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by sea lion
15 Mar 2011, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: motorola defy?
Replies: 27
Views: 2649

Re: motorola defy?

One massive advantage of an android phone over an iphone: When the battery gets flat you take the rear cover off and pop in a fresh one. If you run out of memory, the put in a bigger sd card. The iphone has a factory sealed back. I often go away for a few days and use the Viewranger OS mapping syste...
by sea lion
26 Feb 2011, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Views on a tent
Replies: 35
Views: 3319

Re: Views on a tent

I have just sold a spacepacker. Nice and light but a nightmare to put up, no headroom. Think more bivvi than tent. Replaced it with a Hilleberg Akto. It is an absolute dream. Pricey but bought mine from Cotwold with the CTC discount. I looked on ebay but good s/h ones were selling for more than I pa...
by sea lion
3 Feb 2011, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clipless - Why ??
Replies: 51
Views: 4123

Re: Clipless - Why ??

I have the shimano pedals with SPD one side and flat the other. 99% of the use is with the spd's. Personally I feel safer with the spd's. The bike feels part of me and i feel more planted when going down hills or on rough terrain etc.
by sea lion
3 Feb 2011, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 7888

Re: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences

In response to a few comments/observations: The normal position (ie back section of the BB bars) leaves your hands significantly wider apart the the tops of drop bars. I actually tried cyclocross levers on the drops before changing, but found my hands too close together. If you want figures, the ins...
by sea lion
30 Jan 2011, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 7888

Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences

I had been considering fitting butterfly bars for some time to my Ultra Galaxy. This is my experiences if anyone is considering doing the same. What eventually made it happen was: My wife’s new bike has them and she gets on very well with them. I wanted to make my tourer feel different from my carbo...
by sea lion
27 Jan 2011, 9:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Peak District mini tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1277

Re: Peak District mini tour

You sould find plenty of places to camp if you head right to the heart of things (esp hope valley). Bear in mind a lot serious hikers/students etc. visit in winter and expect to camp. I know there are 2 campsites in edale open (field head and coopers). An absolute gem is the field at the back of the...
by sea lion
26 Jan 2011, 8:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Peak District mini tour
Replies: 17
Views: 1277

Re: Peak District mini tour

Kinder Scout - I know Hayfield well, and have walked around the resevoir under Kinder Scout. I have been meaning to explore the top of the scout but understand that as of 2010 it is now illegal to go up there! (saving the wildlife blabla) :D I live in Hayfield and as far as I'm aware there is no re...
by sea lion
25 Jan 2011, 9:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conversion from drops to flats
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Conversion from drops to flats

I have just been through this exercise changing my ultra galaxy drops to butterfly bars. Some of it I learnt the hard way (by msistake). This is what I used: Shimano R440 shifters Shimano R443 front derailier (because although the R440 shifters are supposed to be for road bikes, their front mech pul...
by sea lion
25 Jan 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alloy chainrings: worth the extra cost?
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: Alloy chainrings: worth the extra cost?

When an alloy component wears against a steel one, the steel will often wear faster. In a car engine, the allow piston grooves will often wear out the cast steel piston rings. The big end bearings are so soft you can indent them with your fingernails, but they can wear out the harder steel crankshaf...
by sea lion
22 Jan 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ahhhh booking bike on Train !
Replies: 16
Views: 1420

Re: Ahhhh booking bike on Train !

It's not too bad around here. You can't book for northern trains, first come first served. I regularly use the hope valley line between manchester and sheffield and the guard was telling me the most bikes she got on the train once was 17. I used it last week and there were 7 bikes on the train. I on...
by sea lion
22 Jan 2011, 8:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how comfortable are hybrid bikes ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1359

Re: how comfortable are hybrid bikes ?

You could alway fit butterfly bars. You wouldn't have to replace any of the contols and you still get the varied hand positions.
by sea lion
27 Nov 2007, 5:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice please with SPD's and knee problem.
Replies: 6
Views: 1098

Thanks for your replies. I think it is the amount of toe-out available that is causing the problem. When riding, my right foot naturally takes the position with the heel as far in as it will go. The cleats are set so that my heel just misses the chain stay. I also remember that when I used to use to...
by sea lion
26 Nov 2007, 9:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice please with SPD's and knee problem.
Replies: 6
Views: 1098

Advice please with SPD's and knee problem.

After a return to cycling and having SPD's for the first time, I am getting a right knee problem. It seems to be gradually getting worse. so that I went out for 20 miles on Sunday, and have an aching knee for 2 days (in the kneecap region). I assume that it is pedal adjustment. But they are set to g...
by sea lion
10 Nov 2007, 7:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ultra Galaxy (Advice Needed)
Replies: 10
Views: 1781

I bought one three months ago and have been thrilled to bits with it. Just been away for the weekend cycling around Anglesey, loaded up etc. and had a great time. Otherwise I use it whenever I can. I used to do a lot of touring but have been away from bikes for about 12 years. Got into it again foll...
by sea lion
5 Nov 2007, 4:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Circular cycle route of Anglesey?
Replies: 4
Views: 1145

I am hoping to cycle round Anglesey next weekend, I was just going to take the roads that run nearest the coast and try and avoid the A roads where possible. Then if I have time meander towards the Lynn penninsular. Does anyone know how far it is around, I guestimate about 90 miles. I was going to c...