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by Norman H
19 Mar 2019, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 2786

Re: Replacing a fence

Leaning concrete posts can be straightened, especially at this time of year when the ground is damp. Attach a guy line to the top and apply gentle tension over a number of days. 25mm ratchet straps work well, or a rope with a trucker's hitch. The same technique works for wooden posts but there's a g...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 10:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes
Replies: 18
Views: 5503

Re: Lejog routes past Manchester or Runcorn/Widnes

We camped in quiet little farm campsite - Birch Bank Farm Caravan and Campsite, Stamford Ln, Chester CH3 7QD. The site was clean, flat and cheap - no frills - so perfect for our needs. The added bonus was the Ring O' Bells pub in Christleton - about 1.1 miles from the campsite, down a quiet country...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 7:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Replacing a fence
Replies: 15
Views: 2786

Re: Replacing a fence

+1 for concrete spur posts. Bolt the timber posts to the concrete spurs clear of the ground by using steel studding (cheaper than coach bolts). Digging out the old concrete post fixings is hard work. I'd avoid this by starting with a half panel or better still a length of traditional feather edge an...
by Norman H
18 Mar 2019, 5:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New to London and Cycling, in need of a new frame.
Replies: 16
Views: 1029

Re: New to London and Cycling, in need of a new frame.

If you decide on the Spa Audax, Pilgrim Cycles do builds based on Spa frame sets. They're at Box Hill and handily placed for travelling by train from London Waterloo.
by Norman H
22 Feb 2019, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: before indexing....
Replies: 20
Views: 1987

Re: before indexing....

A search for Powercam Crankset brings up many hits.

It seems to be a device for advancing and retarding the chainrings relative to the cranks.

http://www.velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=ea56395b-a2bf-4ea7-bf4e-3bb0449eff8b&Enum=115
by Norman H
13 Feb 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1814

Re: Frame Resprayer recommendation South East London ?

I'm in two minds about having my Lee Cooper frame resprayed by Mario Vaz. I recently had Winston Vaz reset the rear end on a Dave Yates frame of mine. He did the work whilst I waited and charged £20. I'm very happy with the result. I also spoke with his brother about respraying the Lee Cooper frame ...
by Norman H
12 Feb 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness to Strathcarron
Replies: 10
Views: 1808

Re: Inverness to Strathcarron

Is this part of a longer tour of the west coast? If so, it might help if you posted your approximate itinerary. In particular, are you also planning to end your tour at Inverness? There are various road options but you could also consider using the train for at least part of the journey. I once stay...
by Norman H
11 Feb 2019, 7:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo usb
Replies: 18
Views: 2211

Re: Dynamo usb

The Cycle-2-Charge V2 appears to have been replaced by by Cycle-2-charge V3
by Norman H
8 Feb 2019, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo usb
Replies: 18
Views: 2211

Re: Dynamo usb

I agree with what others have said about the idiosyncrasies of charging. Using a cache battery is often the simplest solution. I've got an Axa Luxx 70 plus light which has bult in charging. Its maximum output is limited to 500ma and it wont charge and power lights at the same time. It's been ultra r...
by Norman H
21 Jan 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: "Leisurely" Cycling Holidays
Replies: 12
Views: 1196

Re: "Leisurely" Cycling Holidays

Weely Wonderful Cycling in Shropshire offer packages to suit all abilities. Either including bike hire or using your own bike. https://www.wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk/ I've not sampled their holidays but the owner is a very nice chap who came to our rescue a few years back when we were cycling LEJO...
by Norman H
20 Jan 2019, 7:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pilgrims Way to Chatham
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Re: Pilgrims Way to Chatham

Thanks once again for that Gaz. Yes, I looked at the footway alongside the A249, presumably that would only be for a few hundred metres to access Scragged Oak Road and then via Bredhurst. It looks as though it might depend on what time we arrive, which in turn might depend on our progress on the off...
by Norman H
19 Jan 2019, 7:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pilgrims Way to Chatham
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Pilgrims Way to Chatham

I'm planning a circular tour of Kent in a few weeks time and was intending to join the Pilgrims Way at Dunn Street near Wye and leaving it shortly after Detling, to head North to the Medway YH Nr Chatham. I'd be interested to know if anyone's ridden this section with a touring load. Also if anyone h...
by Norman H
19 Jan 2019, 7:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Avoiding Pilgrim's Way London -> Dover
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Avoiding Pilgrim's Way London -> Dover

Thanks Gaz that's very useful information. I was actually planning on using Lidsing road as we're heading for Medway YH.

Apologies for drifting off topic. I will start another thread to avoid intruding any further on this one.
by Norman H
18 Jan 2019, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?
Replies: 66
Views: 3017

Re: Downhill then immediately up : gear selection ?

This is exactly the sort of scenario that I believe is made more difficult now that many double cranksets have a 16 tooth chainring difference. I do see a lot of cranksets with a huge amount of wear on one chainring and next to nothing on the other so I think a lot of riders don't bother to change ...
by Norman H
18 Jan 2019, 7:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Avoiding Pilgrim's Way London -> Dover
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Avoiding Pilgrim's Way London -> Dover

Welcome to the Forum. I hope I'm not high jacking your thread but I will also be interested in peoples views on this. I'm planning a circular tour of Kent in a few weeks time and was intending to join the Pilgrims Way at Dunn Street near Wye and leaving it shortly after Detling, to head North to Cha...