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by LollyKat
30 Aug 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: long lasting front tyres
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: long lasting front tyres

I bought my Brompton second-hand in about 1990 - it still has its orginal tyres. Admittedly it doesn't do a huge milage, and keeping it in a dark cupboard probably helps. I've only had one puncture, fortunately on the front. There is no sidwall damage but the tread is worn on the back wheel - I ough...
by LollyKat
29 Aug 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel
Replies: 23
Views: 3518

Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

You could do this already though as the routes show the mileage, and if you turn on the elevation graph and drag the mouse along the route (or vice versa) you can get an idea of how strenuous it will be.
by LollyKat
29 Aug 2019, 3:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5229

Re: Bells on bikes

You can never get it right all the time, though. Riding along a quiet lane. Not flying along, just riding nicely. Two walkers in front going the same way as me. I dinged my bell. I dinged my bell. I dinged my bell. I dinged my bell. I came up behind them and said, "Excuse me please". They ...
by LollyKat
29 Aug 2019, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax
Replies: 101
Views: 9145

Re: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax

As noted above, Thorn do 'long' and 'short' versions of some of their models, to be used with flat or drop bars respectively. The extra length is in the top tube. Too long a stem can lead to a 'tiller' effect which can be disconcerting.
by LollyKat
28 Aug 2019, 9:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Papers (from Yes, Prime Minister)
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Papers (from Yes, Prime Minister)

I remember seeing a cutting with that list pinned to the office noticeboard in 1973 or 74. Someone had added "The Scotsman is read by the people who want to run their own county." :lol:
by LollyKat
27 Aug 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?
Replies: 73
Views: 2511

Re: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?

Chats at lights, yes, and quite a lot will nod or wave. Last week I was riding home from a gig, 1980s tourer, ordinary clothes, panniers, and violin on my shoulder, when a young roadie out training overtook me with a cheerful 'Hi!' I was rather touched, and of course I returned his greeting. :)
by LollyKat
27 Aug 2019, 11:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Last night I caught thieves breaking into bike sheds of a well known hostel
Replies: 24
Views: 2143

Re: Last night I caught thieves breaking into bike sheds of a well known hostel

1982john wrote:I ... recalled that at this hostel you could get to the bike sheds via the self-catering kitchen (instead of having to go all around the grounds like people normally would).


So an inside job. I hope the hostel staff have taken note and upgraded their security procedures.
by LollyKat
27 Aug 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 977

Re: Sleeping matts

We used to use the original yellow closed cell Karrimats. They kept us warm but weren't very comfortable - after a long day's cycling we didn't get the decent night's rest that we needed. The last time I cycle-camped I used a cheap plastic Lilo with some 3mm Karrimat on top for insulation. It weighe...
by LollyKat
23 Aug 2019, 11:47am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent run over at campsite
Replies: 14
Views: 910

Re: Tent run over at campsite

This description takes the cake We were called on Monday 19 August at approximately 02:02 am to reports of a collision between a vehicle and a tent in Caernarfon A few years ago a BBC News Scotland web page reported that a pier had collided with a CalMac ferry... Unfortunately it was corrected befo...
by LollyKat
23 Aug 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dating a Dawes Horizon Tandem
Replies: 39
Views: 1415

Re: Dating a Dawes Horizon Tandem

I expect we all know the first verse of "Daisy, Daisy", but how many know the second? Harry, Harry, here is your answer true I’d be crazy to marry a fool like you There won’t be any marriage If you can’t afford a carriage 'Cause I’ll be damned if I get crammed On a bicycle built for two. :...
by LollyKat
22 Aug 2019, 5:10pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Study finds that wearing a cycle helmet may diminish ability to assess risk
Replies: 157
Views: 3916

Re: Study finds that wearing a cycle helmet may diminish ability to assess risk

Remember the guy on here a few years ago that crashed because he was riding no hands on a windy day eating a sandwich? His helmet "saved his life" and he vigorously encouraged all the rest of us to wear one too. :roll:
by LollyKat
22 Aug 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Forks on backwards
Replies: 54
Views: 2288

Re: Forks on backwards

Years ago I watched a TV programme about bikes and steering and at one point, the demonstrator took a bike with the forks reversed and pushed it off hard down the road (actually a disused aerodrome). It carried on by itself for ages in a dead straight line.
by LollyKat
20 Aug 2019, 11:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dating a Dawes Horizon Tandem
Replies: 39
Views: 1415

Re: Dating a Dawes Horizon Tandem

We bought a Horizon Twin in I think 1991, when my daughter would have been 7. It was just like the one in skogar's catalogue, with 531 forks and the extra stays from the rear seat tube to the drop out. Only the colour was different, not violet but a rich deep blue similar to skogar's. In those days ...
by LollyKat
19 Aug 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3235

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

And thanks to RichH for the rhyme:

RickH wrote:Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
So Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy wuzzy was he!
(Author unknown)


I'll pass it on to my small grandson. :D
by LollyKat
18 Aug 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Steel touring frame suggestions with smaller BB drop
Replies: 21
Views: 1171

Re: Steel touring frame suggestions with smaller BB drop

My main concern is riding unmade roads with heavy aggregate & potholes etc — with one pedal down for comfort, I don't want to be striking it with only a limited centimetres clearance. One pedal down for comfort? Do you mean you are freewheeling slightly out of the saddle? When I do this I have ...