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by sizbut
12 Oct 2019, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing disc brake front wheels for carriage.
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Removing disc brake front wheels for carriage.

Most hydraulic brakes come with plastic widgets that can be clipped in place when the wheel is out precisely for this. Also, depending on the brand, you may be able to lock the brake in place. My TRP Hy-Rd equipped bike is on a direct drive trainer at the moment, so I've pressed in and turned a smal...
by sizbut
7 Oct 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Debt-chasing phone calls : wrong person : What to do ?
Replies: 23
Views: 687

Re: Debt-chasing phone calls : wrong person : What to do ?

Bill them. Send them a letter setting our the charges per minute for phone calls, dealing with letter and for meetings. Then bill them and when they don't pay take them to court. Think I'm mad - see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927
by sizbut
27 Sep 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Wanted
Topic: SORTED - Recumbent 2 wheeler wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Recumbent 2 wheeler wanted

Maybe. A lovely machine bought but I have to admit not getting used. Currently on the road touring (on another bike) until Monday with erratic internet access, so PM me and I'll be able to send photos and details Monday evening. Based just outside Cambridge in case that affects things.
by sizbut
17 Sep 2019, 10:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango or Vaude
Replies: 32
Views: 948

Re: Vango or Vaude

The porch is part of the Power Lizard that some people won't like. Essentially, in its default setup, when you open up the outdoor door, you're slap bang in front of the inner door with just a few centimetres of gap. That's the aspect of the Power Lizard design that I could see strongly putting some...
by sizbut
17 Sep 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Over one-fifth of injured US adult cyclists were not wearing a helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: Over one-fifth of injured US adult cyclists were not wearing a helmet

Race does seem bizarre but a kind interpretation would be they just used everything they had for free (likely age group, sex, race) just for the sake of it rather than any planned reason or intent.
by sizbut
14 Sep 2019, 1:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango or Vaude
Replies: 32
Views: 948

Re: Vango or Vaude

I don't really see how a "cycle camping tent" differs appreciably from a "backpacking tent". . Do the poles fold short enough for a pannier bag is a good criteria for cycle friendly. In the last few weeks I've been comparing a Vaude Power Lizard 2-3p and a Vaude Hogan XT. Just o...
by sizbut
9 Sep 2019, 10:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???
Replies: 17
Views: 1048

Re: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???

Depending on where you are, thoroughly recommend a visit to Fat Birds in Hunstanton. Rather than being locked to one provider they have frames and bikes from pretty well every titanium provider.
by sizbut
5 Sep 2019, 12:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1681

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

Indeed, the size of tent is a factor. Our 4-person tent, where I can stand in any part including the sleeping compartment, is great in summer, but distinctly cold at other times. The number of bodies can't heat the space as fast as it cools and the space is big enough to have its own internal convec...
by sizbut
3 Sep 2019, 6:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1681

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

Well that gets us to the other way of keeping warm, which is having a companion. You don't have to be intimate - its simply that N+1 bodies warms the space more than n - and gives your grief, sorry, reminds you, when you leave the entrance open.
by sizbut
2 Sep 2019, 11:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1681

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

"The tent only cuts out the wind and rain. It offers no insulation in itself." - Sorry but it does. Stopping that air movement is a huge plus. Heat is moved around through the processes of radiation, conduction and convection. A tent wall might seem thin but it massively reduces the convec...
by sizbut
2 Sep 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1681

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

Best improvement in my sleeping gear in the last few years has been a longer, wider sleeping mat. As a 185cm bod, my feet were always over the end of the previous ones and that clearly compromised the effect. Now I have a mat that is 195cm in length and a lovely 65cm wide and its been a great couple...
by sizbut
2 Sep 2019, 6:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gospel Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 1262

Re: Gospel Pass

South to North is one of my most favourite loops EVER (yes, I'm six'ish). Go over the pass to Hay and well deserved 2nd tea (1st being at Llanthony - pub or priory). From Hay, over to Talgarth (another great cafe in the mill (can you tell why I like this ride yet?). Now, if its a quiet part of the d...
by sizbut
1 Sep 2019, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???
Replies: 17
Views: 1048

Re: Titanium Touring Frame - CdF or ???

My vote (because I'm biased by love of what I ride (100 miles this weekend fully loaded with tent, sleep mat, etc)) would be to a Kinesis Tripster ATR with a lovely titanium rack (again purely aesthetic because that's fine). Nice bike for quick sprints, the work commutes - and loaded up with a load ...
by sizbut
18 Aug 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Theft from campsites
Replies: 32
Views: 1586

Re: Theft from campsites

Your towel was probably removed as its was seen as having a dig at the stereotypically German's on holiday.
by sizbut
18 Aug 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternative to BB7 disc brakes - hydraulics perhaps.
Replies: 28
Views: 1107

Re: Alternative to BB7 disc brakes - hydraulics perhaps.

I had BB7s and much the same. Once well adjusted you knew they would need re-adjusting after a couple of rides. Have TRP Spyre - much the same braking force as BB7s, but once well adjusted, stay that way for the life of the pads. Great. Still squeals like mad when first engaged in the wet but thats ...