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by st599_uk
11 Jun 2019, 3:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First aid kit?
Replies: 47
Views: 4797

Re: First aid kit?

On the first aid course at work, the instructor said he'd only ever used a tourniquet on a cycling injury. The person hadn't bothered replacing his bar end plugs, and in a crash he managed to "apple core" his leg and cut the femoral artery. So prevention is certainly better than cure. I ca...
by st599_uk
10 Jun 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on kids bike (Islabikes or Saracen)
Replies: 25
Views: 608

Re: Advice on kids bike (Islabikes or Saracen)

I saw an advert recently where for a fixed lease fee, the kids bike is replaced every time they grow out of one.

Think Chris Hoy may have been in the advert.
by st599_uk
10 Jun 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting back from Paris
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: Getting back from Paris

I presume you are going back to Dieppe? If you stick to ter trains you should be able to get back ok with your bike. Current train times and routes are available on line which can also be accessed with a smartphone. That would probably be cheaper than a one way with eurostar ( and the cost of your ...
by st599_uk
10 Jun 2019, 10:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spade connectors for SON dynohub
Replies: 18
Views: 652

Re: Spade connectors for SON dynohub

back in the far mists of time that connector type was probably 3/16" wide or something; there are also common sizes that correspond very closely with 1/8" and 1/4". What type of connector terminal you buy kind of depends on whether you intend to crimp or solder, and what kinds of too...
by st599_uk
7 Jun 2019, 9:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to ignore the forecast!
Replies: 34
Views: 1306

Re: Time to ignore the forecast!

The BBC use a Swiss firm. (The government forced the BBC to put it out to tender, then expressed outrage that the MetOffice lost). This is the issue. Two sets of offices producing two sets of (different) information. That's how ensemble forecasting works. You create an atmospheric model, tune it fo...
by st599_uk
6 Jun 2019, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommendations for novice 115kg female
Replies: 16
Views: 720

Re: Recommendations for novice 115kg female

I think the Elephant bike has an enclosed Sturmey Archer type hub gear rather than a cassette style gear.

I'm not experienced enough to discuss the relative merits of that system, perhaps someone else could chip in.
by st599_uk
6 Jun 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to ignore the forecast!
Replies: 34
Views: 1306

Re: Time to ignore the forecast!

In the UK we mainly have frontal weather. You start to see clouds high in the sky as the warm front approaches. They build and lower. It rains and there's a wind shift as the front passed then it's overcast and possibly drizzles. The next front approaches, it gets darker and rains, then it passed th...
by st599_uk
6 Jun 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommendations for novice 115kg female
Replies: 16
Views: 720

Re: Recommendations for novice 115kg female

I'd second the elephant bike too. It will also do very well for utility work, and you can get just as much exercise on a trip to the supermarket as anywhere else. cheers If you get something decent like the elephant bike, a lock and a set of cheap Decathlon brand panniers, then you can start to fit...
by st599_uk
5 Jun 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Brittany ...maps advice please, Voies vertes etc

There's an online map shop called Stanfords. They have all the French maps you could need. I think they also have an actual shop you can ring for advice. http://www.stanfords.co.uk They do, near Covent Garden. They also do talks by Authors of various route guides. Went to an entertaining one on cyc...
by st599_uk
4 Jun 2019, 8:29pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 15
Views: 574

Re: Cooking on small gas camp stoves

It's a Vango unit, seems to be either on or off and struggle in the wind. Maybe time for a new one


I'll give the flask idea a go.
by st599_uk
4 Jun 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 559
Views: 63501

Re: Pictures of your tents.

I'm using the OEX Phoxx1 - great for the price, weighs about 1kg and fits nicely in my panniers.

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I'm sure I'll update at some point, but for now, it's fine.
by st599_uk
4 Jun 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 15
Views: 574

Cooking on small gas camp stoves

I finally got out on a camping trip a couple of weeks ago. I've a lot of experience camping (250 + nights as a kid/teenager all over Europe and some bits of Africa), but relatively little of using small gas stoves. I always cooked on an open fire or used a hexy stove to cook bacon/sausages. I tried ...
by st599_uk
3 Jun 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Croggy - a new one on me.
Replies: 80
Views: 5081

Re: Croggy - a new one on me.

A croggy for ride on the crossbar, since I was a little bairn in Tyneside (50s onwards). Probably older than that. A corruption of "crossbar". It didn't refer to a ride on the saddle behind the pedaller; or to a ride on the handelbars. The former was a backy and there was no name I can re...
by st599_uk
30 May 2019, 2:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has anyone measured passing distance?
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Has anyone measured passing distance?

A few weeks back I read something about new laws coming in April this year about close passing cyclists although I have not seen anything since? This set me thinking and inspired me to quickly cobble together a distance sensor to fit to my bike to see just how close cars are passing me although I n...