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by PJ520
31 Aug 2020, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3337

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

Drivers don't see you because of Saccades. Having a flashing light will make no difference. https://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/raf-pilot-teach-cyclists/ Interesting article. Something not mentioned is that there are lots of drivers (and cyclists) with damaged brains. I had a mild stroke, over 20 years...
by PJ520
31 Aug 2020, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 vs Microshift triple
Replies: 0
Views: 486

105 vs Microshift triple

I got a custom made bike and with a Microshift ("Just as good as Shimano") front triple derailer which shifted nice and smooth but it seemed I was having to trim it a lot to stop the chain rubbing when on the middle ring. My previous bike had a 105 shifter and I remember having to trim it ...
by PJ520
27 Aug 2020, 1:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did bike shops become boutiques?
Replies: 61
Views: 2101

Re: When did bike shops become boutiques?

I used to work in a bike shop and there was an old chap who came in regularly. Years later I was in the local 'boutique' bike shop talking to the owner and the same old chap came in recognised me and we had a little chat. When he left the owner said "did he come in your shop often?" I sai...
by PJ520
26 Aug 2020, 5:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 22T Chainring vs 36T Cassette
Replies: 22
Views: 924

Re: 22T Chainring vs 36T Cassette

The chain should always be long enough to go on big ring and big sprocket, even if one plans not to use this combination, one could engage it by accident If the chain is too short great damage could be done I second that. Once I had too short a chain and thought that I'd never use the big-big combi...
by PJ520
2 Jul 2020, 4:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rude Co-op shop staff
Replies: 200
Views: 5759

Re: Rude Co-op shop staff

Cyril Haearn wrote:The co-op at Llanfairfechan plays loud music to deter guests from spending time in the store
There's a shop in Seattle that plays opera all the time to discourage hangers about.
by PJ520
2 Jul 2020, 3:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle
Replies: 20
Views: 739

Re: Breaking in a Brookes Saddle

The only time I experience the least discomfort on my B17 is when I'm riding with my wife, some would say my wife gives me a pain in the... Actually the reason for that is that I am riding much slower than I usually do and actually sitting for longer periods than I do in my regular riding i.e. my bu...
by PJ520
21 Mar 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

Mostly camping. A mix of roadside camps - pitch at dusk and away early, cheap campsites £10-$15 a night. Free camping in town parks, especially Kansas Colorado. There are extensive State Park systems in the 50 states and most reservoirs have campgrounds maintained by the Corps of Engineers or by a ...
by PJ520
18 Mar 2020, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

I've considered organized ACA tours but recently this article from Outside magazine put me off. A friend of mine who did the Northern Tier with ACA put me on to it. It's nice to ride with other people but it can have its drawbacks is the gist of it.
by PJ520
16 Mar 2020, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

The Eastern Express blurb talks about nasty dogs. They are a very real consideration in Kentucky as I remember from years ago, so much so nowadays that a friend of mine who was riding the Transam with his wife driving SAG refused to ride across Kentucky they were so bad. My theory is that the drug b...
by PJ520
16 Mar 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

A note about camping in town parks. Find out when and if sprinklers come on, if they do they tend to come on early in the morning. It's been known for a camper to be awoken by a sprinkler their tent was pitched on. In lots of places, there are local ordinances against camping in town parks. Some sh...
by PJ520
16 Mar 2020, 6:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

A note about camping in town parks. Find out when and if sprinklers come on, if they do they tend to come on early in the morning. It's been known for a camper to be awoken by a sprinkler their tent was pitched on.
by PJ520
15 Mar 2020, 3:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1650

Re: USA coast to coast tour

How did you guys plan your stops? Did you find somewhere to stay on your way or pre book? The direction from start to finish was just a thought as I've road tripped from New York to San Francisco. The general concensus seem to be west to east due to the winds. I've never planned a cycle tour like t...
by PJ520
15 Mar 2020, 6:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12994

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

thatsnotmyname wrote:Brexit argument = "Don't listen to the experts, we just want brexit"

Corona virus argument = "Don't listen to the experts, we just want isolation"

I think I see a pattern forming...
Wonderful - I wish there was a way of upvoting comments.
by PJ520
15 Mar 2020, 5:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 12994

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

It's blown my UK trip out of the water. I've cancelled B & B booking for May in Melrose, lost my deposit but fair enough. I've tried to cancel the flights I booked through Expedia with scant success. I Filled in a cancellation form (twice) and haven't heard from them, not even an automated email...
by PJ520
15 Mar 2020, 5:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap bag packing solution.
Replies: 7
Views: 950

Re: Cheap bag packing solution.

I use a see through Eagle Creek packing cube for my clothes. If you use stuff sacks for odds and ends, gloves, knee warmers, helmet cover etc. go to a stationary store and get some labels with string attached, they cost next to nothing for a 100, and list the contents of each sack on a label you att...