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by rualexander
29 Jul 2020, 4:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Under chain stay U brakes
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: Under chain stay U brakes

I used a Saracen Trekker mtb converted for touring use with drop bars etc. for 20 years between 1989 and 2009.
Travelled all over the world with it in all sorts of weather and road conditions.
It had a U brake under the chainstays, never any problem really.
by rualexander
28 Jul 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Under chain stay U brakes
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: Under chain stay U brakes

Not particularly peculiar, they were standard on most mountain bikes back in the late '80's.

Dia Compe one available on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183848897686
by rualexander
25 Jul 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Brompton bag Now sorted
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Brompton bag

Something like this might be of use https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trigo-Aluminiu ... B085XPK4JH

Or there are various versions, mostly plastic, on ebay, i.e. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174108138450
by rualexander
21 Jul 2020, 11:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: SYHA cancellations
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: SYHA cancellations

After booking a private room at Aviemore SYHA for later in August on 23 June and having my payment taken, tonight I have received a generic email saying the hostel is not actually going to be open. Amateur or what? Good news - the Premier Inn is actually cheaper. Presumably in June they thought the...
by rualexander
15 Jul 2020, 9:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Great Glen Way
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Great Glen Way

The Raven will be fine.
I did it back in 2006 on my old 26" wheeled touring bike, 26x1.75 tyres, no problem.
Most of it is forestry tracks and canal paths, with the odd section of singletrack.
by rualexander
11 Jul 2020, 11:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 78
Views: 2151

Re: low budget camping challenge

ossie wrote:...... I'd rather get my lightweight mallet out on a rock hard French campsite......


Is a lightweight mallet going to achieve much on a rock hard French campsite?
Can't be that lightweight if it's able to drive pegs into rock hard earth surely?
by rualexander
6 Jul 2020, 11:19pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 78
Views: 2151

Re: low budget camping challenge

Well, you don't need a mallet that's for sure, so spend the £6 on something else.
In 35 years of cycle camping I've never used a mallet for anything.
There's always a rock or lump of concrete lying around somewhere.
by rualexander
6 Jul 2020, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.
Replies: 15
Views: 955

Re: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.

I've experimented with a couple of second hand Nidd saddles. First one was too hard for ages and I suspected the problem was the plastic/fabric bonded to the underside. So I took a Stanley knife to it and carefully cut a criss-cross pattern through the fabric underside in the area of sitbone contact...
by rualexander
5 Jul 2020, 10:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Secure Vehicle Parking?
Replies: 8
Views: 424

Re: Secure Vehicle Parking?

Depends where you are going of course but most areas you would want to go for a cycle tour have a small town that you can easily just park your car on a residential street and leave it for a week with no problems.
by rualexander
13 Jun 2020, 9:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rude Co-op shop staff
Replies: 200
Views: 5387

Re: Rude Co-op shop staff

Perhaps he was referring to the early stages of lockdown when stopping off at a rural shop whilst on a bike ride was not 'allowed' under the rules. Maybe he didn't know the rules have been relaxed to allow that, if they have?
by rualexander
8 Jun 2020, 2:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Out of stock
Replies: 16
Views: 542

Re: Out of stock

I replaced the Acera with the Alivio. The reason for doing so was the individual chainrings seemed riveted together, not bolted. It was worn out anyway so it made sense to get something else. I've just ordered from Rose's bike, thanks for the link Kwackers. I'm now wondering if square taper chainse...
by rualexander
6 Jun 2020, 3:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Road Bike Insurance
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Best Road Bike Insurance

TSB https://www.tsb.co.uk/home-insurance/bicycle-insurance/ or Laka https://www.laka.co.uk/?utm_medium=ppc&utm_source=adwords&utm_campaign=laka_brand&utm_campaign=1620903798&adgroupid=65582015950&utm_content=309005551867&utm_term=laka%20bicycle%20insurance&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_...
by rualexander
5 Jun 2020, 5:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Face Coverings now Compulsory
Replies: 99
Views: 2093

Re: Face Coverings now Compulsory

There's always the no sew sock mask option. Snip the ends off then snip up the inside of the bend and partway up from the folded outer of the bend. Then you simply open up and pull the slits in the sides over your ears. It covers the nose neatly and round under your chin. You can add a kitchen pape...