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by andrew_s
26 Jul 2021, 3:49pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Olympics! (spoilers)
Replies: 80
Views: 1155

Re: Olympics! (spoilers)

Ontherivet77 wrote: 26 Jul 2021, 12:38pm Pidcock definitely looks quality. Thought he was unlucky at the Amstel Gold Race, but I have yet to see the actual photo used by the judges.
I did see it (somewhere, in the cyclingnews forum, probably) - about 5 - 10 mm in it, so it was all on the bike throw.
Wout has longer arms than Tom, which could be what the difference was, rather than timing or anything.

sizbut wrote: 25 Jul 2021, 8:22pmKudos too to the Austrian cycling federation - they could have chosen from 3 Austrian women who do ride on pro teams. Whatever the reasons they made a good choice.
I believe they held a selection race on a course as simliar to Tokyo as was readily available, which Kiesenhofer won handsomely.
by andrew_s
18 Jul 2021, 7:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: New tent?
Replies: 57
Views: 2041

Re: New tent?

PH wrote: 18 Jul 2021, 4:18pmI can have the fly over the inner in less than half a minute and any rain the DWP coating doesn't see off is quickly wiped away. If it's raining I can't get into a tent without bringing more wetness than that inside with me.
Can you still get the fly over the inner in 30 sec when there's 30 mph wind and it's flailing about?
In addition, rain with the added speed of a bit of wind just goes straight through the inner, as fine spray rather than drops. DWR is only good for low velocity impacts.
by andrew_s
17 Jul 2021, 10:00pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Tour de France 2021 - Spoilers
Replies: 214
Views: 6844

Re: Tour de France 2021 - Spoilers

mjr wrote: 17 Jul 2021, 5:41pm
Ontherivet77 wrote: 16 Jul 2021, 8:10am A police raid of their hotel and team bus with several computers and phones taken into evidence. All based on a couple of CHIS reports to Marseille police.
Covert Human Intelligence Source or ‘CHIS’ is a term introduced by the Regulation
of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). It covers anyone who establishes or maintains
a relationship with another person in order to secretly obtain or access information.
CHIS may be civilian ‘informants’ or ‘agents’, or they may be persons holding an office or
position within a public authority (such as an undercover police officer).

I'd suspect an investigative journalist myself.
by andrew_s
13 Jul 2021, 12:12am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: New tent?
Replies: 57
Views: 2041

Re: New tent?

Aluminium poles is correct
The Amazon poles seem to be the same as the official Vaude poles ... =128560060
by andrew_s
12 Jul 2021, 5:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Hubba Hubba NX broken strut
Replies: 14
Views: 519

Re: Hubba Hubba NX broken strut

The actual pole sections are pretty generic, although the exact diameter & length, and any pronounced curve will be specific to a particular model of tent.

A replacement section is needed for a permanent repair, but it's quite common for people to carry a temporary repair splint like this: ... 026/s40009
With many of the better brands, you get an appropriate splint included in with the tent.
As it say on it (in this case) you need to tape it in place so it stays put over the damaged section.

In order to minimise the chances of damage, make sure that the joints are fully pushed home, that you don't manage to partially separate them when threading the assembled pole into a sleeve, and that you don't allow the shock cord to just snap the pole segments together.
by andrew_s
12 Jul 2021, 12:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 1118
Views: 136462

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Since some time on Sunday, has been showing standard OpenStreetMap, rather than the previous style.
Can we have the old style back please?

The layers button gives as one of the options, but what you get when you reselect it is standard OSM.

(Android phone)

Back to normal this morning (Monday).
I'll guess I caught it mid-update.
by andrew_s
3 Jul 2021, 2:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: electric brakes?
Replies: 32
Views: 1063

Re: electric brakes?

It's fairly common for tandems to use a drum brake on a ratchet lever for long downhills. However, use as a drag brake puts a lot of heat into the brake, and most other forms of brake can't take it.

If you operate front and rear brakes off one lever, it's not possible to balance front and rear braking force*, which will result in the rear wheel locking and skidding easily, relatively feeble braking, or a mostly decorative rear brake.
It's better to have two levers arranged so both can be operated with the same hand.

* the required front/rear balance depends on how hard you are braking.
by andrew_s
20 Jun 2021, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 43
Views: 1731

Re: Crank length

mattsccm wrote: 20 Jun 2021, 5:52pmAm I correct?
You are correct, and in good company.

The late Sheldon Brown had a bit of a thing about crank length being included in gearing (he called it "gain ratio"), but never made much progress trying to get people to adopt it.

A longer crank gives what is effectively a lower gear (aka "more leverage").
Getting the lower gear by increasing the crank length does not increase your cadence in the same way that getting a lower gear by using a smaller chainring would.
Other differences are that your foot is moving in a larger circle, which can give knee problems due to the increased knee bend at the top of the pedal stoke, and that it's harder to keep up the same cadence that is possible with shorter cranks.

In terms of numbers, the difference between a 170 and 175 crank is about the same as between a 34 and 35 chainring.
by andrew_s
12 Jun 2021, 4:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 627
Views: 76965

Re: Pictures of your tents.

