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by eclipse
21 Apr 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar/Stem creaking
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

....second that...I remember hearing a creaking sound whilst climbing a brute of a hill on my old Raleigh Scorpio; before I reached the top, the left bar decided it had had enough and came away in my hand. The creaking had started a couple of days before, with no obvious cause.
by eclipse
24 Mar 2019, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the slightly crazy world of Sturmey Archer single toggle dog-locking 5s hubs.
Replies: 20
Views: 3441

Re: the slightly crazy world of Sturmey Archer single toggle dog-locking 5s hubs.

Interesting stuff.... One of my favourite bikes was a (very) old, black (naturally!) Raleigh gents roadster with sprung saddle , little home made aluminium box on the rack, and S.A. 4 speed gearing. I paid a fiver for it in the eighties, paid to the local council amenity dump , (where a lot of usefu...
by eclipse
20 Oct 2014, 5:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Music to accompany chain cleaning.
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: Music to accompany chain cleaning.

Unchained.....Van Halen?
by eclipse
18 Aug 2014, 6:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Prog rock music
Replies: 29
Views: 2319

Re: Prog rock music

Sorry, but I have to agree that prog to me is tedious, pompous, long winded and totally misses the 'rock' bit.....
Old AC/DC......much more like it. :D
by eclipse
23 Jul 2013, 7:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do these work? Insect repellent bands
Replies: 16
Views: 2787

Re: Do these work? Insect repellent bands

+1 for Skinsosoft from Avon....
Its what they buy up in the highlands by the caseload.
I would imagine that the folks up that way are more concerned with effective repellance of little biters than most...
by eclipse
28 May 2013, 11:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The people are revolting...
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

Re: The people are revolting...

I 'erd that.... pardon
by eclipse
16 May 2013, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NCR14 near Darlington surface help please
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: NCR14 near Darlington surface help please

I occasionally use this track; never had any probs on my old Flying Scot with pretty skinny tyres. It has that yellow fine compacted gravel surface which is ok.
ride safe John
by eclipse
20 Apr 2013, 10:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!
Replies: 16
Views: 804

Re: Perfect mid-ride picnic... suggestions please!

pickled herring in dill (Aldi I think), with pickled gherkins sliced thin and creme fraiche in a nice bun / stottie / roll / bread. magic..
and window cake , and lashings of ginger beer..
by eclipse
20 Apr 2013, 10:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Solar phone chargers
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Solar phone chargers

Got myself a little 2 pin usb charger for 1.99 on amazon to charge my S2 on this weeks walking tour of Mallorca. Its titchy, and weighs next to nowt! I already had a solar charger, and am not impressed in low light conditions, and weight is a big consideration.
by eclipse
20 Mar 2013, 8:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood protection
Replies: 15
Views: 1393

Re: Wood protection

daft though it might seem, google glycol antifreeze as a wood preservative; some swear by it,s antifungal properties. some fellow also rated it as effective treatment for fungal toenail infetions. By the way, I accept no responsibility for any localised envionmental/ medical catastrophies!
by eclipse
27 Aug 2010, 6:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Darlington to Melrose routes??
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Darlington to Melrose routes??

Thanks for the replies folks, I'm now thinking I might use sustrans, from Teesside to Tyneside; then the C&C route to Melrose, probably camping/ hostel.
Thanks again John.
by eclipse
17 Aug 2010, 4:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Darlington to Melrose routes??
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Darlington to Melrose routes??

Got a few days off in september; thought I might have a leisurely pootle up to Melrose to visit rellies. Probably camp along the way; has anyone got any good ideas for routes?? Don't fancy the A68 and its attendant traffic.
Cheers John.
by eclipse
16 Aug 2010, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: tent waterproofness
Replies: 8
Views: 1260

Re: tent waterproofness

As a lifelong camper, Ive had many tents, some expensive 'mountain expedition' tents, and others of varying quality, down to budget price tents from Lichfield and the like; Ive currently got about six I think.... I can't remember any of them leaking, and all have been out in some very heavy weather,...
by eclipse
13 Apr 2010, 10:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can anyone tell me about Derby?
Replies: 12
Views: 667

Re: Can anyone tell me about Derby?

I lived in Derby when I went to the Uni there, lived in Lowerdale Road in Normanton. This area seemed to have quite a bad reputation, however I found it a great place to live, in fact I enjoyed Derby in general; small enough to walk across, big enough to have some really nice pubs. Good cycling rout...
by eclipse
13 Apr 2010, 9:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the trick with Presta valves?
Replies: 30
Views: 2800

Re: What's the trick with Presta valves?

Looking into the pump, it's just one large-ish hole -
Hang on, on all my pumps, they are designed for use with presta or schrader; you unscrew the rubber sealing ring which the valve sits in, and turn it 180 degrees. Its got a small hole for presta :wink: