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by matata
25 Feb 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling the Northern Ireland border
Replies: 2
Views: 1375

Re: Cycling the Northern Ireland border

I know the NI coast very well. I went to school there for 7 years...do you still want help??
by matata
25 Feb 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: dublin to wicklow
Replies: 4
Views: 1417

Re: dublin to wicklow

I Can only help you a wee bit... From Dublin city follow the coast road ,lovely view, to Sandy cove, Dun loaghaire ,follow the coast road again to Glenageary to Bullock Harbour to Dalkey ( nice little eating and drinking places, along Sorrento Road , up Vico road to Roundabout at top . All the music...
by matata
5 Jan 2019, 9:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake pipes lengthenng....
Replies: 11
Views: 502

Re: brake pipes lengthenng....

I might leave it as there is only 1/2 inch left in the stem...shed never notice it! ta nik
by matata
4 Jan 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brake pipes lengthenng....
Replies: 11
Views: 502

brake pipes lengthenng....

Just working on the wifes bike...cannondale hybrid with full hydraulic disc brakes. she like sit up and beg posture. I have used a fork stem extender and she's much happier. I need to extend one brake hydraulic cable. Is it difficult? Anybody else done it? Is it best left into LBS... Ta Nik
by matata
21 Dec 2018, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France
Replies: 26
Views: 1079

Re: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France

Thanks for the thoughts... I think, as my wife and I have just retired and I'm more keen than her ,its prob best if we finish our hols with her wanting more ,rather than throwing her bike in the ditch! The Carcassonne idea really appeals. cheap flights, plenty of places to stay and mooch around. On ...
by matata
19 Dec 2018, 10:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France
Replies: 26
Views: 1079

Easiest route from Calais to Chaminix, France

Just dreaming....Thinking of cycling with the wife to friends in chaminix france . Time not a problem. I don't want to put her off by big hauls/climbs. any suggestions for a "nice" route with few hills, nice scenery, the odd restaurant. Don't mind hosteling it. Ta Nik
by matata
12 Dec 2018, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: hollow tech...low chainrings for touring?
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: hollow tech...low chainrings for touring?

I was just getting a little carried away....Christmas! I think i'll stick to my regular BB. My lad says he can't remember the last time he saw me get off the saddle climbing a hill so I reckon 200grm is the least of my problems! Ta for the advice Nik
by matata
12 Dec 2018, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: hollow tech...low chainrings for touring?
Replies: 6
Views: 405

hollow tech...low chainrings for touring?

I tour with 46/36/24 front chain rings....They get me home on my tired legs with full panniers up a hill. I use the old style bottom bracket cartridge style, which is heavy but reliable. I like the idea of a hollow tech style bottom bracket/bb60. Can anyone think of a front chainring set up close to...
by matata
9 Mar 2018, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dissimilar metals corrosion
Replies: 25
Views: 1246

Re: Dissimilar metals corrosion

If you have car rims seized into hubs as I've had ,best /simplist thing is to back off the bolts 3/4 turn. Take the car down the road. bang on the brakes. You'll hear a click.. job done!
by matata
12 Feb 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke tension underbraking..
Replies: 14
Views: 584

Re: Spoke tension underbraking..

Bob, I take your point about cross spoking/radial but that is because disc brakes can exert a greater breaking force than rim brakes and have to redesigned to cope with the greater breaking. But what if the braking force is the same on both cyclists, say on a gentle braking?. Anybody able to do a co...
by matata
12 Feb 2018, 4:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke tension underbraking..
Replies: 14
Views: 584

Spoke tension underbraking..

I need to settle a question raised in the pub... When under braking with the same rate of retardation, is the spoke tension greater, less or equal comparing rim brakes and disc brakes and why? I need a techy physics answer not just anecdotal stories please! Nik
by matata
16 Jan 2018, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!
Replies: 20
Views: 941

Re: Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!

Im only new to the cycle touring thing and maybe the bernard pass its adventourous to start. I have a sleeping bag but would stay in hostels/inns etc. Just from the feeling of what you guyssay and the time of year (of which i have no choice) i think ill keep it simple and succeed. The wife aint expe...
by matata
15 Jan 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!
Replies: 20
Views: 941

Re: Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!

Ta Brucey, just the sort of info I need. Never thought the weather could be a factor. Nik
by matata
15 Jan 2018, 9:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!
Replies: 20
Views: 941

Cycling from Geneva to Genoa...surprising the wife!

Im just looking for a few ideas of the way to go on the above route. I was going to fly me and the bike to Geneva. Got a set of panniers,sleeping bag granny gears and a dose of enthusiasm.58 year old 95 kg reasonably fit. Im probably good for a steady 50miles /day. I appreciate there are many routes...