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by al_yrpal
1 Jul 2010, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clunky gear change
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Re: Clunky gear change

Forget Sheldon Brown and written explanations they are just confusing . I could never adjust gears until I had an hour or two watching a wide variety of videos on how to adjust derailiers like this on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdq6U9n0m5Q Alongside this video are loads of others, watch ...
by al_yrpal
28 Jun 2010, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aluminium frames
Replies: 19
Views: 1036

Re: Aluminium frames

I know the theory that Aluminium age hardens after about 5 years and becomes brittle so will eventually breaks from fatigue Whoever told you that was taking through an orifice other than the usual one, its not based on metalurgical science. You heat treat aluminium to harden it and increase its ten...
by al_yrpal
26 Jun 2010, 10:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paying for things in Europe
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Paying for things in Europe

I now have my Tesco Visa CC statement covering my cycle tour around Brittany. Not such a good deal, in fact far from it! Over exactly the same period when I was getting cash at €1.20 from ATMs with my Nationwide Flexaccount debit card the Tesco VISA credit card rate was only €1.13 to €1.14, in other...
by al_yrpal
25 Jun 2010, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Re: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle

I am not saying Brooks saddles are wrong for everybody, just wrong for me. People who find them comfy will obviously continue to use them, no reason to change. I had 1 3/4" Paselas on 26" wheels so other 'suspension' was good. The point of my post was sit bone pain which I have never exper...
by al_yrpal
25 Jun 2010, 10:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Re: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle

I have leather seats in my car. The difference is that those seats also contain springs and padding, B17's do not, they are just a shaped piece of leather stretched between metal frames and have only a little resiliance and practically no load spreading ability. On smooth roads for 7 days I had no p...
by al_yrpal
24 Jun 2010, 10:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Re: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle

My first 300 miles over 6 days were OK on the leather saddle, but when there was some light and some severe vibration on the canal paths this is what did it. A leather saddle is almost totally incapable of damping out shocks and vibrations effectively and my bottom says this is what did it. Should ...
by al_yrpal
24 Jun 2010, 2:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Re: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle

I know there will be a rash of users along in a while who are happy with their Brooks... Sorry. Can't resist. I got a Brooks B17 Standard for Christmas (and a bike to fit it to). After many false starts because of the dodgy weather my first ride was about 75 miles (with no morning cafe stop!). No p...
by al_yrpal
24 Jun 2010, 11:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2810

Sit bone pain from a Leather Saddle

Just returned from a 2 week jaunt to Brittany. Am now reflecting as to how I could have possibly chosen a place to tour so near home with frequent torrential downpours, sub 10 degree midday temperatures and 70 kph headwinds whilst 'cold' places like Glasgow basked in 26 degree sunshine? Days 5 to 8 ...
by al_yrpal
4 Jun 2010, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to work scheme - Best buy for a grand
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Bike to work scheme - Best buy for a grand

£1000!!! This is just another example of a stupid waste of our taxes by someone working the system. Meanwhile people can't get the drugs they need, old people don't get the care they need etc etc If you are actually going to use the bike for the purposes you state and you already have a suitable bik...
by al_yrpal
3 Jun 2010, 4:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Multifunctional shoes
Replies: 32
Views: 3507

Re: Multifunctional shoes

Shimano MT 41 SPD shoes fit the bill, stiff enough for cycling, with a good sole for serious walking and look just right when off the bike. On the Chain Reaction Cycles site praise is practically universal

Al
by al_yrpal
3 Jun 2010, 11:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 18
Views: 3804

Re: Dawes Galaxy

I like the look of Asterisk's bike too.....apart from those drops. But, I know its a personal choice and depends on whether you have a largish gut like me!

Al
by al_yrpal
3 Jun 2010, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Blagging friends and neighbours for charity
Replies: 33
Views: 2088

Re: Blagging friends and neighbours for charity

I am the OP. I note what people say in defending sponsorship. I am retired and spend at least one or two days a week working as an unpaid volunteer for a local charity running and driving our community bus. There are lots of active retired folk around here but to find anyone who is prepared to give ...
by al_yrpal
2 Jun 2010, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 18
Views: 3804

Re: Dawes Galaxy

I think the Galaxy is a great touring bike and did many long tours on mine which had 27" wheels. On an Isle of Wight bridleway I broke my old Brooks saddle at the nose, the leather just split. To avoid snakebite punctures you had to inflate the tyres pretty hard if you are 14stone like me, it w...
by al_yrpal
28 May 2010, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier racks and disc brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1358

Re: Pannier racks and disc brakes

Its really very simple! You need this: http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/ExplorerTubularRack_discMount I have one it fitted my MTB and now I have it fitted on my Carrera Subway 2. This rack is made so that your heels don't catch any panniers on short chain stay bikes. I have the slide in Trunkbag...
by al_yrpal
28 May 2010, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 700c wheels, bike dimensions, discs and ally vs steel
Replies: 0
Views: 280

700c wheels, bike dimensions, discs and ally vs steel

Reading the comparison of the Thorn Nomad and the Santos Travelmaster Expedition Bikes in the article in this months CTC Cycle mag, the reviewer Dan Joyce seems to come out in favour of 700c wheels on the basis of the rolling ability on choppy surfaces and loose gravel. It was also quite interesting...