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by hamster
23 Jan 2020, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear compatability - mix and match
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Gear compatability - mix and match

GB Cycles seem to be carrying stocks of G-springs and carriers these days. Campag never seemed to have stability with retailers; SigmaSport used to be my go-to, but now they don't seem to carry them.
by hamster
23 Jan 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear compatability - mix and match
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Gear compatability - mix and match

Campag groupsets with the second-generation Ergos (round top) tend to go hold value because they are reliable and repairable. Ergos are typically £60-70, rear mechs £40-60. I wouldn't say that's much different to Shimano for 105 upwards. Look for Centaur, Chorus or Record and you won't go far wrong....
by hamster
23 Jan 2020, 8:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow or Gatwick?
Replies: 13
Views: 329

Re: Heathrow or Gatwick?

Can you even take a bike on a National Express bus? I would have thought the obvious thing would be fly into Gatwick then hop on a train. If you landed at Heathrow you'd probably have to go in to London then back out again, or link together some bizarre series of connections to battle south. I gues...
by hamster
22 Jan 2020, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur adjustment
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Front derailleur adjustment

It doesn't release for top gear, it has to pull! Often the front mechs tend to seize up losing the last bit of movement, alternatively the limit screw gets some muck below it so effectively preventing mech movement. Finally, the last thing to check its that the shifter isn't mis-synched and doing th...
by hamster
21 Jan 2020, 6:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 999

Re: Devon C2C options

Ah, the P&R I am thinking of is Coypool, by the Plym Valley Railway.
by hamster
21 Jan 2020, 5:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 959

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

@mjr you make me laugh. On the one hand you come out in support of rear racks as you 'don't see why a design flaw (or user error but I'm being kind) in one boot rack should disqualify the whole concept' yet in the same breath use exactly that same argument to dismiss roof top mounting! :lol: Let's f...
by hamster
21 Jan 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 959

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

The rear cycle racks can be fitted well and securely on some cars but not others and it’s a matter of chance whether you have the right vehicle and the ability to do the job properly. I’m not being derogatory of people’s capability but some of these things are a fight to get them unfolded, set to t...
by hamster
21 Jan 2020, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Devon C2C options
Replies: 33
Views: 999

Re: Devon C2C options

For parking there is the Park and Ride at Plymouth plus the ferry terminal. The P&R is right on the route.
by hamster
21 Jan 2020, 8:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 959

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

I hate boot racks and would never use another after one nearly fell off. I am sure that there are better examples than the one I had, but you cannot escape the need to provide supplementary lights and numberplate on most cars. I use a San Remo rack on the roof (it fits the fork with the front wheel ...
by hamster
20 Jan 2020, 10:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: WW1 cycling route?

Have a look here - a friend of mine worked on it:
https://www.thewesternfrontway.com/

Doable on a bike although it's promoted for walking (largely because there is so much to take in!)
by hamster
5 Jan 2020, 12:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route

You should be able to get at least 5-10GB of data for £10 with free texts...plenty of choice.
by hamster
3 Jan 2020, 5:42pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: What's your opinion of the Sustran Route

Forget about your US phone provider, they are an outright rip-off.
Buy a pay-as-you go SIM over here and enjoy our mobile charges which are around 1/3 of US prices. You can get mobile SIMs in supermarkets.
by hamster
3 Jan 2020, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?
Replies: 12
Views: 543

Re: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?

I had a similar issue on my Witcomb, although only for the derailleur cable stop on the chainstay. I used a cable end with the little pipe, which serves well to orientate things. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shimano-sis-sp41-outer-gear-casing-cap/rp-prod131112 I didn't have the same issue wit...
by hamster
1 Jan 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just how effective really is PlusGas?
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: Just how effective really is PlusGas?

This has got me thinking. I have about 2 gallons of ATF in various containers. Left over from 20 years of Land Rover owning. What else could it be good for? Bike maintenance-wise I guess? Assuming you mean Automatic Transmission Fluid (not Aircraft Turbine Fuel, also known as Jet-A1) then I imagine...
by hamster
28 Dec 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Year Honours
Replies: 30
Views: 757

Re: New Year Honours

You do unpaid work for charity .....................because you can afford to and are bored. And there I was thinking I spent my spare time doing charity work because I saw things that were wrong and needed righting. I'd better quit the homelessness fundraising work and go back to the pub. I think ...