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by Heltor Chasca
21 Nov 2017, 12:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suggest a GPS computer
Replies: 18
Views: 543

Re: Suggest a GPS computer

Wahoo Elemnt. What an amazing device.

My Garmin is toast now. I couldn’t be doing with the ineptitude of them anymore.
by Heltor Chasca
20 Nov 2017, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a head torch
Replies: 86
Views: 3124

Re: Recommend me a head torch

The little Alpkit one.
by Heltor Chasca
19 Nov 2017, 5:49pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Simple UK mushroom guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1196

Re: Simple UK mushroom guide

Google suggests these are brown birch bolettes growing under a silver birch tree in my garden. Should I eat one ? :? IMG_20171119_140029_558.jpg Pretty average for a boletes but ok. I’m fine with them, but I had a client who ate a large amount and consequently, and very quickly, her whole world dro...
by Heltor Chasca
19 Nov 2017, 5:38pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Simple UK mushroom guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1196

Re: Simple UK mushroom guide

The ‘Easy Guides’ are good books. Hand drawn/painted so better than photos and the book shows easily confused species in the same page as the edible ‘shroom. I’ve only gone wrong once by using too much butter which upset my constitution no end. £85 for a day with an expert sounds right and is inval...
by Heltor Chasca
19 Nov 2017, 1:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Simple UK mushroom guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1196

Re: Simple UK mushroom guide

The ‘Easy Guides’ are good books. Hand drawn/painted so better than photos and the book shows easily confused species in the same page as the edible ‘shroom. I’ve only gone wrong once by using too much butter which upset my constitution no end. £85 for a day with an expert sounds right and is invalu...
by Heltor Chasca
19 Nov 2017, 9:27am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent/sleeping bag advice for a newbie
Replies: 27
Views: 778

Re: Tent/sleeping bag advice for a newbie

A nice route that K&A. I’ve biked and canoed along there quite a bit. I use a Eureka Solo Plus, but when I have the kids along we use either an OEX Coyote or OEX Cougar which are Go Outdoors own brand which I bought ‘off season’ for silly money. (Low) They are good enough for what you need and t...
by Heltor Chasca
18 Nov 2017, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin 1000 for night ride
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Garmin 1000 for night ride

I don’t rely on the screen back light as it is too thirsty on batteries. I use a head torch instead and just click it on when I need to have a peep. When using a TCX file, my Wahoo lights up at junctions/turns/route changes anyway. I can’t remember what my Garmin did. Mainly switch off or crash on a...
by Heltor Chasca
14 Nov 2017, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 87
Views: 2805

Re: What premium to support LBS?

Hopefully my lbs has got his demographics right. He sells low value gubbins to cater for the local market. I get my stuff and clothing from the Internet. Then he sells Specialized, Cannondale, Dawes and Raleigh which probably covers a good cross section of the market. He can order in specific bikes ...
by Heltor Chasca
14 Nov 2017, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crimping tools for dynamo wiring
Replies: 30
Views: 859

Re: Crimping tools for dynamo wiring

I managed to get a decent ‘package’ of connectors, a crimping tool and heat shrink from eBay. As a self employed tradesman I value top grade tools as it really makes a difference, but just for my bike bits I was happy with a budget set. Eventually I will kit myself out with relevant bits to solder t...
by Heltor Chasca
11 Nov 2017, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there a way to charge my USB lights on the move?
Replies: 11
Views: 445

Re: Is there a way to charge my USB lights on the move?

I use a Thrunite ‘lipstick charger’for my gps, phone, mini iPad, torch etc. Unlike most of the chargers out there you can replace the 18650 battery inside it. You can therefore carry multiple batteries on tour if there is no other way of recharging your charger (mains, solar or dynamo) And of course...
by Heltor Chasca
11 Nov 2017, 9:50am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 177
Views: 3963

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

E bikes are a wonderful thing. They extend the time the older or less able can spend on a bike. Those riders can go further. The carbon footprint is small and at least some physical activity takes place. I bet an e bike owner is fitter than they were driving or sat on the sofa. 53% of bike sales in...
by Heltor Chasca
11 Nov 2017, 8:25am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-bikes: depressing or what?
Replies: 177
Views: 3963

Re: E-bikes: depressing or what?

E bikes are a wonderful thing. They extend the time the older or less able can spend on a bike. Those riders can go further. The carbon footprint is small and at least some physical activity takes place. I bet an e bike owner is fitter than they were driving or sat on the sofa. 53% of bike sales in ...
by Heltor Chasca
11 Nov 2017, 7:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone Wearing Neck Warmers /Buff?
Replies: 40
Views: 1452

Re: Anyone Wearing Neck Warmers /Buff?

I work outside and neck warmers really add a bit of warmth. Good for winter rides. I have Buff, merino and a posh AUK one. That said, I’m still working and cycling in shorts. Not yesterday though: Whilst pruning a fig tree for a client, I snagged my shorts on a branch and left them behind up in the ...
by Heltor Chasca
5 Nov 2017, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1368

Re: QR v Allen key skewers

4Nm is the measurement I as advised to use by the guy who built my front wheel. The Allen skewer still snapped though. £5.00 for the skewer. Lucky it didn’t break when belting it down a hill. :o any details of the skewer and the breakage? IIRC 4Nm is a little on the low side for an M5 threaded fast...
by Heltor Chasca
5 Nov 2017, 11:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1368

Re: QR v Allen key skewers

4Nm is the measurement I was advised to use by the guy who built my front wheel. The Allen skewer still snapped though. £5.00 for the skewer. Lucky it didn’t break when belting it down a hill. :o