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by irc
13 Oct 2018, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 or 36 spokes
Replies: 18
Views: 610

32 or 36 spokes

On a discussion about touring wheels elsewhere some posted the theory that As it is a multiple of 16, 32 spokes may actually be stronger/more durable than 36 I've asked for the theory behind this as I have always thought that all else equal a 36 spoke wheel (700c) would be stronger than a 32 spoke w...
by irc
11 Oct 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End - Taunton Route
Replies: 26
Views: 712

Re: Lands End - Taunton Route

Mick F wrote: You are now about 100miles from LE and where most folk stop for their first night.[/i]


Ha,ha! I'll not be doing 100 miles through Cornwall in one day.

I'll be planning a leisurely start on my 16 day LeJog. But thanks Mick, Honesty, and mjr - I think I know where I'm going now.
by irc
10 Oct 2018, 11:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End - Taunton Route
Replies: 26
Views: 712

Re: Lands End - Taunton Route

I really like the old Tiverton Okehampton Turnpike as an alternative route, rather than the a30 to exeter. From Okehampton head out on the B3215, then head up through Down St Mary, Morchard Bishop (good little cafe in the post office...), Black Dog, Puddington, Pennymoor, Tiverton. Turn onto the B3...
by irc
10 Oct 2018, 10:21am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lands End - Taunton Route
Replies: 26
Views: 712

Lands End - Taunton Route

I'm planning a LEJOG in May/June next year. It's my second, the first one being around 20 years ago. So I'm looking for a moon on a stick Cornwall route. Last time I was navigating using a 1:250'000 map. It wasn't adequate for Cornwall though worked out OK north of Bristol. So this time I'm sticking...
by irc
1 Oct 2018, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Wheels Advice
Replies: 42
Views: 1534

Re: Touring Wheels Advice

Looking to replace a rear wheel. Thinking 36 spokes. What would you recommend for hubs and rims? The wheel would be used for heavy duty touring with panniers. Weight of rider is 100kg. 135mm OLN Thanks in advance. This: https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s176p1187/SPA-CYCLES-Handbuilt-Wheel-Rear-Sputn...
by irc
30 Sep 2018, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Cycle computer that works with cycle.travel and has wifi/bluetooth
Replies: 26
Views: 871

Re: Touring Cycle computer that works with cycle.travel and has wifi/bluetooth

(I'm liking EU roaming- wasn't very good in Italy but excellent in France and Switzerland). If you can get the Three network on your phone they include the USA in the free roaming area. PS Next tour likely to be first section of US variation transam route next May-ish. I've decided to break it up i...
by irc
28 Sep 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark
Replies: 167
Views: 3894

Re: “virtually indistinguishable” in the dark

According the evidence at the inquest/enquiry other drivers who overtook the cyclist before the crash reported he was difficult to see. The court also heard that a number of drivers, heading both ways along the highway, had reported seeing Mr Hall riding on the verge, and said that he had been “diff...
by irc
28 Sep 2018, 7:09pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Warning anecdotal helmet comment!
Replies: 37
Views: 1121

Re: Warning anecdotal helmet comment!

It is perhaps worth considering that if the placebo effect is sufficient for some people to feel safe enough to cycle when wearing a helmet (but not otherwise) then this is arguably a good thing because more cyclists really does lead to better safety for cyclists Or arguably a bad thing if helmet w...
by irc
11 Sep 2018, 3:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help Choosing Charity Ride Tyres Please
Replies: 18
Views: 498

Re: Help Choosing Charity Ride Tyres Please

It depends on your weight. Bigger weight bigger pressures.

I'm 16 stone and I use 60psi front and 70psi back.

Experiment. The tyres should compress slightly when you get on. If you are feeling every tiny ridge on the road they are too hard.
by irc
10 Sep 2018, 4:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 45t capacity rear derailleur - worth the change?
Replies: 32
Views: 751

Re: 45t capacity rear derailleur - worth the change?

Sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. The bike is 9 speed cassette plus 3 chainrings. I'm considering replacing the rear derailleur. The Sora that's on at the moment has a capacity of 43. With my current cassette of 11-34 and front chainrings of 48-38-28, I'm right on that capacity (crankset range of 20 + c...
by irc
9 Sep 2018, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 45t capacity rear derailleur - worth the change?
Replies: 32
Views: 751

Re: 45t capacity rear derailleur - worth the change?

Biggest XT cassette I see is an 11-42. There are 45t rings but that may give too big a jump between gears. Is your bike 11 speed? Ideally if you don't use your highest gears then getting lower gears is best achieved by smaller chainrings. It lowers gearing without increasing the gaps between gears. ...
by irc
6 Sep 2018, 8:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to cycle touring need help
Replies: 19
Views: 670

Re: New to cycle touring need help

I'd think about whether a trailer is needed. The vast majority of tourers use either panniers or frame bags. A trailer is more weight and expense. There are sometimes second hand deals but for new gear Decathlon is worth a look. For example https://www.decathlon.co.uk/trek-900-1p-trekking-tent-id_84...
by irc
5 Sep 2018, 5:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Interfering stranger lecturing my son about bike clothing
Replies: 252
Views: 7268

Re: Interfering stranger lecturing my son about bike clothing

Lecture? Like when I parked my bike at the pub sans helmet and on ordering my pint got a disapproving look from the barman along with a comment of "well, it's your funeral." I couldn't be sure if it was the lack of helmet, having one pint before cycling, or the combination that would kill ...
by irc
5 Sep 2018, 5:22am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Are head injuries something you worry about when cycling?
Replies: 53
Views: 1392

Re: Are head injuries something you worry about when cycling?

For the sake of just putting a helmet on - well, why wouldn't you? How can it hurt? Why is it controversial? No downside? Hot and uncomfortable for me. Not justified by the risks for me. Do you wear one when walking then? More dangerous than cycling on a per mile basis - see road.cc link below. Not...