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by willp01908
9 Feb 2021, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Must have basic tools
Replies: 45
Views: 1560

Re: Must have basic tools

Just starting out? A camera/phone. Take pics of how everything goes back together.

Also great for posting "what have I done here?" pics on any of the various helpful internet forums around.

Mentioned before, but a work stand is a game changer.
by willp01908
30 Jan 2021, 7:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Across France
Replies: 54
Views: 3132

Re: Cycling Across France

On our last big trip - 13 wks in Europe last year - we used a combination of a tablet and a Garmin Edge Explore. Worked very well. I splashed out on a PAYG data sim from Three which gave 24Gb valid for 2 years - this enabled us to plan interesting /attractive days on cycle.travel the evening before ...
by willp01908
26 Dec 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 347
Views: 17425

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

millimole wrote: Stevek76 wrote: (and presumably anyone lucky enough to have an irish etc passport) "], . Nope - wife has Irish parents, has Irish passport, but born in the UK - no EHIC for those in her situation I looked into this myself. The stumbling block is that you have to be living in I...
by willp01908
10 Dec 2020, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: EU VISAs after Brexit
Replies: 347
Views: 17425

Re: EU VISAs after Brexit

Guardian article today: 'UK holidaymakers barred from EU after 1 January under Covid rules": https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/09/uk-holidaymakers-could-be-barred-from-visiting-eu-under-covid-safety-rules Saw this from another source - likely to well and truly scupper my plans to s...
by willp01908
3 Dec 2020, 7:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loading top of rear rack
Replies: 118
Views: 4478

Re: Loading top of rear rack

I prefer to keep the top of my rack free for stuff that I may pick up over the day - food, beers, etc. Like to add a water bag for an extra 5l for hot days too and this is a good spot for it. Mrs willp has the bulky bits of the tent ( though we share the weight! ) which is what`s strapped on top of ...
by willp01908
10 Oct 2020, 8:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo15
Replies: 24
Views: 1173

Re: Eurovelo15

Just got back from riding the Rhine from Constance to Duesseldorf as part of a longer tour and even with the Covid, had very few issues. We were at the opposite end of the "season" from the OP`s intended start time and only had 1 campsite closed. We just pitched up in an area of some trees...
by willp01908
8 Jul 2020, 5:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2682

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

We`re off next week. Booked on DFDS Dover - Dunkirk as cyclists today with no issue. We`re hiring a van to get to the port too rather than our usual option of the train. A one way rental actually only a tenner more than the train fare. This is a trip that we`d originally intended starting back in Ap...
by willp01908
30 Apr 2020, 7:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke plucking, poor fingers
Replies: 10
Views: 564

Re: Spoke plucking, poor fingers

Secrets? Soak hands in some odd mixture to toughen them? Put something on your hands which allows you to continue plucking without dulling the tone response? Pluck using some sort of handheld instrument (plectrum?) Which doesn't damage the tone? As a fingerstyle (I use my fingertips not my nails) g...
by willp01908
30 Apr 2020, 7:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle Adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 419

Re: Saddle Adjustment

When setting, you need to open the clamp a bit more than required to simply move the saddle. You need to get the serrations mentioned by peetee to "step over" to the next increment. If you don`t do this, it will just settle into it`s original spot when clamped down.
by willp01908
22 Apr 2020, 2:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coronavirus cafes
Replies: 99
Views: 5773

Re: Coronavirus cafes

Elevenses break on a grassy verge. Great to see so many other cyclists around lately. About halfway round a 30 miler - a distance I`m trying to cycle most days.
by willp01908
8 Apr 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 269
Views: 13198

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Saw this earlier. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2020/04/08/four-in-10-cars-speeding-on-quiet-roads-during-lockdown-in-greater-manchester/ Seems to back up what I have seen - fewer cars but a fair proportion of those that are out, taking liberties. Dunno if they feel even less likely to...
by willp01908
17 Mar 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 269
Views: 13198

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

Seems to be more traffic down my way - given that I personally know people in my street who`ll drive the 300 yds to the supermarket and come back with a bottle of milk, I suspect a lot of it is extra shopping. Seem distracted too. Might slow a bit if (when!) fuel deliveries are affected by sickness ...
by willp01908
13 Mar 2020, 10:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 252
Views: 13111

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

We were planning a year out in Europe, leaving in a few weeks. Original plan was to go France - Spain - up through the Alps - Germany - Scandinavia Nordkapp and back to the UK. We`re now going to spend the first couple of (hopefully not too much longer...) doing a circularish tour of the UK then hop...
by willp01908
8 Mar 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New bike - dent on seat tube?
Replies: 15
Views: 912

Re: New bike - dent on seat tube?

Just had a look on the tredz Meridia page. A brief squint at one of their 1 x models and it seems that it`s by design - F. derailleur mounting I suppose. I imagine a dent wouldn`t look so neatly painted either!
by willp01908
24 Feb 2020, 9:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting tips
Replies: 24
Views: 1346

Re: Commuting tips

While there are clear geographic differences in rainfall volumes across the UK, having spent most of a working life outdoors including some extensive periods commuting by bike it can be surprising just how few days it rains really hard even though over last few weeks it feels like the opposite. 4 m...