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by Reigncloud
23 May 2013, 9:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Off road tour - the ridgeway
Replies: 15
Views: 1349

Re: Off road tour - the ridgeway

I rode the Ridgeway a month ago and it was in great condition. Hardly any mud at all. Of course that might not be the case now. I did actually comment to my riding partner at the time how it wouldn't be so fun in the wet. Except for the part just near overton hill, which is very rutted, the remainde...
by Reigncloud
8 Apr 2013, 9:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Visiting Recycling sites on a bike
Replies: 35
Views: 3955

Re: Using Veolia household recycling sites on a bike

Sita run it in our area (not veolia sorry) and have always been fine with me showing up with a bike trailer. I'm actually a bit shocked to hear that some places do have issues with people arriving on bikes.
by Reigncloud
24 Mar 2013, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Searching for a trailer hitch
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Searching for a trailer hitch

This is the same hitch as on a chariot kids trailer. Might be worth looking for a local stockist. Just be aware that all things chariot are usually hideously expensive.
by Reigncloud
5 Mar 2013, 10:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how mwny hours from a kindle charge
Replies: 34
Views: 1659

Re: how mwny hours from a kindle charge

3g use is now restricted- Amazon, Wikipeadia and a couple of other things I think maybe. No email or general surfing unless through wifi. I just read an article saying that its now been capped at 50mb. No mention of specific websites. http://gigaom.com/2012/07/24/amazon-limits-monthly-kindle-browsi...
by Reigncloud
4 Mar 2013, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how mwny hours from a kindle charge
Replies: 34
Views: 1659

Re: how mwny hours from a kindle charge

My wife can get through about half a dozen books while on tour so the kindle is a great weight saver over the dead tree versions. I've never had to charge either of ours during a two week tour. We have the 3g versions which are great if you just want to check your email or a train timetable as the 3...
by Reigncloud
26 Feb 2013, 11:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones

Why don't you buy the 8mm inserts and just file them out to fit? They're only £4 http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/ortlieb-plastic-inserts-u-shaped-for-pannier-qr-hooks-2-x-8mm-2-x-11mm-for-ql1-and-ql2-versions-oe166-prod12402/ If held correctly in a bench vice a 10mm drill will make the job a lot quicker...
by Reigncloud
26 Feb 2013, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones

mrjemm wrote:And in the meantime, you can wrap some insulating or self-amalgamating tape around the rack tubes. That works. Promise.


Yeah I realised that but didn't want the ugly tape left on my bike. I know that sounds precious and my bike certainly isn't an image of beauty, but just a personal taste thing :)
by Reigncloud
26 Feb 2013, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Ortleib rack inserts - 3d printing new ones

While I love my Ortleibs, I hate the fact they rattle around on my rack, even when properly seated and locked on. This is because the inserts that you get are made for certain diameter rack tubing. Mine is 10mm and the closest internal diameter of the inserts is 11.2mm (or therebouts). I realise tha...
by Reigncloud
18 Feb 2013, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring
Replies: 40
Views: 7305

Re: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring

Just to add my set up. When I needed a new front rim, I bought a shimano xt dynamo hub from germany for about 60 quid.- I built this into my new rim. I then found an easy schematic for building a usb charging unit which ofc takes the 6v ac put out by the hub, and converts it to 5v dc. This cost les...
by Reigncloud
13 Feb 2013, 11:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lake Balaton - Best area for short cycle rides
Replies: 6
Views: 648

Re: Lake Balaton - Best area for short cycle rides

The path around the lake is actually not too bad generally. Yes there's plenty of it that coincides with ambling walkers and their children but these are fairly easily avoided. From memory the surface was fine and where it wasn't you could quite easily take the road. There are certainly many places ...
by Reigncloud
11 Feb 2013, 10:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring
Replies: 40
Views: 7305

Re: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring

Let's suppose cycle camping in Scotland... Charging at a campsite: 1) leaving stuff charging unattended in the toilet block can be prone to pilferage. 2) charging in reception means that you are subject to reception opening times, and if it's a small site where the man comes round and collects the ...
by Reigncloud
31 Jan 2013, 11:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring
Replies: 40
Views: 7305

Re: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring

Like a few on here, I question the need for anything more elaborate than a battery charger. What about those of us who don't wish to carry a separate GPS unit with us? I use my phone quite successfully for navigating while touring and it obviously doesn't accept AA batteries. My Etrex20 will I thin...
by Reigncloud
10 Dec 2012, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle Sat Navs
Replies: 114
Views: 6926

Re: Bicycle Sat Navs

The whole satnav on a bike thing has been done quite a few times before on this forum. My two cents here:

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by Reigncloud
8 Sep 2012, 12:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Hack - Magnets on bar bag zips
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Touring Hack - Magnets on bar bag zips

Just thought I'd share a small mod I conducted on my handlebar bag. This was borne out of a) my paranoia that I'd left the bar bag open after a rest/photo stop and b) the realisation that I had indeed left the bar bag open after a rest/photo stop one a few occasions. This doesn't solve the problem, ...
by Reigncloud
26 Jul 2012, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sat Nav
Replies: 19
Views: 6226

Re: Sat Nav

One of the issues seemed to be that a routing algorithm for cars used very different priorities than for me touring. Actually I don't mind going a mile or two out of the way if it gets me on to an obscure road which follows a railway / river up a valley and on to the plateau. Typically satnavs are ...