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by John1054
25 Sep 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Intermittently slow forum
Replies: 127
Views: 13308

Re: Intermittently slow forum

No problem, but more than 30 seconds for a PM to send, otherwise normal?
by John1054
22 Aug 2018, 7:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's a good family tandem?
Replies: 42
Views: 1175

Re: What's a good family tandem?

JD Tandems usually have a Pino to try - very helpful and customer focused business; Circe from near Cambridge are also very helpful and leant us a Helios to try. Why not visit both before deciding?
by John1054
20 Aug 2018, 8:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities
Replies: 22
Views: 1248

Re: Brompton - Ultra touring possibilities

The most uncomfortable part will be the small wheels on rough ground. My Brompton is a Kinetics special. Whilst riding some "rough stuff" cycle paths on the Isle of Wight, I was very pleased with the "bomb proof" wheels that Ben built for me. I think that you might struggle witho...
by John1054
18 Aug 2018, 7:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slipping stokers stem
Replies: 15
Views: 546

Re: Slipping stokers stem

I agree with the "near the centre of the bars" position. Also we were advised on the first tandem purchase that the rear bars were hand rests, not for pulling on until we were more experienced.
by John1054
16 Aug 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: How do you unfollow a thread?
Replies: 10
Views: 3077

Re: How do you unfollow a thread?

At the top of every thread, next to the "post reply" button is a spanner symbol. If you click this, it opens up an "unsubscribe topic" button. Click this and you won't receive any more notifications. You can use the same button to subscribe to a topic that you haven't posted on t...
by John1054
10 Aug 2018, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: are small-wheeled tyres always a tight fit?
Replies: 23
Views: 585

Re: are small-wheeled tyres always a tight fit?

There's a useful video on Spa's web-site. It advocates using toeclip straps to hold the tyre in the well, whilst working on the opposite "hard to move" side of the wheel. I haven't yet had to replace or remove my Brompton's Marathon Plus tyres yet, so can't confirm if this method works?
by John1054
22 Jul 2018, 8:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car indicators
Replies: 22
Views: 1045

Re: Car indicators

Cunobelin wrote:The problem with indicators is that they require the driver to be able to coordinate their hands and flick the switch.... this is beyond most drivers

With the exception of BMW and Audi, which have indicators removed at point of sale


+1 for that - many other makes have the same problem!
by John1054
19 Jul 2018, 11:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16516

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

I like the discs that I've got, but also liked the stopping power of the Suntour self energising callipers and the dual pivot callipers that were on the last two tandems.
by John1054
19 Jul 2018, 11:35am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Wiggle
Replies: 76
Views: 106885

Re: Wiggle

Yesterday afternoon (13.30), ordered inner tubes; paid for deliver by Friday (48 hours); delivered this morning by 10.00 - less than 24 hours later, very pleased. Also price was the best I could find on-line.
by John1054
25 Jun 2018, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: !!!!! North Coast 500 . . . . . . by car !!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: !!!!! North Coast 500 . . . . . . by car !!!!!

Having stayed at Kinlochewe last late spring; the wardens on site told us that they had been full since the site opened - previously unheard of. Make sure that you get your accommodation sorted if possible in advance.
by John1054
7 Jun 2018, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schrader Presta
Replies: 41
Views: 1769

Re: Schrader Presta

*** NB like most presta connectors, it is designed to seal at the base of the dustcap threads, where there is a short plain shank; a lot of people quite mistakenly assume that the connection is made to the (larger) valve stem below. If you habitually push a presta connection on that far, it will so...
by John1054
20 May 2018, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

Had Suntour SE canti's on my last tandem (Thorn Discovery), always pleased with the braking effect. SJS fitted a "converter" so that there were the same brakes front & back, front brake fitted behind the forks. They dealt well with Buttertubs pass and several other steep hills - this w...
by John1054
17 May 2018, 8:17am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 549
Views: 323983

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

We were in shop on Monday afternoon buying tyres for Brompton - excellent service as usual :D :D
by John1054
15 May 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal removal tool needed (old style with recessed nut)
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Pedal removal tool needed (old style with recessed nut)

I bought some spares and tools in their shop (SJS) last autumn, as well as using their mail order service at other times,