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by hamster
17 Feb 2020, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads

You probably tweaked the lever a little when moving the bike with the wheel out. The pads then auto-adjusted a little closer towards the disc. Typically you have to push the pads back out then re-apply the brake to reset it - but look at the instructions for your brake model. The permanent fix it to...
by hamster
17 Feb 2020, 9:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Woodtourer's next Euro Tour
Replies: 29
Views: 975

Re: National Express booked!!!

Just be careful. The rules were changed so that bikes are at the drivers discretion. In other words they can be refused. I was on a bus to Heathrow last year and a student with a bike started to argue with the driver about his bike. He raised his voice and started to swear. The driver was quite wit...
by hamster
14 Feb 2020, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: However to tell if an XT shifter is 9 or 10 speed
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: However to tell if an XT shifter is 9 or 10 speed

You can also count the clicks!

8 clicks = 9 speed, 9 clicks = 10 speed!
by hamster
14 Feb 2020, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety Standards Post Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 1289

Re: Safety Standards Post Brexit

I doubt that there is the time and energy to write tighter standards for the UK. Look at the decades of inaction on lighting for example.
Manufacturers will follow CE first, as it's simply a bigger market.
by hamster
12 Feb 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: pressurised fuel bottle question
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: pressurised fuel bottle question

Agree. The pressurised ones usually have a recessed bottom (like a wine bottle) while the non-pressure sort have a flat base. The thread seems universal.
by hamster
12 Feb 2020, 9:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flying.. why? why not?
Replies: 55
Views: 1353

Re: Flying.. why? why not?

My Insignia 2.0 Diesel does sub 30mpg just nipping to work etc.I doubt it would do much more than 35mpg on a run.It might Squeeze 40mpg on a run if I tickled it and drove at 60mph. That's incredibly poor. My 2013 C220 CDi Mercedes estate does 58mpg on a motorway (real figures, not paper), long term...
by hamster
12 Feb 2020, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone painted their bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 933

Re: Anyone painted their bikes?

Havin tried rattle can paints in the past, it's very hard to get coverage into the nooks and crannies of the frame. However my biggest disappointment is how soft the paint is - it chips easily and isn't as hard as enamel. When you tot up the cost of the cans and materials then there's little cost sa...
by hamster
11 Feb 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ti Build started...
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: Ti Build started...

I used brown and brown on my Litespeed; love it whispers quality rather than shouts. Different strokes for different folks, clearly! 8) But it is one of the early ones with yellow lettering.
by hamster
11 Feb 2020, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone painted their bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 933

Re: Anyone painted their bikes?

Several MTBs at my local powder coater - great durable job for around £70. I wouldn;t use them for a lugged frame as the crispness would be lost.

Previously my tourer by Chas May with a wet coat - still looking nice 18 years later.
by hamster
11 Feb 2020, 10:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

I've ridden the whole route in the Cotentin Peninsula - the eastern St Vaast side is fine. However it does wander around excessively and the roads are empty, so it's often a bit pointless. The bit on the old railway line from Briquebec will be hard going if it's been wet: a few years ago I rolled st...
by hamster
7 Feb 2020, 9:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 1990s Dawes Horizon/Galaxy- Reynolds 531 or 501?
Replies: 35
Views: 9749

Re: 1990s Dawes Horizon/Galaxy- Reynolds 531 or 501?

Dawes also seem to have swapped tubesets round. I used to own two identical Dawes tandems, one had a 531 transfer, the other 501. I'm with PWA: does it do the job you want it to, and do it well? If so, enjoy and forget it. My well-loved and well-travelled tourer uses a very ordinary butted tange low...
by hamster
7 Feb 2020, 8:16am
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: SOLD Continental Race King tyres, 26x2.2
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Continental Race King folding tyres, 26x2.2

I'll take them if you will post. Should be £3 postage I think (posted some tyres last week!)
PM sent.
by hamster
6 Feb 2020, 2:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Holland
Replies: 16
Views: 544

Re: Touring Holland

If you Rinko your bike you can avoid paying the bike transport charges...provided your frame is smallish.
by hamster
6 Feb 2020, 1:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Holland
Replies: 16
Views: 544

Re: Touring Holland

Note that Eurostar is now about to offer a direct service to Amsterdam, both ways. It can be as cheap as £25 each way if you book early.

The OP seems to want quick and cheap. It's usually quick OR cheap.
by hamster
6 Feb 2020, 10:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sportives before my sportive?
Replies: 32
Views: 1058

Re: sportives before my sportive?

A neat rule of thumb that seems to work is that you need to do the same mileage weekly as your target for a single day. So if you are doing 40-milers at the weekend, you need to back that up with another 60-ish over the week in shorter rides.