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by Cyclewala
18 Jan 2021, 3:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Foam sleeping mats
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Re: Foam sleeping mats

Well, I'm not a young 20 something but neither am I a cranky old codger. Cycle touring and particularly, cycle camping involves a degree of hardship. I'm looking for that in-between ground between absolute luxury and outright hardship. I'm not restricted by budget, but as a Yorkshireman, I want valu...
by Cyclewala
18 Jan 2021, 2:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Foam sleeping mats
Replies: 23
Views: 546

Foam sleeping mats

I'm looking to buy my first proper sleeping mat (preferably foam). I have a basic foam one from Decathlon and it was fine on a warm July night in France, but don't think it'll cut it in cooler climes. I know blow up ones are comfier, but for touring I want reliability and simplicity. My research poi...
by Cyclewala
16 Jan 2021, 10:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Commuting Luggage

Any recommendations? Carradice are made of similar material to the old Karrimors. They also come with a partial plastic backing to reduce rubbing against the rack. Inside, the pannier base is lined with corrugated plastic board to avoid things wearing through. I used a pair for commuting for about ...
by Cyclewala
15 Jan 2021, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre rotation
Replies: 24
Views: 821

Re: Tyre rotation

I have always rotated front-for-rear. I mean always. Never ever had an issue. Wear both tyres out, and replace both. You never know, you may not be able to find a single tyre to match the other. Me too. But it's got to be done early on, don't wait for the rear to get a square profile before moving ...
by Cyclewala
14 Jan 2021, 2:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Commuting Luggage

Carradice used to make a big tall saddle bag that mounted high o a SQR mount. Any idea what it was? No idea what. Gets all my clothes, lunch, odds and sods and a few books in it. Edited. This one. Big enough for some A4 files or a classes worth of marking. They do an SQR Tour and SQR Slim. I think ...
by Cyclewala
14 Jan 2021, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Largest rear panniers made?
Replies: 32
Views: 1135

Re: Largest rear panniers made?

I saw a Deutsche Post bike in Germany that had custom panniers but they were the cargo bike variety and looked like you could run a home removal service with it. They made my 51L Vaude look like seatpost packs. Similar to the Surly Big Dummy bags ? These are at least available on their own, but you...
by Cyclewala
7 Jan 2021, 10:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loading top of rear rack
Replies: 118
Views: 4190

Re: Loading top of rear rack

joule.jpgAnother to horrify the loading police. (aforementioned red ortlieb bag on top with food/coffee making junk) Against the resting place of the bloke the joule was named after. The joule of course being a unit for measuring bike and rider strain. Those panniers don't look happy. They remind o...
by Cyclewala
7 Jan 2021, 10:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Largest rear panniers made?
Replies: 32
Views: 1135

Re: Largest rear panniers made?

The 70l Ortlieb ones are the largest normal panniers I have seen.

I saw a Deutsche Post bike in Germany that had custom panniers but they were the cargo bike variety and looked like you could run a home removal service with it. They made my 51L Vaude look like seatpost packs.
by Cyclewala
3 Jan 2021, 4:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dummy hoods on drop down bar ends
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: dummy hoods on drop down bar ends

I guess there is nothing stopping you.

What do you hope to achieve? Is it for the aesthetics or would you like additional hand positions?

Also, how will it affect your ability to operate brakes and gears if you put your hands on the hood/drops.
by Cyclewala
3 Jan 2021, 4:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 160mm rotors for TRP Spyre question
Replies: 27
Views: 752

Re: 160mm rotors for TRP Spyre question

It's noteworthy that one of the more (most?) expensive cable disc brakes, the Paul Klampers: https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/components/brakes/disc-brakes/i-s-klamper/ have only one moving pad. While price may not always equate to quality, Paul does have a reputation for producing thoughtfully design...
by Cyclewala
2 Jan 2021, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: winter socks
Replies: 44
Views: 1671

Re: winter socks

If you don't want overshoes or winter cycling boots, then socks alone will not cut it. I suggest some builders boots. There are some that look like more robust normal shoes, but these are often wind and waterproof. They're also insulated as builders spend a lot of time outside. I have a pair I use f...
by Cyclewala
2 Jan 2021, 1:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Ireland
Replies: 82
Views: 5487

Re: Touring Ireland

Those of you who have been recently: how did you get you and your bike there? Any tips on logistics? I was in a group of 6. 5 of us caught a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Getting to Holyhead is easy, change trains at Chester. Holyhead train station is next to ferry terminal. Two companies operatin...
by Cyclewala
2 Jan 2021, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 SPD chain..
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: 9 SPD chain..

I use whichever is on offer - last purchase was a handful of Shimano HG53 at c. £6 each - pre covid.

I've used all of the above and found no discerninle difference in quality or durability.

SRAM or KMC can be taken apart via quicklinks for deep cleaning.
by Cyclewala
1 Jan 2021, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Ireland
Replies: 82
Views: 5487

Re: Touring Ireland

Did Ireland last year - Wicklow and Slieve Bloom mountains and some central counties - 8 days. Lovely, lovely part of the world. Only got rained on once for about 15 minutes, but we managed to find refuge in a pub. I ran 40mm tyres and some days the roads were tiring. My overriding memory: the lands...
by Cyclewala
1 Jan 2021, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1705

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

It's true. Certain psychology is needed to use a static bike. For me, it complemented outdoor cycling because it raised my physical threshold enormously.

I could really go into the red, whereas it was difficult finding the right circumstances outside to do the same.