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by brianleach
5 Oct 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post EHIC - anyone know?
Replies: 21
Views: 763

Re: Post EHIC - anyone know?

I've travelled in France and Spain just with an EHIC. Perhaps it was a risk but I had a pretty bad crash in Spain in late 2011 (don't mention bollards on the cycle path to me!!) and was picked up by an ambulance, triaged at a local hospital and then had xrays and stitches, all without any mention of...
by brianleach
30 Jun 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone successfully using solar panels?
Replies: 32
Views: 1200

Re: Anyone successfully using solar panels?

I always use a mixture of powerpacks and a charger which uses AA batteries. It is quite small and the batteries are widely available. Try to use that as little as possible as the batteries are not exactly environmentally friendly.
by brianleach
29 May 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Sorry once again not making myself clear. It is not the width it is the diameter of the bracket going around the handlebars. They are very narrow. I previously attached a Polar V650 using a similar bracket but it had to be attached to the bar bag mount (now removed) with rubber bands to stop the bra...
by brianleach
29 May 2020, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond. I didn't want to bore you all with the full story but you might be interested in the background. I have two original Wahoo brackets which I have attached to the stems of my road bike and my tourer. They work well and also allow a barbag to be attached ...
by brianleach
29 May 2020, 5:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

I think I completely misunderstood the original post. "Fix" doesn't mean "mend" in this context, does it? It means "attach". Is that right? And by "original" what do you mean? Do you mean "original" as in "the ones that originally attached the ...
by brianleach
29 May 2020, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

What component is that?

Is it one of these?


No but very similar (and more expensive!!) It's for a Wahoo Roam.
by brianleach
29 May 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Brian I hope you have got to the bottom of this by now, but if not it looks to me like you have a short bolt which has been used; this looks like an M6 (6mm diameter) bolt which is presumably out of your stem. You also have a new (unused) bolt that looks like M5 (5mm diameter) Either of those sizes...
by brianleach
27 May 2020, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

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Here are the bolts. As can be seen the original is very slightly narrower.
by brianleach
26 May 2020, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Thanks for the responses re rust. I couldn't see the rust before (I suppose I didn't really check) but it was covered by the ortlieb barbag bracket which I have now removed.
by brianleach
26 May 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Thanks for the responses.

I will take a photo tonight after work and post tomorrow.

Thinking of brass only because it is my all weather bike and the existing bolts have a touch of rust on them.
by brianleach
26 May 2020, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 491

Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

I am trying to fix an out front bracket on my Kona Smoke. The one I have bought has new longer bolts but seem to be marginally narrower at 3mm and consequently will not tighten up. I was thinking of getting a longer brass nut and bolt to attach it but am having difficulty sourcing the right size. Do...
by brianleach
3 Feb 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1143

Re: Mont St Michel ?

Yep, been twice. Camped in Pontorson having cycled down from Cherbourg and along from St Malo. Camping Haliotis is good and as I remember has a direct cycle path there.

Parking much changed I think but in 2010 and 2013 I was able to lock up quite close to the entrance.
by brianleach
7 Nov 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield
Replies: 14
Views: 838

Re: (Big) Bike on train : Newcastle to Sheffield

I only know the Voyager but never use the "reserved' side. How you are supposed to get two bikes in there defeats me. When taking my Dawes Galaxy there is usually no problem if you can get into the unreserved side and even though there is a heater in there there is usually room for two panniers...
by brianleach
4 Nov 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panel
Replies: 19
Views: 1242

Re: Solar panel

I've tried all sorts of solar panels over the years with very limited results. Consequently, and I know this is not environmentally friendly, I also take a battery charger. This uses 4 AA batteries which could be rechargeable but as my trips are usually quite short I don't usually use more than a se...
by brianleach
16 Sep 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 72
Views: 4939

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

Strangely enough John I also have the Vulpine Harrington in blue. It's a very good jacket and it is my go to for social/town/shopping riding. However it is quite heavy ie hot and I am not sure how long it would stay waterproof for!!