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by SteveHunter
22 Jan 2015, 2:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Computer help please.
Replies: 13
Views: 2191

Re: Computer help please.

Android tablets are really rather good, the Google Nexus 9 is a superb bit of kit, I'm using one now. I have a WiFi only one as I'm usually in a place where there is a free wifi connection. I also have an Android phone which has a data allowance and I can use that phone as a WiFi hotspot, so I can c...
by SteveHunter
21 Jan 2015, 10:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Heating engineer
Replies: 84
Views: 8359

Re: Heating engineer

That depends, if it's the diverter valve that is inside a combi boiler, which it sounds like it is as there is a heat exchanger in there as well, that can be a right pain in the bottom bracket to replace.
by SteveHunter
20 Jan 2015, 6:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting home after a puncture
Replies: 43
Views: 3185

Re: Getting home after a puncture

Personally I don't carry a pump on any of my bikes, I just carry the CO2 cylinders.

I don't intend to ever use them, but if I have to they are there if needed.
by SteveHunter
20 Jan 2015, 5:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Beginner road bike
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: Beginner road bike

I think the Felt F95 2014 is very hard to beat on that budget, but there aren't many of them left now as they are last years model.

http://bestbikeproducts.com/m5b36s6p390 ... S_GB/15572
by SteveHunter
20 Jan 2015, 10:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: M6 Toll Road
Replies: 56
Views: 4592

Re: M6 Toll Road

You need to pay in both directions at the A38 junction off the M6 Toll, personally for the distance you are doing I would avoid it completely. I guess you are coming up the M5, then I would get on the M42 and go around the south of Birmingham, you could come off at J11 and head to Burton and then to...
by SteveHunter
20 Jan 2015, 10:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which lubricant for my chain?
Replies: 85
Views: 5947

Re: Which lubricant for my chain?

Wow, thats really helpful everyone, thanks for your responses so far. I have some WD40 and some GT85 in the garage so I will try them for starters, I may even pick up some TF2 on my travels. I'm not too concerned with keeping my chain clean, I don't mind cleaning it when I get in from a ride. Back i...
by SteveHunter
19 Jan 2015, 11:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which lubricant for my chain?
Replies: 85
Views: 5947

Which lubricant for my chain?

I've done a search but can't find this on the forum, I'm sure there must be a thread covering this I just can't seem to find it. I bought some expensive wax type stuff which is supposed to not attract any dirt, all that it did was make my chain stiff and noisy and it didn't matter how much I cleaned...
by SteveHunter
17 Jan 2015, 11:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My kingdom for some rim tape...
Replies: 19
Views: 1350

Re: My kingdom for some rim tape...

Tape measures, I have quite a few of them which all come out of the toolbox when I am building something. I can never find one though, I always have to get the wife to come and help me look and she can normally see at least 2 or 3 of them without really looking.
by SteveHunter
16 Jan 2015, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cars to take bikes
Replies: 26
Views: 3764

Re: Cars to take bikes

How many people need to fit in the car along with the bike box.

You could try taking your bike box to a UK car hire company and trying a few cars for size.
by SteveHunter
14 Jan 2015, 8:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: getting to start and finish of lejog
Replies: 13
Views: 8655

Re: getting to start and finish of lejog

I think most national hire companies will let you do that. I've hired a Luton van from Thrifty before in Essex and dropped it off in Edinburgh.
by SteveHunter
14 Jan 2015, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie:Carrera Subway 1 or Subway 2, plus accessories
Replies: 37
Views: 23044

Re: Newbie:Carrera Subway 1 or Subway 2, plus accessories

For a 1.5 mile commute to the station I would be tempted to use your current bike. There must be a way to bodge something into your current forks to make them rigid. I wouldn't leave a new looking bike at the station, not round where I live anyway. By all means get yourself a bike on the Cycle 2 Wor...
by SteveHunter
13 Jan 2015, 1:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 8871

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

I looked at our Cycle to work scheme when buying a hybrid for commuting last year. It worked out cheaper for me to buy the 2013 model of the 2014 bike that they were offering on the scheme, and I got a better spec'd bike as well by doing that. Of course I had to pay up front though.
by SteveHunter
11 Jan 2015, 11:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: merino baselayer
Replies: 59
Views: 4142

Re: merino baselayer

I have a couple of dhb Merino base layers which are fantastic, they are the only Merino I have owned, so I'm sure other merino is as good if not better. I wanted another for Christmas so put one on my list, I was bought a synthetic base layer instead, I can only describe it as cold and sweaty. I thi...
by SteveHunter
11 Jan 2015, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for first long-distance trip
Replies: 15
Views: 2086

Re: Bike for first long-distance trip

Spec wise they are very similar, the difference between then is in the geometry, the Z95 will be a slightly more relaxed riding position, the F95 a bit racier.
Not much to choose between the two in my opinion, I think either would suit.
by SteveHunter
11 Jan 2015, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for first long-distance trip
Replies: 15
Views: 2086

Re: Bike for first long-distance trip

Whether it's worth spending extra for the Felt depends if you think you are going to carry on Road cycling. If you are then personally I would spend the extra and get the Felt.