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by Reigncloud
18 Nov 2011, 1:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Total Cycle Assist
Replies: 35
Views: 4076

Re: Total Cycle Assist

Bike insurance doesn't actually exist. What you are offered is actually a sinking fund. This is effectively what insurance is though - taking one-off risks and evening out their costs over time. You also take on a 'reverse' risk as well - the risk that you won't have to use insurance before you've ...
by Reigncloud
17 Nov 2011, 10:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: your best place/pic from 2011
Replies: 52
Views: 6137

Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Two pics from the same tour - Krakow to Venice via Croatia and Austria. Rained a fair bit unfortunately, but these are two highlights: Lake Bled in Slovenia (you can see my thermarest mattress I was dipping in the lake to look for the leak!). This photo is 'as taken' i.e no photoshopping or otherwis...
by Reigncloud
15 Nov 2011, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are cycle light brackets so silly?
Replies: 27
Views: 3555

Re: Why are cycle light brackets so silly?

What will make a change, is if just one manufacturer really researches and solves the problems, and design and manufactures accordingly, producing intelligent designs at a competitive price - the others will have to follow. But I don't think that will happen. The manufacturers have no idea. I would...
by Reigncloud
15 Nov 2011, 10:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: pannier help
Replies: 33
Views: 4056

Re: pannier help

Here are the Arrans. They cannot jump off if they are properly mounted, two metal pawls underneath the side rails prevent that. Not sure if they've changed the mounting system for the Arrans, but I think the ones that the poster above doesn't like are the ones shown on the 36L size here: [url] http...
by Reigncloud
7 Nov 2011, 3:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the best battery lights for being seen?
Replies: 60
Views: 5841

Re: the best battery lights for being seen?

The knogs I mentioned above are *very* bright - certainly as much as you need, and I imagine just as bright as the delextreme/ebay ones. All the ones mentioned since have the weakness of easily breakable plastic bracket mounts. Coming back from a day ride yesterday ... Don't know why you quoted my ...
by Reigncloud
7 Nov 2011, 1:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the best battery lights for being seen?
Replies: 60
Views: 5841

Re: the best battery lights for being seen?

The knogs I mentioned above are *very* bright - certainly as much as you need, and I imagine just as bright as the delextreme/ebay ones. All the ones mentioned since have the weakness of easily breakable plastic bracket mounts.
by Reigncloud
20 Oct 2011, 12:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Locks
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Re: Locks

I posted in another thread about my alarm lock here. My advice would depend on the use. If just touring then the alarm is fine, but if you're leaving it locked up at the station then just get a kryptonite and 'fahgettaboudit' <boom tish>
by Reigncloud
6 Oct 2011, 8:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike lock
Replies: 17
Views: 1934

Re: bike lock

There's something similar on ebay but combination rather than key, and for half the price http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOCK-ALARM-100-DECIBEL-RETRACTABLE-60cm-CABLE-/150632164346?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Cycling_BikeLocks_SR&hash=item2312606bfa Yeah I didn't buy mine from there - that's just a random e...
by Reigncloud
3 Oct 2011, 10:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike lock
Replies: 17
Views: 1934

Re: bike lock

To repost something I wrote in another thread: I used to take a standard D lock or fat cable lock. Last year however I 'downgraded' to a very thin cable lock with alarm in an effort to save weight: S89-6129P01WL.jpg http://www.rapidonline.com/Tools-Fasteners-Production-Equipment/Automotive-Products/...
by Reigncloud
21 Sep 2011, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the best battery lights for being seen?
Replies: 60
Views: 5841

Re: the best battery lights for being seen?

With the exception of the Revolution flash and the exposure lights all the others (Cateye, Smart etc) have one common weak point - the mount. This is always the first part to break on all my lights. It's also pretty ugly to leave on when not in use. Rack mounts have a slightly longer lifespan, but n...
by Reigncloud
21 Sep 2011, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which cycle sat nav?
Replies: 72
Views: 12364

Re: Which cycle sat nav?

Mattie wrote:Quick question about the smartphone as a GPS option - do they work (navigate) if you keep them inside your handlebar bag ?


Yep, they still work fine - well mine does at least!
by Reigncloud
21 Sep 2011, 12:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wall Mounted Cyclestorage
Replies: 4
Views: 1315

Re: Wall Mounted Cyclestorage

I replaced the red plastic coated hook type with these last weekend. Very solid and multiple attachment points for greater strength (the red hooks kept on coming out of the wall). http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Beto-Bike-Storage-Hook_45362.htm I'm yet to find a more efficient method of storage then hanging...
by Reigncloud
17 Aug 2011, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Using a phone as a GPS
Replies: 12
Views: 1826

Re: Using a phone as a GPS

Android phones and the iPhone all have a plethora of apps to choose from; from there you're largely into subtleties of battery life (none are good, so it's then a matter of swappable batteries vs extended batteries vs piggyback batteries - each have minor advantages/disadvantages). All modern phone...
by Reigncloud
5 Aug 2011, 11:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Using a phone as a GPS
Replies: 12
Views: 1826

Re: Using a phone as a GPS

I've been doing this for years. Highly recommend it. See my posts here:

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=46919

and here:

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=52283&p=441479#p441479
by Reigncloud
5 Aug 2011, 11:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Across Northern Spain
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Re: Across Northern Spain

Below are the first couple of days we did in 2009. Day 1 and 2 I made two options for each, but I can't recall which one we ended up riding sorry! I can't recall any of it being that busy really, and the scenery is fantastic. Day 1 http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=60099 http://bikerout...