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by SimonCelsa
4 Aug 2011, 11:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Brooks?
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: Which Brooks?

I've had a standard Brooks B17 for about 2500 miles now & can only assume it is still in the breaking in phase. It feels at times like I'm sitting on a plank of wood!! The most comfort I have thus far obtained is when I was caught in a torrential downpour about 40 miles from home. The thing got ...
by SimonCelsa
4 Aug 2011, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter
Replies: 83
Views: 12441

Re: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter

I've just ripped out my 2 front teeth whilst suspended from a spoke checking the tenison meter calibration!! Thus I think that a test of 'Petra' cycles return/exchange department is shortly forthcoming. Oh to the joys of internet shopping. Your advise is correct Colin, I think I'll go for an exchang...
by SimonCelsa
4 Aug 2011, 7:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter
Replies: 83
Views: 12441

Re: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter

Yes hello Colin. I'm pretty positive the correct part of the supplied table is being used. The 'steel round spokes' (yellow section on mine). I'm getting between 27 - 28 deflection on the meter - I know the graduations go upto 48 but the tabulated tensions stop at 28 (on my sheet anyhow). I suppose ...
by SimonCelsa
3 Aug 2011, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter
Replies: 83
Views: 12441

Re: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter

Thanks for that Colin, so it would seem that my newly acquired tension meter is not quite calibrated properly. Still thinking of practical ways to re-calibrate it myself. I Have bathroom scales, 2 spare spokes, a ball of string, pencil & my body weight. Might not be able to sleep tonight with th...
by SimonCelsa
3 Aug 2011, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter
Replies: 83
Views: 12441

Calibrating Park Tool TM-1 spoke tension meter

Hello & Good Day, any help with the following queries would be highly appreciated. Having recently fitted a new wheelset to my hybrid cum quasi-tourer I decided to dismantle the old wheelset & attain some practice in the delicate art of wheelbuilding. I duly downloaded the Roger Musson pro g...
by SimonCelsa
25 Jul 2011, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension forks and touring
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Suspension forks and touring

I'm currently riding a cheap 3 year old Specialized Crosstrail with front suspension forks (even cheaper with no lock out). I've fitted a rear rack & 36 ltr rear panniers. Oh, and some nice wheels from SPA which are worth more than the bike (I'm saving for a good frame next, slowly slowly) Altho...
by SimonCelsa
25 Jul 2011, 8:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bikes for JOGLES
Replies: 28
Views: 3782

Re: Bikes for JOGLES

With that sort of budget I would go for a Surly Long Haul Trucker, although I believe they are quite hard to source in the UK. Maybe I haven't read enough postings on various websites, but I cannot recall any negative feedback on this bike. Maybe it's a bit hefty but apparently it is very robust, &a...
by SimonCelsa
22 Jul 2011, 11:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Passing through Inverness?
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: Passing through Inverness?

You might be lucky Mr Riff Raff! My current rotation should see me on leave early June next year although I have found that best laid plans always tend to curve a little. May is probably the best time up here when an atmospheric high pressure region somehow tends to drift across giving bright sunny ...
by SimonCelsa
20 Jul 2011, 9:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Passing through Inverness?
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Passing through Inverness?

Hello, I'm an Englishman (East London), been resident in the Highlands for a number of years, spend most of my life at sea but have recently returned home (a bit before anticipated time due company relieving schedules) to an empty house - the wife & three kids are on holiday in the Philippines u...
by SimonCelsa
20 Jul 2011, 9:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Broken leg
Replies: 50
Views: 3893

Re: Broken leg

Don't worry too much about it. I spend more than half the year away on a rusty old Chinese gas tanker around Asia - away from the bike, & the only real exercise is a few brisk walks round the deck. When I come home it takes about a week to get the bike muscles back & then I'm flying again li...
by SimonCelsa
17 Jul 2011, 3:30pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 617
Views: 348050

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I recently enquired as to the estimated wait time for a set of Sputnik rims on Deore hubs & was advised 'about one to two weeks'. Ariving home for the weekend this Friday night my neighbour handed over a box containing the said wheelset which had been delivered during the week. All told, less th...
by SimonCelsa
3 Jul 2011, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling on the left......
Replies: 212
Views: 9427

Re: Cycling on the left......

Kwackers talks a lot of sense here. As a serving seafarer, adhering to the International Regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea i.e The Rules of the Road, the common dictate is to keep as close as practicable to the starboard (right) side of the channel, & pass 'port to port' or 'red to re...
by SimonCelsa
19 Jun 2011, 1:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Public Sector Pension Reform
Replies: 227
Views: 6766

Re: Public Sector Pension Reform

Depressing thread. Lighten up. I've worked nearly 30 years at sea in the Merchant Navy, foreign flag, multinational crews, majority of whom are Filipino (and generally a happy bunch). Pensions? what are they? I think I've accrued 2700 USD in an Hong Kong bank from a former Japanese employer. An old ...
by SimonCelsa
10 Jun 2011, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid Cross tgrail bike
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Hybrid Cross tgrail bike

I bought a bottom of the range Specialized Crosstrail a couple of years ago for around 300 quid & it's still going well. Riding on & offish road around Inverness. Not a particularly good looking bike but it fits the purpose well. The cheaper model has V brakes but I believe you could get dis...
by SimonCelsa
31 May 2011, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can't sleep after long ride
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: Can't sleep after long ride

A golden elixir distilled in Scotland, liberally imbibed sometimes helps,

available at all good Off Licenses, usually without prescription.

Hope this is of help?