The problems with the longitudinal (head to toe) single arch are...
a) it's narrow left to right, and there's not the width for your head in the high part. This can be fixed with a short spreader pole, as on the Pheonix Phreeranger
b) the pole is low tension, and easily deformed by the wind. This can lead to being thwacked on the head by the pole as it blows flat.
c) the left and right panels are large and now well supported, so crossways wind can also be a problem.

(I also had a T.N. Solar, at one stage)
by andrew_s
9 Jun 2021, 1:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 1118
Views: 136462

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Sweep wrote: 8 Jun 2021, 6:16pm why if you ask for a route from carlisle to inverness,
and then ask for a round trip,
does the route divert to and then come straight back from the doubtless charming town/hamlet of Claonaig?
Claonaig is the Arran ferry, which is doubtless quite a reasonable way back to Carlisle.
Why it abandons the idea and then goes back to use the Portavadie & Gourock ferries instead is anyone's guess
by andrew_s
8 Jun 2021, 10:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN 300 vs UN XX sealed BB units
Replies: 29
Views: 1535

Re: UN 300 vs UN XX sealed BB units

The UN300 are the same as most BBs, with a "sealed" bearing at each end.
The UN55 etc were a very different design, much like the old 3-piece units , with the cone on the axle, and the cups in the ends of a reasonably solid cartridge cylinder.

It doesn't surprise me at all that UN300 are compatatively short-lived, and similar to everyone else's.
by andrew_s
8 Jun 2021, 6:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 1118
Views: 136462

Re: Cycle Travel Question

GPX files are plain text, so you can just open them in Notepad++ or Wordpad or whatever, and search/change the internal name.

You need to take care not to break the tags [in square brackets], but just changing a name is simple enough
by andrew_s
7 Jun 2021, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New set up ideas...
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: New set up ideas...

I've been camping out of a Camper Longflap for some years, off and on, for shorter trips up to 4 or 5 nights
A couple of miles up the track from Rannoch station towards Corrour, 4th night of 5.

If I was being light, I'd take...
The tent, under the flap. I use an Akto, but there are lighter options, such as a Laser Comp, even if you do lose a bit of porch space.
Sleeping bag (PHD Minim 300 ~ 700g, good down to zero), silk liner
Inflatable pillow
mat - Thermarest Neoair short (original version - I'd get an Xlite full length now)
Stove & pan - Optimus Terra Solo & Crux (tea and dehydrated or cold meals)
Orikaso fold flat bowl & mug

plus wash kit, spare/off bike clothing to suit the season and remaining space, food to cover what I can't buy en route, kindle, waterproofs, puncture/tool kit.

One thing I don't take that makes a fair bit of difference is off-bike shoes. I use SPD sandals, which I find do fine for evenings after riding all day.

I'll often put the sleeping bag in a drybag strapped to the handlebars, which liberates enough extra space in the saddlebag to allow for luxuries such as a chair

I have tried a hammock, but by the time you've the hammock, a tarp to keep the rain off, and something to insulate underneath, you don't really save either weight or size over a tent, so the difference is in where you can find to spend the night.
by andrew_s
5 Jun 2021, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bell doesn't cut it, decent alternative?
Replies: 42
Views: 1502

Re: Bell doesn't cut it, decent alternative?

Daipink wrote: 4 Jun 2021, 3:03pm I found screeching cantis worked a treat commuting in London years ago. Think you can get even louder screeching from disc brakes if you set them up badly enough 😊
When I was in Cambridge (1981), I cultivated a screechy back brake, using a judiciously oily fingerprint on the rim occasionally. Get it right, and you'd get a good loud screech with it slowing you down significantly. The main problem was pedestrians walking along with their backs to the traffic just stepping sideways into the road, usually to get round some other pedestrian. A screech was very good - they hopped back on to the pavement before looking round.
My disc brakes do give a good screech at times, but not without braking reasonably hard.
by andrew_s
5 Jun 2021, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 41
Views: 1554

Re: Closed Roads

What annoys me, and is a large part of the reason I routinely ignore road closed signs, is that the signs are never taken down or turned round even when there's no work taking place (e.g. evenings or weekends).
One closure I passed earlier this week had been completed - trench fully reinstated, all the kit taken away, but the road closed signs still present.
Ray wrote: 5 Jun 2021, 12:58pm Some years ago I spent a week with a friend cycling in the Vercors, after which my friend was intending to ride on into the Alps for a rendezvous with his wife.
During the week we explored the route he intended taking, and saw that it was definitely 'Fermé', with a 2 or 3m high fence to reinforce the point.
I came across one like that, also in the Vercors, in 2004 (iirc). Not only was the fence 3m high, it stretched from the rock wall on the left to a point about 50 cm past the wall between the edge of the road and the sheer drop on the right. Definitely no getting past, even given the incentive of the 400 m of climb to reach the blockage after passing the road closed ahead sign in the village.
It's still closed :( (the Grands Goulets)