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by boblo
14 Aug 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oakham to Stamford..
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Oakham to Stamford..

There's a nice backroad; Burghley->Exton->Tickencote->Stamford. It's pretty obvious on the map. I ride it a lot and it's very nice.
by boblo
10 Aug 2019, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank

Yeah, I'm using 22/32/44 to 11-34 9 speed. Luggage, hills and consecutive days means the lower gears avoid undue fatigue as the last thing I want to do when touring is honk up hills. I use a 20 on the tandems as well to counter the extra weight.
by boblo
8 Aug 2019, 9:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendation for touring bike
Replies: 141
Views: 4226

Re: Recommendation for touring bike

It's easy to get a bit fixated on these small details... I've toured loaded up on 126, 130 and 135 - solo and tandem, off and on road. Without wanting to temp providence, I've had zero wheel failures (or even 'issues' not of my own making e.g. damage from crashing). I'd happily continue to tour on 1...
by boblo
25 Jan 2019, 7:56am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Key point is don't overbuy. When buying a one bag does all, its tempting to go to extremes as you might end up camping out one night in winter - maybe. For the rest of the time, you're dragging round 2 or 3 seasons worth of excess weight and bulk. I mostly use a 2 season (to zero C) down bag as its ...
by boblo
8 Aug 2018, 7:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb bar bag mounting cable for adapter seized
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Ortlieb bar bag mounting cable for adapter seized

Mine did that. A bit of soaking in wd40 sorted it. The cable is intended as single use but if you leave enough excess when you trim it, you can reuse it.
by boblo
23 Jun 2018, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone speak Campag?
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: Anyone speak Campag?

Well that cleared that up Brucey, poor bugger will be even more confused wondering who Julian Clarey is :-)

Camp is another word for effeminate usually in a contrived way ergo (not as in shifter) campy means being camp.
by boblo
9 Jun 2018, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Sora R3000 Levers
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Shimano Sora R3000 Levers

Anybody using the newish Sora R3000 triple 9 speed levers? They look reasonable quality, indexed front triple and no washing lines.

Seems to have made Shimergo redundant? Any downsides or issues encountered in use?
by boblo
5 Jun 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TA or Stronglight 49D onto JIS taper Axle?
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: TA or Stronglight 49D onto JIS taper Axle?

I ran a Stronglite 99 chainset for years on Shimano BB's with no ill effects on either.
by boblo
23 May 2018, 6:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stinky shoes
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: Stinky shoes

Put them in the freezer overnight, it'll kill the bacteria that causes the stink.
by boblo
20 Mar 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bag???
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

Re: CTC Bag???

I use them for both solo and tandem touring (2 taped together). I pack my frames in pipe lagging to avoid damage, turn bars, remove pedals and partially deflate the tyres. I usually save the bags for the return journey to save faff at my final destination. AIUI, some airlines are now questioning the...
by boblo
17 Mar 2018, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gore windstopper washing confusion
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Gore windstopper washing confusion

Wash a Windstopper jacket in a non-biological liquid suitable for delicates. I use Persil Silk & Wool. Give it extra rinse as traces of detergent make it susceptible to wetting. Windstopper is quite different fro Gore-Tex waterproof jackets. Aye, I've used my Gore softshells long distance touri...
by boblo
17 Mar 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gore windstopper washing confusion
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: Gore windstopper washing confusion

Presumably your Boghouse Gore-Tex was/is a hardshell and Windstopper is softshell. They're not the same. The fabrics are made by the same company but there the similarity ends.
by boblo
24 Feb 2018, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing an old Shimano 600 groupset
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Replacing an old Shimano 600 groupset

There are loads of Shimano 600 parts on eBay.co.uk . I just bought a pair of NOS 600ex SIS shift levers for an old nail I'm working on. Most parts come up fairly frequently, just save your search an eBay will email you as listings are created matching your saved terms. Use http://www.velobase.com to...