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by cyclop
31 Oct 2018, 11:22am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Does Wales have the steepest street?
Replies: 46
Views: 2281

Re: Does Wales have the steepest street?

I managed the Harlech street whilst there in sept.Probably the steepest thing I,ve been up though certain short sections of Hardknott can,t be far off.Trek 2100 on 26tx34t rear.Biggest issue was mudguard overlap on the hairpins .Being "not suitable for cars" also helps.
by cyclop
23 Oct 2018, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle height
Replies: 66
Views: 2650

Re: Saddle height

Rather than measure anything,a method in common use is,whilst sitting on the saddle and with either pedal at its furthest point from the saddle(usually crank in line with seat tube),if you can then place your heel on the relevant pedal with the leg straight then your saddle is near enough right.This...
by cyclop
21 Oct 2018, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Paphos, Cyprus
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Cycling in Paphos, Cyprus

Visited cyprus many years ago,the Akamas peninsula.Hired an mtb ,had a great day offroad,nothing difficult but made a mental note that this was a great island for offroading,their being far more to do off than on road.Don,t rule it out.
by cyclop
19 Oct 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Places to cycle in the North East?
Replies: 7
Views: 1721

Re: Places to cycle in the North East?

Kielder reservoir? A lovely circuit or just out and back.Bit of a drive though not too far.All forest trail ,non technical,ideal for family rides.
by cyclop
16 Oct 2018, 10:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How Do You Find "Nice" Cycle Areas And Routes
Replies: 33
Views: 1667

Re: How Do You Find "Nice" Cycle Areas And Routes

In my humble opinion,there is no substitute for an O.S.(ordnance survey)paper map.Old school,yes ,but a fantastic mine of information.I,ve even chosen places to live on the strength of O.S. map information.Is there a good network of minor roads?Are there some decent hills?Is the topography interesti...
by cyclop
13 Oct 2018, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Attaching a wagon to a bike... possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Attaching a wagon to a bike... possible?

Google "tonystrailers" for some great diy trailer stuff."tony" is,in fact,Tony Hoar,an 81yr old ex pro cyclist,living in Vancouver who finished the TDF way back.
by cyclop
4 Oct 2018, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bending fork blades (forward)
Replies: 15
Views: 848

Re: Bending fork blades (forward)

Having cold set a couple of steel frames by 5mm each side of the rear dropouts ,my inclination would be that this is ok.Legend has it that bent steel forks could be straightened in a grid in the road.Has anyone done this? I completed a tour many years ago on a set of bent forks(hercules all steel bi...
by cyclop
2 Sep 2018, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single chain ring !
Replies: 38
Views: 1200

Re: Single chain ring !

Why not have the best of both worlds.Stick a double chainring on but do away with FMech and lever.Just change manually when it gets hilly.I,ve had this setup on my "holiday bike" when the chain kept derailing off a middleburn middle ring onto bottom,caused,I think by the design of a thicke...
by cyclop
27 Aug 2018, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Securing bikes in the back of a (big) car.
Replies: 16
Views: 2920

Re: Securing bikes in the back of a (big) car.

I had a Zaffy in which I could transport 5 bikes plus riders,4 on the roof with front wheels removed(never had a problem)secured via the quick release and a toe strap for the rear wheel then one on a " scissor" style carrier clamped to the towball,all loaded in about 10mins.The idea of rem...
by cyclop
15 Aug 2018, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help on extending the stem
Replies: 20
Views: 873

Re: Help on extending the stem

That looks like a threadless headset to me.I can,t see any locking collet device therefore a simple stem extender as per Brucey,s first photo(either black or silver) would work.
by cyclop
10 Aug 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help on extending the stem
Replies: 20
Views: 873

Re: Help on extending the stem

Take stem off,stick the extension on,put stem back,or am I totally misreading your photo.
by cyclop
30 Jul 2018, 8:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New words/vocab on these fora
Replies: 268
Views: 24046

Re: New words/vocab on these fora

cyclop.....one eyed person who cycles.....such as myself.
by cyclop
17 Jul 2018, 3:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 16729

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

My early mtb days were spent in the lakes where I lived and worked.On wet days,the predominantly slate trails I would ride acted as grinding paste,wearing rims out v.quickly.Worse still was the constant fiddling with the cantis to try and get them properly adjusted so for me, discs were an absolute ...
by cyclop
16 Jul 2018, 6:10pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: how do I train for a super-steep hill ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1039

Re: Super steep hill

What is your lowest gear? Just give the number of teeth on your small front chainring and also the large rear sprocket.
by cyclop
9 Jul 2018, 7:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trailer lights - anyone know the law?
Replies: 20
Views: 3267

Re: Trailer lights - anyone know the law?

250kg?really?sounds like an enormous load.I used to haul logs out of the forest,admittedly with a yak bob and anything over 30-40kg was impossible.I,d imagine a two wheeled trailer to be totally different.