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by LollyKat
10 Aug 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman
Replies: 16
Views: 794

Re: Starter Bike for (Very) Overweight Woman

Also a very recent thread here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=139655. Note that if you live in a hilly area you will need suitable gears.
by LollyKat
24 Jul 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 8 speed chainring: 9speed chain
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: 8 speed chainring: 9speed chain

I think 531Colin uses 8-speed chains on 9-speed sprockets, as the 8-speed chains last longer. Some monhts ago my husband put an 8-speed Sedis chain on his 9-speed Tiagra set-up and hasn't had any problems. Such chains are cheap so you could try it and see.
by LollyKat
16 Jul 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on kit for commuting and for baby bike seat
Replies: 24
Views: 626

Re: Advice on kit for commuting and for baby bike seat

Make sure any rucsack you use is not so big that it is in the baby's face, as I have sometimes seen.
by LollyKat
16 Jul 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice

Many thanks - that's really helpful. I'll try phoning the advisor and see what they say. We have a choice of routes, Glasgow-Rannoch (preferred) or Glasgow-Pitlochry, and on both of those you have to book bike spaces. Otherwise it's £250 + petrol for van hire compared to £47.50 return for two adults...
by LollyKat
16 Jul 2020, 11:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfbike
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: Halfbike

That does look fun - but at my age I think I'll give it a miss. In any case it's too hilly where I live and with only one brake it wouldn't be legal on the road.
by LollyKat
13 Jul 2020, 2:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice

At least you don't need to book your bike on that service, and in any case Wemyss bay is not that far from Glasgow. We're aiming at Kinloch Rannoch, and although my husband could do it, or so he thinks, I definitely couldn't!
by LollyKat
13 Jul 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice

Edited - duplicate post.
by LollyKat
13 Jul 2020, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice

Have you checked your trains? Even though we are now in Phase 3, Scotrail is still saying essential travel only: "The Government has made it clear that public transport should be used by those making necessary journeys only, so our staff and passengers can maintain a physical distance from each...
by LollyKat
13 Jul 2020, 11:29am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: paraffin blow torch
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: paraffin blow torch

Unfortunately as part of the strip down and refit process I obviously didn't tighten the nut holding the burner tubing to the reservoir so paraffin leaked out here, into the nice hot meths well and then got ignited by the blow torch. You may need new seals - lead washers get squashed and old asbest...
by LollyKat
11 Jul 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice
Replies: 9
Views: 367

Re: Route to Aviemore NCN77/7 Advice

If you take the train to Dunblane, Gleneagles or Auchterarder you could go via Crieff and the Sma' Glen to Dunkeld. It adds on about 15 miles but is a more interesting route than the one from Perth - the Sma' Glen is a gem and the gradients are gentle.
by LollyKat
11 Jul 2020, 12:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Edinburgh pop-up cycle lane
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Edinburgh pop-up cycle lane

It's just to help cyclists get used to the properly designed, permanent infrastructure being built on Leith Walk: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/webimg/b25lY21zOmY1ZDBiNTk1LTAzNmQtNDAwNS1hOWE5LTg3MGExZDRiOTQyMDplMTgxZTc3Zi1kMjQ2LTQxZWUtYTAwZS0yM2EzYjhhYWQ1YjA=.jpg?crop=982:524,smart&widt...
by LollyKat
10 Jul 2020, 10:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: paraffin blow torch
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: paraffin blow torch

I use white spirit, as sold for cleaning paint brushes and readily available in supermarkets at c.£1.50 a litre. Yes, it's more expensive than a 5L container of paraffin but is less smelly and burns very cleanly.
by LollyKat
9 Jul 2020, 2:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: paraffin blow torch
Replies: 26
Views: 578

Re: paraffin blow torch

It probably just needs a clean and some new seals. Go to the Classic Camp Stoves forum. It covers blowlamps as well as stoves and is full of knowledgeable enthusiasts who will be happy to help, and point you to sources for spare parts.
by LollyKat
25 Jun 2020, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: whether to lend a bike or not?
Replies: 59
Views: 2322

Re: whether to lend a bike or not?

My son as a teenager once borrowed my husband's hack bike to nip to the shop to get some spares for his own one. Unfortunately he forgot/hadn't noticed that dad's bike had a back pedal brake and ran into the back of a van that stopped suddenly in front of him. Our poor son walked home with the sorry...
by LollyKat
20 Jun 2020, 9:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shipping bikes abroad (to Australia)
Replies: 13
Views: 1737

Re: Shipping bikes abroad (to Australia)

We looked into sending a bike frame to Australia... I have bought a Thorn tandem and a Thorn Mercury for delivery to Australia and freight was eye watering. Why don't you want to bring the bikes with you on your flights? Just to set the record straight, this was our son's bike which we sent out to ...