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by John1054
20 Jul 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 116
Views: 5952

Re: Helmets?

The US risk-aversion culture? It's interesting that you find that in cycling. In US woodworking circles the very opposite applies. It's almost a necessary badge of manly bravery to eschew safety guards, devices and procedures in that domain - the amateur woodworking domain at least. For example, ev...
by John1054
30 Jun 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.
Replies: 46
Views: 2735

Re: Help me! Complete novice who needs to travel with toddler.

+1 for the trailer option. Used to bring our border terrier behind our tandem. Always given plenty of room when being overtaken on many different lanes and roads, some busy. Now use a luggage trailer behind my solo to gather supermarket supplies. Same result, wide berth given (perhaps because driver...
by John1054
30 Jun 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Seat adjustment
Replies: 17
Views: 665

Re: Seat adjustment

Bear in mind that if you're uncomfortable, adjustment on the road might need several tweaks because you may have already slightly (or severely at worst) damaged the tender regions that you're trying to comfort. Never be afraid to re-adjust several times to achieve as near perfection as you wish. Man...
by John1054
25 Jun 2019, 10:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3535

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

Try contacting Eden Valley Cycling UK group. We have ridden many miles in Cumbria, most good, some somewhat busy. Agree with most of the above posts, but stay positive and enjoy.

P.S. Probably best to avoid Ambleside to Windermere/Bowness.
by John1054
23 Jun 2019, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Back Rollers. Will they fit my Rack?
Replies: 14
Views: 355

Re: Ortlieb Back Rollers. Will they fit my Rack?

Have to say, that seeing the photos, I would buy a more suitable rack, as suggested above.
by John1054
23 Jun 2019, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb Back Rollers. Will they fit my Rack?
Replies: 14
Views: 355

Re: Ortlieb Back Rollers. Will they fit my Rack?

I think that you'll have to modify/re-inforce the lower fixing. Although you can move the hook to gain adjustment, I'm not sure if it would grip adequately on your rack?
by John1054
19 Jun 2019, 7:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: We hear so much about bike security
Replies: 40
Views: 2063

Re: We hear so much about bike security

[quote="skyhawk"


Cover, never thought of that, a deterrent as well[/quote]


And it keeps my pride and joy dry and clean as well :D
by John1054
19 Jun 2019, 8:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: We hear so much about bike security
Replies: 40
Views: 2063

Re: We hear so much about bike security

I padlock the rack to the towbar, then cable lock my bike to the rack. Then I use a cover over the bike and rack. Only time that I've been concerned was staying on a campsite where thefts had taken place; there was a lockable shed available overnight.
by John1054
16 Jun 2019, 7:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What are the chances of double brake failure?
Replies: 32
Views: 1202

Re: What are the chances?

Hi Is it not beyond the capability of manufacturers to insert some sort of audible warning at the point pads need changing? ...there was a ping then a scraping noise. :twisted: I hope that there aren't two of us with the same sense of humour :wink: Regards tim-b Maybe more of us with the same sense...
by John1054
7 Jun 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to ignore the forecast!
Replies: 34
Views: 1745

Re: Time to ignore the forecast!

Just "go and do it"! So popped out on the bike at 07.10, returned 19.13, remained dry all day, gentle breeze hardly worthy of note. As I relaxed in the sunshine next to the River Swale, I wondered if the met office do it purely to take the mick? . Glad that you enjoyed Swaledale, one of m...
by John1054
7 Jun 2019, 8:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 688
Views: 121653

Re: A positive thread

Yesterday - lovely ride, perfect temperature, not too windy, friendly exchanges with several folk and best of all, felt stronger and fitter than recently. What could be better!
by John1054
6 Jun 2019, 8:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Time to ignore the forecast!
Replies: 34
Views: 1745

Re: Time to ignore the forecast!

When I lived in Cumbria, we always used the adage "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour, then it will change". Mind it might not be the change required!

Also found our barometer was many times more accurate than the forecast. Just ride became the best motto. :D
by John1054
2 Jun 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 69
Views: 4504

Re: Scotland north coast 500

Navrig wrote:
Something like the NC500 is better savoured over a longer period. At least cyclists appreciate and understand this.


Couldn't agree more!
by John1054
16 Apr 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: Stem Raiser To Raise The Handlebars

I've used one for many years on my now defunct British Eagle Touristique. Much better to have the bars higher. Completely agree with Brucey - downside was twitchy steering, especially when towing a Yak trailer. All because I was sold a smaller sized bike than I should have bought! Try one, it could ...
by John1054
14 Apr 2019, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two sets of brakes?
Replies: 28
Views: 1256

Re: Two sets of brakes?

Yes... I once built a bike with three brakes, front and rear cantilever brakes were operated in the usual way, but i mounted a BMX caliper to the rear stay bridge and used an old friction gear lever to operate it. The idea being that i could set the third brake to scrub of speed on any long down hi...