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by Norman H
20 Jun 2019, 2:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 16
Views: 493

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

Contrary to what others have experienced I find weight carried on the rear rack has a much greater effect on the steering than front low loaders. I normally use both front and rears for a full camping load but on a recent tour I decided to dispense with the front panniers. In addition to two rear pa...
by Norman H
19 Jun 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple
Replies: 13
Views: 616

Re: Crankset problem - Stronglight triple

The fact that it only happens when the chain is on the smallest sprockets indicates that its something to do with chainline. There may also be a clue in the fact that it all worked OK with new chainrings and presumably a new chain following the rebuild. I've found that lateral wear in the chain can ...
by Norman H
18 Jun 2019, 2:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: NCR12 / Great North Way
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: NCR12 / Great North Way

You can easily avoid that underpass and the approach to it by turning right from Dancers Hill Rd into Baker St. This will take you under the Motorway and towards Potters Bar. It's probably simplest to continue to the traffic lights at the end before turning left on the B556 but you could turn left e...
by Norman H
16 Jun 2019, 1:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on replacement chain and cassette and other bit ?
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: Advice on replacement chain and cassette and other bit ?

You should be able to get a decent 8 speed chain for around £10. If the new chain skips on the old cassette then you need to replace the cassette and possibly the chain rings. Otherwise you should be OK with the old cassette. The old transmission looks as though it hasn't seen any lubricant in a whi...
by Norman H
16 Jun 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: OVO race - road defect causes crash
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: OVO race - road defect causes crash

Not surprisingly both the race organisers and Oxfordshire C.C. are denying that the pothole played any part in the crash but it seems highly likely to me that it did. I was watching the highlights on TV and the pothole was definitely mentioned in commentary. Also as I said before Marianne Vos issued...
by Norman H
13 Jun 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: OVO race - road defect causes crash
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: OVO race - road defect causes crash

The other notable aspect of the crash is that her teammate and the lead out rider immediately in front of her, appears to sufferer a handlebar failure after hitting the pothole.

Vos indicated in an interview after she'd abandoned that she also hit the same pothole.
by Norman H
5 Jun 2019, 8:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 37
Views: 1303

Re: ... about kickbikes?

This might interest you.
by Norman H
4 Jun 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ireland E2E
Replies: 21
Views: 2511

Re: Ireland E2E

Congratulations and many thanks for reporting back. I enjoyed the blog and the wonderful photographs which perfectly capture the essence of Ireland, including the fact that the sun doesn't always shine and it sometimes rains in the west of Ireland. I'm sorry about Priest's Leap, what can I say, but ...
by Norman H
28 May 2019, 10:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Maintenance and toolkit when touring
Replies: 40
Views: 1675

Re: Maintenance and toolkit when touring

Prevention is better than cure. Decent hand built wheels are an insurance against spoke failure, as is checking the bike before any tour and replacing any cables and tyres that look suspect . Other than that I cant add much to the items that others have mentioned. A mobile phone can help resolve mos...
by Norman H
11 May 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar mount for eTrex
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

I'm not sure I understand. What model eTrex do you have? The one I linked to is identical to Garmin's own mount shown here . It engages with the key-way on the units battery compartment cover on the back of the unit. http://baldiviskitebuggy.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-gpsr-part-2.html The battery cove...
by Norman H
10 May 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar mount for eTrex
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Handlebar mount for eTrex

I bought several cheap Chinese copies on ebay. Virtually indistinguishable from the expensive Garmin item. It pays to secure the unit with a safety lanyard as I've read reports of them popping out and bouncing down the road. Can't remember the exact supplier but similar to this one. It attaches to t...
by Norman H
7 May 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Forth&Clyde + Union ride querry
Replies: 12
Views: 396

Re: Forth&Clyde + Union ride querry

It would also be worth considering the Coast and Castles route between Newcastle and Edinburgh. http://www.coast-and-castles.co.uk/ https://cycle.travel/route/coast_and_castles There are plenty of options for cycle hire and tour operators. https://pedal-power.co.uk/
by Norman H
3 May 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Oxford following the Thames
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: London to Oxford following the Thames

One bonus since the advent of the Thames Path is the provision of camping facilities along the way. For instance a number of the locks, particularly in the upper and middle Thames, now allow camping. I kayaked down the Thames from above Lechlade a few years ago and made use of several of them. There...