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by horizon
16 Apr 2021, 11:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: if a Moulton would...
Replies: 80
Views: 2226

Re: if a Moulton would...

Chris56 wrote: 15 Apr 2021, 9:52am
Would narrow flat bar with bar ends help?

https://www.rutlandcycling.com/componen ... ps__372606
I used my Ergon 4 grips for the first time this week - three short (10 milers) hilly rides. They were utterly brilliant. The Giant you link to are much cheaper (£20 I think) compared to £55 for the Ergons but the Ergons I think have better grip design. They aren't cheap but they are brilliant: it's both the bar end and the flat palm platform that work. It's being able to turn your wrists 90 deg and vary your hand positions that provides relief, along with your wrist being supported and aligning with your arm when on the bars. I am not saying they are the panacea for the OP but they must surely be worth a try (the Ergons or the Giant).
by horizon
16 Apr 2021, 11:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bluemels Mudguard Tool - crowd funding
Replies: 27
Views: 387

Re: Bluemels Mudguard Tool - crowd funding

Happy to pledge and donate £5.00 by Paypal.
by horizon
16 Apr 2021, 10:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 122
Views: 4874

Re: How light can you go?

Well the thread inspired me to get the Jetpacker down from the shelf and take a look. Still looks brand new. I know I used it because it still has string tied to the rubbers where I tied it to rocks in a Spanish campsite that only had hard standing ..

It looks great and indeed well made (PDQ's comments notwithstanding - incidentally my brother's meeting with Robert Saunders IIRR was to sort out a problem with a tent ...). I know it's small and a ridge tent (it does have an A pole entrance though), it should stand up better in a storm than a tunnel. I recall using it quite happily. All it neeeds really is a porch!

This tent replaced a Aquatite Nomad 1 with cotton inner and which I had used for years and really liked. What I didn't like about the Saunders was the inner material (man-made, not sure which) and the flap-down inner door (in other words what you get on a modern tent :( ).

I've decided to take it on a run when weather and rules allow!
by horizon
16 Apr 2021, 3:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 122
Views: 4874

Re: How light can you go?

pjclinch wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 3:43pm e a little heavier than, say, Kerlon 1,000 but (like Kerlon 1800) it's stronger.

But there was nothing wrong with the tents: more a case of everyone catching them up rather than Saunders getting left behind.

Pete.
Ironically the things I don't like about modern tents might be precisely those introduced by Saunders! I've had to adapt to modern tents in order to take advantage of what they offer.
by horizon
16 Apr 2021, 10:50am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How light can you go?
Replies: 122
Views: 4874

Re: How light can you go?

Jdsk wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 10:23am
leftpoole wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 9:59am
iandusud wrote: 16 Apr 2021, 8:10am We still have our Saunders Spacepacker Plus which has had regular use over the years...
I am in awe of people who have managed to keep any Saunders tent going for so long!
Why?
What is the point?
Why not buy more modern more easy to use much lighter and larger tent?
We're happy with our late 70s Base Packer. It does what we ask of it. How would anything newer be easier to use?

Thanks

Jonathan
AFAIK (without checking), Robert Saunders missed out on the dome and tunnel revolution - they were early pioneers with lightweight man-made material. I've a perfectly functional Jetpacker but now use a Vango Helix 100 (hardly top stuff) in preference. Robert Saunders is definitely in the hall of fame but there might have been a few mishaps (my brother met him once FWIW!). Compared to what a large company like Vango can do, his smaller operation was a minor miracle. AFAIK he is now dead and his company is no more but any confirmation of the latter would be appreciated.
by horizon
11 Apr 2021, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck bottom bracket - don’t give up!
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: Stuck bottom bracket - don’t give up!

Brucey wrote: 19 Jan 2021, 10:47am FWIW the one thing you shouldn't do is to use a hammer on the tool. I recently broke a shimano UN BB tool by doing that, and I didn't think I'd hit it that hard. The same tool had survived a scaffold pole previously ( est 500-600 ftlbs), so it was strong.... but not tough....

