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by Mr Tom
24 Jan 2019, 10:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Thanks! I'm sure a synthetic bag will be more than enough for the time being. I'll probably get one of those and a liner. I'll pop into some camping shops over the next few days and see what I can spot.
by Mr Tom
24 Jan 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Hi, I'm looking to get a sleeping bag, actually not for cycle touring to begin with, it's for a bushcraft course. May get used for touring eventually. The prices seem to go from £30 to £400+. I just wondered what you need to pay to get something which is reasonable quality. I feel like with bikes th...
by Mr Tom
22 Jan 2019, 3:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5106

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

Yeah crows seem really interesting. I've never seen them doing anything very special but should try to pay more attention next time I see some. I've had the experience of nearly crashing into a young stag in Richmond Park, luckily the sound of me braking on gravel scared it away. Well something scar...
by Mr Tom
22 Jan 2019, 12:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5106

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

I've seen a few bats in my time cycling along the river path, but they are so small and fast and gone in a split second they don't really frighten me too much. I remember in Canada a big black bird, maybe a big crow kept dive bombing me and landing on the next lampost along a street. I realised I ha...
by Mr Tom
8 Jan 2019, 12:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5106

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

I saw a program on the RAAM riding from one coast of America to the other. A lady was riding through the night followed by her support vehicle. After about six hours of night riding she stopped for a break and told her team that she was chasing the other rider all night but every time she went fast...
by Mr Tom
7 Jan 2019, 11:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5106

Re: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

The rider behind wasn't that close, probably 10 meters away. They must have just had a really bright front light.
by Mr Tom
7 Jan 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)
Replies: 32
Views: 5106

Really creepy experience cycling home tonight (I did solve the mystery eventually)

Such a strange experience riding home tonight! Part of my commute takes me along the river path from Richmond to Ham. It's normally totally deserted at night, and unlit, bushes and trees on one side and the river on the other. Anyway, as I was riding back tonight at about 6pm I spotted a runner I ha...
by Mr Tom
11 Dec 2018, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims for use with drum brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: Rims for use with drum brakes

OK thanks! Have ordered some
by Mr Tom
11 Dec 2018, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question

Hi, yes I learned that lesson when I ordered the Sputnik rim :( I don't know many rims, but I knew I had a Sputnik on my touring bike and it was 700c, so ordered that one for the Dutch bike. I didn't really know about checking the ERD. But I do now, so when I switch over to the 13g spokes will take ...
by Mr Tom
11 Dec 2018, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question

Great, thanks! I actually have a spare Ryde Sputnik rim amazingly, so just need to buy some spokes!
by Mr Tom
10 Dec 2018, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Spoke and rim size wheelbuilding question

rear wheel.jpg I'm planning to replace the rim on this wheel as it has a hairline crack on one of the spoke holes. The spokes are 13g and in the past I've only been able to track down replacement spokes on a unicycle website. It was made in Belgium originally although I bought it in the UK. The pre...
by Mr Tom
9 Dec 2018, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims for use with drum brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: Rims for use with drum brakes

Ah OK, thanks! I was wondering if stopping the rim from the hub was the reason. I'll look into the washers. There may be some on the old rim I can re-use.
by Mr Tom
8 Dec 2018, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims for use with drum brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Rims for use with drum brakes

I'm looking for a replacement rim to build into a wheel with Sturmey Archer Steelite drum brakes. The rims I've found online which are the correct size all say 'For rim brakes only'. I can't see why it would be an issue using them with other kinds of brakes, but as it seems something they all list i...
by Mr Tom
3 Dec 2018, 4:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Most fiddly and expensive repair I've tried!
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Most fiddly and expensive repair I've tried!

I think if I could turn back the clock I just wouldn't have taken the job on! Once I'd started I was committed really. I fiddled around trying to get the axle out and removed what parts I could, I don't think I could have replaced them without getting the hub open properly. I've never rebuilt a whol...
by Mr Tom
2 Dec 2018, 11:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Most fiddly and expensive repair I've tried!
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Most fiddly and expensive repair I've tried!

Hi, yes I think the spoke tension may have been an issue, it's a fairly cheap bike and probably the wheels were never built very well. I don't know enough about wheel building to fix this. I would have continued with the tapping to open it, but was worried that I was starting to damage the ring with...