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by Tandem Man
21 Jul 2010, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chains: Shimano v SRAM
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Chains: Shimano v SRAM

Need to replace the chain on my Galaxy as the SRAM 9 speed has cracked a side plate after not a lot of miles really. Is there any preference between SRAM and Shimano these days ? I read somewhere that Shimano chains had improved a lot recently so is there much in it ? Would be using a Powerlink with...
by Tandem Man
12 Jul 2010, 12:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?

It's really interesting (and frustrating!) to hear all these experiences. Isn't this the kind of thing CTC should be campaigning about? It sounds like a seriously big issue, because it means that the only places in which one can truly plan to cycle are those within cycling distance. Surely this isn...
by Tandem Man
11 Jul 2010, 9:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?

Let's cut to the chase,the railways are an absolute shambles from start to finish.

The even sadder thing is that we have come to accept it.

Ian
by Tandem Man
6 Jul 2010, 10:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car Drivers Using Mobiles
Replies: 49
Views: 2323

Re: Car Drivers Using Mobiles

A friend of mine once explained why all the signs you see on cars " baby on board" etc are for, I was complaining I wouldn't drive more carefully because it baby as I try to be careful any way. My friend told me its really meaning. "I am parent I've been up all night and this little ...
by Tandem Man
5 Jul 2010, 11:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?

SassieVicar,

The regulars on here have probably seen this ,but this is how it used to be:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyz5d3entBw


Ian
by Tandem Man
4 Jul 2010, 8:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: Why is it so difficult to take my bike on a train?

I'd really welcome your thoughts, comments and experiences. Thanks in advance. That said, I've since found the best approach is to turn up and put the bike on the train. It helps if you're polite, smile and talk to station staff, engage in conversation about mountains, water, football, trains etc, ...
by Tandem Man
4 Jul 2010, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Pannier Bags
Replies: 99
Views: 29717

Re: Touring Pannier Bags

We are going B&B touring next week and in a "test packing" i find I can get everything comfortably in a Carradice Super C saddlebag and a bar bag.

As has been said if I took my Ortliebs I would immediately fill them.

Ian
by Tandem Man
3 Jul 2010, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Pannier Bags
Replies: 99
Views: 29717

Re: Touring Pannier Bags

As and aside think yourself lucky you don't have to fork out for these:- http://www.brookssaddles.com/en/Shop_ProductPage.aspx?cat=bags+-+cycle+bags+%26+accoutrements&prod=DEVON+Rear+Panniers Brooks had a pair on display at the York Rally and yes they were all right ( but see below )but I wouldn...
by Tandem Man
2 Jul 2010, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: AVID BB7 disc problem
Replies: 2
Views: 323

Re: AVID BB7 disc problem

I had this problem on the tandem and it is surprisingly easy to fix.

I will send you a PDF from the Avid site,it is in section 2 after the photos.

Titled "The Most Common Problem That Doesn't Need Disassembly">


Ian
by Tandem Man
2 Jul 2010, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Brompton pedal
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Broken Brompton pedal

If it is a new bike I would approach whoever you purchased it from,but I suppose it is only your word against theirs that you haven't bashed it about.

Luckily they are only just over £6 to buy a replacement:-

http://www.biketrax.co.uk/products.php? ... 1791&rs=gb

Ian
by Tandem Man
30 Jun 2010, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Pannier Bags
Replies: 99
Views: 29717

Re: Touring Pannier Bags

I like the fact that they include an integral fanny pack.

Interesting.

Ian
by Tandem Man
28 Jun 2010, 12:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: Alternatives to CTC/ETA Cycle Rescue Insurance?

The ETA policy only transports the rescued rider to the nearest rail station or cycle shop. This as useful as a chocolate teapot if you do not live within close vicinity of a rail station or cycle shops which are closed on Sundays. I guess that their policy was designed for commuter cyclists etc. T...
by Tandem Man
27 Jun 2010, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help, please - Garmin Edge 305, 'software missing' message
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: Help, please - Garmin Edge 305, 'software missing' message

I agree with Mick F,a call to Garmin should sort you out.

I have rung them in the past and they have been very good,plus it's a free number so you can't lose.

Ian
by Tandem Man
23 Jun 2010, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car Drivers Using Mobiles
Replies: 49
Views: 2323

Re: Car Drivers Using Mobiles

In the 5 years since I started riding again I have had three offs, all involving car drivers talking on their mobile phones. Every day on my commute into central London and back again I see so many of them using their phones. You never see any of them get stopped or fined for it. Is there anywhere ...
by Tandem Man
14 Jun 2010, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Medical Recovery Question
Replies: 15
Views: 756

Re: Medical Recovery Question

Mark,

Not had the experience of the "snip",but if you have been told to keep off the bike for seven days then there is your answer.

Ian