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by ericonabike
31 Aug 2010, 2:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'I don't ride on the pavement'
Replies: 38
Views: 3339

'I don't ride on the pavement'

Sometimes my commute can feel like a war zone. I work on a business park on the outskirts of a city, where once-quiet country lanes are now clogged with cars during rush hour. One in particular almost always causes some element of conflict - it's about a kilometre long, up a reasonable incline, to a...
by ericonabike
30 Aug 2010, 9:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soggy Seal Skinz
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Soggy Seal Skinz

Blimey - a more complex issue than I'd realised. I'm tempted to do the Marigold thing as I ride in sandals and the Sealskinz are/should be a useful option when it gets both cold and wet. Thanks Mick F for your experience - useful to know that a refund is an option if I get really fed up.
by ericonabike
27 Aug 2010, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soggy Seal Skinz
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Soggy Seal Skinz

So - the Nora Batty syndrome then! Looks like new knicker elastic might do it. Hadn't noticed the seal getting loose [as it were] but having looked at them again that may well be it. Ta for the suggestions
by ericonabike
27 Aug 2010, 9:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Should i get a trailer
Replies: 24
Views: 2148

Re: Should i get a trailer

Just like to put in a plug for the Carry Freedom City - http://www.carryfreedom.com/city.html - Have towed this behind tandem and solos and love it! The centre of gravity is really low and until you're going uphill, you really don't notice it. We went to Germany by train this year, with the trailer,...
by ericonabike
27 Aug 2010, 9:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soggy Seal Skinz
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Soggy Seal Skinz

Hope this counts as 'technical'...I bought a pair of these thick waterproof socks a couple of years ago to use for a JOGLE, under Shimano sandals. Worked a dream, kept feet dry in the worst weather August could throw at us [constant rain for four days anyone?]. Tried them again last year on another ...
by ericonabike
25 Aug 2010, 3:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What to do if your brakes fail?
Replies: 81
Views: 4332

Re: What to do if your brakes fail?

We do seem to have become much less 'ard than cyclists of yesteryear. On an 'Ordinary' the only brake available (apart from trying to pedal slower) seemed to be a spoon bearing down on the tyre. Which I suspect was about as effective in practice as it sounds in theory. And so to avoid 'coming a crop...
by ericonabike
20 Aug 2010, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd click from bottom bracket area
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Odd click from bottom bracket area

Thanks Ash28 - I've checked the cleats and pedals, next step strip and reassemble the chain rings, then remove and grease the bottom bracket. Anyone know the precise tool needed for that - the splines are on the outside but I'm hoping there is at least a shimano standard tool, and that it doesn't va...
by ericonabike
19 Aug 2010, 4:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bike on bus bourg d'oisans/grenoble
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: bike on bus bourg d'oisans/grenoble

No experience, but I assume it would be at driver's discretion. Unlikeley to agree to a full size bike on board, but something folded would be better received. Put a bin bag over it and disguise it!
by ericonabike
18 Aug 2010, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd click from bottom bracket area
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Odd click from bottom bracket area

Thanks folks - will investigate pedal/cleat possibility, but looks like BB may be the culprit. Good to know, if so, that regreasing rather than replacing may resolve.
by ericonabike
18 Aug 2010, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd click from bottom bracket area
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Odd click from bottom bracket area

Comes and goes, unfortunately. The only constant seems to be that it only happens under load. When it's there, it occurs every rev
by ericonabike
18 Aug 2010, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd click from bottom bracket area
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Odd click from bottom bracket area

Can anyone help? Under load, there is a distinct 'click' from the bottom bracket area. It's Shimano 105, with external bearings. Can't detect any play by levering on cranks, but the bike is 4 years old and has done around 5000 miles. Chain is well within tolerance [tested with the Park wear indicato...
by ericonabike
11 Aug 2010, 10:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hull to Rotterdam to Zeebrugge to Hull: help/advice, please!
Replies: 21
Views: 8029

Re: Hull to Rotterdam to Zeebrugge to Hull: help/advice, please!

No problem. Have toured West Flanders several times on tandem and really enjoyed it. The best maps you can get for the area IMHO are a boxed set of 8 showing local cycle routes. Each intersection is numbered, and the numbers appear on signposts, so that you can plan a route out then 'navigate by num...
by ericonabike
11 Aug 2010, 10:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: sustrans maps/routes problems
Replies: 27
Views: 2810

Re: sustrans maps/routes problems

As a Sustrans Volunteer Ranger I'll take issue over the signage - but not the routes themselves! My group takes some pride in making sure that our section of Route 63 is as well-signed as we can make it, including 'repeater' signs on lampposts etc after a junction. It's difficult where a route is 'c...
by ericonabike
11 Aug 2010, 10:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travelling by ferry with a bike
Replies: 17
Views: 1731

Re: Travelling by ferry with a bike

Rolling off a ferry on a bike - one of life's most satisfying experiences! Have done it several times on tandem, and have always tied the bike up myself [look around for a bin full of lengths of rope]. Brittany Ferries say in their boardin g instructions that they expect you to wheel the bike on boa...
by ericonabike
7 Aug 2010, 9:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Guidance wanted for ride leaders
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Guidance wanted for ride leaders

Thanks kw and Cyco - it's beginning to look as though we have covered off most aspects - we have done a risk assessment, are getting rider details, and, have assigned clear roles to the leader/backmarker etc. Perhaps I've been worrying unduly, since it should mostly be commonsensical. Just need to m...