Search found 131 matches

by Garry Booth
14 Jan 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is all that gravel?
Replies: 59
Views: 2082

Re: Where is all that gravel?

An interesting discussion as ever with fellow CTC members. Re the path bike, were they used more on an outdoor track than an indoor wood block surface? Another thought occurs to me: cinders anyone? https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=cycle+speedway#id=4&vid=8bb825402bc...
by Garry Booth
13 Jan 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is all that gravel?
Replies: 59
Views: 2082

Re: Where is all that gravel?

What was a path bike, in the olden days?
by Garry Booth
13 Jan 2019, 10:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is all that gravel?
Replies: 59
Views: 2082

Where is all that gravel?

I keep seeing adverts for, and reviews of, so-called gravel bikes. But where is all this gravel, apart from the drives of suburban houses? My drive isn't long enough to justify a bike especially for the job. Though there is a gravel bike favourably reviewed in the Guardian, priced at over £5k. I sup...
by Garry Booth
5 Dec 2018, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mudguard fixing screw
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: Front mudguard fixing screw

Great suggestions people. Thanks very much. I shall report back on which works. (I couldn't get purchase with pliers so I will try the hacksaw next, followed by the reverse tool suggestions.) Thanks again everyone. G
by Garry Booth
2 Dec 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mudguard fixing screw
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Front mudguard fixing screw

One of the little screws that fixes the front mudguard onto the fork (by the drop-out) on my bike has rounded-out. In other words, the allen key can't get purchase. Any ideas on how to loosen and remove it without destroying the guard stay (or the drop-out eye)? G
by Garry Booth
15 Oct 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight

Thanks for all the input everyone. I eventually got the Endurance onto a different wheel, for comparison. It was still tight as a DA but went on after a great deal of cursing. Pumped it up to 90 which revealed a distorted bead! So on the basis it is a bad 'un I took it back to LBS and swapped it for...
by Garry Booth
4 Oct 2018, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight

It's a puzzle - same rim, same tape, same combo of speed lever and old fashioned levers I always use. I note that the tyre says made in Indonesia as opposed to Germany and while not doubting workmanship, maybe it's the new production line...
by Garry Booth
3 Oct 2018, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Schwalbe Lugano Endurance - too tight

I usually ride Schwalbe Lugano tyres and find them fine to fit. I just bought a Lugano Endurance (for reasons I won't go into) and find it incredibly tight to fit without nipping the tube. Have I got a dud or has anyone else had a similar problem with this model?
by Garry Booth
23 May 2018, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov

Thanks guys. G
by Garry Booth
22 May 2018, 8:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov

Thanks B1ke. G
by Garry Booth
21 May 2018, 1:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov

Does anyone have any experience of riding in the Cesky Krumlov area? We're heading that way beginning of July and I'd be interested to know whether bikes and and/or their wheels are more or less likely to get nicked than anywhere else when unattended. Sounds like a slightly paranoid question but I'm...
by Garry Booth
25 Jan 2017, 12:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 23
Views: 1640

Re: Winter tyres

OK so the Conti tyre seems to be made of the right stuff, but doesn't come in a 25 size. I guess the sensible thing to do is stay off the road when it's icy!
by Garry Booth
22 Jan 2017, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 23
Views: 1640

Winter tyres

My riding in the morning has been somewhat curtailed by the hard frosts we have been having here in East Anglia. I once came off very badly on black ice and now have no sight in one eye as a result of the injury. Anyway, I was thinking about how on the continent people fit winter tyres on their cars...
by Garry Booth
12 Jan 2017, 3:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 8463

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

We got a ladies Raleigh Captus and have no complaints about it. Good build quality. Quite heavy but you don't notice when it's rolling. Only an issue if you need to transport it I guess.
I second the 'try a hire bike or two first' idea.
by Garry Booth
13 Nov 2016, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 241
Views: 25379

Re: Hardest UK climb?

I sometimes ride from Presteigne in mid-Wales to Knighton, a short hop going the back road up a road called Stonewall. It has a very steep section of around 500m in the middle of a fairly steep section. The challenge comes in defeating the road surface ie not spinning the wheel when out of the saddl...