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by PT1029
9 Dec 2018, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to China. Access and Visa info please!
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: London to China. Access and Visa info please!

Some friends are curently cycling UK - Indonesia, a similar route to your plan. Set off March 2018, now in Thailand. https://www.polarsteps.com/jamieandmaria/512967-oxford-to-indonesia-and-new-zealand - for gps tracked route plus posted photos http://biketour.mariayoung.co.uk/follow-the-dot/ for an ...
by PT1029
9 Dec 2018, 4:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: European importers: Are they at it?
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: European importers: Are they at it?

Generic parts :- 25mm seat posts are not "generic", they pretty much only fit Look, a few rare frames and old steel Peugeots as far as I know. No one makes a bog standard 25mm seat post for the mass market (except possibly a cheap steel one for cheap German roadsters). Certainly not a big ...
by PT1029
8 Dec 2018, 2:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton Paint Jobs & other details
Replies: 9
Views: 357

Re: Brompton Paint Jobs

I don't know if any are more chip/scratch resistant than others. The colours do range from bright and nice to dull and unobtrusive - some of these will be more durable theft wise should you leave it anywhere (though I guess tehre are no real reasons why should actually leave a Brompton anywhere).
by PT1029
8 Dec 2018, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have Campag discovered perpetual motion?
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Have Campag discovered perpetual motion?

Hmm, as I suspected, not much in the way of convincing arguments emerged. I guess sailing analogies are the closest. My test would be to mount one of these wheels so it is off the ground and free to spin (say on an upturned fork or some such) and see if it really would accelerate (with its "neg...
by PT1029
26 Nov 2018, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have Campag discovered perpetual motion?
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Have Campag discovered perpetual motion?

I see from the UK Campag trade distributor's (Chicken Cycle Kit) news letter that the description of the new Campag Bora wheels (think aero spokes/deep V section aero carbon rims) includes the following :- "But the most interesting feature is the new rim. They are aerodynamic in multiple Yaw an...
by PT1029
26 Nov 2018, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can the UK follow the Netherlands as a successful utility cycling country? - Student project.
Replies: 109
Views: 2277

Re: Can the UK follow the Netherlands as a successful utility cycling country? - Student project.

Not an easy subject, lots of things come into play here. • We can’t afford to make the relevant changes to our road network to accommodate cyclists safely. Its political will. We can afford £300m or so of central government road/transport funding on cycling so over 5 - 6 years, while at the same tim...
by PT1029
26 Nov 2018, 7:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wet seat.
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: Wet seat.

If it is just in cold weather, it could be condensation (thus padded cycling shorts might help here, as would a leather saddle, but these need a bit more care/looking after than plastic saddles). If your saddle is foam covered with plastic, has the plastic cover got a hole/tear/scratch that lets in ...
by PT1029
24 Nov 2018, 7:53pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: (potential) CUK Volunteers - your opinions pls
Replies: 19
Views: 648

Re: (potential) CUK Volunteers - your opinions pls

In theory having a volunteer section on this/a forum could be useful. Perhaps need different volunteer categories, eg : Running a member group Running promotions for national office (such as local bike week events, or the getting negleted bikes up and running (proper name escapes me at the moment) C...
by PT1029
24 Nov 2018, 7:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: panniers for shopping
Replies: 43
Views: 1058

Re: panniers for shopping

Ortleibs are good - in good weather I see people with roll tops un rolled, then fill them to the brim (almost). Years ago I used to use Karrimores. In the supermarket I used to use the pannier hooks to clip the to the inside of the supermarket trolly. At the till the panniers are thus upright and re...
by PT1029
23 Nov 2018, 7:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAKY touring bikes dont have removable gear hangers!
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: DAKY touring bikes dont have removable gear hangers!

Does Anyone Know Why.

That said, I do see some nasty bikes that should have that as their brand name!
by PT1029
10 Nov 2018, 8:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: John Parr
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: John Parr

Memories do go. One of my dad's earliest memories as a young boy was hearing the Zepplin engines above London, and walking 6 miles to find some meat to buy.
by PT1029
10 Nov 2018, 8:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lowering the bar
Replies: 24
Views: 1541

Re: Lowering the bar

Hope the seat tube remained straight. Thorn lowered my partner's top tube quite a few years ago (new frame- brazed joints - built in Bridgewater, couldn't stand over the top tube). It came back with a lowered (a bit, as agreed) top tube, but expansion/cooling etc resulted in the seat tube being bent...
by PT1029
30 Oct 2018, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the best seat shock absorbing strategy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1039

Re: What is the best seat shock absorbing strategy?

+1 for a Thudbuster seat post (or the cheaper Suntour design one). Partner has one on the back of the tandem, I no longer have to warn her of up coming pot holes (on out 1st outing with it, I gave no warnings, and aimed for every hole on the ride (save a few wheel bending ones) and got no complaints...
by PT1029
29 Oct 2018, 1:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Temporary traffic lights - inadequate time for passage
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

Re: Temporary traffic lights - inadequate time for passage

A few years back we (local campaign group) had our local Highway Authority trafic lights boss give a talk on traffic lights. A dry subject you might think, but it was one of the best/most entertaining talks we have ever had. Anyway, yes you can use fixmystreet, but also, at said meeting, we were tol...
by PT1029
29 Oct 2018, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle height
Replies: 66
Views: 2483

Re: Saddle height

Re the 1.07 X inside leg. Years ago (probably early 1980's) I read Loughborough University came up with a figure of 1.09 X inside leg as the most efficient height setting. I adopted this which was fine. I probably still use that, but with numerous height adjustments for replacing shoes with thicker/...