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by Nigel
5 Nov 2019, 9:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Track Pump
Replies: 49
Views: 1393

Re: Best Track Pump

Specialized gets my vote, all metal construction, under £90 in the seasonal sales. I have a Specialized one (its decent, and its what the local bike shop stocked). The only complaint is the "both valves" head with the lever to lock things. Tends to let a lot of air out of tyres when remov...
by Nigel
14 Oct 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: New Scottish transport bill
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: New Scottish transport bill

Most Scottish councils can't enforce parking regulations at present. So additional restrictions, without change in enforcement, won't make any difference. The problem is that most parking issues require a police officer or parking warden to enforce them. Those are Police service matters. But, with a...
by Nigel
6 Aug 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Efficient track pumps?
Replies: 15
Views: 716

Re: Efficient track pumps?

Brucey wrote:
Incidentally 100bhp is 'plenty' in a Mini. ………...


Ah, so you've not been watching "Project Binky" on YouTube for the last five years.....

As for the track pumps, can't really help, not enough experience of different types. The two I've owned have been OK.
by Nigel
20 Jul 2019, 11:55am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: One good reaon to wear a helmit
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: One good reaon to wear a helmit

One aspect of the Tilley price is the guarantee. I've worn out one with a hole in fabric after a dozen years or so. A phone call, a photo emailed to the company, and a new one was sent to replace it. So I have new one which will last a dozen years or more, and if it wears out, that will get replaced...
by Nigel
25 Jun 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help with Campag triple compatibility.
Replies: 68
Views: 1739

Re: Help with Campag triple compatibility.

Yes as you said, I shall leave well alone at the moment but I may well try again sometime. I shall keep my eyes open when next at a cycle jumble, they may be my best chance at getting something compatible and usually the people selling the old parts seem to know what the item is capable of. I do ha...
by Nigel
23 Jun 2019, 10:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help with Campag triple compatibility.
Replies: 68
Views: 1739

Re: Help with Campag triple compatibility.

That's good news. Mixing and matching different brands and components can sometimes be very frustrating, and occasionally some combinations never work, but often patience and perseverence will win through. I myself am shortly about to experiment with a Shimano 105 triple front mech and a square tap...
by Nigel
20 Jun 2019, 11:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Travelling to road cycling
Replies: 11
Views: 2921

Re: Travelling to road cycling

Unable to answer the questions because I cannot distinguish between "road cycling" and "cycle touring" (which is primarily on the road for me, yet includes some off road). Ditto. Perhaps I don't do "road cycling" because my bikes have mudguards ? At what point does &qu...
by Nigel
19 May 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help. Frame broken.
Replies: 16
Views: 1096

Re: Help. Frame broken.

Thanks everyone. Hopefully with this advice and a good welder he should make it to Lisbon. He’s giving Dawes a ring on Monday hopefully they can advise on compatibility. I think Dawes won't know. I get the strong impression that Dawes just orders frames from Tiawan/China, puts bits on them and ship...
by Nigel
6 May 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A phone with accurate GPS recording abilities
Replies: 15
Views: 627

Re: A phone with accurate GPS recording abilities

I think you have to define the phone budget, or at least budget range. New smartphones range from £50 to £2000. My experience is that the Lenovo Moto G phones are darned good for the price (sub £200). I run a now quite old G4, and the current version is on my shortlist when it comes up for replaceme...
by Nigel
24 Apr 2019, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 59
Views: 2693

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

Just to add to the Brompton "upgrade" options. For some years, a friend of mine had a six-speed Brompton with an additional Schlumph (I think that's the spelling) bottom bracket. That gave another two-speeds, so in theory he had 12 gears, and a very decently wide spread from super-low to h...
by Nigel
15 Apr 2019, 6:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike roof racks
Replies: 15
Views: 513

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: 6602

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: 2416

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: 5718

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: 78
Views: 53979

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...