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by gazza_d
24 Jul 2021, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains: Sunderland - Newcastle.
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Trains: Sunderland - Newcastle.

If you do decide to ride to Newcastle from Sunderland then I recommend trying the Tyne cycling tunnel which is one of the best examples of specific cycling and walking infra in the country and then using NCN 72 to Newcastle. That's about 22 miles if you go via NCN 1 then 14 to the tunnel.

Alternatively, take the coast road north to Whitburn. Then on there is a fairly flat route via a cycle path from east Boldon to the A1300 (also connects via cycleways to the tunnel). Then minor roads form a fairly straight path via Bill Quay to connect to the Cycleway along the A184 then Gateshead TC to Newcastle. It's about 15 miles and pretty flat.
by gazza_d
24 Jul 2021, 5:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle route apps that 'talk'
Replies: 27
Views: 660

Re: Cycle route apps that 'talk'

Another vote for Komoot here. It works well.
I deployed it this morning to follow an unfamiliar route.
I would normally push down to my lezyne head unit but I was already recording the ride so it wouldn't. So just fired up the route on Komoot and stuck phone in pocket and listened to the directions.

I believe cyclestreets app also has that functionality now, and I look forward to cycle.travel getting it.
by gazza_d
24 Jul 2021, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?
Replies: 174
Views: 13286

Re: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?

simonineaston wrote: 21 Jul 2021, 10:57pm Picking mine up this Friday! I've no doubt I'll blather on about it sooner or later, and am likely to post some content here... ;-)
Wow Simon that's quick! I thought specific orders were in the region of a year or more. My Cone was on stock, and I was just lucky that spec and colour suited, although I would have bought owt.

Sidlaws - I had an alfine 11 in a Moulton APB (it will be going into the cone) for about 4-5 years and it's been great. A really good gear range and nice quick shifting. Alfines can feel a little indirect to some so you'd be right to try one. If you don't want flat bars then the choices for a shifter are limited and expensive though.

After a month with the Cone (which has the SST frameset) and almost 300 miles I am still really pleased with it. It's a wonderful machine and although I can't prove it I do think Moulton must have tweaked the suspension slightly as it does feel slightly more supple than either the TSR or the APB, especially the rear
by gazza_d
14 Jul 2021, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...being sensible about organising rides
Replies: 58
Views: 1977

Re: ...being sensible about organising rides

Rides. What do you call them?

And to be ultra clear about this as it seems to be difficult for you to grasp. The choice of the wording was personal.

Mine.

No one else's.

Not some corporate script. I do not work for Sustrans.

And yes your replies are making me cross with your continued insinuations. Stop being so pedantic and trying to drive wedges between and spilt people who should be on the same side.
by gazza_d
14 Jul 2021, 8:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...being sensible about organising rides
Replies: 58
Views: 1977

Re: ...being sensible about organising rides

Sorry to burst your conspiracy theory but I'm not hijacking anything here, nor am I using the term for any dubious or nefarious reasons. I dislike the insinuation that I am.

I also have zero affiliation with BC or CTC. So have no idea of the back story behind your misplaced blethering.

I'm using the term purely to mean the sorts of rides I lead (or at least did until last march) under the Sustrans umbrella which are easy social rides suitable for all, where I lead or guide around a route I know.
As far as I am concerned the two terms are interchangeable. And I am not going to change
by gazza_d
14 Jul 2021, 5:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...being sensible about organising rides
Replies: 58
Views: 1977

Re: ...being sensible about organising rides

mjr wrote: 13 Jul 2021, 11:33pm
gazza_d wrote: 12 Jul 2021, 5:11pm If a Sustrans ride then then you would need to complete a risk assessment and have it approved before a ride. It's not that onerous a process once you are used to it and for regularly used routes it only needs checking and updating every year or two.
Sounds like someone has to do the ride before the ride? Not very practical IMO.
Or at least be familiar with the route and potential hazards. But that's kinda the point of a guided ride though IMO.
by gazza_d
12 Jul 2021, 5:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...being sensible about organising rides
Replies: 58
Views: 1977

Re: ...being sensible about organising rides

As others have said, it would be best to speak with Sustrans, cycling UK, or British cycling, and get a ride leader course and lead rides under their guidance and coverage or as an affiliated group.

