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by PhilD28
31 Dec 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Ireland
Replies: 82
Views: 5555

Re: Ireland.

It's been on our list for some time for on-road touring with some camping. But I've been warned about the unsuitability of roads W from Dublin. Any good books or web sites, please? Thanks Jonathan[/quote] There are loads of totally suitable roads west from Dublin. I've been touring Ireland for forty...
by PhilD28
25 Dec 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 292
Views: 9905

Re: Rose Bikes No Longer Serving UK Market

It is with some sadness that I got this notification earlier today from Rose Bikes: Dear Customer, due to the Brexit and the withdrawal from the EU domestic market without an Free Trade Agreement from the 01.01.2021, we can no longer fullfill any orders from the UK. Already ordered goods, that can ...
by PhilD28
5 Dec 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 328
Views: 13425

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

Re 14 days being the norm. I spend between 4 and 6 months abroad each year and up till this winter have done so for over 20 years. OK, this isn't in Europe, but age, insurance, health etc is orientating me towards long stays in Europe. Others on here have talked about long (4 month plus) tours in E...
by PhilD28
2 Dec 2020, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Should I worry about freewheel axle?
Replies: 100
Views: 3201

Re: Should I worry about freewheel axle?

actually flange spacing does not need to be super-accurately measured; just try inputting values into a spoke calculator and you will find that the flanges need to 'move' by at least 5mm in most builds before it makes a 1mm change in spoke length. That said, measuring exact is not difficult either;...
by PhilD28
1 Dec 2020, 6:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Should I worry about freewheel axle?
Replies: 100
Views: 3201

Re: Should I worry about freewheel axle?

I've had Sputnik rims from Spa and some have been way over 537, often between 542 and 544. they often come up large, in some cases so large that it's difficult to get tyres to pop out of the well and run true. Even had arguments with them about exactly this. I've built a lot of wheels with Sputniks ...
by PhilD28
29 Nov 2020, 5:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 292
Views: 9905

Re: Ordering from Rose in new year?

My understanding is that Rose stopped selling to the UK altogether earlier this year, including compnents. I may be wrong but recall having an email from to that effect when I ordered a load of spokes.
Maybe someone has more up to date info.
by PhilD28
24 Nov 2020, 6:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 328
Views: 13425

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

I've always found the idea that as soon as you step out of your house, particularly if going abroad, you are on holiday to be a bit annoying. From the age of about 20, I knew what sort of life I wanted. I worked hard, paid off my mortgage, saved, scrimped and this enabled me to give up work and spe...
by PhilD28
23 Nov 2020, 7:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 328
Views: 13425

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

^^ Yes health insurance will be the real killer of travel to Europe. Longer durations will be worst. Any existing conditions and it will become prohibitively expensive I fear. But some of us have known and been saying that for a very long time. I am more optimistic about phone use because of the ea...
by PhilD28
12 Nov 2020, 12:06pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Dupuytren's contracture
Replies: 46
Views: 1349

Re: Dupuytren's contracture

Yes, Dupuytrens can be triggered by sudden trauma. The good news is it is less likely to spread to other parts of the hands unless you have a genetic predisposition to it.
by PhilD28
10 Nov 2020, 7:25pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Dupuytren's contracture
Replies: 46
Views: 1349

Re: Dupuytren's contracture

If it's possible try and get a referrral to the Pulvertaft hand clinic and have the work done by Mr Chris Bainbridge. Probably the bestplace in the country. I had mine done 10 years ago and despite what is generaly the case it hasn't returned. i was working as a professional guitarist at the time an...
by PhilD28
16 Jul 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing tyres!
Replies: 25
Views: 777

Re: Changing tyres!

Yep just hearesay. I'll not bother posting my experiences, I'll just leave it in your capable hands.
by PhilD28
16 Jul 2020, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing tyres!
Replies: 25
Views: 777

Re: Changing tyres!

Those are totally different tyres and both are 622, 650B are 584mm. If you look at something like Compass extraight 37mm in 650B you would find they have extremely low rolling resistance.

I can assure you that the tyres I'm suggesting are as fast as GP5000 in 28, I regularly ride bikes with both.
by PhilD28
16 Jul 2020, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing tyres!
Replies: 25
Views: 777

Re: Changing tyres!

Remember these are 650b wheels not 700c. Going down as small as 28 from 47 will change the trail figure and make the bike less stable. For 650b wheels the smallest tyre I use is a 37mm and often ride 42's (normally compass tyres). Good quality supple tyres 37-42 are at least as fast as 28c tyres and...
by PhilD28
13 Jul 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Paul Donohue bike, info needed! Pics!
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Re: Paul Donohue bike, info needed! Pics!

Paul was a great framebuilder (also a good racer) who at one time employed up to 9 framebuilders in his workshop at Bishop Auckland, including Kevin Winter who is a superb craftsman and is still building frames. Paul wound up his business after it became too difficult for him to compete with frames ...
by PhilD28
11 Jul 2020, 11:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are steel bike prices rising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1216

Re: Are steel bike prices rising?

Nice. Both very expensive and very nice. If you meet up with them, pictures of the bikes would be good. My Woodrup custom frame, built by Kevin Sayles to my spec for 650B wheels. Reynolds 725 a mix of .7/.4/.7 and .8/.5/.8 guages. I built the wheels. It's not a good shot for frame details but it's ...