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by AndyK
3 Feb 2009, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road STI and bar bags
Replies: 8
Views: 985

Road STI and bar bags

I ordered my new tourer from Condor last week 8) and, after much deliberation, chose Shimano kit for it. The old tourer has downtube shifters* and my road bike has Campag Ergo, so this will be my first encounter with Road STI and its sideways-sticky-outy cables. I asked the assistant about potential...
by AndyK
2 Feb 2009, 10:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Custom printed water bottles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Thanks for the suggestions so far. Hubgearfreak: No, Impsport and Running Imp are two different companies. I have some vague memory that they used to be part of the same company many years ago but split up, with each party taking up a variant on the original name. As it happens they're both offering...
by AndyK
2 Feb 2009, 4:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride with a view
Replies: 27
Views: 2511

Sometimes the view is the best because of the ride. The view north from Hay Bluff is one of my favourites, but it isn't the same unless you've pedalled all the way up the Lllanthony Valley to see it. The moment when you ride over the cattle grid and find (seemingly) the whole of mid and north Wales ...
by AndyK
2 Feb 2009, 3:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Custom printed water bottles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1748

Custom printed water bottles?

Can anyone recommend a good supplier of custom-printed water bottles? I'm after someone who can supply a decent quality bike water bottle, printed in two colours, in quantities of a few hundred. Many of the marketing firms who provide printed water bottles only do rather nasty-looking ones with poor...
by AndyK
27 Jan 2009, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 10
Views: 5274

Not at the front. Full-length guards are attached at the fork crown and - via struts - at the bottom of the forks, to stop the long tail of the guard from flapping about. Suspension forks keep changing length as you ride, which is a bit of a challenge for a mudguard designer. You could use a traditi...
by AndyK
21 Jan 2009, 11:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 27 x 1/4 tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 1603

1 1/4" is 32mm (well, to within quarter of a mm). But tyres with the same width rating actually vary quite a bit. Maybe try the Panaracer Pasela - I think they come up a bit narrower than some. Available from the usual suspects (Wiggle, St John Street Cycles etc)
by AndyK
19 Jan 2009, 11:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most useful item bought
Replies: 47
Views: 4121

Topeak Power 16 multi-tool. The cleverest mini-tool design ever.
by AndyK
13 Jan 2009, 12:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains to Portsmouth
Replies: 13
Views: 1398

Nope, you'll be fine. They're banned on trains leaving Waterloo between certain times (4pm and 6pm I think) but otherwise you'll be ok. Not quite true. They're only banned if you plan to get off again within a certain area around London. At evening peak times, you can still put a bike on the train ...
by AndyK
13 Jan 2009, 12:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cafes to the west of Oxford
Replies: 8
Views: 1194

It's quite a few years since I explored that far north, so I pass on that one. However... I see the West Oxon CTC section has just created a new web page of cafes in the area . They only created it in December so it should be pretty up to date! They mention Park House Antiques and quite a few others...
by AndyK
12 Jan 2009, 1:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cafes to the west of Oxford
Replies: 8
Views: 1194

I've run a few cycling weekends* in the Vale of the White Horse so I've spent quite a while looking for good coffee stops round there! Don't write off Faringdon - there are several OK-ish ways in and out. The best are from the south or west via Great Coxwell or Little Coxwell, but the A417 from Lech...
by AndyK
5 Jan 2009, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel insurance for cycling holiday
Replies: 15
Views: 5787

A cautionary tale for cycle tourists: I have an annual travel insurance policy from Direct Line. The policy talks about covering cycling undertaken as part of an official holiday package, so when I took it out I contacted them to check that "independent" cycling would also be covered. They...
by AndyK
5 Jan 2009, 2:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat bar tourer any suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 1437

So Chris, if I buy a Claud Butler Dalesman (as I'm seriously considering doing - remarkably similar spec to the Hewitt but substantially cheaper if you shop around) how much of my money stays in Britain then? I think Falcon are UK-owned, but I imagine the frames are made in Taiwan same as they are f...
by AndyK
19 Sep 2008, 4:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Bargain U-locks... for anyone who lives near Salford
Replies: 0
Views: 684

Bargain U-locks... for anyone who lives near Salford

Salford City Council are offering Onguard Pitbull U-locksat what looks like a bargain price of £9.39. You have to go and collect them in person though - no delivery service.

(I have no connection with Salford; a friend just pointed this offer out to me.)
by AndyK
19 Sep 2008, 1:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Risk Compensation in the Guardian
Replies: 10
Views: 1248

I just looked at the Daily Mail article that Jenkins refers to (it's on their website). They don't even mention the h-word, nor does the RoSPA person quoted. The indignation is all about balancing the kid on the handlebars. Which, I have to say, I have some sympathy with. I don't think I'd have done...
by AndyK
9 Oct 2007, 9:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Blackburn Rear Rack - Light
Replies: 7
Views: 3584

The latest Cateye rear lights now come with their "flex-tight" bracket - a ratcheted plastic band that you tighten by hand. See Cateye LD270 on Wiggle for instance. I've had some success attaching this to the thin tubing of a rear carrier, though I had to pad it out with a padding strip fr...