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by Giles Pargiter
30 May 2016, 1:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: Cheap Sidewall dynamo + lights recommendations

In fact I use these dynamos on my road bikes as a first choice. They are undoubtedly the most efficient commonly found dynamos you can use, in every way, except they use a minute fraction more energy to drive, which when you think about it is the thing nearly everyone does with them the least! They ...
by Giles Pargiter
29 May 2016, 5:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Can I have some opinions for a friend?
Replies: 44
Views: 2197

Re: Can I have some opinions for a friend?

Huh? 50 miles in the Alps in one day carrying just a little water and a packed lunch? :shock: Four days. Well, I did say it was a different approach. It works because you are only carrying a good lunch and largely relying on the landscape for water. If you walk fairly purposfully you would be surpr...
by Giles Pargiter
29 May 2016, 2:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Can I have some opinions for a friend?
Replies: 44
Views: 2197

Re: Can I have some opinions for a friend?

I also find backpacking more difficult to accomplish comfortably in our type of climate, due to weight constraints. I can't help thinking that in this instance with a certain amount of practice carrying backpacking kit and using it, - learning how to pick her route and walk smoothly over rough terra...
by Giles Pargiter
29 May 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4565

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Willem points out very well why I have always (so far) decided that front panniers are not worth the advantage to me. While acknowledging what Horizon says about whether or not you "need" them is a bit of a circular argument. I think I would definitely use them on an expedition beyond thre...
by Giles Pargiter
25 May 2016, 12:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4565

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Very interesting the views and preferences that the OP's question have led to in this thread, I find it good reading, their are some very good points within it. Personally I find that a pair of rear panniers and a good old Carradice amply sufficient for the things I wish to carry. These include a te...
by Giles Pargiter
6 Apr 2016, 10:14pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 58885

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Heltor Chasca wrote:
Giles Pargiter wrote:
Mick F wrote:Brian Fox.


".... Nepotism?
" :lol:
by Giles Pargiter
6 Apr 2016, 9:58pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 58885

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

Brian Fox. I haven't a clue who you are, and no doubt you don't know who I am. However, I have (at the present count) over 34,500 posts on here. I am a well respected and highly regarded forum member. Many of us have been on here for years and years and I am not unusual ... other than my post count...
by Giles Pargiter
6 Apr 2016, 6:42pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future
Replies: 142
Views: 58885

Re: The Rebrand is Essential to our Future

The positive thing about this rebrand is that we can now definitely see that it is more or less univesally disliked and our great leaders have hijcked the club.
by Giles Pargiter
6 Apr 2016, 6:15pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Another name change?
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: Another name change?

That is exactly what I think. In my view CyclingUK is a short lived, exclusive name. "Short lived" for the political reasons mentioned. "Exclusive" because although as a UK based organisation we are neccessarily mostly occupied with UK cycling issues it fails to set us in the int...
by Giles Pargiter
4 Oct 2014, 10:27pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping with permission
Replies: 24
Views: 2618

Re: Wild camping with permission

I must say I don't usually find washing a great problem. I use a fairly good quality carrier bag inside a lightweight nylon draw string bag as a water bucket. The draw string can be closed round a cut of soft drinks bottle to enable carrying a gallon or two of water a mile or two before stopping. Th...
by Giles Pargiter
27 Aug 2014, 12:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack
Replies: 25
Views: 3849

Re: Bike Security Locked At Supermarket Bike Rack

Not sure why people are quite so coy about naming the shops where they have such difficulty locking their bikes safely and securely. I also have similar difficulties here in Bangor. At Tesco's the bike racks are situated next to the ATM's out of sight of the doors, and according to their security st...
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jul 2014, 4:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If it ain't raining it ain't training
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

Re: If it ain't raining it ain't training

You mean now you are a sitting target? :roll:
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jul 2014, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First Aid Kit . . Do you carry one ?
Replies: 39
Views: 3386

Re: First Aid Kit . . Do you carry one ?

Interesting what people carry/don't carry. Personally on day rides or overnight, I often carry nothing. If accompanied or on longer expeditions, I frequently carry; tweezers, scissors, a roll of fabric plaster, a non adhesive dressing, roll of zinc oxide medical tape (which can also be used for nume...
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jul 2014, 7:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What do you think of this bike?
Replies: 11
Views: 2185

Re: What do you think of this bike?

Personally I agree with Brucey. Also by the look of the reflectives on the tyres, they may well be Schwalbes or some such in quite good condition and possibly running on 700's. The brake blocks can be changed for a "V" brake type and would then work a lot better. Certainly well worth a loo...
by Giles Pargiter
21 Dec 2013, 10:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Suggestions for a Better Cycle Network
Replies: 39
Views: 6673

Re: Suggestions for a Better Cycle Network

[quote="MartinC"]We have a perfectly good cycle network. I's just that it's been taken over by cars and made too dangerous for anyone else to use. The biggest improvement to cycling (and walking, public transport, et al) would come from socialising car use. . . " I entirely agree with...