small amount of cash and out of date bank cards in it. This is what you hand-over should you suffer a robbery

2. Discourage potential unwelcome rummaging through your panniers by keeping a soiled/ dirty underpants on top. Not real smelly ones obviously!!!

3. Use your Kindle to have guide books on. Kindles can also be uploaded with PDF's so it's another place to store important information (contact details).

4. Have a contact on your phone under the heading 'ICE' with 'wife' or other person. This may get your phone back if lost or give emergency services a clue about who your 'first' contact is. ICE stands for 'In Case Of Emergency'.