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by simonhill
21 Oct 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What cycling did you do this weekend?
Replies: 33
Views: 699

Re: What cycling did you do this weekend?

It was pouring with rain on Saturday, so had a rest day. First one since the rest day for Typhoon Hagabis.

On Sunday rode from Tottori to Tsuyama. Only 75 Kms, but 500 metres of climbing. Lovely autumn day and stunning views of the wooded hills.
by simonhill
19 Oct 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I thought I carried a lot of stuff.
Replies: 12
Views: 552

Re: I thought I carried a lot of stuff.

I sometimes tour in places where food can be hard to get. This seems like a good idea to me.
by simonhill
17 Oct 2019, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Re: Rear derailleur guard

One was fitted to my original MTB back in the 80s. It also had ball ends on the brake levers. Those plastic disc spoke protectors were another must have, not that I did. Cycling was dangerous back then. However, I still use one, the second type in Bruceys pics. I don't use it to avoid damage after a...
by simonhill
17 Oct 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Loire velo - Nantes to Orleans

If you are staying at a hotel for first and last night in Nantes, you could look for one that has parking.

Alternatively, Google the local tourist information office and ask them.
by simonhill
14 Oct 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim thickness - worn out?
Replies: 101
Views: 2467

Re: Rim thickness - worn out?

I had a CR 18 rim split on me. 26", me light, moderately loaded bike. I was touring in Thailand and inflated my rear using garage air, fairly high for me - maybe 60 or 70 psi. I didn't hear anything, but when I started to ride I noticed brakes were catching. On inspection I found 2 splits in ri...
by simonhill
14 Oct 2019, 3:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim thickness - worn out?
Replies: 101
Views: 2467

Re: Rim thickness - worn out?

c) the machining is very often imperfect; often pieces of swarf are (invisibly) embedded in the surface, and then embed themselves in the brake blocks. The swarf-encrusted brake blocks will then wear the rims about ten times faster than normal. Triple duh cheers I often wondered why there were litt...
by simonhill
14 Oct 2019, 3:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper

It was a bike like this that got me into cycling. I bought a nearly new Saracen Kili Flyer in the mid 80s and was amazed at how it went. Six speed indexed on rear only and gears low enough get up the steepest hills in my local country park. As a traveller at heart, rather than a cyclist I soon start...
by simonhill
13 Oct 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano flat bar rear lever
Replies: 6
Views: 258

Re: Shimano flat bar rear lever

Sad to say that I remember them. I must have seen them in a mag while browsing.


I think they made your bike go faster.
by simonhill
13 Oct 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Marathon Plus or Marathon Tour?
Replies: 28
Views: 1004

Re: Marathon Plus or Marathon Tour?

It's not so much the large choice of Marathons that's a pain, it's going in and out of each variant on the website to compare things like weight, size, etc. It would be good if some kind soul could put all the data into a single spreadsheet. Something for those long cold winter evenings? Trouble is ...
by simonhill
11 Oct 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 64
Views: 4995

Re: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?

@simonhill I don't want to bring back the 'orse 'n' cart but I do want to bring back the Beeching Railways and I'm a big fan of the reinstatement of the 'Varsity Line' / East West Rail Link. [emoji581] If a ferry, bridge or tunnel is a better practical alternative to an existing longer, congested r...
by simonhill
11 Oct 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 64
Views: 4995

Re: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?

Depending on how old he is, it possibly wasn't the Waverley, but whatever the local boat was. The Waverley is now the last of the pleasure paddle steamers and goes round the country stopping for a week or so and doing pleasure trips. Originally she was based on The Clyde. Her sister ship in these pl...
by simonhill
11 Oct 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 64
Views: 4995

Re: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?

Britain is very poor when it comes to ferries. They almost only exist where there can be no land cross, eg The Channel, Scottish Islands, etc. In contrast Japan has a plethora of small ferries which are a boon to touring cyclists, but I wonder how they pay. I took one a couple of days ago between 2 ...
by simonhill
10 Oct 2019, 10:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 Day Suffolk Tour
Replies: 33
Views: 703

Re: 3 Day Suffolk Tour

The op asked twice about b & b's.

I suggested a couple of places in Blaxhall - anywhere else?
by simonhill
10 Oct 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3 Day Suffolk Tour
Replies: 33
Views: 703

Re: 3 Day Suffolk Tour

A lot of not Suffolk in these suggestions for a Suffolk tour. I regularly go to Blaxkhall which is near Snape. It has a wonderful pub, The Ship, which often features traditional singing. It does accommodation and there is also a YHA about 200 metres up the road. Blaxkhall is near the coast, but if y...
by simonhill
7 Oct 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Round the world(not me)
Replies: 35
Views: 1077

Re: Round the world(not me)

Spot on.

It is currently parked outside my hotel in Hamamatsu.