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by TrevA
21 Feb 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo 8 speed cassettes - Replacement options
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Campagnolo 8 speed cassettes - Replacement options

You can use a Shimano 7 speed cassette and it will index OK. I have done this in the past. If you can source a Shimano 7 speed freehub/wheel, then no spacer is needed, or you can use an Shimano 8/10 speed freehub with a spacer on the freehub before you put the 7 speed cassette on. You'll need to adj...
by TrevA
18 Feb 2019, 3:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use
Replies: 22
Views: 1161

Re: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use

The Four4th Scorpion is what many time trialists use. Can be seen from a mile away.
by TrevA
18 Feb 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride2work or finance?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: Ride2work or finance?

Having bought bikes both ways, the Cycle to Work scheme is worthwhile as long as you don't mind jumping through the various hoops that are needed for the scheme. You don't actually own the bike until 4 years after you've acquired it. But there are significant cost savings to be had, as detailed above.
by TrevA
17 Feb 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats
Replies: 11
Views: 615

Re: Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats

You've basically bought (or been bought) the wrong type of shoe for what you want. If they have not yet been worn, I'd try taking them back to the shop and ask if they would swap them for some MTB shoes. MTB shoes will have the recessed cleat holes that you need.
by TrevA
16 Feb 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages
Replies: 5
Views: 1540

Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

TDC the tragedy of drive-cycling rears its ugly head again Much better to stay home and watch the race on tivi No. Much better to follow by bike. We incorporated watching the Tour into a 2 week cycletour of the Alps. Managed to watch 4 mountain stages and the highlight was jumping in behind the bro...
by TrevA
16 Feb 2019, 8:24pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Scrap Funding For Elite Athletes.
Replies: 45
Views: 2895

Re: Scrap Funding For Elite Athletes.

Jo Rowsell and Lizzie Armitstead were picked up by BCs talent identification scheme which is part of their lottery funded performance pathway that leads to medals. Without it, they would never have taken up cycling or become Olympic or World champions. The Elite funding for athletes is just the top ...
by TrevA
14 Feb 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Carradice cape
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: Carradice cape

I had one of these and sold it. I re-discovered why we gave up wearing capes. They are like a sail in anything more than a gentle breeze. Hard to control and you get water pooling in the well between your arms. Also, I found that the cape was too small. The tie didn't reach around my middle. If I wa...
by TrevA
12 Feb 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle2Work and Hot Desking (where do i put my kit)
Replies: 19
Views: 1304

Re: Cycle2Work and Hot Desking (where do i put my kit)

We have hot desks at work, with a small locker to keep your work stuff in. Cyclists are allowed an extra larger locker to keep our kit in, but I could just about manage with the smaller one, which is the same size as the OPs will be. I keep towel, wash kit, shoes and trousers at work. I take underwe...
by TrevA
10 Feb 2019, 11:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?
Replies: 26
Views: 1832

Re: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?

For me, it's about how wet the roads are and how much muck there is on them. Yesterday, I would have been happy to ride my summer bike, as the roads were dry. Not so today, as the roads were awash. I'll get my summer bike out when the roads are consistently dry and largely free from salt and grime. ...
by TrevA
7 Feb 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

[...] the Fosse Way (it's a main road for much of its length, but there are nice lanes which run parallel to it). This takes you through the Midlands to the Cotswolds and you are then not far from Heathrow. Where "not far from Heathrow" is "more than 100km away as the crow"! Yes...
by TrevA
6 Feb 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2435

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

There's also a ferry from Rotterdam to Hull (actually Kingston upon Hull), which is about halfway between Newcastle and Harwich. From Hull you could cross the Humber Bridge then head towards Lincoln (nice cathedral and castle there), From Lincoln, you could then head south west - following the old r...
by TrevA
6 Feb 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Galaxy Steel Frame repair advice please
Replies: 31
Views: 2684

Re: Galay Steel Frame repair advice please

Mercian quote £95 for fitting a new seat stay. https://www.merciancycles.co.uk/renovations/ Vernon Barker quotes £90 http://www.vernonbarkercycles.co.uk/prices_frames.html You would need a respray after. Mercian quote £150 and Vernon Barker £90 for a frame and fork respray. You could weld it but it ...
by TrevA
6 Feb 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman...
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman...

How many London buses = 1 Olympic swimming pool? How many Olympic swimming pools = 1 football pitch? How many football pitches = 1 Wales? And when are they going metric? London bus is usually a measure of length. Olympic swimming pool is a measure of volume. Football pitch is a measure of area, so ...
by TrevA
30 Jan 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Average Commute Length? Massive Increase Possible…
Replies: 24
Views: 2746

Re: Average Commute Length? Massive Increase Possible…

My current commute is 9 miles, but I have commuted 21 miles each way to work. I used to do it every day but would have the occasional day when I used public transport instead. I got very fit doing it. There was a 5 mile stretch on a dual carriageway and I used to treat that bit as a time trial. It u...
by TrevA
30 Jan 2019, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6999

Re: Best bike

Depends on your commute and the type of riding you want to do. If I just want to pootle in to work, I'll ride my touring bike, as it's more comfortable than the roadie. If I want to push on a bit then I'll ride my road bike, or winter road bike at this time of year. It also depends if I'm just doing...