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by Captain Cruton
6 May 2011, 4:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stem mounted gear levers
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: stem mounted gear levers

I have Shimano stem mounted gear levers on a couple of bikes and find them fine with a double chainset. Mine are double levers with the R/H lever indexed for 6 speed. Made from black plastic unfortunately, (if you are concerned about appearance) but they index perfectly with a satisfying click and h...
by Captain Cruton
8 Oct 2010, 10:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The most scared you've ever been whilst touring...?
Replies: 32
Views: 3522

Re: The most scared you've ever been whilst touring...?

Whilst riding up a poorly lit street, in a strange town one night, I noticed a rather unkempt and heavily bearded chap in his mid 30s shuffling towards me with a dog. As I drew almost level, he looked at me then stepped into the road, carrying the heavy steel chain link dog lead. Suddenly he ran str...
by Captain Cruton
8 Oct 2010, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo PLUS
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Shimergo PLUS

I have a Suntour VX rear mech running with Shimano 7 speed indexed mountain bike quick shift levers on my old Carlton.
It shifts perfectly.
When I look at it from behind the rear freewheel, the chain alignment is spot on with all of the sprockets.
by Captain Cruton
11 Sep 2010, 11:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog report with a difference
Replies: 45
Views: 262252

Re: Lejog report with a difference

What a great write up, and one that should definately inspire a few more folk who are still contemplating the LEJOG. I especially enjoyed the enthusiasm for all the shared experiences during the journey, all subtle reminders that the journey is more important than the arrival. How true and a point t...
by Captain Cruton
17 Jul 2010, 4:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists - find an alternative route!
Replies: 102
Views: 7352

Re: Cyclists - find an alternative route!

This happened to me too in Glencoe a few years ago when a long section of the road was down to one lane. The sign said 'Cyclists use alternative route' although there clearly wasn't one. When the temporary traffic lights changed to green I cycled on keeping well to the left and giving enough room fo...
by Captain Cruton
15 Jul 2010, 9:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Steam
Replies: 9
Views: 711

Re: More Steam

Excellent video mick, very enjoyable.
It,s interesting to see how a heavy steel plate is flanged into a loco boiler backhead.
Still couldn't figure out which one was you though?
(Thought perhaps you might have had a bit of shiny clean chain hanging out you back pocket?)
by Captain Cruton
8 Jul 2010, 7:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Just under 2 months to go! Accommodation Reccommendations?
Replies: 27
Views: 3394

Re: Just under 2 months to go! Accommodation Reccommendations?

I did the JOG-LE solo and took the chance of not pre-booking any accommodation at all. With just one exception (The Drovers Inn) at Glen Falloch, all the accommodation that I found was reasonably priced, warm and clean, and these included some very pleasant and inexpensive surprises. It's certainly ...
by Captain Cruton
25 Jun 2010, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Ratios..
Replies: 25
Views: 929

Re: Gear Ratios..

After many years, and almost as many old touring bikes, I seem to have settled for using double chain rings of 44T/32T with a freewheel of 28T/14T. On one of my more (modern bikes) I use double chain ring of 42T/32T with an 8 speed cassette of 25T/11T. The majority of my riding is done on the (big) ...
by Captain Cruton
18 Jun 2010, 9:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it
Replies: 44
Views: 2298

Re: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it

Seems to me that by taking a totally rigid attitude such as this, when it is not strictly necessary, only serves to antagonise other road users and quite probably alienates them against other cyclists too. Road conditions and circumstances change constantly and there are times when we are especially...
by Captain Cruton
13 Jun 2010, 9:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why I need so many bicycles?
Replies: 66
Views: 4628

Re: why I need so many bicycles?

I thought the Super Galaxy introduced in the mid 70's, or am I wrong? The Galaxy may be a bit earlier. I have no definate way of dating this Super Galaxy other than guessing it's age from the components on it and a few very odd characteristics. The rear dropout spacing is 120mm which puts it in the...
by Captain Cruton
13 Jun 2010, 7:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why I need so many bicycles?
Replies: 66
Views: 4628

Re: why I need so many bicycles?

Thorn Raven Sport Speciallized Sirrus Elite Dave Ferguson Dawes Super Galaxy 5 speed (1950s ish) Croysdale Carlton Pro-Am 12 (1980) Coventry Eagle (3-speed) (1973) New Hudson (1950s) Raleigh (1926) Holroyd (don't ask) Orbit Tandem Raleigh Twenty Shopper (Modified into a Recumbent) Why? For all the p...
by Captain Cruton
7 Jun 2010, 6:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Getting inactive people cycling again
Replies: 49
Views: 2732

Re: Getting inactive people cycling again

This year I've helped to inspire four other guys at work to take up cycling, so by rights I should be feeling mightily pleased. Sadly three of the four have since reverted back to using their cars. Their reasons given have been. 1, It's bloody hard work. 2, It's no fun at all when it's cold or raini...
by Captain Cruton
4 Jun 2010, 8:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: shot blasting, painting frames
Replies: 4
Views: 1175

Re: shot blasting, painting frames

If you are taking the frame to be blasted to anywhere other than a specialist cycle frame restorers you need to be aware that there are many different grades of grit. Some grades such as 'chilled iron' blasting media, are totally unsuitable for bike frames and will not only remove the paint but will...
by Captain Cruton
26 May 2010, 6:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car slapping...
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Car slapping...

Bob, how about a pair of glass fibre poles, you should be able to get something from a fishing or kite shop, or even redundant poles from a trashed tent. Then mount them in a 'V' shape and put flashing lights & reflective material on them? All the best, Alan Or even better, a pair of ready char...
by Captain Cruton
26 May 2010, 6:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Strange place names
Replies: 146
Views: 17275

Re: Strange place names

Just near me is a place called Sudden.