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by JakobW
20 Sep 2020, 7:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 60
Views: 1715

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

China or glass is, alas, still the best thing to drink hot drinks out of, but of the other options I personally prefer metal (whether a Ti or an enamelware mug) - you run the risk of burning your lips if you don't let it cool down, but there's no taint like you can sometimes get from silicone or pla...
by JakobW
20 Sep 2020, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hills near Coventry
Replies: 13
Views: 387

Re: Hills near Coventry

Another +1 to that map; one might quibble about the use of rainbow colour-coding, and the auto-scaling threw me a bit the first time I moved it around, but that's a very useful tool.
by JakobW
20 Sep 2020, 2:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good quality cycling cap?
Replies: 13
Views: 325

Re: Good quality cycling cap?

Seconding Walz caps as being good quality; I'm particularly fond of their wool ones for cooler weather. Their regular caps are cotton/poly and come in S/M and L/XL; not particularly cheap, though I've had mine for years and they still look pretty much new. I like my Rapha caps as they're 100% cotton...
by JakobW
17 Sep 2020, 8:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?
Replies: 57
Views: 1755

Re: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?

Good cup and cone BBs are available NOS. New ones tend to be the lowest grade of BSO rubbish. The troubles with cup and cone BBs are that you need three huge, now rare, tools to fit them properly and they are prone to water ingress, which ruins them. When the remaining supply of UN55 runs out, try ...
by JakobW
8 Sep 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Northern rail folding bike options?
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: Northern rail folding bike options?

Ride quality's a personal thing, but as I said I'm 6'5" and I really enjoy riding my Brompton - before lockdown I was putting a couple of thousand miles a year on it, and on a smiles per mile basis it's possibly my favourite bike. It does ride differently to my full-size bikes - I wouldn't want...
by JakobW
8 Sep 2020, 7:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Northern rail folding bike options?
Replies: 18
Views: 539

Re: Northern rail folding bike options?

I'd try a Brompton test ride before dismissing them on grounds of fit; I'm 6'5" and ride an M-type with the telescopic seatpost without problems. The handling's still the right side of nippy rather than twitchy for me, but adding a bag on the front calms it down even further if necessary.
by JakobW
7 Sep 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?
Replies: 16
Views: 574

Budget solo cycle-camping tent suitable for very tall folks?

As per the title, really; I'm looking for a tent for some solo overnighters or weekend trips suitable for a 6'5" camper. Looking at specs online, the Wild Country Zephyros 2 and Vango Cairngorm 200 seem like they might fit the bill - any first-hand experience/other recommendations from equally ...
by JakobW
7 Sep 2020, 9:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Clothing for Touring
Replies: 29
Views: 1123

Re: Clothing for Touring

Once the weather starts to turn, I find the benefits of wicking materials become irrelevant, especially when staying warm is your main concern. This type of thing Depends on how hot you run - if I'm cycling for more than an hour or so, I will sweat enough even in cold temperatures to soak a non-wic...
by JakobW
6 Sep 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?
Replies: 40
Views: 1255

Re: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?

A cassock hides many sartorial sins, but is alas less practical on the bike...

(My father was a parish priest, and had a collection of black shoes. He mostly walked or drove on his pastoral visits, I'm afraid, so no tips there!)
by JakobW
6 Sep 2020, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?
Replies: 40
Views: 1255

Re: Which work spd shoes - 3000 miles per year?

I wouldn't expect any pair of leather shoes to survive a year's daily wear in all weathers, at least not without a resole, and most SPD soles can't be replaced. I'm pretty hard on shoes - I walked a couple of miles most days (at least pre-lockdown!) - but on my most-worn pairs I'd expect to have to ...
by JakobW
5 Sep 2020, 12:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Clothing for Touring
Replies: 29
Views: 1123

Re: Clothing for Touring

I find cotton ok, as long as it's not too cold, wet, and windy; fine for high summer, but rather iffier for autumn. Linen's slightly better, but still takes a while to dry. The gear I wear depends on what kind of touring I'm doing: if I'm just going A-B and exploring at my destination, I usually wea...
by JakobW
30 Aug 2020, 4:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mitt Recommendations
Replies: 56
Views: 2238

Re: Cycling Mitt Recommendations

Mick F wrote:Not sure about how to clean them generally, but they do air out ok after getting home.


Advice I've been given in the past wrt leather gloves is to wash them with mild hand soap whilst wearing them, then remove and let dry away from direct heat. Apply leather balm once dry.
by JakobW
23 Aug 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1854

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

I would also prefer a framebuilder with plenty of experience of building light, narrow tubed steel frames, i.e. one with an instinctive feel based on lots of experience both of their own and of those who taught them, as well as on customer feedback, for what blend of tubing and tube profiles would ...
by JakobW
22 Aug 2020, 12:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rivendell Reader archive available online
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Rivendell Reader archive available online

Seen on social media, and possibly of interest to some here: someone has (with permission) put together scans of all the past RIvendell Bike Works' Rivendell Reader issues and has put them up online at http://notfine.com/rivreader/ Interesting as historical documents to see how things have changed o...
by JakobW
19 Aug 2020, 10:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wood burning stoves
Replies: 27
Views: 749

Re: Wood burning stoves

The Ooni is a thing of loveliness - if you're a home-made-pizza nerd, they're brilliant - but I wouldn't want to take one cycle camping... Portable enough for car camping, mind.