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by gazza_d
2 Feb 2019, 7:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6034

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

No such thing as a perfect commuter bike as everyone's trips are different, but needs to tick the following boxes Hub gears for reliability, lot less likely to get crudded up like derailleurs, and you can change gear when stationary at traffic lights etc Full size mudguards and preferably flaps fron...
by gazza_d
24 Jan 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 45
Views: 1870

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

Dynohubs are easily better than bottles. Another good source for well built decent wheels with dynohubs is Taylor Wheels. I have 2 20" wheels which were about £40 each - Shimano DN31 3w hubs, stainless spokes, and basic but perfectly functional rims. Both wheels have done about 8000 trouble-fre...
by gazza_d
11 Jan 2019, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: British Eagle
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: British Eagle

lovely firstly for the Moulton. I have 2 space frames and started off with an F frame which died and is still missed. I also have a Touristique which I bought new in 1988. They are lovely bikes. Slightly more sporty than an equivalent era galaxy and ideal as a fast tourer which can also carry campin...
by gazza_d
6 Jan 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light that lasts
Replies: 27
Views: 1246

Re: Rear light that lasts

Recharge every night or every day at work (if commuting)? And I am surprised no one has suggested dynamo lights yet. Modern dyno hubs are light, almost drag free and the lights are always on. Can be cheap. Ready built wheels from £30-40 and lights at a tenner an end, esp if riding in lit areas A sid...
by gazza_d
29 Dec 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newcastle Ferry - Newcastle - Tyndrum
Replies: 18
Views: 889

Re: Newcastle Ferry - Newcastle - Tyndrum

You can follow NCN 72 (Hadrian's way) from ferry terminal to Newcastle centre.It's mostly well connected, traffic free (or very low traffic) and well signed. Route is https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/64171047/#balanced It will dump you onto the quayside though which will leave you with a steep c...
by gazza_d
11 Dec 2018, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 60
Views: 2425

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

Leather!

I have a Brooks Team Professional which is abut 25yr old on the Moulton APB and a Spa Nidd on the Moulton TSR.

Little to choose between them and both awesome
by gazza_d
21 Nov 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or mio
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Garmin or mio

Check out Lezyne computers too. They are quite good and keenly priced compared to the competition. As well as the breadcrumb line you can pair with a smartphone and follow directions for a a-b route, or for a pre-planned route. Although you don't get the map display I find I don't need it. A lot dep...
by gazza_d
9 Nov 2018, 12:24pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Places to cycle in the North East?
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: Places to cycle in the North East?

NCN1 from Sunderland down to Stockton is lovely and passes though a few villages so opportunities to leave the car and only do a section. You know about NCN7 waskerley way, so presumably also know about the rest of NCN7 down to Sunderland, and NCN14 (Derwent walk then south of the Tyne to South Shie...
by gazza_d
9 Nov 2018, 6:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to pay it back
Replies: 20
Views: 1289

Re: How to pay it back

You could also volunteer for Sustrans and become a ranger and/or help out with workdays maintaining parts of the NCN that Sustrans own and manage. In some areas (like Tyneside) they also have volunteers who man Dr Bike workshops or lead rides. Even helping as a marshal on a ride can be helpful and r...
by gazza_d
22 Oct 2018, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Patch recommendation...
Replies: 109
Views: 6010

Re: Patch recommendation...

Rema Tip Top. I've used them since the mid 80s. Occasionally bought others if I've needed some quickly, but always gone back to Rema as they are the best. I carry a spare tube on the road, but They are easy to use and reliable. 1. Sand the area around the hole well and all of the area covered by the...
by gazza_d
22 Oct 2018, 6:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What computer do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2992

Re: What computer do you recommend?

I used a Garmin Edge 200 for about 6 years. I switched to a Lezyne Macro GPS in the summer and it's great. The Macro is big enough to read. It doesn;t some of the stuff such as Glonass, barometric altimeter or ant+, but I don't need them anyway for just touring and commuting. The computer was just o...
by gazza_d
13 Oct 2018, 6:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton TSR rear tyre wear.
Replies: 27
Views: 794

Re: Moulton TSR rear tyre wear.

And just to add that my TSR came wit the Conti Sport contact II which punctured is I even dared to ride past a bush with thorns.
They rode well but I got punctures practically every time I rode so they ended up in the bin as they were terrible
by gazza_d
13 Oct 2018, 6:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton TSR rear tyre wear.
Replies: 27
Views: 794

Re: Moulton TSR rear tyre wear.

I've tried both Durano and Kojak on my APB and TSR and found that they both wore down within about 2000 miles or so on the back. In contrast Marathon and Marathon Plus easily last 4000-5000 miles easy. Presumably this is down to the smaller lighter tyres just having less rubber, and possibly being a...
by gazza_d
12 Oct 2018, 10:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling on Footpaths
Replies: 39
Views: 1399

Re: Cycling on Footpaths

The various councils in the Tees valley area provide decent free maps of the cycling routes in the areas. Check out their websites for details but a simple request usually results in some in the post. As someone else has mentioned The Hub on Stockton high street is a great resource and can supply th...
by gazza_d
25 Sep 2018, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 25
Views: 1330

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

I've been running a pair of cheap Shimano DN31 hubs for the last 4 years commuting. They're used year round in NE england on my 18 mile each way commute and have been faultless. I bought them ready built in wheels from Taylor wheels for about £40 each. Cheap enough to run for a few years and then ju...