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by andrew_s
18 Feb 2019, 10:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Platypus wine "bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 368

Re: Platypus wine "bottle"

I have one, which is officially a 1 litre water bottle, and is mostly used for water on non-cycling excursions, but it has been used for wine occasionally. I've generally just drunk straight from the bottle through the bite valve, which saves on carrying a separate glass, knocking it over, or compet...
by andrew_s
15 Feb 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 46
Views: 1450

Re: Handlebar Tape

Yes, start the bar tape at the bottom and work to the stem clamp. However, on the top section wrap so on the way up, you are coming up behind the bars, and then down the front. The pressure/friction of your hands on the tape tends to tighten in. If you wrap coming up at the front, down at the back,...
by andrew_s
14 Feb 2019, 4:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware of handlebar thieves in north London!
Replies: 19
Views: 1269

Re: Beware of handlebar thieves in north London!

An answer is anti-theft allen key blockers such as Hexlox or Pitlock Pitstoppers . They aren't cheap, but aren't as awkward as the cheap alternative, which is to superglue a ball bearing into the allen socket. I've been using Hexlox for the last couple of years. I can't tell whether they've put anyo...
by andrew_s
14 Feb 2019, 12:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any feedback about Hilltrek Kintail Shirt?
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Any feedback about Hilltrek Kintail Shirt?

I use to have ventile trousers and parka when in the Antarctic (many years ago). They were fine there, but as Tinnishill says, when they get wet, the material goes stiff (and heavy), though it's fine when dry. Ventile is just (very) tight weave cotton, so I wouldn't expect much deterioration on wash...
by andrew_s
10 Feb 2019, 10:23pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

In general you should work on the basis that a pass will be closed to motor traffic on the day of the race, until after the race has passed through. Cycle traffic is generally fairly free until maybe an hour before the publicity caravan is due through. There's always some uncertainty, as what the po...
by andrew_s
10 Feb 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solid shampoo bars
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Solid shampoo bars

I just use bars of pure soap for everything when on tour, and everything except clothes when at home. https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/gb/groceries/sainsburys-pure-soap-4x125g Very cheap, the absence of perfumes and moisturisers and things means it works a lot better as soap, a...
by andrew_s
10 Feb 2019, 7:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: black ice
Replies: 52
Views: 4792

Re: black ice

The worst I remember for ice was one was when I was a student in Manchester, in the winter of 78/79. I was in digs in West Didsbury, and was in the habit of walking into uni (6.2 km, according to cycle.travel), which normally took about 50-55 minutes, and I amused myself during the walk by keeping t...
by andrew_s
10 Feb 2019, 6:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: climb gain ratio
Replies: 17
Views: 1166

Re: climb gain ratio

Back in the earlier period of Audax UK, before AAA points, an event got "grimpeur" status at 15 m/km, and "super grimpeur" status at 22m/km. Translate that to "hilly", and "very hilly". 10m/km is normal, and 5m/km is flat. The numbers were for contour counts -...
by andrew_s
8 Feb 2019, 11:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: black ice
Replies: 52
Views: 4792

Re: black ice

I was amazed at the number of cyclists who passed somehow staying upright and making forward progress. If you've never tried, it's surprising how icy it can be, and still be able to ride, even on ordinary tyres (gatorskins in my case). Back when I used to do regular evening club rides, we'd keep go...
by andrew_s
8 Feb 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension power losses/savings
Replies: 36
Views: 2311

Re: Suspension power losses/savings

Our bodies bounce badly by comparison and that is the source of Heine’s suspension losses. But how does he measure these internal losses? IIRC he inferred them by coasting downhill over rumble strips and observing the speed change vs riding on the smoother surface alongside. US-style rumble strips ...
by andrew_s
8 Feb 2019, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo usb
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: Dynamo usb

An example of charging idiosyncrasies is the B+M Luxos U. It's got an internal buffer battery to protect against loss of power at short stops, which is good, but the other thing it does is to boost the available power if you are going too slowly to generate the power required by what's connected. Th...
by andrew_s
5 Feb 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New chain - degrease or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 2421

Re: New chain - degrease or not?

I leave the original grease in place, and add a little oil as I hear that it is required. There was a set of posts on a thread somewhere (here, yacf, or cyclechat) from someone who'd experimented. The measure was the mileage at which he'd had to adjust the chain tension on his fixed, and he found t...
by andrew_s
5 Feb 2019, 1:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo usb
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: Dynamo usb

What's best depends on what you want to supply power to, and how it reacts if you stop at the traffic lights and the USB power stops, or you start slowly. Garmins, for example, come up with a screen prompt "External power lost - continue on battery?", and if you don't poke the "Yes&qu...
by andrew_s
4 Feb 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: CampinGaz adaptor
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: CampinGaz adaptor

As I'd been meaning to buy an Edelrid Camping Gaz adaptor but not got around to it your post prompted me. I couldn't find one so I bought these two instead. http://www.mercatorgear.com/index.php/kovea-products-listing/product/28-kovea-adapter-pack-push-and-turn-pat-butane-adapters It would appear t...
by andrew_s
4 Feb 2019, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2297

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed no so good

Particularly if my understanding is correct the 7/8 chains last so much longer. I never found much difference between 7 and 8 speed in terms of wear. The big step was between 6 speed Uniglide and 8 speed Hyperglide. I don't suppose that there was much difference in chain wear, but the Uniglide spro...