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by JakobW
31 Jan 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ALPKIT for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 1798

Re: ALPKIT for touring

IME Alpkit stuff is reasonable quality and decent VFM, and their customer service is supposed to be pretty good (I've never had to use it).
by JakobW
31 Jan 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Netherlands
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: Cycling in Netherlands

Stanford's in Covent Garden and the Map Shop in Upton upon Severn should have them in stock, and they both do mail/online orders. However, depending on how far you're going you might want to think about a larger-scale map. I used the Falk 1:75K cycle atlas for a tour last summer, and unless you want...
by JakobW
25 Jan 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looks about 100 kilometers is me maxed out
Replies: 37
Views: 3389

Re: Looks about 100 kilometers is me maxed out

Depending on fitness, 100km on the bike is anywhere between 3 and 6 hours in the saddle; if you've been ramping up the mileage quickly, knee and back pain might not be uncommon, especially if you're doing that with minimal stops. I'd still second the recommendation of a bike fit, mind, just to rule ...
by JakobW
23 Jan 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 54
Views: 2691

Re: Wheel sizes vs Handling

What was different about the Dawes' feel? 27" wheels are only 1.3% bigger than 700C, so I'd be very surprised if you could reliably tell them apart if used on otherwise identical bikes. Off the top of my head I can think of any number of differences that would affect the feel, including - diffe...
by JakobW
21 Jan 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Planner Question
Replies: 574
Views: 93429

Re: Cycle Travel Planner Question

I sympathise with mjr's point, but also with Richard's inner copy-editor. For a UK context I'd probably lean towards 'motor-free' (I'm not sure e-bikes have entered the general consciousness), and for NL something like 'designated cycleway'. The important point is that - from a UK point of view - an...
by JakobW
21 Jan 2019, 5:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Secure bicycle storage in Amsterdam

Just in addition to the above, 'bewaakte fietsenstalling' suggests that it's secure/guarded cycle storage. I wouldn't leave a good bike locked up on the street for any length of time in Amsterdam (or any other major Dutch city) without multiple heavy-duty locks.
by JakobW
20 Jan 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 1 week tour in europe recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1068

Re: 1 week tour in europe recommendations?

Jakob why don't you have a look at the Breskens - Vlissingen footpassengers ferry. This way you will avoid the busy city of Antwerp. And you will cycle along the coast of Zeeland (our most seaside county) up north to Hoek van Holland to catch your ferry back to the UK. Thanks for the suggestion - o...
by JakobW
19 Jan 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands Trains/London North Western
Replies: 18
Views: 731

Re: West Midlands Trains

As others have said, they're all AFAIK of the bike spaces by the loos type. If you're travelling at a commuter peak time you may well find people sat on the flip-up seats there, but equally unless the train's absolutely rammed there isn't normally a problem with having your bike in the vestibule. Fo...
by JakobW
16 Jan 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Indonesian bike manufacturer (Scott, Marin, etc.)
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Indonesian bike manufacturer (Scott, Marin, etc.)

How much lower are wages in Indonesia than Taiwan? We've discussed the development of Taiwan's industry on here before ( https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=125702 ), and their success is at least partly due to the existence of manufacturing skills clusters and government support for...
by JakobW
9 Jan 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2388

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Preaching to the converted on here, of course - how many threads do we have on 'how can I lower my gearing' - but isn't it mostly because 'road bikes' are (explicitly or otherwise) modelled after road racing bikes, whose riders can put out ludicrous wattages whilst weighing about as much as the usua...
by JakobW
9 Jan 2019, 2:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2822

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

I still use DT shifters - Shimano friction band-on levers that are used to shift an 8-from-9s cassette (as set up by Brucey OTP). For my kind of cycling - mostly day rides and light touring - they work very well, so I've not been moved to change them. I'd consider bar-ends or Kelly's mounts, but get...
by JakobW
8 Jan 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 2475

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

(OT) are such flux deposits not removed by frame blasting prior to painting, or do you need to do more? I've seen framebuilders' pictures of freshly-brazed frames soaking in a bathtub before, ostensibly to remove flux...
by JakobW
8 Jan 2019, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cutting down an overlong steerer on a new bike
Replies: 25
Views: 907

Re: .... a burning question!

That looks like it could be rather painful in an abrupt stop! Pretty sure Spa have just left it long on a test bike so that the bar height can be easily changed for different riders. The fashionable thing to do would be to cut it flush with the top of the stem clamp, but unless you're using a stem w...
by JakobW
8 Jan 2019, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3547

Re: How much for a decent bike?

How do your first and last sentences go together here? I think in many cases parsimony saves us from ending up with a high-end gimmick that won’t last (e.g. proprietary parts). Imagine trying to find a specific model of Trek’s Vector Wings in a decade. I took it to mean that if you've got the money...
by JakobW
8 Jan 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Russell Cycles in Walsall
Replies: 0
Views: 1120

Russell Cycles in Walsall

I've always had great service from Russell Cycles in Walsall. Like many on here I suspect I'm not really an ideal customer for a bike shop - I don't spend much, and what I do will either be on tricky jobs I don't want to do at home, or on obscure parts that may or may not have to come out of the bit...