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by geocycle
19 Feb 2019, 9:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good place to base myself for days out in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

If it were me, this Northumbrian would, perhaps against instinct, say Yorkshire is the best place to locate. It is an area worth visiting in its own right plus it has great commnications with the rest of the UK if you are reasonably close to one of the major towns:York, Harrogate, Ripon. I'd go for...
by geocycle
18 Feb 2019, 6:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Spa cycles bike?
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: Which Spa cycles bike?

Take a careful look at their demonstrator models, there are some bargains to be had. I agree the tourer is excellent value. I’m enjoying the spa audax, but as an all round bike the tourer or for more money the elan look great.
by geocycle
16 Feb 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Should I convert to a Rohloff hub - costs vs benefits ?
Replies: 27
Views: 960

Re: A dilemma....

Converting a bike to rohloff involves some compromises over buying a rohloff specific frame. For example you will need a chain tensioner and check the cable runs are OK. But, I am a huge fan of rohloff and use mine everyday. The derailleur bike comes out on dry days and is perhaps a bit more fun. Ho...
by geocycle
8 Feb 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: East Ridng rural village under threat
Replies: 17
Views: 1319

Re: East Ridng rural village under threat

I guess it does depend on specifics. I used to live near Lancaster Castle, a prison for a 1000 years until a few years ago. I was only really aware of its function on one occasion where an attempted escape resulted in a helicopter overhead shining a search light into gardens for most of the night. T...
by geocycle
7 Feb 2019, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tange terious headsets
Replies: 13
Views: 1331

Re: Tange terious headsets

Just as an update to this. I replaced the Tange headset with a Hope at the weekend. The Hope is so much better and really makes my Spa Ti audax feel its full value. Fitting was relatively easy, the only issue was removing the crown race where I chipped some paint. Thanks for the advice here and on o...
by geocycle
5 Feb 2019, 8:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle odometer
Replies: 28
Views: 2309

Re: Cycle odometer

Why not just buy a basic cycle computer. It will be permanently attached and no need to remove when leaving the bike. Trip distance and odo will give you the info you want. I have one on each of my bikes. Yes that’s what I do as well. I use a cat eye Strada wireless on my commuter bike. I’m not sur...
by geocycle
4 Feb 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite tea shops
Replies: 312
Views: 211410

Re: Favourite tea shops

Try the village hall at Gargrave when there's a flea market/collectors fair on. They are usually on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. You have to pay 50 pence to get in but the money goes to keeping the hall going and I'm in favour of preserving this sort of thing. The cakes are all home m...
by geocycle
3 Feb 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle odometer
Replies: 28
Views: 2309

Re: Cycle odometer

Why not just buy a basic cycle computer. It will be permanently attached and no need to remove when leaving the bike. Trip distance and odo will give you the info you want. I have one on each of my bikes. Yes that’s what I do as well. I use a cat eye Strada wireless on my commuter bike. I’m not sur...
by geocycle
3 Feb 2019, 4:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 12209
Views: 297364

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Bonefishblues wrote:I think that JLR's travails are around business strategy & in particular their exposure to the Chinese market, not Brexit.


True. However, business decisions are usually based on lots of factors and uncertainties around brexit will not help.
by geocycle
3 Feb 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 12209
Views: 297364

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Ok. Sweeping statement from me (yet) again. Not "free", but movement without much of an issue at all until the late 60s. Two different countries with two different economies. Yes, pretty simple, as it was with other European countries pre 1992. Still quite time consuming and the volumes a...
by geocycle
30 Jan 2019, 11:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…
Replies: 110
Views: 6705

Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Sort them by year, and list it as 'days into the year' - then give it a scatter plot and see if there is any patter. Do your own scatter plot. :wink: Re-arranged them on a spread sheet.Daffs2.jpg The MickF Daffodil Index indicator of spring suggests it is getting earlier 0.2 days per year over this...
by geocycle
29 Jan 2019, 1:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…
Replies: 110
Views: 6705

Re: Can Someone Please Have a Word with God…

Spring is called spring coz stuff springs into life after the winter sleep. The USA call autumn - fall - because that's when the leaves fall. Spring and autumn are movable feasts. They can be early or late. They can start, then stall, then start again. You cannot set your watch by them nor rely on ...
by geocycle
28 Jan 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's this? - on a front hub
Replies: 27
Views: 1782

Re: What's this? - on a front hub

Does it seat in the fork mouth? Why would it be necessary?
by geocycle
28 Jan 2019, 2:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum speed on a Road Bike
Replies: 26
Views: 2525

Re: Maximum speed on a Road Bike

My max on my tourer was 44mph down a very straight hill in Scotland. Personally I'd not feel happy going faster. The main variable for me is the road ie how far ahead you can see and the surface -what are the chances of hitting a pothole/ironwork/whiteline/frozen rabbit.... The pros can reach speeds...
by geocycle
28 Jan 2019, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks B17 replacement for Wet Weather Riding?
Replies: 26
Views: 1532

Re: Brooks B17 replacement for Wet Weather Riding?

I cover mine with a plastic bag when it is left outside in the rain. Otherwise I just keep riding it year round and have been doing for 15 years. It has aged but the shape is still fine. I proofhide it about three times a year.