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by Scunnered
12 Feb 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 41
Views: 1567

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

there is no perfect fuel, with ideal combination of - availability - cost - volatility - calorific value (fuel consumption) - smell - toxicity Gas is OK but there is no really universal standard for the cartridges so availability is poor in many places. A significant problem (for all-weather campin...
by Scunnered
10 Feb 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 19
Views: 855

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

What was the purpose of doing a stove? that would never occur to me? I wanted a combination of features not available on a comercial stove. And I like a challenge :D The unique feature not obvious from the photo is that it can be connected to either screw threaded canisters or CampinGaz canisters (...
by Scunnered
8 Feb 2019, 9:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 19
Views: 855

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

I made my own tent Did you have a pattern for constructing it? I made the pattern too. First I made some drawings and calculated various lengths. Then I made a full size frame out of wood and tacked plastic sheet to the frame. The plastic sheet was marked, removed and cut to shape and became the pa...
by Scunnered
8 Feb 2019, 1:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 19
Views: 855

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

I made my own tent
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and gas stove
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both are still in use
by Scunnered
8 Feb 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Avoiding Kessock Bridge
Replies: 12
Views: 1302

Re: Avoiding Kessock Bridge

I used to cycle from Dingwall to Inverness before the bridge was built. It cost tuppence on the ferry.
by Scunnered
8 Feb 2019, 12:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6878

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

CRR = 0.00365 (GP4000s) CRR = 0.00638 (Marathons) Firstly, very heavy weight tyres are not absorbing an extra 15W at low speeds. Rolling resistance is proportional to speed; the numbers from bicyclerollingresistance are measured at 18mph. At lower speeds, rolling resistance is less. If we were to s...
by Scunnered
7 Feb 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension power losses/savings
Replies: 36
Views: 2437

Re: Suspension power losses/savings

I lose one minute per mile riding Moulton compared to Mercian. Ride for ride. What's the difference? Some weight penalty and some aerodynamic penalty, but they wouldn't add up to one minute per mile. I can only suggest that the suspension saps the speed. I'm not familiar with the details of a Moult...
by Scunnered
5 Feb 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Care
Replies: 60
Views: 5377

Re: Chain Care

Anyone tried a Titanium Nitride coated chain?
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/chains/kmc-x10el-tin-11128-inch-10-speed-chain-114-links-gold/

Titanium Nitride is hard and also corrosion resistant.
by Scunnered
31 Jan 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New chain - degrease or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 2614

New chain - degrease or not?

Does the factory grease on a new chain provide suitable lubrication for use on the bike, or is it just a preservative to protect the chain whilst in storage?
by Scunnered
29 Jan 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Care
Replies: 60
Views: 5377

Re: Chain Care

ENTIRELY due to wanting to keep my bikes cleaner I have recently started to experiment with waxing my chains. I have four bikes, three using IGHs. The IGHs keep things clean to a point and I wanted to see if a waxed chain would also help. I've read good things about this stuff..https://moltenspeedw...
by Scunnered
28 Jan 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sealant leaking from tubeless
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: Sealant leaking from tubeless

I would guess that the tyre bead has not seated tightly on the rim shoulder, either because there is a gap (which can be filled with additional rim tape), or because there is already too much rim tape. A well seated tyre will give several loud pops as it is inflated and the tyre bead seats on the sh...
by Scunnered
23 Jan 2019, 8:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: black ice
Replies: 52
Views: 5218

Re: black ice

I really don't like cycling when there is a possibility of black ice. Is there a temperature below which I shouldn't go out? If the sky is clear of clouds then before the sun is up, black ice can form when the air temperature is +3 to +4C. The clear sky allows radiation from the ground to escape so...
by Scunnered
22 Jan 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless for a Single Speed?
Replies: 22
Views: 514

Re: Tubeless for a Single Speed?

I've run tubeless for the past year and I'm not convinced they are worth the hassle, We're evaluating them for our tourers, before our Norway tour. If my wife isn't impressed, she's going to veto the purchase of four new rims, tyres etc. We're currently running Schwalbe Marathon Plus on them. Oh, s...
by Scunnered
22 Jan 2019, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless for a Single Speed?
Replies: 22
Views: 514

Re: Tubeless for a Single Speed?

It's more for puncture resistance, although to be honest, the single speed currently fares a lot better than my tourer or my Giant, when it comes to punctures. Tubeless tyres are no more puncture resistant that any other type of tyre and less puncture resistant than some. It's just that small punct...