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by KEELIEDW
25 Jun 2012, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reading to Banbury Train
Replies: 13
Views: 4495

Re: Reading to Banbury Train

The rail enquiry website shows the Reading to Banbury train as a Cross Country Service originating in Bournemouth and terminating in Manchester. Cross Country's website states that only 2 bike spaces can be reserved. The service is half-hourly so it's not a disaster if we can't get on the first one,...
by KEELIEDW
24 Jun 2012, 1:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reading to Banbury Train
Replies: 13
Views: 4495

Reading to Banbury Train

I'm organising an August trip. Four cyclists need to get a train (mid-week, not peak period) from Reading to Banbury. Crosscountry Trains offer a free reservation for only 2 bikes per train. I can't decide whether to split our group and travel safely pre-booked on 2 consecutive trains or take a chan...
by KEELIEDW
22 Nov 2011, 12:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Nazaire/Nantes area, easy dayrides?
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: St Nazaire/Nantes area, easy dayrides?

Thanks for all the above advice, we're back home after a successful week's touring. The Loire is excellent for easy cycling. We found that the velo-routes are not always reliably documented, so grab all the brochures you can. For example a tourist velo-map issued by Maine et Loire Dept tourist info ...
by KEELIEDW
1 Nov 2011, 9:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Nazaire/Nantes area, easy dayrides?
Replies: 6
Views: 492

St Nazaire/Nantes area, easy dayrides?

We'll be visiting this area later this month. My wife prefers it flat, picturesque and as traffic-free as possible. We'll have the bikes on a car rack so we can drive :oops: to start points in a fairly wide radius. Any ideas and suggestions gratefully received.
by KEELIEDW
22 Nov 2010, 12:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Merino wool baselayer advice please
Replies: 25
Views: 3014

Merino wool baselayer advice please

I'm looking for a good buy for winter cycling/hillwalking, any tips will be much appreciated.
by KEELIEDW
5 Jul 2010, 10:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anglesey : can I cycle the Britannia Bridge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1609

Re: Anglesey : can I cycle the Britannia Bridge?

Many thanks for all the advice, I crossed the bridge without problems last week as part of my Holyhead to South Wales camping trip.
by KEELIEDW
6 Jun 2010, 2:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anglesey : can I cycle the Britannia Bridge?
Replies: 6
Views: 1609

Anglesey : can I cycle the Britannia Bridge?

I'm going from Llanfairpwllgwngyll to Caernarfon. Using the A55 Britannia instead of the Menai Bridge would save a few miles. Is it possible/advisable ?
by KEELIEDW
5 Jun 2010, 12:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lon Las, Porthmadog to Dolgellau section
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Lon Las, Porthmadog to Dolgellau section

We're planning our Lon Las route north to south, and are pondering over the Westerly route along the coast via Barmouth (sustrans route 8 ) instead of via Trawsfynydd (route 82). There are warnings about fast tourist traffic on the A496 from Dyffryn Ardudwy down to Barmouth on route 8. Does anyone k...
by KEELIEDW
16 Apr 2010, 10:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London: The Strand to Chiswick
Replies: 3
Views: 330

London: The Strand to Chiswick

I'm due to visit London, and I need to cycle from a theatre in the Strand back to Chiswick at around 11.30pm on a Friday night, about 7 miles. I'm an experienced night cyclist, but I don't know London well. The logical route seems to be to navigate my way West past Buckingham Palace and pick up the ...
by KEELIEDW
17 Sep 2009, 11:13am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Lumotec IQ LED Dynamo Headlamp Failure
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Lumotec IQ LED Dynamo Headlamp Failure

Happy ending: My IQ Fly failed totally after about 150 hours run-time. The UK mail order supplier was sympathetic, but I'd bought it in October 2007,well outside their 1 year guarantee period. They suggested I email Busch & Muller, who then arranged for the UK distributor to send me a free repla...
by KEELIEDW
4 Aug 2009, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My first exploding rim
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: My first exploding rim

NUKe wrote:out of interest thats 20 years but how many miles


Very hard to be sure, because I run several bikes and often swap wheels around. I'd guess the wheel has done 15,000 miles - it's certainly been through at least one set of bearings.
by KEELIEDW
4 Aug 2009, 11:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My first exploding rim
Replies: 2
Views: 338

My first exploding rim

As advised by CTC, I occasionally test my rims by grossly overpressurising the tyre . My Mavic Mod 3CD rim just exploded after around 20 years use. I now realise that the braking surface, which is near enough a straight edge on new rims, was deeply U-shaped with wear. This is a worthwhile test which...
by KEELIEDW
18 Jun 2009, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shrewsbury to Gloucester
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Shrewsbury to Gloucester

My wife and I will be cycling this route during the summer. We intend to meander slowly, visiting market towns, with probably 3 nightly stopovers at B&Bs. I'm quite experienced at picking pleasant routes using OS 1:50,000 maps, but if anyone has any suggestions for routes/sightseeing (esp histor...
by KEELIEDW
9 Jan 2009, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Valve hole adapter for Presta into Schraeder size hole.
Replies: 5
Views: 687

Valve hole adapter for Presta into Schraeder size hole.

Does anyone know a supplier of collars to adapt Presta valves to fit rims with Schraeder valve holes? Or is there a simple d.i.y. solution?
by KEELIEDW
19 Sep 2008, 2:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sussex University Campus - worth having a bike?
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Many thanks for all your replies, sounds reasonably OK as long as she always U-locks it. I've got a revolting-looking, almost worthless old mountain bike for her, it's ideal for a high theft area. Actually it goes very nicely, but if/when it gets stolen it's not the end of the world.