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by backnotes
15 Jun 2021, 8:42am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Prendas downsizing....
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Prendas downsizing....

I just got my Santini top out to check sizing on the back of this news. The zip was jammed and the zip pull broke off. So now I do need a new top. Rats!

by backnotes
11 Jun 2021, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Posting wheels
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Posting wheels

Confusing. Putting Hermes parcel size into Google suggests that there used to be small, medium and large Hermes parcels: ... ium#prices

But the actual Hermes website seems to say there are now just two sizes - letterbox-friendly, and larger than that but within certain limits, and once you are bigger than letterbox and it is still smaller than a certain maximum size, it then depends on weight: ... can-i-send ... h-a-parcel

I assume "volume" actually means "circumference" here. Anyway, unless it is a (front) penny-farthing wheel or some very heavy wheels you are sending, sounds like you should be OK?

by backnotes
9 Jun 2021, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shaky wing mirror
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: Shaky wing mirror

Well it could have been a cycle forum question, but the wing mirrors seem to have shaken right off...... ... 0-21-2016/
by backnotes
8 Jun 2021, 4:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New to cycle rides- advice appreciated
Replies: 17
Views: 520

Re: New to cycle rides- advice appreciated

If you tell us (roughly) where you are based, people may be able to suggest a local club / group, or you can find some but not all local groups using this map

You can then ask if they have any suggested routes. Some groups may have a website with suggested circular rides - here's one local to me - absolutely no use to you as it is not in the North, but a local (to you) club may have something similar.

As above, there are lots of different ride planning apps, each with a loyal following. I use and the free version of that lets you browse for routes other people have created. You can search for routes within a set distance of your location, and filter by length and climbing etc. This can be a source of ideas, but one person's idea of a nice safe route may not match yours so "buyer beware" applies!

CycleStreets (mentioned above) is good as it gives you quiet / balanced / fastest route options. Cycling UK use that here There are also some county guides with links to local groups ... ing-guides and an assortment of rides of different lengths here

Hope you find and enjoy some good local rides!
by backnotes
7 Jun 2021, 9:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle
Replies: 37
Views: 2749

Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

Well I'm not complaining, - i got a new carpet and a new fitted kitchen at 75% off, as well as a saddle :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by backnotes
7 Jun 2021, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle
Replies: 37
Views: 2749

Re: Selle Italia Mitica Leather Saddle

The Epoca and Mitica are now in the sale - so down to £37.50 + P+P at Planet X, so even more of a bargain than they were before.... ... it/saddles
by backnotes
5 Jun 2021, 6:54pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Where do I find my insurance discount code?
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: Where do I find my insurance discount code?

I am not a new member so I may not see the same codes / discounts as you should. I can PM you the codes I see - probably shouldn't post these on a public forum.

There are 3 flavours of insurance - Yellow Jersey, and Pedal Cover, and then there was or is also Cycle Sure (via Butterworth Spengler) for people who join via the "Back on Your Bike" 6 month scheme. I can find the regular member codes for the first two if it was either of those you want.

Belt and braces, I would suggest you also send a brief email to now, to log / timestamp the problem and ask for help with your old/new login problem. Then in the unlikely event your bike is stolen over the weekend, you have half a leg to stand on!

If you are worried, I am sure that if you take out the insurance without the discount, and notify about the login problem at the same time, they would / should sort out the discount after the weekend when your old/new account issue is sorted out.
by backnotes
29 May 2021, 3:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Alphabetical games whilst cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 536

Re: Alphabetical games whilst cycling

Or a "Z-car" - Ford Zephyr / Zodiac?
by backnotes
22 May 2021, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge

gbnz wrote: 22 May 2021, 6:54pm (Nb. Though a nuisance when heading North if the Humber Bridge is now closed to cyclists)
I thought it was open again in daytime hours? ... edestrians says:

"People on cycles or on foot can now cross the bridge between the hours of 5am and 9pm without the need to register in advance; however, anyone wishing to cross outside these hours will still need to send their details to bridge officials ahead of time."

This was two weeks ago though.

The website says "West Footpath Open" at the moment.
by backnotes
20 May 2021, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: blanking covers for SPD shoes
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: blanking covers for SPD shoes

Shimano cleat covers?

The list at the bottom doesn't include your shoe, but I expect they are all the same.
by backnotes
14 May 2021, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gatorskin - sidewall issues
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: Gatorskin - sidewall issues

Thanks for the above two responses,

I didn't know a chafing strip was "a thing" until this thread. The tyre is long gone and I only have the one quick phone picture of it. I have tried to indicate the edges of what I assume is the strip in question on a blow up below. The split could potentially be tyre lever damage as above, and I think it is along the line of where the rim bead hook met the tyre.

Anyway, I was probably less curious and concerned than I should have been at the time, and just relieved I had been carrying a spare tyre round with me for years. I just checked the rim and chafing strip on the replacement wheel/tyre and I can't see anything amiss..

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by backnotes
14 May 2021, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gatorskin - sidewall issues
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: Gatorskin - sidewall issues

I think it is more like a chafing strip as suggested above. I had a Gatorskin that split underneath that band. I’ve changed the contrast so you can just about make out at the top of the split that the strip under discussion extended across the tear in the tyre underneath it and wasn’t structurally part of the pocket that contains the bead.
by backnotes
12 May 2021, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fix your bike voucher
Replies: 49
Views: 3591

Re: Fix your bike voucher

The fourth round of vouchers has all gone so they seem to have closed the initial registrations bit of the site, but there is FAQ info here: ... heme-faqs/

that links to this Government site: ... -a-voucher

which suggests they don't know if they will be having another round of vouchers yet.

(oh, my post crossed with mjr's post, but says roughly the same thing....)
by backnotes
20 Apr 2021, 1:46pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: How many media officers does it take....
Replies: 24
Views: 1375

Re: How many media officers does it take....

The job descriptions for two of the roles advertised last year are easily found and linked through these pages ... -officer-0 ... ia-officer

The two roles complement each other and were advertised at the same time.
by backnotes
16 Apr 2021, 8:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: National Close Pass Day (14/4/21)
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: National Close Pass Day (14/4/21)

Similar in Beds, Cambs and Herts "tri-force area". BCH Road Policing put a link to the Cycling UK documents on their website on Wednesday morning, but no evidence of any other activity on Twitter on in local media.

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So if nothing much happened in Essex, W. Yorks or BCH, every other force but one must have been a hive of activity!