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by zenzinnia
4 Oct 2010, 9:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Where do put the tent when touring?
Replies: 27
Views: 3059

Re: Where do put the tent when touring?

I used to wrap my tent in a large oilskin coat that I wore off the bike, along with a groundsheet and then tie it to the rack top. Now I use a Carradice roll top stuff sack and a few other things go in it along with the tent (usually by Thermarest chair thing, groundsheet and wet stuff). I find this...
by zenzinnia
15 Sep 2010, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture kit advice please?
Replies: 21
Views: 1653

Re: Puncture kit advice please?

I carry a tube but also a pack of Park instant patches just in case. They seem to work really well and i've got tubes that have had years of use after using a Park patch. I'm always on the look out for good nylon levers as I'm forever breaking and loosing them.
by zenzinnia
15 Sep 2010, 12:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shoulder check ---> Overtake?
Replies: 30
Views: 1939

Re: Shoulder check ---> Overtake?

On my predominantly rural commute, I quite often find myself being followed patiently by a car driver where it isn't safe to overtake. I look over my shoulder to see how far away they are, if they're pulling a trailer, if there are any other cars etc. And then . . . instantly . . . they overtake! I...
by zenzinnia
5 Sep 2010, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which piece of cycling equipment had the greatest impact for
Replies: 61
Views: 3666

Re: Which piece of cycling equipment had the greatest impact for

The single item that made the most impact on my enjoyment of cycling was a track pump with pressure gauge. Until receiving this present I had loads of punctures, found it hard to ride fast or long and hated every bump inthe road - all because I wasn't pumped up to a good pressure. As soon as I pumpe...
by zenzinnia
5 Sep 2010, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Comfortable saddle
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Comfortable saddle

Don't forget a decent set of cycling shorts either. I found these can make a big difference after years of cheap ones I picked up some (still rather well priced) Pro Gel ones and have never looked back. I would recomend the San Marco Rolls saddle. I have one on both my tourer and winter road bike an...
by zenzinnia
12 Oct 2009, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycle computers with altimeter for touring... please help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1655

Re: Cycle computers with altimeter for touring... please help!

I've been using a VDO MC1.0+ for a couple of years and havn't had any problems with it and the battery sems fine so far. I've never gone for wireless - it just dosn't seem worht it really.
by zenzinnia
14 Sep 2009, 2:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Greasing
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Bottom Bracket Greasing

I've just bought a new Shimano UN54 square taper bottom bracket to go with my new Stronglight Impact chainset and was intrigued to find that it came with the drive side taper ready greased but not the non-drive side. I was always of the school that said not to grease the square tapers but have occas...
by zenzinnia
14 Sep 2009, 1:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319
Replies: 17
Views: 15008

Re: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319

CAUTION: Sputniks are a very strong rim however some tyres do not fit to them properly. The Sputnik is suposidly a replacement for the old Alesser Endeavor but is slightly different and tight tyres don't fit to the extent that they form a flatened section that makes the bike bob up and down. Several...
by zenzinnia
14 Sep 2009, 1:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano A530 Pedals – Reflectors Question
Replies: 32
Views: 6396

Re: Shimano A530 Pedals – Reflectors Question

I think pedal reflectors are perhaps the best safety device for night time cycling after the rear light. Nothing else on the road looks even remotely like the up and down motion of pedal reflectors. They say cyclist unlike any other item. Flashing lights are hard to percieve distance and speed from,...
by zenzinnia
14 Sep 2009, 1:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carry Freedom - losing wheels!
Replies: 62
Views: 5680

Re: Carry Freedom - losing wheels!

Some time ago I lost one of the wheels on my CF Y frame in a similar way. The little lock nut had come off and I had to go searching the road for the bearings . Luckily I was just round the corner from my LBS when it happened and they found me a nut to get me home. CF replaced the axel after a few e...
by zenzinnia
6 Sep 2009, 12:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike and panniers security
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: Bike and panniers security

I've not got round to doing it yet but I've often thought that replacing the draw string on my Carradice panniers with one of theose adjustable snmall cable locks that can lock at ny point would be a good way to stop people just rumaging in the bag. it wouldn't stop a determined theif with a knife b...
by zenzinnia
6 Sep 2009, 12:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scary American Journalist!
Replies: 7
Views: 707

Re: Scary American Journalist!

Cakes! Cakes! Where?
by zenzinnia
25 Aug 2009, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why so few touring bikes have prop stands?
Replies: 19
Views: 2700

Re: Why so few touring bikes have prop stands?

I lke the Pletcher one I have on my tourer.It is solid metal and attaches at the joint of the left chain and seat stay. I find it very useful - especially when I have the trailer on. I also like it in campsites where I can unload the bike right where I want to be then also run my washing line betwee...
by zenzinnia
24 Aug 2009, 9:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring Tripod
Replies: 21
Views: 879

Re: Touring Tripod

Thanks for all the replies. I've done the thing with the string and it's fine for some stuff but not macro, same for monopod. At macro level the exposure can be quite long to get the right depth of field. Space isn't a particular problem as long as it goes down to about the length of my packed tent ...
by zenzinnia
22 Aug 2009, 8:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Chainset an Deraillure Capacity Question
Replies: 9
Views: 372

Re: New Chainset an Deraillure Capacity Question

Thanks all. I never knew that the size of the middle ring was dependent on the big. Looks like I'll go for a 50-40-28 or 26.