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by JamesE
28 Aug 2017, 3:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ebsfleet to Ramsgate return route
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Ebsfleet to Ramsgate return route

If you're going from Stratford International I'd consider heading to Gravesend instead of Ebbsfleet - it's easier to get straight out into the countryside on small roads, instead of setting off from what was basically designed as a giant car park surrounded by A-roads. Your basic choice is to either...
by JamesE
14 Aug 2017, 9:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JogLe sight seeing
Replies: 26
Views: 6218

Re: JogLe sight seeing

A sunny descent down the Wye Valley and past Tintern Abbey was a highlight of my not-quite-a-JOGLE from a few years back.
by JamesE
14 Aug 2017, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Inverness Secure Cycle Parking?
Replies: 19
Views: 1363

Re: Inverness Secure Cycle Parking?

From squinting at Google Streetview I think this is the secure parking. Sturdy enough stands but easily accessible from the carpark for anyone with a van and a pair of bolt cutters. And it’s up the far end of the platform and out of sight of the area where I’d expect to regularly find station staff.
by JamesE
25 Jul 2017, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis
Replies: 15
Views: 749

Re: Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis

Just an update 'cos it's always irritating when someone posts a problem and doesn't say how they solved it: I tried the Jagwire adjusters recommended by Meic but they don't fit - the brake arms need a circular cutout for the straddle cable ends on both their front and rear faces, and as pictured min...
by JamesE
4 Jul 2017, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis
Replies: 15
Views: 749

Re: Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis

What isnt apparent from the photo is that the ferule is a stepped one with a very thin nose going into the hole in the bridge. Yup. It's about a 4mm hole so the M6 bolts won't work. Those Jagwire Mickey barrels might, though. At a pinch they could fit in the ferrule if not the hole itself. I'm sure...
by JamesE
3 Jul 2017, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis
Replies: 15
Views: 749

Rear brake adjustment screw for cantis

My old tourer had an adjustment screw on the rear brake cable hanger thingy, and my new one doesn’t. Does anyone know where I can buy a suitable screw? The ones in front cable hangers look far too wide. I can always put inline adjusters somewhere along the cable run but it just looks so much neater ...
by JamesE
29 Nov 2016, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?
Replies: 57
Views: 4769

Re: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?

I don't know the current procedure. I'd be inclined to write, with any reference number you have been given, saying you would like the driver's details when they are available. Thanks. Will do. The question to the room still stands, though: can I go ahead and get the bike fixed now, or do I need to...
by JamesE
29 Nov 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?
Replies: 57
Views: 4769

Re: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?

Got the vehicle reg, gave it to the police. They say they’ll investigate and provide the insurer’s details – although from the driver’s behaviour I’m not sure there are any. Thirdcrank: thanks. How would I go about getting the driver’s details from the police? Repeatedly ringing up the station where...
by JamesE
29 Nov 2016, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?
Replies: 57
Views: 4769

Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?

So I’ve just had a minor prang, quite low-speed, I was unhurt but the front wheel got hit hard enough that I want the (carbon) forks checked professionally before I ride that bike again. Driver refused to give insurance details – and I’ve filed a police report accordingly – but what now? The reporti...
by JamesE
26 Oct 2016, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes

could be, but then again, maybe the spoke tension was too high, and/or maybe the rim was corroded. I see lots of rims that crack or have spokes that pull through and corrosion is rarely absent. Quite possibly. It was cracked as well … not much over a year old but had been ridden hard in all weather...
by JamesE
26 Oct 2016, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Re: Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes

Thanks both. Like an idiot I didn’t keep track of which spokes went loose but I think they’ve all been NDS. (To clarify: opposite pairs as in 12 and 6 o’clock, not NDS and DS). I built the wheel with oil on the DS nipples and dry on the NDS; will try just tightening everything up for starters and se...
by JamesE
26 Oct 2016, 5:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 1824

Wheelbuilding woes: loosening spokes

About four months ago I had my first crack at building a rear wheel from scratch. With the mantra “be methodical and stress-relieve thoroughly”, I thought it went pretty well… obviously I was wrong, though, because four months later I still have spokes coming completely loose now and again. Probably...
by JamesE
21 Oct 2016, 12:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What became of the old rec.bicycles FAQ?
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: What became of the old rec.bicycles FAQ?

Sheldon Brown’s site has links to several rec.bicycles.* groups, now hosted on Google Groups. Try having a hunt there, or asking – rec.bicycles.tech still seems fairly active.
by JamesE
3 Oct 2016, 12:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Greater Anglia
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Re: Greater Anglia

The National Rail website is wrong - it seems to have acquired a lot of misinformation recently about bike reservations. You need a bike reservation if you're on the service that terminates in Norwich - this is an intercity service with a proper guard's van. The service that terminates in Ipswich wi...
by JamesE
29 Aug 2016, 2:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maps for Etrex 30
Replies: 17
Views: 2022

Re: Maps for Etrex 30

Have a look at Talkytoaster's Garmin maps, which IIRC aren't too hard to install if you follow the instructions. He has a free British Isles map, as well as a paid-for one with the OS look and feel.