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by on6702
24 Apr 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres for a light tourer/audax
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Tyres for a light tourer/audax

I can heartily recommend Marathon Supreme which are lightweight, have low rolling resistance and are tough (good puncture resistance). The only downside is that they are not cheap. I use them in 35 width for touring and commuting and have been very satisfied. No doubt others will have some more good...
by on6702
6 Sep 2017, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: downgrading with age.
Replies: 82
Views: 3907

Re: downgrading with age.

Hub dynamo or LED lights ?
The combination has been a great fit and forget solution for decent lighting.
by on6702
1 Jun 2017, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat bar tourers/commuters?
Replies: 34
Views: 7301

Re: Flat bar tourers/commuters?

Not sure if it's useful but I just purchased for my father a hybrid from Ridgeback for the grand sum of £429 which I think would make a reasonable tourer. It's called the Meteor and has flat bars, a gently sloping top tube and comes with a good range of gearing. It has a triple 48-38-38 chainring se...
by on6702
27 Mar 2017, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: iPhone GPS navigation app
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: iPhone GPS navigation app

Also consider MapOut. I used it for my c2c last summer and found it very convenient. Allows you to download map segments for just the areas you need so an internet connection while cycling is not needed and you can upload routes into it and follow them.
I think it has several fans here. Oliver
by on6702
9 Mar 2017, 8:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless cables ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1460

Compressionless cables ?

Can someone please enlighten me? In particular what they actually, how they work and what function do they serve? I have yet to find a clear description on the internet. Does it mean that they are crush proof to help protect the inner cable or is it actually something else? e.g reduced friction? Var...
by on6702
28 Jan 2017, 10:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bargain bicycle pump ?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Bargain bicycle pump ?

Just noticed that in addition to its new bicycle, IKEA is now selling a range of cycling accessories like u locks, helmets, reflectives and a pump. The pump in particular looks very similar to the Topeak morph design but for the grand sum of £8. I'm not sure if it's head can be taken to pieces and s...
by on6702
5 Dec 2016, 6:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in fog ?
Replies: 55
Views: 7210

Re: Cycling in fog ?

According to the Met Office, fog is forecast for all day tomorrow here in South Derbyshire, I'm not sure whether to cycle or not at the moment. I'll probably wait till the morning and see how thick it is. Yes and for me as well. Hope it's not too bad and burns off quickly. I'm a trendy consumer. Ju...
by on6702
1 Dec 2016, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Philips Cycle Lights - Spanniga producing new versions soon
Replies: 61
Views: 7765

Re: Philips Cycle Lights - Spanniga producing new versions soon

That is indeed very good news. I have a safe ride 60 dynamo front light which I've been very impressed with and having trying to source a lumiring rear ever since my last one got accidentally broken.


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels
by on6702
1 Dec 2016, 8:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in fog ?
Replies: 55
Views: 7210

Re: Cycling in fog ?

I think some experiments are needed. Next time we experience freezing fog conditions who volunteers to test out the visibility of their lights? Common sense tells the brighter the better, if cars use rear fog lights for a reason (and personal experience of driving tells it makes a considerable diffe...
by on6702
30 Nov 2016, 8:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in fog ?
Replies: 55
Views: 7210

Re: Cycling in fog ?

Thanks for all the advice and opinions. As I have an early morning commute to a train station by bike it's something that I am likely to face at some point. I like the idea of a combination of both a flashing and steady rear light and appreciate the need for them to be ultra bright. I'll probably pi...
by on6702
29 Nov 2016, 7:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in fog ?
Replies: 55
Views: 7210

Cycling in fog ?

Do you do it ? If so what precautions do you take ? Or should it simply be avoided for reasons of safety ?

Oliver



I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels
by on6702
2 Aug 2016, 6:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lightweight, robust waterproof jacket for touring
Replies: 37
Views: 4229

Re: Lightweight, robust waterproof jacket for touring

I've been very pleased with my btwin waterproof jacket purchased from decathlon for the grand sum of £59. See http://www.decathlon.co.uk/700-membrane-waterproof-cycling-jacket-blue-id_8343741.html It's membrane based like goretex rather simply coated and has kept my dry through the last six months o...
by on6702
1 Aug 2016, 7:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best sat nav for navigation
Replies: 11
Views: 1069

Re: Best sat nav for navigation

Following some threads and advice I found in the touring sub forum I'm really enjoying the use of iPhone with Mapout for navigation purposes. I get about 4 hours of use and When connected with a small external battery in my saddlebag it gives a good all day solution without the need for a data conne...
by on6702
28 May 2016, 10:22am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Learning to Ride : Getting Started
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Learning to Ride : Getting Started

Good luck and enjoy this special time. I have fond memories of watching my 2 daughters learn. In my experience the use of a balance bike makes a huge difference. One of mine used one and made a seamless transition to a normal bike while the other who didn't certainly found it harder. Learning to sto...
by on6702
27 May 2016, 7:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on food
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: Advice on food

Thanks everyone. Sounds like "little and often" is a good approach and I very much like the idea of tea-shop breaks. Have no idea how I'll feel riding on an English breakfast so will have to test that out. I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels