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by zenitb
3 Jul 2019, 9:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1689

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

I also swear by a mirror - I've used B&M ones for years. However I still look over my shoulder in addition before manouvering, not because I can see any better but because it warns the driver behind me that I may be changing my line. How do you know what a driver concludes from your look behind...
by zenitb
3 Jul 2019, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1689

Use on tandem ?

Useful thread. I have been cycling solo bikes on the road for almost 50 years now (!!!!??? :-0) and so far have survived with the "listen, look back, signal, final look, wave of thanks" technique. However now I have a tandem the whole rig is much more sensitive to body lean/steering inputs...
by zenitb
1 Jul 2019, 10:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how to fit a sprocket to a rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 569

FIXIE SPROCKETS ?

sounds like you need fixie sprockets. You will need a chainwhip to tighten them up and they fit on freewheel hubs not cassette hubs (aka freehubs)
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/brand-x-13t-20 ... rocket-18/
by zenitb
1 Jul 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how to fit a sprocket to a rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 569

Re: how to fit a sprocket to a rear wheel

is it a cassette hub or a freewheel ? Given you are scrapping the bike it sounds like a cheaper freewheel? If so google "Shimano TZ30 Mega" ..that will get you up to 34 teeth. If its a freehub not a freewheel you can go much bigger of course...google "11-42t" and you will see you...
by zenitb
27 Jun 2019, 10:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 171
Views: 6919

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

With LiPo,NiMh etc why would people want anything else Because battery lights never seem to achieve their rated run times IME and on more than one occasion I've been left in the dark or stressing about how much time I've got to get home. Also using rechargeables for environmental reasons the charge...
by zenitb
25 Jun 2019, 10:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 2665

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Thanks...my bike is booked on Excellent !!! Sorry about all the exclamation marks and capitals in my post.. I almost missed my ferry to France because of the SWR "via Salisbury you have to book 24 hour in advance" rule and had to rebook via Reading instead at the last minute - via the muc...
by zenitb
25 Jun 2019, 6:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 2665

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

jgurney is right.... and not only are cycle reservations mandatory on that SWR line BUT YOU MUST GET THEM AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. The other posters in the thread are thinking of the other SWR lines/stations where no booking is required. I know because I made the same mistake!! If you are going...
by zenitb
24 Jun 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hub initial adjustment
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Shimano hub initial adjustment

I bought a Decathlon 26" front wheel a few months ago as a "quick fix" while I rebuilt my tandem front wheel. They had a couple there (Guildford store) but the were both very tight..I could hardly turn the axles by hand. I bought the least tight of the two and adjusted it to be smooth...
by zenitb
17 Jun 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights
Replies: 69
Views: 2758

Re: Brittany Ferries Now Require Helmet, High Vis and Lights

I read that for my Plymouth to Roscoff sailing. Given I was leaving at night, and I didnt want to be flattened by a truck I thought it was sensible advice..and I wore my high-viz jacket I use for winter commuting. We queue up in the car lanes after all. Most of the other cyclists had lights and/or s...
by zenitb
12 Jun 2019, 7:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A List of former YHA hostels
Replies: 31
Views: 2266

Re: A List of former YHA hostels

... Skiddaw was a joint venture hostel for a while between the yha and a private individual who to be polite was eccentric. That has closed. .....I also found wild camping and tbh even preferred to camp in the commercial camp sites. Camping is more fun and has less snoring. Good news TangledM .. th...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Re-proofing..

The cloth in the cape is rather thinner than in the luggage. The hood and collar have a tartan lining. I call mine my Countryside Alliance cape. I have never tried reproofing. Caped Crusader to the rescue - he uses the same method I used with my panniers..hair dryer and all :-) http://smutpedaller....
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Re-proofing..

oh ok thats interesting Pete...do you think its a thinner cotton cloth for the cape then? That would make sense I guess... I imagine the hairdryer proofing method would still apply though would it not? Its probably easier with thinner material ..and wouldn't consume as much wax :-) The cloth in the...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re: Re-proofing..

One issue with the Carradice cotton capes. They need reproofing now and then. I remember one advocate on his website eventually gave up on them as he wasnt able to successfully reproof his. Any one here with the cotton Carradice one ones had to reproof his/hers and suceeded? I have only re-proofed ...
by zenitb
11 Jun 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling cape?
Replies: 43
Views: 1497

Re-proofing..

One issue with the Carradice cotton capes. They need reproofing now and then. I remember one advocate on his website eventually gave up on them as he wasnt able to successfully reproof his. Any one here with the cotton Carradice one ones had to reproof his/hers and suceeded? I have only re-proofed ...
by zenitb
9 Jun 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question
Replies: 15
Views: 883

Re: Wahoo Elemnt - simple question

Thanks everyone for the useful info. THE main problems i've had with the Garmin are its low battery life (4hrs using navigation) and regular and unexplained failure of TBT mid-ride. I think its fair to say that a fault free navigated ride is the exception with my Garmin. In my experience the TBT do...