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by Tail End Charlie
6 Dec 2014, 6:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: merino baselayer
Replies: 59
Views: 3970

Re: merino baselayer

Yes, they're 28% cotton but they're extremely comfortable (actually now my T shirt of choice for off the bike). They don't wick as well as full merino but are fine for rides up to 60 miles and longer than that I'd grab a Finisterre one.
by Tail End Charlie
6 Dec 2014, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Commuting bikes
Replies: 64
Views: 5062

Re: Commuting bikes

You don't say how hilly your commute is. Unless it's really hilly consider an On One Pompino and run fixed or singlespeed. Mine has a hub dynamo and needs little more than a wipe down on the chain when it's been wet. I give it a clean every couple of weeks but that's more because I prefer riding a c...
by Tail End Charlie
6 Dec 2014, 9:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: merino baselayer
Replies: 59
Views: 3970

Re: merino baselayer

I've remembered I also have some merino tops from Decathlon. Long sleeve but a V neck, so a buff must be worn as well. These are good and I got them in a sale for a tenner.
The bamboo tops from Aldi are good, although short sleeved, they are only a fiver.
by Tail End Charlie
4 Dec 2014, 10:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: merino baselayer
Replies: 59
Views: 3970

Re: merino baselayer

I have merino from Planet X, Aldi and Finisterre. The Planet X and Aldi ones are much rougher wool than the Finisterre and are good for half day rides. For longer rides the Finisterre ones are much better, they don't overheat me yet keep me warm. Even in warmer weather they keep you at a nice temp. ...
by Tail End Charlie
5 Nov 2014, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Map(s) of Wales
Replies: 12
Views: 1671

Re: Map(s) of Wales

OS do 1:175000 scale maps for North and South Wales which are good. They are called tour maps and mark the roads and many campsites. I presume it won't mark all of them, but it's a good start and I tend to use smaller ones and they're on. They don't appear to mark drovers roads and tracks.
by Tail End Charlie
5 Nov 2014, 8:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Photos from my recent ride across Wales
Replies: 17
Views: 2560

Re: Photos from my recent ride across Wales

Fantastic photos, they brought memories back for me also. The hills above Harlech are indeed tough but they are one of the highlights for me each time I've done it. The views across to Portmeirion are one of the best I've seen. Looks like you were blessed with the weather and had a great time. Here'...
by Tail End Charlie
29 Oct 2014, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fountains in Italy
Replies: 10
Views: 1088

Re: Fountains in Italy

This is great, thanks Sweep.
by Tail End Charlie
20 Sep 2014, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.
Replies: 11
Views: 1225

Re: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.

breakwellmz wrote:
Tail End Charlie wrote:Engine oil mixed with diesel for me. The diesel gives it a real creeping action, I'm sure there's a scientific name for that.


Capillary?

That's the one, thanks. I couldn't get hygroscopic out of my mind and I knew it wasn't that.
by Tail End Charlie
19 Sep 2014, 10:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.
Replies: 11
Views: 1225

Re: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.

Engine oil mixed with diesel for me. The diesel gives it a real creeping action, I'm sure there's a scientific name for that.
by Tail End Charlie
17 Sep 2014, 9:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8703

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

I'm with 531Colin. A fixed gear bike is great for commuting, with dynamo light, it's a winner. I'd have a back brake as well though.
With that in mind, an On One Pompino would be my choice.
by Tail End Charlie
30 Jul 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?
Replies: 7
Views: 1548

Re: Bridge out on Lon Las Cmyru at Portmadog - options?

I agree, go the coastal road, to get back onto it is only a bit more given the bridge is closed. The contra flow system in place is very safe for cyclists. I would also recommend the hills behind Harlech, it was one of the highlights of the trip both times I've done it.
by Tail End Charlie
11 May 2014, 9:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar / cockpit set up - Your advice please
Replies: 11
Views: 2849

Re: Handlebar / cockpit set up - Your advice please

OK, here goes. The bars are really comfortable. http://i59.tinypic.com/21lpta1.jpg http://i59.tinypic.com/b63abk.jpg And this is how I originally did it, before coming across the excess friction problem. If you imagine the cable on a drop bar, i comes out of the top and then back to the bike. In my ...
by Tail End Charlie
11 May 2014, 8:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar / cockpit set up - Your advice please
Replies: 11
Views: 2849

Re: Handlebar / cockpit set up - Your advice please

I think you mean putting the brake cable under the tape. I'm pretty sure this would cause too much friction between the cable and housing as it would have to bend at quite a sharp angle to go under the tape and hence the brake wouldn't work well. I had this problem when I did a similar set up on my ...
by Tail End Charlie
14 Sep 2013, 9:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cree Lights
Replies: 166
Views: 10324

Re: Cree Lights

Get a Fresnel lens (£4 off Ebay) and it totally changes the beam shape to a flat broader one, which is far batter. These lights are astounding VFM. I have three now, over the last two years and they all still work fine. If you don't like the O ring mount get a normal one off Ebay (about £8). So for ...
by Tail End Charlie
28 May 2013, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel Truing Stand
Replies: 60
Views: 7096

Re: Wheel Truing Stand

Another recommendation for the Roger Musson book. It explains everything really clearly.
Make a truing stand as he shows and off you go. Mine cost peanuts to make and has been used to make many wheels over the last five years and has trued countless others. It can get very addictive.