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by Invicta Tourist
28 Nov 2017, 1:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview
Replies: 206
Views: 14814

Re: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview

In this forum, I read that the manufacturers of cycle helmets are not allowed to advertise claims for the safety of the wearer. As the government is doing a safety review, it seems nonsensical that a non-safety device may be considered.
by Invicta Tourist
13 Jun 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck Seatpost
Replies: 21
Views: 2929

Re: Stuck Seatpost

I found this useful video clip on YouTube for how to remove a stuck aluminium seat tube from the frame using a borrowed ten pound slide hammer. It takes the mechanic less than two minutes to remove it , although the seatpost had previously been squirted with some kind of lube. https://youtu.be/S3ek2...
by Invicta Tourist
28 May 2017, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book recommendations and why?
Replies: 88
Views: 12469

Re: Book recommendations and why?

If you like reading the tales of other cycle tourists, authors such as Dervla Murphy, Bettina Selby, Ian Hibell (adventure), Bernard Magnouloux (adventure, amusing writing) are all worthwhile to read (IMO). Having said, I am currently rereading "Around the World on a Wheel" (Victorian era ...
by Invicta Tourist
23 May 2017, 9:25am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Handlebar adaptation for neck problem
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: Handlebar adaptation for neck problem

Thank you for your replies and usefu photos showing the brake levers on the nearer side of the bars. :) It's a helpful idea as I'm finding it's a strain on the neck to reach the bars on the top of the drops.
by Invicta Tourist
21 May 2017, 9:43am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Handlebar adaptation for neck problem
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Handlebar adaptation for neck problem

Hi, has anybody adapted a drop barred tourer to one with straight bars to help achieve a more upright riding position due to arthritis in the neck? Could I ask which type/s of (handle!)bars you find most comfortable? I've been looking at riser style bars, after using drops for over 30 years. The tou...
by Invicta Tourist
10 Jan 2017, 6:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Beryl Burton radio
Replies: 5
Views: 1337

Re: Beryl Burton radio

I listened to this play a few days ago on Radio 4 Extra. Pleased to learn it's being repeated. I did also find a copy on youtube https://youtu.be/Nj756O95Qig
by Invicta Tourist
31 Dec 2016, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain cape / Poncho
Replies: 15
Views: 3644

Re: Rain cape / Poncho

Here's another forum member in favour of a waterproof cape to keep a cyclist dry during moderate to heavy rain. The cape I use is one of the old Pakit models, which isn't now made. If I was looking for a new cape, I think I'd see whether Rotrax (please see earlier link from robc02) still make them. ...
by Invicta Tourist
8 Nov 2016, 5:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 197
Views: 33375

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

I find that it's the drivers who tow a trailer which is wider than their own vehicle which sometimes cause me concern by passing by far too close to me with the trailer. If I'm out cycling on my own, most drivers pass by giving adequate clearance. In a cycling group, there are some drivers who try a...
by Invicta Tourist
8 Nov 2016, 3:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Overshoes and toe clips
Replies: 18
Views: 1829

Re: Overshoes and toe clips

Like yourself, I use toe clips and straps. In wet weather I wear Crane (Aldi) overshoes which I bought a few years ago as part of a set with a hat. The overshoes have a piece of material which goes under the toe part of the shoe and another which fits under the instep. The overshoes are not waterpro...
by Invicta Tourist
6 Sep 2016, 4:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3700

Re: Painful hip when camping

I thought I'd post an update of how I've been getting on trying different ideas to help lessen hip pain. To cut a long story short(er), initially what I found worked for me was using a foam mat under the thermarest. I then started considering how much bulk I'd need to carry on the bike, if I was cam...
by Invicta Tourist
5 Sep 2016, 5:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many miles do you get out of your rims?
Replies: 28
Views: 2529

Re: How many miles do you get out of your rims?

I have covered 30,000 plus miles as the second owner of a bike which had Mavic MA40 rims. From what I understand, the previous owner was something of a mileater, so it would be interesting to see how many miles others may have covered using similar rims. The brake blocks I used were Fibrax red. The ...
by Invicta Tourist
31 Aug 2016, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are there any lightweight ladies bikes with a coaster brake?
Replies: 14
Views: 1779

Re: Are there any lightweight ladies bikes with a coaster brake?

There are a few ladies bikes with coaster hubs available on ebay, both new and secondhand if any of these are what you're looking for http://m.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=coaster+brake&_sacat=177831 About 15 years ago, I bought a third hand coaster hubbed bike found through the smal...
by Invicta Tourist
29 Aug 2016, 3:46pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3700

Re: Painful hip when camping

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. There are plenty of different new ideas for me to try. The thermarest I'm using is the Prolite, which has a depth of 3.8cm. I thought that would be enough, but clearly my hips have other ideas! I add about 2 1/2 extra breaths of air to the mat which is abo...
by Invicta Tourist
28 Aug 2016, 6:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Painful hip when camping
Replies: 32
Views: 3700

Painful hip when camping

Hi, does anyone else have (or better, had and solved :) ) this problem? I thought I'd ask the forum and see what solutions others have discovered. I have a thermarest mat which is lovely and warm at night and a good three season down sleeping bag. I find that when I sleep on my side it's difficult t...
by Invicta Tourist
22 Aug 2016, 7:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Singalong Time
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: Singalong Time

[youtube][/youtube]Or, alternatively, there's this version... :) :)

https://youtu.be/lSMHEleQ6mY

The printed lyrics aren't the same as those sung, but I'm pleased I found it anyway. Takes me back a few years!