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by DougieB
24 Feb 2009, 3:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: North avoiding Glasgow (& Edinburgh)
Replies: 10
Views: 590

any specific reason to avoid Edinburgh, as it doesn't take too long to get from one side to the other. to try and avoid Edinbugh and still use the Forth Bridge would be a pain I think. avoiding edinburgh you should look at the Kincardine Bridge route, which would take you up through Powmill and onto...
by DougieB
22 Feb 2009, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 3 blow-outs in 20 miles, on new tyres and tubes.....why ?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

this happens with off-road motorbike tyres, known as tyre-creep. you can see it by the angle of the valve, which gradually leaves 90-degrees until it gets ripped off. if you have another tube, and you want to test... install it, ride a little and check the valve angle (to the rim). The tyre will be ...
by DougieB
22 Feb 2009, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: swapping rear cassette for easier climbing
Replies: 19
Views: 1213

I would sugest that 2900m of climbing over 200kms isn't that great as glueman said, "we're all different". I'm somewhere well south of being an accomplished cycling athlete. I reckon (should I make the end) I will have to be carried away from the finish... :shock: I've just been out on my...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: swapping rear cassette for easier climbing
Replies: 19
Views: 1213

yeah, I can get up the steep hills. I'm just not sure about 30 times. One or two, or I think about seven today, are ok. But surely with putting physical strain/effort into forcing the pedal round, you are using up more short term energy (glycol stores, is it)? Whereas spinning up the hills (sitting ...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: swapping rear cassette for easier climbing
Replies: 19
Views: 1213

I've never heard of capacity (in this sense) before. Just read about it. front large ring is 52, small ring is 30. difference is 22. cassette range is 11-32, so difference is 21. so capacity required is 43 ? sora rear mech has a capacity of 31. altus mtb rear mech has a capacity of 43, just enough. ...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 7:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: swapping rear cassette for easier climbing
Replies: 19
Views: 1213

swapping rear cassette for easier climbing

I have my first audax next weekend, and am starting to panic about getting up the hills. unfortunately there's 2900m of climbing, over 200 km. I've only just got my bike together, a mash-up from other bikes. It's a Surly Cross Check, with 700 x 35c tyres, with a sora chainset from an old road bike. ...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 6:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A complete route to disect if you will...
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

yep, that's it. there's a mini-roundabout, right to Perth/Gateside and left to the M90/Dollar. And there's an almost imperceptible little road dead straight, which goes up Ba'Hill and into the countryside. It's the route of the old Great North Road. There's much dispute (I think, or maybe lack of kn...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 5:29pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A complete route to disect if you will...
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

I do edinburgh - perth quite a bit. in milnathort I've found heading (literally) straight on towards middleton, and then branch right bringing you down into the back of glenfarg a much nicer route than following the main road. it's more scenic and quieter, and about the same in cycling miles. from g...
by DougieB
21 Feb 2009, 1:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendations for Western France + Pyrenees crossing
Replies: 8
Views: 1294

do you mean the crossing used by the camino de santiago? I walked that a couple of years ago. good tarmac all the way up the french side, and then forest trail on the spanish side, followed by tarmac again. It'd be fine for cycling, I think. You may find there are lots of walkers on the camino thoug...
by DougieB
20 Feb 2009, 5:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Organized tours Vietnam/Cambodia or Ethiopia
Replies: 11
Views: 749

I've toured Ethiopia by motorbike. You need to be reasonably robust to cycle there I would have thought, though I am guessing you are by thinking of it. Kids chucking stones is one thing that puts a downer on peoples experiences there. but, if you can deal with that (it's not _that_ serious, just a ...
by DougieB
20 Feb 2009, 10:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punched in the face
Replies: 97
Views: 6166

I had a bus intentionally swerve at me in Reading once (passengers at the back all turned round, so they felt it), me ending up sprawled on the pavement. It was just a case of cycling to the front of the lights that annoyed him, had no verbal or eye contact with the driver before. Maybe another cycl...
by DougieB
16 Feb 2009, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front gears and basic maintenance
Replies: 12
Views: 651

have a look at the Park Tools website, they have a repair advice section online. it's the best one I've come across (web or paper).
by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks saddle
Replies: 75
Views: 6005

patricktaylor wrote: the leather feels like plywood (and it doesn't smell of leather).


when I push down on the middle hole area of the saddle, the leather depresses maybe 1 cm.

I haven't smelt mine, as I don't really know where it's been....
by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks saddle
Replies: 75
Views: 6005

I had my first ride on a B17 today, as it came with a bike I bought second hand. Very comfy, but almost too comfy. I'm wondering if it's too slack. The previous owner muttered something about 'THAT saddle'. There is no thread showing on the tension adjuster. It's hardly been used though. none of the...
by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front mech cable rub
Replies: 9
Views: 594

just removed the BB, and it's a 107 mm. I'll take the one out of my (now) doner bike, until I can get a new one.

thanks for the help (some fixie parts soon for sale I think!)

cheers,


EDIT: yep, just fitted it and it's a bit tight so will get a longer one. but it's ok for now.