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by simonhill
21 Jan 2018, 3:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leather treatment
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: Leather treatment

When you say leave colour on your ass, I presume you really mean your trousers.

I think if you apply Proofide, neatsfoot or anything similar to waterproof and protect your saddle, this will rub off on your butt. It certainly happens like that to me with my Brooks.
by simonhill
21 Jan 2018, 3:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Italy/Greece in July too hot?
Replies: 13
Views: 279

Re: Italy/Greece in July too hot?

I regularly ride in hot climates, high temperatures and high humidity (tropical countries). I like it and seem to be able to stand it quite easily. In contrast I hate the cold, wet, wind, etc. However you need to take precautions. Normal cycling gear is no good as it leaves too many exposed bits. OK...
by simonhill
20 Jan 2018, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I make my Brooks flat again?
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Can I make my Brooks flat again?

I have 2 Brooks and had a third, now sold with bike. My problem with all of them has been tightening the bolt. Even on a fairly new saddle the bolt turns the whole spindle and therefore does not tighten. The spindle is meant to be stopped from turning by a pathetic little spur on the metal nose piec...
by simonhill
19 Jan 2018, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aldi Selling Down Sleeping Bags Next Week £40
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: Aldi Selling Down Sleeping Bags Next Week £40

Is it any good? Funnily enough I don't know as they don't go on sale till next week.

I picked up the weekly specialbuys magazine in the shop today and it says it is on sale from 25th Jan.

85/15 down feather. weight 900 gms, pack size 18x14 cms,
by simonhill
19 Jan 2018, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Aldi Selling Down Sleeping Bags Next Week £40
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Aldi Selling Down Sleeping Bags Next Week £40

Just in case anyone is interested.

I put this in the general Touring forum as probably of interest to others than those who browse the camping sub forum.
by simonhill
18 Jan 2018, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: need to get fit for 60 km ride
Replies: 25
Views: 1037

Re: need to get fit for 60 km ride

Assuming he has a bike.
by simonhill
17 Jan 2018, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: need to get fit for 60 km ride
Replies: 25
Views: 1037

Re: need to get fit for 60 km ride

Let's cheer up the OP with talk of breakdowns and punctures - welcome to the fun world of cycling! If you (sfo) are still reading you are probably getting confused by now. To sum up, it would be useful if you could supply a little bit of info (as requested above) in order that replies can be targete...
by simonhill
16 Jan 2018, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Why Only 3 Speed Hub?
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Re: Brompton - Why Only 3 Speed Hub?

Thanks for the replies, particularly Brucey's tech stuff.

I take the point about the need for a chain tensioner, so the derailleur sixer gives the extra gears and range without much (any?) extra hassle.
by simonhill
15 Jan 2018, 5:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Why Only 3 Speed Hub?
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Brompton - Why Only 3 Speed Hub?

Why do Brompton only use a 3 speed hub?

They do make a 6 speed version, but that uses a derailleur system on a 3 speed hub. I would have thought that a multi (8?) speed hub would be a better option. Am I missing something or is there a technical reason?
by simonhill
11 Jan 2018, 8:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike on a budget to cycle from France to denmark
Replies: 12
Views: 582

Re: Bike on a budget to cycle from France to denmark

What do you mean by budget? A rough idea of how much you have to spend would help. Also, what is your bike knowledge like? Secondhand is a good option, but do you have the necessary knowledge to buy something reasonable? Or someone who could help you? Getting an old MTB (mountain bike) and doing it ...
by simonhill
8 Jan 2018, 7:29pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Private physio for bad back- update
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Private physio for bad back- update

I was referred to Physio by phone at my local hospital by my GP. Its not a free number and I pay for my daytime calls. I rang the number and the first minute was an introduction. I was then told I was in a queue and to wait with no idea of where I was in the queue or how long I would have to wait (p...
by simonhill
7 Jan 2018, 6:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal removal Boardman
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: Pedal removal Boardman

Landsurfer: Could a piece of pipe "to slip over the allen key" not just be a spanner ? Yes, but unlikely to be lying around on a beach where I found my last bit of (rigid plastic) pipe. By the way, this isn't a free lunch. A couple of months ago, I went into a little backstreet bike works...
by simonhill
7 Jan 2018, 5:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal removal Boardman
Replies: 11
Views: 439

Re: Pedal removal Boardman

15mm spanner ...... Does anyone actually use allen keys to fit pedals ...? :shock: Yes, particularly when touring, as I usually only take Allen keys. I will fit the pedals with Allen key, no need to over tighten as they are opposing threads. A couple of months later when I need to remove (for flyin...
by simonhill
4 Jan 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding touring tire
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: Folding touring tire

As per Rual. I use the Marathon Supreme, 26x1.6 I don't carry a spare but when I buy them they are nicely folded in a box.
by simonhill
3 Jan 2018, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mini Pump For Mountain Bike
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Mini Pump For Mountain Bike

I bought a Topeak mini dual recently in Japan after my frame pump fell off and was crushed. It has a side fitting holder. It sits snug next to the bottle cage. Although it is proud of the frame and I caught my baggy shorts on it a few times. Maybe this isn't a current model, so may be worth looking ...