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by bikes4two
28 Aug 2011, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Powder Coating
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: Powder Coating

'proper' paint jobs starting at £100 (I wonder how much the extras are?), so for those of use who have to watch our bike budgets, let's have some prices please. i'd imagine that mercian, dave yates or argos are no better or worse than each other. they'll all produce excellent results as befits a sp...
by bikes4two
28 Aug 2011, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Powder Coating
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: Powder Coating

If you want a decent enamel job try Vernon Barker in Dronfield. I'm just rebuilding the Son in Law's Claud Butler after one of Vernon's paint jobs, it really is damn good and it doesn't seem to scratch either. :P I'm pleased you're pleased with the paint job, but how much did it cost? The cost/bene...
by bikes4two
27 Aug 2011, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Powder Coating
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: Powder Coating

Powder coating is harder wearing and more environmentally friendly. Thank you Giles. From someone that ran one of the biggest powder coating plants in the UK, coating everything from shop equipment, Hoover casings and bus parts to name just a few, I can assure you its not environmentally friendly a...
by bikes4two
27 Aug 2011, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Battery backup for Garmin Edge
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Battery backup for Garmin Edge

Sounds great, but do you need one? I suppose if you were camping away from a power socket, it could be a a good thing to have. My old Edge 305 went for 12hrs between charges, and my 705 goes for 15+hrs. 1. I guess the answer to do you need one is 'yes' otherwise they wouldn't be asking would they. ...
by bikes4two
26 Aug 2011, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Tandem Frame Is This?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

What Tandem Frame Is This?

Hi, does anyone recognise this frame design/designer and can hazard a guess at the tubing used? (they're not lugged) Previous lady-backs I've had have been whippy, but I'm wondering if this might be more rigid with the double twin-tubed laterals - any views please? I've yet to see the bike and am wo...
by bikes4two
25 Aug 2011, 11:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pension Crisis
Replies: 33
Views: 1870

Re: Pension Crisis

Si wrote:You were lucky, we lived int paper bag int middle of t'road.......

No, you were luck - I had a Palm Beach bike with only 3 gears, brakes that didn't work in the wet and no money to afford a Brooks B17
by bikes4two
25 Aug 2011, 11:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I know where Col Gadaffi is........
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: I know where Col Gadaffi is........

Sorry to ask, which one is Bob? The top one I presume as he's got the Sgt Pepper kit on and Gandolf's a colonel isn't/wasn't he? :D Or am I in the wrong fantasy? :oops:
by bikes4two
24 Aug 2011, 12:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: carradice bags
Replies: 26
Views: 1622

Re: carradice bags

The Jetboil - cracking idea but a 100 dollars! :P :oops: :roll: I like tea, but not that much! Oh well, Christmas is coming - lol
by bikes4two
23 Aug 2011, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to buy a bicycle?
Replies: 31
Views: 2340

Re: Where to buy a bicycle?

A couple of points re the original question: the OP said they were thinking of changing bikes to make the commute 'easier' - define 'easier first? Do you mean more comfortable or faster or what? Bear in mind that there is often a trade-off between speed & comfort: fast road bike / 23c tyres / ri...
by bikes4two
17 Aug 2011, 6:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Transporting a Tandem by Car
Replies: 35
Views: 12809

Re: Transporting a Tandem by Car

I have a Helton tandem carrier, I have difficulty with it my roof bars are Thule and the Helton was not made to accommodate them. The other issue is my tandem is a Thorn,with non crossover drive ,hence locating the "drainpipe" to the Helton is not easy. Using this is in my situation a two...
by bikes4two
13 Aug 2011, 8:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: URGENT Womens saddle for touring!
Replies: 14
Views: 828

Re: URGENT Womens saddle for touring!

I couldn't recommend any particular saddle as what's good for one, may not suit another. As for the sit-bone measuring gizzmo, they are a good starting point providing the bike shop know how to interpret what the gizzmo tells you versus getting a saddle to match the measurements. My wife had this me...
by bikes4two
13 Aug 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Transporting a Tandem by Car
Replies: 35
Views: 12809

Re: Transporting a Tandem by Car

I have a Santos Double Travel and I use an Atera Hydraulic Tandem Lift and I get the tandem onto my roof-rack without any strain what so ever. I've never used any of the other market brands so I can't give a comparison, but believe me, the Atera is easy peasy to use - see this youtube clip for a sin...
by bikes4two
4 Aug 2011, 11:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

Re: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?

The tyre width/rolling resistance debate again - hmmm. If you could tell the difference in rolling progress between 32c and 38c when carrying a 13Kg load, then well done you. What you may notice though is the 38c pneumatic cushioning effect is improved over the 32c. IMHO when touring, loaded or unlo...
by bikes4two
4 Aug 2011, 10:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Upload images-can't figure it
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Upload images-can't figure it

I knew it would be straight forward (not) - thanks for all help - the last stumbling block was to realise that image files of type PNG do not work but JPG ones do - now able to do as intended - after this experience I am now less likely to slag Microsoft off for their Windows issues.
by bikes4two
4 Aug 2011, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reviving Carradice Saddlebag
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Re: Reviving Carradice Saddlebag

Just to let you know that I have tried the following on my Carradice canvas bag 1. Using a hot air gun (low setting), I melted some Grangers wax dressing and black boot polish (about 6:1) in a tin until liquefied 2. Then using a small paint brush I applied this to the bag whilst at the same time pla...