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by al_yrpal
8 Aug 2012, 1:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The new cost of cycling
Replies: 11
Views: 6894

Re: The new cost of cycling

On the other hand so many people buy inferior branded bikes avoiding chains like Halfords and Decathlon where you can buy a quality machine often with a superior spec 40% cheaper. At least the MTB mags and the people on Bikeradar recommend these bikes, very little support here.

Crazy isn't it!

Al
by al_yrpal
7 Aug 2012, 8:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Campervan Touring
Replies: 15
Views: 4033

Re: Campervan Touring

Have a look at CalMac Hopscotch tickets and plan your route from there. You could do the Outer Hebrides very comfortably in 2 weeks and get to all the remote coastal spots by bike.

Al
by al_yrpal
6 Aug 2012, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7613

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

Yes, the Carrera Subway makes a fine tourer. From £300, you can afford to change parts to upgrade it as finances allow. But, its a great tourer just as it is. I added mudguards, a Topeak disc rack and a bottle cage. Later I changed the handlebars to butterflies, swopped the saddle for a Brooks Flyer...
by al_yrpal
6 Aug 2012, 3:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cadence
Replies: 340
Views: 33953

Re: Cadence

I don't have any way to measure Cadence, I think you need a Garmin for that. But I do have a heart rate monitor on my Aldi cycle computer. I don't always wear the transmitter but I do on the mtb and on other occasions when on the road with a group. Just nearing my 8th decade I am careful about overd...
by al_yrpal
6 Aug 2012, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: where I can buy........
Replies: 10
Views: 2816

Re: where I can buy........

I am fussy too, when I restored this Dawes I put the cork tape on and then put new Paselas on it and the light brown sidewalls matched the tape perfectly. I fear you may be seeking something that doesn't exist. It will soon get dirty http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1251/1250198394_603d49ed5b.jpg Resto...
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old bike damaged BB threads
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: Old bike damaged BB threads

You might be able to sort it by filing some axial grooves in an old cup you took out and carefully inserting it again. A tap to cut the thread would have grooves like this. You would need to be very careful to clean up the junction of the grooves and the thread vees.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 2:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cadence
Replies: 340
Views: 33953

Re: Cadence

For fast recovery there nothing like a pint of milk. I watched a tv programme about it recently. They tested sports drinks on one group and milk on the others and the milk group recovered consistently faster. I think they did have control groups and swapped so that it removed errors. I have found mi...
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does anyone know how to straighten a round thing?
Replies: 71
Views: 3356

Re: Does anyone know how to straighten a round thing?

As I said you need to clamp the threads really tight. Some shaped hardwood blocks in an engineers vice will do the job. Local garage should have one. Might be cheaper to get a decent pair of cycling shoes and be able to use pedals with stronger spindles, sounds like yours must have spindles made of ...
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does anyone know how to straighten a round thing?
Replies: 71
Views: 3356

Re: Does anyone know how to straighten a round thing?

Disassemble it. Clamp the threaded part in a machine vice protecting the thread. Then fit a piece of pipe over the spindle to get greater leverage and bend it back straight. If your pedals are bending like that I would suggest you buy some decent quality ones.

Al
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7613

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

If you get a mtb with discs you won't ever kick your panniers. There are special racks for MTBS which are set further back, just make sure you get the right one. Don't worry about suspension either. If you can lock out the forks then they are no problem in fact they give you a smoother ride on the f...
by al_yrpal
5 Aug 2012, 12:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7613

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

Have a look in Decathlon if there is one near you. Their Fitness bikes might suit and their hardtail MTBS are hard to beat at the price. All you would need to change is the tyres, add some cruguards and get a suitable rack. In Halfords the Subway is good all purpose hybrid. I tour on one. Classic to...
by al_yrpal
4 Aug 2012, 11:30pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: wind resistance
Replies: 19
Views: 2931

Re: wind resistance

18mph important to me anyway...
by al_yrpal
4 Aug 2012, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7613

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

The basics are:- Braze ons for a rear rack. Preferably mudguard mountings. Mudguards are good. Strong frame Low gears (mtb gearing is ideal) Ability to lock out forks if its a mtb Aluminium wheels, avoid steel rims Smooth tyres You can tour on practically anything. Some people like drops, some like ...
by al_yrpal
4 Aug 2012, 11:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The truth about BMW drivers
Replies: 42
Views: 4228

Re: The truth about BMW drivers

"Driving the A40 around town these days involved many of the same feelings as cycling in terms if vulnerability" I know exactly what you mean. Modern Euroboxes insulate drivers from the noise and turmoil of the road, old cars don't. That's why I stick to byroads like I do on a bike. Get an...