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by Chat Noir
21 May 2019, 11:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.

These are good frames, not that common. Amongst others, Raleigh used them for a decent touring bike for a while and Peugeot used them for short period in early 1990s. I obtained an unused frame from a disbanded pro team and built it up with Sachs New Success groupset. Not ridden a lot but a lovely b...
by Chat Noir
29 Apr 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: York Rally Sportive and Retro Classic, Sunday 28th April 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 5163

Re: York Rally Sportive and Retro Classic, Sunday 28th April 2019

Huge thankyou to all those who organised and supported this friendly and enjoyable event. As a retro rider good to see so many old bikes complete with brake cables and downtube shifters. Met and chatted with lots of riders some of whom had travelled big distances to support this event. The weather w...
by Chat Noir
22 Mar 2019, 11:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Venice Marco Polo airport-hotel that will store bike boxes
Replies: 3
Views: 1522

Re: Venice Marco Polo airport-hotel that will store bike boxes

4 of us left our bike bags (think we crammed them all into one, possibly two) at left luggage the other year. Not cheap, but between 4 not so bad, you can probably check current left luggage facilities and prices on-line, but was convenient and avoided the hassle of getting boxes / bags somewhere an...
by Chat Noir
22 Mar 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 61
Views: 4030

Re: Heaviest tent?

We do our best not to carry heavy weights these days and probably the heaviest we toured with regularly was about 3 kgs. We did once go with a very heavy tent in Ireland, but that was over 40 years ago when we were young, didn't know any better and probably wouldn't have cared anyway because we were...
by Chat Noir
14 Mar 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 35
Views: 2493

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

Thanks (again) for an informative read. Helicomatic? Recently acquired a pair of Maillard Professional 700 hub wheels dating from 1983 with helicomatic rear hub, not well used and very smooth, even before stripping and re-greasing. The freewheel is equally smooth and so easy to remove. Yes, these ar...
by Chat Noir
6 Mar 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bob Jackson Audax Tyre Clearance (28?)
Replies: 33
Views: 2006

Re: Bob Jackson Audax Tyre Clearance (28?)

I have a 23 inch BJ made out of 731 oversized tubing from the 1990s. I can get a 28 on the rear but only a 25 on the front (no way will it fit under the fork, I have tried). The 28 is tight at the back in the sense that the brake calliper has marks on the underside where muck and grime from the road...
by Chat Noir
23 Feb 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Supplies along the way
Replies: 36
Views: 5341

Re: Supplies along the way

No problem in big towns. All small towns and many villages have local stores, such as Co Op, usually open from early until late, 7.00 am until 7.00 pm or later not unusual; fuel stations often have food supplies with surprising variety of foods useful for cycling, which for me means things like flap...
by Chat Noir
12 Feb 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Strathcarron
Replies: 10
Views: 1767

Re: Inverness to Strathcarron

Mick's provided a good route, part of the North Coast 500 ( https://www.northcoast500.com/ ), and reasonably quiet most of the way, although a lot of vans and lorries leaving Inverness first thing in the morning. Plenty of café or food stops along the way (Lochcarron pretty special place for breakfa...
by Chat Noir
16 Jan 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 342

Re: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?

That's them (thought I was in the first one for a brief moment!). Going back to the canal from the boulangerie it's very pleasant sitting near the boat in the grass eating your goodies, even more so if it's so hot you have to sit under the shade. P1000574.JPG We went on down to Rennes this time, hav...
by Chat Noir
16 Jan 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?
Replies: 8
Views: 342

Re: Top tips for scenic roads between St Malo/Fougeres/Caen etc?

Sounds a great idea and a good route. Just couple of comments, noting some of your preferences in the blog. Great start across La Rance to Dinard on the Corsaire boats, then easy up to join the old railway line in the middle of town. Easy and mostly pastoral cycling, good warm up, on the track. Just...
by Chat Noir
6 Dec 2018, 2:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice
Replies: 76
Views: 4167

Re: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice

Probably the most helpful advice would be for you to visit shops that have ranges of bikes to look at and try. I used a Galaxy for many years for commuting, touring, transporting children, off-roading, etc, did everything, comfortable and bombproof. These days, like lots of others on here, getting h...
by Chat Noir
28 Nov 2018, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Filthy
Replies: 30
Views: 1762

Re: Filthy

My partner was doing a market at Saltaire on Saturday so after an early start to help her set up I was off cycling my way to Haworth, Oxenhope, Hebden Bridge, up the cobbles through Heptonstall and over Widdop to Colne. By this stage the drizzle had stopped and even some sun but a cold wind from the...
by Chat Noir
25 Nov 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPAMMER : Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike
Replies: 16
Views: 759

Re: Manchester to Scarborough trains with a bike

I commuted from York to Scarborough for many years until 2014. In my latter years the service was much more reliable. All trains have spaces for bikes, although can be awkward if more than 2 but I never saw people barred from getting bikes on even when more than 2. Never experienced a train terminat...
by Chat Noir
16 Nov 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 60
Views: 2532

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

Favourite saddle is Brooks Swift titanium: always been comfortable right out of the box, durable, elegant, has saddle bag loops and stays comfortable even on 200-mile days. Have used B17 happily in the past but wouldn’t change back now. Only problem is you need to be sitting down when you see the pr...
by Chat Noir
12 Oct 2018, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly stuck bottom bracket
Replies: 31
Views: 973

Re: Possibly stuck bottom bracket

Well, we’ve all sometimes been muddled with left and right hand threads and poorly fitting tools, let alone not having the strength / grip to manage. One solution I’ve found with old steel frames and seized bottom brackets is to ask whichever of my sons has spent the most time in the gym recently to...