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by troutmask
4 Mar 2015, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra compatabilty
Replies: 14
Views: 1308

Re: Ultegra compatabilty

Just reverse the little screw that ensures the mech wheels clear the 32 and a longer chain. No need for a longer cage as short cages will have no trouble taking up the very small increase in chain length required. I have used a short Dura Ace with a 32 for years even though Shimano say it is beyond ...
by troutmask
26 Feb 2015, 6:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there fro
Replies: 18
Views: 2427

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

It is very sad that Smyril no longer run from Scabster. When I went that had just put a new platform in to receive the ferry. It must be said it didn't actually work properly and cars were trapped on the ferry for an hour before a makeshift ramp could be built. Seems they stopped visiting Scabster t...
by troutmask
26 Feb 2015, 1:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Latex inner tube
Replies: 11
Views: 1378

Re: Latex inner tube

With quality tyres latex tubes are essential to get the best out of them. Many high end tyres are basically an open (or clincher if you are American )version of a tub and designed to work with the increased flexibility of a latex tube. Installed correctly they will give a smoother ride,better corner...
by troutmask
26 Feb 2015, 12:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there fro
Replies: 18
Views: 2427

Re: faroe islands anyone toured there, how did you get there

http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/hubub/2014/ ... -forecast/
This is an article I wrote for CTC magazine some years ago following a four week stay camping by bike. Great place.
by troutmask
26 Jan 2015, 6:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: ... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths
Replies: 28
Views: 2844

Re: ... of beach camping with traffic free coast paths

Orkney. Flat, get there on train and ferry, lots of beaches where wild camping is tolerated if you are sensible. Beautiful islands with lots to see and do for the kids. A bit windy and weather can be mixed but the ideal place for kids to cycle.
by troutmask
3 Oct 2013, 10:25pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Veulta Horner Too Old ?
Replies: 24
Views: 51885

Re: Veulta Horner Too Old ?

Or rather more likely Horner doped during his recovery period with EPO and used blood transfusions during the race itself. Horner is referred to (rider 15) in evidence as previously using EPO during recovery from injury so why not do it again. There is absolutely no way that a rider of Horners age c...
by troutmask
3 Aug 2007, 11:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyre sizes
Replies: 3
Views: 716

SKS Link

Link to mudguards on wiggle
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360010679
I run the the 45mm on my touring bike with 700c wheels and 32mm tyres and the 65mm on an old mtb now used as a comuter with 26" x 1.75 tyres. They are the best
by troutmask
12 Apr 2007, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 24 Hour Advance booking demand?
Replies: 12
Views: 2937

Arriva Trains, run by Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

I have forwarded details on this, but would be interested if others have had problems with Arriva Trains. They run the "service" from Birmingham to North Wales, an ideal route for cyclists. They recommend making reservations for bikes. This is so when the train is full they can tell you th...
by troutmask
12 Apr 2007, 9:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Tyre of the year!
Replies: 5
Views: 2308

28, which is perhaps a little narrow on the rear when fully loaded for some. I used to run a 32 on the rear but can't get these tyres in 32. However if you don't mind a firm ride they are very good. Unloaded they run really fast for such a solid tyre and (before burning a hole through the rear) I ha...
by troutmask
10 Apr 2007, 5:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Tyre of the year!
Replies: 5
Views: 2308

Touring Tyre of the year!

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/337_tyre1_1.jpg This is a damaged tyre that took my bike, fully loaded all round Orkney! After travelling 580 miles in the car to Scrabster to catch the ferry I found that the exaust on my car had done this to the rear tyre of the (my) bike that was nearest to the ca...
by troutmask
28 Mar 2007, 6:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring tyres/packing panniers
Replies: 15
Views: 3130

I do enjoy reading these lists....all these light weight travellers! I am just packing for a couple of weeks in the North of Scotland, my panniers have to cope with SLR and two lenses Tripod and head Climbing shoes,walking boots, harness. Petrol stove, coffee pot, wok, etc.. Tent, sleeping bag, mat ...
by troutmask
15 Mar 2007, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know of a good waterproof?
Replies: 9
Views: 2947

Paramo

If you cycle in the rain in the UK then Gortex is really a waste of money. Gortex works well in dry cold climates (like high up in the Alps) it doesn't keep you dry in wet warm weather like we have in the UK. You will sweat and it won't be cold enough outside for the wicking to work. Gortex is wind ...
by troutmask
6 Mar 2007, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring saddle
Replies: 37
Views: 6709

yes I find geese best, sometimes I use a duck but they don't last as long :)
by troutmask
6 Mar 2007, 7:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring saddle
Replies: 37
Views: 6709

Brooks saddles get a lot of reccomendations (sic) by, to put it not-so-delicately, the sort of people who hang around the CTC. So that may be people who place function over fashion then? When a saddle has been around as long as the B17 from Books don't you think it may be because it actually works?...
by troutmask
5 Mar 2007, 1:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iceland
Replies: 10
Views: 3202

If you want a challenge, that will prepare you for Iceland, but is a little more acsessable then try the highlands and islands of Scotland. Weather systems are similar but not quite as windy. Days are as long and winter doesn't come nearly as soon. The scenery is just as dramatic and they even speak...