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by wirral_cyclist
26 Feb 2016, 10:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Where have all the end to enders gone?
Replies: 72
Views: 4690

Re: Where have all the end to enders gone?

I think that maybe that almost all E2E want it all organised and sorted for them (albeit with the trots included on one famous tour). Me (we) used several fora to get an idea for routes, then picked where to stay, and to be honest after doing something just about out of my comfort zone I want a 'lux...
by wirral_cyclist
20 Feb 2016, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone used a TEASI gps cycle gizmo ?
Replies: 13
Views: 2522

Re: Anyone used a TEASI gps cycle gizmo ?

I have a Teasi one2 and it is virtually identical in use to an Etrex20 with PC and GPX files, seems to plot a 'go to' route better than the garmin - probably mapset that makes difference. Benefits are it has a huge screen so shows more of a map, drawback is the infrequently (monthly) updated proprie...
by wirral_cyclist
22 Jan 2016, 11:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Getting Back from JOG (or Dunnet Head)
Replies: 14
Views: 1603

Re: Getting Back from JOG (or Dunnet Head)

The Wick-Inverness train can get busy with surprising amounts of travellers with many/BIG luggage, so boarding at Wick is safest bet (and have the bike on step to beat the bag ladies) and whilst the seats are available to book online at 12 week, the bikes seemingly only at 8 weeks - this made me swe...
by wirral_cyclist
9 Nov 2015, 1:49am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Ride Leader Courses
Replies: 7
Views: 808

Re: Ride Leader Courses

I did one, it seemed more for club committee level and just theory and practice of implications of riding(!) and got truly bogged down in legalese of liability insurance, and had no 'ride' content as a result of faffage and misdirection. I do have a club mate who did the full paid for course and fou...
by wirral_cyclist
7 Nov 2015, 6:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJoG over 3 years
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: LeJoG over 3 years

Take as many days/weeks/years to ride as you like, only those who've ridden LE to JoG non stop can claim to have done LEJoG 'properly'. They can certainly claim to have done it non-stop but there is no definition of "properly" to which they can lay claim. No definition of properly on here...
by wirral_cyclist
7 Nov 2015, 2:14am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJoG over 3 years
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: LeJoG over 3 years

Take as many days/weeks/years to ride as you like, only those who've ridden LE to JoG non stop can claim to have done LEJoG 'properly' - the rest of us have just been on multi day tours with a theme. I took 4 bites at it ;-)
by wirral_cyclist
3 Nov 2015, 10:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Central heating: is a magnetic filter necessary?
Replies: 18
Views: 7557

Re: Central heating: is a magnetic filter necessary?

Very easy to fit if you have a pipe cutter and sufficient clearance to tighten isolating valves. You should plan to be able to take top off to wipe the magnetic pocket clear of crud , as a simple flush leaves a fair bit of stuff behind (you're supposed to replace big O ring each time but I never hav...
by wirral_cyclist
1 Nov 2015, 12:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Practical weight weenie
Replies: 26
Views: 1500

Re: Practical weight weenie

Zimba 30 posts, Brucey 20,000 posts, hmm think I'll go with experience rather than someone who thinks Strava does anything other than frighten shared use path users.
by wirral_cyclist
1 Nov 2015, 12:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Central heating: is a magnetic filter necessary?
Replies: 18
Views: 7557

Re: Central heating: is a magnetic filter necessary?

I have a magnaclean on a fairly decent system, as in lots of plastic pipe, new big bore copper, new boiler and 90% new rads (over 2yr transition) and all of it swilling with Fernox but magnaclean still gets fluffy - though water is clean. Magnaclean cost ~£50 and took me 30 mins to fit ignoring empt...
by wirral_cyclist
27 Oct 2015, 11:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route planning app?
Replies: 9
Views: 1339

Re: Route planning app?

cycle.travel is superb on PC and works OK on my hudl.
by wirral_cyclist
24 Oct 2015, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1975

Re: Lowering gears

I've two bikes on 105 (both are triples) with 48/38 and either 26 or 24 on the inner and are 9sp and 'old' 10sp respectively, 9sp is on a acera shadow rear mech but 10sp on a std medium 105 rear mech.
Rear cassette on both are MTB. I don't think current 10sp front will shift MTB rear spacing though.
by wirral_cyclist
23 Oct 2015, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Question about 11 speed sets
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Question about 11 speed sets

Lol. Well currently my set is a triple crank and 8 speed cassette on the rear. I just find it doesn't suit my style of cycling and feel I am constantly changing between 2 gears as I can't find a balance. So I am pretty keen on fixing that as soon as. I'm not looking speed, I just want to be able to...
by wirral_cyclist
19 Oct 2015, 1:56am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: bike agro getting to JOG by rail
Replies: 38
Views: 4177

Re: bike agro getting to JOG by rail

When I completed my last stage of E2E I needed an Inverness to Wick train and the bike reservations didn't appear with first tickets at week 12 but at week 10 - when the cheaper advance tickets came out. You shouldn't have a problem going North in any case as most of the bike traffic is heading South.
by wirral_cyclist
6 Oct 2015, 12:46pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: No diversity in Cycle magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 1214

Re: No diversity in Cycle magazine

No non-white cyclists here in Wirral and I've seen very few non-white on tours bith UK or in Europe FR/BE/NL/DE so I guess it isn't a problem. Do you want some token one's to be seen to be (un)representative?
by wirral_cyclist
8 Sep 2015, 7:37pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Premier Inn
Replies: 13
Views: 4933

Re: Premier Inn

We used the new Travelodge in Llandudno last week and had bike in the bedroom - looks like they are catching up with our needs too!