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by robgul
16 Feb 2020, 7:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar
Replies: 13
Views: 827

Re: Gibraltar

Some of us remember Gib before the border opened. :D The UK side was open, but the Spanish side was locked shut and guarded. Any Brit who wanted to go to Spain, had to cross to Tangier and back to La Linea or Algeciras. Fresh fruit and veg and meats came in by plane from UK or by ship from UK. TBH,...
by robgul
14 Feb 2020, 7:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal extenders ( to stop boots rubbing crank arm ) ?? Any experience ?
Replies: 26
Views: 1294

Re: Pedal extenders ( to stop boots rubbing crank arm ) ?? Any experience ?

My left foot has a problem with a tendon that has stretched and thus my foot isn't directly under my leg, it "leans out to the left" - it's getting better but it does cause my ankle to rub against the crank arm. I fitted these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-pair-titaniumbike-pedal-extenders-...
by robgul
11 Feb 2020, 8:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for workstand
Replies: 19
Views: 1181

Re: recommendation for workstand

If it's a roadbike and just for cleaning then this would do the job (and not take up much space)

https://www.g4gadgets.co.uk/solid-bike- ... st-uk.html

Rob
by robgul
31 Jan 2020, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a carbon frame worth it for a heavy rider?
Replies: 17
Views: 1048

Re: Is a carbon frame worth it for a heavy rider?

I wouldn't buy a used carbon frame/bike unless I knew the owner and that he/she had it from new.

And as for weight - I was told (by PlanetX) that their rule of thumb is max 100kg rider weight for a carbon bike.

Rob
by robgul
25 Jan 2020, 11:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium seatpost
Replies: 27
Views: 1564

Re: Titanium seatpost

I have a Ti seatpost on one of my bikes in part as it looks nice and in part as it was a low-ish cost add-on when I bought the bike. The weight difference is marginal - the upside, apart from appearance, is that it's not going to rust or corrode in any way. Shameless plug - I have an as new Ti seatp...
by robgul
24 Jan 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem fitting rear pannier rack
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: Problem fitting rear pannier rack

If it's as I'm guessing with a sheared off bolt in the eyelet then some careful drilling out will probably solve the problem - start with a very thin drill in the centre of the broken bolt and drill as starter hole . . . then [If you're really lucky the drill MAY just start to turn the remains of th...
by robgul
24 Jan 2020, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike gear for bigger folk?
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Bike gear for bigger folk?

Have a look at the Funkier brand stuff - seems to be quite big from my experience with quite a few garments

Rob
by robgul
24 Jan 2020, 7:32am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotel @ Heathrow?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Hotel @ Heathrow?

St Giles Hotel at Feltham (they call it London Heathrow) - far enough from the airport to be reasonably priced, but near enough to get there pretty quickly. Prices are fair in the week, cheaper on Sunday nights.

Rob
by robgul
14 Jan 2020, 7:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: General degreaser
Replies: 44
Views: 2439

Re: General degreaser

Just watch it with the Screwfix stuff - if you you use it neat (I normally knock it down with 3 parts water) in, say, a container that you're going to put parts in it does attack anozied finishes after a while.

Rob
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: General degreaser
Replies: 44
Views: 2439

Re: General degreaser

Screwfix degreaser https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense-heavy-duty-degreaser-5ltr/88668 has been recommended for use with the parktool chain cleaner Another vote for the Screwfix cheap and cheerful stuf : BUT there is a Fenwick's chain cleaning product that, I have found in using, is really effec...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Rob, thanks for the post. Perhaps sadly, I'm not familiar with your E2E site (in the same vein that I'm not familiar with almost everything else even remotely technical), so may I please have a link to it? I'm not really a hotel person (unless I've had a week or more of absolute chucking rain on th...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Sorry to semi-hijack this thread, but Rob: hello. A list of your cycle friendly hotels in this region might be useful to more than this particular poster, so might we have it 'up' for all prospective Loire-ites to see? Happy days, When I get round to it I'm going to add another couple of sections t...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Many thanks Rob, really helpful advice. We are planning to head west to Saumur then south, east, then north and back on to the Loire before returning to Tours. A rectangle of many proportional options depending on how far we feel like cycling and what we see on route! Thanks again, I’ll chat to my ...
by robgul
12 Jan 2020, 7:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?

It seems that many of the newer service areas are accessible from the motorway and also local roads - examples on the M40 are at Beaconsfield, Cherwell Valley and Oxford; South Mimms & Thurrock on the M25; Abington on the A74(M) (and another on that road that I stopped at when cycling JOGLE) - a...
by robgul
11 Jan 2020, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: Which Tours train station to start my tour?!

Th main Tours city station (i.e. not the TGV one) is quite close to the river (Pont Wilson) - from there either way along the river is OK. BUT (if it's anything like the train we took from Caen last year) - it may be billed as going to Tours main station but will terminate at St Pierre des Corps (t...