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by Dean
3 Nov 2014, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 135mm fixed hub
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: 135mm fixed hub

Thanks for the replies, after I'd posted i did come across the disc brake mod. Will bear it in mind Frame dropouts are indeed horizontal. Had a rummage in the loft tonight and dug out an old fixed wheel with a normandy hub. The axle is too short though. I wonder if I could just replace it with a lo...
by Dean
2 Nov 2014, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 135mm fixed hub
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: 135mm fixed hub

I've got a Goldtec 135 mm hub which I'm going to replace shortly (my frame's 120 mm). PM if interested - Goldtec hubs are very good, in my experience.
by Dean
1 Nov 2014, 11:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reivers coast to coast on skinny tires?
Replies: 13
Views: 3487

Re: Rievers on skinny tires?

A lot of the lanes in Northumberland are in a really parlous state, so I wouldn't fret too much more about the gravel tracks.
by Dean
1 Nov 2014, 6:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Name the landmark
Replies: 101
Views: 16666

Re: Name the landmark

Trig, is that Clipstone pithead?

I vaguely remember they were due to be torn down, though.
by Dean
25 Sep 2014, 7:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A good idea for this country?
Replies: 11
Views: 1834

Re: A good idea for this country?

When I was in Dubai the January sales were on.

They do January sales like no one else - including 50% off all speeding fines...
by Dean
15 Sep 2014, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?

I prefer Helwith Bridge to the Goats road...... Ah, don't think I know that. I take it it's a bit more ridable than the Goats Road? I know a lot round there, but haven't ridden most of it in years. I rode Darlo-Newsham-Holgate-Goats Road and down to Reeth to watch le tour earlier this year. The Goa...
by Dean
14 Sep 2014, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?

It's bare miles within the current border with Durham, so why not? :)

For a laugh, I'd also recommend the Goats Road between Schoolmaster Pasture and Holgate, the next time you're down there.
by Dean
11 Sep 2014, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I need front panniers for touring?
Replies: 46
Views: 7123

Re: Do I need front panniers for touring?

What about a front rack? https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/14794377971_2d91f31e2b_z.jpg Roberts above Loch Torridon by dean.clementson , on Flickr Rear panniers + front rack helps to spread the weight. I generally just chuck tent and sleeping stuff on the front. The saddlebag is just for tools and...
by Dean
27 Aug 2014, 4:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consett to Penrith
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Consett to Penrith

Ha. I didn't get the connection until someone mentioned it:

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-28927743

That is one scary-looking hole.
by Dean
25 Aug 2014, 9:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consett to Penrith
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Consett to Penrith

Dead easy. It can get a bit fast and heavy near Penrith around rush hour, but only by comparison to how quiet it usually is. If you're bothered, you can take the right turning for Renwick about a mile down the hill from Hartside Cafe (easy to miss as you'll be flying by then), and follow lanes to Ki...
by Dean
23 Aug 2014, 11:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Solo C2C
Replies: 40
Views: 5165

Re: Solo C2C

There are a few bike shops on the C2C route - I spotted one in Nenthead earlier this year, which is nearly as remote as it gets. You should be alright if you carry a few spares (there's a bike shop in Penrith which was charging a tenner for an inner tube!) and know how to use them. Me and a mate rod...
by Dean
16 Aug 2014, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: lake district route advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 806

Re: lake district route advice please

Round Windermere, I think I'd be looking at the road past Gummer's How. Fabulous views back over the lake.
by Dean
14 Aug 2014, 10:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 246
Views: 29645

Re: Hardest UK climb?

That's Garrigill, isn't it?
by Dean
3 Aug 2014, 11:02pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?
Replies: 47
Views: 6170

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

Rob Hayles. That's it.

I agree, it took second billing to the cricket, but I like cricket, and listening to an hour of Durham v Yorkshire in the afternoon was no hardship for me before the cycling took over (Durham earned a battling draw).
by Dean
3 Aug 2014, 10:32pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?
Replies: 47
Views: 6170

Re: ITV TdeF coverage; any good?

It may be that they do work for ITV now...it was some time ago that I remember Liggett saying that his commentaries were for americans. There are a few terms they use which make it clear they're not broadcasting to an exclusively British audience - "traffic circles" rather than roundabout...