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by rotavator
27 Jan 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

I bought an Atera Strada 3 bike carrier from roofbox.co.uk and I would recommend it, the only downside being its weight. I see that Atera are also now offering carriers specifically for e-bikes.
by rotavator
20 Jan 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New bike!
Replies: 10
Views: 1568

Re: New bike!

Check out Decathlon. Their BTwin Triban 520 fits the bill apart from the disc brakes. They have two road bikes with disc brakes now, although I haven't tried one.
by rotavator
13 Jan 2019, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice for 26" Day Touring/Semi-slick Tyre ?
Replies: 20
Views: 657

Re: Advice for 26" Day Touring/Semi-slick Tyre ?

Unfortunately the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tyres are no longer available new in 32-559 size that OP is looking for although you may be able to find NOS or SH. They are good tyres so why Schwalbe discontinued some narrower sizes is odd but presumably they weren't selling enough of them.
by rotavator
28 Dec 2018, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Your best ride of 2018?
Replies: 32
Views: 2346

Re: Your best ride of 2018?

The road over the top from Staylittle to Machynlleth while doing Lon Las Cymru this summer. The weather was fairly miserable, it rained all the time and the cloud was down on the top but what a descent, it goes on for miles! Just think how good it would be on a calm, fine sunny day. I must do it aga...
by rotavator
19 Dec 2018, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Natural Alternatives for cycle gear.
Replies: 14
Views: 676

Re: Natural Alternatives for cycle gear.

Re: cotton jackets from the 1950s: you are probably thinking about Ventile jackets e.g. the Greenspot; Hilltrek will make you one. They are quite heavy and inflexible in comparison to some synthetic jackets and also you have to balance the environmental impact of growing cotton (water, pesticides, h...
by rotavator
19 Dec 2018, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A tough Merino top
Replies: 17
Views: 752

Re: A tough Merino top

If you are looking for a base layer then I would recommend choosing a heavier weight fabric e.g. 260 gsm and a zipped neck. Icebreaker do a good range for hiking etc. but I don't know if they do long tailed ones for cycling.. For tops with pockets, e.g. jerseys and jackets, I think it is better to g...
by rotavator
10 Dec 2018, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: European importers: Are they at it?
Replies: 129
Views: 4946

Re: European importers: Are they at it?

Can you post a link to this Taiwanese shop please. I want to have a nose around.
by rotavator
6 Dec 2018, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mountain Bike vs Gravel Bike vs Cyclocross Bike
Replies: 13
Views: 707

Re: Mountain Bike vs Gravel Bike vs Cyclocross Bike

A suspension fork would be a good idea if you are planning to go fast down rough stony tracks because it would be easier on your hands and easier to see where you are going. However, whether you can get a new MTB with a good reliable suspension fork within your budget is another matter but you could...
by rotavator
5 Dec 2018, 10:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice
Replies: 76
Views: 3958

Re: New Bikepacking/ Touring Bike Advice

I can't help much but here is a brief summary of various CF touring bikes some of which weigh less than 10 kg. It seems to be a US site so I guess some will be difficult or expensive to obtain in the UK. https://www.cyclingabout.com/carbon-touring-bikes/ As for gravel/adventure bikes, I would read t...
by rotavator
4 Dec 2018, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1146

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

Two thoughts: 1, To avoid the worst of the midges I would try avoid going between mid May and mid September. They are worst in warm, calm, humid weather and obviously you are more exposed to them if camping. 2. This blogger seems to act as the unofficial bike mechanic on Islay: http://www.thewashing...
by rotavator
2 Dec 2018, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?
Replies: 36
Views: 1367

Re: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?

QL = quick link I think. Also known as (AKA) missing or magic link (ML).
by rotavator
29 Nov 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wider tyres !
Replies: 18
Views: 1070

Re: Wider tyres !

The obvious questions are: 1. Are you happy with comfort and road holding of your current tyres and bike? 2. Are you planning to use unsealed paths or gravel roads with the new bike? If you answer no to Q1 and/or yes to Q2 then it might well be worth investing in the new bike with wider tyres. I was...
by rotavator
21 Nov 2018, 9:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?
Replies: 37
Views: 1455

Re: Have you lost weight since you started cycling?

My understanding is that exercise including cycling is good for the mind and body but is unlikely to help you lose weight and to do that you need to eat less calories. The other trick to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight is to eat most in the morning and little in the evening, that is what...