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by DougieB
5 Mar 2009, 10:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Electronic equipment for Africa tour
Replies: 18
Views: 10443

Re: Electronic equipment for Africa tour

the charger is here: http://www.johnlewis.com/230403798/Product.aspx don't think it'll do the netbook, but may well do the camera and will do the iPod. A mate has one, and she says it really good. Remember to pick up a card reader for the camera cards, to save you having to leave your camera plugged...
by DougieB
5 Mar 2009, 9:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Electronic equipment for Africa tour
Replies: 18
Views: 10443

Re: Electronic equipment for Africa tour

just visited your site, and have seen your route. Excellent stuff. I was in Mali/Mauri/Maroc in January, up the route you'll be coming down.
by DougieB
5 Mar 2009, 9:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Electronic equipment for Africa tour
Replies: 18
Views: 10443

Re: Electronic equipment for Africa tour

Having travelled both sides of Africa, and the West more than once, I can give you some hints. Internet access is pretty much everywhere, even the smaller towns tend to have some sort of access. They run standard PC's with Windows, but will often be quite a few years old. So, your ability to upload ...
by DougieB
4 Mar 2009, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking BB
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Clicking BB

I had a clicking develop over the weekend. Turned out to be the screws on one of the cleat plates on the (SPD) pedals being lose, so the plate itself clicked/tapped on the pedal body.
by DougieB
4 Mar 2009, 5:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Rucksacks??? commuting with a laptop help
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Rucksacks??? commuting with a laptop help

hey, I have the North Face Bag, which I can give you second-hand if you like? I 'upgraded' to a Carradice Courier Bag, which is better I think. But it's smaller, so not sure if you'd get laptop + suit jacket. send me a message if you're interested in the TNF bag. EDIT: the bag is like new, and the s...
by DougieB
4 Mar 2009, 9:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Run Over
Replies: 17
Views: 2667

Re: Run Over

you have 24 hours to report (to any police station) an incident where there was vehicle damage or injury. otherwise it's an arrest-able hit and run offence. at least in Scotland. I have some 'yoofs' drive into me on the motorbike, damaging their car. I didn't stop as they were not in a reasonable st...
by DougieB
3 Mar 2009, 3:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4974

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I didn't realise it was a legal requirement to have the front brake controlled by the right hand! riding (a motorbike) down the motorway today, a car driver pulled into the space I was going to be in before I slowed to avoid being wiped out. It got me thinking about this. The driver was on the phon...
by DougieB
2 Mar 2009, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: swapping rear cassette for easier climbing
Replies: 19
Views: 1213

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200km is a long way to ride a bike, even a light one, and 2900m is a lot of height gain. so... completed my first audax yesterday. the climbing was quite hard for me, the 1 in 5 hill was definitely the worst! I think I'd have struggled to finish on the original road gearing, and would have spent qu...
by DougieB
2 Mar 2009, 10:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-Brake levers for drops
Replies: 26
Views: 112232

Re: V-Brake levers for drops

I use the Tekto RL520 levers, with Avid v-brakes. I find them really good, plenty of stopping power from above or on the drops. For longer down hill sections I'm usually on the drops anyway, so haven't experienced a problem with tired hands.
by DougieB
25 Feb 2009, 1:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Escort Duties
Replies: 54
Views: 8318

happy to escort riders through Edinburgh (and Milnathort if required!), along the roads or the NCN1, to the bridges. Or any help finding a hostal/hotel/etc.

cheers,
Doug
by DougieB
25 Feb 2009, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY (audax) route card holder
Replies: 11
Views: 204540

Certainly better than the click-fix ones that I've had shatter because they are only held in place at one end and so can oscillate wildly on bumpy roads. this has been tested around Edinburgh, with all its potholes and cobbles. It's semi-stiff bendy plastic, I'd expect it to be shatter-proof. Also ...
by DougieB
25 Feb 2009, 1:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: North avoiding Glasgow (& Edinburgh)
Replies: 10
Views: 590

It is if you're towing a trailer, and you're not ready for the NCN because you expected to ride on the road and have to drag your bike and trailer up some steps off the A90, and you miss the sign that points you up a footpath because it's hidden by trees, so instead you have to go through a corn fi...
by DougieB
25 Feb 2009, 8:07am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: North avoiding Glasgow (& Edinburgh)
Replies: 10
Views: 590

the only issue within coming along the A904 route, west of edinburgh, is that you'll pass through a lot of the commuter towns. and they do get busy with traffic (especially if the M8 is broken). the NCN1 is no trouble at all, through town to the bridges. there's a 500 metre section which is enough f...
by DougieB
24 Feb 2009, 9:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY (audax) route card holder
Replies: 11
Views: 204540

DIY (audax) route card holder

I've been looking for a 'how to make a route card holder' post for a while. There are quite a few suggestions that you don't need to buy one, as it's easy to make one yourself. But I couldn't find any literal instructions. Here are some instructions for anyone in a similar situation. All you need ar...
by DougieB
24 Feb 2009, 3:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1660
Views: 473540

Perth, this morning, with my Cross Check:

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first real ride on it, and pretty impressed so far. amazed that the saddle feels comfortable (I've tightened it twice now), given all I've read about them.