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by PW
6 Mar 2012, 8:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: USING A GARMIN 800 TO NAVIGATE SAFE JOGLE ROUTE
Replies: 18
Views: 10441

Re: USING A GARMIN 800 TO NAVIGATE SAFE JOGLE ROUTE

Best paper map is the Phillips atlas, it helps if you do the homework on OS maps first and mark the route on the atlas pages with a highlighter pen. Keep it in polypockets in the barbag mapcase and that's a few Kg saved.
by PW
6 Mar 2012, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you brew up on a run?
Replies: 51
Views: 5819

Re: Do you brew up on a run?

I put aside a couple of coke cans to make one of those burners but couldn't get a round tooit :roll:
I do occasionally have a brew but it's using one of those army hexy burners mentioned in a recent thread.
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which chain for a 10-spd 105?
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Re: Which chain for a 10-spd 105?

Any SRAM 10 will work without problems. Use the KMC split link, it's re-usable, the SRAM 10 speed one isn't. The only difference between SRAM chains of the same speed is cosmetic, or in a couple of cases the weight but that's minimal.
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple chainset/rear mech compatability
Replies: 17
Views: 695

Re: Triple chainset/rear mech compatability

Mine's a medium cage Chorus with 48/38/24 and 11-28 10 speed. No fouling at all. The gear hanger is a short one too.
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The first cuckoo?
Replies: 16
Views: 2251

Re: The first cuckoo?

Cuckoos are still fairly common on the moors 5 miles west of here, we heard them often last summer and even saw a few. If you do a bit of googling they're now heading back N from the Congo, should be with us late April.
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: tempting fate....
Replies: 23
Views: 3655

Re: tempting fate....

There was a famous occasion when the touring W.Indies cricket team was snowed off against Derbyshire in June - but that was in Buxton! ('72 I think).
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: wd40
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Re: wd40

I use it for cleaning the grinding paste off the transmission, then re-lube with oil. WD 40 will do if there's nothing else, I've even used silicone furniture polish in emergencies, but it's not an ideal lubricant.
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple chainset/rear mech compatability
Replies: 17
Views: 695

Re: Triple chainset/rear mech compatability

Try taking the B screw out and putting it back in from the other side. It gets you a bit more adjustment. :wink:
by PW
5 Mar 2012, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Choice For touring etc.; what suits you and why?
Replies: 67
Views: 3658

Re: Gear Choice For touring etc.; what suits you and why?

Having been around as a touring camper since the late 70s I think I've evolved through all of 'em. :oops: 52/42 X 6 speed 14-26 was horrific, then it was the 52/36 with the 5 speed 14-34 soup plate, better but you needed to get down the block fast if there was a hill coming - GRAUNCH! The longest li...
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11-25 cassette 9 speed
Replies: 39
Views: 2375

Re: 11-25 cassette 9 speed

Suntour used a 14-38t 5 speed with the above mentioned SR 50/36 chainset back in the 80s. That was called an Alpine Gear, I had one.
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headtube bracket for a basket?
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Headtube bracket for a basket?

The wife's old one used to fasten with 2 leather straps around the bars and another around the headtube. She's moved on to drop barred tourers and clickfix barbags now though!
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11-25 cassette 9 speed
Replies: 39
Views: 2375

Re: 11-25 cassette 9 speed

That Claud runs a standard Shimano 105 front mech. Basically a 48T outer ring is on the edge where it'll work with either a road or an mtb mech, which you choose depends on the shifters.
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Starting to tour
Replies: 32
Views: 1994

Re: Starting to tour

Remember it's not the distance that causes trouble - it's trying to do it too quickly. Rough rule of thumb, if you ride say 60 miles in a normal week then as a one off you can do the same in one day. Best probably to start off at maybe half that, then build it up over the course of the holiday. Spen...
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring saddle
Replies: 26
Views: 5274

Re: Touring saddle

Have a look at Spa Cycles leather saddles. Very similar to Brooks at much lower prices. You can afford to risk softening one with neatsfoot oil if you think it's too hard.
by PW
4 Mar 2012, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family cycling in France
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Family cycling in France

Check out the up to date publicity blurb from Britanny Ferries. They've always been a good firm in our experience and the area is good for an intro to foreign cycling. Friendly motorists, plenty of places of interest, choice of flat or hills, good beaches, nice summer weather etc. It's where we star...