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by southerly
13 Feb 2015, 2:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Safety shoes/sandals for cycling
Replies: 1
Views: 14515

Safety shoes/sandals for cycling

I don't use SPD or clipped in shoes for any kind of riding least of all off road and looking at the prices asked I have to laugh. Safety shoes/boots or sandal shoes are great for cycling having either steel or composite toe and mid sole protection. So if you use toe clips with or without straps you ...
by southerly
29 Jan 2015, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: waterproof bags/kayaking/sailing type
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: waterproof bags/kayaking/sailing type

DaveP, the shape of these bags is basically round which is good aerodynamically compared to standard front panniers. Support from underneath is required and the top strap which they all have can be velcro'd to the low rider top plate. there would need to be support around the bag as well. I would im...
by southerly
28 Jan 2015, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: waterproof bags/kayaking/sailing type
Replies: 2
Views: 509

waterproof bags/kayaking/sailing type

17 years ago we bought 2 sets of Ortlieb rear panniers from my friend Elmer who owns a bike shop in Aachen, needless to say they were way cheaper than back in the UK. I look at Orliebs prices now and gulp :shock: I have carried some serious weight in those panniers when shopping and they only have a...
by southerly
26 Jan 2015, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Stem
Replies: 31
Views: 2820

Re: Suspension Stem

mig, imagine trying to sell any m/bike or car that did'nt have suspension? You want rock solid why, do you like to punish your wrists and elbows. The 25mm of suspension at the front of my bike makes means it literally glides over a rough road whereas with a rigid front end a lot of your energy is ki...
by southerly
25 Jan 2015, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Stem
Replies: 31
Views: 2820

Re: Suspension Stem

Brucey, I take your point but the fact remains that head tube suspension is the best idea. So if Cannondale hav'nt got a total monopoly on this form of suspension why is no one else doing any empirical research? The difference that this system has over rigid forks on a rough road has to be experienc...
by southerly
24 Jan 2015, 11:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension Stem
Replies: 31
Views: 2820

Re: Suspension Stem

As someone who is currently overhauling a Cannondale Silk Path from 1999, not used for some years (a long story) which comes with the Headshock suspension system, it really does make a difference. The travel is only 25mm/1inch but get a rough road or one remade with big granite chips or worse cobble...
by southerly
30 Nov 2014, 2:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada
Replies: 12
Views: 2468

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

looserlama, It's way better start the trip in May but it will still be hot. Worse time to start riding is in the afternoon - remember you are riding a 'continental climate' which is very different from the Med one, the afternnon is always the hottest time! From Granada which is definately worth a vi...
by southerly
29 Nov 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Touring in Japan
Replies: 11
Views: 2276

Re: Cycle Touring in Japan

Tonyr, can't agree I've seen so many programmes on NHK that show just how mountainous Japan is and so many beautiful places to see. Outside of the cities many villages with only old people in their 80s' and beyond, completely undeveloped - check out NHK and the holidays in Japan time table. There ar...
by southerly
29 Nov 2014, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada
Replies: 12
Views: 2468

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

Looserama, I should have loked more closely I see the route outlined misses Barcelona - a good idea but from Girona north the route will be very busy all the way to Bezier. You could detour via Llieda, a longer route but much less crowded and this way you could visit the re-constructed city of Carca...
by southerly
29 Nov 2014, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada
Replies: 12
Views: 2468

Re: Gibraltar - Perpignan (France) through Sierra Nevada

looserlama, I used to live in Guadix and the heat in summer away from the coast is killing heat, a completely different climate to the Med coast. I doubt that you would find it at all enjoyable. Temperatures will almost certainly be in the high 30s C and can get as high as 45C around Guadix. Best ti...
by southerly
29 Nov 2014, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French End to End
Replies: 18
Views: 7108

Re: French End to End

mullinssm, easiest route is via the SW - down through Normandy to Evreux, then down through the Perche, some hills but nothing serious. Keep heading west via maybe Le Mans then down through La Vendee (dead flat) / Charente Maritime (stopping at Cognac to sample the same) and then onto the Gironde, B...
by southerly
29 Nov 2014, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Touring in Japan
Replies: 11
Views: 2276

Re: Cycle Touring in Japan

I live in France and part of a 3 way package from Orange is sat. television and one of the channels is NHK public service channel. I did not realise just how amazing rural Japan is. There are all kinds of places to stay including (in the cities) peoples homes, so you really mix with the Japanese. As...
by southerly
24 Nov 2014, 3:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ludicrous postal charges
Replies: 22
Views: 2110

Ludicrous postal charges

I needed to buy outer cable housing (Jagwire) for a hub gear. Starcyclespares had what I needed (4metres) - postal charge for the UK 2nd class delivery @£1.85. no options to France, where I live only, International Priority @ £11.04 and even if I had wanted only 1 metre the charge would have been £8...
by southerly
22 Nov 2014, 12:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nu-Vinci n360 Hub bike build...
Replies: 21
Views: 5178

Re: Nu-Vinci n360 Hub bike build...

Brucy,
most UK Cannondale sites are difficult to navigate (not surprised) I have emailed Qwerty re. the only suitable one - Headshock adjustable stem/ 10-55 degrees. Looks like I will have to buy from the German distributer who I know for sure stocks this item.
by southerly
20 Nov 2014, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nu-Vinci n360 Hub bike build...
Replies: 21
Views: 5178

Re: Nu-Vinci n360 Hub bike build...

Brucey,
can you supply a contact re. the headshock stems?