FWIW I nearly always use a washer on the tool, but my washer is ~35mm dia, which means that I can slip a full hex 3/4" drive 36mm socket onto it if I want to.

cheers
I was going to ask Brucey which tool he had as mine took a 32 mm socket. Combined with an M16 washer (30 mm OD) and a standard crank bolt, we had lift off. Initially it broke an aluminium extension tube (I had tried this BB a few years back without success) but a 4' double old vacuum cleaner tube, gently levered, did the trick! So thanks to peetee for this (or least bringing it to our attention). Although I preferred Brucey's use of the socket rather than a spanner, it is the securing of the tool that does the trick. It has basically saved a bike.
by horizon
10 Apr 2021, 1:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does Anyone Know If This Is A Good Buy? Second Hand Bike (Bike No Longer Available)
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Does Anyone Know If This Is A Good Buy? Second Hand Bike

I think it's great. The only two provisos I would have is that the forks or frame (aluminium) are in any way damaged (e.g. in a crash) and that the (Sora) mechs might be worn if the bike has been well used. So your costs (rims, tyres, cassette, chain, brake blocks etc) might come later.
by horizon
9 Apr 2021, 7:34pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-BIKES KIT CONVERSIONS
Replies: 16
Views: 504

Re: E-BIKES FOR ALL

TonyN wrote: 9 Apr 2021, 3:53pm E- Bikes have definitely become acceptable to the cycling fraternity when my hard core MTB magazine has features about them every month.
I wonder if that is because MTB'ing isn't esentially about fitness*, health and travel but about skills and thrills. In that sense it has more in common with downhill skiing than cycling. After all, skiers have been using powered ski lifts to get them to the top of hills for decades.

* That doesn't mean you might not get fit but it isn't the prime motivator.
by horizon
9 Apr 2021, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tudor Sports jerseys/jackets sizes?
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Tudor Sports jerseys/jackets sizes?

The jackets are listed as 40" Large whereas the jerseys are listed as 42 - 44" Large. I don't know the reason for the discrepancy but it would reinforce your decision to buy a Medium jersey, but perhaps not a Medium jacket! You might also say that for cycling clothes, tighter fitting is desirable: I am always a Large except for a couple of polo shirts that I wear for cycling which are Medium. Tricky. At least reselling should be possible if you later change your mind.
by horizon
8 Apr 2021, 8:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: if a Moulton would...
Replies: 80
Views: 2226

Re: if a Moulton would...

I'm wondering if it's more to do with wrist position than bumpy roads (or at least the wrists not coping with bumpy roads). I do get the odd twinge after riding my straight bar folder (albeit 20 " wheels which helps). So I've invested in some Ergon grips - they're on the bike, I just need to do a longish ride with them.

There's quite a bit on this page (scroll down) about wrist position and pain - or at least their claims. They aren't cheap but Ergon seem to tthink they will solve the problem. Just from feeling them on the bike is already enough to convince me they will be a major help:

https://www.ergonbike.com/en/product-de ... =gptouring
by horizon
7 Apr 2021, 12:27pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: A thesis on moderation and why it's crap for everyone
Replies: 95
Views: 3513

Re: A thesis on moderation and why it's crap for everyone

mjr wrote:
I feel this is why people don't bother to report much because it feels like a waste of time, a very negative user experience, like the site rules are just words that the mods don't feel they need implement, or even change the words to match the practice.
I have reported maybe two or three posts in the past. None was about vitriolic comments but usually a specific point about someone crossing a line (I remember one about a post revealing someone else's identity). All were dealt with promptly and effectively.
by horizon
5 Apr 2021, 11:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retro-fitting a braze-on front mech to a folder
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: Retro-fitting a braze-on front mech to a folder

(Firstly some belated thanks to 2_i)

I'm resurrecting this thread because I have now acquired the Tern Link D8 as alluded to in the OP. I've transferred the Spa double crankset over from my Tern Node (which all went well) and have fitted the Litepro braze-on adaptor. I'm now ready to purchase and install a suitable front mech.

I'm anticipating some problems with the positioning and smooth running of the FD and also some issues on the cable run. So if anyone would like to keep an eye on this thread as it progresses I would be very grateful!
by horizon
31 Mar 2021, 12:04am
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: A thesis on moderation and why it's crap for everyone
Replies: 95
Views: 3513

Re: A thesis on moderation and why it's crap for everyone

I think there is indeed a layer limit already (three I think). AFAIK anyway.