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by hamster
15 Feb 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lynskey vaile
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Lynskey vaile

Two faults with that frame as a tourer,the disc tabs/fittings are on the chainstay making rack fittings awkward,and it's only rated for a maximum tyre width of 30mm,those are significant drawbacks IMO,and at £570 I'd want forks to match though obviously not Ti . TBH I've never understood the attrac...
by hamster
14 Feb 2019, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shiny bikes & their advocates
Replies: 47
Views: 2218

Re: Shiny bikes & their advocates

I find my hours still always have 60 minutes in them whatever I'm riding. :wink: Bicycle Rolling Resistance gives a 5-6W difference, is that really enough to make minutes difference to an otherwise identical setup? Mine is based on multiple times with the bike on GP4000s and GP4Seasons over the sam...
by hamster
13 Feb 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Freehub replacement dilemma
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: Shimano Freehub replacement dilemma

Usually the differences appear to be in the dust seal design and diameters.
I'd be tempted to buy a Deore MTB hub and cannibalise it for the cones, dust seals and freehub. That way everything fits and you can service the bearings while you are at it.
by hamster
13 Feb 2019, 8:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shiny bikes & their advocates
Replies: 47
Views: 2218

Re: Shiny bikes & their advocates

True, but as a set of GP5000s adds £80-90 to the price of the bike it's quite a big step.

That should be a seperate article - cheapest speed upgrades! I reckon GP4000s are 1-2 minutes per hour faster than GP4Seasons on the same bike. However they are fragile summer-only tyres where I live.
by hamster
12 Feb 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 31
Views: 627

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

radek wrote:Hopefully fuel will act as a midge repellant.


It won't.

I remember a particularly ghastly breakfast on the east coast of S.Uist (near Ben Corradale) where we ate walking in circles, and still ended up a solid mass of swelling, there were so many bites. DEET or Citronella is the only remedy.
by hamster
12 Feb 2019, 2:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 31
Views: 627

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

I don't have a paraffin stove is the simplest answer! I have a Coleman with paraffin jet option, but I've never bothered. In my experience it's a bit sticky and smelly like diesel. Travelling in SE Asia then certainly paraffin is ubiquitous as a domestic fuel for cooking, lighting, outboards etc. As...
by hamster
12 Feb 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK
Replies: 31
Views: 627

Re: Buying petrol for multifuel stove in UK

PDQ Mobile wrote:Aspen is very expensive and won't normally be available in small Highland shops, though bigger climbing centres like Fort William will have it.


It's more expensive than 92 Octane unleaded but way cheaper than Coleman fuel.
You can usually buy it from lawnmower centres.
by hamster
10 Feb 2019, 1:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 1966

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Cycling with my kids (now teenagers) then bread & nutella wins every time.
Any other dense stuff like cake (madeleines are great) works well, I always take a few Veloforte bars on tour.
by hamster
7 Feb 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Galaxy Steel Frame repair advice please
Replies: 31
Views: 2421

Re: Galaxy Steel Frame repair advice please

If you are in Portsmouth then you have Demon Frameworks and Rotrax nearby, both in Southampton.
by hamster
7 Feb 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fly be bicycle carriage
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: Fly be bicycle carriage

It's usually an issue only on the Dash 8 Q400 turboprop. However they are typically also used heavily on their business routes (e.g Southampton-Amsterdam) where even a full plane has little baggage. I think Flybe are cautious about what they promise - midweek flights away from holidays are most prob...
by hamster
1 Feb 2019, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming

Needs to be 3-4mm gap between the top of the tooth adn the bottom of the cage.
by hamster
31 Jan 2019, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: ALPKIT for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 1858

Re: ALPKIT for touring

Thoroughly delighted with the down Alpkit jacket I bought a decade ago - still in daily use in the winter.
by hamster
31 Jan 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consumer Rights / Customer Service
Replies: 31
Views: 3086

Re: Consumer Rights / Customer Service

You are right, it's the Sale of Goods Act. Your contract is with the retailer, theirs (upstream) is with the importer etc.
by hamster
31 Jan 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6218

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

There's no single right answer. Key questions:
How far?
How hilly?
Busy or quiet roads?
Ride in clothes you wear all day, or shower and change?
How much stuff do you need to take?

Answering these questions will help narrow down candidates.