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by GrahamG
22 Oct 2009, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Double to single chainset conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: Double to single chainset conversion

All you need is shorter chainring bolts for a single ring. Most shops will have them now that single speed/fixed conversions are so popular! Alternatively, if you have the appropriate equipment, you can just grind down the double bolts.
by GrahamG
22 Oct 2009, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur hanger for horizontal droupout frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Derailleur hanger for horizontal droupout frame?

Morning all, I've got an old steel frame which I'm building up as a commuter but it has no braze-on for the rear derailleur on the dropouts. I can find all sorts of dropout replacements online but there doesn't seem to be any adaptor for this kind of arrangement to enable the use of a modern deraill...
by GrahamG
22 Sep 2009, 4:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: le Pellerin - le Port Launay Ferry
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: le Pellerin - le Port Launay Ferry

Just turn up and wait, there's a shelter and even loos. If around rush hour you'll have a large queue of traffic to overtake on the approach road, don't wait as it goes on for half a mile so scoot to the front and take a seat.
by GrahamG
22 Sep 2009, 4:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Insurance - for vintage bikes
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: Bike Insurance - for vintage bikes

I think the best thing to do is just find the most comprehensive contents cover you can - I'm with M&S and it's a simple 'everything insured at home and away from home' only have to list items with a replacement value in excess of £4k. It's pricey, but given all the hoops and small print you fig...
by GrahamG
4 Aug 2009, 4:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A38
Replies: 21
Views: 1629

Re: A38

If you look at the map you will see that the M5 and the A38 follow a similar path between Exeter and Bristol When you have an A road next to a motorway the motor traffic all goes on the motorway, leaving the A road clear for other vehicles :D Fine in theory and sometimes in practise (i.e. on a Sund...
by GrahamG
4 Aug 2009, 3:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle recommendations..
Replies: 21
Views: 985

Re: Saddle recommendations..

I'm another who isn't a brooks fan (I'm vegan!) and there are many other for reasons of weight and aesthetics. I've done the Specialized range and also recently experimented with Fizik and conclude that saddle width makes the biggest difference. Before getting my 'sit bones' measured for a specializ...
by GrahamG
14 Jul 2009, 12:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: trailers and road bikes
Replies: 43
Views: 1572

Re: trailers and road bikes

Well, I ended up towing a pretty heavy trailer 35 miles each way - hard going with a standard road triple (soon to change that!) but only on hills or into a headwind. Only thing that takes some getting used to is the tugging/surging, but once over that I could get out of the saddle and honk up short...
by GrahamG
1 Jul 2009, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: trailers and road bikes
Replies: 43
Views: 1572

Re: trailers and road bikes

Hi Jazzkat, I've done a similar thing, I wanted a fairly quick, light bike as I'd be mainly using it for commuting and day rides. I'd previously had a so-called 'road' bike and didn't want a full-on touring bike. I ended up with a Dawes Audax which feels nearly as light and quick as a road bike but...
by GrahamG
1 Jul 2009, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: non mineral lube
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: non mineral lube

Green oil?

http://www.green-oil.net/

I've got some - like a wet-lube but not as gloopy so a really nice balance between traditional wet lubes and teflon style lubes.
by GrahamG
11 Jun 2009, 11:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: so how do people really transport their laptops?
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: so how do people really transport their laptops?

Laptop case (thin neoprene job) in courier bag. I was fortunate enough to be able to order one of those tiny lightweight Toshiba laptops on the basis that I'd be cycling with it. If I'm away for a few days then I just pack it carefully in a pannier.
by GrahamG
1 May 2009, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Less temperamental gears for audax
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: Less temperamental gears for audax

I think it's worth investigating all the potential causes as listed above (excellent post that!) - I've got a shimano 10 speed set-up, albeit with Campag shifters and a Jtek shiftmate, and have found it far more accurate and reliable than my old 8 speed set up. That's probably just because I ran the...
by GrahamG
30 Apr 2009, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks and seat post setback.
Replies: 10
Views: 5944

Re: Brooks and seat post setback.

Could you not go the other way and buy a longer handlebar stem? I would imagine too much seatpost layback is not a good thing if you want to efficiently put power down into the peddles. Not a solution I'm afraid, the saddle position would still be too far forward and put too much weight onto my han...
by GrahamG
29 Apr 2009, 12:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bushbuddy tips...
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Bushbuddy tips...

Tako - that's just the kind of advice I was after. I'm completely clueless about getting fires started or any such thing (no scouts for me!) so that is a big help. I'll have a small gas canister stove to use too but would like to use the bushbuddy wherever possible. Do you carry a small saw or big k...
by GrahamG
29 Apr 2009, 12:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks and seat post setback.
Replies: 10
Views: 5944

Brooks and seat post setback.

Just having my first foray into the world of Brooks saddles and I'm just wondering how everyone deals with the short saddle rails - I just can't get the saddle back far enough despite having a seat post with about 25mm of setback (I have long legs/thighs which I suspect exacerbate the situation). It...
by GrahamG
29 Apr 2009, 11:56am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: womens clothes
Replies: 27
Views: 14758

Re: womens clothes

OK, my other half has searched a good deal to find something reasonably stylish and has a few sites bookmarked and a few garment recommendations: http://www.minx-girl.com http://www.teamestrogen.com/ http://www.swrve.co.uk/ (some women's stuff and generally good mix of cycling comfort and off-the-bi...