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by jimlews
15 Jan 2020, 10:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves for cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 1034

Re: Gloves for cycling

A 'skinflint' remedy is thick woolen gloves with marigold washing up gloves over the top for when it rains.
Be sure to tuck them under the cuff of waterproof coat or they'll fill with water.

Caveat: marigolds not very durable.
by jimlews
3 Jan 2020, 7:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 615
Views: 14288

Re: Why wear black?

Black beauty, which above that common light, Whose Power can no colours here renew But those which darkness can again subdue, Dost still remain unvary'd to the sight, And like an object equal to the view, Art neither chang'd with day, nor hid with night; When all those colours which the world call b...
by jimlews
7 Dec 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 33
Views: 1879

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

I have a NOREX saddle. French, I think. Not in great condition.
by jimlews
1 Dec 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happened to the small Roberts that was for sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: What happened to the small Roberts that was for sale?

The seller requested that it be removed from public view. I think he got a bit annoyed by some of the replies. The bike itself had a brazed on CR badge on the headtube ( I think, but it was only partially visible in one of the photos provided. ) I don't know why he didn't just provide a photo of th...
by jimlews
10 Nov 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trek Domane Al 3 vs Pinnacle Laterite 3 - which to buy tomorrow?
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Trek Domane Al 3 vs Pinnacle Laterite 3 - which to buy tomorrow?

gbnz wrote:Evans have been making their own bikes for long enough, that I'd presume that it'd be a perfectly decent ride.


I don't think Evans have ever made their own bikes. Just a bit of historical anorackism.
by jimlews
10 Nov 2019, 2:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much did your RTW trip cost?
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: How much did your RTW trip cost?

Thanks Simon, I understand your point, which is why I am hoping to elicit replies from those who have actually done it. Yes a variety of routes, a variety of levels of luxury/self denial/deprivation etc. Human costs. Also, a variety of monetary costs from which I can take an average. If I get no rep...
by jimlews
10 Nov 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How much did your RTW trip cost?
Replies: 10
Views: 896

How much did your RTW trip cost?

I'm trying to get an idea of the cost of a round the world cycle ride so this is a question for those who have actually done it recently.
Just idle interest at the moment; no plans as such.But one never knows. Global figure acceptable (to forestall the inevitable pun!)
by jimlews
11 Oct 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Not To Make Bike Frames Out Of
Replies: 35
Views: 1074

Re: What Not To Make Bike Frames Out Of

Yorkshire pudding.
by jimlews
6 Oct 2019, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

OK, probably time to put this one to bed. Though like all naughty children it is quite likely to want to stay up a lot longer. :mrgreen: Even if you hadn't wanted to cut it off, it was still a good question. I have a Spa tourer frame which I am currently building up. I like the idea of the strength...
by jimlews
6 Oct 2019, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

OK, probably time to put this one to bed. I've just got back from an 'excursion' and happen'd to get talking to a chap who turned out to be a metallurgist/mechanical engineer (not the same thing, apparently).I ran this question past him. The gist was that the frame didn't need a gusset in the first ...
by jimlews
5 Oct 2019, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

Thanks for posting the pics, Brucey. You've saved the blushes of an incompetent photographer. The welding on the BMX frame is BEAUTIFUL. I could sit and admire it all day! That in the second picture is, I think less good. Somewhat uneven. Is it mere coincidence that the crack propagates from where t...
by jimlews
5 Oct 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

A picture would be good. I’ve never seen this before. I note people seem to recognise it, but are you sure it’s not a repair to a front end shunt? From Chris Juden's review of the Spa Tourer: I can’t fault the geometry or tubing choice and was pleased to see a reinforcing plate under the down-tube/...
by jimlews
5 Oct 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

I can't see that it contributes much that is useful on a frame whose purpose is general touring and one that is made from one of Reynolds posher tubesets. Touring bikes have successfully done without such addenda for generations. 1. For generations touring bikes were overwhelmingly lugged, not weld...
by jimlews
5 Oct 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 2214

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

I am thinking that if I remove it carefully, there should be no reduction in the strength of the frame. I understand that 725 steel becomes harder due to the welding process (hopefully, not embrittled), so the aprox 38mm of heat affected area down each side of the downtube should be at least as stro...
by jimlews
5 Oct 2019, 8:52am
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Assorted cycling books - mostly older ones - scroll down for full list
Replies: 30
Views: 2370

Re: Collectable and rare cycling books - More added

Are you not tackling this from the wrong end?

I'd be selling the BMW to fund the cycling!

Motorbikes - nasty, noisy, smelly things.