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by bainbridge
28 Nov 2016, 9:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the components of the perfect puncture repair?
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: the components of the perfect puncture repair?

In my teens I like to think I perfected the art of puncture repair, then during my 20s and 30s discarded puntured tubes because replacements are so cheap.

With my new bike however 45mm tubes are pricey so it's time to start fixing them again!
by bainbridge
4 Sep 2016, 8:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Lip ulcers from water bottle?
Replies: 10
Views: 4338

Lip ulcers from water bottle?

Hi all I've been doing some 'mini tours' lately which consist of going out riding from home, pitching up somewhere for the night and then riding back (used up most of my annual leave for the year so having to make the most of weekends). The day after getting back from my most recent 2 day ride, I ha...
by bainbridge
15 Jul 2016, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: lubricate your chain with WD40.
Replies: 40
Views: 2856

Re: lubricate your chain with WD40.

While I don't dispute the fact wd40 contains a lubricant I wouldn't use it myself because it is so light and most of it would fling off.

It would be better than nothing though.
by bainbridge
27 Jun 2016, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quill stems
Replies: 36
Views: 1643

Re: quill stems

I've never had problems with a quill stem and feel that the steering seems more 'pointable' than my other bike which has an aheadset.

Aheadset may be quicker at swapping out bars but the quill is much quicker at adjusting the height.

Maybe an aheadset is lighter? Seems so.
by bainbridge
19 Jun 2016, 8:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Neck pain
Replies: 15
Views: 1107

Re: Neck pain

Dumbell exercises resolved my neckache. Just did the exercises on the sheet that came with the dumbells and slowly increased the reps and weight and the neck pain disappeared. In the run up to a tour I start reducing the weight and increasing the reps so by the time of the tour I'm just doing lots o...
by bainbridge
6 Jun 2016, 7:59pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Kryptonite - FREE worldwide replacement keys
Replies: 3
Views: 8702

Re: Kryptonite - FREE worldwide replacement keys

They didn't replace my Kryptonite Evolution D lock when I found out about the biro thing earlier this year :( They said the lock replacement scheme had ended and they'd rekey the lock for $20 - with me paying postage - so I bought a replacement. What hurt was the fact I registered this lock with the...
by bainbridge
29 May 2016, 5:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First cycle tour
Replies: 24
Views: 2304

Re: First cycle tour

I think it's wise to do a day ride (or two) fully loaded to get a feel for what you want your daily target to be. I did a 4 day tour back from Bodmin to Bristol for my first tour, staying in B and B's, really enjoyed it. Winter storms had washed away the railtrack so I ended up hiring a car to take ...
by bainbridge
25 May 2016, 10:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4587

Re: Long touring without front panniers

2 rear panniers and a rack pack have done me so far, but the tent has to go alongside the rack pack bungeed to the rack. The rack pack accommodates lunch, phone, wallet, passport, sun cream, little first aid kit, multitool, sunglasses etc and can be whipped of and shouldered when going in a shop or ...
by bainbridge
25 May 2016, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain length...
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Chain length...

Another bonus of having a bit of slack on small/small is when you park the bike overnight (or longer) and put the gears in small/small you will be resting the rear derailleur jockey wheel housing spring. I always do this on all my bikes, don't know if it's actually beneficial but it seems logical to...
by bainbridge
9 May 2016, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2394

Re: Handy Roadside Bodges?

I too carry spare cables (one rear shifter cable and one rear brake cable) but hats off the the op for getting going again with working gears. One thing that worked for me as a teenager was grass cuttings as an alternative to an inner tube! We had a puncture and of course had absolutely no spares of...
by bainbridge
5 May 2016, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Remote battery charger/booster for GPS
Replies: 19
Views: 1931

Re: Remote battery charger/booster for GPS

After a bit of research I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Upgraded-Anker-Generation-Panasonic-Technology-Black/dp/B00D5T3QK4 Weighs in at 300g and from fully charged gives 3 full charges of my Garmon touring and a full charge for my phone, all from one charge. This enables me to be away for 4 ...
by bainbridge
3 May 2016, 7:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: All Weather Chain Lubes
Replies: 21
Views: 2561

Re: All Weather Chain Lubes

Remove the cap, invert the bottle and drizzle the lube on the bottom run of the chain and turn the cranks backwards. Won't you just be depositing lube on the outer chainring? Applying the oil to the chain on top of the upper jockey wheel and backpedalling means that each freshly oiled link immediat...
by bainbridge
2 May 2016, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame
Replies: 16
Views: 2937

Re: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

I find baby wipes very good for getting oil off my hands, and keep some in my repair kit. Maybe they'd work on your frame? (Mine is black, so.... :D ) Baby wipes did actually get off some of the stains, but a few remain. White Spirit,followed by car polish to protect it from future stains. Would ca...
by bainbridge
1 May 2016, 10:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame
Replies: 16
Views: 2937

How to clean oil marks from a cream matt frame

After a muddy, rainy tour I've been giving her a clean but can't get the oily marks off.the frame. Neat fairy on a cloth got the worst off but an oily shadow remains. My girlfriend recommended alcohol which I tried, but then was too drunk to be bothered (actually alcohol didn't work either :) ). Som...
by bainbridge
1 May 2016, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why do some folk like cantilever brakes?
Replies: 91
Views: 4323

Re: Why do some folk like cantilever brakes?

From a touring perspective cantis are better than disc because you don't need disc specific racks etc. V brakes IMO are much easier to set up, but once cantis have been fitted and adjusted they're fine. My 2015 Cinelli Hobootleg has 'stuck with cantis for simple, reliable braking'. After a very mudd...