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by geocycle
14 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: General degreaser
Replies: 44
Views: 2029

Re: General degreaser

How 'environmentally friendly' is the screwfix stuff? Can it go down the sink?
by geocycle
13 Jan 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

Thanks everyone, I've now had chance to tighten the lockring and found that it has improved things. Not perfect however. I'm now working on the notion that chain is probably already a bit worn whereas the three smallest sprockets have been little used. I've just got a new chain so will give that a g...
by geocycle
11 Jan 2020, 5:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hartside
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: Hartside

There is another route upto Hartside that misses out most of the main road but is probably harder. Go north from Melmerby to Gamblesby. Head to Renwick but turn right before and then climb to Hartside. Mile 5 - 8.3 on this route (part of our C2C). Rejoin main road (fairly quiet) and Hartside at 9.8...
by geocycle
11 Jan 2020, 3:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hartside
Replies: 11
Views: 544

Re: Hartside

There is another route upto Hartside that misses out most of the main road but is probably harder. Go north from Melmerby to Gamblesby. Head to Renwick but turn right before and then climb to Hartside. Mile 5 - 8.3 on this route (part of our C2C). Rejoin main road (fairly quiet) and Hartside at 9.8...
by geocycle
3 Jan 2020, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Dyson vacuum replacement.
Replies: 26
Views: 577

Re: Dyson vacuum replacement.

Dyson V8 here, very pleased with it. Has made vacuuming less of a chore and we do it more often than before. Wouldn’t return to a corded one now.
by geocycle
24 Dec 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

Thanks for the ideas, will investigate and report back.
by geocycle
24 Dec 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 748

Crunchy small sprockets

I’m relatively newly returned to derailleur bikes and trying to understand their foibles. I have a spa Ti audax with 11 speed 105 gearing and a spa double chain ring. The latest issue is that under load with the chain on the smallest three sprockets I get a horrendous crunching noise. So much so I b...
by geocycle
22 Dec 2019, 10:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mashing the tea.
Replies: 32
Views: 674

Re: Mashing the tea.

In North Yorkshire we mash the tea and make a cuppa. Further west in the red rose county you get offered a brew.
by geocycle
20 Dec 2019, 9:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 7312

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

Thanks guys .... I'm looking at the different models and so far I'm leaning towards the Edelux II ... I will also look for a suitable rear light That's what I use. Have had it for about 5 (?) years and it has always worked very well. I have a supplementary battery light in my bag but it's never bee...
by geocycle
18 Dec 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 7312

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

I've not read all the thread but the mounting point is important as to how anti social the really bright lights will be. Fork crown is much better than on the bars. For me as a migraine sufferer the worst are blinking front flights - I regularly have to stop on shared routes when someone comes at me...
by geocycle
11 Dec 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Was there a technological threshold for bicycles?

Yes, I think there was a technological threshold as Horizon describes with everything since being incremental. Arguably e-bikes might have opened another phase?
by geocycle
6 Dec 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old inner tubes, or just get new to cut up?
Replies: 13
Views: 570

Re: Old inner tubes, or just get new to cut up?

You can also buy 'stubby coolers' -neoprene sleeves to hold drinks cans very cheaply in the usual online shops. That way you could remove when washing the bottle and you get some extra insulation?
by geocycle
4 Dec 2019, 11:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Cycling friendly hotels in and around Carentan, Normandy

I stayed at hotel le Vauban, Carentan in 2014. Was a typical cheap 2* french hotel (£31 per night in 2014 my notes tell me). Eccentric but fine as far as I recall. It was also easy to walk for food in the evening. Bike was in a large garage area.
by geocycle
2 Dec 2019, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: This is Audax
Replies: 50
Views: 2367

Re: This is Audax

Thanks for the videos djrikki. I like to follow your adventures and get ideas for rides. For me the videos are professional enough to be watchable but also make it seem accessible as you appear to be primarily just a chap on a bike who rides audax and makes films. Some cycling videos are overly slic...
by geocycle
1 Dec 2019, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 63
Views: 2262

Re: Quick unclog of mudguards?

I use a steel tyre lever So do I. A steel tyre lever is my standard method. I keep one in my pocket as the rail trail I use on the commute is very wet at this time of year. I used a hosepipe yesterday as the whole bike was filthy. I also have had success with a washing up sponge jammed between tyre...