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by Richard D
25 Oct 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: BST ends Sunday-safety factors
Replies: 77
Views: 2104

Re: BST ends Sunday-safety factors

Driving standards get worse every time the clocks go back.

They just fail to get any better after everyone's got used to the clock change :(
by Richard D
30 Sep 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Van driver abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1671

Re: Van driver abuse

Similar thing happened to me on last Saturday's group ride. I was about 500m behind the rest (courtesy of a dog running out in front of me, forcing me to slow right down and look for the owner). Very narrow lane, van clearly deciding to charge straight down the middle, but he stopped to F and blind ...
by Richard D
29 Sep 2020, 7:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Save our pop-up cycle lane!
Replies: 15
Views: 614

Re: Save our pop-up cycle lane!

Have they reopened the cycle lane yet, Si? When I went past it last week, the cycle lane itself was barriered off by Amey's finest orange plastic :( It wasn’t just the councillor; Andrew Mitchell MP was also complaining about that pop-up cycling lane (though at least he managed not to call anyone a ...
by Richard D
27 Sep 2020, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which support for Nelson Longflap
Replies: 42
Views: 4395

Re: Which support for Nelson Longflap

You must be capable of some serious wattage - was it the smell of burning rubber which finally alerted you or did someone else point out your smoke-trail...? [emoji38] I was getting left behind by the group more and more as the ride went on. At one stage, I hopped off the bike to check all was well...
by Richard D
27 Sep 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: autumnal, early winter and spring gloves?
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: autumnal, early winter and spring gloves?

Galibier Roubaix Vision gloves for me. May not suit people who like a lot of padding, but they’re ideal for this time of year.

https://road.cc/content/review/116110-galibier-roubaix-vision-gloves
by Richard D
19 Sep 2020, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which support for Nelson Longflap
Replies: 42
Views: 4395

Re: Which support for Nelson Longflap

I have. Made several changes over the standard fittings, though. For one, I filed/ground/cut both halves of the QR that clamps to the seat rails flat, getting rid of the original curved profile. That’s allowed me to put the QR clamp further back on the saddle rails. Yes, that’s taking a risk because...
by Richard D
10 Sep 2020, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle bolt: Sorted
Replies: 27
Views: 707

Re: Saddle bolt: Help please

I had a similar problem to the OP - and that was WITH a two-bolt seatpost. I’d tightened the bolts up so much on one ride that it took a blowtorch to loosen them again, and STILL the ruddy thing tilted backwards. I think I’ve sorted it. Instead of greasing the mating parts that were slipping, I’ve u...
by Richard D
6 Sep 2020, 10:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel spanners
Replies: 61
Views: 2187

Re: Travel spanners

What's wrong with a good, old-fashioned bike spanner? Not going to be able to cope with anything that’s been out on "gorilla-tight", but can cover a lot of bases for a lot less weight than an adjustable wrench.
by Richard D
4 Sep 2020, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 19
Views: 677

Re: Mudguards

Having used both, I thought that it was the shape? The bluemels I’ve just taken off have a curved profile, mimicking the curve of the tyre; the chromoplastics are slightly trapezoid. The mounting hardware - stays, bolts and fastenings, bridge etc - were exactly the same. FWVLIW, I favoured matt blac...
by Richard D
30 Aug 2020, 11:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mitt Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 2476

Re: Cycling Mitt Recommendations

I fully intend to try these Galibier mitts when my current mitts wear out and run out. Unfortunately I use Specialized BG 74 S Works mitts - I say "unfortunately", because I bought 5 pairs when they were being discontinued a few years back (cheaper than a decent cloth mitt would have been)...
by Richard D
19 Aug 2020, 8:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: saddle bag for ultralight touring
Replies: 29
Views: 1839

Re: saddle bag for ultralight touring

So what would my minimum consist of? A light weight solo tent (1.8 kg including footprint), a Neoair and PhD bag (1.2 kg together), a change of clothing, and usually something warmer for the evening. For toiletries a minimalist micro towel, a toothbrush, and that is about it. For food I would proba...
by Richard D
19 Aug 2020, 7:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: saddle bag for ultralight touring
Replies: 29
Views: 1839

Re: saddle bag for ultralight touring

I wondered how little I could get away with for a night or two, and found that there was plenty of space in a bar bag up front for the sleeping bag & mat, with everything else on the back in a Nelson Longflap. I’ve used the Nelson for commuting for 5+ years now, but it’s usually overkill for that.
by Richard D
19 Aug 2020, 7:54am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 129
Views: 4207

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

A linen towel. Packs down smaller than microfibre, dries me better than microfibre, doesn’t whiff like microfibre, feels nicer than microfibre, and takes only marginally longer to dry in the open air than microfibre (I use a black one to better absorb the sun's heat). . where would you get such a t...
by Richard D
19 Aug 2020, 7:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: lightweight, packable down jacket for exploring?
Replies: 13
Views: 553

Re: lightweight, packable down jacket for exploring?

Steer clear of the £10 ones on AliExpress; you'll not find any down in them. The £50 type from a brand like Naturehike are much better; probably not as good as a £150 jacket, but plenty good enough. Just remember to ignore their size guide and upsize by two or three (I’m normally somewhere between a...
by Richard D
12 Aug 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 129
Views: 4207

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

A linen towel. Packs down smaller than microfibre, dries me better than microfibre, doesn’t whiff like microfibre, feels nicer than microfibre, and takes only marginally longer to dry in the open air than microfibre (I use a black one to better absorb the sun's heat). The only use I have for microfi...