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by Winkeladvokat
24 Aug 2015, 10:24am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best cycle touring tent for 3 people?
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: Best cycle touring tent for 3 people?

Pete, point taken, though by "hard" I also mean some of the less direct sources of damage, e.g. not worrying about theft, having periods e.g. due to travel arrangements, where the tent is stored wet, loans to friends. I have a Terra Nova Quaser as one of my other tents so I'm not averse to...
by Winkeladvokat
23 Aug 2015, 6:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best cycle touring tent for 3 people?
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: Best cycle touring tent for 3 people?

Hi, I've been going through a very similar decision recently, and have ended up getting an Oppland 3 PU, having very seriously checked out the Hoolie 3 etc. Slightly different criteria here, this was to be a spacious "basecamp" tent, and budget was a consideration so I didn't want to pay e...
by Winkeladvokat
10 Nov 2014, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: winter compound tyres
Replies: 28
Views: 2138

Re: winter compound tyres

Be aware, the comparison with car tyres isn't really valid, because car tyres generate a fair bit of heat when driven hard, whereas that's not really the case with cycle tyres. So the operating temperature range of the rubber in car tyres is actually quite broad in comparison and it's related, but n...
by Winkeladvokat
22 Feb 2012, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: On which there is "religious" disagreement
Replies: 99
Views: 3381

Re: On which there is "religious" disagreement

I don't think I've missed it but surely:

Cup-and-cone vs sealed bearings

has to be on the list!
by Winkeladvokat
31 Oct 2011, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Single or double sided pedals ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4904

Re: Single or double sided pedals ?

I do all my riding (including london commuting) with single-sided pedals (Time Impact/RXS) and, to be honest, don't get the issue people have with single sided pedals. I clip in first time, first half revolution, without looking down, the overwhelming majority of the time. The point about single sid...
by Winkeladvokat
29 Oct 2011, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A4 size panniers
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Re: A4 size panniers

Carradice make a 'Bike Bureau' which is a useful pannier for carrying papers etc. But, any pannier will 'scrunch corners', especially if you are carrying other things. I carry a lot of sheet music and tend to put it into a laptop sleeve inside the pannier. This is an excellent bag for that purpose....
by Winkeladvokat
26 Oct 2011, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo Trainers
Replies: 34
Views: 3485

Re: Turbo Trainers

I have a Kurt Kinetic, which is great - really smooth (much better than magnetic units), heavy flywheel (so you get realistic coast-down response), pretty quiet, extremely well built, and it has a power curve that is well calibrated with speed (so you get a cheap "power meter"). Highly rec...
by Winkeladvokat
25 Oct 2011, 12:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: tyres

What width rim do you have though? A lot of tourers are sold with 19mm internal width rims (since Mavic don't make a 17mm rim anymore, which is what you want, but a lot of wheelbuilders are slaves to Mavic) and although a 28mm tyre will fit a rim that wide, it will not make a nice cushy rounded sha...
by Winkeladvokat
25 Oct 2011, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: nice spec rims and hubs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

Then I'd stick with a standard box section rim, 32h. Some rim options: DT Swiss TK540. I run these on my tourer and for commuting duties. Far and away the nicest/easiest rim I've built (it built up nice and true with even tension with extremely minimal fuss - so ideal as a first rim to build!). Not ...
by Winkeladvokat
25 Oct 2011, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon v Aluminum
Replies: 36
Views: 2501

Re: Carbon v Aluminum

I regularly ride loaded and, yes, of course there is a difference, but it's mostly in handling and the way you approach riding mentally. However I'm completely certain my legs/heart/lungs do not notice the difference! So, yes, by all means get miles in loaded as general preparation - however as far ...
by Winkeladvokat
24 Oct 2011, 11:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon v Aluminum
Replies: 36
Views: 2501

Re: Carbon v Aluminum

Because speed is not power. If you were to chat to someone in the army or the marines, they would tell you that they train with heavy packs. They would also tell you that they use concrete blocks too. They don't just "change up a gear" to yomp over the hills, they add weight instead. Exce...
by Winkeladvokat
24 Oct 2011, 11:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon v Aluminum
Replies: 36
Views: 2501

Re: Carbon v Aluminum

I own and regularly ride steel, alu, and carbon fibre frames. A decent alu frame is vastly underappreciated and, as such, represents stonking value! A "decent" frame, because this is what it's all about - you can build good and bad frames from any material, however certain materials make i...
by Winkeladvokat
24 Oct 2011, 11:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Warm and Waterproof Shoes with Cleats
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: Warm and Waterproof Shoes with Cleats

Do you not just want some neoprene booties to go over the top?!
by Winkeladvokat
24 Oct 2011, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: nice spec rims and hubs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: nice spec rims and hubs?

What are you using the wheel for? In other words, what does "nice" mean in this context?!
by Winkeladvokat
18 Oct 2011, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trying Touring Tyres
Replies: 18
Views: 1876

Re: Trying Touring Tyres

My currently tyres are reasonably slick racing tyres (700x25) and I thought about giving some touring tyres ago for the winter (again 700x25)... Pasela TG or similar. Firstly, aside from the obvious grip advantages in winter conditions Don't you mean "obvious grip disadvantages"?! I like ...