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by rotavator
21 Oct 2021, 6:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 893
Views: 142783

Re: A positive thread

The Burma Road is part of a good mild off-road / cross country circuit near Aviemore. I enjoyed it on a showery day so it would be even better on a sunny one. There is a nicely graded climb on a good surface going clockwise so a fit person could pedal all the way up, then from the summit down to Carr Bridge it is almost all down hill with just a few short rough sections. Also had a pleasant chat with a ghilly after stags.
by rotavator
17 Oct 2021, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: starting again aged 70ish
Replies: 22
Views: 750

Re: starting again aged 70ish

Check if you have a local U3A group that does bike rides.
by rotavator
14 Oct 2021, 8:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 76
Views: 1872

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

Hellhound wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 3:20pm
jb wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 3:12pm
Syd wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 2:43pm Another to add:
People who let their dogs stray off to the maximum reach of extendable leads.
Objection; thats not a 'petty annoyance'...I'm not a violent fellow but they should be made to dress tripe for a week.
Those leads should be banned fullstop!
If you can't keep your dog under control it should be on a short stout lead.
And of course the person is always on the opposite side of the path to the dog, thus obstructing the full width of the path with the lead. Why don't they think, or may be they want to slow cyclists down?
by rotavator
12 Oct 2021, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footpump recommendations please
Replies: 27
Views: 620

Re: Footpump recommendations please

jb wrote: 12 Oct 2021, 12:43pm IEnter the USB charged high pressure instant gratification cool look sexy packaged inflatomatic Facebook compatible pump.
OOoo...do you have a link to that one? :D
by rotavator
11 Oct 2021, 7:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footpump recommendations please
Replies: 27
Views: 620

Re: Footpump recommendations please

I am watching this thread with interest because I would like one myself. About two years ago I bought one from Halfords and it broke the first time I used it but luckily they gave me my money back. I get the impression that most if not all footpumps that are currently available are of dubious quality but I will be happy to be proved wrong.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 11:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1949
Views: 47029

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

It looks like Barmouth/Abermaw to me.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 9:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1441

Re: What To Wear In Winter

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Back home, more recently, I've become a convert to SPD sandals (no socks), which similarly don't restrict the circulation, and, with a bit of contemplation of rule 5 and my inner ruggedness, have extended their wearing conditions to "anything above zero". I was even moved to comment on arrival at the pub on one occasion, in 2 to 3°, how warm my feet had felt.
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Hmmmm...an interesting idea but I don't think I will it! Snow boots sound more like it.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Set lower front mudguard on 26 inch
Replies: 21
Views: 515

Re: Set lower front mudguard on 26 inch

Assuming that there is a hole through the fork crown, you could use a Fender Flute to get the mudguard to the right height. Or you could improvise with a strip of plastic or Al.

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m19b0s190p3 ... nder-Flute

Edit: Paulatic's one is a lot cheaper!

As for brake levers, I suggest that you check out different ones at bike shops or on friends' bikes to find more comfortable ones.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1441

Re: What To Wear In Winter

If anyone has a surefire way of cosseting cold-sensitive feet when the temperature drops below ~8 deg C I would like to hear about it. I have tried merino socks, overshoes, hiking boots, chemical foot warmers but still get numb, cold feet after less than hour when cycling.

However, I never get cold feet when hill walking in winter, presumably because the constant twisting and squeezing of the feet promotes blood circulation.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What did you buy today?
Replies: 95
Views: 2678

Re: What did you buy today?

I am pleased by the sound of two new Crane Riten bells, a very pleasant dring dring with a long sustain. Hopefully the sound will be better received and understood by grouchy pedestrians than previous ping bells.

Also a PX MTB plastic front mudguard for upcoming mild off road tracks in Scotland. However I suspect it will not last long.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 6:29pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: What pedals to use due to brain injury
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: What pedals to use due to brain injury

I would suggest flat pedals used with soft rubber soled shoes. For example, MKS Sylvan pedals have small metal teeth that will grip your shoes but are less likely to bite into your legs, in the event of a slip, than MTB shoes with fierce spikes in them. 5 10 do a range of shoes that stick well to flat pedals and are often recommended by MTBers on the STW forum. That is what I use on two of my bikes and find that my feet don't slip about while riding but are they easy to shift when I stop, so they are ideal for touring and U3A jaunts.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 912

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

freiston wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 1:38pm I've just realised that I might not be understanding the OP - is it a (non-German) legal front light i.e. legal on UK roads but not a German light or a (non German-legal) front light i.e. a light that specifically does not conform to StVZO that is sought?
Yes, I think OP wants a front light that is not StVZO certicated and wants one with a wide flood rather than a sharp cut-off.
by rotavator
10 Oct 2021, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spanner
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Spanner

freiston wrote: 9 Oct 2021, 11:48pm It was only when I opened the larger image that that spanner stopped looking like it was sinking into/floating on a layer of thick white foam - did anyone else suffer from that optical illusion?
I saw the image as normal until I read your post, now my brain has switched its interpretation!
by rotavator
9 Oct 2021, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spanner
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: Spanner

The two M6 screws could be for turning an eccentric bottom bracket. Thorn supplied a 15 mm spanner with similar screws for loosening and turning EBBs.
by rotavator
9 Oct 2021, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Endurance bikes - British manufacturers ?
Replies: 47
Views: 1742

Re: Endurance bikes - British manufacturers ?

Jamesh wrote: 9 Oct 2021, 8:12am Does quality steel really rust?

I've had half a dozen steel bikes and not had an issue.

If commuting or off road riding then yes steel isn't the best material but for general touring I think it's quite adequate?
I have two Thorn steel bikes, both made in Taiwan and bought in 2005, and neither has any rust on it which I attribute to the quality of the paintwork.