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by mark barker
14 Jul 2011, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Round The Coast Of Britain
Replies: 24
Views: 8333

Re: Round The Coast Of Britain

Whilst in Haverfordwest on monday I bumped into a Trice rider that was in the process of riding the coastal route. He seemed to be enjoying his retirement and IMHO he'd picked a great way to start off the years of leisure!
by mark barker
24 Jun 2011, 10:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

GrahamNR17 wrote:[
or perhaps because it's the second-worse bike Raleigh made :roll: (with the RSW pipping it into first place) :roll:

Hmm... should I be embarrassed about my recent ebay purchase then? RSW (mk2)... :D
by mark barker
9 Jun 2011, 5:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Sadtimes... I'm not going to be able to make it. :( Childcare things have gone horribly wrong so theres no one available to look after the small folks.

Have a great time peeps and don't forget we want lots of pictures!
by mark barker
4 Jun 2011, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bodger or Perfectionist - which are you?
Replies: 39
Views: 2039

Re: Bodger or Perfectionist - which are you?

As a former Design & Technology teacher I take great pride in bodging things together! My shed is a shrine to scrap and there is very little that can't be fixed (or improved!), although to some the final appearance may be slightly offensive! My bodgery doesn't stop at bikes, I'm happy to have a ...
by mark barker
2 Jun 2011, 8:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

GrahamNR17 wrote:Who else ain't ready for TCT? :shock:

Erm.... Me! Bike is in pieces, but hopefully it'll all be back together towards the end of next week (assuming the evenings are nice and dry!). Guess I'd better think about buying a tent as well... :|
by mark barker
31 May 2011, 12:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG failed - bike stolen
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Re: LEJOG failed - bike stolen

OMG, that sucks...
by mark barker
28 May 2011, 9:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

It's suffering from too much oil :wink: The hub doesn't need to run in a 'bath' of oil, just everything inside needs to be nice and oily. Let it all carry on leaking out and don't top it up. Once it stops piddling everywhere, just add a teaspoon each month during the riding season. At low mileages,...
by mark barker
28 May 2011, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: T-Juctions, turning right and Left
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: T-Juctions, turning right and Left

What "national standard"? Do you mean the Highway Code(http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/Cyclists/index.htm)? National Standard is the "proper" name for Bikeability. The guidelines vary depending on the junction, but as a general rule when turning right ...
by mark barker
28 May 2011, 11:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

So, this weekends task is to fix up the poor little bike so its ready for the TCT... The bottom bracket isn't looking too good (even though new bearings were fitted 200miles ago), and the rear hub doesn't like holding any oil..... This makes braking a little worrying as the rim has a constant supply...
by mark barker
18 May 2011, 9:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

There's a local bicycle project here in Corsham called "Spindles & Sprockets" http://www.spindlesandsprockets.co.uk a great bunch of people who help people keep their bikes on the road and restore bikes to sell on. They have in the past mooted running a wheel-building course so I'm ho...
by mark barker
18 May 2011, 8:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Having ridden my lovely little bike 140 miles around the New Forest & South Downs its in need of a minor rebuild.... But it'll be done way before the TCT... I'm really looking forward to it! I still have the old rim so if my local bicycle project is still planning on running wheel-building cours...
by mark barker
11 May 2011, 1:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211430

Re: togglechaintour bikes

corshamjim wrote:I won't be bringing a Moulton, but I will be bringing two 16" wheels.

Snap, lovingly attached to the cutest frame ever!
by mark barker
8 May 2011, 10:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The bike2work scheme and my MEP
Replies: 48
Views: 4438

Re: The bike2work scheme and my MEP

I've always viewed the scheme as a solution to a non problem. I don't see why any individual can use the scheme more than once, and why the value of the "loan" is so high. I doubt any non cyclist would spend £1k on a new bike, so the only people that benefit from this are existing cyclists...
by mark barker
5 May 2011, 4:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Side of Bus Shelter 1 - 0 My Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1461

Re: Side of Bus Shelter 1 - 0 My Bike

OK, so I've been puzzling over this for a while.... How did you ride into a bus stop? :shock: