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by CJ
13 Jan 2019, 12:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 60985

Re: Travel Insurance

The point of buying insurance is peace of mind that there will be cover if the worst happens, so if my planned tour included such off road cycling, then I would select the cross country mountain biking option and pay the higher price. Alternatively you could contact the insurers and ask for clarifi...
by CJ
11 Jan 2019, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 2437

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

RideToWorky wrote:...it’s not just about the Lowest gear, it’s about...

Nah.

It's like the lady says: all about the Bass!
by CJ
11 Jan 2019, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 2437

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

Clearly I am becoming very old, if I am the only person on here who remembers when 5-speed was the state of the art and tourists in need of low gears used such ranges of sprockets as 14,17,21,26,32. THAT mons enfants , is what "too spaced out" looks like! Never mind 17%, there we had an av...
by CJ
11 Jan 2019, 9:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 60985

Re: Travel Insurance

SportsCover Direct is clearly a better product at an equally keen price. Probably because activity is a central theme of this insurance, there don't seem to be any naughty exclusions from cover for the activities covered. Out of curiosity I got a few comparison quotes from their website, all based ...
by CJ
11 Jan 2019, 7:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CTC Travel Insurers Require Helmet
Replies: 39
Views: 12245

Re: CTC Travel Insurers Require Helmet

I'm in the process of compiling a comparison table of the main features of the several insurances recommended here, which I'm extracting from a detailed study of their terms and conditions. Excluding cycling from Personal Injury and Liability cover does indeed seem a common tactic ( Insure and Go ad...
by CJ
11 Jan 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 60985

Re: Travel Insurance

I'm in the process of compiling a comparison table of the main features of the several insurances recommended here, which I'm extracting from a detailed study of their terms and conditions. Excluding cycling from Personal Injury and Liability cover does indeed seem a common tactic ( Insure and Go ad...
by CJ
10 Jan 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 60985

Re: Travel Insurance

That looks good. However, basic details on their website are scarce without getting a quote, which I didn't bother with. I was bit confused as on their site they as say Annual Multi trip only available to under 65s in one section in FAQs, but then under 75s in another 2 sections. Also I can't see i...
by CJ
10 Jan 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 88
Views: 60985

Re: Travel Insurance

John Lewis insurance lists cycling as a means of transport in their covered activities. Prices run from about £13 for a week in Europe. Thanks for that lead. Given the doubt as to whether CTC's Travel Insurance still covers helmet-free touring (invited by it's requirement that 'recommended' safety ...
by CJ
2 Jan 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick link: time to replace?
Replies: 27
Views: 1250

Re: Quick link: time to replace?

I once had a SRAM link come apart while i was riding. What i think happened was as follows: I was shifting up from the small ring to the middle ring under slight load, the ramps on the middle ring pushed one side of the link forward while the derailer cage pushed the other side of the link backward...
by CJ
2 Jan 2019, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 2437

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

I've used this 12-36 9-speed cassette with a genuinely compact double (42,22) on my touring bike these past three years and find it absolutely spiffing! Don't worry about the cassette being too widely spaced, or take any notice of those hyper-sensitive souls who opine that it is. I've ridden behind...
by CJ
2 Jan 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 2437

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

Bmblbzzz wrote:Hmmm... faint bell rings. Your touring bike isn't a Salsa Fargo by any chance is it?

No, SPA Ti Tourer, Middleburn cranks with Incy spider. Shifting by Campag 10s Ergopower and modified Shimano 9s MTB mech.
by CJ
2 Jan 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo Shadow
Replies: 32
Views: 2830

Re: Shimergo Shadow

Update: the Shimergo Shadow modification described above is still working perfectly, having outlasted three chains and one gear cable. (Same cassette, because I renew chains at 0.5% elongation, which is before they become so badly worn that they alter the shape of sprocket teeth.)
by CJ
1 Jan 2019, 6:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 2437

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

I've used this 12-36 9-speed cassette with a genuinely compact double (42,22) on my touring bike these past three years and find it absolutely spiffing! Don't worry about the cassette being too widely spaced, or take any notice of those hyper-sensitive souls who opine that it is. I've ridden behind ...
by CJ
3 Apr 2018, 1:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 6512

Re: Misunderstood terminology

BBC breakfast this morning were hyping on about Porton down making Titanium. Alchemy indeed it'll be gold next week. :lol: why couldn't they say it was a new technique to refine Titanium. Give Joe public some credit for their intelligence. I didn't believe it was even that and did a it more digging...
by CJ
28 Mar 2018, 4:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?
Replies: 358
Views: 42788

Re: What can we do to encourage more women to cycle?

But surely trains are better(greener) than cars for long distance too. Inadequacies of their medium to long-distance passenger rail networks probably explains the differences in amount of driving (observable in my chart above) between otherwise similar European countries - and the massive outlier: ...