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by Tail End Charlie
14 Sep 2013, 9:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cree Lights
Replies: 166
Views: 10380

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: 7369

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.
by Tail End Charlie
9 Mar 2013, 7:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Wales,My Route to Angelsey.
Replies: 12
Views: 1162

Re: Touring Wales,My Route to Angelsey.

The Lon Las Cymru route is very suitable for a touring bike and I'd highly recommend it. It'll take you down lanes which often run parallel to the A road, but on the opposite side of the valley. You're missing out if you don't use it.
by Tail End Charlie
23 Feb 2013, 6:25pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Busch and Muller Lumotec IQ Cyo Front Light
Replies: 3
Views: 3790

Re: Busch and Muller Lumotec IQ Cyo Front Light

Yes, it is indeed a very fine light. I now have two on different bikes, I considered buying the latest Schmidt offering (Luxos??) but it's £130 and I can't see it being twice as good as the Cyo.
by Tail End Charlie
24 Jan 2013, 10:33pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Rose (Germany)
Replies: 111
Views: 130890

Re: RoseBikes Germany (online order)

Yes, I rate RoseBikes aswell, particularly for dynamos, lights etc. Their own brand clothing is also very good aswell and the sizing is realistic. An added benefit is that huge catalogue which you get every year and allows you loads of time to drool.
by Tail End Charlie
18 Jul 2012, 4:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru
Replies: 7
Views: 5645

Re: Lon Las Cymru

Don't know what bike you'll be using, on your day 3 the part over to Llynnau Cregennen is on a rough track for about a mile. Well worth doing, I just pushed for a bit. I've done it both ways and it is well marked (although I went to Chepstow so can't comment on your first part). And there's a bit so...
by Tail End Charlie
17 Jul 2012, 11:13pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 70287

Re: Pictures of your tents.

Saunders Spacepacker near Inverness. Great tent, roomy, enter either side.

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by Tail End Charlie
17 Jul 2012, 11:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lon Las Cymru
Replies: 7
Views: 5645

Re: Lon Las Cymru

Three days fully loaded is pushing it, it wouldn't allow you to stop and have a look round. The Welsh towns and villages have lots of interest. I'd definitely take the route over the hills above Harlech (the views towards Port Meirion are superb) and also I'd go the part after Machynlleth which goes...
by Tail End Charlie
3 Jul 2012, 1:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: L'Orient, Morhiban, Brittany
Replies: 4
Views: 2963

Re: L'Orient, Morhiban, Brittany

The ferry also goes to Port Louis from below L'Orient close to the U boat pens. I think it's called port de peche. On a Sunday it shuttles between L'Orient, Locmiquelic and Port Louis.
by Tail End Charlie
29 Apr 2012, 8:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCR8 - Lon las Cymru
Replies: 8
Views: 5587

Re: NCR8 - Lon las Cymru

This is a great ruote, I could quite happily do it every year and not get bored with it. I think it's worthwhile spending time doing it and about 5 days gives you enough to have a look round as you go. I've done it in both directions starting/ ending at Chepstow. It is well signposted in each direct...
by Tail End Charlie
26 Apr 2012, 7:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 633
Views: 351350

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

If the mark of good service is how problems are sorted, then Spa is great. Recently placed an order which wasn't delivered. After a week I checked with Spa that it had been sent and then with my local sorting office that it wasn't waiting for me, when I recontacted Spa they sent out another straight...
by Tail End Charlie
1 Mar 2012, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bicycle stand for garage/shed
Replies: 28
Views: 2646

Re: bicycle stand for garage/shed

I have a similar stand to the one above which I made from bits of old pallets. In fact I got the idea from seeing a pallet laid flat and I have mine on the floor and the wheels slot in. You need to decide which bike is going where as the slots need to suit the tyre.
by Tail End Charlie
20 Nov 2011, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool tops ?
Replies: 37
Views: 5242

Re: Merino wool tops ?

I can recommend the merino tops from Finisterre. Very very soft to the touch. They are pricy, but one for your birthday or Xmas (or both!) makes a great present. The cheaper ones from the likes of On One are good but they end up irritating on a long ride whereas the Finisterre ones are fine whatever...
by Tail End Charlie
10 Oct 2011, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A retrograde step?
Replies: 103
Views: 5551

Re: A retrograde step?

I, too have a bike with DT shifters and every time I ride I wonder why I bother with anything else. Currently I'm considering a new titanium audax bike and will probably spec DT shifters on it. Much simpler. I went back to DT's when the STI's on one of my bikes became too worn and the price of new o...
by Tail End Charlie
9 Oct 2011, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ironbridge to Bridgnorth?
Replies: 9
Views: 2243

Re: Ironbridge to Bridgnorth?

I did this a couple of weeks ago (so in the summer) but the surface is good and I wouldn't have thought there'd be any problem in the winter. I didn't notice glass BTW. I was on fixed, it's dead flat.