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by julk
13 Mar 2019, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adult Stabilisers for ice?
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Adult Stabilisers for ice?

I find 2 schwalbe winter marathons, which have plenty of short carbide tipped studs give me adequate grip on flat smooth ice. It feels like riding on a very wet road with normal tyres but with control. I have had problems riding on rutted ice and would avoid or get off and walk there now. I suspect ...
by julk
23 Feb 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tweed Valley Railway Path and beyond
Replies: 12
Views: 3260

Re: Tweed Valley Railway Path and beyond

I have ridden the path from Innerleithen to the underpass at the Peebles end and back with my wife who is not a strong rider. It is a nice easy flat ride on tarmac for most of the length in lovely countryside alongside a river for part of the way. It is ideal for a short easy ride on a nice sunny da...
by julk
15 Jan 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium bars - 3 year life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1837

Re: aluminium bars - 3 year life?

Having survived having my old alloy bars break whilst commuting through Edinburgh traffic I am no longer reluctant to change my alloy bars. I had noticed a creak from up front but was not able to place it - it turned out to be a crystalline fracture by the stem letting one side of the bars fail. My ...
by julk
29 Sep 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton: New gear shifters and brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1011

Re: Brompton: New gear shifters and brakes

If you don’t like the old shifters then you will find the new ones an improvement as I do. I fitted them to my 2013 H model along with the new handlebars - needed new cabling as well. The combination of new bars and shifters has given me more room for my hands. The hardest job is getting the old gri...
by julk
22 Sep 2018, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ergon grips for 2018 Brompton ‘M’ handlebars
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Ergon grips for 2018 Brompton ‘M’ handlebars

I fitted Ergon grips to two Bromptons, one with previous M handlebars and one with the latest M handlebars. I also updated the brake levers and gear changers to the latest. The latest handlebars give more length for the grip and/or allow for wider hands. Just take a fine hacksaw and cut the inner ed...
by julk
19 Jun 2018, 2:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling around lake windemere
Replies: 22
Views: 1169

Re: Cycling around lake windemere

I used to live south of lake windermere at Flookburgh. Cycling around the lake windermere area is very enjoyable but best viewed as circuit training given the rapid changes in direction and elevation of the local roads. The only really flat roads are near the coast to the south. There is an excellen...
by julk
8 May 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Comfortable touring shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: Comfortable touring shoes

+1 for sandals, Shimano and Exustar are both comfortable.
by julk
22 Jun 2017, 11:40am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Squirt chain lube (wax)
Replies: 10
Views: 10750

Re: Squirt chain lube (wax)

Lodge,
slightly off topic, but a chainglider works well for me with a Rohloff and can make your chain last even longer.
by julk
22 Jun 2017, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear facing front brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 843

Re: Rear facing front brakes

I have rear facing front brakes on my tourer.
They work well.

The main advantage for me is that it leaves the area in front of the forks available for luggage.
by julk
28 Mar 2017, 4:03pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Squirt chain lube (wax)
Replies: 10
Views: 10750

Re: Squirt chain lube (wax)

I use it on my Brompton which is mostly ridden in the dry on tarmac.
Works well for me and no oily chain to leave marks on me.
by julk
28 Mar 2017, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: S&S couplings: Rear dyno light connectors
Replies: 10
Views: 484

Re: S&S couplings: Rear dyno light connectors

I have the Supernova connectors in use, no obvious signs of wear after several years of use.
I use them to take my front light off much much more frequently than an S&S split on a previous bike.
by julk
15 Mar 2017, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Hurricane VS Smart Sam VS Marathon CROSS? Which?
Replies: 13
Views: 2849

Re: Schwalbe Hurricane VS Smart Sam VS Marathon CROSS? Which?

I have ridden Hurricanes for a while. They were a good mixed surface tyre for me but eventually I rode more on tarmac and the cornering of Hurricanes on tarmac is a bit squirmy compared to a more even tread tyre - not surprising as they have a pronounced edge tread. I moved on to Duremes and like th...
by julk
15 Mar 2017, 11:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Thorny Question
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: A Thorny Question

I ride a Thorn Rohloff, I am on my second.
The biggest difference to ride and feel of the bike has been a change to lighter tubes plus lighter and more flexible tyres, 2” width run at fairly low pressures.
Worth a try.
by julk
26 Feb 2017, 2:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Starting a School Bike Club in Wiltshire
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Starting a School Bike Club in Wiltshire

If you want ride leader insurance for not a lot of money then set the club up and affiliate it to Cycling UK.