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by Graham O
6 Aug 2018, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

I have a bike with TRP Spyre disc brakes and frankly I'm not impressed. I don't know if it is down to worn out pads, (there is still some friction material left on them) but braking from the hoods is not good. I've had a couple of steep descents with sharp turns at the bottom and only just made the ...
by Graham O
11 Jul 2018, 12:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Airports on your own
Replies: 49
Views: 2918

Re: Airports on your own

Last year I had a fabric bag for my bike but only put the bike into it once in the airport. Makes it much easier to wheel across the car park with panniers on. I practiced at home first so I knew which bits to remove or adjust and the whole took about 5 minutes at each end. This year I'm using a bik...
by Graham O
6 Jun 2018, 8:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Rims
Replies: 4
Views: 367

Re: New Rims

Thanks Brucey, not heard of those rims before.

I thought it was going to be a simple choice of 32 spoke, but they are available in 20, 24, 28 and 32 spoke? When does saving weight result in a greater risk of wheel failure?
by Graham O
5 Jun 2018, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Rims
Replies: 4
Views: 367

New Rims

I've been using a set of wheels with Mavic Open Pro rims and 28mm Gatorskins, for a number of years, but feel that they are probably getting near their end of life as they've been used for many commuting high speed descents in the damp with rim brakes. So I'm looking for another set of rims, but I w...
by Graham O
13 Apr 2018, 3:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 43
Views: 13656

Re: Ryanair bike policy

From Ryanairs T's and C's: "Sporting or musical equipment including but not limited to large fishing rods, golf clubs, bikes* (bikes have a weight limit of 30 kilos), scooters, fencing equipment, pole vaults, javelin, surfboards, bodyboards, snowboards and skis and large musical instruments inc...
by Graham O
12 Apr 2018, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 43
Views: 13656

Re: Ryanair bike policy

I flew with Ryanair last year and after a bit of reading the small print and talking to the help desk, if you declare your sports equipment as a bike, and pay the bike supplement the max weight is 32kg with no limit on the size. They also were not bothered about anything other than the bike being in...
by Graham O
19 Mar 2018, 9:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Portugal - casual cycling
Replies: 9
Views: 1989

Re: Portugal - casual cycling

Borisface is the expert on Portugal, but I had a great tour from the Douro valley down the border to Sabugal, then Viseu and Porto, last year. Very quiet roads (inland), long, but nice gradients, good food and accommodation and especially the people. Very few spoke English, so I had a chance to prac...
by Graham O
15 Feb 2018, 3:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Converting a Tunnel tent to freestanding - Anyone done it? Any advice?
Replies: 61
Views: 2578

Re: Converting a Tunnel tent to freestanding - Anyone done it? Any advice?

Quite right Pete, but the request was to make a tent freestanding, not functional to live in. :) To make it truly useable would be quite a major job and would need extra poles, which means complexity and weight. I customise and modify tents, but I wouldn't try it, unless the complexity and weight we...
by Graham O
14 Feb 2018, 9:07am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Converting a Tunnel tent to freestanding - Anyone done it? Any advice?
Replies: 61
Views: 2578

Re: Converting a Tunnel tent to freestanding - Anyone done it? Any advice?

This is a long thread and since it diverts into condensation I can't be bothered reading through it all, but assuming it's not already been said, to make your tent freestanding, you really need a couple of poles going from left front to right back and right front to left back. This will push out the...
by Graham O
18 Nov 2017, 1:38am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71736

Re: Pictures of your tents.

I'm not sure that story is correct. Both the Force 10 website and Wikipedia say that the F10 tent was introduced in the '60's, which is in line with my memory. Plus Conquest and F10 were on sale at the same time and competing.
by Graham O
17 Nov 2017, 9:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Pictures of your tents.
Replies: 587
Views: 71736

Re: Pictures of your tents.

IIRC, Vango was producing Force 10's before Conquest began production. They were made in Gosport in Hampshire and were made by the same company which had Safari Outdoors shop in Portsmouth. I looked at getting one in around '77, but saved up an extra £10 to get an Ultimate Super Packer (£75!) Did Va...
by Graham O
7 Nov 2017, 8:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2300 km in 10'
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: 2300 km in 10'

I've heard a lot about Recife and it's beaches and those videos make me want to go, but I'm not sure about riding through salt water. For the time being I'll stick to Portugal. A quick question if I may pick your brains. I've been struggling to find the correct word/verb for "cycling" in E...
by Graham O
2 Nov 2017, 11:43am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 2543

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

Now 'A' is a tarp tent with a second complete inner 'nest', where as 'B' is a tarp tent with a bathtub and mesh skirt / doorway. What are the advantages of each type ( 1 skin / 2 skin ) Surely condensation will occuor any way some times, and the inner tent then serves what purpose. I've read about ...
by Graham O
16 Sep 2017, 8:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 3254

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

Last winter I cycled quite a bit in a Ventile smock and it was very good. Completely windproof, very breathable and although not a waterproof fabric, it is certainly weatherproof. When it did get soaked, I found the heat generated climbing hills kept the inner surface dry, much more so than when wal...
by Graham O
16 Aug 2017, 9:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: North wales coastal path
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: North wales coastal path

From Deganwy, you are on roads until Rhos on Sea and then it is off road all the way to the end of Prestatyn Golf Course. If you go ahead through the holiday camp to Talacre, then you will be on the A548 for about 8miles till Bagillt, when you can parallel the A548. It's not too bad for traffic, dep...