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by sir_lozz
24 Mar 2010, 8:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Man cycles the Americas
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Man cycles the Americas

Good morning all,

Did anyone watch the programme last night on the BBC about the man who cycled across the Americas. It was part 1 of 3 I believe and he travelled from ALaska to the Rockys. It looked a great adventure with bears and forest fires to contend with and a serious lack of water. (not what you want in a forest fire :D )

I thought it was an interesting watch - I did miss the start though am not sure why he is doing it.

For anyone who is interested it is available on iplayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... h_America/
by sir_lozz
22 Mar 2010, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FLYING WITH BIKES
Replies: 19
Views: 4757

Re: FLYING WITH BIKES

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I've always been put off by Flybe because their conditions state that the front wheel must be removed:

http://www.flybe.com/flightInfo/baggage.htm

"Bicycles
Bicycles must be prepared as follows: Handlebars must be turned and locked in line with the frame, pedals must be removed or turned inwards, the front wheel must be removed and securely attached to the frame and the tyres must be fully deflated. The bicycle should then be bagged or boxed."


I remeber this and discussed it at the airport. i think the reason that they ask for this is so that the handlebars are guarenteed to be turned inwards with the front wheel removed.

to be fair there were about 22 people on the plane in total so I do not think space was a concern!
by sir_lozz
19 Mar 2010, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how do you remove look pedals?!?
Replies: 14
Views: 1404

Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

they are off!

thank you all for your advice. In the end copious amounts of WD40 and tap tap tap tapping with the hammer made it budge.

SPD shoes are immensly more comfortable when out and about than road bike cleats

thanks all
by sir_lozz
19 Mar 2010, 10:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FLYING WITH BIKES
Replies: 19
Views: 4757

Re: FLYING WITH BIKES

I took mine on flybe and it was excellent.

the flight was booked last minute (the day before at the airport) we then went and found 2 huge plastic sheets and some carboard boxes, purchased some gaffer tape from carrfour and bodged a "bike carrier" together.

no issues at all, we watched the bikes go on last and come off 1st and were waiting for us at Southampton airport after collecting our luggage.

Cannot speak highly enough of the whole experience - stress free and cheap!
by sir_lozz
18 Mar 2010, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how do you remove look pedals?!?
Replies: 14
Views: 1404

Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

all good suggestions thank you

I resorted to putting on my fingerless cycling gloves and one has come off but the other is stuck fast :?

I am hoping the generous amounts of WD40 and bike lying on its side overnight will make it possible in the morning.

AS for removign a few times a year - this is the 1st time they have been taken off in about 2 years :oops: lesson learnt the hard way!
by sir_lozz
18 Mar 2010, 2:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how do you remove look pedals?!?
Replies: 14
Views: 1404

how do you remove look pedals?!?

I have moved from road bike cleats to SPDs.......... at least I was until I attempted to remove the "look" pedals.
As far as i can see you put in the alan key and turn with all your might but they will not budge! there is no nice flat bit to get a spanner onto as per the new shimano SPDs

this is getting rather frustrating! :oops:

Has anyone had any experience of this in the past?
by sir_lozz
15 Mar 2010, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what should be done and when?
Replies: 6
Views: 475

what should be done and when?

Good afternoon all,

I am after your advice please - I have had my bike for about 18 months now and done about 2500 miles.

I know that I need to replace the tyres as they are seriously thin and bald in some places - however I was wondering what sort of maintenance/replacement should be done and when?

My current method of reactively replacing things when they are too warn to be of any use is asking to break down in the middle of no-where!

I religiously follow the Haynes guide and replace bits and bobs on the car but for some reason not the bike, has anyone got a handy rough guide?

Cheers,

Laurence
by sir_lozz
25 Feb 2009, 9:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: routes to gibraltar from paris
Replies: 2
Views: 298

when cycling through france pick up the river vienne trail (from Paris aim just south of Tours). I did this when i did my top to bottom, its so easy to cycle along, tarmac the majority of the way and flat as a pancake. Add into that the stunning views, lovely towns and ample campsites and you should be well away.
by sir_lozz
25 Feb 2009, 9:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best way to get oil and crud out of a carpet?
Replies: 25
Views: 2134

i had the same problem at uni. I picked up one of those see through plastic sheets that are used in hall ways, you can then just sweep up the rubbish.
by sir_lozz
27 Aug 2008, 5:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What motivates you to get out on ya bike?
Replies: 39
Views: 3009

And how do you like underwater cycling then? - now that you've obviously tried it.[/quote]

i went to France for the majority of it!
by sir_lozz
27 Aug 2008, 4:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: dieppe to Bergerac
Replies: 3
Views: 699

whats the best place to map out our route? i began to do it on google maps and then saved it and the majority had dissapeared somewhere!

we did travel on through some great places and along great routes, a 70 mile route down the river Vienne was a particularly great route
by sir_lozz
26 Aug 2008, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Another caption competition
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

"yes, i did only come to get away from cherie"
by sir_lozz
26 Aug 2008, 10:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What motivates you to get out on ya bike?
Replies: 39
Views: 3009

Eastenders followed by another soap. amazing how far you can go in an hour when that tosh is on the box!

I love to ride to work. I don't find that it is a hassle or a huge effort, more a special part of the day that i get to myself to think about things and enjoy the views, nature and the changing scenery. (also makes a hangover handily disappear!!) Hard to put into words but i really do enjoy the half hour or so journey to and from work.

i keep a log of all my rides and love to record all the distances that i have done. i then look back on this and feel an immense sense of satisfaction at the miles covered. This August has been my first 1000mile month, what a feeling.
by sir_lozz
26 Aug 2008, 9:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: dieppe to Bergerac
Replies: 3
Views: 699

dieppe to Bergerac

Bit of a random one, just come back from a 2 week 600miler (proabably about 300 miles if you go straight!) in France from Dieppe to Bergerac (it's amazing where you end up when you plan nothing!). Had a fantastic time in a leaky tent and at least 3 boulangeries a day! If anyone wants any help/info (routes, campsites, hillls to avoid!) i will be happy to oblige.

We took the bikes on Transmanche (now LD lines) on the way there and flew back with a reasonably priced FlyBe flight, both of which were excellent and very helpful.

We covered anything from 35-70 miles a day with all our stuff, mainly doing long days to get south in search of the sunshine!
by sir_lozz
26 Aug 2008, 8:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good bike shop in or near Hampshire
Replies: 13
Views: 1224

cycle world in romsey is good, also has shops in southampton and pompey and a decent website