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by hamish
6 Jan 2018, 2:52pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: 510 Freerider Contact shoes size 10/44.5
Replies: 0
Views: 132

510 Freerider Contact shoes size 10/44.5

510 Freerider Contact shoes size 10/44.5 Only used for two rides - commuting on road. Slight scuff on sole from pedal pins consistent with 40 odd miles of road riding. Red/black Same as these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/five-ten-freerider-contact-mtb-shoes/ I bought them form my local shop for £110 Pho...
by hamish
6 Dec 2017, 9:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.
Replies: 33
Views: 2029

Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Going by my own personal experience rather than the say so of others, I think Alpkit was one of the poorest sleeping bags I have used. Not very well made and lots of cold spots. I have an older alpkit pipedream. My daughter has a sky high. For the cash they are excellent. The pipedream bag fabric i...
by hamish
26 Nov 2017, 5:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: R values of mats
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: R values of mats

I have a Thermorest Neo Air All Season SV and both the weight (650g) and r value (4.9) seem pretty good to me.... It's certainly warmer than anything I have had before. I bought it to replace an Expedition Synmat UL that delaminated. The Exped was no warmer but slightly comfier due to vertical baffl...
by hamish
5 Nov 2017, 4:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1510

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

What a design like the Nallo illustrates well is that the devil is typically in the detail. In order that it's easy to put up and take down, part of the design is the rather fancy pole-foot holder/tensioner where most tents just have a much simpler eyelet. And the eyelet approach is fine most of th...
by hamish
5 Nov 2017, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Useless positioning of disc brakes on frames and what to do about it?
Replies: 30
Views: 1249

Re: Useless positioning of disc brakes on frames and what to do about it?

I have a Tour de Fer with Spyres. It is about three years old I think. I bought it as a commuter and general purpose bike. It does a good job at that so gets used in all kinds of weather.... And because I commute along Swansea sea front every day, it gets covered in sand both wind blown and as a 'sa...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 7:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1510

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

hamish wrote: I have/have had all kinds of tents... Including Vaude, Wild Country, Lightwave, MSR, etc But I have to confess that my Hilleberg Nallo2 GT is particularly good. I bought it second hand and it's an older (less vented) model. I paid £250ish which I recon is a bargain. It's a simple desi...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1541

Re: QR v Allen key skewers

Thanks. Makes sense to me.

By the way... Do the axles actually compress with the clamping load, or do they bend/bow?
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 6:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1510

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

I have/have had all kinds of tents... Including Vaude, Wild Country, Lightwave, MSR, etc But I have to confess that my Hilleberg Nallo2 GT is particularly good. I bought it second hand and it's an older (less vented) model. I paid £250ish which I recon is a bargain. It's a simple design and there is...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1541

QR v Allen key skewers

I like using the Allen key skewers on some of my bikes instead of quick release. I tighten them by feel so that that they feel tight enough. But that is pretty subjective I know.... But I tend to do that with most bolts not owning a torque wrench. My question is.... Which exerts more force, a QR don...
by hamish
2 Nov 2017, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paratex Pertex?
Replies: 23
Views: 936

Re: Paratex Pertex?

I use a Paramo Velez Light. It's a smock type top and absolutely brilliant. It can be a bit hot but if it's properly pouting down in the UK it is generally cool enough for touring and off road touring. I much prefer it to goretex and similar fabrics and it's the only thing that has ever kept me dry ...
by hamish
31 Oct 2017, 11:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What frame with sliding dropouts for Rohloff?
Replies: 50
Views: 2490

Re: What frame with sliding dropouts for Rohloff?

The 2016 (?) longitude did have aluminium forks. That is a shame... But it was the only version of the longitude that came with a left side dropout that allows you to use the OEM2 axle plate for the torque arm. As such it is the only Rohloff-ready version. On other versions you would have to find an...
by hamish
29 Oct 2017, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lost key Axa 'nurses lock'
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Re: Lost key Axa 'nurses lock'

Thanks all for the quick replies. I think an angle grinder would be needed..... I tried picking it as per YouTube and failed. The number we need is not the one on the lock We bought the bike second (5th maybe) hand with one key and she didn't keep the number.... It has defeated my bolt croppers and ...
by hamish
29 Oct 2017, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lost key Axa 'nurses lock'
Replies: 14
Views: 735

Lost key Axa 'nurses lock'

My daughter's Dutch bike use at University has an Axa nurses/wheel lock thingy on it. Unfortunately she has lost the key. I am at a Los as to what to do with it! I have tried looking for a replacement and looked at YouTube how to pick the locks - with no success. I hesitated in asking the forum beca...
by hamish
24 Oct 2017, 9:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Lighting a Trangia
Replies: 65
Views: 2560

Re: Lighting a Trangia

In cool weather all I do is splash a bit of meths up the wall of the burner and maybe over the top and light that. It usually works fine. If that's no good a big of dry grass works as a wick.