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by wearwell
9 May 2018, 1:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Down tube shifters with MTB gearing
Replies: 10
Views: 719

Re: Down tube shifters with MTB gearing

I substituted a DT shifter for the SRAM Apex brake lever front shifter and it works a lot better, though there's no indexing so I have to trim it a bit sometimes. Luckily it fitted the boss, though it needed a bit of filing as the down tube is not circular section.
by wearwell
24 Apr 2018, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Santander ferry
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Santander ferry

Does anybody know if you can get on the Santander ferry with a bike, without booking?
by wearwell
24 Sep 2017, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Opinel knives
Replies: 31
Views: 2165

Re: Opinel knives

....... But they have a tendency to stiffen up, to the point of being very hard to open, and quite scary to close; I imagine it's the wood swelling up and gripping the blade too tight. Anyone know if there's a cure for this? Keep it dry and warm - ideally a trouser pocket. Dunk it in raw linseed oi...
by wearwell
13 Sep 2017, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?
Replies: 512
Views: 20331

Re: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?

I've dumped a ridiculous Sram Apex 'compact' double chainwheel in favour of a treble - with a down tube changer to save having to buy new gear all round. It's just like my first bike (1958) and works perfectly well - much better than the high tech Sram option! Arguably; for all normal purposes the o...
by wearwell
23 Aug 2017, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks saddles - a poll
Replies: 37
Views: 1955

Re: Brooks saddles - a poll

I had one for years and thought it was marvellous. Then LEJOG - it started getting painful half way and never got any better, then or later. No obvious change in the saddle itself. Eventually sold it on ebay and got more than I'd paid for it. Went back to a Selle Rolls which has been perfect, and ap...
by wearwell
22 Aug 2017, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1938

Re: exped down mat - short life

I mended the leaks in mine - following their on-line instructions. Seems to have worked and have just spent 8 nights on it. I thought it wouldn't work as the leaks were in the corners at the ends of a seam, not on a flat bit.
by wearwell
13 Aug 2017, 8:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1938

Re: exped down mat - short life

I'm on my third synmat, one replaced under warranty, the other binned mid tour (It was a couple of years old) Current one has a bulge, but is still usable. There is a problem with the design that there's no way of overcoming with current HF PVC welding equipment. if you look at anything else made w...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1938

Re: exped down mat - short life

Sounds like you had a bad batch? Try to speak with the distributor, you may at least get a discount. It's annoying when those things happen, isn't it? My kettle starts leaking one week after the warranty expired, the shop says I could send it to the manufacturer but P&P is on me, so I may as we...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 2:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 604
Views: 343859

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I bought the titanium audax. Very nice bike and a pleasure to ride but it wasn't an easy journey. 1 It arrived and first thing I noticed was that steering tube had already been trimmed short. OK it fitted me, so that was lucky! 2. Both wheels were out of true - Spa sounded surprised and replaced the...
by wearwell
12 Aug 2017, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1938

exped down mat - short life

We bought a couple of these. They are brilliant except for short life. They both failed, internally not through puncture. One squirts out down and is hard to deflate (blocked inside), the other leaks from a seam. Unfortunately outside guarantee period. I guess we had about 50 nights on them. Pity, b...
by wearwell
4 Apr 2017, 9:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: west highland way kinlochleven
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: west highland way kinlochleven

Right ho thanks for replies.
Might just have a look at it - am staying in Kinlochleven. The WH way, Glen Coe and back up Loch Leven could make a convenient and interesting loop excursion
by wearwell
3 Apr 2017, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: west highland way kinlochleven
Replies: 6
Views: 610

west highland way kinlochleven

Would you take a touring bike (not loaded) on the WH route from Kinghouses to Kinlochleven or would it be not worth the struggle?
by wearwell
20 Dec 2016, 8:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.
Replies: 137
Views: 9452

Re: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.

....... When I first started driving a Ford C max(I'm on my second one), I very nearly turned out of an unmarked side road(minor housing estate roads)in front of a cyclist I didn't see,fortunately on the last second I saw something and braked,he'd anticipated the potential and had braked too. I wou...
by wearwell
17 Dec 2016, 11:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.
Replies: 137
Views: 9452

Re: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.

As a cyclist of many many years - indeed 56+yrs but more importantly as a driver that covers many thousands of miles each year and a great many hauling a 26ft twin axle caravan on the back of a large estate car - I see many many;far to many sights that really beggar belief. The current one is cycli...
by wearwell
12 Dec 2016, 3:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12488

Re: Coroner DOES NOT blame headphones

[.... Sorry, my mistake, I phrased it unclearly. I sometimes get to the end of something and then haphazardly rewrite bits without paying enough attention*. I should have written this: So while it's perfectly reasonable argue that a sound can be a cognitive distraction, I don't think you can argue ...