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by rootes
25 Jul 2015, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?
Replies: 28
Views: 6016

Re: Best airline for bike travel - Lufthansa ?

Baggage handling is independent of the airline and depends on the airport, the same firms that load Lufthansa will also load all the other airlines..
by rootes
25 Jul 2015, 12:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair
Replies: 37
Views: 11125

Re: CTC Bike Bag on Ryanair

Here is a tip... only found out as Wiggle unusually failed to deliver when I ordered a CTC bike bag..

Single Mattress cover bag from http://www.safestore.co.uk/ sure the other storage places sell similar and best bit was only £4.49 plus they sell 'fragile' tape..

Few bits of pipe lagging, pedals and rear mech off, front wheel off (my bike is very big so this helps with pack size with wheel on it would be too big to go into the oversize luggage scanner at T2) and then bars turned and tweaked

Pic of bike as arrived in Iceland via Heathrow

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

All fine and no issues at Heathrow or coming back at Keflavik.

Kept the bag with me on tour (rolled up on rack), though binned the lagging and bought more for return trip, fragile take stayed with me on my water bottle.

Repacking not quite so neat on way back, but it is on the pavement outside the departure terminal.

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=1 ... hoto%2cjpg

Another tip, put 2x pannier in one of those tartan laundry bags to make a single bag. Again no issues. Left bottles in cages and sleeping mat bungled to rack.

Also Trangia kettle and d lock/chain lock is fine as hand luggage it seems.


Also make sure they stick the barcode tag on the side of the bag with the gear train as that way it is more likely to be kept that way up.

Si
by rootes
10 Jun 2015, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 21
Views: 10774

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Hiya, any further update re reliability since you had the updated model?

Regards
SI
by rootes
15 Dec 2013, 10:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Dynamo - LED light (UPDATE)
Replies: 13
Views: 7788

Re: Brompton Dynamo - LED light (UPDATE)

This is my setup
http://sitrickett.wordpress.com/2013/12 ... amo-light/

Have the same light with an XT dynamo hub on my tourer.
by rootes
31 Oct 2013, 12:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road bike with mudguards ?
Replies: 52
Views: 6408

Re: Road bike with mudguards ?

Really depends on the brand and model.

Cheaper alloy Treks have eyelets and more critically space for proper SKSs mudguards


On close clearance then Crud Racers 2 can be fitted - these are better imho the raceblades as they have more coverage, still not a patch on proper sks...


Depends what you want the bike for... all round all weather bike that is not too heavy.. perhaps something like a Condor Fratello?

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lots of other steel, carbon and alloy option out there - just depends on what you think you want and what you actually need :D
by rootes
31 Oct 2013, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ....SRAM and Magura compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 4198

Re: ....SRAM and Magura compatibility

MartinC wrote:[quote=rootes]....how about the older proper style of Magura that have been around for years and common on euro trekking bikes? not sure if the piston/hydraulic ratio's are correct................


Yes, those are the calipers I'd like to use and yes, that's the question I'm looking for an answer to.[/quote]

Well in that case issue will be whether seals are compatible with he differing oil types.. you coudl try a silicone brake fluid DOT 5 (note not DOT5.1) (used in some cars) as they is generally compatible wit gycol and mineral seals.

You could also use the Di2 shimano levers R785 (expensive to go di2!!) and magura as they both use mineral oil



That should solve one issue, then you just need to get hold of the caliper and piston diameters and see if it works hydraulically. Magura are good at giving out tech data.


Formula also make a drop bar lever:

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designed to go with discs,and di2 but may be another option...



But overall think this a niche within niche... I think you could stick with cables or go with discs.. just my opinion though
by rootes
31 Oct 2013, 11:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

MartinC wrote:
Why ask the question if no-one can answer it from the information supplied? I obviously can't understand the context from the photo but you seem to be saying that it's safer following CS3 and if you want to go anywhere else then you can't. Which is another real world problem with segregation.


Sorry... :(


You can go elsewhere of course but via other junctions - lost of people leave CS3 here to go into Canary Wharf

if you are interested here is the junction to explore..

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Canary+W ... m&t=h&z=19
by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 4:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

It is possible that TfL should consider developing another route altogether, but I don't, off-hand know where they should put it, or how the investment would compare


CS2 follows the A11, this for many people is the best in terms of access and where it goes... the connectivity is ideal only alternate would be to follow rail lines that run parallel

so the route is good, it is just poorly implemented there are bits that could be changed with very little work.
by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 3:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

MartinC wrote:
rootes wrote:How is this Junction more dangerous?


Bescause (as far as I can see from the photo) if I turn right or left using the blue cycle path I'm in conflict with the traffic of the road I'm joining. If I use the road the traffic lights have removed this conflict. With the traffic as light as in the photo it's not a big deal but I guess it's not always like this.



if you are going left you would not even be on this bit and you turn much earlier and if going right to canary wharf you are already on the road if you are following CS3 east then you use the crossing you are not allowed to turn left or right when using the crossing.
by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 3:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ....SRAM and Magura compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 4198

Re: ....SRAM and Magura compatibility

MartinC wrote:It would if they made them to fit over a 38mm tyre and mudguard! My quest is for hydraulic rim brakes for drop handlebars on a touring bike. The magura cable/hydraulic conversion box is an expensive and clumsy solution, I was wondering if the SRAM hydraulic road levers could be used with calipers that fit fat tyres.


how about the older proper style of Magura that have been around for years and common on euro trekking bikes? not sure if the piston/hydraulic ratio's are correct.. but worth a look?

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but you would need canti/v bosses on you frame

and some redunant levers - but you could sell those on

also SRAM use car type brake fluid (glycol-ether) and magura use mineral oil (shimano/Citroen etc)
by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 2:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

How is this Junction more dangerous?

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by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "The Ultimate Utility Bike for Modern Living"
Replies: 84
Views: 8349

Re: "The Ultimate Utility Bike for Modern Living"

from the original OP list I like this one:

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by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 11:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

To explain this for the 50000th time. Segregation is bad news in towns because you increase the risk of collision at junctions (where most crashes occur) by a factor of between 3 and 10.


But if you also deal with junctions then it works fine - I cycle fast and quite happy on roads etc, but even I use CS3 as it is direct and the junctions on it are no worse in terms of delay than those you have to use on the road/in car etc.
by rootes
25 Oct 2013, 11:08am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

661-Pete wrote:Well, a whole lot of photos (or, to be more accurate, screen grabs from Streetview) make the picture a lot clearer. Evidently there are some excellent CS's alongside the appalling ones. I think we all know which are which!


Yes that was the point I was trying to make - CS2 is crap, CS3 is pretty good.

Perhaps we should go around 'scoring' sections of CS (and other facilities besides, including outside London), on a scale of 1 to 10, and make the results public. After all, that's what's happening to schools - and hospitals.

Any volunteers? And take photos: Streetview is by its very nature out of date.



Was thinking to doing each route and taking camera stills every 10 secs to on each route.
by rootes
24 Oct 2013, 4:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)
Replies: 79
Views: 39115

Re: Cycle Superhighway 2 (campaign discussion)

Richard Mann wrote:Count the number of pedestrians in all those photos of CS3...


no/few bikes, cars, trucks generally google streetview very early in the morning to avoid their cars getting stuck in traffic and have the shots obscured.