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by phil parker
31 Jan 2010, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke length
Replies: 40
Views: 2738

Re: Spoke length

You are both correct! - I have no proof of this (I do have experience of this) nor am I graduate of metallurgy. I am an aircraft engineering manager and I very rarely use my academic qualifications in my day to day job, although I do discuss some issues with stress engineers on a regular basis. My c...
by phil parker
31 Jan 2010, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke length
Replies: 40
Views: 2738

Re: Spoke length

Personally, I find that you should really be within 2 mm of calculated spoke length (I have built about 10 sets of wheels since the end of October). Unless your'e desperate to save money, I would also recommend buying new spokes. Depending upon the use of the previous spokes - they effectively becom...
by phil parker
29 Jan 2010, 2:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Karrimor gear?
Replies: 12
Views: 1584

Re: Karrimor gear?

They moved out of the old mill in Accrington town centre and moved to a " unit" on an estate. I'm not sure how the new stuff measures up I was a regular visitor to that particular 'unit' during the mid nineties to noughties - as they had a very good 'seconds' shop containing either end-of...
by phil parker
24 Jan 2010, 10:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip
Replies: 119
Views: 9242

Re: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip

British Airways advice is "you may wish to deflate the tyres to reduce risk of damage" If you print it off beforehand and wave it at the check in, you may possibly get away with leaving the tyres pumped up. That's also a good point - in today's era of litigation anyone who is unlucky to h...
by phil parker
24 Jan 2010, 9:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip
Replies: 119
Views: 9242

Re: Deflating Tyres For Aeroplane Trip

It doesn't really matter what the likelihood is of a cycle tyre exploding, or not, those who make the risk assessments try to eliminate any potential risk even the 1:1 million chances. It then becomes a regulation that must be complied with rather than debated upon and for that reason individual cas...
by phil parker
22 Jan 2010, 9:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accomadation booking up !
Replies: 13
Views: 1181

Re: Accomadation booking up !

I did my LeJoG by campsites except for 2 evenings because some of the campsites weren't open in mid-March. Although the campsites didn't need to be 'booked' in advance, I phoned and spoke to each campsite owner to let them know of my intentions and to check that they were open and had the full facil...
by phil parker
22 Jan 2010, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dawes super galaxy
Replies: 10
Views: 1635

Re: dawes super galaxy

I'd agree that £50 is a good price for the frameset alone and if it is the right size for you, I would have no hesitation in buying it.

People who don't understand bikes do get things wrong, like wheel size, as is the case here; there's no fooling me - they are not 26"!!
by phil parker
19 Jan 2010, 5:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Vids
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: Cycling Vids

Now the stuff they use to make them speed bumps - could they also be used to fill in the plethora of natural traffic calming measures I saw in abundance on your commute?!!
by phil parker
9 Jan 2010, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring
Replies: 65
Views: 15204

Re: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring

I've been an avid user of drops all my life, but like most other forum members, I rarely use the drops preferring the tops and hoods. I removed flat handlebars from my expedition bike because of the lack of hand positions, in particular using the hoods allows you to twist your wrists by 90 degrees t...
by phil parker
7 Jan 2010, 7:43pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Planning
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: Route Planning

The best free sites to use are: Bike Route Toaster and Bike Hike
by phil parker
7 Jan 2010, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 1986
Replies: 13
Views: 3294

Re: Dawes Galaxy 1986

It is worth £100, if you are prepared to ride it as it is. It can be easily upgraded, but if you have to start buying all the parts new it can get expensive. I once had a Dawes Galaxy from about 1986 and if memory serves me well the distance at the rear dropouts was 120mm. If you want to fit 8/9/10-...
by phil parker
6 Jan 2010, 7:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a good quality PADDED handle bar tape
Replies: 11
Views: 1855

Re: a good quality PADDED handle bar tape

I always use the Marsas foam covered with a good cork tape and it works wonders!!
by phil parker
31 Dec 2009, 5:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Camping!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1765

Re: Camping!!

I completed the End-to-End 3 years ago, camping unsupported and at each campsite there was normally a fence or a tree close to the tents that we could secure the (two) bikes to - and we figured that any attempt to steal them would wake us up!! If you've camped before - the only other advice I would ...
by phil parker
31 Dec 2009, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel building question
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Wheel building question

It depends how much difference in tension you can feel between the spokes? Theoretically, unless the rim is distorted, they should be within about 100 Newtons of each other and that isn't easy to detect using your hands alone. It is possible to have a 'rogue' spoke that is under tensioned and still ...