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by RickH
18 Feb 2019, 11:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Britain's Most Boring Town
Replies: 72
Views: 2392

Re: Britain's Most Boring Town

Personally, I find my reaction to a town ( or indeed any 'new' place) is at least partly determined by my own frame of mind at the time. Thus my impression of Fort William was probably coloured by the fact that I was dog tired after a very long drive. A well-rested, positive frame of mind can usual...
by RickH
18 Feb 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Holt Town tram lines /lack of cycle route Manchester Metrolink

I'm not a commuter but, when I go between the city & the vicinity of the Ethiad (or, more likely the National Cycling Centre), I almost always use the Ashton Canal towpath, which ends a couple of hundred yards from the bottom of the station approach at Piccadilly. The Rochdale isn't too bad eith...
by RickH
18 Feb 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 12203
Views: 297207

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

A sane article from the Guardian fat chance that any one is listening though, not in Westminster any way https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/17/theresa-may-election-referendum-vote-brexit?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVS19XZWVrZGF5cy0xOTAyMTg%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_m...
by RickH
16 Feb 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Train reservations
Replies: 82
Views: 3511

Re: Train reservations

You are (or were) supposed to be able to book any operators's tickets via any other. Before East Coast messed up their website I used them by default even though I'm not sure I ever travelled with them. The same with over-the-counter tickets - any mainline station (apart from TfL) can do you any tic...
by RickH
16 Feb 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What tyres (possible unicorn content)?
Replies: 11
Views: 496

Re: What tyres (possible unicorn content)?

After some tyres with the following: 26” About 1.5” Light tread Folding Something like SB8s would be ideal but they seem to be wired only… Can you go up to 1.75"? Panaracer Ribmos are available at Planet X in that size for £21 ( link ). Searching online, so far I've only found the 26x1.5 size ...
by RickH
16 Feb 2019, 4:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands Trains/London North Western
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Re: West Midlands Trains/London North Western

I've only seen the bike storages under the luggage rack on Sprinters, not the bus- based Pacers. Some pacer layouts had a lot of room by the doors but I think all trains are meant to have that at some doors now (ones marked for wheelchairs and large luggage), if not all. I'm pretty sure they are Pa...
by RickH
16 Feb 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Added memory eTrex 20
Replies: 22
Views: 611

Re: Added memory eTrex 20

ANTONISH wrote:These cards are readily available at many supermarkets.

But usually at least double the price per GB of online sellers like MyMemory.
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to me revolution country premier
Replies: 30
Views: 1135

Re: New to me revolution country premier

Here's an example of the sort of thing that some people can manage on a road bike (quite a bit lighter than a tourer) where Miss Daisy might complain... If you want to see more of the things that can be done on a road bike look on YouTube for the "road bike party" videos. Also look for Pe...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands Trains/London North Western
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Re: West Midlands Trains/London North Western

...much of which is getting replaced this year, as I understand the appalling Pacers and single-car Sprinters cannot be adapted to allow everyone to use them and some equality law has a 2020 deadline. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_(train_operating_company)#Future_fleet I'm quite fond of th...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Pannier recommendation

I've got a 13l Alpkit Koala which I like. With the end rolled up to its minimum size (probably less than 1/2 capacity) I can still fit tools, 2 tubes, mini pump, spare tyre (usually a 40mm Vittoria Voyager Hyper) & a waterproof jacket (or layers I've taken off because I've put the waterproof on)...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replace 27.5 rims with 700
Replies: 15
Views: 654

Re: Replace 27.5 rims with 700

I have been looking at Sputnik rims, they seem very cheap, I guess that’s probably for a reason. I know they are heavy but not too worried about weight. I have been trying to calculate spoke length for the rebuild but I can’t find the hub measurements online for the dimensions I need. I have Shiman...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying a child's bike
Replies: 16
Views: 464

Re: Carrying a child's bike

How about the MTB hike-a-bike technique with the bike sideways with the frame resting across both shoulders? With a full size bike it would usually be the downtube across your shoulders & hold onto the front wheel & /or crank, the technique might have to be adapted a bit with a small bike or...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Added memory eTrex 20
Replies: 22
Views: 611

Re: Added memory eTrex 20

I've had quite a few memory cards of various formats over the years from MyMemory . They seem to be well priced and, as far as I can tell, genuine. I usually get SanDisk or Samsung cards. Their stuff ships from Switzerland. Under £4 including postage shipped from Hong Kong doesn't inspire me with co...
by RickH
15 Feb 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 46
Views: 1403

Re: Handlebar Tape

Park Tools, as is often the case, have a useful guide to wrapping drop bars (link).
by RickH
13 Feb 2019, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap 11 speed chain - is it ok?
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Cheap 11 speed chain - is it ok?

If it anything like a non-shiny version of the PC-X1, then it should wear reasonably well. I've got a pair of X1s that have done around 1500 miles each in fairly mucky conditions, ridden in all weathers on & off road through the last 2 winter's with a not particularly rigorous cleaning regime an...