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by georgew
4 Feb 2007, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spare parts for uk bikes in France
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

Re: Spare parts for uk bikes in France

I have bought a holiday home in France and intend to keep a bike there. Does anyone know of French bike makers who make tourers like the Dawes Galxy. Or how easy would it be to obtain spare parts in france for the Dawes. Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks Having lived in France I think you ...
by georgew
3 Feb 2007, 10:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best cycling adventure book, any ideas?
Replies: 82
Views: 20657

What does always amaze me about Anne Mustoe is that she would never dream of doing any work on her bike. Even with punctures she will wait until someone comes along.
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Wheels?
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

Perhaps another factor in choosing, is the size of the rider. 26" wheels do come into their own with smaller riders and is of particular benefit to women, as they allow the design of the frame to be tweaked to allow for a shorter top tube. Again the smaller wheel can avoid the possibility of to...
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 9:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1119
Views: 325890

As requested. Hi to all forum members. This introduction is rather belated since I have been posting like mad the last few days. I'm a retired teacher living in Fife and am a long-time cyclist. My main interest is in Touring and I'm unwell if I can't go cycle-camping in France every year. I own a Lo...
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 5:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I have a confession
Replies: 16
Views: 4884

Mrs Tortoise wrote:Try Specialized armadillo tyres, they're almost bullet proof.


True...but very heavy wheras the Marathons are pretty puncture-proof but not quite so heavy.
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1627
Views: 462712

This is my Thorn Nmesis bought from ebay and once belonging to the man himself. Not that that makes it any easier to pedal. I've got rid of all the titanium stuff in order to make it more appropriate for someone with traditional tastes. It still looks too flash though. [img][img]http://i22.photobuck...
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sleeping bags - down or synthetic ?
Replies: 17
Views: 3990

Something that should also be taken into account when calculating the sleeping kit to use, is the capacity of the sleeping mat used to conserve body heat. For example a 65% more body heat is conserved when using an "Exped" mat, which is partly filled with Goose down, when compared to a &qu...
by georgew
30 Jan 2007, 12:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What shoes?
Replies: 22
Views: 4714

andrew_s wrote:If you are using toe clips, you can find the chunky soles on a lot of modern shoes don't slide in easily.
I'd suggest the Specialized Sonoma. ( about £35)


+1 Great shoes and very comfortable for walking.

That said, for summer, give me Shimano sandals every time.
by georgew
29 Jan 2007, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sat nav? Yes or no.
Replies: 47
Views: 14434

Sat navs, at least the more expensive models, can be programmed from your computer with all the info you need for a tour. The main drawback would seem to be that they are power-hungry and for long-distance tours need constant recharging. A pain if one is camping. However it's now possible to buy sol...
by georgew
29 Jan 2007, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture repairs - does anyone care?
Replies: 37
Views: 4958

All true...but it does happen that you can do everything right and the last couple of inches still won't go over. This is why talcum powder can be a boon in that the soft rubber compound used for tyres these days, sticks to the metal rim and refuses to shift unless lubed with talc. VAR levers are al...
by georgew
29 Jan 2007, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear levers & Standard and compact frames.
Replies: 4
Views: 898

The barend levers on the Galaxy are sometimes preferred by tourers for their simplicity and durability. They are reliable and can be repaired fairly easily if the break down on tour. The combined brake/gear levers are more complicated and are much more difficult to repair even by bike shops. They ar...
by georgew
28 Jan 2007, 8:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tents - your experiences
Replies: 28
Views: 13953

The Akto comes in around 1.5kg and is a dream to put up. I know it's a bit more expensive but believe me you're paying for the best.
Have a google around for the best price as they vary quite a bit. Try the "Kentdale Rambler" for a start.
by georgew
28 Jan 2007, 4:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Drop vs Straight handlebars – your advice please
Replies: 27
Views: 20463

I used drops for over thirty years and had a problem when I bought my Raven with the stock bars. I solved the problem of keeping my "on the hoods" position which to me is very comfortable, by changing to straight bars and then fitting barends which, when padded, duplicated my hood position...
by georgew
28 Jan 2007, 4:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tents - your experiences
Replies: 28
Views: 13953

+1 for the Atko. This will provide the room you're looking for without the weight penalty. It also provides the height as it's possible to sit comfortably upright whilst in a kit-chair. All in all a superior tent and made with top quality materials. A bit pricey but this premium will be repaid with ...
by georgew
28 Jan 2007, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture repairs - does anyone care?
Replies: 37
Views: 4958

Probably the best aid for people with small or less strong hands, would be "Var tyre levers". I've used these for years and they are invaluable for levering on the last few inches of tyre. They use the lever principle to do this and so require less strength.