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by tatanab
20 Oct 2019, 6:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?
Replies: 35
Views: 946

Re: Camping touring vs B&B touring - how much extra weight?

I think you will get an enormous range of opinions. Your 17kg is more than my extra weight over my daily riding weight in total when camping! All my clothing, camping kit etc comes in around13kg. I'd suggest re-evaluating what you need to take. On a credit card tour I doubt whether I would carry mor...
by tatanab
19 Oct 2019, 8:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Bike Express??

You need to make your mind up early. They usually get fully booked very quickly. As others have said, a long time on a bus, but the seats are at a greater pitch than the average tourist coach and they stop every couple of hours so you can stretch your legs. I've used it about 5 times over the last 1...
by tatanab
16 Oct 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New wheels for my steel framed racer ?
Replies: 10
Views: 425

Re: New wheels for my steel framed racer ?

Do you need to replace them? The MA3 was quite a nice rim, and if they carry a 10 speed cassette then the wheels are more recent than the frame. If this is for occasional leisure riding I would stick with what you have.
by tatanab
29 Sep 2019, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Heathrow and car rental question
Replies: 8
Views: 293

Re: Heathrow and car rental question

There are many. I suggest you look at the website for your favourite company, or several, e.g Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and more to see descriptions of the vehicles. If in doubt about dimensions you can then look up the manufacturer's website. This is just what I do when I visit the USA. Whe...
by tatanab
29 Sep 2019, 5:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cars using horn whilest they are stationary and you are cycling past.
Replies: 46
Views: 1626

Re: Cars using horn whilest they are stationary and you are cycling past.

So I then say 'It's illigel on a Sunday. Highway Code rule 112 states--- 112.The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively. You MUST NOT use your horn  while stationary on the road  when driving in a buil...
by tatanab
29 Sep 2019, 4:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1472

Re: Initialisms

^ I had to look that one up thinking "what's the Isle of Wight got to do with it?". It is about 18 years since I first came across textspeak abbreviations on the internet, and that is a new one for me. I think in general chatter these things are ok, but if looking for an answer to a questi...
by tatanab
29 Sep 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wrong threaded bar for wheel spindle
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: wrong threaded bar for wheel spindle

Isn't it easier to use more modern hubs that use 9mm? Perhaps you can buy a collection of 9mm cones, locknuts etc to go with 9mm rod which will fit your old hubs well enough.
by tatanab
29 Sep 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1472

Re: Initialisms

I sympathise. When I were a lad, it was expected that you first wrote it out in full with the abbreviation in brackets. That's how it should always be. That is the case when writing technical documents, but I do not see how you could apply that here with abbreviations commonly used through fora, mo...
by tatanab
28 Sep 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1472

Re: Initialisms

They probably come from mobile phone use, although it is increasingly common for aficionados to refer to TV programmes by their initials. I find it frustrating when people bring in those from other walks of life eg a couple of years ago we had somebody post about 6YOD which apparently means 6 year o...
by tatanab
26 Sep 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Yet another Death?
Replies: 37
Views: 1328

Re: Yet another Death?

atlas_shrugged wrote:Hi viz vest
At noon in good light high-viz achieves nothing that bright colours do not do.
Not ride on a dual carriageway
Is there a viable alternative?


Like Merseymouth, I knew the rider. A vastly experienced clubman.
by tatanab
26 Sep 2019, 7:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front light positition
Replies: 61
Views: 1595

Re: Front light positition

Yonks ago i knew someone who's light-bracket on a folk leg came loose; the light and bracket swivelled around into spokes and jammed the wheel, he went over the handlebars face first into the road knocking out a few teeth. I can see how that might happen with a clamp on bracket, but not the more us...
by tatanab
25 Sep 2019, 9:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front light positition
Replies: 61
Views: 1595

Re: Front light positition

For regular night time riding I use a dynamo light mounted to the fork crown. For occasional night riding I use a battery light on the handlebars. I favour the fork crown to get the light out of way.
by tatanab
22 Sep 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Has anyone ever made a full chain of missing links for a laugh?
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Has anyone ever made a full chain of missing links for a laugh?

All Campag chains are equally good. I wouldn't bother buying any other make. I use Campag on my "best" touring machine and am convinced that it is noticeably smoother running than the SRAM chains on my others - even when they are new. I believe that Campag chains are made by Wippermann al...
by tatanab
18 Sep 2019, 9:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1771

Re: Lucky baby boomers

merseymouth wrote:Hi all :D , Can someone please define for me "Baby Boomer", as I feel that Tatanab is too young to actually be one :oops:

67. Born in 1952 so probably the tail end of boomers. Neither of my parents were old enough to be directly involved in WW2.
by tatanab
18 Sep 2019, 8:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Lucky baby boomers
Replies: 94
Views: 1771

Re: Lucky baby boomers

20% Deposit on my home back in 1975 Buying my first house in 1978 I paid 7% deposit, pretty much all I had. Solicitor was surprised since 10% was the norm, but I pointed out that I had recently declined a 95% mortgage on a property I did not buy. At that time the mortgage rate was about 7% and it w...