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by mnichols
16 Feb 2020, 8:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer's next Euro Tour
Replies: 53
Views: 2061

Re: National Express booked!!!

I have looked into and decided on not using National Express for getting to an airport because they won't guarantee taking a bike or bike box

I might take a chance if I wasn't flying but if the driver says no that's the end of the trip before it even started

I spoke to National Express and they said the driver will take it if there is room

So bikes are the lowest priority. They will put everyone else's cases on the bus and if there is room they will take the bike

I decided I couldn't take the risk as if I couldn't get on the bus then I would miss the plane and that was the end of the holiday
by mnichols
2 Jan 2020, 8:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way - route
Replies: 52
Views: 3300

Re: King Alfred's Way

Zulu Eleven wrote:
mnichols wrote:Just read a teaser about this on a Cycling UK Facebook Post. Does anyone have anymore information?

The post says "Coming in the summer of 2020 is our newest route from our off-road team, it's a 220 mile circular loop around historic Wessex, through Salisbury, Winchester and Stonehenge"

This would be on my doorstep, so keen to know more


Ahoy-hoy


What can I tell you?

I'm obviously cautious about how much of the detail we reveal publicly at the moment... we will be taking this to formal consultation with local access fora etc. very soon, but yes, I can confirm that we are working on a multi-day route in the South of England that will be doable either in one go or as a series of shorter trips (and that ties in well with public transport opportunities too)

What I can promise you is that this takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes, spanning more than five thousand years of history, and will hopefully link together with a number of other opportunities and long-distance trails in order to promote enjoyment of the countryside and rural tourism.

Does that sound like the type of thing you were looking for?

If would you be interested in test riding some of the sections? I'd be happy to work with you on the possibility.


I'm a gravel rider rather mtb, but keen to know more. I live in the heart of Alfred Country.

So as a keen touring cyclist I'm keen to know more and help if I can.
by mnichols
1 Jan 2020, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way - route
Replies: 52
Views: 3300

King Alfred's Way - route

Just read a teaser about this on a Cycling UK Facebook Post. Does anyone have anymore information?

The post says "Coming in the summer of 2020 is our newest route from our off-road team, it's a 220 mile circular loop around historic Wessex, through Salisbury, Winchester and Stonehenge"

This would be on my doorstep, so keen to know more
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable lacing
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Cable lacing

I will leave the cables a bit too long at the moment as its a new setup and therefore I might change:

- The stem length - I'm experimenting with a very short stem ATM.
- The position of the shifters on the bar. I'm using flared drops so the position has to be perfect
- The number of spacers under the stem. It's currently slammed but don't think it will stay there
- The angle of the bar. TBH This is unlikely to change or if it does is unlikely to have much impact

Even once I have these adjusted I need to allow a little extra length so that I can lift the bars off and turn for packing/flying
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable lacing
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Cable lacing

nsew wrote:Here’s a rim brake bike with your desired brake cable routing.

https://road.cc/content/tech-news/22375 ... turn-heads


Perfect.
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers

nsew wrote:With that part your caliper will hopefully look like this.

https://www.condorcycles.com/products/s ... gL2YfD_BwE


Yep, thanks
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers

Couldn't find any part number on the caliper, but visually they look like these, and I thought they were 6700 so took a chance and ordered

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brakes/shimano-ultegra-br6700-cable-adjusting-bolt-unit-y8g698120/

Interesting to see the price difference between Ultegra and Dura Ace prices for what is essentially a bolt
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable lacing
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Cable lacing

I am running right hand lever to rear brake

Cables are under the bar tape
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable lacing
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Cable lacing

richardfm wrote:Don't you just make sure the cables are routed so that there are no tight turns and minimise points where they can rub against each other or the frame?



Maybe, that's the question. I think I know what to do but cables and outers are expensive so I want to check before I start cutting
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers

Great. Thanks. I'll see if I can find a part number on the caliper
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How long to cut the chain
Replies: 15
Views: 659

How long to cut the chain

Building a bike from scratch, mixture of new and old bits, but the new bits are chainset, rear mech, cassette and chain

Normally when I'm replacing a chain I compare it to the old one, but as this is a new configuration I don't have a guide

So, how do I know how long to cut the chain?
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable lacing
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Cable lacing

Probably not calling this the right thing, but I'm building a bike from scratch and need a guide, video or hints and tips on how to setup the cables on the handlebars of a road bike.

Is there a correct way? What goes on top, what goes over, under, how long to cut the outers, etc

Also there seem to be lots of new ferrels, they have a small amount of cable coming out of them. There seems to be too many gear ones and not enough brake ones, and there is no setup guide.
The shifters are Ultegra 6800 on a drop handlebar road bike.

The frame has external cable routing

Any help gratefully received.
by mnichols
29 Dec 2019, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Missing bit from Ultegra Brake Calipers

I'm building a bike from a combination of old and new bits, and one old bit that I'm reusing are my Ultegra Brake Calipers

But I'm missing the adjuster that goes in the top. Not sure what it's called. The cable outer goes into this bit that then goes into the top of the caliper. Then you turn it to add or remove tension

Anyone know what this is called and where I can get one?
by mnichols
20 Dec 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Winter depression
Replies: 22
Views: 1936

Re: Winter depression

I don't like the winter and need to get outside. If the weather is too bad for cycling then a couple of short walks with the dog at first and last light, a potter in the garden at lunchtime and a trip to the sports centre in the evening keeps me just about sane, but I'm counting down the days until spring. Planning my summer tours also helps.
by mnichols
11 Dec 2019, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frameset transplant: Spa Titanium Touring
Replies: 89
Views: 3963

Re: Frameset transplant: Spa Titanium Touring

I like the bike and I like the bottle cages. They add a bit of character. The bike looks like it's evolved over time and has been well thought out to suit your needs based on years of experience.

I don't like off the shelf bikes where someone has just got out their credit card and bought all the shiny things.

There's a hill outside my house that a Sportive goes over and every year I see people pushing £5000 bikes up it wearing a £1000 worth of rapha clothing