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by bikes4two
31 Jan 2011, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 7961

Re: Fitting Butterfly Bars - My Experiences

Funny Old World isn't it? I have a Dawes KaraKum - it came with Butterfly Bars, which I suspect could be of a lesser quality than some that are available. Anyway, a couple of thousand miles later I went to straight bars with bar-end grips. I found this more comfortable all round (back, and wrists ma...
by bikes4two
17 Oct 2010, 10:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Pannier Bags
Replies: 99
Views: 29656

Re: Touring Pannier Bags

I can't comment on the range of different panniers mentioned in this thread, other than the ones I've used which are Altura Dryliners. I have not found it necessary to pack the contents in plastic bags although I do use the Altura flourescent covers, both for visibility and to minimise dirty and abr...
by bikes4two
9 Oct 2010, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: looking for 650C mudguards
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: looking for 650C mudguards

Doh! I missed that obvious last point. I now have a nice pair of 700c Giant Defy Fenders neatly in place - onlt a tiny bit of fettling required.
by bikes4two
8 Oct 2010, 6:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: looking for 650C mudguards
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

looking for 650C mudguards

My wife has 650c wheels on her Trek road bike and I can't seem to find mudguards, slim or otherwise, that are specified for this size. Getting to my local LBS is not easy at the moment, so I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good web-site for said items? What about 700c guards - is fitting these goin...
by bikes4two
23 Sep 2010, 11:01pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: CTC Members: Helmet usage
Replies: 49
Views: 3011

Re: CTC Members: Helmet usage

I wear a helmet on the very odd ocassion that I think I might fall off my bike (and no, that's not when I go to the pub). This, on the basis that at all other times if me and the bike part company, it's because I've been knocked off the bike and the helmet is not likely to save me due to the force o...
by bikes4two
22 Sep 2010, 7:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguard Stay endcap thingies
Replies: 13
Views: 2062

Mudguard Stay endcap thingies

Don't know about you, but I'm always loosing the little black endcaps that go over the cut ends of mudguard stays (and of course it's always the lower front ones that snag my toes when wearing cycling sandals - ouch!). So: a. what's the proper name for these? b. where can I get replacements? c. what...
by bikes4two
2 Aug 2010, 5:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Our custom built tandem was supplied by MSG Bikes in west sussex who were extremely thorough in their choice of components, including a a 'sit-bone' measurment for my lady stoker. The saddle provided was an SQLab 602 which comes in various sizes to suit. She has other saddles on other bikes but pref...
by bikes4two
26 Jul 2010, 10:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: simple cycling jerseys
Replies: 12
Views: 1242

Re: simple cycling jerseys

as previously mentioned, sports direct do Karrimor cycling kit - I've bought my last two s/s jerseys there for under a tenner and both have done me well for the last two trips (about 30 days cycling). Trouble is, they seem to be popular, so getting what you want may not be straight forward. Silly me...
by bikes4two
26 Jul 2010, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike-Eye Mirrors, Clip On Mirrors and other ideas.
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Bike-Eye Mirrors, Clip Ons and other ideas.

I have a Bike Eye on my road bike - I have mixed views on its efficacy. On the plus side, it fits solidly to the bike frame, so little to no additional vibration other than that normally experienced with 100 PSI in 23c tyres. The view rearward is a very narrow field of view. For instance, if a vehic...
by bikes4two
22 Jul 2010, 10:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

Re: 531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy

Hi Mercurykev,
Does 'very sturdy' also equate to 'heavy'? Were they of equal weight or one much heavier than the other? Any other observations about touring abilities, reliability etc?
by bikes4two
22 Jul 2010, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

Re: 531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy

Thanks Crepello - PM sent
by bikes4two
22 Jul 2010, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

531ST - Claud Butler v Galaxy

Having not experienced drops on a tourer nor a steel frame, I'm currently looking for a used tourer with drops and a 531 (or better) frame. Galaxies seem thin on the ground at the moment but I have the chance to acquire a Claud Butler Black Diamond (apparently made exclusively for SJS Cycles some ye...
by bikes4two
25 Jun 2010, 6:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Camping Chair-not Trekker
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Camping Chair-not Trekker

Manybikes - oh yes, so they do - Hants/PO9 now comes up as being covered for delivery - they must have seen my whinge! Julk - yes, the Downmat is top of my shopping list and I'm ordering one up today, but I didn't know about the Chairkit - 40 quid though :-0 Still, you get what you pay for! Thanks ...
by bikes4two
21 Jun 2010, 9:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: drinking and cycling
Replies: 64
Views: 2504

Re: drinking and cycling

Before I go out on my bike I make sure it is safe to ride, that I'm as visible as possible to other road users and that my lights will work if it's dark - all this to make sure I make it through the day. Why on earth would I then jepordise my personal safety by drinking ANY alchohol at all. For me, ...
by bikes4two
21 Jun 2010, 12:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Camping Chair-not Trekker
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Camping Chair-not Trekker

I have the Trekker chair as used with Thermarest mats, but I'm changing mat type and now need a different chair - must have a BACK REST. I don't mind a little bit of extra weight so alloy frames, or even steel if under, say, 1.5kg. Size also not necessarily a problem as I could 're-fashion' long tub...