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by iandriver
18 Oct 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Tourer as a gravel bike?
Replies: 33
Views: 1306

Re: Spa Tourer as a gravel bike?

Personally, I'd forget the gravel bike thing. They are changing every year, ever bigger tyres etc. I think your problem is, you have two very similar frames and want two distinct bikes. The answer, to me, is in the build. Build it lighter, no racks etc. Tyres more suited to off road. Or even a much ...
by iandriver
16 Oct 2020, 10:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 12,000 km in 11 days
Replies: 0
Views: 131

12,000 km in 11 days

https://www.birdguides.com/news/bar-tai ... op-flight/

Wonder how many energy gels this one needed. Crikey!
by iandriver
15 Oct 2020, 3:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...
Replies: 116
Views: 4002

Re: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...

The frame is massively overpriced -£650 -700 for the new disc trucker frame. [snip]. Retail is $575 in the States, £200 of taxes & distro fees ? Exchange rates have changed massively over that time. If they trade in US dollars, might explain a lot of it. Many frames shot up around that time. It...
by iandriver
15 Oct 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?
Replies: 47
Views: 1346

Re: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?

I've often noticed quite a few of the male connectors have a hole in them. I've never quite bothered to look for the exact purpose of it. Perhaps a perfectly matched female would have a dimple on it so that aligns with the hole and holds the connector in place. Something I've never really thought ab...
by iandriver
15 Oct 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?
Replies: 47
Views: 1346

Re: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?

Have to admit, a nicer job than my method of:

1. Heat end of wire with a fag lighter and nip off required amount when outer is hot enough to be plasticine like.
2. Clamp on with pliers.
3. Apply heat shrink outer with same fag lighter.

My version works as an emergency repair also ;-)
by iandriver
8 Oct 2020, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuter bag when cycling - suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: Commuter bag when cycling - suggestions

Are you looking for something that will go in the basket, or are panniers for a rack an option? I'm guessing waterproof is high up on your wish list. For chucking in a basket, I'm quite a fan of dry bags. They tend to roll up small in case you work at multiple sites and have to hide it away. Just on...
by iandriver
8 Oct 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dangerous traffic lights
Replies: 30
Views: 1080

Re: Dangerous traffic lights

Do you have a local cycle campaign? Unfortunately that type of fobbing off is the norm. It's very hard for a single individual to bring about real change. Taking it up with a group is often the best way. Does the local ctc (CUK or whatever the call it now) campaign there? Assuming Guildford has a me...
by iandriver
29 Sep 2020, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route through London South to North
Replies: 38
Views: 986

Re: Best route through London South to North

If you want to see some landmarks, then perhaps head to Greenwich and take a look over London from the observatory. From the foot tunnel, it's pretty easy to head to the Olympic park, then straight up the river lea to outside the M25, all on the canal toe path.
by iandriver
20 Sep 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2020 Tour de France
Replies: 103
Views: 3859

Re: 2020 Tour de France

Well, interesting for next year. The two Slovinaians again, presumably Ineos back to some sort of form and perhaps Frome back on song with a new team. Bring it on.
by iandriver
20 Sep 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Matching tyres to frame.
Replies: 29
Views: 732

Re: Matching tyres to frame.

IMHO tyres are shock absorbers rather than dampers (two terms that many get confused) I think that the terms are interchangeable, eg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_absorber What do you see as the difference, please? Thanks Jonathan Personally, I see it as flick a spring and it will keep sprin...
by iandriver
20 Sep 2020, 12:29am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2020 Tour de France
Replies: 103
Views: 3859

Re: 2020 Tour de France

Think Wiggo summed it up.

"He didn't have the legs today. Autopsy over".

Didn't see that one coming. Not from 3000k off.
by iandriver
18 Sep 2020, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames
Replies: 21
Views: 993

Re: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames

I can only echo PHs comment. I wouldn't buy an Audax bike with road callipers and a limit of 28c with guards. Spa do very nice titanium bikes (i.e. Elan) with better tyre clearances that will be much better light tourers and would be great for Audax also.
by iandriver
9 Sep 2020, 5:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 655

Re: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?

Another 6 5 camper here. My old model of Coleman that was huge inside is no longer available, this seems to be the nearest equivalent coleman cobra 2.

This one only has one entrance, where mine has two, but it looks like it might be long still, 2.57m internal, 3.0m external.
by iandriver
8 Sep 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Northern rail folding bike options?
Replies: 18
Views: 585

Re: Northern rail folding bike options?

I'm 6'5 and have a Tern Joe and a Dahon Curve. The Joe has little to offer as a folder, it doesn't fold that we'll, just a hinge in the frame, folded it offers little in the way of space saving over an ordinary bike. I never use it, it's just not practical as a folder IMHO. The little curve is great...
by iandriver
6 Sep 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Clothing for Touring
Replies: 31
Views: 1528

Re: Clothing for Touring

I picked up a clue of roll neck tops when heading over to Ghent for the 6 days last November. Flanders wasn't so cosy in the winter months. Once the weather starts to turn, I find the benefits of wicking materials become irrelevant, especially when staying warm is your main concern. This type of thi...