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by tom_cat
25 Mar 2014, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap accommodation near Talbert, Loch Fyne
Replies: 1
Views: 1902

Cheap accommodation near Talbert, Loch Fyne

Hi, I'm planning a tour around the Highland in the summer, starting and ending in Inverness. I'm not camping, but I'm not rich either and am hoping to keep it to either warmshowers.org couch surfing or youth hostels. I should be able to do this all of the way without much problem, but I'm having tro...
by tom_cat
18 Mar 2014, 1:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bilbao to St Malo 2 Week Trip
Replies: 19
Views: 7854

Re: Bilbao to St Malo 2 Week Trip

If you're using a GPS, download the Europe or France map and then save the area you need into it (edit using a mapping programme like bikehike etc), was really useful on my trip for deciding ad-hoc how long to spend in the saddle and which campsites to aim for. They even have phone numbers embedded ...
by tom_cat
6 Jan 2014, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt Warranty
Replies: 2
Views: 2751

Re: Schmidt Warranty

Yeah, unfortunately I've left it too late to check. Ebay auction ends tonight. It seems the seller isn't getting back to me with an answer on whether they even have a receipt anyway.
by tom_cat
6 Jan 2014, 7:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt Warranty
Replies: 2
Views: 2751

Schmidt Warranty

Does anyone know if the Schmidt warranty on their SON hubs is transferable if the proof of purchase is present?

I have the opportunity to buy a low mileage 2nd hand one, but will just pay full price for a new one if I don't get the reassurance of the 5 year warranty.
by tom_cat
26 Aug 2013, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off
Replies: 43
Views: 4028

Re: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off

Also, as you're looking at bikes in advance, how about the Macho Man Disc? http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/macho_man_disc Looks verrry nice to me. No rack facility it seems, but if you're talking bike-packing, then a framepack and seat stuffer thingy would be the way to go anyway I believe. Yeah, I ...
by tom_cat
23 Aug 2013, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off
Replies: 43
Views: 4028

Re: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off

Some interesting discussions and theories. Thanks you all for the input. I can't say I'm any the wiser though! I'm now leaning towards vertical dropouts rather than horizontal, which opens up my options even more in regard to frame options. Good thing I can't afford a new bike yet.
by tom_cat
19 Aug 2013, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off
Replies: 43
Views: 4028

Re: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off

I know that, offroad, running 35c+ tyres will provide adequate cushioning as can be expected from a CX bike, but my question more relates to a possible audax type setup - i.e 25/28c tyres. Ridden over 100 miles, the cumulative effect of fork vibration / tyre weight is worth consideration to me.
by tom_cat
19 Aug 2013, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off
Replies: 43
Views: 4028

Disc brake vs. canti's - quantifying the trade off

I'm wondering if anyone has ever done any proper research, or tried to quantify the trade off in comfort in switching from rim brakes to discs, due to the stiffening of the fork legs. The reason for my question is this: I've been doing a bit of research into the possibilities for a new bike. My idea...
by tom_cat
20 Jul 2013, 9:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Spain - at what point does it get too hot?
Replies: 37
Views: 2528

Re: Touring in Spain - at what point does it get too hot?

Just to report back: We did the costal route in the end. Very hilly, but very rewarding, probably some of the best rides of the 2 week tour and definitely the best views. Very demanding on the body as it was very hot, and more to the point, very humid, so the climbs were challenging. At some points ...
by tom_cat
20 Jul 2013, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment
Replies: 42
Views: 3335

Re: Touring without cooking equipment

Pleased to say we left the cooking equipment and it worked really well. True we probably spent a bit more than we would have, but we were able to travel lighter, most campsites did a standard breakfast of coffee/croissant/juice that was enough to get us on the road for about an hour until a mid morn...
by tom_cat
7 Jun 2013, 10:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: *****Dogs
Replies: 65
Views: 4215

Re: *****Dogs

Same thing happened to me a few weeks back, cycling home after a club ride through Ashton Court in Bristol. I'll always take the A4 into town from now on. Grazed elbow which cleared up in a couple of weeks, but I think I might have chipped the bone ever so slightly as it's still sore to lean on in a...
by tom_cat
21 May 2013, 1:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment
Replies: 42
Views: 3335

Re: Touring without cooking equipment

Thanks for all the conversation and replies. I have been reading. All very interesting and food (boom boom) for thought. I have to say that the most worrying aspect is no quick access to coffee first thing, so maybe I'll see if he has a little stove for that. Quite reassuring on the subject of food ...
by tom_cat
20 May 2013, 1:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment
Replies: 42
Views: 3335

Touring without cooking equipment

My friends and I are planning a trip up from Santander to Roscoff in a month and a half. He's talking about not taking cooking equipment which kind of appeals, I own a trangia , but leaving it at home would save a good chunk of weight. While I appreciate that it'll involve eating a lot more cold foo...
by tom_cat
14 May 2013, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple
Replies: 62
Views: 10725

Re: The "new" Stronglight Impact Triple

Are those likely to be better than the Spa Cycles budget triple? http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s109p2000