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by iandriver
18 Apr 2019, 3:29pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 43
Views: 10314

Re: Off road history.

But a traditional touring bike was - and remains - the best bike for the whole ride, providing the optimum compromise of speed and comfort. Have to disagree. My Surly Long Haul Trucker is the bike that gathers dust in my shed. Great for loaded touring, total overkill the rest of the time. A light t...
by iandriver
18 Apr 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mamil bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 578

Re: Mamil bikes

atoz wrote: In the days of steel frames


That would be the mid 1800s and still available today then.
by iandriver
18 Apr 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 43
Views: 10314

Re: Off road history.

CTC Cambridge have some wonderful photos of the club in the 1930s https://ctccambridge.org.uk/ctccambridgein1930s In the part of North London I grew up in, the river Lea was my real escape from the city, so my gas pipe single speed kids bike was my first go anywhere machine. I still have the same ba...
by iandriver
16 Apr 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix De Fer Dent
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Genesis Croix De Fer Dent

There is a list of frame builders here who may be able to help:

http://www.framebuilding.com/custom_uk_ ... ilders.htm
by iandriver
16 Apr 2019, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike roof racks
Replies: 15
Views: 372

Re: Bike roof racks

I've gone from cheap generic ones to Thule ones over the years. 1. A lot of the cheap ones are only rated to 60MPH. The Thule ones were 70. 2. The clamp on the Thule mounting from the side made them a lot easier to use than a the cheap version where you have to lift the bike over the top of the clam...
by iandriver
15 Apr 2019, 10:48am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fantastic!
Replies: 12
Views: 284

Re: Fantastic!

Hopefully we are living in enlightened enough times to ensure she is properly looked after and prepared for the lows as well as the highs.
I wouldn't want to put a weight of expectation onto a 10 year old. Best of luck to her.
by iandriver
12 Apr 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end friction shifters
Replies: 33
Views: 1853

Re: Bar end friction shifters

If you never use the drops, you may find Bullhorns make a lot of your problems disappear. I use an index shifter for the 9 speed rear and a friction for the front tripple. It works an absolute treat.
by iandriver
11 Apr 2019, 8:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: IPhone Software Update - Now A Charger Is A Disallowed Accessory?
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: IPhone Software Update - Now A Charger Is A Disallowed Accessory?

I've found Apple devices very sensitive to chargers for years. A slightly low voltage and they won't charge.
by iandriver
11 Apr 2019, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?

Oudenarde and Tournai are smaller than other cities and take you to the edge of the Flemish Ardens for a bit of variety. Trouble you'll have is small villages tend to be almost permanently shut. I struggled to find restaurants in too smaller villages. The other problem will be places are too close t...
by iandriver
11 Apr 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix De Fer 2008 damaged ?
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Genesis Croix De Fer 2008 damaged ?

No problem. There are people on here who know how to straighten frames and can point you further if it is missaligned. Good luck with it, they're great bikes.
by iandriver
11 Apr 2019, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix De Fer 2008 damaged ?
Replies: 9
Views: 380

Re: Genesis Croix De Fer 2008 damaged ?

YouTube is full of videos for checking frame alignment like this https://youtu.be/dUPAKqS3dt8
by iandriver
11 Apr 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 82
Views: 2056

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Absolutely unsurprising conclusion, and that's before you take into account lanes that disappear without warning, shepherd you into the path of traffic or into the dooring zone. Surely the passing distances you quote are wrong though? I mean, I know 4x4s are a menace, but a mean passing distance of...
by iandriver
5 Apr 2019, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuter wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Commuter wheels

Decathlon do a triban rear wheel for about £40 if you want to keep it simple.
by iandriver
5 Apr 2019, 11:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6237

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

They really don't seem to have caught on in the UK yet, but for an economic, strong rim, I really think these from DT Swiss take some beating. https://www.dtswiss.com/en/products/rims/trekking/535/ Ignore the blurb about e bikes. Yes, these do look good. Though the 26" 36h Sputniks do seem to ...
by iandriver
3 Apr 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?
Replies: 66
Views: 1561

Re: A reasonable walking GPS that's good for cycling too?

I bought a cheap silicone case and attached a lanyard to it and found my Edge Touring was fine for walking. Easy to boost the charge with a power pack too. The opposite of what you asked, but at the end of the day, you follow a line on a screen. The etrex 20 is still highly regarded in the Audax com...