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by zenitb
17 Jun 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 21
Views: 478

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

I read that for my Plymouth to Roscoff sailing. Given I was leaving at night, and I didnt want to be flattened by a truck I thought it was sensible advice..and I wore my high-viz jacket I use for winter commuting. We queue up in the car lanes after all. Most of the other cyclists had lights and/or s...
by zenitb
12 Jun 2019, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A List of former YHA hostels
Replies: 31
Views: 1969

Re: A List of former YHA hostels

... Skiddaw was a joint venture hostel for a while between the yha and a private individual who to be polite was eccentric. That has closed. .....I also found wild camping and tbh even preferred to camp in the commercial camp sites. Camping is more fun and has less snoring. Good news TangledM .. th...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1258

Re: Re-proofing..

The cloth in the cape is rather thinner than in the luggage. The hood and collar have a tartan lining. I call mine my Countryside Alliance cape. I have never tried reproofing. Caped Crusader to the rescue - he uses the same method I used with my panniers..hair dryer and all :-) http://smutpedaller....
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1258

Re: Re-proofing..

oh ok thats interesting Pete...do you think its a thinner cotton cloth for the cape then? That would make sense I guess... I imagine the hairdryer proofing method would still apply though would it not? Its probably easier with thinner material ..and wouldn't consume as much wax :-) The cloth in the...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1258

Re: Re-proofing..

One issue with the Carradice cotton capes. They need reproofing now and then. I remember one advocate on his website eventually gave up on them as he wasnt able to successfully reproof his. Any one here with the cotton Carradice one ones had to reproof his/hers and suceeded? I have only re-proofed ...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1258

Re-proofing..

One issue with the Carradice cotton capes. They need reproofing now and then. I remember one advocate on his website eventually gave up on them as he wasnt able to successfully reproof his. Any one here with the cotton Carradice one ones had to reproof his/hers and suceeded? I have only re-proofed ...
by zenitb
9 Jun 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question
Replies: 15
Views: 574

Re: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question

Thanks everyone for the useful info. THE main problems i've had with the Garmin are its low battery life (4hrs using navigation) and regular and unexplained failure of TBT mid-ride. I think its fair to say that a fault free navigated ride is the exception with my Garmin. In my experience the TBT do...
by zenitb
9 Jun 2019, 12:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 12-speed
Replies: 51
Views: 4144

Re: Shimano 12-speed

I note there are no SLX 135mm OLD hubs anymore ... its either 142mm, 148mm (BOOST), or a (new?) 157mm size.. good job I have a hoarded 135mm one !!! :-) I wonder if we are going to get touring/trekking bikes starting to use Micro Spline hubs rather than Hyperglide at some point ? Currently you woul...
by zenitb
9 Jun 2019, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.
Replies: 18
Views: 849

Re: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.

Do discuss with your friend what he/she would be comfortable riding. Given the weight issue you alluded to they might be better off starting with a strong, comfortable upright "trekking" bike with cushy tyres...rather than a drop handlebar touring iron designed for fit and fexible veteran ...
by zenitb
7 Jun 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar extension - straight up?
Replies: 16
Views: 560

Re: Handlebar extension - straight up?

My cycling buddy uses something like this to lift his headlight above the barbag...
by zenitb
6 Jun 2019, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 12-speed
Replies: 51
Views: 4144

Re: Shimano 12-speed

... FWIW: SLX drivetrain 1x11 £337 RRP reduced to £223 on CRC .... This makes 11-speed look a bit silly at the moment, as you've just got SLX at 11-speed, BUT the solution for Shimano is fairly obviously to 'upgrade' Deore to 11-speed and Alivio to 10-speed, so they've then got two groupsets each a...
by zenitb
5 Jun 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Failed B & M Lumotec IQ2 Luxos U
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Failed B & M Lumotec IQ2 Luxos U

Unfortunately my IQ2 decided to pack up 6 months out of its 2 year warranty - I thought it had a 5 year on it but I was sadly mistaken. It started playing up over the winter by turning on/off charging more and more intermittently and by spring it just had a amber light occasionally blinking with no...
by zenitb
3 Jun 2019, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Securing stuff to rack top?
Replies: 38
Views: 1137

Re: Securing stuff to rack top?

I am using 30 year old MFI nylon roof rack straps on mine - I originally got them for holding my windsurfer to the car roof rack. They have metal buckles so I can strap my extensive luggage on tight. I could probably do with a neater setup though ... so interesting to read this thread :-)
by zenitb
3 Jun 2019, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing
Replies: 32
Views: 1105

Re: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing

FWIW .... The old hub (after a few year's use) had suffered a gradual bearing failure, so was still turning smoothly enough, but with ever-increasing free play in it. IME this isn't at all uncommon; most of my chums who have had these hubs and have also 'put the miles in' have had similar experienc...
by zenitb
1 Jun 2019, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing
Replies: 32
Views: 1105

Re: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing

I would be keen to hear from other SP owners how long their hubs have lasted. My SP is on my wet weather Audax bike and has done a little over 3500 miles so far, it's had numerous horrible horrible drenchings including two of the wettest 200's I've ever done where it's spent the whole day being rai...