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by freiston
20 May 2014, 6:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nutted axles.... What spanner?
Replies: 16
Views: 2524

Re: Nutted axles.... What spanner?

A good quality 6" Adjustable. http://www.amazon.co.uk/KS-Tools-965-0008-Titanium-adjustable/dp/B007XU8FKW OK, maybe this, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stanley-090947-MaxSteel-Adjustable-Wrench/dp/B004OTMB6Y/ref=pd_sim_sbs_diy_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1CSTVRRDP36Q14JZQ76C The first one is reduced in pri...
by freiston
16 May 2014, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: hand cleaner
Replies: 15
Views: 2271

Re: hand cleaner

Due to eczema, I have problems using soaps and detergents (and therefore with barrier creams too because they need soap/detergent to wash them off) but I do find that the moisturising creams that I need for my eczema work very well at getting rid of oil and grease based muck from the skin. They're a...
by freiston
16 May 2014, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thread coating
Replies: 6
Views: 1294

Re: Thread coating

Wouldn't the white coating be likely to be an application of grease to the threads before assembly?
by freiston
14 May 2014, 11:18pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: It's all in the name - Cyclists' TOURING club
Replies: 703
Views: 267200

Re: It's all in the name - Cyclists' TOURING club

I came across this thread after unsuccessfully searching the CTC website for winged wheel lapel badges (hasn't the winged wheel always had the letters C-T-C incorprated into it?)! I came back to the CTC (I've always known it informally as 'the CTC' and have reserved the descriptive 'Cyclists' Tourin...
by freiston
2 May 2014, 6:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?
Replies: 43
Views: 2949

Re: Who, What, Why: How dangerous are tick bites in the UK?

I have the tick-twister tool too - have used it on animals but thankfully haven't had to use it on a human yet. Even in the summer, I wear long thick socks (except when on the bike) and always wear long trousers so that should reduce the risk. A walking forum that I used to frequent had a member wit...
by freiston
30 Apr 2014, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Its new multi tool time
Replies: 59
Views: 8536

Re: Its new multi tool time

I'm not a fan of the big fancy multi-tools - they look very unwieldy in the pictures - but prefer to carry a small 'tool kit' and I always carry my Leatherman Juice Pro too. I also tend to be one of those who carries more than I ever need/use. As part of that kit, I do carry an old but cheap Halford...
by freiston
24 Apr 2014, 12:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Paper maps!
Replies: 33
Views: 3464

Re: Paper maps!

I suppose a lot depends on the sort of roads and routes you will be cycling on. Years ago when I used to cover large (to me) distances, I used to use the 'Barts Motorist Map' series at 1:253 440 (4 miles to the inch) or OS 1:50 000 (1¼ inches to the mile - now marketed as 'Landranger'). Main roads a...
by freiston
18 Apr 2014, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.
Replies: 32
Views: 3620

Re: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.

Cheers Trigger :D Sorry for misinterpreting you :oops: Regarding the 'six-shooters' - I don't ride in packs and so the risk of getting a 'ribbing' by other riders and of impaling another rider is greatly reduced :wink: I wouldn't say that drop bars are only for racers - there are many positions to h...
by freiston
18 Apr 2014, 10:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Puncture Problem!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1361

Re: Puncture Problem!!!!

I've had a couple of cheap Leatherman style tools but both failed (my Aldi tool bent and collapsed in the hand when trying to grip particularly tight with the pliers) and now, courtesy of the good lady one Christmas, I have a Leatherman Juice Pro weighing in at 191g - have given it some very heavy t...
by freiston
18 Apr 2014, 12:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.
Replies: 32
Views: 3620

Re: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.

This is a photo I took of Jim Bailey, a real tough guy on a bike. This was taken about 1960 when he was at his best. He's riding a 25 time trial on the Copster course on the Preston to Whalley road, long since abandoned. He was best known for his amazing feats on a tandem with Jack Forrest and they...
by freiston
17 Apr 2014, 1:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.
Replies: 32
Views: 3620

Re: Old drop bar bikes and riding position.

Not sure if this counts as yester-year, but here's a picture of my bars and levers circa 1980. The photo is bad, the handlebar tape needs replacing and the position of the levers and the bars are not 'conventional' (but are intentional). The levers are Mafacs and I did almost all my riding on the ho...
by freiston
10 Apr 2014, 12:27am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What to take on tour = Am I missing anything?
Replies: 42
Views: 60449

Re: Am I missing anything?

When I used to go cycle-camping, I always took a large plastic salad/mixing bowl to use for washing/washing-up/laundry (and even salad mixing). I would pack stuff inside the bowl and slide it into the pannier - this way it can afford a little extra protection for some of your more delicate items. S...
by freiston
9 Apr 2014, 12:34am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: What to take on tour = Am I missing anything?
Replies: 42
Views: 60449

Re: Am I missing anything?

When I used to go cycle-camping, I always took a large plastic salad/mixing bowl to use for washing/washing-up/laundry (and even salad mixing). I would pack stuff inside the bowl and slide it into the pannier - this way it can afford a little extra protection for some of your more delicate items.
by freiston
7 Apr 2014, 8:03pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 66975

Re: Pictures of your tents.

I've only just got back into cycling after a long break, and I haven't got back into camping (yet?), so here's a scanned slide from about 1981, North Norfolk coast (Weybourne) - tent is a Lichfield Mistral, plus a home-made cooking shelter and a home-built bike based on an old Viking vision 531 fram...