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by PhilD28
11 Sep 2019, 6:33pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)
Replies: 25
Views: 4294

Re: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)

Nice pics. I’ve used mine to build about 60 wheels now, everything from heavy expedition to lightweight race wheels and I can’t really imagine a better tool for the job. Even with the standard slide, I find mine very smooth and totally repeatable. I also use the standard mm scale, definitely more ac...
by PhilD28
6 Sep 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Energy on longer rides
Replies: 32
Views: 1375

Re: Energy on longer rides

Everyone so far has been fuelling on carbohydrates. The 'bonk' has been mentioned, which normally happens when your relatively small glucose store in your body runs out. After a point it is also quite hard to take on more carbohydrates to match the glucose burn rate. One alternative is to convert t...
by PhilD28
28 Aug 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Robens Raptor
Replies: 26
Views: 2025

Re: Robens Raptor

Yes exactly my experience with recent Terra Nova offerings, not in the same league as my Hilleberg Staika. Due to some problems with my Big Agnes groundsheet on a recent 3 month tour I picked up a Hubba Hubba in Avignon and then posted the Big Agnes home. I was very impressed by the Hubba Hubba, it ...
by PhilD28
15 Jul 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rear pannier advice needed
Replies: 83
Views: 10014

Re: rear pannier advice needed

I’ve used Carradice panniers for the last 35 years and Ortleib roll tops for the last 20. I like both equally. The Carradice rears are a bit taller and narrower giving a little more heel clearance and I like the closure system and pockets better than Ortleib, they also breath a little better, maybe ...
by PhilD28
2 Jul 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?
Replies: 49
Views: 1981

Re: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?

Basicly it’s too light for loaded touring if you are camping particularly in anything other than the smallest sizes. Saddlebag based touring with hostels/B&B would be ok even then out of the saddle climbing will feel a bit flexy. Really loaded touring requires something like 531st or as a minimu...
by PhilD28
24 May 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Fixed my sore knee due to torn meniscus.
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: Fixed my sore knee due to torn meniscus.

As someone who has had 3 meniscus cartilage surgeries (same knee) and had many hours of expert physio, I can confirm that quad strengthening and VMO in particular is of real benefit. Don’t neglect the glute exercises as well, crucial for getting the whole kinetic chain working correctly and sharing ...
by PhilD28
18 May 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source
Replies: 33
Views: 1678

Re: Touring Bike Thoughts and Source

If the prices work for you Thorn have all types of touring bike covered, day tourers to some of the best expedition tourers available. I’ve ridden over 70,000 miles on a various different bikes of there’s without fuss. Should be on your look at list.
by PhilD28
5 May 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1251

Re: Quasar tent replacement

Early Wild Country tents from the 80's such as the OP's Quasar were top of the range tents (the more recent Terra Nova range are similar although in my opinion not as good). It was later that they downgraded the spec of Wild Country to be a cheaper version of Terra Nova. But early WC tents were defi...
by PhilD28
5 May 2019, 7:27am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1251

Re: Quasar tent replacement

Another tent worth a look at is the Terra Nova Southern Cross 2, I’m embarrassed to say I also have one of these. This is a very good stable tent at a better price than the quasar with similar room but is lighter. It’s a clever design with an external frame that goes up very quickly. I did a 3 month...
by PhilD28
4 May 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1251

Re: Quasar tent replacement

I bought a Staika to replace my 20 year old quasar. Similar weight but for my purposes, northern uk hill uplands camping the Staika is a better tent. The quasar served me well and I had a new groundsheet fitted about 10 years ago so its still serviceable but since getting the Staika it hasn’t been ...
by PhilD28
4 May 2019, 6:51am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1251

Re: Quasar tent replacement

I bought a Staika to replace my 20 year old quasar. Similar weight but for my purposes, northern uk hill uplands camping the Staika is a better tent. The quasar served me well and I had a new groundsheet fitted about 10 years ago so its still serviceable but since getting the Staika it hasn’t been u...
by PhilD28
16 Apr 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix De Fer Dent
Replies: 13
Views: 471

Re: Genesis Croix De Fer Dent

Arthur Caygil cycles, Gallowfield ind Est, Richmond North Yorks, will be your nearest. Last time I was in there they still had a framebuilder on site.
Kevin winter at Ferryhill is very good but always busy.
by PhilD28
21 Mar 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 26x1.25 Road Tyre Retailer
Replies: 4
Views: 1700

Re: 26x1.25 Road Tyre Retailer

I think I have a couple of them left that are new and unused, PM me if you are interested and you can have them for 1/2 price plus postage at cost.
by PhilD28
14 Mar 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1197

Re: US style hot weather tents

Yes those are all valid and worthy points, but good luck in selling a 7kg tent that sucks up overnight condensation and takes hours to dry out compared to a 2kg tent that doesn't, to a solo cycle tourist. I still have my Vango Force 10 and I did use it for touring on the bike many years ago, I would...
by PhilD28
14 Mar 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: US style hot weather tents
Replies: 29
Views: 1197

Re: US style hot weather tents

but where would you get cotton tent from these days? The classic Vango Force 10 is still available https://www.blacksofgreenock.co.uk/tents/181-classic-std-mk3-tent-5023518110103.html#.XImQQCKeS01 Great tents that last for years, However mine was still too hot in southern Med climates and not a pat...