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by foxyrider
17 Jul 2018, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which touring bike . .again probably !
Replies: 14
Views: 301

Re: Which touring bike . .again probably !

Look at the entry level CX bikes - most will take guards and racks, have Sti's fitted, lowish gearing and not weigh a ton - oh and come in well under a grand! Not looked for a bit but the likes of Focus, Cube and even the big three (Spesh, Trek and Gigant) are good starting points. Without wanting t...
by foxyrider
17 Jul 2018, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 15
Views: 434

Re: the humble tyre lever

My favourites are the Tacx ones - quite cheap, choice of colours and they clip together - each of my bikes has a set in a different colour! My personal experience of the Park levers is that they can be a bit brittle - i've broken quite a few in my time. Some of the cheaper offerings have a tendency ...
by foxyrider
17 Jul 2018, 5:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Different Distances MTB vs Hybrid vs Road Bike

If there was no difference in performance it wouldn't be necessary for anyone to need more than one bike. All things being equal you could use any bike for any job but clearly some will do each job better than others. Indeed, at the height of my racing prowess, I used a mountain bike on the club rid...
by foxyrider
16 Jul 2018, 9:01pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: how do I train for a super-steep hill ?
Replies: 7
Views: 188

Re: how do I train for a super-steep hill ?

I decided long ago that my build is just not great for climbing. At 178 and 85-7kg I'm too heavily built and heavy to do it well, my power to weight ratio is appalling! I can happily ride for hours, I can ride up pretty much anything but not at anything resembling speed! Particularly on longer climb...
by foxyrider
16 Jul 2018, 10:02am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close passes help
Replies: 16
Views: 694

Re: Close passes help

Sometimes road position can make a difference but not always. For example, on Thursday last I approached a TI where I turn right, done it hundreds of times over the years, look, signal, pull into outside of the now 2 lanes. However on Thursday an people carrier decided he had to overtake me at this ...
by foxyrider
16 Jul 2018, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts

The 10 speed chain will be marginally more flexible. When I rebuilt my old race bike with 70's 2x6 drivetrain I tried several chains before settling on one that worked well and quietly. What is it? Well it's actually a 10sp. Yup I tried 7,8 and 9 speed in different iterations before finding one that...
by foxyrider
16 Jul 2018, 9:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?
Replies: 40
Views: 1046

Re: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?

There is a point where the effect of spending more money will have smaller and smaller advantage. At the lower price points you can see quite a lot of advantage as you spend more, better quality frames, more robust wheels, higher quality components. Weight will drop, durability of parts will improve...
by foxyrider
15 Jul 2018, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Flyer
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Dutch Flyer

mjr wrote:There are no NS bike time restrictions July and August but trains may still be busy.


And you should be able to pick up the Dutch rail system a bit closer by riding the short way from Hook to The Hague.
by foxyrider
15 Jul 2018, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit ventura
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Orbit ventura

One of my bikes! (I had a big hand in speccing and developing the Ventura to replace the old Silver Medal models) Someone - not at the factory, has clearly added the 531 decal! The Ventura was indeed made from 520 tubing (well some used 525 which is the same stuff from a different factory) Reynolds ...
by foxyrider
15 Jul 2018, 8:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 33
Views: 931

Re: Bells

Much like 'running lights', helmets and registration schemes, the 'dimwits' behind compulsory bells will of course be automotive lobby and their self serving associates, the ramblers. I was thanked by a couple of walkers for shouting a warning yesterday, they would, in my experience have ignored a b...
by foxyrider
15 Jul 2018, 8:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NCN6 weirdness
Replies: 29
Views: 1010

Re: NCN6 weirdness

jazzkitten wrote:Thank you Paulatic! I'm learning every day. Is there a website or other resource that has information about rules and regs of cycling?


The Highway Code is your starting point - it's not exhaustive but gives a basic grounding.
by foxyrider
15 Jul 2018, 11:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn voyager tandem pannier rack options
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Thorn voyager tandem pannier rack options

Thanks very much for your advice. I've actually got an old Tortec expedition rack. Seems to fit okay at the hub. I've ordered a couple of 350mm stays from SJS. Would anyone know where to get replacement rack screws to attach the rack to the bike at the eyelets on bottom of rack and the stays? I gue...
by foxyrider
14 Jul 2018, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EV 12 Ostend to Denmark
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: EV 12 Ostend to Denmark

It's flat and can be very windy with little shelter if it rains.
I'd dump the first bit and get a ferry to Hook of Holland or if you can - Zeebrugge. Unless you fly or ride getting back is a pain now there are no ferrys landing north of Ijmuiden.
by foxyrider
14 Jul 2018, 7:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Avoids Something In Road.
Replies: 25
Views: 886

Re: Car Avoids Something In Road.

Mistik-ka wrote:The World Wildlife Fund estimates the number of badgers killed on the roads at 47,000 per year. :(
https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/wildlife-and-roads-47000-badgers-killed-each-year


If that were actually true the population in the UK would be about zero.
by foxyrider
14 Jul 2018, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem sizing
Replies: 26
Views: 502

Re: Tandem sizing

Apart from getting on / off being easier on a smaller tandem frame, a smaller frame will also be stiffer. There's nothing quite like being on the back of a Galaxy tandem that feels like it's actually bending in the middle everytime you make a turn! I rode several over the years and they were all the...