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by g.meredith
17 Mar 2017, 9:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rain pants or poncho?
Replies: 30
Views: 1969

Re: Rain pants or poncho?

I find Rainlegs will cope with most conditions - they are not sweaty like full overtrousers and take up very little room in a bag. Back in the day I used and liked a cape but they catch the wind, prevent you from signalling, and cover the front light on modern bikes. Rainlegs deploy quickly and are...
by g.meredith
11 Mar 2017, 2:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Osmand voice instructions.Suggestion.
Replies: 23
Views: 2474

Re: Osmand voice instructions.Suggestion.

An update on the first paragraph of the original post and the issues surrounding GPX. An imported GPX route is not in anyway connected to the underlying map. It makes no use of OSM data.The Osmand app is describing a line with no reference to any features around it. The result is often poor, mislead...
by g.meredith
11 Mar 2017, 1:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Isle of Purbeck
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Isle of Purbeck

I am planning an upcoming tour that is going include the Isle of Purbeck. There have been favourable reviews of the Woodhyde campsite but I am concerned that it is on an A road. Is it possible to cycle from Corfe Castle to Woodhyde with a reasonable degree of safety. Are there any recommendations fo...
by g.meredith
11 Mar 2017, 12:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Self straightening rotor.
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Self straightening rotor.

Early into a trip to Exmoor I managed to slightly bend the rotor to my front wheel. As there were no local bike shops I continued with the trip onto the moor. What followed were days of repeated and prolonged braking with a heavy load, down some very steep hills. I could smell the fumes coming off t...
by g.meredith
10 Mar 2017, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless cables ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1350

Re: Compressionless cables ?

Fit Jagwire compressionless cables to a Boardman CX with drops and Avid mechanical discs. Vast improvement in feel and modulation. Brakes are no longer spongy. Not cheap but I think money well spent. I initially thought Jagwire compressionless were a bit of an indulgence. That changed when I fitted...
by g.meredith
10 Mar 2017, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB7 Internals.
Replies: 5
Views: 415

BB7 Internals.

1) Repeated exposure to salt water has turned the three ball bearings inside my BB7s unit black. Replacements needed. Does anyone know the size of these balls. Nothing on the SRAM website and a certain well known bike shop does not know either. 2) On a new BB7 unit is it worth replacing the three ba...
by g.meredith
9 Mar 2017, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake performance
Replies: 199
Views: 9105

Re: Disc brake performance

This morning I fitted a set of Jagwire`s to my load lugger. The difference it has made to the BB7`s is phenomenal. Would you be so kind as to mention the type and where they can be bought? I doubt that I will like the price though! Jagwire Mountain Pro Brake Cable Kit from Chainreaction cycles. Onc...
by g.meredith
9 Mar 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake performance
Replies: 199
Views: 9105

Re: Disc brake performance

This morning I fitted a set of Jagwire`s to my load lugger. The difference it has made to the BB7`s is phenomenal. Hugely impressed. Shifter cable set now on order. Whilst on the subject of BB7s does anyone know the size of the ball bearings used in the internals.( Mine have been blackened by repeat...
by g.meredith
30 Jan 2017, 6:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family cycling and camping trip to the Isle of Wight
Replies: 21
Views: 2119

Re: Family cycling and camping trip to the Isle of Wight

Most of the roads from the ferries are quite busy but you can catch a train from Ryde pier to Sandown which would only be a short ride on quiet lanes to this campsite http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/isleofwight/adgestone/adgestone Its right next to the cycle track and is the...
by g.meredith
30 Jan 2017, 6:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: British Business at its best!
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: British Business at its best!

No surprise. The British political / economic system is a well constructed and disguised racket. Substitute any nation for "British" and it will still apply and be relevant ... Maybe. But the elite spend considerable time and effort on admonishing the lesser nations, on their corruption.
by g.meredith
30 Jan 2017, 6:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: British Business at its best!
Replies: 11
Views: 530

Re: British Business at its best!

No surprise. The British political / economic system is a well constructed and disguised racket.
by g.meredith
26 Jan 2017, 5:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Do you actually like camping?
Replies: 118
Views: 8719

Re: Do you actually like camping?

On some days I would not want to do be doing anything else. On others I just want to sling all the gear off a cliff. I sometimes find it difficult to cope with the unpredictable events / weather. Not helped by the fact that I like to have everything planned just so. Giving it another go this spring.
by g.meredith
5 Jan 2017, 10:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What have you tried and liked (or not) in 2016?
Replies: 61
Views: 5536

Re: What have you tried and liked (or not) in 2016?

My brass bell from Lion Bellworks. I very pleasant happy sound that even draws admiring comments from pedestrians. Simplicity, quality and just a good honest device.
by g.meredith
28 Dec 2016, 6:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extreme Surveillance Becomes UK law
Replies: 69
Views: 5869

Re: Extreme Surveillance Becomes UK law

[/quote]I'm not sure that seeking to control the population would be necessarily malicious. It is often done with the kindest of intentions.[/quote]

No. It is invariably done to preserve the wealth and privileges of the ruling class.
by g.meredith
11 Dec 2016, 9:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Osmand voice instructions.Suggestion.
Replies: 23
Views: 2474

Re: Osmand voice instructions.Suggestion.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give this a try. It would be nice if Osmand could be made to do it for you, though! Agreed. Apparently Osmand have been aware of the issue since..........March 2014. Extraordinary given the popularity of GPX. This workaround can save a lot of aggravation on the road,...