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by tatanab
20 Aug 2018, 7:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring without cooking equipment?
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Re: Touring without cooking equipment?

It is fine. Years ago I carried a bulky Trangia but found I seldom cooked, only heated a mug of tea, so reduced it to a very compact gas stove. Some years (this year was one) I went with no cooking kit at all. I tour primarily in France and eating out of boulangeries, supermarkets and the occasional...
by tatanab
20 Aug 2018, 7:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 43
Views: 1147

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

Not why I started but why people don't tour. --Often it's the day you had to ride all day into a banging head wind. You can just gear down, slow down and plod away at it but to most it's far from enjoyable. Not a problem in my brand of touring. No set agenda or prebooked lodging, so I simply turn c...
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 9:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 929

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

having done the negatives 2 posts up, I had a thought. He is a slow pedaller and most riding is flat (in your first post). Therefore he almost certainly has no use for the extremely low gears offered by the small chainring. Solution - take off the double chainset and front mech etc, fit a single cha...
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 929

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

We have established that he is a slow pedaller who is unlikely to be able to increase pedalling rate. We have established that 36 is the largest chainring supplied for that chainset. We have established that it may be difficult fitting a larger chainring because the front mech is on a fixed bracket....
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 929

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

it is a 96inch gear which is 26mph @ 90rpm cadence. Which is higher than I had in my racing days (time trial and track) and higher than on any of my current machines which I will pedal to about 30mph, above that I am happy to freewheel. HOWEVER - as said before, I am a pedaller. Back to my original...
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Basic question on Cateye TL-LD1100
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Basic question on Cateye TL-LD1100

As above, packing to prevent batteries moving.
The predecessor, LD1000, did not have this and a piece of cardboard between the batteries fixed any problems - much like Ever-Ready lights of old.
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Discovering England (/Wales)
Replies: 23
Views: 647

Re: Discovering England (/Wales)

Head west through the Chilterns and Cotswolds to south Wales. Variety in scenery, lots of small towns and villages as well as cities (Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, etc). An advantage of going this way is that you are pretty much following one of the main line train routes so it is easy to get back...
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 929

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

Changing the chainring to a larger one may not be as easy as it sounds. It seems probably that the front mech has a fixed mounting bracket, so adjustment to suit a larger chainring will be limited. The size of top gear fitted is appropriate for the use this bike is intended, indeed it is near to the...
by tatanab
10 Aug 2018, 9:39am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: I want to start racing competitive, Im from London (how to start) ?
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: I want to start racing competitive, Im from London (how to start) ?

Without group riding experience you are likely to be a danger to yourself and others in any massed start road or track cycling. The usual way to start is by riding time trials where you can judge your performance against others without direct competition, and by getting group riding experience by jo...
by tatanab
6 Aug 2018, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: raleigh 20
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: raleigh 20

IIRC it is also possible to install a conventional headset top (26tpi of course, it is a Raleigh) . On a similar machine which used Raleigh 20 forks I replaced the top fittings with those from a 1" threadless headset. I retained the Raleigh threaded locknut and threaded spacer fitted below (fr...
by tatanab
4 Aug 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Need to borrow vintage cycle clothing, Near Bristol.
Replies: 10
Views: 369

Re: Need to borrow vintage cycle clothing, Near Bristol.

Andy Short wrote:I was hoping for a cork racing type.
Isn't that a motorcycle helmet of the time? I do not recall cork cycling helmets, only the leather strip type a.k.a hairnet.
by tatanab
1 Aug 2018, 10:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Odd experiences while cycling
Replies: 108
Views: 2697

Re: Odd experiences while cycling

brooksby wrote:Is the fence in that photo meant to be some sort of declaration of attachment, like those padlocks on bridges?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardrona_Bra_Fence
by tatanab
31 Jul 2018, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toe clips & straps
Replies: 22
Views: 767

Re: Toe clips & straps

I disagree completely with djnotts above (nothing personal :P )Metal toeclips are far superior to plastic ones which seem to be a modern abomination. The plastic bends and provides no support or security for your foot. Metal toeclips from different manufacturers have different profiles. When I rode ...
by tatanab
31 Jul 2018, 5:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Odd experiences while cycling
Replies: 108
Views: 2697

Re: Odd experiences while cycling

^^^ bra fence is still there. I saw it in 2006 and a club mate saw it early this year. It is near the Cardona Hotel (handy tea stop) between Wanaka and Queenstown.