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by simonhill
9 Dec 2018, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 20
Views: 669

Re: Schwalbe 26” tyre query

Sweep: I think I discussed this a bit when you asked in my recent post about Sputniks.
by simonhill
9 Dec 2018, 2:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

Transport is still not brilliant in the countryside and nowadays the kids ride 50 cc scooters and motorcycles, often very dangerously. The sound of the Mobylette used to be one of the sounds of France. Heard far more often than the accordion. I was in France a few months ago add have been trying to...
by simonhill
9 Dec 2018, 2:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton Paint Jobs & other details
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: Brompton Paint Jobs & other details

Look carefully at the colours, they are a lot duller than at first sight. I went for the red, thinking it would be pillar box, but it looks a bit washed out on the bike.

The green is definitely a few shades down on British Racing.
by simonhill
9 Dec 2018, 1:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to China. Access and Visa info please!
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: London to China. Access and Visa info please!

Given that getting the visas is the toughest part of this ride, you are asking a lot. You don't say where you have looked, so we could be repeating what you have already looked at, nonetheless: The Lonely Planet thorn tree forums for each country are usually good places for up to date info on visas;...
by simonhill
9 Dec 2018, 6:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 20
Views: 669

Re: Schwalbe 26” tyre query

I just marvel at how many rims, tyres, bikes, etc some people have and how you seem to regularly swap them about. Admittedly in hthe last couple of years I have added an almost identical Surly to what was my one and only bike and now have a new Brompton as well. Nonetheless, the rims on my touring S...
by simonhill
7 Dec 2018, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 16
Views: 512

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

To me that looks like a very modern Solex. I used to have one when I was 15 and working the summer in France, 50 or so years ago. The legal age there for a moped was 14, compared to our 16. Mine had a much heavier frame, more in the style of an old Raleigh or Flying Pidgeon roadster, but chunkier. I...
by simonhill
7 Dec 2018, 1:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice
Replies: 44
Views: 1262

Re: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice

There are plenty of people who are not ultra lightweight or even lightweight who only use rear panniers. I don't know why you are even considering (or worrying about) a front rack. This all seems a bit confused to me. I seem to remember that a front rack and 2 panniers adds up to something like 1.5 ...
by simonhill
6 Dec 2018, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Vietnam
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Vietnam

Glad you enjoyed it, nice photos as well. Re bikes on trains in Vn: it's no problem, but you book your bike in separately and it goes on a goods train. If you do it a day in advance then it's there when you arrive. Re bikes on planes: The poly bag is not something they are used to in Asia. Some airp...
by simonhill
6 Dec 2018, 2:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 20
Views: 669

Re: Schwalbe 26” tyre query

I wonder if sidewalls are getting stiffer/tougher since they became ebike compatible. I use so few tyres, I can't make detailed comparisons. I used to use the previous 2 versions of the Marathon Originals. Liked them both, the later version was a bit better. When greenguard replaced them (how many o...
by simonhill
6 Dec 2018, 2:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice
Replies: 44
Views: 1262

Re: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice

Can't help on lightweight tourers, but maybe you should define your proposed load. You say you can get it all on the Cannondale for less than the 15kg Dawes. Adding a few bits on the Cannondale to carry it plus guards, etc, I reckon you are talking 5kgs of gear. Is that about right? I partly ask as ...
by simonhill
6 Dec 2018, 2:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steve Mercer IOM TT Rider needs help
Replies: 18
Views: 775

Re: Steve Mercer IOM TT Rider needs help

He could try contacting CyclingUK head office. They often have articles in their magazine about people cycling with disabilities. There is usually a charity or other organisation involved.
by simonhill
5 Dec 2018, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 26” tyre query
Replies: 20
Views: 669

Re: Schwalbe 26” tyre query

Have you thought about getting one of those tools that helps with tyre fitting. I use a VAR and it works fine, but don't know if it would cope with M+.

Having it in my saddlebag eases my fear of a puncture.
by simonhill
5 Dec 2018, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why it's so difficult to find the Cycling UK shop?
Replies: 41
Views: 1211

Re: ...why it's so difficult to find the Cycling UK shop?

They gave those little CTC stickers away, I think I got mine at a TdF event in Kent. I had one on my last touring bike for many years. Probably still got one somewhere. I think they were reflective (as in reflecting light, not as in thoughtful). I thought then that they should push them more so as t...
by simonhill
3 Dec 2018, 11:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alarm?
Replies: 23
Views: 748

Re: Alarm?

A few years ago Gardener's Question Time did a special on plants to protect properties from thieves, etc. You should be able to get info by searching their BBC Radio 4 website. I remember that pyracantha was mentioned. I have one (not for protection), it is evergreen, lots of red berries for show an...
by simonhill
3 Dec 2018, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame ding - should I be concerned?
Replies: 27
Views: 1234

Re: Frame ding - should I be concerned?

There were plenty in the bundle, 10 or so. Can't remember where I bought them. Probably before pound shops, but that's the sort of place to look. In the kids toys, maybe.