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by Graham O
6 Mar 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2237

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

Yes, I'd like to sew some classic design paniers out of cotton duck cloth. Where could I buy it? Thank you? That and waxed cotton are two of the outdoor fabrics I've steered clear of, but I think that British Millerain in Rochdale are the manufacturers, but whether you can buy it in small quantitie...
by Graham O
24 Feb 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2237

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

I've not shortened a down bag, but have done a couple of synthetics. I have re-stuffed a down bag and it can make a lot of mess; if you aren't careful, you will be finding down around the house for weeks. When I re-stuffed a bag, I put everything inside a large poly bag and did all the manipulation ...
by Graham O
24 Jan 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2237

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

John,

If you, or anyone else, needs any help or pointers with fabric suppliers, designing etc John feel free to ask.
by Graham O
22 Jan 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2237

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

I too was a bit surprised that there was so little interest in MYOG, but, at the risk of being contentious, it could be something I have seen in many sporting sectors. Cycling is all about the bike and there are many people out there who will spend large amounts of money on the latest bike, but when...
by Graham O
4 Jan 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portugal
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Portugal

My last 2 tours have been in Central Portugal, on the Spanish border and it is a fantastic place to ride. Condensing both trips, heading northwards, I went through Elvas, Portalegre, Nisa, Castelo Branco, Idanha y Nova, Monsanto, Sabugal, Guarda, Pinhel and Vila Nova de Foz Coa, before heading west ...
by Graham O
22 Dec 2018, 5:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2237

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

For a first attempt, it looks promising. The trick now is to work out where the problems are and try to cure them for the Mk II, III and so on; design is a never ending process. Your pattern is a basic Tee shape, hence the horizontal shoulders. If you angle the shoulder seams downwards, you'll get a...
by Graham O
5 Nov 2018, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly
Replies: 48
Views: 2995

Re: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly

OP, you don't say how much load you will be carrying on your tours, but for lighterweight/less extreme touring, I love my Surly Cross Check. Front and back pannier rack fittings, wide tyre clearance and although a bit of a lump in full winter kit, I still prefer it to my Kinesis as it is so comforta...
by Graham O
5 Nov 2018, 3:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sweden
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: Sweden

Sweden has been changing some of their currency in recent years and I had a lot of the old stuff which would be out of date by the time of my next visit. Took it to the bank and they wouldn't change it, only pay it into an account which was no use to me. In the end I changed it to Euros. So plastic ...
by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 2:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tights for the vertically challenged.
Replies: 9
Views: 613

Re: Winter tights for the vertically challenged.

The problem with a lot of tights is that they come with leg zips which make taking them up a real pain. We make gear for outdoor activities at work, have sewing machines all set up and ready to go, but even I shy away from removing zips, shorten the legs and putting the zips back in. It's a lot easi...
by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 7:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 25
Views: 10204

Re: Ryanair bike policy

Is there anyone who knows the Ryanair and Easyjet policy for wheels? I want to take 2 extra wheels with me in round wheel bags with air-protector, will they be considered as normal cabin luggage or special sports luggage? From what I found out last year, see above post, if the wheels fit inside a n...
by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 7:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 25
Views: 10204

Re: Ryanair bike policy

It just seems a little ridiculous that you have to pay an extra £25 just because the case contains a bike ....... If the bike is disassembled and fits into a box/case which is within normal luggages sizes, then it can go as normal checked in luggage which is cheaper. It only goes as a bike if it is...
by Graham O
1 Oct 2018, 8:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 3855

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

An Update Well it has taken some time to make any progress as work, life and a short touring ride in Portugal got in the way (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=21322&v=4a). I ordered some of the yellow sintered pads from Discobrakes, https://www.discobrakes.com/?s=0&t=0&a...
by Graham O
23 Sep 2018, 12:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1501

Re: Handle Bars- US & Europe??

I built my current bike, a Surly Cross Check, initially with straight bars and they were great for most rides, but after a long 200km+ day, my hands were so battered that I could hardly hold the bars. Changed to drops and not had the same problems. However, I have probably used the dropped position ...
by Graham O
13 Aug 2018, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 3372

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

I find that getting wet is more unpleasant than being wet. As long as I am warm, I'm not bothered. Yesterday I was caught in a thunderstorm and got seriously splashed by a car driving through a puddle, but amazingly, the water was warm. The fun factor of being on a bike soon came back.
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 3855

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Just been out in the shed for a look at the bike and the cables are the problem. They are standard, non compressionless type and after the pads touch the discs, any extra effort goes into straightening the cables, so that is presumably where all my effort is going. Any recommendations on compression...