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by pq
8 Jan 2020, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quadracycles?
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Re: Quadracycles?

Cliff at Royce makes pedal cars for his own amusement, so I'm sure he could make you a quadricycle.
by pq
8 Jan 2020, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mid-weight tourer rims
Replies: 32
Views: 1443

Re: mid-weight tourer rims

I have Velocity A27 rims on my tourer. They're wide and quite light - got them from Brick Lane bikes. Mine are 36/32

I'd also consider Kinlin rims - but haven't looked into them in detail as I don't need any right now.
by pq
6 Jan 2020, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-and-train touring
Replies: 48
Views: 2884

Re: Bike-and-train touring

I did it in Mexico (although using buses). Almost a full day on the bike followed by an hour or 2 on a bus so that I got to the airport in time. I also did it in the Balkans using trains - although on that occasion I took a night train, so I simply exchanged a hotel bed for a train bed.
by pq
5 Jan 2020, 12:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 861

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

I haven't read the thread, but if your tyres inflates, you're fine. You just need to add sealant. I remove the valve core and push it through with a syringe, pump the tyre up without the core, let it down, put the core in, then pump it up again. You have a problem if you can't pump the tyre up at al...
by pq
6 Dec 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

Well I'm intruiged enough to get some latex tubes for the one bike I have which has tubes and light tyres (GP4000). Tubeless for me hasn't been committing - I bought the wheels I wanted and they're tubeless ready, but of course I can fit normal tyres too. I think you're absolutely right about weight...
by pq
4 Dec 2019, 11:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

I forgot to mention that I've only once had to fix a tubeless flat. I put a tube in, and while it was more of a faff than doing it on a tubed tyre, it was OK. Since then I've bought a tubeless repair kit which I used for the first time a few weeks back. I was out on my fixed bike, which has a very w...
by pq
4 Dec 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

I have read those reports, but not as thoroughly as you.... as usual. Something that was very noticeable to me, and even more so for the people I ride with was how much faster I am with tubeless on gentle descents. On tubes, I had to pedal to keep up with people. Tubeless and they were doing the ped...
by pq
4 Dec 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1680

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

Hi, Any underslung bottle cages will be experiencing forces back to front. You are going to need an additional retention strap et cetera if you're not going to lose to the bottle every time you hit a bump in the road. Even with a strap of sum description bottle will still ride up out of the cage. M...
by pq
4 Dec 2019, 1:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1791

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

This is unusual, possibly unique. I disagree with Brucey... I run 2 1/2 of my bikes tubeless. Tubeless is a faff and costs more, but there are benefits. Up to you whether the benefits outweigh the costs. So on my road bike I run expensive 25mm tubeless tyres. They're faster and more comfortable than...
by pq
3 Dec 2019, 9:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rumania - bears?
Replies: 17
Views: 1186

Re: Rumania - bears?

I can't tell you anything at all about bears, but I did do a ride in Romania, 1997 I think it was. It was very undeveloped then with quiet roads which were often unsurfaced. Much of the traffic was donkey carts. As I understand it, there's a lot more traffic now and the driving is bad. I'd be very c...
by pq
3 Dec 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?
Replies: 50
Views: 1680

Re: what bottle cage for underside of down tube on a world tour?

I have a different approach to carrying more water. I use 3 frame mounted bottle cages, but I don't use huge bottles - they're awkward and difficult to accommodate on a compact frame. When I'm touring (and I tour in some very remote places) I very rarely need more than 3 normal bottles of water. For...
by pq
3 Dec 2019, 8:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 23464

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Almost everywhere I've ever worked has either: Offered paid parking to staff. I've never paid because I cycle, but the parking has always been subsidised, wrongly in my view. Offered no parking at all. So you pay to park elsewhere if that's how you choose to travel. Maybe that's becasue I've mostly ...
by pq
2 Dec 2019, 6:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 410
Views: 23464

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

I haven't read any of this thread, but it's an example of something that shocks me. I haven't lived in the UK for 6 years and rarely visit, but my other half was admitted to hospital last month in the UK. We were absolutely horrified by how dysfunctional it was. The staff were great, but there were ...
by pq
2 Dec 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6891

Re: Fixie: Why? Why not?

I've been riding a fixed for not far short of 40 years now, but I recently learned new stuff about it. I emigrated to the south of France 6 years ago to a fairly hilly place. I'd intended to sell my fixed bike, but was too busy - was rather annoyed when it was the first thing off the removal van. Si...
by pq
2 Dec 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When you run out of money…
Replies: 35
Views: 1440

Re: When you run out of money…

In my experience, if you're charming, preferably attractive and in a touristy place, you can get work which pays enough to save a little, usually involving interacting with tourists in English.. Alas I'm neither charming nor attractive...