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by tatanab
17 Feb 2020, 1:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 26
Views: 641

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

So if I want to visit the Marais Poitevin, would I do best to stop at Damvix, Coulon or Le Mazeau? Or somewhere else? Anyone know these places? I stayed in Mauze sur le Mignon. A very pleasant municipal site near the canal on the road towards Saint Hilaire. The Marais is very different and I found ...
by tatanab
17 Feb 2020, 9:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 26
Views: 641

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

Ferry from Royan - a nice 30 minute nap.

A little off your route, the old walled city of Angouleme is home to the Comic Strip museum which may be of artistic interest. http://www.angouleme-tourisme.co.uk/
by tatanab
14 Feb 2020, 12:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 38
Views: 1234

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

This is the very worst section of our route, which I know will be a test for any 28mm tyre. But apart from about 3 miles in total of this we will have 450 miles of something resembling tarmac. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1997060 I use old Open Pros and other manufacturers' equivalents. For at...
by tatanab
11 Feb 2020, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech cable set up query
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Front mech cable set up query

I had that recently with a fairly modern frame, built 1985. I did not want to run the cable under the bottom bracket and did not want to search for a suitable front mech either, so I used a single cable stop on the seat tube https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/gear-spares/origin8-clampon-single-frame-cable-...
by tatanab
11 Feb 2020, 9:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2571

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

I imagine this is due to a pause while trying to put your foot in the toeclip or clip into the pedal. I think it depends on how you manage the stoker. In my tandem days with various stokers of various abilities, I would never allow the stoker to put a foot down. This meant that the stoker was able t...
by tatanab
4 Feb 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

No. 1 is meant to be a "stop" signal. I don't think it's very clear as such and I'm not sure I'd have recognised it. Agreed, 1 is pretty crazy. Riding in the USA a few year ago, the equivalent stop signal was upper arm horizontal from the shoulder, lower arm vertically down with the palm ...
by tatanab
4 Feb 2020, 6:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??
Replies: 24
Views: 812

Re: Nantes - Cavaillon area route/ Insurance??

Here's an idea for a route https://cycle.travel/map?from=Nantes&to=Cavaillon&fromLL=47.2186371,-1.5541362&toLL=43.8356808,5.0383522 Riding home from Beziers 3 years ago, that is pretty much the route I took except I did not pass through Toulouse, avoiding it by passing just to the north...
by tatanab
4 Feb 2020, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reynolds 631
Replies: 26
Views: 1348

Re: Reynolds 631

Back in the mists of time, say 1960s/70s, fillet brazing was also known as bronze welding.

I have several frames from 1956 to 2012 which are filet brazed, and several lugged frames. No welded frames.
by tatanab
4 Feb 2020, 9:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toolkit pliers?
Replies: 49
Views: 1679

Re: Toolkit pliers?

I take the other approach and equip each machine with a suitable pump.

As it happens, the Swiss Army Knife in my tool kit has pliers. Too heavy for the weight conscious at 6 ounces. The file blade has been used to break a cheap cable lock when the owner had no key.
by tatanab
3 Feb 2020, 5:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I’ve gotten old and slow it seems
Replies: 35
Views: 1587

Re: I’ve gotten old and slow it seems

I'd take K to be kilometer in all honesty. As it's an SI unit meaning thousand, Pedant alert K (as you have written it, upper case) is degrees Kelvin - i.e temperature and as you say, a unit like A, V, m, s etc. k (lower case) is simply a multiplier and not a unit, same as m, M, G etc. I get frustr...
by tatanab
2 Feb 2020, 7:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 929

Re: Mont St Michel ?

I visited about 15 years ago when you could ride all the way along the causeway and leave your bike very close to the entrance. This was early one June afternoon and I did not get more than a few yards beyond the entrance because the crowds were so dense it was almost impossible to make headway. I r...
by tatanab
30 Jan 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Long service
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Long service

Many years ago there were badges but that got discontinued. In fairly recent times they reintroduced recognition of lengthy membership, I believe by letter of certificate.

I have been a member for 52 years, totally unacknowledged.
by tatanab
29 Jan 2020, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Storage over winter
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Bike Storage over winter

Can you rent the bikes out to friends or family members? This way they are being used, batteries are being kept topped up and it may earn yourself some brownie points on your return 8) Otherwise, look for a Ctec charger - I use one on my spare car - it charges the battery and every now and then let...
by tatanab
29 Jan 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 1889

Re: e-scooter commuter community

My main worry riding one of these on the road would be the appalling surface, particularly in the near the kerb area. This is not where a cyclist would be. I think the old DfT guidance said to be positioned 0.75 to 1metre from the kerb. Perhaps the sorts of people who would use these scooters are s...
by tatanab
28 Jan 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Sober on the Rollers
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Sober on the Rollers

Back in the early 80s I went to a cycling exhibition where a local club had a basic set of rollers with two people holding up anybody who wanted to ride. I asked one person to stand back and the other to stand alongside so I could rest a hand on his shoulder. As soon as I got going and let go he ste...