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by bainbridge
1 May 2016, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable cutters
Replies: 35
Views: 2315

Re: Cable cutters

For inners I use electricians sidecutters, same tool for outers but with an extra cut to remove the sticky outy bit.
by bainbridge
16 Apr 2016, 10:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guarded cycle parking
Replies: 9
Views: 971

Re: Guarded cycle parking

...There is a manned kiosk at the entrance and the man staples a ticket to the handlebars and hands you the counterpart, adding to keep it safe because without it you won't get your bike back..... What is to stop somebody entering with a rubbish beaten up worthless bike, removing it's ticket and pu...
by bainbridge
15 Apr 2016, 12:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guarded cycle parking
Replies: 9
Views: 971

Re: Guarded cycle parking

I used the guarded bike parking in the Hague two weeks ago. The first one was next to the Ibis hotel in the centre. It's the basement of a multistorey carpark and there is only one way in and out, down the ramp underground. There is a manned kiosk at the entrance and the man staples a ticket to the ...
by bainbridge
14 Apr 2016, 11:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hands hurt after returning to riding
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Hands hurt after returning to riding

It looks like those bars have swiveled forward and down in the stem clamp.

Aren't the drops on those bars supposed to be about 45 degrees, making the top bit flat?

If so, the hoods would be much higher up.

I might be completely wrong, but it just looks weird.
by bainbridge
10 Apr 2016, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Purpose made cleaners?
Replies: 30
Views: 2006

Re: Purpose made cleaners?

Tipping a bucket of warm water over the bike and leaving it for 10 minutes works for me, soaks into all the grime.

Then a wash with a dash of fairy, rinse and finally oiled when dry.
by bainbridge
20 Mar 2016, 10:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Would you rather..
Replies: 11
Views: 890

Would you rather..

You're touring and have a long day ahead. Would you rather.. Have the wind against you all day but it stays dry for the day? Or.. Have the wind behind you all day but it rains all day? I'm heading out on Saturday and BBC weather is forecasting heavy rain, but they're also predicting that the wind wi...
by bainbridge
20 Mar 2016, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tiagra shifter v 105
Replies: 84
Views: 3176

Re: Tiagra shifter v 105

I wonder if it's possible to get lighter springs for the calipers?
by bainbridge
17 Mar 2016, 9:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: roll top panniers
Replies: 13
Views: 1121

Re: roll top panniers

I roll outwards because it feels the natural way to do it.
by bainbridge
14 Mar 2016, 9:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine route (EV15) - is it worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 3638

Re: Rhine route (EV15) - is it worth it?

I did the Netherlands part of the Rhine last October and loved it - really looking forward to post-industrial Ruhr - e.g. Duisburg Nord Landschaftspark: http://en.landschaftspark.de/the-park. Just shows it's horses for courses in cycle touring as much as anything else! :-) Yes we cycled along the r...
by bainbridge
14 Mar 2016, 9:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do you wear proper cycling gear !
Replies: 54
Views: 2924

Re: Do you !

I'm a MAMIL but break up the online with some endure shorts over the top and a windproof jacket or t shirt.
by bainbridge
12 Mar 2016, 8:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: the weird values of the world
Replies: 9
Views: 713

Re: the weird values of the world

Me too, this is my top cycling source of information.
by bainbridge
10 Mar 2016, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of valve is this and how do I pump it up
Replies: 39
Views: 2188

Re: What kind of valve is this and how do I pump it up

Wow I haven't seen one of those for a while!
by bainbridge
29 Feb 2016, 11:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Insurance for a 4 day trip around Mallorca
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Insurance for a 4 day trip around Mallorca

I use Sports cover direct, you can specify touring cover and they do personal accident, not sure about TPI though. Cost me £21 for 3 weeks around Europe last year, though 8 days in Holland and Belgium next month will cost me £24 because I have a new bike so will be insuring against theft too. https:...
by bainbridge
22 Feb 2016, 11:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chain replacement before a trip?
Replies: 22
Views: 1357

Re: Chain replacement before a trip?

I'd simply put a new (good quality) chain on now, make sure you've done few long rides before you go to ensure all is well and make sure the rest of the bike is tip top when you set off. A couple of spare links and a couple of kwik links together with a chain extractor will get you out of trouble an...
by bainbridge
21 Feb 2016, 1:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Backup drivetrain bits
Replies: 32
Views: 1781

Re: Backup drivetrain bits

When touring I take 2 tubes and a puncture repair kit plus a couple of inches of old tyre as a boot. Some allen keys and a 8 & 10 mm spanner. A chain tool 1 brake , 1 gear cable. A couple of M4 and M5 nuts and bolts, I've tried to get all the nuts and bolts on the bike down to two sizes. Some c...