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by rotavator
23 May 2019, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Marasa or Limba
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Marasa or Limba

If you have steep hills on your route that you are likely to struggle on then the lower bottom gear of the Marasa would tip the balance in its favour. Otherwise, I would test ride both and see which I preferred. I have read favourable comments on the Marasa but I have never heard of the Limba and I ...
by rotavator
21 May 2019, 10:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Botanical help needed
Replies: 13
Views: 281

Re: Botanical help needed

It looks like an Allium, may be Field Garlic, A. oleraceum. The little bulbs between the flowers are distinctive.
by rotavator
7 May 2019, 6:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi Bike Gear on Sale Thurs 9th May 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2366

Re: Aldi Bike Gear on Sale Thurs 9th May 2019

Any views on the folding electric bike for £499.99? Lights the blue touch paper and stands well back! There is a review here: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/folding-bikes/crane-aldi-folding-electric-bike-review/ That looks like a different bike to the one in the magazine. The picture in Al...
by rotavator
6 May 2019, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source
Replies: 33
Views: 1353

Re: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source

Spa Cycles in Harrogate will let you test ride their bikes and there is no hard sell involved. There is an easy cycle track near their shop. You can see the specs on their website but I also assume that they will be happy to change things to your requirements, unlike a lot of shops. There is Shand i...
by rotavator
5 May 2019, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New chain skipping
Replies: 17
Views: 584

Re: New chain skipping

I have had a similar problem when 1. I used the wrong quick link for the new chain, may be a 9sp link with a 10 sp chain, it took me ages to figure that out :oops: . 2. When I fitted a new RD and new cassette, both 9 sp, I could get the indexing right at one end of the cassette or the other but not ...
by rotavator
3 May 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid recommendation
Replies: 14
Views: 477

Re: Hybrid recommendation

The Marin Muirwoods has a low, 20", bottom gear which might be handy for hill climbing. You should be able to fit mudguards although the FD takes up quite a lot of the space between the seat tube and back tyre but you could replace it with a more compact model if it fouls the rear mudguard. It ...
by rotavator
3 May 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Glasgow via route 78 or route 7
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Inverness to Glasgow on route 7 or 78

The average wind direction is from the SW so in general it would be better to go from Glasgow to Inverness however it does vary; at the moment it is from the north. As for distance per day, it depends on your fitness and load that you are carrying but 50 km/d sounds to me very reasonable and would a...
by rotavator
2 May 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi Bike Gear on Sale Thurs 9th May 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 2366

Re: Aldi Bike Gear on Sale Thurs 9th May 2019

Any views on the folding electric bike for £499.99?

Lights the blue touch paper and stands well back!
by rotavator
1 May 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatpost dropping new custom build
Replies: 15
Views: 542

Re: Seatpost dropping new custom build

Assuming that the shop selected the parts and built it, it is their duty to sort it out. If they don't, in a reasonable time, i.e. set a deadline, then you should reject the bike as not suitable for purpose and demand your money back.
by rotavator
25 Apr 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes 531 fork blade help
Replies: 21
Views: 873

Re: Dawes 531 fork blade help

To measure the correct chain length, wrap the new chain around the largest chainring at the front and the largest sprocket at the back and there is no need to thread it through the rear derailer at this stage. Then pull the chain tight and see how much you need, adding a link if necessary to make su...
by rotavator
23 Apr 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Road bike design load limit vs My starting weight
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: my weight

Yes, at least some, possibly all bikes have a maximum user weight. You would have to check with the manufacturor. Strongly built touring bikes are likely to have a high weight bearing capacity. As for the load on the tyre v. the 75 kg which I assume you mean is its maximum load, you could add togeth...
by rotavator
23 Apr 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...who buys this stuff?
Replies: 53
Views: 2264

Re: ...who buys this stuff?

Might I ask the question about Audis or Iphones? I don't get it either. Some of the things that are going in some peoples' heads: 1. Some people see a strong positive correlation between price and quality, i.e. if an Audi costs twice as much as another, similar sized car it must be twice as good if...
by rotavator
22 Apr 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...who buys this stuff?
Replies: 53
Views: 2264

Re: ...who buys this stuff?

Who would buy such things? Some possibilities: Well if you were wealthy but bored and fancied an expensive new "toy" but your bike shed/garage is already overflowing with bling bikes but there was still room for something smaller or your partner has banned the purchase of another bike. Or ...
by rotavator
10 Apr 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike self build list
Replies: 35
Views: 1362

Re: Bike self build list

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Sora shifters and derailleurs.
Shimano 11-34 cassette.
Spa 48/38/28 crankset.


May I ask you how good the gear shifting is, especially at the front? Is it nice and smooth?
by rotavator
5 Apr 2019, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One Week in Ireland
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: One Week in Ireland

The peninsulas in the SW, Dingle etc, are very scenic and popular with tourists. You could base yourself somewhere like Kenmare. I went there years ago and enjoyed it, especially when it wasn't raining! I don't know how bad the traffic is now but it might be a good idea to avoid the peak holiday per...