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by Mr Tom
27 Feb 2020, 5:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar mounted compass
Replies: 57
Views: 1960

Re: Bar mounted compass

I have never felt the need for one. Is it for off-road use in forestry or something like that? I guess it's just an additional useful thing when navigating. I've never managed to use my phone, always used an old school map and compass. Just that it's so easy to get lazy, stopping to look at the com...
by Mr Tom
27 Feb 2020, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar mounted compass
Replies: 57
Views: 1960

Bar mounted compass

I just wondered if anybody has any experience of using a compass mounted this way. I know you can get bells with a little compass built in. As I understand it, magnets don't like being bashed around, so does the vibration from the bars kill them pretty quickly? Is it better to just have one round yo...
by Mr Tom
22 Jan 2020, 12:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Navigation setups - phone or maps etc
Replies: 13
Views: 522

Re: Navigation setups - phone or maps etc

I guess it's all about what works best for you in the end. I like the idea of cue cards on some kind of ring binder or something so you could just keep turning them. I find the stopping to refold the map gets irritating at times. Maybe I'll invest in a Garmin kind of thing if I can justify the money...
by Mr Tom
21 Jan 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Navigation setups - phone or maps etc
Replies: 13
Views: 522

Navigation setups - phone or maps etc

Not sure if this is more than one topic. I've tended away from using my phone for navigation in the past, I think partly from doing my D of E award and really liking the idea of using a map and compass. Last time I met a friend though I was an hour late due to making mistakes from a hastily printed ...
by Mr Tom
14 Jan 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tips for building a front wheel with Sturmey Archer Steelite SBF hub
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Tips for building a front wheel with Sturmey Archer Steelite SBF hub

Hi, I posted a question a while back about building a rear wheel with a Steelite hub and got some good tips on here. To my amazement I was actually able to get the wheel built (with a Rigid Sputnik rim). I think I've done it correctly, maybe will post some pics to check. I wanted to build a new fron...
by Mr Tom
12 Jan 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Hastings route
Replies: 10
Views: 523

Re: London to Hastings route

I'm not sure. I'm based in Twickenham, so not sure if I'll head out from there or get a train to the SE edge of London and start there somewhere. Maybe Croydon or Sevenoaks
by Mr Tom
12 Jan 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Hastings route
Replies: 10
Views: 523

London to Hastings route

Not sure if this it the right page for routes... Anyway, like it says in the title, I'm interested in riding from London to Hastings soon and wondered if there are any recommendations for routes. From Google maps it looks like there are some pretty major hills, I've done London to Brighton a few tim...
by Mr Tom
12 Jan 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?
Replies: 36
Views: 1317

Re: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?

Ah OK. I seem to be making it work just squeezing my rucksack into my Altura briefcase style pannier, so I think that will do.I think both my panniers are so knackered nobody's likely to take them.
by Mr Tom
7 Jan 2020, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel size and tyre interface (?) on a Belgium 'Dutch' bike
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Wheel size and tyre interface (?) on a Belgium 'Dutch' bike

So, I've got an old Belgian Bakfiets/ Dutch bike which kind of got me back into cycling when I bought it. These days I mainly ride an LHT and have realised that the Belgian bike's a bit small for me anyway and it's a step through frame which I don't really need. Anyway, there was always a problem wi...
by Mr Tom
7 Jan 2020, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?
Replies: 36
Views: 1317

Re: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?

I'm starting to think that a rucksack inside an existing pannier back is the best solution. I suppose it's a lot of extra bag to carry, but it solves the problems of a crate and doesn't cost me extra
by Mr Tom
3 Jan 2020, 11:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?
Replies: 36
Views: 1317

Re: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?

Yeah the idea is just somewhere to chuck my rucksack and then take it out when I want to walk around town. I have tried putting my rucksack in the panniers and carrying it that way. I guess I was just a little wary of leaving the panniers on the bike. Maybe a thin cable would deter any theives
by Mr Tom
3 Jan 2020, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?
Replies: 36
Views: 1317

Fitting a crate on front / rear rack, how does it affect handling?

I'm thinking of getting a plastic crate for the front or back of my Surly LHT. I don't like cycling with a rucksack and there are so many journeys where I end up trudging around with two panniers for ages and it gets annoying. I just wondered if anyone's tried this and noticed the bike feeling less ...