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by Vantage
17 Oct 2018, 10:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub dynamo comparison
Replies: 20
Views: 579

Re: Hub dynamo comparison

The 1.5W hubs are really only intended for utility lighting. You shouldn't expect to be able to charge anything usefully, and I doubt you would get the full 80 lux from a Cyo either. It's been a while since I ran it with the 3n72 but I have to admit, the light does seem to lacking the power it once...
by Vantage
17 Oct 2018, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub dynamo comparison
Replies: 20
Views: 579

Re: Hub dynamo comparison

I nearly bought a shimano XT 1.5W hub as it seemed amazing value but decided not since I couldn't work out whether the performance would be as good as the 3W hubs. I had one built into a new set of wheels from Spa. It sucks. It gives out just enough juice to run my B&M Cyo 80 lux and rear Topli...
by Vantage
6 Oct 2018, 10:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy - current status? Still good option?
Replies: 39
Views: 1792

Re: Dawes Galaxy - current status? Still good option?

I bought my Dawes Vantage largely based on Chris Juden's (of former CTC) review of it. He later reviewed Spa's steel tourer and said it was one of the best (or the best) tourers you could have for under £1000. With that and having looked up as many reviews as I could find, on May 19 my fiancee drove...
by Vantage
28 Sep 2018, 8:19am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: For those taking medication
Replies: 10
Views: 561

Re: For those taking medication

I'm on 7 pills a day and 4 injections. I'm so lacking in energy these days that the bikes speedo rarely achieves double figures unless going downhill.
Met a lady when picking up my last prescription who said she was rattling around on 22 pills a day :shock:
by Vantage
13 Sep 2018, 11:56am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

Congratulations on getting out there and doing it OldBlue :)
Glad it went well.
by Vantage
13 Sep 2018, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottle cage height adjuster
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Bottle cage height adjuster

I made my own.

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Cost about £3.00
by Vantage
9 Sep 2018, 9:51am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

I'm hoping to be really really dead when in my coffin so won't hear a thing.
by Vantage
7 Sep 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD Pedals Questionable Longevity
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: SPD Pedals Questionable Longevity

My M520's have lasted the 12000 miles since I returned to cycling in 2012 and did countless miles on the bikes that I had previously. Still turning silky smooth and never once been serviced despite year round use, a few dunkings in rivers/floods and a couple pressure washes. I'm wondering if they'll...
by Vantage
5 Sep 2018, 7:21am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

crazydave789 wrote:
Bolton, is that near cardiff?


Not really. About 150 miles away.
The little garmin will suffice for now and when that doesn't work (rarely) I have my smartphone as backup. When/if that fails I have a stash of jelly babies to keep me going for a couple miles :)
by Vantage
4 Sep 2018, 10:18am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

It's pretty much a case of not knowing where I am on said map. Even on an os map I wouldn't think to check landmarks to determine my position.
I wouldn't even think to check the GPS to see if a road/trail goes up or down gradient.
I am literally, an idiot :)
by Vantage
2 Sep 2018, 1:57pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Lack of capacity
Replies: 8
Views: 524

Re: Lack of capacity

Out one day walking the dog abs getting home was absolutely killing me. Thought I was just tired.
It wasn't till my mum and sister dragged me to hospital that it was discovered I'd had a stroke!
Hope you recover well.
by Vantage
2 Sep 2018, 1:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

It was indeed a garmin. Etrex 20 that still works (ish) to this day. It didn't occur to me at the time but several forumites here pointed out I could have used the mapping anyway...or the smart phone...or to bring a map. I'm useless with a map though. No sense of direction whatsoever. Hense the GPS ...
by Vantage
2 Sep 2018, 12:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

Hi HobbesOnTour My first was started as the UK caught the tail end of Hurricane Bertha so the weather was knocking seven bells out of me soon as I was underway. I got about as far as Great Budworth on my way to Wales. By the time I got there, I was soaked and cold, the front panniers had been consta...
by Vantage
1 Sep 2018, 9:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UPDATE - went!!! Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment
Replies: 168
Views: 4883

Re: Budget touring : seeking advice on equipment

Just saw this thread. I'm in the same boat and on a stupidly thin budget but I've built up my touring kit over the last 6 years and now have reasonably good stuff. Two failed tours to date but I'm gonna try an overnighter short trip soon to see how I get on. Good luck to you Old Blue. I've done some...