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by AndyK
7 Jul 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many bytes?
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: How many bytes?

Yes, you can download maps onto your phone with the OS app, if you have a premium subscription.Instructions here: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/o ... bdownloads
How much you keep on the phone will depend on how much storage you have available.
by AndyK
7 Jul 2020, 10:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Welsh pronunciation
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Welsh pronunciation

For a few more minutes' entertainment, see also https://www.cyclingwales.co.uk/welsh.html - a guide to pronouncing any Welsh place name, plus a guide to Welsh road signs and a breakdown of what some common placename elements mean. (When I was route-planning in Ceredigion a couple of years ago I was ...
by AndyK
4 Jul 2020, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dr Bike seeks suitable bike stand.
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Dr Bike seeks suitable bike stand.

I've used the Topeak Prepstand ZX with some success. It's a little flimsy and doesn't work for all bike frames, but it's great for Doctor Bike sessions as it's light and easy to carry. It sets up in seconds then you just hook the bike over the two parallel beams, do the work then lift the bike off a...
by AndyK
23 Jun 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to claim £50 for repairs!
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: How to claim £50 for repairs!

Good - it isn't for you, it's for big businesses... you're not going to pay a minister for their election next time are you. OR: Good, it's not for you, it's for people who have dug a bike out of the back of the garage. I cannot see much money being paid out, which is no doubt the idea. I think ver...
by AndyK
22 Jun 2020, 11:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Covid & 'Groups'
Replies: 10
Views: 587

Re: Covid & 'Groups'

So you can sit somewhere (in a park or in a field) with a group of people you don’t know, at 2m distance. But you can’t do the same with people you happen to know? No, you can't - to both. If you are in a group of more than 6 with people from other households, even if you're standing 2m apart , you...
by AndyK
22 Jun 2020, 10:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Covid & 'Groups'
Replies: 10
Views: 587

Re: Covid & 'Groups'

CUK insurance only applies whilst you are riding. Who you meet and where, when you take a break from riding in not relevant. We had 12 people on our Covid meet up last Wednesday, but we were socially distant at the cafe stop and rode there and back in ones and twos. I thought you were only allowed ...
by AndyK
19 Jun 2020, 12:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ? Easy 100km rides in the Midlands, England?
Replies: 22
Views: 642

Re: ? Easy 100km rides in the Midlands, England?

There's an strip of the Cotswolds running from Tetbury in the west to Clanfield in the east which is surprisingly easy going. For instance: Start in or near Cirencester. (straightforward to drive there from Brum) Head SW out of Cirencester on NCN route 45 to Kemble. South through Oaksey to Hankerton...
by AndyK
13 Jun 2020, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strange noise in front wheel
Replies: 9
Views: 323

Re: Strange noise in front wheel

Could be something trapped inside the rim, rattling about. The sliding noise followed by a clunk points that way. It might be a broken spoke. I can't see anything obvious in the video, but check each spoke by gripping it firmly. Either way, the answer is the same. Take it back to the shop and tell t...
by AndyK
10 Jun 2020, 4:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Discount clothing retailers online
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Discount clothing retailers online

I've used SportPursuit several times and they're fine, but watch the delivery dates. Some items are available straight away (marked with a little lorry icon in the listings) while others may require you to wait several weeks for delivery. Also the prices may look good, but as they're often on manufa...
by AndyK
9 Jun 2020, 11:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: £50 for bike repair
Replies: 27
Views: 1089

Re: £50 for bike repair

Aside: what freewheel needs bearings extracted with a special tool? I often service bearings while the freewheel is off on some bikes, but that's a pliers-and-cone-spanners job. The wheel has pressed in sealed cartridge bearings, not cup and cone. Oh. On the only one of those I've done, I knocked o...
by AndyK
29 May 2020, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC chain link came undone
Replies: 30
Views: 1264

Re: KMC chain link came undone

I stand corrected. All the authentic Shimano HG73 or HG93 9 speed chains I've ever bought never came with a quick link but always a joining pin. It would appear as if Shimano only started making quick links (of the modern design, not for 6,7,8 chains) for 11± speed chains. Or am I wrong again ;-) T...
by AndyK
27 May 2020, 9:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.
Replies: 48
Views: 1312

Re: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.

Factor 30 sunscreen, clear, non greasy, alcohol based. Plus a visor that absorbs the sweat, such as this https://www.haloheadbanduk.com/product/halo-visorband/ Never mind the visor, I need a link for this genuinely non-greasy sunscreen. I've tried a lot of them, all claiming to be "non-greasy&...
by AndyK
27 May 2020, 9:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.
Replies: 48
Views: 1312

Re: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.

Following developing my bald patch about 10 years ago, on my first full-day ride in the sun I realised the need for something. I put a single sheet of soft toilet tissue on the bald patch - costs virtually nothing, I don't have to be bothered with keeping it safe, very available, and about as cool ...
by AndyK
26 May 2020, 6:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.
Replies: 48
Views: 1312

Re: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.

I spray my bald patch with Malibu factor 15 sun protection. Its non sticky and does the job. Al I use this too - Malibu SPF15 Clear Hair and Scalp Protector, available in a handy 50ml bottle that you can take with you on tour. However I do still find it greasy and occasionally suffer from lotion-in...
by AndyK
11 May 2020, 11:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2045

Re: Mudguards

Why are mudguards out of fashion? On gravel and mountain bikes especially they stop mud going in your face and up your back. They aren't. Next question. Seriously, there's a boom in mudguards like there hasn't been for decades. For instance take a look at Wiggle's mudguard section: 105 different pr...