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by Reigncloud
19 Dec 2011, 2:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help? V. Urgent - can I buy bike box & padding at Heathrow t
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

Re: Help? V. Urgent - can I buy bike box & padding at Heathr

NEVER EVER EVER pressure wash a bicycle! Hey it wasn't me! It was AQIS at the airport. I didn't know that was what they were going to do when they took it away as I was instructed to sit in the quarantine 'naughty boy chair' while it happened. I thought it better to do so then tempt fate for a fals...
by Reigncloud
19 Dec 2011, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padlock Alarms
Replies: 15
Views: 2102

Re: Padlock Alarms

by Reigncloud
19 Dec 2011, 2:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help? V. Urgent - can I buy bike box & padding at Heathrow t
Replies: 9
Views: 1119

Re: Help? V. Urgent - can I buy bike box & padding at Heathr

The OP has probably flown by now, but I'v taken bikes between Australia and the UK many times. They do check for dirt, and I did once have to wait while they pressure washed every inch of the bike. Best wash it's ever had!
by Reigncloud
1 Dec 2011, 10:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aussie to bring or buy bike?
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Aussie to bring or buy bike?

As an Australian who lives in the UK and has transported many bikes back and forth I'd say go the BYO route. Always better to ride your own bike. I also love the feeling of juxtaposition between your familiar old steed and the unfamiliararity of a foreign land. It's like taking your best mate on hol...
by Reigncloud
1 Dec 2011, 10:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar clutter
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Handlebar clutter

Can anyone beat this? Seen here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/w ... pvYYVGRVQA

Like the emergency spoke key!

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by Reigncloud
28 Nov 2011, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stiffening pannier fabric
Replies: 12
Views: 799

Re: Stiffening pannier fabric

Many thanks for all the great suggestions. I might give the diluted PVA a go at some stage. The cordura inserts option sounds good too. Not sure if they've lost waterproofness, but the seem to be ok. They were fairly waterproof (well as good as they've ever been) in July when riding through eastern ...
by Reigncloud
27 Nov 2011, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stiffening pannier fabric
Replies: 12
Views: 799

Re: Stiffening pannier fabric

Yes, there is a backing board in there, but the fabric kinda swings around it at the back, hence touching the wheel.
by Reigncloud
27 Nov 2011, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stiffening pannier fabric
Replies: 12
Views: 799

Stiffening pannier fabric

My trusty Altura panniers have lately become a bit floppy i.e. they droop off the bike and tha fabric is quite soft. If there's one heavy item in them (such as a lock) they flap around and sometimes touch the spokes. I'm not exactly sure what you would call the material, but it's certainly some type...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

If it gets stolen, that's it. Gone, and so is my cycling enjoyment. This cannot be insured against. Money cannot bring my bike back. I would (jokingly) argue it can. I worked in a bike shop that was broken into once. The owner ended up 'contributing to a person's costs' and ultimately recovered the...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

horizon wrote: reigncloud: I think we're quits on this now! :D


Yes happy to. No ill feeling of course - good lively debate! :D
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

. By "insuring" the bike yourself, you can benefit from your own carefully reduced risks. Yes, but you can never reduce your risk to zero. At least with insurance the risk to your pocket is a relatively small (though non-zero) amount. I say non-zero because while I don't know what their f...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

My point is that the insurance companies view cycle theft not as a risk but as inevitability. Neither party therefore really gains from insurance. I submit the fact that you can buy bike specific insurance as evidence against this point :) No business is ever set up just to break even, they want to...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

My suspicion (and it is only that) is that they make adjustments such as reducing the ceiling for bikes lost away from home, increasing premiums subsequent to a claim etc. They have also perhaps in the house insurance calculated far more accurately their risk Yes, I agree with this - insurance is a...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

Don't forget that you then carry on paying the insurance premium - the cost over ten years is the same whether your bike is stolen on day 1 or day 36500 Yes, but the odds of having another bike stolen are no less either! You could get unlucky and have multiple bikes stolen in a year. Not likely, bu...
by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 2:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4078

Re: Total Cycle Assist

No it isn't. The point I'm making is that a sinking fund is used to accumulate money for an inevitable, predictable but manageable event (such as replacement vehicle parts, a new roof after 30 years, the repayment of bonds). Insurance on the other hand spreads the risk of an unlikely but catastroph...