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by jackt
21 Aug 2020, 3:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ancient lanes and old main roads
Replies: 79
Views: 4495

Re: Ancient lanes and old main roads

This website is a good resource for discovering old ways, with a focus on drove roads and saltways:

http://www.localdroveroads.co.uk/
by jackt
27 Nov 2018, 3:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: USB power pack that *recharges itself* quickly?
Replies: 35
Views: 3743

USB power pack that *recharges itself* quickly?

Does anyone know of a USB power pack that recharges itself from a mains socket particularly quickly? Most 'fast charging' features relate to the speed with which a device is charged by the power pack, not the speed at which the power pack can recharge. My typical usage for a USB power pack while cyc...
by jackt
15 Jun 2016, 12:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retrofitting panniers with new fastening kit
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Re: Retrofitting panniers with new fastening kit

Thanks for the tips, much appreciated.
by jackt
14 Jun 2016, 2:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retrofitting panniers with new fastening kit
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Retrofitting panniers with new fastening kit

I have a couple of sets of perfectly good panniers (one the classic green cordura Karrimor, the other by Agu - pic attached). However, the fastening kit is pretty bad on both, either through (mis)use, poor design, age, or a combination of all three. I am looking to retrofit the panniers with some go...
by jackt
30 Oct 2014, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Narrow forks with canti brakes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Narrow forks with canti brakes?

Sorry for the delay (frame was in for repair and repaint)... distance between the brake bosses (centre to centre) is 72.5mm. Which I guess is less than the standard 80mm, but not as narrow as some.
by jackt
22 Sep 2014, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Narrow forks with canti brakes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Narrow forks with canti brakes?

thanks both - very helpful
by jackt
22 Sep 2014, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Narrow forks with canti brakes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Narrow forks with canti brakes?

I'm looking for some advice. I've a Roberts light tourer with quite a narrow fork crown, and canti brakes. The fork is so narrow that the long canti brake shoes/pads don't fit in the space between the fork crown and the wheel rim, so thus far I've been fitting shorter caliper style pads, which is no...
by jackt
13 Aug 2013, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gearing ratios
Replies: 7
Views: 4107

Re: Gearing ratios

thanks - very helpful
by jackt
13 Aug 2013, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?
Replies: 32
Views: 10380

Re: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?

In the current issue of Cycle is an article about Isla Rowntree's (of Isla Bikes) rough stuff tourer. Alfine 11 with 32T/23 for low gears. Seems to violate the Shimano 'recommendation' but Isla is an accomplished designer, racer and presumably knows her stuff technically. Can anyone shed any light o...
by jackt
13 Aug 2013, 1:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gearing ratios
Replies: 7
Views: 4107

Re: Gearing ratios

According to Shimano, the recommended ratio of chainring to sprocket size for the Alfine 11 is 1.9:1. This has something to do with the torque that the hub can cope with. It seems that Isla Rowntree's set up with 32T/23 does violate this 'recommendation', at a ratio of 1.39. Following Shimano's reco...
by jackt
27 Jul 2012, 1:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New cycling/cycle touring eMagazine
Replies: 8
Views: 4934

Re: New cycling/cycle touring eMagazine

Si, as a CTC member since... well at least the early 1990s, and co-editor of the Bicycle Reader, I'm grateful for the leeway on the forum. One of the intentions of the Reader is to be a place where the kind of quality writing that used to feature in the old CTC Gazette can find a modern home. I'm su...
by jackt
3 Dec 2009, 2:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...of any good cycling podcasts?
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: ...of any good cycling podcasts?

To be described on the CTC Forum as 'a proper tourer' is a wonderful thing and something that I'll treasure for some time to come, @caldini. Thanks for all the mentions - it's just great to hear that people are appreciating the show and that there are potential listeners out there who don't know abo...
by jackt
5 Sep 2008, 12:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: delayed leg pain after a long tour
Replies: 6
Views: 666

of course going to the GP would be the wisest move... but then again, hot baths and ibuprofen seem to have done the trick. A full seven days after the end of the ride I'm still feeling some pain and it gets very bad if I do too much (walking more than 500m quickly or riding quickly). But now it feel...
by jackt
3 Sep 2008, 11:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: delayed leg pain after a long tour
Replies: 6
Views: 666

DOMS

Thanks for the reply. I think I'm fairly familar with DOMS. I get it after a hard run, especially if I've not been running much. Also sometimes after playing football. Tends to be worst two days after the exercise. But this is a bit different - and much more painful! Much more of a delayed onset and...
by jackt
3 Sep 2008, 4:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: delayed leg pain after a long tour
Replies: 6
Views: 666

delayed leg pain after a long tour

Recently back from a longish cycle camping tour (the Raid Pyreneean Touriste version plus about 600km in southern & central France). I felt absolutely fine throughout the tour, with days ranging from 80km and lots of climbing to 160km on the flat, fully loaded touring bike. At the end of the tou...