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by iandriver
11 Dec 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?

Given there is often a trade off between supple tyres and puncture resistance, I thnk we're a good way off. I wouldn't trade my LED dynamo lights for anything abilable in the 90s.
by iandriver
11 Dec 2019, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frameset transplant: Spa Titanium Touring
Replies: 58
Views: 1410

Re: Frameset transplant: Spa Titanium Touring

Interesting you havre tape around the seat post. Is this due to undersize or stopping it sliding down. I've got one of these, don't know it it's a general titanium stiffness thing, but I couldn't stop the seatpost sliding down without too much force on the seat clamp bolt. I solved it with an additi...
by iandriver
9 Dec 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge 20/25 wrist strap?
Replies: 21
Views: 474

Re: Garmin Edge 20/25 wrist strap?

I use a silicon case and simply attached it to a lanyard so I can wear it around my neck. One like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tuff-Luv-Silicone-case-Garmin-Etrex-Red/dp/B078KCCML4 (I just looped it through the case) Do you not have an old camera strap or something you can attach to the battery op...
by iandriver
3 Dec 2019, 7:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pannier rack for urban bike?
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Pannier rack for urban bike?

I note your mounts for the arms are on the seat stays quite low. I'd suggest on a small frame and those mounts, something with adjustable height and easily bendable arms for the top mounts would be advisable. Something like this https://www.topeak.com/global/en/products/mtb-&-700c-touring-racks/...
by iandriver
3 Dec 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 23002

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

The big question for me is why are NHS staff so routinely singled out for charges? They're not. I worked for a large employer around 2000. Big car park (maybe a bit over two football pitches in size) but it was pay to park. Only the chairman, chief exec, disabled drivers and a few others (mostly wi...
by iandriver
3 Dec 2019, 10:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 23002

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

The big question for me is why are NHS staff so routinely singled out for charges? A universal nation wide car park levy for all or none. If you decide to back a universal levy, invest it in real alternatives. The footprint of the site where I work is probably 2/3 car park, 1/3 building. The cost of...
by iandriver
30 Nov 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1418

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

From the looks of the position of some of those bottle cage mounts, I think fair play to Spa for maximising the space available. Amazing how it differs by bike.
by iandriver
29 Nov 2019, 2:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1418

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

Riding a 60cm framer, I find I can use a 1l bottle down low. I secure the one under the down tube with a toe strap. In 1l sizes , I've found the lids to be the weak point. They are no more robust than the small sized bottles. If you drop a full one and in lands on the top of the spout, it punches t...
by iandriver
29 Nov 2019, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1418

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

I never drink directly from the lower bottle, I only unscrew the whole top and decant into another. Never been a problem. If your that bothered, wrap it on a bag first. As ever, I'd just use your discretion as to what you put on the more exposed area of the bike. If your riding through something slo...
by iandriver
29 Nov 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1418

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

Riding a 60cm framer, I find I can use a 1l bottle down low. https://i.imgur.com/brZnOMV.jpg I secure the one under the down tube with a toe strap. In 1l sizes , I've found the lids to be the weak point. They are no more robust than the small sized bottles. If you drop a full one and in lands on the...
by iandriver
24 Nov 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which way to London?
Replies: 29
Views: 1013

Re: Which way to London?

There is an Exeter London audax which is a 400k. Might be a good place to start. If you don't have a fixed date than perhaps enter it http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-411/
by iandriver
20 Nov 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Whatsapp vs Messenger
Replies: 27
Views: 967

Re: Whatsapp vs Messenger

Mick F wrote:
Still want to know why people suggest that Whatsapp is great. What is the difference between it and Messenger?


Since Facebook bought it, not so much. WhatsApp was way ahead of the game a few years ago. The difference now is far less obvious.
by iandriver
19 Nov 2019, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!
Replies: 23
Views: 829

Re: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!

Milton baby bottle steriliser is another popular choice.

And don't do what I did in France and go for a 50% apple juice 50 % water mix. The apple juice was slightly cloudy (so it transpired). I had bacteria absorbing pith lodged in the bottles for days.
by iandriver
19 Nov 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: More hazards to health for camping/Wild Camping
Replies: 8
Views: 1150

Re: More hazards to health for camping/Wild Camping

Wouldn't hurt to have a tick removal tool in your kit if you wild camp: https://lymediseaseuk.com/2015/10/26/tick-removal/
I've had one. I was very, very unhappy bunny.
by iandriver
18 Nov 2019, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is 23 mm ok on my rim? other recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 474

Re: is 23 mm ok on my rim? other recommendations?

Panaracer ribmos are oddly pointy, it's a characteristic of the tyre. I thought it was decidedly odd when I put a set on my old Ribble. I think this has compounded your concerns. They seem to work fine though.