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by nosmarbaj
19 Sep 2018, 7:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Not sure which bike to get as a commuter
Replies: 25
Views: 1255

Re: Not sure which bike to get as a commuter

Lots of good advice above, some of which is repeated here... Don't confuse wheels with tyres. Most wheels will take a variety of tyres, which in the scheme of things are not that expensive to replace - a good LBS might do it almost for free on a new bike. Unfortunately, based on what you say, neithe...
by nosmarbaj
6 Jun 2018, 11:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ortlieb bar bag advice
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Ortlieb bar bag advice

Ortlieb say they can do repairs, it might be worth contacting them for costs. Or for DIY they recommend "Camplast" ( link for both). Thanks for that - I should have thought of looking at the Ortlieb website. As well as Camplast, they recommend McNett Tenacious clear tape, which got me thi...
by nosmarbaj
6 Jun 2018, 1:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ortlieb bar bag advice
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Ortlieb bar bag advice

I have an Ortlieb 5 Plus bar bag, with an Ortlieb map case which attaches to the bag lid with press studs. Last year some DEET insect repellant leaked out of its container in the bag, and dissolved a patch of the waterproof coating at the bottom. The DEET vendor reimbursed me for the full new cost o...
by nosmarbaj
5 Jun 2018, 10:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A suitable touring bike for a LeJoG trip
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: A suitable touring bike for a LeJoG trip

You'll need to give more information if you want sensible answers: - Describe your current bike, and what you like and don't like about it. Some commuter bikes would make decent tourers, maybe with a few extras added. The fact that it is old is not necessarily a problem. - How much stuff will you ca...
by nosmarbaj
29 May 2018, 11:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Drop bar mirror.
Replies: 41
Views: 1954

Re: Drop bar mirror.

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories/busch-muller-cycle-star-mirror-fits-to-handlebar-end-no-stem-for-drop-bars/ Excellent mirror (love mine). Ian Another +1 for this. Small enough not to get in the way, but big enough to get a decent view, and no stem which means minimal vibration. The only dra...
by nosmarbaj
29 May 2018, 1:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bristol to Newbury to Bristol
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: Bristol to Newbury to Bristol

I assume your 60-80 miles is for one way only? It's at least 60 miles/100 km each way. I'd agree with the suggestion to make a circular route rather than out-and-back. Also, as suggested the K&A route is very pleasant, if rough in places, and potentially muddy. It is all cycleable, though - I've...
by nosmarbaj
16 Apr 2018, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!
Replies: 16
Views: 837

Re: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!

Can you replace individual gears in a rear cassette? I wouldn't mind having a slightly higher top gear, perhaps an 11 instead of a 13. It's possible, but in your case, as it seems very likely the whole cassette is worn, I'd just get a new cassette. This is simpler and not much more expensive (even ...
by nosmarbaj
15 Apr 2018, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you help naming this part please?
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Re: Can you help naming this part please?

You don't give your location, but many towns/cities have local charities which do up donated/abandoned bikes and sell them on. If there's one near you, it would be worth popping in with the broken part to look for a match. They are likely to have all sorts of bits and pieces salvaged from donated bi...
by nosmarbaj
2 Apr 2018, 9:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Car Parking Ardrossan
Replies: 14
Views: 3470

Re: Car Parking Ardrossan

As uppadine says, the car park is ok, and I am pretty sure - but not 100% - that you can get your car out after the last ferry arrives - it would be pretty silly if you can't. Alternatively, if it's just for a day, it shouldn't be hard to find somewhere to leave the car within a mile or so of the te...
by nosmarbaj
25 Feb 2018, 9:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack ... How much !!
Replies: 85
Views: 4283

Re: Rack ... How much !!

The point about the Tailfin rack is that is can be quickly and securely fitted to a bike lacking mounting points for a conventional rear rack, without needing bodges like P clips.

Having said that, all the other critcisms seem valid. Its looks are a matter of taste; I'm in the 'fugly' camp.
by nosmarbaj
21 Feb 2018, 3:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Le Jog newbie seeking route and accommodation advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Re: Le Jog newbie seeking route and accommodation advice

Next year? You're overthinking this trip :D . +1. You're in the UK. Whatever your opinion of current political goings-on, it's a developed country in the 21stC, and nothing is likely to go seriously wrong. If you're worried, take a credit card (with a reasonable amount of credit on it) and a smartp...
by nosmarbaj
14 Feb 2017, 8:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Speeding motorists
Replies: 121
Views: 27299

Re: Speeding motorists

All motorists caught speeding should be made to attend a speed awareness course as well as a fine. For some a fine is just an easy option. The hassle of attending a course can be quite a "punishment" in itself, and I know several who have opted for the fine and not the course. In my wife'...
by nosmarbaj
10 Feb 2017, 10:37am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Highlands Summer 2017
Replies: 30
Views: 15721

Re: Highlands Summer 2017

Great report, full of details! Do you think that a day-off in Clachtoll to reach the Stoer Lighthouse would be a good option? Everyone mention midges, I really think that we should buy a net :wink: I've never been there, but it looks like Stoer Lighthouse is only 7 km off your route, along a fairly...
by nosmarbaj
10 Feb 2017, 9:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Water, weight and Filters
Replies: 45
Views: 2184

Re: Water, weight and Filters

I imagine drinking dead-sheep-water or uranium-water once would probably not be harmful, anyone here with medical knowledge care to comment? I've no particular medical knowledge, but the two risks are quite different. The dead-sheep-water will either make you ill, or be completely harmless. The cha...
by nosmarbaj
9 Feb 2017, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting out of Heathrow on a tandem recumbent
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Getting out of Heathrow on a tandem recumbent

... ready for you to start for Bath from Reading - possibly along NCN 4 (Kennet & Avon canal path). NCN4 is indeed a pleasant route from Reading to Bath, but maybe not before April or so, because some sections of the towpath will be muddy and slippery. Also there are a couple of awkward barrier...