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by toontra
17 Apr 2019, 8:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2020 Audax LeJog
Replies: 32
Views: 5486

Re: 2020 Audax LeJog

I wonder if the night controls would be open early enough for a 4 day LEJOG. Been on my to do list since I did my 7 day one a handful of years back. The problem with a fast attempt on a fixed calendar event is that you have to contend with whatever weather you are handed. I'm still toying with a 4-...
by toontra
13 Apr 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Why we need a Corybn Govt?
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Why we need a Corybn Govt?

As a youngster I remember finding it increasingly difficult to find suitable places to rent following Labour's 1977 Rent Act. Private landlords simply got out of the market. As with any legislation, there are often unintended consequences.
by toontra
9 Apr 2019, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freehub lubricant?
Replies: 20
Views: 756

Re: Freehub lubricant?

For the pawls themselves I've been using Wahl clipper oil (ever since a couple of notable seizures in cold weather having used grease!). Seems to work well.
by toontra
7 Apr 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bikes rules/Law
Replies: 32
Views: 1409

Re: E-Bikes rules/Law

Bikes with such performance are already available with electric engines. They're called motorcycles, .... Well indeed. As far as I'm concerned if you want to go over a certain speed on a motorised vehicle (e.g. 16mph) then you should get a moped/scooter/motorbike together with a licence and insuran...
by toontra
6 Apr 2019, 4:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bikes rules/Law
Replies: 32
Views: 1409

Re: E-Bikes rules/Law

I'm increasingly being passed in London by e-bikes doing well in excess of 20mph. Usually it's only mildly irritating (I hate being overtaken by other "cyclists" :wink: ) but I've also seen dangerous weaving and overtaking. This is only going to increase and I can't see these adapted machi...
by toontra
6 Apr 2019, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6216

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

I wouldn't tour in remote places for an extended time or distance on a bike with rim brakes any longer. I'm quite the opposite. Having successfully toured in remote places with rim brakes for years (over very rough terrain at times) I'd be very reluctant to switch. I would worry about the rotors ge...
by toontra
6 Apr 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6216

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

I wouldn't tour in remote places for an extended time or distance on a bike with rim brakes any longer. I'm quite the opposite. Having successfully toured in remote places with rim brakes for years (over very rough terrain at times) I'd be very reluctant to switch. I would worry about the rotors ge...
by toontra
3 Apr 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 6292

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

I've been waiting for this but was expecting something under £1000, certainly not £2,200 (for the double/rim version). Combined with the likely replacement costs for cassette and chain (which are certain to have significantly shorter lives than 11-speed), that means I won't be going anywhere near th...
by toontra
3 Apr 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 36
Views: 5340

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

UPDATE: I spent literally hours searching Cochin for "strong brown paper" (presumably what would be known in the UK as parcel paper) which is what Indian Railways stipulate on their website. There isn't any there!! I went from shop to paper merchant to DIY store, etc always being told &quo...
by toontra
21 Mar 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2119

Re: cycliing and ageing

That's really humbling, horizon. Thanks!

Keep cycling and live healthy longer is the message [emoji3]

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
by toontra
21 Mar 2019, 12:14am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2119

Re: cycliing and ageing

I took part in the study. It was a fairly grueling experience in the lab including a series of electric shocks to the neck [emoji15]

The results were worth the temporary discomfort though [emoji6]

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
by toontra
19 Mar 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 36
Views: 5340

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

The 18p trip was a boat. Train fare from Kochi to Chennai is all of £10 for an air conditioned sleeper berth going several hundred miles! Language is sometimes a struggle but slow English usually gets by. They are having a heat wave here at the moment & even the locals are complaining. It's in t...
by toontra
18 Mar 2019, 4:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 36
Views: 5340

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Btw, this morning I got the state ferry from Kottayam to Alappuzha. It was one of the highlights of the trip, churning thought the water lilies as the sun rose. My bike was slung on the roof which was rather nerve-racking as the roof sloped and it wasn't secured, despite my suggestions! The 2.5 hour...
by toontra
18 Mar 2019, 4:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 36
Views: 5340

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Just arrived at the West coast nearing the end of my 3 week tour. It's been fantastic! Just a couple of pointers for anyone planning something similar. Firstly, I personally think the"yellow" roads (i.e. national highways) are absolutely fine for cycling. Hard shoulder with perfect surface...
by toontra
3 Mar 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sram dual drive
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: Sram dual drive

I do indeed have a spare (new) hub, but getting stuff posted to Asia mid-tour wouldn't be practical. Think I'll give it a miss and keep to my tried and trusted set-up. Thanks again!