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by Garry Booth
21 May 2018, 1:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Riding in and around Cesky Krumlov

Does anyone have any experience of riding in the Cesky Krumlov area? We're heading that way beginning of July and I'd be interested to know whether bikes and and/or their wheels are more or less likely to get nicked than anywhere else when unattended. Sounds like a slightly paranoid question but I'm...
by Garry Booth
25 Jan 2017, 12:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 23
Views: 1701

Re: Winter tyres

OK so the Conti tyre seems to be made of the right stuff, but doesn't come in a 25 size. I guess the sensible thing to do is stay off the road when it's icy!
by Garry Booth
22 Jan 2017, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 23
Views: 1701

Winter tyres

My riding in the morning has been somewhat curtailed by the hard frosts we have been having here in East Anglia. I once came off very badly on black ice and now have no sight in one eye as a result of the injury. Anyway, I was thinking about how on the continent people fit winter tyres on their cars...
by Garry Booth
12 Jan 2017, 3:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 8642

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

We got a ladies Raleigh Captus and have no complaints about it. Good build quality. Quite heavy but you don't notice when it's rolling. Only an issue if you need to transport it I guess.
I second the 'try a hire bike or two first' idea.
by Garry Booth
13 Nov 2016, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 246
Views: 28124

Re: Hardest UK climb?

I sometimes ride from Presteigne in mid-Wales to Knighton, a short hop going the back road up a road called Stonewall. It has a very steep section of around 500m in the middle of a fairly steep section. The challenge comes in defeating the road surface ie not spinning the wheel when out of the saddl...
by Garry Booth
18 Oct 2016, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Horizontal rear drop-outs
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: Horizontal rear drop-outs

Thanks everyone for your input. Think I'll try without and see how it works! (But put them in a safe place in case... )
by Garry Booth
17 Oct 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Horizontal rear drop-outs
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Horizontal rear drop-outs

On my Dawes Mono single speed the rear drop-outs each have an adjuster screw that turns with an allen key. Are they really necessary? They are a faff and the wheel is easily positioned in the dropouts without them. Or do they actually serve a purpose of preventing the wheel from pulling forward (I'm...
by Garry Booth
30 Sep 2016, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Walkable Cycling Shoe Recommendations
Replies: 55
Views: 4362

Re: Walkable Cycling Shoe Recommendations

I agree with the earlier post re Exustar Stelvio: retro looking, black leather shoe. But they do have laces which puts some people off. In my experience, great for riding and walking (up steep hills at the end of a long sportive!)
by Garry Booth
27 Sep 2016, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano headsets
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Shimano headsets

Thanks Brucey, maybe I'll get one of my more able pals to watch over me while I attempt it!
by Garry Booth
27 Sep 2016, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano headsets
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Re: Shimano headsets

What is the 'low stack height problem' I should be looking out for? (That SJS headset looks like good value for money - not sure I trust myself rebuilding the old headset... )
by Garry Booth
26 Sep 2016, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano headsets
Replies: 9
Views: 580

Shimano headsets

How much 'better' is a 600 headset than a 105? And where does the 500 I see advertised on ebay stand in comparison? The 600 I have on my 80s rebuild needs replacing and so I'm looking at alternatives? (The rest of the group is 105.) Is it best to buy a new/NOS. Is it risky to buy another 2nd hand on...
by Garry Booth
18 Jul 2016, 5:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?
Replies: 78
Views: 4658

Re: Fined for holding up traffic - cyclists next?

When cycling in the lanes I almost never stop to let a vehicle past. It's my road as much as a motorist's (usually just one in the car). But invariably you only have to cycle on a short distance and the car is stopped to let someone thru coming the other way! I figure if an onward approaching car ca...
by Garry Booth
16 Jun 2016, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Non folding bike on London Liverpool Street to Ipswich/Colchester (Abellio/Greater Anglia)
Replies: 8
Views: 946

Re: Non folding bike on London Liverpool Street to Ipswich/Colchester (Abellio/Greater Anglia)

This line is incredibly unreliable so look out for the dread bus replacement service, especially on Sundays.
by Garry Booth
18 May 2016, 11:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mull, Isle of
Replies: 17
Views: 1350

Re: Mull, Isle of

That's really helpful everyone and very much appreciated. We're staying in the NW so it looks like we're in the right place. Midge-wise I am packing Avon Skin So Soft as it is said to be an effective repellent. Not sure I will need it as the weather forecast doesn't favour midges (or cyclists come t...
by Garry Booth
16 May 2016, 7:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: of SPD touring shoes that dry quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1879

Re: of SPD touring shoes that dry quickly

I use the old fashioned looking Exustar Stelvio leather shoes. I rub dubbin like the football boots of old. And if it is raining hard (or cold) I put overshoes on. Simples.