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by Des49
16 Jun 2019, 12:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Thanks Brucey & PH,
I will contact SJS tomorrow and get things organised.
by Des49
16 Jun 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Not quite sure how old my most used hub is, maybe 10 years or so. Lights are left on all the time and that bike does a few thousand miles each year. The hub has also been flawless, until now! Well, apart from the "quick" release skewer which snapped and makes me wonder if it is worth carry...
by Des49
28 May 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Roberts Rendezvous Cycle Rally - 13 June 2018 London
Replies: 14
Views: 4040

Re: Roberts Rendezvous Cycle Rally - 13 June 2018 London

Unfortunately I never saw this thread last year, but probably would not have been able to attend. Will keep an eye out for the next event. Tempted by the cycling jersey too! As it happens I am currently getting Winston Vaz to make up a new set of forks for my White Spider with lowrider bosses and mu...
by Des49
24 May 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dented frame repair
Replies: 25
Views: 816

Re: Dented frame repair

I think you have done a great job in removing the majority of the dent, what tubing it it? Try and retouch the paint and ignore it. I know it will annoy you every time you polish up the bike, but I barely notice the problem in your photograph. If that was my bike the paint would have flaked off mass...
by Des49
11 May 2019, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded headset tabbed washer - purpose?
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: Threaded headset tabbed washer - purpose?

Most of my bikes (all 1" threaded except for one) have tabs or flats on the washer. Recently I replaced some forks and had to cut a new keyway for a tabbed washer and posted on how to do this:- https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=128515 The suggestion was that the tabbed washer ...
by Des49
10 May 2019, 12:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Guardian video on cyclists breaking the law
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Guardian video on cyclists breaking the law

What a great, well balanced and watchable video.
by Des49
10 May 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hand pump for touring
Replies: 52
Views: 15518

Re: hand pump for touring

Reviving this thread because I've been wondering about Zefal HPX or Topeak Road Master Blaster. Specifically, does the Topeak need a pump peg each end to fit? I know the Zefal only needs one. I got a Zefal HPX not long ago, unfortunately it won't fit my frame peg, it seems quite a large diameter an...
by Des49
6 May 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on cross channel ferries
Replies: 26
Views: 2792

Re: Bikes on cross channel ferries

Having never travelled on a cross-Channel ferry with a bike before I am a bit nervous about getting my new bike scratched and generally having bits like lights damaged. A lot of peripherals are vulnerable to abuse. It's always a risk. In my experience (mostly Condor Ferries) the deck hands do not h...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

... Wild Country was originally a builder of climbing gear, particularly famous for the "Friend", the original spring-loaded camming device that allowed climbers to place reliable protection in parallel cracks for the first time. Also their "Rocks" chocs were (and still are) pre...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

But early WC tents were definitely superb quality much better than their recent offerings, I have two from the 80's that are still going strong and show no signs of failing despite many many multi month trips. My experience too. Very well made, but I have tried to look after my tent too, always pit...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 12:51pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

Hi, I need to replace my Winter Gear/Wild Country Quasar tent. It is one of the first ones, I have had it from the mid eighties. It has been a remarkable tent that I have always had full confidence in, whether in a mountain storm or in a coastal gale. Which tent do you have? I thought the Quasar wa...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

PhilD28 wrote:The Southern Cross is definitely worth putting on the possibles list.


Thanks will check it out.

Have a great trip to Europe.
by Des49
4 May 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

https://medphys.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/cycling/cyclingpix/raasay_camp.jpg A beautiful site for the night! Makes me want to get out there for sure. Thank you all for some great thoughts and tips in this thread. I look forward to getting the chance to see some physical samples and coming to a decisio...
by Des49
4 May 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

I should be able to arrange to see some of these tents at a dealer next month to get a good feel for what the options are. Hugely recommended. Crawling around in a pitched example (preferably after seeing how easy it is to pitch) is much the best way of making a tent choice IMHO. Pete. I will be in...
by Des49
4 May 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1002

Re: Quasar tent replacement

I'm not sure that recent Terra Nova tents are as good as the old 80's Wild Country in terms of construction quality, while Hilleberg are as good as ever, and priced accordingly. Seems to be the feeling, and puts me off. I don't mind paying a bit extra for something that will last longer and hopeful...