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by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1785

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: 850

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: 850

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: 713

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: 37
Views: 1201

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: 536

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: 1139

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: 646

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: 248

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: 263

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: 313

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: 2455

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: 1480

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: 607

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: 565

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 ...