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by JamesE
19 Jun 2018, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a sturdy bottle cage?
Replies: 27
Views: 1220

Re: Recommend me a sturdy bottle cage?

Thanks all. I should add that I'd prefer a silver-finish metal one just for looks, although a direct-mount bottle would work too. Maybe I'll try the velcro strap thing first.
by JamesE
19 Jun 2018, 12:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a sturdy bottle cage?
Replies: 27
Views: 1220

Recommend me a sturdy bottle cage?

Can anyone recommend a good strong bottle cage to go underneath the downtube on my Spa tourer? The cages that Spa sold with it are no good - the bolt holes are too high up, so the bottle fouls the chain when it's on the small ring. And the cheap Bontrager cage I fitted has cracked - apparently from ...
by JamesE
2 Jun 2018, 12:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Pancras Station Water Fountain restored
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: St Pancras Station Water Fountain restored

Handy! Since St Pancras is huge and the report doesn't actually say where the fountain is, it's here: Pancras Road on the eastern side of the station, just up from Euston Road.
by JamesE
2 Jun 2018, 11:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement bolt for Hope seat post clamp
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: Replacement bolt for Hope seat post clamp

Reviving this thread because it's one of the first Google hits for "snapped Hope seat bolt" (guess what I just managed to do :oops:): can confirm that the bolt in a Hope clamp is an M8 fine pitch. Which is the same as a square-taper crank bolt if you need a replacement straight from the bi...
by JamesE
30 May 2018, 2:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you love your job?
Replies: 93
Views: 3736

Re: Do you love your job?

Audax67 wrote:I have a vast cycling-related program* that has grown over the last 15 years and I add bits all the time**

I'd be interested to know what sort of things this program does. I dabble a tiny bit in coding and could do with a project in order to get better...
by JamesE
20 May 2018, 12:25am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Record attempt scheduled
Replies: 682
Views: 50994

Re: Record attempt scheduled

The % figure has been consistently falling, it must represent the remaining distance as a percentage of the whole. We'll see when he gets about halfway between Penrith and Carlisle, as that's the half-way point between LE and JOG. 50% and it'll prove it. The % figure just (shortly after midnight) t...
by JamesE
14 May 2018, 3:44pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Cycling caps for big heads
Replies: 17
Views: 3325

Re: Cycling caps for big heads

Ah, I think that might be a new line from Walz. I bought one of their L/XL caps last year and I don't think they were offering XXL then. The L/XL is well made but just a bit too small.
by JamesE
10 May 2018, 10:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling routes in Newham?
Replies: 5
Views: 665

Re: Cycling routes in Newham?

Go to the Olympic Park? There are a load of wide shared-use paths through the park, plus the canal towpath, and if you want something a bit more pedestrian-free you can pay a fiver or so to do laps of the velodrome's outdoor road circuit for as long as your patience lasts.
by JamesE
9 May 2018, 8:39pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Cycling caps for big heads
Replies: 17
Views: 3325

Re: Cycling caps for big heads

drossall wrote:No good for me then, I'm 66cm...

Crikey. Maybe there's someone out there who can make them bespoke for you...
by JamesE
9 May 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Cycling caps for big heads
Replies: 17
Views: 3325

Cycling caps for big heads

After reading a tip elseweb I just bought a size XL cap from this eBay seller and I can strongly recommend them for those, like me, with a head far too big for the "one size" caps that most places sell. It's not just a decent circumference - a comfy fit for me, at 60cm - but also there's p...
by JamesE
7 May 2018, 10:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 1521

Re: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please

A quick Google suggests you’d be looking at £20-£30 a day to hire a touring bike. To go back to your original question: I reckon a tourer, or possibly an audax bike, is already ideal for commuting – a sturdy bike with mudguards, a rack, sensible gearing and possibly dynamo lighting. That’s certainly...
by JamesE
7 May 2018, 6:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 1521

Re: Moving to the UK (London) - advice please

You can't take non-folding bikes on any London buses at any time. You can only take them on very limited sections of the Underground (PDF map here) and that only outside peak times. Mind, if you have a bike I don't see any point in ever catching a bus, given how much faster riding would be...
by JamesE
2 May 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30579

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

If anybody knows what is going on here I would appreciate it. I've raised it before in this thread. This is a headliine from the Guardian but the BBC also now uses this form. Does anyone know why? Austerity is causing huge damage: readers on the England local elections Which form would you have use...
by JamesE
1 May 2018, 5:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small gap in threadless headset
Replies: 4
Views: 595

Re: Small gap in threadless headset

Thanks all. If I have damaged it then I'll chalk one up to experience but it seems to be behaving itself after a long ride today…
by JamesE
30 Apr 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small gap in threadless headset
Replies: 4
Views: 595

Small gap in threadless headset

My new Spa tourer arrived today, and all is well except that there's a small gap between the top cover and the upper bearing cup (headset is a Tange Terious). Is this normal? I can't get rid of the gap except by tightening the top cap so hard that the steering binds up completely. Will ring Spa in t...