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by andrew_s
20 Jan 2020, 2:31pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent
Replies: 41
Views: 2028

Re: Chinese Lightweight 1 person Tent

Just an update to say that sadly Trekkertent don't seem to be active as of January 2020 - not responding to emails, phone goes straight to answer but can't leave a message as mail box full :( I wouldn't write them off just yet. Trekkertent are almost certainly a one-man company, and as such are lik...
by andrew_s
17 Jan 2020, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Inner Tube to prevent punctures.
Replies: 16
Views: 580

Re: Best Inner Tube to prevent punctures.

There's a lot of randomness about punctures. With Gatorskins, I've worn 3 or 4 down to the canvas before getting a puncture (or changing the tyre), but I've also had 5 or 6 punctures in 2 days (all different, before you ask). I have the impression that many people can get the unlucky end of the rand...
by andrew_s
17 Jan 2020, 12:52pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Audax and sleep deprivation.
Replies: 25
Views: 862

Re: Audax and sleep deprivation.

Hi, Try one of these......do you see any gaps :wink: No seats either :? The one I tried to sleep in was this one, on the Daylight 600 from Edinburgh to Acharacle (base of Ardnamurchan peninsula) & back https://goo.gl/maps/p6jxXEgN39ussKS1A The vegetation behind has grown quite a lot since, and ...
by andrew_s
17 Jan 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Audax and sleep deprivation.
Replies: 25
Views: 862

Re: Audax and sleep deprivation.

It's when the average riding speed drops below about 15 mph (as mine would be now) that the lack of time in hand cuts down the sleeping time and problems start 15 mph or 15 Km/hr? Miles. 15 km/h is minimum audax speed, so if that's your average riding speed, you'll get no stops for sleeping, no sto...
by andrew_s
17 Jan 2020, 11:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear glide wheel
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Gear glide wheel

link?
by andrew_s
17 Jan 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Inner Tube to prevent punctures.
Replies: 16
Views: 580

Re: Best Inner Tube to prevent punctures.

If you want puncture resistant inner tubes, they should be as large as the tyre - so that the diameter when pumped up as far as just being round, outside the tyre, matches the inside of the tyre. That may mean putting a 28-35 or 32-40 tube in a 25 tyre. If you go too large, the tube will end up with...
by andrew_s
16 Jan 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Pannier bags - What accesories when mounting to Tubus Racks?
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: Ortlieb Pannier bags - What accesories when mounting to Tubus Racks?

Pannier bags that I will be using are the Ortlieb Back Roller Pro Plus on the rear and the Sport Packer Plus on the front If you take advantage of the extra size of the Pro Plus panniers, it could be worth fitting a second pair of hooks on each pannier. It's not so much that one pair won't hold the...
by andrew_s
15 Jan 2020, 10:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Holes in Gatorskin tyres
Replies: 26
Views: 1084

Re: Holes in Gatorskin tyres

see image supplied with this post as proof this tyre has less than 300 miles on it. IMG_20200114_183240.jpg That sort of split, immediately adjacent and parallel to a bead, is caused by the rim hook cutting through the tyre body. There should be a fabric strip* glued to the side of the tyre to prot...
by andrew_s
14 Jan 2020, 6:23pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Audax and sleep deprivation.
Replies: 25
Views: 862

Re: Audax and sleep deprivation.

I found I couldn't get past about 3 am on a 6 am ride start - on those occasions I tried (on a 600), I ended up trying to sleep in a bus shelter (which doesn't work well when it's a back wall and roof with a gap round the bottom, and narrow flip up seats). I could however get though the night on an ...
by andrew_s
14 Jan 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventurous road in France
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Adventurous road in France

Another nearby road I did at much the same time as the Grands Goulets is the route des Ecouges , which gave the impression that you could hold a rock out at arms length, let go, and it wouldn't touch for 250 m. At the time, it was (iirc) one way uphill for cars via the tunnel, and one way downhill f...
by andrew_s
13 Jan 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Adventurous road in France
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Adventurous road in France

Yes, in 1998, but it's not accessible any more. I did try again just after it was closed in 2005, ignoring the "road closed" sign at the bottom, and found the closure just after it became a balcony road, with a fence extending up to the overhang, and about a metre out over the drop. We wen...
by andrew_s
13 Jan 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 40
Views: 1296

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

landsurfer wrote:The Patina of Use ..... be proud of it ..... :)

Leather saddles don't remain the same all their life.
In particular, the pale "Honey" ones go nearly as dark as a brown saddle.

Some people like the patina, and will pay extra for it. The same applies to faded Carradice saddlebags.
by andrew_s
11 Jan 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 40
Views: 1296

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

Put a bit of proofhide on and keep riding.
In 3 months it will be completely normal.
by andrew_s
9 Jan 2020, 11:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reduce wind noise when wearing headphones?
Replies: 89
Views: 6964

Re: Reduce wind noise when wearing headphones?

There is no perfect answer - you get some wind noise just from your ears, without any headphones, earphones or helmet.

Probably it's best to use a headband over the top of in-ear phones, perhaps better with a fluffy surface on the outside.
In the summer, it can be cotton to soak up sweat.
by andrew_s
9 Jan 2020, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Views on GARMIN e Trex 32x
Replies: 9
Views: 288

Re: Views on GARMIN e Trex 32x

From what I've been reading I think I may just pay the small amount extra for the 32x as opposed to the 22x because the 32x apparently has a good compass that detects changes in your direction quickly so that on twisty bits of the route you don't as easily get confused. That sounds like something I...