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by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 11:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle by train
Replies: 41
Views: 2812

Re: Cycle by train

Hmm - I've travelled a few times on the Inverness-Thurso train and found the onboard staff distinctly unhelpful. They were even sticky about my Brompton in its cover.
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 11:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Eureka!!
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: Eureka!!

I've got a pack of these reflectors http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-3M-spoke-reflectors-360-vision-36-pack-/300602897834?pt=UK_SportGoods_CyclAcces_RL&hash=item45fd5435aa which I haven't put on yet but will do when I'm riding in the dark more. I reckon they're unlikely to come loose, and if t...
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 10:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Would you buy a Chinese-made Brooks clone?
Replies: 59
Views: 7632

Re: Would you buy a Chinese-made Brooks clone?

I find plastic saddles comfortable and even practical for short commutes, say up to 5 miles, but for any distance in padded shorts I just get too hot and sweaty, leading to soreness. Swapping to a B17 made a huge difference as it is much cooler as well as fitting me perfectly. I still use plastic on...
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 9:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle by train
Replies: 41
Views: 2812

Re: Cycle by train

Does the East Coast site really work for booking bikes, though? As an experiment (bailing out at the final "confirm" button) I tried booking myself and bike on various trains from Thurso to Inverness. For all of them, including a train for the following day, it appeared that the bike reser...
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 2:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Paint for asphalt?
Replies: 32
Views: 6619

Re: Paint for asphalt?

What about a big sheet of paper, pasted with plenty of paste, onto the windscreen saying please do not park here :twisted: I've seen this on cars illegally parked in a university car park for permit holders only. A large sheet (bigger than A4) stuck with a special paste that makes it really hard to...
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 11:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle by train
Replies: 41
Views: 2812

Re: Cycle by train

Check the train operator's website for info on carrying bikes. If you are lucky there will be a coach or two with dedicated cycle spaces. You may need a reservation, and some TOs don't allow bikes on peak-hour trains.
by LollyKat
27 Sep 2011, 10:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go on an XT rear hub.
Replies: 15
Views: 1373

Re: How low can you go on an XT rear hub.

We have a 4-foot sash cramp that has never been defeated yet, even by screw-on freewhweels on a tandem. "Give me a lever long enough..."

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by LollyKat
26 Sep 2011, 10:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What happened to Arithmetic?
Replies: 71
Views: 4471

Re: What happened to Arithmetic?

Oooh, I remember having to do those -- but not the actual details, sorry! I think you wrote the number out, then drew a horizontal line just above it, and another almost vertical line to the left of it, slanting down a bit to the bottom right. Then - mmmmmmm :?: Didn't you take the first pair of dig...
by LollyKat
26 Sep 2011, 1:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What happened to Arithmetic?
Replies: 71
Views: 4471

Re: What happened to Arithmetic?

Mick F wrote:I don't know about anyone else, but dividing by 8 is hard for me in my head.

Didn't you learn multiplication tables in primary school then? I don't claim to be a whizz at arithmetic or any maths but those tables are indelibly seared on my brain - comes in handy!
by LollyKat
26 Sep 2011, 1:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do people pack up cycling?
Replies: 185
Views: 14725

Re: Why do people pack up cycling?

I have never given up cycling altogether but the arrival of children had a major impact. Before I was commuting 10 (total) fairly hilly miles a day, then often going out at weekends with my husband for day rides. 65 miles was nothing and we often did over 80, though only once 100. At Easter we toure...
by LollyKat
24 Sep 2011, 6:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Laminated Maps - free to good home
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Laminated Maps - free to good home

You have a PM.
by LollyKat
20 Sep 2011, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoe crisis looming - size 12/13 - ones you can walk in...
Replies: 8
Views: 799

Re: Shoe crisis looming - size 12/13 - ones you can walk in.

How about these MKS GR9 platform pedals? They give a bit more support to the foot - I find them very comfortable.
by LollyKat
20 Sep 2011, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: where to get rain capes for kids?
Replies: 8
Views: 1042

Re: where to get rain capes for kids?

Can you sew? It would not be very difficult to make one. You can buy proofed nylon from Pennine Outdoor and it is surprisingly easy to sew on a sewing machine although the needles do blunt fairly quickly. Don't use pins inside the seamline or it will leak, but there is no need to finish off edges as...
by LollyKat
3 Sep 2011, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaner
Replies: 36
Views: 2951

Re: Chain cleaner

You could save time by just cooking it up in petrol..... :twisted:
by LollyKat
2 Sep 2011, 12:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Disc brakes on a tourer?
Replies: 34
Views: 4597

Re: Disc brakes on a tourer?

For those of us who have chosen a Thorn with steel forks the decision is already made for us, "Please don’t ask for a disc brake on steel forks, we simply won’t do it!". Their designer does give some convincing arguments why they won't do it, and of course those arguments are specific to ...