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by Tangled Metal
18 Mar 2015, 4:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Cycles - Cyclescheme?
Replies: 11
Views: 1410

Re: Spa Cycles - Cyclescheme?

Work it all out costwise because the fair market value needs to be considered and taken out of the deal. You should still be up on the deal but IMHO it doesn't seem to be as good as once was. BTW I know a few bike shops offering serious interest free deals that spread the cost out over up to 3 years...
by Tangled Metal
18 Mar 2015, 1:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sat nav or GPS ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1534

Re: Sat nav or GPS ?

Car satnavs route you along roads, usually the most efficient/fastest/most direct. They work well. Car satnavs have you "locked to a road" and find it difficult if you go off road! I took mine on the train once, and it was VERY confused and kept locking me on the nearest road! That's funn...
by Tangled Metal
18 Mar 2015, 8:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pannier weight
Replies: 57
Views: 9622

Re: Reducing pannier weight

On a side matter, one thing I learnt fairly early on when I was into lightweight backpacking (slightly related) was about being organized in your packing. It won't reduce weight in itself but getting a system together where everything has it's place I found very useful. In a storm on top of a hill w...
by Tangled Metal
18 Mar 2015, 7:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pannier weight
Replies: 57
Views: 9622

Re: Reducing pannier weight

I got my first flip-flops since growing up last year and after the uncomfortableness of the between the toes bit had gone I found them actually very comfortable. This was car camping with family so I had a whole set of shoes for just in case but I often wore these. Mine were expensive Teva ones thou...
by Tangled Metal
17 Mar 2015, 11:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what child trailer?
Replies: 16
Views: 1377

Re: what child trailer?

I've got a Burley d-lite 2 seater. Can be bought with a stroller kit which turns it into a 3 or 4 wheel stroller. We only have it as a 2 wheel trailer. Hitch is on the rear axle so no issues with disc brakes or using a child seat. We use a child seat as well to give our child a second option if he w...
by Tangled Metal
17 Mar 2015, 2:38pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Activity/Fitness Trackers & HRMs
Replies: 9
Views: 956

Re: Activity/Fitness Trackers & HRMs

There are some devices related which are being used for medical reasons I believe. Of course biosensors are being developed for medical uses but these are not for most people other than under medical consultation. The devices for most people are glorified heart rate monitors or pedometers. if you ar...
by Tangled Metal
17 Mar 2015, 1:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Activity/Fitness Trackers & HRMs
Replies: 9
Views: 956

Re: Activity/Fitness Trackers & HRMs

I heard the apple watch only connects to the Apple health kit and not other apps. If true that is not ideal. No means to export data?? Personally I take the view that Apple is overpriced tech and always look elswhere for what i want or need. I was keen on the Basis Peak when it was coming out but th...
by Tangled Metal
17 Mar 2015, 1:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pannier weight
Replies: 57
Views: 9622

Re: Reducing pannier weight

All is easier and nicer with two to share the communal items. A 2 man tent and cooking kit is lighter split than a 1 man kit. With modern synthetics merino has less of an advantage and wears quicker IMHO. I once did an 11 day backpacking trip with basically 2 sets of clothes, one worn the other wash...
by Tangled Metal
17 Mar 2015, 12:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pannier weight
Replies: 57
Views: 9622

Re: Reducing pannier weight

It really depends on what you are doing, how long and your style of touring. IMHO you can read a lot about lightweight backpacking on line which could be helpful if you are camping out. There appears to me to be many different styles of touring that without a pointer we could be suggesting irreleven...
by Tangled Metal
16 Mar 2015, 4:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best frame for rear child seat-are step throughs a bad idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 1340

Re: Best frame for rear child seat-are step throughs a bad i

I've seen men with step throughs although they are more commonly viewed as for the ladies. I would not personally worry about them. A step through for trips out with the child then a better bike for yoru own trips without! Just an idea but a nice treat of an N+1 bike for child-free trips!! Have you ...
by Tangled Metal
16 Mar 2015, 2:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Moving house with a bike
Replies: 6
Views: 1119

Re: Moving house with a bike

AFAIK bike companies supply the bike almost made up in those boxes so all the purchaser needs to do is add pedals, adjust seat and turn the handlebars round to make sure they are straight. The gears, brakes, etc are set up ready to go. If you just follow the reverse procedure, i.e. turn the bars, re...
by Tangled Metal
16 Mar 2015, 9:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Has technology changed touring?
Replies: 45
Views: 8860

Re: Has technology changed touring?

VR when cycling? Is that the equivalent to sight that music headphones are to hearing? Reducing the senses with overload? Debatable I know but what if it does distract you and there is an accident? No thanks and I hope they are not stupid enough to promote it for driving or cycling use. I'm bad enou...
by Tangled Metal
16 Mar 2015, 8:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best frame for rear child seat-are step throughs a bad idea?
Replies: 9
Views: 1340

Re: Best frame for rear child seat-are step throughs a bad i

Step through will be strong enough, my partner uses it. The weight of our child is abotu 12.5kg and so far she has never had a problem. She has a step through shopper and a foreign MTB which is also step through. The seat is attached to the seat post, a HAMAX Siesta, and works well for her. With the...
by Tangled Metal
15 Mar 2015, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement cycle computer
Replies: 7
Views: 900

Re: Replacement cycle computer

Isn't there some reference on the sensor or mount? Could track it down from these codes perhaps.

Of course once identified you'll probably never find one for sale.
by Tangled Metal
15 Mar 2015, 9:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS or maps
Replies: 35
Views: 7032

Re: GPS or maps

Can't you get bike mounts for hiking GPS units? They take batteries and some can be really good. Depends on your budget but anything from simple mapping to really good mapping unit. I spotted a bike mount for a satmap 12 unit which is one of the best hiking units. In the UK it uuses OS maps. In 25k ...