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by tatanab
20 Feb 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should the Tea Shop have a subsection for politics, like the subsection for helmet discussion?
Replies: 63
Views: 788

Re: Should the Tea Shop have a subsection for politics, like the subsection for helmet discussion?

Why do people keep raising this again and again. Been discussed on numerous occasions and consensus reached ... and then somebody brings it up yet again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... and again ... an...
by tatanab
20 Feb 2018, 2:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One gear, 100 miles a day, across the continent
Replies: 31
Views: 739

Re: One gear, 100 miles a day, across the continent

Am I crazy? I plan to cycle on a fixed wheel, with minimal luggage (no racks, no panniers), doing more than 100 miles a day, from Manchester to Istanbul. Gearing is 42x15. Gearing sounds way high to me as it is, 40 years ago I toured extensively on fixed in UK and France. Gear of choice was 48x20, ...
by tatanab
20 Feb 2018, 8:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: road surfaces after the winter
Replies: 31
Views: 985

Re: road surfaces after the winter

Apparently it's the constant freeze/thaw cycle that does the damage rather than the salt. Once the surface is damaged the melt water then washes out the debris and hey presto a pothole appears, literally in hours. Greatly assisted by hydraulic pressure caused by the weight of motor vehicles crossin...
by tatanab
20 Feb 2018, 7:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One gear, 100 miles a day, across the continent
Replies: 31
Views: 739

Re: One gear, 100 miles a day, across the continent

I know a chap who has done this or similar, but hauling light camping kit as well and using Warmshowers and staying with people he met along the way. So provided you have the basic fitness and experience I don't see why not. Not for me thanks.
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 8:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting bikes back from Paris
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Getting bikes back from Paris

Not entirely silly - how about riding back? Many people go one way, but to claim kudos and extra sponsorship why not ride both ways?
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 22
Views: 734

Re: Record attempt scheduled

All I got from reading this thread is a record attempt of cycling from Land's End to John o Groats in under 24 hours. And then someone else saying its actually not Land's End to John o Groats but failed to mention what it actually is. It's what it actually is that I am missing. The usual routine is...
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 2:10pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 22
Views: 734

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Gethin's record has been around for some time now. I assume Michael Broadwith will be using a TT bike. I had a conversation a few years ago with John Woodburn, who pointed out that he still held the record for Lejog on a road bike. I have a copy of John Woodburn's schedule from July 1981. I was a m...
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 2:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 22
Views: 734

Re: Record attempt scheduled

Point of interest,should not these incredible endurance rides be classed as "bests" not "records" .A 24hr record with a stiff tailwind can,t be compared with any other ride. These are RRA records which are place to place or straight out (for a distance or time), not to be compar...
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eddy Merckx - Help identify?
Replies: 17
Views: 437

Re: Eddy Merckx - Help identify?

That is one of the low quality badged ones that Brucey and I referred to. The sort of thing sold for teenagers to ride to school. However, it looks to be in good condition, too good to throw away, so you might try eBay or similar if it is worth the hassle. Alternatively, as LollyKat says, a cycling ...
by tatanab
19 Feb 2018, 7:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eddy Merckx - Help identify?
Replies: 17
Views: 437

Re: Eddy Merckx - Help identify?

Link goes nowhere. It could be anything from desirable to utterly worthless. Need some description e.g. make and model of parts such as brakes, chainset etc. If it is decent it will have a sticker on the frame below the saddle which says Columbus. If it has all steel parts and no frame tubing identi...
by tatanab
17 Feb 2018, 2:20pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: 1970's Parts Sale Weinmann,SuntourMafac ,TA etc
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: 1970's Parts Sale Weinmann,Suntour,Lapize ,TA etc

Weinmann centre pull brakes and Lapize toeclips please. PM coming.
by tatanab
16 Feb 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padded shorts
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Padded shorts

Corinne Dennis does these traditional touring shorts which have a double seat, but I don't know if that implies some padding. It is a thin "fleece" layer, not padding as such. I've been using them for about 15 years now and bought a new pair last year, usually with no additional padding o...
by tatanab
14 Feb 2018, 5:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do we need space when being overtaken?
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Why do we need space when being overtaken?

Back on topic. On a trike, driver's give you a lot more room when overtaking. It's very noticeable, to the point that when my wife is riding her regular bike she stays closer to be within that 'protective bubble'. When she's on her trike and we're in convoy people are so cautious that on minor road...
by tatanab
14 Feb 2018, 2:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do we need space when being overtaken?
Replies: 32
Views: 1322

Re: Why do we need space when being overtaken?

Upright trikes have the same issue with "tram lining" due to the high centre of gravity. A section near me has caused me some anxious moments. An extreme example is at the start of this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-o2-1IA4A
by tatanab
13 Feb 2018, 9:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?
Replies: 38
Views: 1190

Re: Why no ferrys from South(West) Wales to Cornwall?

iandriver wrote:Didn't the Severn Bridge replace a ferry service?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aust_Ferry