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by simonhill
23 Oct 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wind speed
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: Wind speed

After rain, wind is the most important thing I look at. For some strange reason I often wake at about 5 am and then stay awake to hear the shipping forecast before drifting off. For touring, it is probably the most important thing for me. The trouble with the Met Office is I don't find their forecas...
by simonhill
23 Oct 2020, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: BST ends Sunday-safety factors
Replies: 28
Views: 810

Re: BST ends Sunday-safety factors

I think the bottom line is between early birds and late ones. As a late one, I like light evenings and have always hated the October clock change as its like the final nail in the coffin for summer. I can argue lots of things against it - likewise the early ones can argue their points. I suspect tha...
by simonhill
23 Oct 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Made to measure touring bike
Replies: 17
Views: 483

Re: Made to measure touring bike

Given what Brucey has said, maybe you might want to consider a halfway option.

Find a frame you like, then build all your chosen components onto it. It will work out more expensive than a stock bike, but you get exactly what you want. I did this for my current touring bike.
by simonhill
22 Oct 2020, 5:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: car registration plate when transporting bike
Replies: 40
Views: 1487

Re: car registration plate when transporting bike

Sorry for my naivety, but does that mean that if a bike hanging on the back of a vehicle stops you seeing a light from anywhere in the 45 + 80 degree arc (Category 2) then it is illegal?

If so then it means that a bike can easily obscure some or all lights, depending on where you are standing.
by simonhill
22 Oct 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Hi Chaps, thanks for the replies. In the end I opted for the one from Amazon and I have been pleasantly surprised. It arrived next day and is made of stout nylon, lined, with edging and webbing underneath to strengthen the bottom. It says it's 600d nylon, which is less than Carradice at 1000d, but a...
by simonhill
21 Oct 2020, 5:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: car registration plate when transporting bike
Replies: 40
Views: 1487

Re: car registration plate when transporting bike

As the initial query has been satisfied..... Just for the record, as far as I understand it, obscured lights don't have to be totally covered. I remember an ancient article probably in Cycle by CJ that said even a spoke could be deemed to obscure a light. It went on to say that a bike could easily ...
by simonhill
21 Oct 2020, 4:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Boy 13 arrested for attempted murder of cyclist
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Boy 13 arrested for attempted murder of cyclist

Terrible.

It's a shame you only see lots of Police after the event. I count 6 standing near the canal in one picture. Just the one might have avoided this happening.
by simonhill
21 Oct 2020, 4:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: car registration plate when transporting bike
Replies: 40
Views: 1487

Re: car registration plate when transporting bike

As the initial query has been satisfied..... Just for the record, as far as I understand it, obscured lights don't have to be totally covered. I remember an ancient article probably in Cycle by CJ that said even a spoke could be deemed to obscure a light. It went on to say that a bike could easily '...
by simonhill
21 Oct 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Securing a bike to match insurance requirements
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Securing a bike to match insurance requirements

My advice is to read your policy carefully, on-line if you don't have a detailed policy booklet. I have a campervan with rear rack. My insurance says the bike must be secured to an immovable object and also says that anything on a car, van, etc must be kept out of sight if the vehicle is unattended....
by simonhill
21 Oct 2020, 3:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 755

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

I'm confused.

How would the hanger or mech be bent if the bike fell on the other side?
by simonhill
20 Oct 2020, 1:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: 75 years 75 days

You don't say why you are not doing the intended trip to Gibraltar. You could cycle there and then cycle back. Job done. When it comes to touring: finding routes, what to see; where to stop; etc; etc. I always recommend having a good think about it. I know it sounds obvious, but I find that the more...
by simonhill
20 Oct 2020, 10:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPA Cycles Harrogate
Replies: 37
Views: 1666

Re: SPA Cycles Harrogate

I suspect that current times may also be relevant. When trade is slack, long chats on the phone giving advice and recommendations that lead to a sale may be welcome. When things are a bit more manic, they may be less appreciated. Add to this sometimes people have a bad day and may get wound up by wh...
by simonhill
19 Oct 2020, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPA Cycles Harrogate
Replies: 37
Views: 1666

Re: SPA Cycles Harrogate

May I ask where the OP is going instead of Spa?
by simonhill
18 Oct 2020, 3:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Flying With a Brompton - What Bag?

Anyone any suggestions for what bag to use for flying with a Brompton? Not proper touring, but basing in different places and then cycling around. Probable bus between stops then cycling with luggage to accomodation so nothing too heavy or bulky. The hard cases are obviously the best, but expensive...
by simonhill
17 Oct 2020, 7:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Protect the controller while upside down
Replies: 17
Views: 809

Re: Protect the controller while upside down

A post from a heretic. I always turn my bike upside down if there is anything 'down there' I need to do. I can understand not doing it if you have lots of cables and hoods, etc, but I have a nice pair of bar ends on my bikes. I also carry a bit of rag to sit my Brooks on. Removing a wheel, cleaning ...