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by ericonabike
17 Sep 2015, 7:33pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tarp talk
Replies: 17
Views: 1590

Re: Tarp talk

Seems I'm not alone! One query that I'd forgotten about re tarps - when touring in France saw a guy using one on the campsite. Occurred to me - how did he get undressed? Seemed very exposed, as it were. If there is a blog or similar giving newby tarp advice I'd be pleased to see it.
by ericonabike
16 Sep 2015, 7:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tarp talk
Replies: 17
Views: 1590

Tarp talk

My 60th birthday present to myself next year is to be a cycle tour through Spain. Following in the footsteps of Laurie Lee [of Cider with Rosie fame] who walked from the port of Vigo, next the Portuguese border, to Cadiz via Madrid. I'll be setting off from Vigo on 1 June and taking two to three wee...
by ericonabike
12 Sep 2015, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St Malo to Nice - lots of advice sought
Replies: 16
Views: 1489

Re: St Malo to Nice - lots of advice sought

Two star hotels are abundant in France. I did st Malo to montpellier in six days four years ago and only booked the first night. A useful option now is to book online for the next day. Saves that slight feeling of desperation at the prospect of homelessness! Camping also good - depends how fast you ...
by ericonabike
12 Sep 2015, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stuck pedal
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Re: stuck pedal

Update - success, thanks to advice from here. Dismantled the left hand pedal, filed flats on axle [not too difficult, perhaps cheap steel used] heated the thing to near melting point on gas stove, clamped axle in vice and put 14 stones [approx] onto pulling on the crank. At last, with a distinct gro...
by ericonabike
11 Sep 2015, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stuck pedal
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Re: stuck pedal

Thanks both. The pedals weren't intended to be scrapped, but I think I can see the necessity to do so if they're to be replaced. Grinding/filing flats then putting it in the vice just feels right, whereas using an Allen key seems a lost cause. Will make a point if checking removal design of any futu...
by ericonabike
11 Sep 2015, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stuck pedal
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

stuck pedal

Ever read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? In it he describes 'gumption traps' where you go to do something real simple that turns out to be a nightmare that sucks the confidence from you. My current gumption trap is a stick pedal on my Dahon Presto Lite. I want to change the pedals, simpl...
by ericonabike
19 May 2015, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: tyre size query
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: tyre size query

Thanks for that Brucey. I suppose what I was really after was an explanation re the 635 rim and why, seemingly, this is only compatible with a 38 mm tyre? I 've been pedalling for around 30 years now and had not realised there was a wheel size above 62.
by ericonabike
19 May 2015, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: tyre size query
Replies: 2
Views: 405

tyre size query

Help! Am touring in France on a Dutch Gazelle bike, and after three punctures decided to replace the very elderly tyres. I bought Schwalbe Delta Cruiser 700 x 38, with my old tyres being 700 x 35. They are too big for the rims though? Checking the rest of the markings, they are for 40-635 wheels. Na...
by ericonabike
26 May 2014, 3:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FIRST TIME FRANCE
Replies: 28
Views: 7851

Re: FIRST TIME FRANCE

Just look for two star hotels. Basic, cheap and friendly in my experience. And very welcoming towards les cyclistes. Will cut your cost considerably and act as an introduction to les Francais. Took my son [aged 23] on his first tour in 2012, from St Malo to Calais over a week, and he couldn't believ...
by ericonabike
26 May 2014, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Centre 2 centre
Replies: 1
Views: 1407

Centre 2 centre

Hi. Been away from proper cycling [and this forum] for a while, but decided to do another 'targeted tour' this year. I've previously done JOGLE in 7 days and Leicester/Montpellier in the same time, but have gained a stone or so in the three years since then. And for the past year have really only us...
by ericonabike
21 Aug 2013, 11:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone recommend any good books?
Replies: 102
Views: 30437

Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

+1 For Around the World on a Wheel. In total contrast to today's travel writing, by the end of the book you don't even know the travellers' first names, leave alone their likes, loves and dislikes! JUST READ IT!
by ericonabike
15 Jul 2013, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5-speed downtube shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: 5-speed downtube shifter

Thanks all. Gives the frame a bit of provenance, which is good. I suspect searching for an original shifter may be a fool's errand, and so a band-on one looks to be the answer. And can be supplied from my parts bin!
by ericonabike
14 Jul 2013, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5-speed downtube shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: 5-speed downtube shifter

No stops on chainstay nor anywhere else. It seems a particular type of downtube shifter is called for, with integral stop, then?
by ericonabike
14 Jul 2013, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5-speed downtube shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: 5-speed downtube shifter

Cheers Colin - curious way to have done it? Clips ruin paint! But no, the boss on downtube is round as a hound. no flats nowhere. It does have a bolt screwed into it, with a flat head about 2cm diameter, milled edge and with, oddly, BENELUX embossed on it. I'd assumed this was a blanking bolt put in...
by ericonabike
14 Jul 2013, 12:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5-speed downtube shifter
Replies: 11
Views: 940

5-speed downtube shifter

I have an old steel bike that I inherited from my brother - it's got nice lugs, thin fork and stays, a boss on the fork for the front light and an oiler for the bottom bracket [cute!]. It also has the original cottered cranks and 27 inch wheels. It has a five speed cassette, but at present I'm runni...