If a Sustrans ride then then you would need to complete a risk assessment and have it approved before a ride. It's not that onerous a process once you are used to it and for regularly used routes it only needs checking and updating every year or two. Not sure about CUK or BC..

Then you would be covered and protected.
It would be possible to take out the insurance to cover you privately, but could be expensive now.

Good luck. It can be great fun and very rewarding to lead rides
by gazza_d
11 Jul 2021, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

They seem to have varied over the years.
My APB dualdrive had a full set of braze ins so I could have added a front mech.
It is what disappointed me about the TSR2 as it's proven to be restrictive as it doesn't have any braze ons. Not even anything to add a rear brake. It's gonna need a respray so I'm thinking about adding a rear brake, possibly even a disc and getting the triangle respaced to give me a broader range of hubs.
by gazza_d
10 Jul 2021, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

Sounds like you had a great visit and good that it helped coalesce your thoughts.

My new Cone will be getting the alfine 11 which was in my APB transplanted into it at some point, and I am thinking about putting a disc brake on as well.
by gazza_d
3 Jul 2021, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

speedsixdave wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 9:49pm The loveliest rear suspension (in the saddle) is the trailing swingarm on the original Mk1 & Mk2 F-Frame Moultons, Smooth and floaty indeed. The front suspension was heavier and more susceptible to wear and play than the AM leading link, but again at its best I think the ride was better (in the saddle).
I remember my F frame fondly and would love another one day. The suspension was excellent and rode like an absolute dream.
I'm not sure and it's probably cos it's new and personal perception but the rear suspension on the new cone feels slightly more refined than on the TSR or the APB. Mainly as things like the lock in the rack bag doesn't jump as much when crossing slightly raised kerbs or on stony tracks. It is possibly they've reworked the rubber formulation slightly.
by gazza_d
2 Jul 2021, 6:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

For me the combination of small wheels and suspension makes sense. After all of it didn't, we'd all be still driving cars with cartwheels.

Aside from the suspension argument (and If I didn't think it was good, I'd not be riding Moultons), Mick's mention of running the front light cable inside the fork leg is very interesting as I'll be popping the Dyno lights onto the cone as soon as I've bought a new SP hub and rebuilt the front wheel.

I'd like to hear how easy it was and a pic or two if possible
by gazza_d
1 Jul 2021, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cables without nipples
Replies: 19
Views: 711

Re: Cables without nipples

Could you make a loop on the end and secure with solder or similar?

Then you could use as lanyards for lights and cameras etc in case they ever bounce off

Or use with a small light padlock as a minimalist cafe lock.
by gazza_d
1 Jul 2021, 6:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: need info on cycling computers
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: need info on cycling computers

I'd also suggest keeping it simple and cheap, but would suggest a computer with a rear wheel and pedalling (cadence) sensor.

That will have a longer wire or quite possibly wireless, and the cadence will let you keep an eye on your pedalling speed which normally should be around 80-100rpm.
by gazza_d
30 Jun 2021, 5:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

Completely stripping yer bike to weigh the frameset is above and beyond Mick!

I remember from several years ago when my APB still had its dual drive and before I put the dynamo lights on, I weighed it and compared with my 531st tourer (with a triple campag groupset and front+rear racks) and I was surprised that it wasn't far out. I'll have to weight them again.
I will be stripping the APB frameset soon anyway as I need to scrap it so will weigh that as a bare set to see how much compare to your TSR (but I'm not stripping the Cone!).
by gazza_d
30 Jun 2021, 3:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?
Replies: 70
Views: 1754

Re: Moulton Jubilee & SST - what's the difference?

It's a bit harsh to refer to 525 as gaspipe, it's basically the new 531. https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle/new-steel

I too think that it's mainly the head and seat tube and the rest will be Columbus Spirit which isn't gaspipe either. Sure I read or heard that the mix is because Reynolds don't do the sizes Moulton want or need