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by geocycle
3 Apr 2008, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals rotating when walking with the bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1098

This is normal. A full explanation is here.

I think there is also something in the handbook.

*edited by CJ to shorten long hyperlink*
by geocycle
2 Apr 2008, 9:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Platform signage........
Replies: 31
Views: 4131

We occasionally get double header trains on the west coast line with bike storage at front and back. That really threw the platform staff! I've used the backwheel before and it did help a bit to reduce swinging. By the way, make sure you've a bungy handy as the straps are often missing or useless.
by geocycle
1 Apr 2008, 9:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Climate Change Policy
Replies: 80
Views: 9155

Promoting cycling instead of using carbon emmitting forms of transport should be the CTCs policy. In addition its office functions and events should be conducted in as sustainable a way as possible. The latter is an obligation on all responsible organisations and industries. More pragmatically, ther...
by geocycle
11 Mar 2008, 4:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 80's Karrimor spares....where to find?
Replies: 8
Views: 3290

You can still get some old Karrimor fittings from Lancashire Sports Repairs. I got some disc locks a few years ago -good service. http://www.lsr.gb.com/
by geocycle
3 Mar 2008, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Potential Rohloff issue?
Replies: 43
Views: 5684

Wow, that's really unlucky. There are reported to be more than 93,000 rohloff hubs in circulation. There are a handful of failures posted on the internet (<10) but if we assume maybe 50 in total, then you are looking at a probability of 1 in 2000. The odds of this happening to the same person twice ...
by geocycle
1 Mar 2008, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: C2C, anyone done it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1774

Mary, It's a really nice route, I'm sure you'll enjoy it, as thousands of others do each year. There are some big hills but they are Ok if you take your time. Crossing the Lakes and Pennines is a great feeling. I did it alone and did get some hassle on the cycle paths crossing the built-up sections ...
by geocycle
28 Feb 2008, 8:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Coast to Coast bike ride - novice advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

Hi Tom,
Morecambe to Scarborough sounds fun! I did Lancaster to Scarborough last year -Lancaster to Tan Hill via Kendal, Tan Hill to Great Ayton, and Great Ayton to Scarborough via Whitby. It was one of my best coast to coasts. I used b+b's and really didn't carry much weight.
by geocycle
23 Feb 2008, 4:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe 'Big Apple' for touring?
Replies: 3
Views: 1010

I have a raven tour with 1.5 inch schwalbe marathons. They are fine for most conditions I have encountered in the UK including sustrans offroad options, old roman tracks and forestry roads. The only limitation is thick mud. They have strong sidewalls and I've only had 2 p in 4000 miles on the curren...
by geocycle
23 Jan 2008, 5:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Riding speed
Replies: 23
Views: 3025

These speeds seem quite high to me. Are we talking about cruising speed (mode) or mean (as recorded on a cycle computer) including slowing down for junctions, trundling up steep hills etc? For example, as a tourist rather than club rider I ride quite slowly, with an average recorded on my computer o...
by geocycle
15 Jan 2008, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ron Hill Bikesters
Replies: 13
Views: 3088

Ron Hills are great value. I use them most of the year when it's too cold for shorts. They are so quick drying I've now stopped wearing overtrousers unless it's very cold and I'm out all day. I prefer them to lycra tights as they are a bit more modestly cut and don't clear the supermarket.
by geocycle
13 Jan 2008, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best pannier for commuting?
Replies: 18
Views: 3712

I now have Ortlieb bike packers and they fit A4 files, laptops, spare work clothes, academic gown, business suit and shoes, tuxedo, diy supplies and a weeks shopping (not quite all at the same time of course). The mesh external pocket is useful for bits and pieces, the internal sleeve keeps papers s...
by geocycle
23 Nov 2007, 9:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans "reminder" about Connect 2
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

I agree with meic, the whole tv vote thing is very undignified. I'll be supporting the Sustrans bid for many of the reasons folk have already expressed. However, it is surely wrong that £51m of public money (the lottery is a voluntary tax after all) is allocated by a tv vote with all the bias and ir...
by geocycle
20 Oct 2007, 6:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Computer batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Interesting, I had a microwireless and had exactly the same problem. First battery lasted 4 months then progressively shorter intervals until I gave up. Initially, batteries (£2 each) were bought from various shops and then I got through 8 out of a box of 10 bought online (79p each). I've had a cate...
by geocycle
5 Oct 2007, 1:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trip Distance 2?
Replies: 14
Views: 2509

I got a wired Strada recently and like it a lot so far. The display is crystal clear. The microwireless I had was useless, it ate batteries (1 per month), was prone to interference and didn't like cold weather - I probably had a duff unit but never again. Regarding the Strada, there is a bit of conf...
by geocycle
28 Jun 2007, 9:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Demoralising sustrans routes
Replies: 71
Views: 16145

But surely, something that calls itself a national cycle network should be cyclable by road bikes (in reasonable condition and without over-worn tyres). The rest could/should be called, I don't know, the national(?), mountain-bike/rough-stuff-bike tiger trail or something! My gripe is that a lot of...