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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: 178

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: 8
Views: 271

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: 8
Views: 271

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: 1147

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: 169

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: 1147

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: 1147

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: 1147

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 ...
by Mr Tom
24 Jan 2019, 10:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1130

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: 1130

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: 5139

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: 5139

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...