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by Nigel
15 Apr 2019, 6:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike roof racks
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: Bike roof racks

Thule or Atera. Quality of the two seems about the same. But, agree with Rob about towbar mounted racks being better, particularly the more expensive/cleverer ones which slide/rotate/pivot to allow the tailgate to be opened with the bikes still in place. A mix of roof and tow-bar might be the best o...
by Nigel
8 Apr 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6260

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

The various importers who supply the UK appear to drop things which are "out of fashion". Whereas other countries have ready supply of spares. I've been using German retailers for transmission spares for older bikes for some years because UK shops can't get the items. I've just looked for ...
by Nigel
5 Feb 2019, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2315

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good

......I’m lucky to find the 8-speed Shimano 13–26T cassette just about perfect for my needs anyway. These were available at very low prices in recent years but prices are going up and several online shops no longer stock this part (and no high street shop has it). I’d be surprised if you could find...
by Nigel
29 Jan 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing from 1st to 12th
Replies: 50
Views: 5507

Re: Changing from 1st to 12th

I think about it as the front gear giving ranges. They necessarily overlap. If I know I'm hitting a hard hill and I'm going to want the low range, I may as well get there as soon as possible. In general, the thing to avoid is difficult changes when you're already struggling - partly because it's ju...
by Nigel
14 Jan 2019, 9:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 77
Views: 37249

Re: Travel Insurance

If it's anything like Pet Insurance (I'm a vet) then there are loads of different companies and in effect you get what you pay for. If it's cheap it's cheap for a reason. There are certain companies that are dreadful, they take your money and look at any reason for not paying out I use Snowcard and...
by Nigel
12 Dec 2018, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wrist mirror
Replies: 39
Views: 1752

Re: Wrist mirror

Re the useful in Europe. I use a bike mounted mirror, I put it on the right for lhd roads and the left for rhd roads. Most mirrors are interchangeable. Mine is a Cateye, so it's (notionally) French anyway. There's me thinking that Cateye are Japanese :-) I also have bike mounted mirrors. Of the one...
by Nigel
12 Dec 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheelbarrow inner tube 4/4.8 -8
Replies: 41
Views: 1352

Re: Wheelbarrow inner tube 4/4.8 -8

Daughter's wheelbarrow has had a visitation from the p* fairy. Can I use a 26" inner tube doubled around the rim as a temporary/ semi permanent fix. MTB inner tubes are readily available from Poundland. :wink: Builders merchants, or decent hardware store (if you still have one). Both will have...
by Nigel
27 Nov 2018, 6:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front mech not shifting to large ring
Replies: 28
Views: 947

Re: Front mech not shifting to large ring

As I understand the thread, this is original Ultegra mechanism, shifting Stronglight rings. Do the Stronglight rings have the same ramps, odd pins, and reduced height teeth that Shimano fit to their rings ? If not, don't expect it to work as well, and that it fails to work isn't totally surprising. ...
by Nigel
23 Nov 2018, 11:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike lock for touring
Replies: 42
Views: 1750

Re: bike lock for touring

My insurance policy does not require a 'great big lock' but a gold standard. This applies, as others have noted, to bikes which would cost in excess of £1000 to replace. As far as I know this is not a rule of one particular company but it is an ABI agreed policy. So I have no choice. In addition my...
by Nigel
23 Nov 2018, 11:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cheaper insurance for 'cyclist-aware' motorists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2427

Re: Cheaper insurance for 'cyclist-aware' motorists?

As an aside..... My Wife's car insurance became due for renewal. Myself and Daughter (Student) are also named drivers. This was for 3rd year cover on this basis with a black box - An interesting addition, which gives an incentive for the younger driver to 'beat the percentage' of the experienced on...
by Nigel
19 Nov 2018, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp

I've always wired front and rear lamps independently directly to the dynamo. However, if the headlamp comes fitted with rear lamp feed wires must I use them? Can I not tape them off and feed the rear lamp directly from the dynamo ? Do you have a switch on the rear lamp ? Or a dynamo that disengages...
by Nigel
14 Nov 2018, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ergo /Shimano
Replies: 20
Views: 789

Re: Ergo /Shimano

10 speed Campag works with 8 speed Shimano rear derailleur and cassette - 13to26 in my case, long cage LX derailleur from the "9 or 10 speed" era of Shimano stuff. Everything connected "normally" and the cable pulls all work out. Campag front is a mixed thing - older Ergo's (appr...
by Nigel
6 Nov 2018, 5:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bikes as good as they were?
Replies: 77
Views: 3276

Re: Are bikes as good as they were?

I sometimes wonder if today's 'ordinary' bikes are as good as those of 20 plus years ago? I have a 15 year old steel with alminium front fork Raleigh Pioneer 160, one of Raleigh's first hybrids. ... It cost about £300 in 2003. I wonder if similarly priced (at today's prices) bikes today would be as...
by Nigel
6 Nov 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Adventure Show
Replies: 9
Views: 850

Re: The Adventure Show

Si wrote:Was a good show...got me itching to enter next year's now......but i just know if i enter it'll be proper scotish weather


As the forecast on Out Of Doors (BBC Radio Scotland) had it on Saturday: "variable becoming unbearable, rain between the showers"......
by Nigel
3 Nov 2018, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light for Circe Morpheus
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Front light for Circe Morpheus

I think its one for the local creative engineering fabrication/bodging hobbyist shed. There will be one, its finding them! I can see a possible solution with a bit of 1inchx1/16th (25x3mm) rectangular aluminium bar, bracing under the boom to stop it rotating around the bolt hole. That projects forwa...