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by andrew_s
17 Jun 2019, 10:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 28
Views: 943

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

Does the big Trangia have a proportionally bigger burner? The burner is the same for all Trangias; the Trangia Mini pan is smaller (0.8l vs 1.0 for a 27), but that won't change the chances of burning things on. The main difference is that the full size Trangia has a windscreen that works efficientl...
by andrew_s
17 Jun 2019, 10:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Guides to rules abroad...
Replies: 22
Views: 593

Re: Guides to rules abroad...

Any cycle track or lane marked with a blue circular bike sign is compulsory, and you aren't allowed to use the parallel road. It can take a bit of practice to get used to where the lanes and signs are likely to be. Sometimes there is a 2-way track on one side of the road, sometimes it's a one-way tr...
by andrew_s
15 Jun 2019, 11:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable
Replies: 37
Views: 1073

Re: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable

So you take the wheel out without turning the bike upside down - it's not difficult.

Turning the bike upside down is bad practice, and is forbidden by rule 49. You risk damage to the saddle, bar tape, any GPS or computer you forgot to take off the bars, emptying your bidons etc.
by andrew_s
13 Jun 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent for exposed areas maybe highish winds
Replies: 60
Views: 1668

Re: Tent for exposed areas maybe highish winds

For true wind shedding strength pyramid tents take some beating. It's what artic and Antarctic expeds used to use. The mld trailstar shaped tarp/tarp tent is a good example. Arctic/Antarctic pyramid tents are nothing like backpacking pyramids. They have 4 single section poles meeting at the apex (t...
by andrew_s
11 Jun 2019, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gloucester to Forest of Dean
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Gloucester to Forest of Dean

I've ridden the roads between Nailsworth and Stroud about a dozen times and they seem fine, is the cycle path better? The NCN42 looks difficult to find out of Gloucester? I'm coming from Barnwood The A46 depends on the time of day. To get on to NCN45/42, head for the docks. There's a footbridge by ...
by andrew_s
10 Jun 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gloucester to Forest of Dean
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Gloucester to Forest of Dean

NCN42 to Highnam, B4215 to Tibberton, byroads to Northwood Green and then to Popes Hill? That's what I usually do, or turn right past Flaxley Abbey at the staggered X just before Popes Hill. The Nailsworth-Stroud cycle track is a bit of a mixed bag, but it's all perfectly rideable on a road bike. P...
by andrew_s
9 Jun 2019, 1:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Stupid idea #134......
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: Stupid idea #134......

I guy my bike upright sometimes. It depends on having a couple of spare tent pegs and 3-4 m of spare guy line/washing line (which I usually do), and not having something convenient to lean the bike against. A clove hitch round the base of the seat post, and peg down the ends of the guy line about 1....
by andrew_s
27 May 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 40
Views: 1572

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

One thing I always take that is seldom mentioned is a film tub containing an assortment of nuts and bolts - a chainring bolt, a self-extracting crank bolt, half a dozen assorted length M5 and some nuts and washers to fit, a mudguard stay bolt, an SPD cleat bolt or two, a couple of spoke nipples, and...
by andrew_s
23 May 2019, 3:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dented frame repair
Replies: 25
Views: 818

Re: Dented frame repair

fossala wrote:I lent by Bob Jackson bike against a wall and it slipped and fell onto the corner of a pillar denting the seat tube.

I feel for you.

I had a shiny new (3 months?) custom Longstaff blow over and land on a rock. :(
The dent in the top tube is still there, as a lesson to me.
by andrew_s
22 May 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sources of openstreetmap for garmin
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Sources of openstreetmap for garmin

Estonia shouldn't be a very large file, as such things go. If what you downloaded is called "something.img", it's not zipped. If it's called "something.zip", it's zipped, and right-click --> Extract all should put the contents (a "something.img" file) where you tell it ...
by andrew_s
22 May 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cicerone Route A466 Closure
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: Cicerone Route A466 Closure

Alternatively, you could carry on past the race course and up the hill at St Arvans, then drop down to Tintern (past the closure). St Arvans hill is steeper than the diversion route, but hopefully you'd lose a fair bit of the heavier traffic to the official diversion. It's probably best to take the ...
by andrew_s
20 May 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sources of openstreetmap for garmin
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Sources of openstreetmap for garmin

Sweep wrote:Used to use this:

http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

but seems to be down at the moment.

Back up again.
by andrew_s
19 May 2019, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Simple wheel building question - new rim, old spokes
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: Simple wheel building question - new rim, old spokes

Assuming you find time with similar erd re-riminng does not need the wheel to be dismantled. Tape the new rim in line with the old one (noting spoke hole direction and valve hole), As well as ERD, there's rim handedness to consider. Most rims have the spoke holes slightly offset, so that spokes to ...
by andrew_s
18 May 2019, 12:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pulley wear; is this a record?
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: pulley wear; is this a record?

I hadn't noticed that - I'd just assumed it was lumps of crud.

The rider concerned was well known for extracting maximum life from his bike parts, though he does seem to have become more amenable to spending money the last few years.
Repute has it that the frame has done well over 300,000 miles.
by andrew_s
17 May 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pulley wear; is this a record?
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: pulley wear; is this a record?

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Not only had the pulley lost its bearing and been reduced to a narrow ring, it had worn half way through the bolt holding it in