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by cotswolds
24 May 2014, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Should I use thread lock?
Replies: 32
Views: 2210

Should I use thread lock?

The question relates to the pedals on our tandem. The cranks are not proper tandem cranks: the stoker’s right crank is the same as a solo bike; both left side cranks are right-hand cranks from a solo-bike, to provide the chain rings for the timing chain; and the captain’s right crank is a solo left ...
by cotswolds
5 Apr 2014, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accessible accommodation along The Danube
Replies: 11
Views: 3286

Re: Accessible accommodation along The Danube

A slightly belated suggestion: a site you might find useful is wheelmap It's based on Open Street Map (i.e. crowd sourced) and shows wheelchair accessible places. A few minutes work found the following as fully wheelchair accessible: Best Western in Regensburg Ibis in Regensburg Hotel Theresientor i...
by cotswolds
6 Feb 2014, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The perfect mapping/GPS app?
Replies: 2
Views: 10178

Re: The perfect mapping/GPS app?

I've used OSMAND successfully, including touring in Europe. You can download whole countries or - for most countries - smaller regions. Turn by turn navigation worked well for me - in unknown territory, you never know if its given you the best route, but I was quite happy with the routes it chose. T...
by cotswolds
29 Jan 2013, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

Re: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain

Cotswolds - I am sorry if I appear cynical about professional advice, and I accept that the condition referred to is a generic one my experiece to date supports my views... I'm not surprised at your cynicism given your experience. Biomechanics of gait only started to exist as a subject in the 1970s...
by cotswolds
28 Jan 2013, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

Re: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain

Thanks for the info folks, looks like I'll try seeing GP again once the X-Ray is taken to rule out any fractures, and go to a podiatrist for expert advice. Seems like Ibuprofen is good in the morning before driving, but I don't want to take it throughout the day when I'm at work, not walking most o...
by cotswolds
28 Jan 2013, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

Re: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain

Beware custom orthotics which are only moulded to the shape of your foot - as all they do is support your foot in its present position. If you want to get pressure off the ball of your foot then the support needs to be behind the area of pressure not under it. Sounds like you've had some bad experi...
by cotswolds
28 Jan 2013, 6:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain
Replies: 11
Views: 3429

Re: Metatarsalgia - ball of foot pain

I mentioned this thread to my partner, who is a podiatrist. She burst out laughing and said "they must have been told that by a GP". Metatarsalgia means pain in the area of the metatarsals, which could arise for 100 different reasons. It's a general term GPs use which sounds like a diagnos...
by cotswolds
8 Nov 2012, 2:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sciatica oddity
Replies: 16
Views: 5812

Re: Sciatica oddity

I had bad sciatica for about 10 months last year, walking was painful, standing was painful, sitting on the sofa was painful. Laying on the floor relieved it somewhat, but cycling was pretty much pain free - I did the 100 mile Exmouth Exodus fairly fast (got to the breakfast café before it opened) a...
by cotswolds
12 Aug 2011, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Transporting a Tandem by Car
Replies: 35
Views: 12656

Re: Transporting a Tandem by Car

I'd recommend persevering with getting it inside the car if you can. With our Citroen Picasso, we just remove the centre rear seat and tandem front wheel then roll the tandem in backwards the right way up. A couple of bungees hold it in place and an old curtain covers the back wheel, etc, which is c...
by cotswolds
16 Jan 2010, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 1979 - help
Replies: 8
Views: 1404

Re: Dawes Galaxy 1979 - help

Which bike shop(s) in Cheltenham did you try? I've tried all of them, and have some reservations about all of them. If you fancy a ride, I'd strongly recommend Cytek, near Stroud. They impress me because they are keen on cycling, not just bikes, and adapt their advice to the sort of cycling you want...