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by fatboy
20 May 2018, 2:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA booking discount
Replies: 6
Views: 339

Re: YHA booking discount

Blurb as per website and magazine
by fatboy
20 May 2018, 11:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA booking discount
Replies: 6
Views: 339

YHA booking discount

All Cycling UK blurb talks of 10% YHA booking on-line but nothing explains how! Anyone know the magic incantation needed for success!
by fatboy
19 May 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Re: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly

Interesting to hear someone else having similar issue.

I ordered a replacement spa ring and they sent a stronglight one!
by fatboy
14 May 2018, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 666

Re: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

I have them on my hack tourer. They are a faff to set up but are OK (not super powerful just ok). My old Horizon had a semi compact with an awful cable run. Switching to continuous cable run on top of the crossbar made Oryx better.

SE suntours are very cheap so worth a punt!
by fatboy
8 May 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Re: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly

New Spa ring on order. Gone for silver, maybe it'll be better!
by fatboy
8 May 2018, 7:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Re: Spa Zircal wear

I wonder if I got a duff one! Brucey suggested that a possible cause would be poor heat treatment.
by fatboy
7 May 2018, 7:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Re: Spa Zircal wear

My Spa zircal 46 used as a single, has done similar mileage and is not showing signs of wear. Why do you think its warn ? Any pictures. No photos but my rear mech wobbles when under load and the chain rides up the teeth a bit when stationary and push down on the pedal. This doesn't happen in the ot...
by fatboy
7 May 2018, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Re: Spa Zircal wear

I'm on my second chain (1 at about 1000 miles and 1 just now). Cassette is fine but ring definitely not great (very bouncy rear mech under load) but seems to be "bedding in" a bit. My experience with Shimano Alivio and/or delete and they don't look ally (see https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/cha...
by fatboy
7 May 2018, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1512

Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly

I'm a bit disappointed that my middle chainring has only done 2000 before needing to be changed. On my old tourer with cheapo Shimano steel middle ring I get much, much longer lifespan. Anyone has similar experience? A friend's father in law reckoned that he didn't get much life either. Obviously th...
by fatboy
8 Apr 2018, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32c Durano Tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: 32c Durano Tyres

Do the Supremes run nicely? Marathons can be slippy on wet cornering and I wonder if the Supremes might handle that better. My favourite tyre, by a long way, I've used folding and now wired, version 1 & 2, 32mm and 35. I can't fault them, grip is good, comparable to tyres that don't have the sa...
by fatboy
31 Mar 2018, 6:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb panniers - which colour?
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Ortlieb panniers - which colour?

I like my red ones but it's just taste. They have reflective bits front and back.
by fatboy
25 Mar 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32c Durano Tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 797

Re: 32c Durano Tyres

The generally suggested options on here seem to be Hypers or Marathon Supremes but I wondered if there was a 3rd way. There'll be a 3rd. 4th, 5th and 6th way, depending on what you're looking for. I don't know what advantage the Durano has over the Supreme, in 32mm it's a wire bead and a bit heavie...
by fatboy
25 Mar 2018, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32c Durano Tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 797

32c Durano Tyres

I have a Spa Ti tourer and I'm interested in putting racier tyres on it. I see that Spa have 32c Duranos on their Elan and wondered if anyone had tried this? The generally suggested options on here seem to be Hypers or Marathon Supremes but I wondered if there was a 3rd way. As a second question as ...
by fatboy
3 Mar 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo system choices
Replies: 138
Views: 5565

Re: Dynamo system choices

I've used AXA HR dynamos and I got a fair life out of them. I think the old ones are better (with the metal wheel). When my plastic version failed I took it apart (as you do) and it was mainly a rusty brown and I don't know how it had gone around at all! The plus bit of a bottle is that when it fail...
by fatboy
2 Mar 2018, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo system choices
Replies: 138
Views: 5565

Re: Dynamo system choices

Since brommies have come up, I'll pop in. My 5 speed brommie (traveller?,) Came with a rack and a bottle dynamo as its added features, for which a premium was charged. Have never used the rack, but I like it being there and may use sometime. The bottle dynamo was a right waste of time. Positively d...