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by robgul
16 Nov 2019, 6:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Part of Next Year's Tour??
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Part of Next Year's Tour??

I rode the section you mention as part of a coast-hugging ride from Exeter, via the Isle of Wight, all the way to Whitstable. Quite a lot of interesting sights along the way - some are classic Brit scenery (Beachy Head, Brighton, Dungeness) and some interesting wartime stuff (the "listening ear...
by robgul
15 Nov 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea Gain tyre problem
Replies: 27
Views: 946

Re: Orbea Gain tyre problem

'Break the bead', do you mean damaging it? NO! - I mean "break the seal between the bead of the tyre and the rim" - the bead of the tyre (which will be steel wires for a rigid tyre or a Kevlar "string" for a folding) sits in the edge of the wheel rim pretty firmly when inflated ...
by robgul
14 Nov 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea Gain tyre problem
Replies: 27
Views: 946

Re: Orbea Gain tyre problem

I've had the odd tyre at the shop that wouldn't leave the bead - try using a thin, rigid bit of plastic as a sort of "thin tyre lever" to slide in and just break the bead . . . something akin to a crdit card - just try and break the bead to start with, not get the tyre off. Once it starts ...
by robgul
14 Nov 2019, 7:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Only 5Nm on a stem/handlebar clamp?
Replies: 57
Views: 1473

Re: Only 5Nm on a stem/handlebar clamp?

Not sure how you get to think the torque is divided by the number of bolts (a crankset would then be 6-7nm per bolt rather than 12-14nm!) It's per bolt .... 1.25nm is not a lot more than finger tight. IIRC the nm for a crank set plug is about 0.7nm which finger tight. Doubtless someone will be along...
by robgul
8 Nov 2019, 8:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE first timer
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: JOGLE first timer

Take a look at www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk for loads of info ,..... and you can list your ride on the calendar

Rob
by robgul
21 Oct 2019, 10:04am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: cycle-endtoend.org.uk - WEBSITE ** NOT ** CLOSING
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: cycle-endtoend.org.uk - WEBSITE ** NOT ** CLOSING

Site is down for a short while (showing an ISP default page) while the domain registration is being moved.

Rob
by robgul
19 Oct 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 15
Views: 1692

Re: Bike Express??

We used it several years ago for a very long return trip to Provence and my bum still remembers the seating. Hour after hour of discomfort. The bus itself was a tired old thing, not the "luxury" experience promised. The "catering" consisted of a bloke serving up microwave "...
by robgul
19 Oct 2019, 7:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Express??
Replies: 15
Views: 1692

Re: Bike Express??

They have a website - used them - faultless, no hassle service (the only downside is the length of time sitting in a bus!)

Rob
by robgul
16 Oct 2019, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 583

Re: Rear derailleur guard

Bike shops will tell you that the hanger - which is normally separate and replaceable on anything but the most basic of bikes - is designed to be the weak point if the bike falls over rather than damaging the frame - and that the so-called "guards" have potential to damage the frame/dropou...
by robgul
11 Oct 2019, 9:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1808

Re: LEJOG by Cicerone Route (Entire) 2019 Reflections & Advice

My wife & I completed an self supported trip in June 2019 using the Cicerone route exclusively but supported by advice & comments on this fantastic forum, thank you everyone. I hope I can provide some 'pay back' to the forum by sharing my own thoughts & advice via my blog & diary he...
by robgul
9 Oct 2019, 7:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: changing a cassette - Shimano Sora
Replies: 23
Views: 1121

Re: changing a cassette - Shimano Sora

You may find that the jockey wheel is too close to the 34T cog. To get round this there's a device called a derailer hanger extender that lowers the derailer. (They are available in the UK, I have a mate there who's just fitted one.) I did just what you are wanting to do myself using a hanger exten...
by robgul
8 Oct 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 133
Views: 5538

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

robgul wrote:Hmm - I had a flu jab at about 1700 today - feel OK so far!

Rob


Minimal pain/tenderness overnight around the area of the jab otherwise no problem.

Rob
by robgul
8 Oct 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: changing a cassette - Shimano Sora
Replies: 23
Views: 1121

Re: changing a cassette - Shimano Sora

I'd like to do something similar with the Claris setup on the Orbea Gain. The current block is 8 speed 11-32 and I prefer the idea of a 14-34 if this is available. Main reason is to reduce the jumps between the gears, the 34 is a minor issue but welcome if the mech will handle it. By time the small...
by robgul
7 Oct 2019, 9:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Just Waiting (Hospital)
Replies: 29
Views: 845

Re: Just Waiting (Hospital)

I have a bit of a trick for the big hospital in Coventry that I have to attend from time to time where the car parks are all strangely shaped with entry barriers that are on very tight turns from the road which many drivers can't negotiate without a shunt .... once I'm through the barrier I'll look ...