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by Randy_Butternubs
12 Sep 2017, 11:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: backpack panniers
Replies: 24
Views: 2400

Re: backpack panniers

Re: the Altura Hardware. You can turn the plastic thing in the center between the two hooks to lock it to the rack. I don't usually bother as the pannier weight is enough to keep it down but I did have an empty pannier come off once while dropping off a kerb.
by Randy_Butternubs
12 Sep 2017, 7:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: backpack panniers
Replies: 24
Views: 2400

Re: backpack panniers

That Altura looks like an ingenious solution. Again though I'm not sure I'd trust a laptop to its waterproofness since it uses zips. I'm not sure what you mean by 'terrible hook system'; my current panniers use the same hooks and they are ok. I regularly stuff them full of heavy shopping like fruit ...
by Randy_Butternubs
12 Sep 2017, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: backpack panniers
Replies: 24
Views: 2400

Re: backpack panniers

I have no experience just a couple of observations: - The Thule doesn't become a proper rucksack it just has one strap to go over the shoulder. This doesn't seem all that different to many normal panniers which come with a shoulder strap? - The Thule isn't waterproof and I wouldn't trust a laptop to...
by Randy_Butternubs
9 Sep 2017, 11:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alcool a bruler?
Replies: 11
Views: 1523

Re: Alcool a bruler?

In recent years I've found a new kind of denatured ethanol on sale in the UK in several shops. It is clear and doesn't have the horrible smell of purple meths. It's advertised as being methanol-free and therefore safer. I would imagine it still tastes terrible though (I've not tried it). Mine is cal...
by Randy_Butternubs
8 Sep 2017, 9:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Does cycling feel more dangerous?
Replies: 20
Views: 1410

Re: Does cycling feel more dangerous?

Cars themselves are undoubtedly a lot safer, better braking, impact resistance etc but has this created a sense of security for the driver so that do not need to worry so much about crashing? I can't cite it but I read of a study years ago that found no reduction in crashes with the widespread adop...
by Randy_Butternubs
21 Aug 2017, 12:05pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: The Ticking Lyme Bomb
Replies: 48
Views: 5235

Re: The Ticking Lyme Bomb

Yikes. I didn't think lyme disease was much of a thing in the UK. A friend of mine got it a couple of years ago in the Czech Republic and, knowing the symptoms and that he had been bitten, had to convince a GP to refer him to a specialist hospital for exotic diseases where they confirmed it. Apparen...
by Randy_Butternubs
4 Aug 2017, 5:07pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Brompton Electric. Game changer?
Replies: 22
Views: 4156

Re: Brompton Electric. Game changer?

I've looked at secondhand Bromptons and this is certainly true. Not so sure it'll transfer to the electric version - I don't have a crystal ball but I would be surprised if any electric bike produced today would look attractive against one produced in 5+ years time. There comes the humble Brompton ...
by Randy_Butternubs
4 Aug 2017, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bolt cutters
Replies: 48
Views: 1971

Re: bolt cutters

As so often, it's a matter of prioritising time, money and effort. eg I'm amazed that anybody would have time or inclination to fit and measure mudguard stays and then remove them for cutting and careful finishing before reassembly, but it's obvious from this thread that they exist. Others have the...
by Randy_Butternubs
4 Aug 2017, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Securing Handlebars Grips
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Securing Handlebars Grips

Ive tried using tape and such but it's always turned out to be a recalcitrant sticky mess when you want to remove it. I'd recommend using lockwire. Special lockwire pliers are nice but not a necessity. you can use regular pliers to twist the lockwire tight then roll the pigtail in on itself so you d...
by Randy_Butternubs
4 Aug 2017, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bolt cutters
Replies: 48
Views: 1971

Re: bolt cutters

I seeking a pair of bolt cutters to cut mudguard stays. I been told to purchase Irwin Record version size 12 inch. It was suggested that a second hand copy are better than the newer china made ones. Question Can anybody point me the correct direction and or any comment about my advise. Those are no...
by Randy_Butternubs
3 Aug 2017, 3:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dogs
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Dogs

maybe follow the London moped thieves idea and squirt them with acid or bleach :wink: they wont trouble you again I bet. any dog that worries a motorist should be put down Hum. I've had a ton of dog encounters but never any that tried to attack me in the UK. Either they just bark at you or stupidly...
by Randy_Butternubs
23 Jul 2017, 12:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fueltank XL extra large bottle cage
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

Re: Fueltank XL extra large bottle cage

A word of warning: I bought a couple of large bottle holders (I think it was the BBB one) for touring a while ago. I found that they protrude "lower" than a regular bottle cage so I couldn't fit one to each bottle cage mount in my main triangle as they interfered with each other. I couldn'...
by Randy_Butternubs
7 Jul 2017, 12:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Puncture repairs with Evo-Stik?
Replies: 67
Views: 10003

Re: Puncture repairs with Evo-Stik?

My tubes cost £3 and a repair takes 5 minutes. Less if you do a bunch at once. So it works out pretty economical compared to buying new tubes.

To be honest though the real reason I patch tubes is that I enjoy it. And I use Rema patches because they are the prettiest :oops:
by Randy_Butternubs
5 Jul 2017, 10:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD + flats, advice please.
Replies: 17
Views: 1348

Re: SPD + flats, advice please.

If you find pedals with pins too damaging but pedals without too slippery then one alternative would be to take non-pinned pedals and file the cage to give sharp square edges (the edges are usually rounded over). I imagine that would improve grip a lot without being able to dig into your shins (much...
by Randy_Butternubs
25 Jun 2017, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 93
Views: 6523

Re: Stainless Steel water bottles

As I understand it, the various caps/tops fit across the size range - the 'sports cap' is available separately and only in one size.[/size] Yeah their normal caps fit all their normal bottles (non wide-mouth). You don't have to buy the sports cap separately; the bottles are widely available (online...