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by nosmarbaj
15 Sep 2020, 7:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Lion Bellworks (Bicycle Bells)
Replies: 6
Views: 5208

Re: Lion Bellworks (Bicycle Bells)

[*]I got the stem mount fitting, to use on my Ahead steerer. It fits OK and works, but it tends to rotate on the steerer since there's nothing positive to hold it in place. I expect it would be fine on a quill stem under the lock nut, which can be tightened more aggressively than is advisable on an...
by nosmarbaj
15 Sep 2020, 2:16pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Lion Bellworks (Bicycle Bells)
Replies: 6
Views: 5208

Re: Lion Bellworks (Bicycle Bells)

I bought one of these recently and agree that its very nice. But there are a couple of small things to be aware of: ⋅ (OK, this is a really minor point, but anyway...) the "Urban" version is made from a nickel alloy, and on the web site it looks to be a silver colour, but it actu...
by nosmarbaj
23 Aug 2020, 11:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Brooks Saddles (Sprung) to stop Wibble Wobble

... I've found a secondhand Conquest on ebay for £400+ https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brooks-Conquest-All-Terrain-Leather-Saddle-G-b/313170477909?hash=item48ea6a4355:g:R4wAAOSwW6VfJ-i3 I'm pretty sure that price is an error - the seller is a bike repair charity local to me, and I doubt if they'd delibe...
by nosmarbaj
8 Aug 2020, 11:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London to Brighton - advice for a newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: London to Brighton - advice for a newbie

If you can do 50km reasonably comfortably now, you should be OK to do a one-off 80-90km in mid September. Just do a couple of longer rides in the next few weeks, and take it fairly easy for a week or so before the event Regarding clothing, most but not all cyclists would use cycling shoes, padded mi...
by nosmarbaj
3 Aug 2020, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ARTHRITIS - ADVICE ON TYPE OF BIKE
Replies: 8
Views: 347

Re: ARTHRITIS - ADVICE ON TYPE OF BIKE

Just some thoughts ... The problem with folders is that they are pretty heavy (except perhaps for some very expensive ones). A full size bike with a step-through frame will likely be a bit lighter, but more awkwardly shaped for carrying upstairs. You say you can't leave the bike at ground level beca...
by nosmarbaj
1 Aug 2020, 11:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using your watch as a compass
Replies: 67
Views: 1655

Re: Using your watch as a compass

You can of course also use a compass as a watch. ... Was that like finding direction using your watch only in reverse? Basically, yes. In the northern hemisphere the sun is due N at midnight (true N, not magnetic N - and of course the sun will be below the horizon in British latitudes), and moves c...
by nosmarbaj
1 Aug 2020, 3:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using your watch as a compass
Replies: 67
Views: 1655

Re: Using your watch as a compass

You can of course also use a compass as a watch. I was backpacking for a few days in the Scottish Highlands once and found I'd accidentally stopped my watch. From the direction of the sun I had a fair idea of the time, but just for fun I corrected for my position W of Greenwich, and also for the dev...
by nosmarbaj
2 Jul 2020, 3:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Novice needing advice, please!
Replies: 27
Views: 1203

Re: Novice needing advice, please!

It's your choice of course, but however much fluid I needed, if it wouldn't fit into bottles in cages, I'd carry the excess on the bike (in a pannier or whatever) rather than on my back.
by nosmarbaj
30 Jun 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Novice needing advice, please!
Replies: 27
Views: 1203

Re: Novice needing advice, please!

... I 'run hot' (i.e. sweat buckets), so reckon I'll try a bladder backpack plus isotonic in a flask. You might find this uncomfortably sweaty on your back - more so than when walking, because you'll be leaning forward somewhat and gravity will tend to push the load closer to you. Fluid isn't usual...
by nosmarbaj
17 Jun 2020, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Graphene lube
Replies: 17
Views: 549

Re: Graphene lube

Correctly applied , the durability claims are tremendous. AbsoluteBlack says that a single application of its new lubricant will last effectively for up to 1800km of riding. (my italics) Hmm - if it really does last 1800 km per application, it would be worth paying for. But the words in italic sugg...
by nosmarbaj
14 Jun 2020, 3:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bike upgrade for LEJOG
Replies: 22
Views: 928

Re: Bike upgrade for LEJOG

A lot of replies suggest carrying minimal luggage. While you certainly don't want to carry more than you need, at 70-100 miles/day you'll probably have at least as much waking time off the bike as on it. So depending on what you like to do of an evening, you may wish to carry a selection of non-cycl...
by nosmarbaj
2 Jun 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of seat post
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: What kind of seat post

(Brucey had already covered a couple of my points) 1- I'm guessing i'll be mainly touring in the UK or Europe, so, 700c wheels or 26" and if 700c what sized tyres so I can go most places In Europe, I doubt you'd have trouble finding spares for either of these wheel sizes. Personally I'd go for ...
by nosmarbaj
1 May 2020, 2:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer

The OP could also try some Campag shifters and a Jtech jobbie? I actually had just this set-up on a previous bike; it worked quite well but: i) the hole in the Jtek Shiftmate where the cable exits to the mech wore round the edges because there was nothing to hold the steel cable centrally in the ho...
by nosmarbaj
1 May 2020, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer

Were I in the same position.I'd rule out the Sunrace option The Sun Race option seemed the neatest but I had an idea folk had problems with their shifters, so thanks for confirming that. With a 22.2mm length of straight tube fitted you could use Deore 3x9sp MTB pod shifters mounted on it I don't th...
by nosmarbaj
1 May 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer

Hello My drop-bar tourer has Shimano 3x9 gears. Shifters are old (2004-ish) Tiagra STI, and have "washing-line" gear cables which I really dislike. I need to replace the shifters - the LH one has finally given up the ghost - but the rest of the gear system is just right and I want to keep ...