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by Steve
8 Nov 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lake District roads in late November?
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Lake District roads in late November?

Lots of rain and very wet roads are the most likely inconvenience at that time of year, though who knows, autumn is unseasonably dry this year.
by Steve
17 Sep 2018, 8:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling southwest
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Cycling southwest

"Bike friendly cafes".... A bit tangential, but I usually want the same from a cafe whether or not I'm on the bike. Only difference being it's good to park the bike nearby & preferably in view. Otherwise, consideration no 1 is that they serve a big pot of tea with hot water on the side...
by Steve
30 Aug 2018, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping
Replies: 52
Views: 5369

Re: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping

There is a special tool sold specifically for tightening the valve core, don't have one myself but have seen them online somewhere, possibly this forum....?
by Steve
15 Aug 2018, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do I need a new cassette and/or chain ?
Replies: 38
Views: 10133

Re: Do I need a new cassette?

If I was going on holiday/tour and at all unsure, I'd fit a new cassette for peace of mind, the old cassette can always go back on after the trip. But it sounds like you should be ok, if you've properly tested it on the road.
by Steve
9 Aug 2018, 9:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close encounters of the agricultural kind
Replies: 37
Views: 1824

Re: Close encounters of the agricultural kind

Was passing a farm on a quiet back road the other day when the nose of a rather big tractor poked out of the yard, so I eased off & looked up at the cab to check that the driver had clocked me. He had done. But he can't have been older than 10 or 11! I got safely past then looked back, to see if...
by Steve
25 Jul 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike tools on planes
Replies: 10
Views: 554

Re: Bike tools on planes

Pumps are included in the banned list of cabin luggage, in my experience
by Steve
22 Jul 2018, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car indicators
Replies: 22
Views: 1102

Car indicators

Can someone tell me if, with these modern cars whose engines cut out at eg. red traffic lights, the indicators continue to work. As a cyclist this could affect how I anticipate whether the car will turn at green. I know if I switch my own car engine off the indicators won't flash. Just being curious...
by Steve
13 Jul 2018, 8:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Berlin Schoenefeld Airport
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: Berlin Schoenefeld Airport

Similar traumatic experience for me at Schoenefeld in 2016 - forced to pay 30 euros for a huge cardboard box at the airport when the CTC poly bag had been fine on the way out. Easyjet never replied to my complaint.
by Steve
29 Jun 2018, 8:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rigmaden Bridge, Lune Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Rigmaden Bridge, Lune Valley

Anyone know if it's still closed?
by Steve
26 May 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck pedals cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: Stuck pedals cranks

Much harder with pedals that have no spanner flats and must be removed with an Allen key....
by Steve
27 Feb 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New steel frame - should I block the vent holes?
Replies: 4
Views: 461

New steel frame - should I block the vent holes?

I have a brand new steel frame (Spa 631 Audax Special), with several vent holes. Instinct tells me to block them up now, before building the bike up, to keep water out of the tubes, though I also understand that might seal any water in, should it ever find its way in. What is the informed opinion on...
by Steve
19 Oct 2017, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special
Replies: 46
Views: 3962

Re: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special

My Audax Special frame arrived last week. 61 cm frame & forks approx 3.6 kg so no featherlight, but lots of nice touches - plenty of braze-ons including downtube bosses and threaded bridges (?) for securing the rear mudguard. I don't expect to build it up soon though, it will wait until I need i...
by Steve
12 Oct 2017, 7:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Poland
Replies: 15
Views: 1379

Re: Poland

Just enjoyed a week visiting Poland with my Brompton, mainly around Gdansk & Warsaw. Excellent cycling infrastructure, with priority when crossing intersections with lights. Any driver turning across the cycle lane gives way. None of this 'Cyclists dismount ' rubbish! At many of the lights, the...
by Steve
2 Oct 2017, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chris Marshall, Keighley
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Re: Chris Marshall, Keighley

Just spoke to Chris and he is happy for his phone number to be made public.

07967 298205

Hope this doesn't amount to advertising.
by Steve
14 Sep 2017, 5:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chris Marshall, Keighley
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Chris Marshall, Keighley

Does anyone know if Chris Marshall is still trading in Keighley? His phone line is dead and rumours are that he had to vacate his premises.