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by Sweep
14 Dec 2019, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th bottom bracket
Replies: 36
Views: 4462

Re: 4th bottom bracket

The original that was fitted with the bike and the ones the lbs replaced with were not a branded make, although I was told they were. I asked to see one he replaced that's how I found out. Since I fitted the latest shimano un series I have had no problems, however I moved from Spain so the bike is ...
by Sweep
13 Dec 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Has Bikefix closed down?
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Has Bikefix closed down?

Yes that's what i assumed.
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 11:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 410
Views: 32789

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Cycle friendly policy is meaningless if the staff are unaware of it, or choose to ignore it. Unfortunately this is quite a regular occurrence across the board. You only have to look at the many complaints on here about easyJet staff not letting bikes in poly bags on a flight. The company have a cle...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 2:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

I find GPS routes need double-checking about as much as card routes to avoid the usual well-known quirks. The final return to cue cards was this year's summer tour where unexpected railway engineering left us in a different city to our intended, so we were coming up with a linking route on a train ...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The perfect cable lube.
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: The perfect cable lube.

By trial and error I found that a little Finish Line Teflon grease smeared on the (polished stainless) inner, and a little synthetic oil to help it along, in shimano SP cable housings resulted in a smooth, predictable and long lasting cable performance,s Thanks brucey - good enough for you, good en...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

The UK (well England at least) has an incredibly dense paved road network and so you have fantastic choice of routes between 2 places. Detailed navigation is much more important there.. Thanks for detailed reply above. Agree about the UK - multiplicity of roads and often "sophisticated" j...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Thanks.
Always liked the idea of the bigger screen but had imagined that touch screen would be a problem with gloves. Or in rain.
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Mick F wrote:Have a look at the Burrows site.
They do some good deals on factory refurbished units.

My Montana came from them as a refurbished one, and I saved a packet.

https://www.burrowsgps.co.uk

Is the montana touchscreen mick?
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

I tend to use small roads and struggle to remember more than 2 turns at once. My memory has not always been great so I actually tend to have a card on my bar bag or brake cable listing turn directions, route or junction numbers, road names or place names. Example at https://cycle.travel/post/2321 T...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 410
Views: 32789

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

There's a surprisingly long list of closures here: https://wetherspoonappreciationsociety.wordpress.com/permanently-closed-pubs/ y! Many of those closures are just part of an ongoing rationalisation/expansion prog tho. Somewhere on that impressively researched log will be one of theirs from my patc...
by Sweep
12 Dec 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone to use with google maps
Replies: 43
Views: 968

Re: Smartphone to use with google maps

Perfectly good etrexes can be had for around £150 simon. Am intrigued by your lack of need for guidance at junctions. Is this because you tend to use main roads and so are content to follow road signs (mostly aimed at cars) or something to do with the areas you tour in? I tend to use small roads and...
by Sweep
10 Dec 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 57
Views: 2221

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

Len Shepherd wrote:
At Halfords in Northallerton on Monday I was told "nobody mends inner tubes these days" .


You should have offered to take their repair kits off their hands for free. All that money they could make off the new shelf space with dazzling usb lights and the like.
by Sweep
10 Dec 2019, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 410
Views: 32789

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

No mercalia as you well know.
Seem to remember that the last time we met it was in one of their establishments.
Tho you shamefully didn't arrive by bike.
Having a mischievous evening? That non issue was dealt with way upthread.
May be able to add one or two more in a while - am fussy.
by Sweep
10 Dec 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 410
Views: 32789

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Looks like Tim has heeded mjr's love of his pubs. He has just announced a few new ones and 3 of the 4 English ones are all in East Anglia. Ely, Diss and Felixstowe. yes I saw that - pretty substantial opening and enlargement/refurb programme announced after a quiet period of low numbers of openings...
by Sweep
10 Dec 2019, 10:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hotel laundry service?
Replies: 22
Views: 1103

Re: hotel laundry service?

gaz wrote:
Sweep wrote:Anyone ever tried putting some warmish water in a drybag with some detergent, strapping it to the top of a rack and letting the day's motion wash it?


Should come as standard with indoor trainers and that peloton thing. Folks who use those things could then take in neighbours' washing.