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by DavidT
16 Aug 2007, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Budget (<£300) touring/commuting bike required, any advic
Replies: 18
Views: 8170

Budget bikes

Good to see your query SQuinn, and sound advice in return. My humble advice is just to say don't get sucked into spending loads and loads. It's of course nice to have good kit, and it is more comfortable, works better etc. (I now ride a Mercian). However (and this is my point!) my first two tours, i...
by DavidT
13 Aug 2007, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another Clipless Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2110

SPD muti release cleats

Lady P
Just noted that the pedals you have are the SPD-SL Road only type, so my comments above will indeed be irrelevant to you. I can't talk from experience about the road bindings that you have. All the best.
by DavidT
13 Aug 2007, 9:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bike mirrors?
Replies: 64
Views: 16370

Cateye "Racing"

reohn2 wrote: dgibby wrote: Any recommendations here for a mirror for a drop handle tourer? Bar end is a possibility. Cateye 'Racing' £5.99 Halfords (I need to found out how to do proper cut and paste in the nice boxes that everyone else has!!) Would also advise - this unit is a good design as mirro...
by DavidT
13 Aug 2007, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another Clipless Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2110

Multi Release Cleats

Lady P The multi release cleats are SM-SH56, with a big "M" on them. Gold in colour. Happily supplied ex stock by my LBS. Technically they could be MTB cleats, but they match exactly the SM-SH51 cleats that I have on my SH-RT30 Road Touring Shoes - these shoes are a compromise between road...
by DavidT
12 Aug 2007, 9:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another Clipless Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2110

SPD

As my previous postings - you should'nt have any problems. Are you sure they are on the lightest setting? When I first fitted mine I had concerns, so practised riding around my small lawn. However within a couple of circuits I was immediately confident and wanted to get out on the road. Different cl...
by DavidT
8 Aug 2007, 9:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Drivers who don't give way at roundabouts
Replies: 37
Views: 6456

Eye contact

Plenty of good advice has been written already. I would just reiterate that eye contact can be incredibly useful, - in establishing your own presence and the likely course of action of the driver. Please note that this is also taught to drivers on advanced driving courses (Which I have passed myself...
by DavidT
2 Aug 2007, 10:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike Pedals and Shoes
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

SPD Cleats

Should also have said that you can get different release cleats. E.g release with foot twist to left or right and pull up, or just outward twist (more secure). I was nervous of having the latter, but am now totally relaxed with this. If necessary you could start with the former, and having got your ...
by DavidT
2 Aug 2007, 10:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike Pedals and Shoes
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

SPD

I spent ages (if not years) delaying a change from toe clips and straps to SPD (or equiv). Eventually changed at the back end of 2006, mainly cos I needed new shoes and the market is almost totally aimed at cleats. I ride an audax bike on leisure, fitness rides with the odd weekend trip. Went for th...
by DavidT
30 Jul 2007, 9:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Central Trains
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Central Trains

Watch out if you are travelling by Central Trains on a Sunday! I recently undertook a rare outing, involving a return trip by train, Norwich to Grantham on a Sunday. Our two bikes were reserved in advance. All Central trains (and only Central trains) from Norwich were cancelled from around 1700 and ...
by DavidT
30 Jul 2007, 9:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happened to David Millar?
Replies: 13
Views: 1731

David Millar TT

Good question to raise ecollen, and thanks for the replies. I too caught only the tail end of the reports and was at a complete loss finding out what had happened to David's ride. ITV have been brilliant, but even their website did not elaborate. I just found a vague reference to a problem with his ...
by DavidT
3 Jul 2007, 7:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Security marking
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Datatag

Try http://www.datatag.co.uk In addition I've dealt with their office by phone for additional stickers - so they do exist! You get one big (20mm sq?) glossy high quality sticker and a number of smaller ones to place in more discreet areas of the bike. Any professional theif will realise they are des...
by DavidT
2 Jul 2007, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Security marking
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Datatag

To be honest, Mercian fitted it at time of manufacture. However I know from reading around the subject at the time that it can be self fitted - inside the frame - e.g down the seat tube, with high contact adhesive (supplied - I assume). It's not very big at all!! CTC Shop, Evans etc sell the Datatag...
by DavidT
2 Jul 2007, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Security marking
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Security Marking

Derrick7 I have Datatag fitted to my bike. Cost £25 and includes internally fitting a transponder to the frame so that apparently Police forces can scan and therefore trace the bike to the owner. Also comes with a high quality but highly difficult to remove warning labels to act as a deterent. See h...
by DavidT
8 Jun 2007, 9:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cassette cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Mick (& Horizon) Many thanks! Just what I needed to know and the humour is appreciated!! As you can see from my limited posts I am new to this. I would love my "new" Campag kit to stay shinny - as far as practicable with my massive mileages of course! - although I do go out in all weat...
by DavidT
8 Jun 2007, 5:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cassette cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Cassette cleaning

How should I go about cleaning my cassette? I am a lowish mileage leisure rider (audax bike) and have always kept my chain clean by use of an on bike cleaner, and regular lubing, typically Finish Line Dry. The bike is relatively new, and whilst my cleaned chain vaguely resembles the showroom finish,...