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by rotavator
23 Jun 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Well I never...the hipsters steed!
Replies: 19
Views: 650

Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

It looks nice. I am not sure why you'd buy one of these when you could get four or five bikes of similar design and equal quality for about the same price though. Are you thinking about second hand bikes? If not can you point out some new similar bikes going for £110-£137.50? Just interested, not l...
by rotavator
23 Jun 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 32
Views: 596

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

Or same spec, cheaper: https://www.alpkit.com/sonder/bikes/sonder-camino-al-sram-apex1-hydraulic-V2 I went to my first go to,seatube angle.It's daft. That said I couldn't find any geometry figures for the Op's suggestions :? Arkose'e geometry here: https://static.evanscycles.com/production/pdf-medi...
by rotavator
22 Jun 2019, 8:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike for novice cyclist??
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Best bike for novice cyclist??

How much are you willing to pay? If less than ~£400 it would probably be best to look for a used bike, may be from a local community bike recycling/refurbishment place or if you have a bike-savvy friend, get them to help you to check out some bikes advertised on Gumtree etc. Also see if LBSs stock a...
by rotavator
19 Jun 2019, 11:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 353

Re: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed

Just comparing the size of the chainring with the sprockets suggests that the gearing is way too high for touring unless you are only restricting your tours to Flatlandia or you are super fit and strong
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1811

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

Back in 2007 I did my first contract, after quitting my "proper" job, in Copenhagen which is very bike friendly. I bought a cheap ~£180 Chinese bike from a supermarket for commuting and pottering around in the evenings and at the weekends. It had a hub gear and a back pedal brake which wer...
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.
Replies: 18
Views: 857

Re: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.

Where are you off to??!!! Flat and boring trip across the Netherlands to Germany so wind resistance is probably more important than climbing ability. :D In that case you don't need to worry about finding a bike with low gears and just about anything which is in reasonable nick, the right size and c...
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.
Replies: 18
Views: 857

Re: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.

Decathlon have an XL B'twin Triban 500 for £350 which they say fits someone 6'3" to 6'7" tall, however bottom gear as supplied is ~32" and it has a 6061 T6 Al alloy frame and CF fork. I have used a 520 on a tour after changing the gearing to get a 22.5" bottom gear and my only gr...
by rotavator
5 Jun 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: tube compatibility
Replies: 20
Views: 721

Re: tube compatibility

Why not use inner tubes with Schrader valves?
by rotavator
4 Jun 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 60
Views: 1720

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

The easy way to make porridge that does not burn onto the pan is to put the oats in a bowl, mix in dried fruit and/or dried milk if you like, boil the water separately then pour the water onto the oats mixture, leave it to "cook" and cool for a few minutes then eat it. I have a plastic bow...
by rotavator
3 Jun 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike recommendation request
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Probably bored of this but...

There is a long thread on the Pinnacle Arkose on the Singletrack forum that may be of interest:
https://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/pinnacle-arkose-three-jameso-to-the-forum-please/page/36/
by rotavator
1 Jun 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Securing stuff to rack top?
Replies: 38
Views: 1151

Re: Securing stuff to rack top?

I have used the belts that come with Craghopper trousers to secure my tent to the top of the rack...and they will also hold up your trousers when you get to the campsite, so multifunctional!
by rotavator
31 May 2019, 6:30pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lightweight camping setup recommendations
Replies: 12
Views: 658

Re: Lightweight camping setup recommendations

hamster wrote: I'm just sick of blowing the damn things up again at 3am.


My Thermorest Neoair had become permeable to air (i.e. slow leaks from numerous miniscule holes) so I sent it back, following advice from MrsHJ OTP, and got a brand new one sent to me which was a great result.
by rotavator
30 May 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower
Replies: 5
Views: 262

Re: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower

These may not be really what you are after but since there are no other replies here are the ones that I have used in north Pembrokeshire: 1. Penrhyn, east of Fishguard, SM 983 382, is a very nice site with good facilities and a price to match, £15 per night in 2015. 2. Fferm Tresinwen, near Strumbl...
by rotavator
23 May 2019, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Marasa or Limba
Replies: 5
Views: 265

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: 318

Re: Botanical help needed

It looks like an Allium, may be Field Garlic, A. oleraceum. The little bulbs between the flowers are distinctive.