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by nirakaro
20 Mar 2019, 9:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?
Replies: 123
Views: 5847

Re: Anyone else putting off touring decisions due to Br***t?

pete75 wrote:
charliepolecat wrote:
spun by racists to whip up anti-immigrant feeling.


I'm quite sure you don't have to be 'racists' to stir up anti-immigrant feeling. Most of us are sick of them.


Most of who?

Sick of who? most of us here are sick of the racists
by nirakaro
18 Mar 2019, 9:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 108
Views: 4829

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

+1. First time I toured in France, I didn't even own a bike. Borrowed my girl friend's, and did 400 miles from le Havre to the Dordogne in five days. Oh to be young and daft again!
by nirakaro
18 Mar 2019, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malega, Spain & Carpignano Salentino, Italy - Solo Cyclist
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Malega, Spain & Carpignano Salentino, Italy - Solo Cyclist

Southern Spain, southern Italy – they're very different. And like most places, they're perfectly safe until suddenly they're not. Italian men have a reputation for being, shall we say, over-attentive in the way they approach young women, but not for being threatening. I suspect that Italian idiots a...
by nirakaro
16 Mar 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11233

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

The last thing a newbie needs is to heading off with doubts about her tyres, or indeed any other aspect of their gear. +1. Worth emphasising that, though it's nice to have the right tyres, it's perfectly possible to tour on the wrong tyres. And perfectly possible to change them half way if they're ...
by nirakaro
15 Mar 2019, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: \what happened OP for Chinese frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 929

Re: \what happened OP for Chinese frame?

Ivor Tingting wrote: Taiwan which although NOT China

Ooooh, careful! You can get into a lot of trouble suggesting that. :shock:
by nirakaro
14 Mar 2019, 8:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 108
Views: 4829

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I fear Tyre Lady may have unintentionally misled us through an excess of modesty - this seems to be someone who knocks off marathons/ultramarathons by the dozen. I suspect it won't take her long to find her cycling legs, and then leave us in the dust.
by nirakaro
13 Mar 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Squeaky brakes again

Just out of curiosity, if I put the part-worn long-trailing-end pads on back-to-front, what would be the negative consequences? (They're solid pads, not the kind with replaceable pads that could slide out of the shoes.)
by nirakaro
12 Mar 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste
Replies: 148
Views: 11233

Re: Rookie Cycle Tour from London to Trieste

When you setting off Tyrelady?
by nirakaro
11 Mar 2019, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Squeaky brakes again

Yes that makes sense – I do generally brake pretty gently. Doesn't solve the problem though!
The brakes are Tektro CR710. Pads were Clarks CPS301. I think. I've just changed them for something black and nondescript I found in the box of bits. Still squeaks.
by nirakaro
11 Mar 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Squeaky brakes again

Hmmm ... I tried degreasing the rim with meths. Made no difference at all.
by nirakaro
11 Mar 2019, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Squeaky brakes again

Last time, a generous toe-in fixed the squeak, but after not many hundreds of miles, it came back. Looking at the pads, there's a couple of millimetres of wear at the front, and none at all at the back, so the toe-in is completely neutralized. What to do? Choose pads that don't have a front and a ba...
by nirakaro
8 Mar 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 108
Views: 4829

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

You're not mad. It's a great idea. But one or two caveats… Sixty-seventy miles a day may be perfectly doable, or it may be highly over-optimistic, depending on (both) your levels of fitness. You've got six months to decide which, so be prepared to revise you plans if necessary. Most of France is a d...
by nirakaro
6 Mar 2019, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why's my back brake so rubbish?
Replies: 16
Views: 2007

Re: Why's my back brake so rubbish?

OK, a shiny new cable, bit of lube, and some careful adjustment and it's fixed. I'm puzzled by this post though – Front brakes are always more effective than back. IIRC about 2/3 of braking force is supplied by the front brake & only 1/3 by the rear. I know this is the case, but I'd understood t...
by nirakaro
6 Mar 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best way to make a steerer tube keyway
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: Best way to make a steerer tube keyway

Brucey wrote:I would favour no keyway at all.
cheers

Yebbut... it would still be nice to know how to do it. :)
by nirakaro
4 Mar 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CYCLE SHUTTLE BUS IN FRANCE
Replies: 2
Views: 1008

Re: CYCLE SHUTTLE BUS IN FRANCE

+1. The TER I took from Valence to Lyon had space for six bikes, and mine was the eleventh. No-one batted an eyelid. The French seem to have the weird idea that railways should be run for the benefit of the passengers…