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by james01
1 Oct 2007, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advise of lighting
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Advise of lighting

a bottle dynamo driving an Axa Hilight which is basically very good at lighting a narrow section of the road. You've got a good basic system here, but I know what you mean about the narrow beam. The B&M LED - see above - is an excellent upgrade, or save money & buy the Trelock which has sim...
by james01
30 Sep 2007, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nicholas Crane - TV Presenter
Replies: 12
Views: 2884

Yes. it's him. He did the "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", a bike ride to a point in Asia which is further from open sea than anywhere else. He & his companion( a cousin, I believe, sharing the same surname), were weight-obsessed. I remember, from the book of their journey, descri...
by james01
20 Sep 2007, 9:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punched by irate driver
Replies: 156
Views: 24656

Re: Punched by irate driver

I was assualted yesterday by a driver while cycling. First time ever. . This is a scenario which most of us must have come close to, if not actually experienced. There must be many more unreported incidents. It's fortunate that you have witnesses. "Well done" for taking it further, and go...
by james01
19 Sep 2007, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I buy surgical gloves?
Replies: 25
Views: 4674

If carrying out repairs in farm gateways, please check that no cows are observing as you "glove up". It makes them very nervous.
by james01
14 Sep 2007, 3:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How many people cycle regularly in your area?
Replies: 20
Views: 3628

meic wrote:Alltwalis, a small village on the A485. ......this has the advantage of avoiding Oriel Jones as well.

This sounds a bit harsh, what's wrong with this Oriel guy?
by james01
11 Sep 2007, 3:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How many people cycle regularly in your area?
Replies: 20
Views: 3628

It depends whether you mean fair-weather cyclists (I see quite a lot around here in summer), or all-year-rounders, a much rarer breed. However, in either case I'm afraid the answer is "far too few". My wife & I went to an evening supper party recently in a nearby small village. When pe...
by james01
10 Sep 2007, 8:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lights
Replies: 16
Views: 3588

So my take is stick with a dynamo light as your main lighting. Only consider the rechargeable lights as a back-up. Agreed. Another tip: get an LED dynamo front light. Low speed output in particular is amazing, so this is especially good for towpaths, trails, etc. Save yourself some money & stay...
by james01
7 Sep 2007, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof trousers
Replies: 18
Views: 4044

What about shorts? Unless you're touring in very cold weather, wet skin is much easier to deal with than wet clothing, and feels a lot less unpleasant. After all, lots of women, (and some Scotsmen), go about their daily business all year round with bare knees.
by james01
30 Aug 2007, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy -v- Raleigh Randonneur
Replies: 91
Views: 44742

Re: Dawes Galaxy -v- Raleigh Randonneur

...but all the contact points are in pretty much the same position as my Galaxy (after the fitting with Paul). In theory then, the riding position is the same. But the Raleigh is a dream to ride compared to the Galaxy... ...this is yet another example of the "black art" of frame choice ! ...
by james01
8 Aug 2007, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Montane jacket
Replies: 13
Views: 2567

Agreed. I've had one for a few months, it's been ideal for windproofing when returning in the cool of evening after a hot day, & it does pack very small. It does seem a bit delicate, so I handle it with care. I wouldn't want to be caught wearing it in serious rain, though. One criticism - why ar...
by james01
7 Aug 2007, 3:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Four Colleagues knocked off in a week!
Replies: 30
Views: 5769

Re: Four Colleagues knocked off in a week!

You're absolutely right. However I cycle 6 miles on busy city roads and if I didn't bend Rule 139 it would take me twice as long to get to work. I like to think of it as perks of being a cyclist. If there's traffic I'm not going to sit in it. A point well made. We can't be expected to sit in a stat...
by james01
6 Aug 2007, 3:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Two day trip on a racing bike. How to carry the luggage ??
Replies: 14
Views: 2229

I've used a Carradice Prima for years, it's a neat solution for lightweight touring. It's a large wedged-shaped saddle-pack with a claimed 5 litre capacity. It doesn't need saddle-bag loops or supports. Bikeplus.co.uk have them on offer at £21.50. Obviously, the effect on bike-handling & wind re...