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by willp01908
4 Dec 2019, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "PAUL'S" thumbies / "KELLY" take-offs for skinflints
Replies: 258
Views: 57190

Re: "PAUL'S" thumbies / "KELLY" take-offs for skinflints

This was my solution to getting a flat bar shifter to work on my drop bar hack bike. Basically chopped up an old stem to make a bracket and mounted the shifter using the screw that held it to it``s original one. Had to file a notch for the brake cable and the gear cable only just clears the stem cla...
by willp01908
28 Nov 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spinup front 'spoke' dynamo arrives....but?
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Spinup front 'spoke' dynamo arrives....but?

calls the dynamo a "lichtmaschine" rather than the "nabendynamo" that I'm used to. It's documented in TA 24 rather than StVZO itself. As I understand it, StVZO just requires compliance with either the TA or alternative DIN standards, Have only come across the term "lichtmas...
by willp01908
28 Nov 2019, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spinup front 'spoke' dynamo arrives....but?
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Spinup front 'spoke' dynamo arrives....but?

StVZO or "Straßenverkehrs-Zulassungs-Ordnung" are similar to what we would call our "construction and use" regulations. Basically and literally "what is permissible in road traffic" German bike lighting rules are contained within these as together with rules for every o...
by willp01908
19 Nov 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!
Replies: 23
Views: 826

Re: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!

Havn`t got a dishwasher but find VWM cleaner / steriliser usually sold for homebrewing to be pretty good. On tour is a bit more of an issue though - good wash out (give them a good shake with some detergent and a bit beach gravel or similar) and resist the temptation to put anything other than water...
by willp01908
13 Nov 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another 1x road bike... this time by B'Twin
Replies: 28
Views: 2882

Re: Yet another 1x road bike... this time by B'Twin

1x7 gears will work if you don't have hills to contend with. Why buy gears you don't need? Works well enough for me - my current commuter / winter hack runs a 7sp 12/32 with a 36t chainring on a similar cheapo frame. Gives me an usable range for the slow speed, stop start, short steep up and down c...
by willp01908
6 Nov 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 33
Views: 1174

Re: Cycle space on trains

Just looked again and seen the large blue wheelchair sign over the seats on the left as you suggested was the case. doh!
by willp01908
6 Nov 2019, 3:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 33
Views: 1174

Re: Cycle space on trains

Which route was it and may I share the picture under Creative Commons Zero or Attribution licensing, please? It was a train from Milton Keynes to Clapham Junction - for onward travel to Newhaven. I think it was a Southern Trains service though IIRC the same setup is used on London Midland trains in...
by willp01908
6 Nov 2019, 10:14am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 33
Views: 1174

Re: Cycle space on trains

Came across the hanging spaces for the first time on an intercity out of Paris this year and as the article suggests, there was no way Mrs wjp was going to be able to lift her bike onto it - even stripped of luggage. A least we had a reserved pair of hooks and a seat right next to them Generally OK ...
by willp01908
2 Nov 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 201
Views: 8739

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

I`m a recent convert to the hub dynamo after using batteries for many years and it`s night and day in terms of convenience and I`d suggest safety. (I use lights a lot more now I`m not worried about draining them down) I had bottle dynamos as a younger man and they were truly awful - for the many rea...
by willp01908
1 Nov 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Favourite railway cycle routes
Replies: 23
Views: 2071

Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Brampton Valley Way. Part of Sustrans r6. 22 miles from Market Harborough to Northampton. Two long unlit tunnels, and only two road crossings. One little ford. The scenery isn't spectacular, but it's a glorious ride. Plenty of seats to sit and reflect. Love this route and have fond memories of my f...
by willp01908
30 Oct 2019, 11:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How did I bend my wheel in half!
Replies: 33
Views: 1818

o bend my wheel in half!

And at these levels of force on a corner, then you tend not to stay on three wheels. So it tends to be self correcting ........... Like it - not ridden a trike since I was about 5 and never at any extremes. Do catch myself distractedly lusting after a tadpole `bent on occasion..... does that count?
by willp01908
28 Oct 2019, 3:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Small Toolkit for Touring
Replies: 36
Views: 1625

Re: Small Toolkit for Touring

Pretty much what you you`ve got on your list but with the addition of: A few cable ties of different sizes Hook made of an old spoke for holding a loop of chain while splitting or fitting a quicklink. It`s a bit of a 3 handed job otherwise... Fiberfix emergency spoke. (never used in anger, but I`m q...
by willp01908
27 Oct 2019, 4:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How did I bend my wheel in half!
Replies: 33
Views: 1818

Re: How did I bend my wheel in half!

Several of those soapboxes had wheels fold up on them during the run and it surprised me to see that it didn't take much to do it. I`d seen that too and thought to myself that spoked wheels are actually quite weak given a sideways load as they would be when cornering one of those soapboxes. On a bi...
by willp01908
25 Oct 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bristol to Bordeaux
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: Bristol to Bordeaux

There is a fairly new route that goes from the Normandy coast to nearly Bordeaux. It's called Velo Francette. Search online and you will find it Did this in September - Velo Francette to La Rochelle and down the coast to Bordeaux. Ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham drops you literally right on it....
by willp01908
21 Oct 2019, 10:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 52
Views: 2435

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

The advantage of camping is not only in day to day flexibility, but also in that you don't have to plan in detail and book several months in advance This is the whole crux of the issue for me. Being able to change plans on a whim or on hearing a dodgy weather forecast, exploring that trail you`d ne...