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by brianleach
13 Jun 2009, 7:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycling
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: London cycling

Interesting comments. Unfortunately I have a very efficient heating system so I suspect I get hotter than "normal" folk. Consequently I do get hotter on the bike than on the Tube which for my particular journey is in fact quicker door to door. My office is about 200 yards from the Tube sta...
by brianleach
12 Jun 2009, 5:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycling
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

London cycling

Like many others I suspect the London Tube strike persuaded me to take my bike to London for the first time. Travelling from Winchester and anticipating a number of cycles I took my Dahon Espresso folding bike. This proved to be a good choice and dealt with the 3 km journey from Waterloo Station to ...
by brianleach
10 Jun 2009, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding cycles: Recommendations?
Replies: 38
Views: 6907

Re: Folding cycles: Recommendations?

It would seem that this is always going to be a compromise between foldability and wheel size. I felt I might want to take a bike on a plane in the future but couldn't face dismantling and bagging my Claude Butler Regent so saw a Dahon Espresso 2008 on ebay for £190 and thought it must be worth a pu...
by brianleach
27 May 2009, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Problems buying bikes for tall blokes....
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: Problems buying bikes for tall blokes....

My son is 6ft 4ins and has recently purchased a new machine. Evans Cycles were quite prepared to allow him to try bikes, subject to a deposit of course.

The cycle he purchased was in a larger frame size than he originally thought he needed so trying proved essential.

Brian
by brianleach
27 May 2009, 1:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow Cycling
Replies: 128
Views: 9305

Re: Slow Cycling

This is all very well but it seems to me all the pictures of slow cycling are on flat roads. To get to the station I have a sharp descent followed by an equally sharp ascent. Coming home I have a sharp descent followed by an equally sharp ascent. I defy anyone unless considerably fitter than me to m...
by brianleach
14 May 2009, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Problems?/Adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Gear Problems?/Adjustment

Thanks for your thoughts. As you say the description isn't brilliant but it is quite difficult to describe. The chain doesn't jump or do anything out of the ordinary as far as I can tell which made me think it might be the freewheel. It will happen seemingly completely randomly even as you are just ...
by brianleach
13 May 2009, 4:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Problems?/Adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Gear Problems?/Adjustment

I'm useless at bike maintenance and am having trouble I think with the gears. The gears don't jump or miss although they are noisy in operation but frequently the pedals go forward about half a revolution without any resistance from the gears which means you have to be careful how you pedal as this ...
by brianleach
6 May 2009, 3:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Forced to ride in the gutter
Replies: 41
Views: 2468

Re: Forced to ride in the gutter

Just thought I'd post an update. Have now started cycling to the station. It's only about 2 miles but it half sharp downhill and half sharp uphill and unsurprisingly the same on the way home but not ideal in an office suit. Anyway I was trundling home last evening and on two occasions cars waited fo...
by brianleach
24 Apr 2009, 1:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My First Fall
Replies: 19
Views: 1036

Re: My First Fall

I don't know if this is a record but I fell off twice in one very long day. I started to pack up for the return journey at about 6.30 am and reached St Malo at about 8 o'clock. All well so far. Show ticket and passport and then set off for the embarkation point only to find the French passport contr...
by brianleach
21 Apr 2009, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping Bag Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 860

Re: Sleeping Bag Advice

Thanks for the tips. In the end it was a toss up between the Lifeventure and the Snugpak. I eventually went for the Snugpak because it seemed to be wider which is what I was after and it seemed to pack up really small if the pictures are to be believed. I already have a cotton and a silk liner and c...
by brianleach
19 Apr 2009, 10:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping Bag Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 860

Sleeping Bag Advice

I have camped for many years and more recently toured with a down filled mummy sleeping bag. I can't remember the make but it might have been Ultimate. It's very warm and not too bulky but I am finding the mummy style rather restricting these days. Can anyone recommend a non mummy style bag which wo...
by brianleach
15 Apr 2009, 8:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First tour
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: First tour

I think £119 is about right for 2 people to Caen. It is a 6 hour journey unlike Dover/Calais. I am going in August from Portsmouth and from memory I am paying £55 return just for me which when compared to a car isn't bad actually. Haven't checked but I would reckon £500 to £600 for a car and two pas...
by brianleach
12 Apr 2009, 10:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First tour
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: First tour

The New Forest might suit. You can take the train to say Brockenhurst and cycle from there. You could probably reach the coast as well but that might be a bit ambitious on a short trip.

Brian
by brianleach
9 Apr 2009, 1:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Self led cycling tours
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Self led cycling tours

A link which may be of interest to those who a) have a gps unit and b) want someone else to do the planning. So not many takers then I suspect!!

http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/Self-led- ... s-5032.php

Brian
by brianleach
7 Apr 2009, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First Tour any advice
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: First Tour any advice

All the above but two more. Pack the bike and try it before you start off. You'd be surprised how different it will feel fully laden (make sure the rear tyre is well pumped up as extra load on the rear can make it feel soggy) Secondly (or is that thirdly) try not to overload the back of the bike but...