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by simonhill
14 Oct 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim thickness - worn out?
Replies: 66
Views: 1505

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: 66
Views: 1505

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: 347

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: 231

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: 939

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: 4926

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: 4926

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: 4926

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: 30
Views: 595

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: 30
Views: 595

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: 34
Views: 936

Re: Round the world(not me)

Spot on.

It is currently parked outside my hotel in Hamamatsu.
by simonhill
7 Oct 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Round the world(not me)
Replies: 34
Views: 936

Re: Round the world(not me)

26" wheels on an LHT frame, how passé. A few years ago I thought about those coated rims, I presume they are the ceramic ones. There was a bit of a discussion on the LP cycle forum. A guy who had them said they lasted well, wear wise, but after about 60 thou the rims started to split along the ...
by simonhill
5 Oct 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2011

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

David9694 wrote:A picture would be good.

I’ve never seen this before. I note people seem to recognise it, but are you sure it’s not a repair to a front end shunt?


I'm with David.

We get lots of pictures of the bl**din obvious on the forum, how about one of the relatively obscure.

Please.
by simonhill
4 Oct 2019, 11:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About the holiday offers in Cycle magazine.
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: About the holiday offers in Cycle magazine.

Good research, looks like a kettle and a suitcase full of pot noodles.
by simonhill
4 Oct 2019, 12:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About the holiday offers in Cycle magazine.
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: About the holiday offers in Cycle magazine.

Take a taxi into town for evening meal, I wouldn't think it would cost much, especially if you can split maybe 4 ways.

During the day, buses probably run.

Use the package was get you there and a bed. Then use your common.