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by Steve
19 Apr 2011, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem questions...
Replies: 22
Views: 1099

Re: Tandem questions...

I think you need to stick with the size you have, as if you have the wrong size it can be hard to get the correct tension in your timing chain.
by Steve
18 Apr 2011, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem questions...
Replies: 22
Views: 1099

Re: Tandem questions...

I would say the stronger pedaller should get the headstart.

Another disadvantage of the 90 degree set up is, of course........ the dilemma as to whose pedal should scrape the road going round that sharp bend at speed!!
by Steve
17 Apr 2011, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem questions...
Replies: 22
Views: 1099

Re: Tandem questions...

Re the timing chain - there's no particular advantage in using a Powerlink as 1) ideally (ho ho) there won't be enough slack in the chain to disconnect one, and 2) it's usually easy to get the chain off simply by derailling it, while turning the cranks backwards
by Steve
11 Mar 2011, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brake bosses
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Re: Cantilever brake bosses

tooley92 wrote:They are the same bosses but the spacing can be too narrow on older frames to allow fitting of v brakes.


Is there some way I can check whether or not this is the case, without actually trying to fit the V brakes?
by Steve
10 Mar 2011, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brake bosses
Replies: 7
Views: 705

Cantilever brake bosses

I'd like to replace the cantilever brakes on my tandem (early Shimano, which are fiddly to adjust) with V brakes. My question is, will the bosses be in the right position in relation to the rims? I plan to fit them with travel agents so they should work with my Ergo levers. I'd also welcome any comm...
by Steve
4 Feb 2011, 9:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: TOURING SLOVENIA
Replies: 15
Views: 1574

Re: TOURING SLOVENIA

Heading for Slovenia at the start of May 2011. Anyone done any bike touring / camping. Were looking to fly to Munich then overnight train to Venice and work from there towards Trieste, Slovenia (Lake Bled) and Croatia. 9 days to pack in as much as we can. Any tips or pointers appreciated. A couple ...
by Steve
25 Nov 2010, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Studded Tyres on dry roads.
Replies: 42
Views: 3063

Re: Studded Tyres on dry pavement.

horizon wrote:Hi cyclingthelakes: are you in/from the US? Did you mean "the pavement " i.e. hitting the kerb, or hitting the tarmac?


Horizon - surely you mean hitting the blacktop!!!!!!!!! Heh heh
by Steve
17 Jul 2010, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another Shimano freehub question
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Another Shimano freehub question

The (fairly new & expensive) Shimano freehub on our tandem is getting a bit sticky so I'm thinking of replacing the freehub body. Its model no is FH-HF08. Now then, do I have to buy the correct body to fit this, or will one from a cheaper hub do? I think SJSC are selling the correct one at nearl...
by Steve
27 Jun 2010, 5:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wobbly chainset
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Wobbly chainset

The rear chainset on our tandem appears not to be mounted straight on the bottom bracket (square taper), meaning that it wobbles from side to side in a rotation, perhaps by 5mm. (It's not just a bent ring as all the rings move together & yes, the bolt is tight.) I can live with it, but it does m...
by Steve
27 Jun 2010, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Parking in Harwich
Replies: 9
Views: 996

Re: Parking in Harwich

Yes, a few years ago we left our car for 2 weeks on a street of terraced houses very close to the terminal, no restrictions & no problems, enought room to find a spot but plenty of residents' cars there already so a strange car doesn't stand out. Unloaded the bike & luggage first near the te...
by Steve
23 Jun 2010, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?

Nutsey wrote:
rbrian wrote:I've never heard of it, and now that I have, I still won't join - my flat is barely big enough for me, and there's nowhere to park a bike, that's why I have a Brompton.


+1

Same as me.


That's a perfect explanation of why two people don't join, but it doesn't answer the original question!
by Steve
23 Jun 2010, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?

Yes, you need to log in & then go to

Routes & information sheets

then choose

4. Once logged in, just click here to get the routes

then choose

General Information (INF)

then choose

inf07 UK Hospitality Directory
Phew!
by Steve
22 Jun 2010, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?
Replies: 9
Views: 557

why more people don't join the CTC hospitality scheme?

We're members of this (& of Warmshowers too), & will be making use of it in our forthcoming summer tour. But there are only about 75 members in the CTC scheme & with the shocking price of B&Bs & disappearing youth hostels I wonder why more CTC members don't join this mutual schem...
by Steve
20 May 2010, 10:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap way of getting to Slovenia and Croatia
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: Cheap way of getting to Slovenia and Croatia

There is also an excellent inclined tramway, from the centre of Trieste to Villa Opicina, which saves a steep ride out of the city up towards the Slovenian border - the tram has a pair of prongs on the front, from which you hang your bike by the cross bar - quite an adventure in itsef! http://www.tr...