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by graymee
25 Aug 2014, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "One size fits all" spokes
Replies: 2
Views: 252

"One size fits all" spokes

I've just come back form a tour on the Isle of Mull and I should have given the bike a better going over before I left anyhow, the creaking from my heavily loaded rear wheel degenerated into 3 broken spokes between Tobermory and Salen. Luckily there's a bike shop in Salen and I got excellent service...
by graymee
10 Aug 2014, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: [First tour] Lincoln to Edinburgh, solo, wildcamping
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: [First tour] Lincoln to Edinburgh, solo, wildcamping

How far are you planning to cycle each day and have you cycled that far before? A distance you might ride in a day might not be sustainable over multiple days especially if carrying camping kit. Finding suitable spots to wild camp that are both at the required distance from your departure point and ...
by graymee
3 Aug 2014, 9:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Isle of Mull
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Re: Touring the Isle of Mull

I had planned to camp at Fionnphort and take the ferry to Iona as a foot passenger but I see that you can take bikes across. Can you wild camp on Iona? does anyone have any more info on the hostel, a link perhaps?
by graymee
2 Aug 2014, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring the Isle of Mull
Replies: 8
Views: 1451

Touring the Isle of Mull

The wife and I are going to Mull in a couple of weeks. We only plan to do approximately 30 miles per day and plan to camp alternating between camp sites and wild camping. Anyone got any hints, tips, advice?
by graymee
2 Aug 2014, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications
Replies: 141
Views: 179726

Re: Anyone use a trailer ?

I bought a cheapo Bob Yak lookalike several years ago from Edinburgh Bike Coop. I think it was £125 reduced to £99. Good value for money but they discontinued them a couple of years ago. The two shown in the links to Ebay look very similar with the exception of the addition of the red suspension uni...
by graymee
6 Jul 2014, 2:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Traditional spoked wheels.
Replies: 27
Views: 3356

Re: Traditional spoked wheels.

gaz wrote:
Where metal bends, plastic breaks

In engineering terms I'd imagine that's an oversimplified statement but it explains things well enough for me.


You can use the same argument for carbon fibre but it seems quite popular.
by graymee
6 Jul 2014, 1:15pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Air or sprung suspension?
Replies: 5
Views: 18409

Air or sprung suspension?

Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead but what are the advantages? If you had forks and rear sus units with the correct spring rating would they perform as well as air units? Ok, you can adjust the air spring rating to adjust for changes in the weight of you and/or your kit bu...
by graymee
6 Jul 2014, 1:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Traditional spoked wheels.
Replies: 27
Views: 3356

Traditional spoked wheels.

Bike wheels to me seem to have changed little since the early days of cycling. Ok, road wheels have changed a bit; spoke count down to 24 or thereabouts, aero spokes, deep section rims but I'm surprised they haven't evolved more. Motor bikes have had 3 and 5 spoke wheels for 30+ years. Track bikes u...
by graymee
8 May 2014, 6:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS altitude issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1855

Re: GPS altitude issues

My apologies, my memory of GPS theory is obviously not as good as I thought.
by graymee
8 May 2014, 5:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS altitude issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1855

Re: GPS altitude issues

no new buildings suddenly blocking the GPS signal.... Don't forget that the satellites are moving, in fact they orbit the earth roughly every 12 hours. This means you will have a completely different set and configuration of satellites from one day to the next, so the same buildings could cause pro...
by graymee
7 May 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS altitude issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1855

Re: GPS altitude issues

tim-b is correct in that you need a minimum of 4 satellites to give a 3D fix however as most GPS receivers nowadays are 12 channel jobs they are likely to be tracking 8 or more satellites so should give accurate height info. If however the signal from the satellites is blocked or severely attenuated...
by graymee
6 Mar 2014, 8:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need advice on usb charger pack for accessories on LeJog
Replies: 13
Views: 9966

Re: Need advice on usb charger pack for accessories on LeJog

A cheap powered USB hub might be an idea. I have one that has 4 USB sockets so could charge 4 devices.
by graymee
6 Mar 2014, 7:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Braze on front mech - am I missing something?
Replies: 2
Views: 3818

Braze on front mech - am I missing something?

I've never used one but always thought a braze on mech could only be used on a metal frame, am I getting it all wrong? The reason I'm asking is I've seen an advert for a carbon framed bike with a braze on front mech.
by graymee
26 Feb 2014, 9:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pop-up tents
Replies: 34
Views: 2479

Re: Pop-up tents

How about a Coleman Coastline 2 Plus? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coleman-Coastli ... B0030BG9Q0
by graymee
30 Jan 2014, 9:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Oban: secure car parking
Replies: 13
Views: 26042

Re: Oban: secure car parking

I wasn't sure what to do when we cycled the Outer Hebrides a couple of years ago. I contacted the local police for advice and they suggested the car park at the Leisure Centre as it was patrolled regularly and car crime isn't a huge problem in Oban. In the end I just parked my car on Gallanach Road ...