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by flat tyre
16 Feb 2019, 8:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 498

Re: Pannier recommendation

Thanks for the replies and advice.
by flat tyre
15 Feb 2019, 9:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 498

Re: Pannier recommendation

I don't want a saddle bag as the back of my legs always seem to rub on it, I prefer a pannier.
by flat tyre
15 Feb 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pannier recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 498

Pannier recommendation

I'm looking for a small pannier (15-20L?) for day rides, audaxes, etc to carry a cycling jacket, lock, a sandwich or two, tools etc. Does anyone have a recommendation?
by flat tyre
11 Feb 2019, 9:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?
Replies: 25
Views: 1317

Re: When is everyone getting their summer bikes out?

When it's warm enough for me to wear shorts and the roads are dry, probably a Wednesday afternoon in July.
by flat tyre
29 Jan 2019, 2:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 119
Views: 17796

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

My experience is that the best drivers are HGV drivers, they always seem to wait until it is safe to pass and do so with a wide gap, this was not always the case but seems to have changed in the last 5-10 years. Also, surprisingly, taxi drivers, might overtake a tar too close for my liking for time ...
by flat tyre
29 Jan 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears
Replies: 31
Views: 1752

Re: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears

For a general, weekly or so clean I use white spirit and a toothbrush on the chain, cassette, jokey wheels etc. Every now and then I do a major strip down and clean, i.e remove the chain, chain wheels, cassette. For this I soak everything in water with WUL liquid for 24 hours, then I find the muck c...
by flat tyre
27 Jan 2019, 10:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Computers
Replies: 26
Views: 1229

Re: Computers

I just replaced my old iPad with a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. About 1/2 the price of a new iPad. The Tab A has an expandable memory by means of a SD card slot and seems to just about everything else that the iPad did at about twice the speed. If i need to share files I can plug the Tab into the PC and it...
by flat tyre
19 Jan 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?
Replies: 29
Views: 837

Re: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?

Moving the handlebar angle could create more problems than you are trying to solve. It's best to set the handle bar angle at the same time as fixing the position of the shifters and before you have attached cables, bar tape etc. That way you can ensure that you can reach the brake and shifter levers...
by flat tyre
19 Jan 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Tyre repairs

Thanks for comments. I did try using superglue but it seems have fallen out after a short while.
by flat tyre
17 Jan 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Tyre repairs

I fitted a new set of Schwalbe Durano Pluses three months ago. They've now done about 1500 miles and only one puncture so far which is pretty good going around the mud, flints and thorns of Hampshire in the winter. The tyres do however have several cuts 1-2 mm long and in one case the blue protectiv...
by flat tyre
13 Jan 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Had my first puncture today
Replies: 41
Views: 1617

Re: Had my first puncture today

It's a good idea to practise taking the wheel and tyre off and putting it all back on again at home, using the tools you carry on your ride. This avoids you having to work out what to do when stopped beside the road, often in less than ideal conditions. Also avoids finding out the hard way that the ...
by flat tyre
12 Jan 2019, 7:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good average speed to aim for??
Replies: 31
Views: 1285

Re: A good average speed to aim for??

How long is a piece of string. I'm not too bothered about my own average speed, but when I go out on my own I tend to set myself some challenges, eg no of feet climbed in the ride, overall distance or getting back home by a certain time.
by flat tyre
28 Dec 2018, 9:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Potholes again
Replies: 25
Views: 869

Re: Potholes again

It's more than just repairing potholes properly. I was out on a 45 mile ride this morning and what I noticed was that in several places there were obvious signs of blocked rainwater drains, where water was flowing across the road, add to this heavy vehicles, the occasional deluge and a bit of ice an...
by flat tyre
25 Dec 2018, 10:49am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: How things have changed!
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: How things have changed!

Still a long way to go in some areas - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46524148
by flat tyre
24 Dec 2018, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!
Replies: 26
Views: 1151

Re: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!

I used tubeless on my road bikes for about 18 months. The technology worked ok in that puncture related stops decreased significantly, but the tyres don't last very long on wet and muddy Hampshire lanes (less than 1500 miles). There's also a lot of faffing about required at home to make repairs to t...