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by Pickers
7 Jul 2017, 7:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: UK Cycling discount at Halfords?
Replies: 27
Views: 2221

UK Cycling discount at Halfords?

The UK website appears to be pretty clear that the discount at Halfords can be applied to any cycling related items. So I thought I'd try it out, just a couple of bits and bobs. Walked up to the checkout brandishing said goods and my membership card. And got turned down! The discount (they said) was...
by Pickers
21 Jun 2016, 7:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spare Tyre?
Replies: 12
Views: 656

Re: Spare Tyre?

Tyre failures are pretty rare, I've never felt the need to carry a spare although I do know people that have the issue (tandem rear, LeJog day 2....).
If you want to carry a spare, I'd just choose a very light foldable that would get you to the nearest town for a proper replacement.
by Pickers
21 Jun 2016, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Android tablet and gpx file - navigating
Replies: 26
Views: 1712

Re: Android tablet and gpx file - navigating

I note that the routes are plotted on a PC using Memory Map - can I ask, is this your PC? Memory Map comes with 5 licences, I use it to plot my routes and use it on an Android tablet and an old Iphone 4 (both by the relevant app) in exactly the way you describe. I've no experience of the other apps,...
by Pickers
16 Jun 2016, 1:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Argos Racing Cycles (Bristol)
Replies: 14
Views: 2193

Re: Argos Racing Cycles (Bristol)

I had an Argos TT frameset that I bought secondhand. It was an absolute work of art - every aspect of the finish was just lovely.
I sold it on when I stopped TTing but I'd have another frameset from them without question.
by Pickers
11 Jun 2015, 1:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Argos bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1034

Re: Argos bikes

Not a tourer, but I did have a TT frame built by them. It was absolutely gorgeous, really well finished in every respect.
I'd have another frame from there in a heartbeat.
by Pickers
1 Mar 2015, 10:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Warmshowers "membership" charges.
Replies: 11
Views: 1728

Re: Warmshowers "membership" charges.

To be honest I would feel better paying as I can't really offer to host due to house size, we don't have a spare room. This has been my point of view so far, I'd really like to use this as a visitor but I wouldn't be able to reciprocate. I've never thought it fair to use the offer of places but not...
by Pickers
29 Oct 2014, 5:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)
Replies: 16
Views: 2124

Re: France - channel to the Med (or vice-versa)

I did exactly this a couple of years ago - flew to Montpellier, dumped the free bike box and cycled up to Ouistreham (Caen). It was my 1st tour outside the UK and was absolutely brilliant. I started off heading east towards Arles, up to Ventoux before turning north west across the Massif Central bit...
by Pickers
19 Mar 2014, 11:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Good bike for a little lady?
Replies: 20
Views: 3890

Re: Good bike for a little lady?

Most manufacturers don't seem to cater for the vertically challenged, I had a heck of a game finding a bike to fit my wife. She's not only just 5'3", but short of leg for her height as well. I eventually went for a Surly Pacer as a frame only buy, in 42cm size. This uses 700c wheels but doesn't...
by Pickers
16 Dec 2013, 6:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: charger for gadgets
Replies: 58
Views: 76048

Re: charger for gadgets

B&M and Axa both do a dynamo light with a USB charging socket - I have the Axa version and find it works fine with my Iphone and GPS.
by Pickers
4 Dec 2013, 5:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair Cycle Carriage fees
Replies: 4
Views: 3338

Re: Ryanair Cycle Carriage fees

Ryanair are very good with bikes


This is (or at least was...) true. No hassle at all for me, bike was in a box stuffed full with panniers and clothing right up to the weight limit. No problem at all.
by Pickers
11 Nov 2013, 4:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... whether there are any female frame builders?
Replies: 25
Views: 5108

Re: ... whether there are any female frame builders?

Isla Rowntree - of Islabikes fame?
by Pickers
7 Nov 2013, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Chain Position
Replies: 14
Views: 2240

Re: New Chain Position

Side plates pulling away from the rivets basically. It happened on new chains (factory fitted on new bikes), and with the chains needing a special joining pin it might take a while to get home if you don't have one to hand, even if you have a splitter with you. Guess how I know that!! I guess too us...
by Pickers
7 Nov 2013, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Chain Position
Replies: 14
Views: 2240

Re: New Chain Position

Pickers wrote: Broken link. To a page on Shimano chains, how appropriate! Recycle it and go get a KMC, or make sure you have spare quicklinks and something to clean your hands up. last time I checked, reputedly Shimano chains are made by, er......... KMC..... If that's right then I stand corrected....
by Pickers
7 Nov 2013, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a good cycle computer nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 4534

Re: What is a good cycle computer nowadays?

Sorry, bed & breakfast - to charge it overnight. I use a hub dynamo when touring, or plug it into the mains once or twice a week at home when necessary. If you're away from a power source then something like a Cateye Strada is a better idea. Last year I cycled and camped across France, couldn't ...
by Pickers
7 Nov 2013, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a good cycle computer nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 4534

Re: What is a good cycle computer nowadays?

Just to clarify though, when I said I don't want a GPS computer, I meant the mapping capability of them. I like to plot vague routes on paper maps and follow my nose when I'm riding. I don't want turn by turn and don't need to see a small portion of a map at all times. It's peculiar, but with cycli...