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by geocycle
11 Dec 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?

Yes, I think there was a technological threshold as Horizon describes with everything since being incremental. Arguably e-bikes might have opened another phase?
by geocycle
6 Dec 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old inner tubes, or just get new to cut up?
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: Old inner tubes, or just get new to cut up?

You can also buy 'stubby coolers' -neoprene sleeves to hold drinks cans very cheaply in the usual online shops. That way you could remove when washing the bottle and you get some extra insulation?
by geocycle
4 Dec 2019, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy

I stayed at hotel le Vauban, Carentan in 2014. Was a typical cheap 2* french hotel (£31 per night in 2014 my notes tell me). Eccentric but fine as far as I recall. It was also easy to walk for food in the evening. Bike was in a large garage area.
by geocycle
2 Dec 2019, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: This is Audax
Replies: 50
Views: 2110

Re: This is Audax

Thanks for the videos djrikki. I like to follow your adventures and get ideas for rides. For me the videos are professional enough to be watchable but also make it seem accessible as you appear to be primarily just a chap on a bike who rides audax and makes films. Some cycling videos are overly slic...
by geocycle
1 Dec 2019, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 26
Views: 882

Re: Quick unclog of mudguards?

I use a steel tyre lever So do I. A steel tyre lever is my standard method. I keep one in my pocket as the rail trail I use on the commute is very wet at this time of year. I used a hosepipe yesterday as the whole bike was filthy. I also have had success with a washing up sponge jammed between tyre...
by geocycle
26 Nov 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Cycles - Canvasman saddlebag
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Spa Cycles - Canvasman saddlebag

I had a bit of sag on an unsupported Cadet. It was OK when full but not if carrying roof tiles like Graham. A solution was a bit of old karrimat which just sat in the base of the bag and also doubled as a kneeling mat when fixing punctures!
by geocycle
12 Nov 2019, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1679

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

So for units that don't have turn by turn navigation, do you basically get a map with a line and you follow it and stay on it yourself? What does it do if you deviate? Yes, I use the follow the line method most often. I have had two Garmins a 25 and Touring and now have a Wahoo elemnt bolt. The Gar...
by geocycle
4 Nov 2019, 11:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 4099

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

No they're not riding together but are riding in similar terrain and conditions:- https://youtu.be/8jCpn0mJFSQ https://youtu.be/aXw4DMjHiMc Thanks for the second link, I've followed the first guy from Alaska down to SA . I think he was on a Surley with a conventional derailleur set up originally. H...
by geocycle
28 Oct 2019, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 4099

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

It costs x more than an Alfine 11 Is it x times better?! Better question is why buy a Rohloff at all. If you're going to that expense - circa £900 to £1000 - you could buy all sorts of other gearing systems and replace the parts as they wear out, and still be quids in. Maybe. I bought my complete b...
by geocycle
26 Oct 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 4099

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

Provocative post! 60,000km of more or less trouble free riding makes me want to politely disagree with you. Who me? I've not yet ridden 60k km of trouble free riding. If you are directing your comment to me then it's a provocative post yourself without providing anything to substantiate your disagr...
by geocycle
26 Oct 2019, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 4099

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

Provocative post meandros! 60,000km of more or less trouble free riding makes me want to politely disagree with you.


Edited to be clearer
by geocycle
15 Oct 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The right way to handle the Scottish Independence?
Replies: 229
Views: 5595

Re: The right way to handle the Scotish Independance?

It is a curious quirk of history that Wales remained a distinct entity, rather than being completely absorbed into the newly forming England, while other once independent areas like Northumbria became a part of England. Scotland was always difficult to get to from the centre of power on the south o...
by geocycle
14 Oct 2019, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim thickness - worn out?
Replies: 104
Views: 3264

Re: Rim thickness - worn out?

if the rim wears through into the box section the brakes don't work very well but the failure doesn't usually cause the tyre to come off the rim. cheers So would you advise setting the blocks closer to the square section of the braking surface? I've never been sure whether a high or a low position ...
by geocycle
2 Oct 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The worst place in the UK for cycling?
Replies: 88
Views: 3539

Re: The worst place in the UK for cycling?

Absolutely. I have nothing specific against cycle routes and cycle paths, and use them if they're the best route. But never, never in an unfamiliar area, because the planners probably assumed that you wanted to go to the nearest shops, schools or park, and will cheerfully dump you there with no obv...
by geocycle
2 Oct 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The worst place in the UK for cycling?
Replies: 88
Views: 3539

Re: The worst place in the UK for cycling?

Most cities that you don't know can be problematic. When you are confident on your route and the cycling routes they are often OK. Some of my worst cycling experiences have been in unexpected places like the Peak District, Lake District and Cornwall -all have that combination of lots of traffic,narr...