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by Deckie
25 Sep 2012, 9:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How long before disc brakes are standard on road bikes?
Replies: 107
Views: 4861

Re: How long before disc brakes are standard on road bikes?

Regarding disc brakes used in racing, from skimming over a few reports in the past 12 months or so, it would appear that the UCI have only recently relented to allow disc brakes to be used in Cyclocross racing (off road with a road bike type geometry). Are they actually allowed in road bike racing? ...
by Deckie
24 Sep 2012, 7:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!
Replies: 24
Views: 23693

Re: J O'Grotes - Lands End - Planning Help!

As MickF says, others may disagree. We had no problems on the A82 all the way from Drumnadrochoit to Tarbet (we caught the ferry across Loch Lomond to stay in the Rowardennan Youth Hostel) We based our route on the most direct line amended by places we wanted to visit. Glen Coe was one of those, thu...
by Deckie
24 Sep 2012, 6:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed cameras v speed humps
Replies: 19
Views: 3892

Re: Speed cameras v speed humps

I like the system they use in Spain - a speed camera is connected to a traffic light, if you speed the light turns red and holds you up. If you ignore the red light you are prosecuted for jumping the red light as well as speeding. As this is an instant penalty it is more effective than a penalty not...
by Deckie
21 Sep 2012, 10:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I buy a single spoke?
Replies: 27
Views: 7175

Re: Where can I buy a single spoke?

I'm amazed at a 32 spoke rear wheel on a tandem! I think ours is 38, but 40 is common too. I think that may be the source of your problems, try a 36 at the very least!
by Deckie
21 Sep 2012, 11:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's wrong with my dragonfly?
Replies: 17
Views: 9940

Re: What's wrong with my dragonfly?

Dragon flies spend a long and productive life at the bottom of a pond or watercourse, terrorising other invertebrates, and even young fish, sort of like a leopard in the savannah. then they have a few weeks when we see them going out in a blaze of glory! I once spent a happy 10 minutes watching a la...
by Deckie
21 Sep 2012, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I buy a single spoke?
Replies: 27
Views: 7175

Re: Where can I buy a single spoke?

I was snapping spokes regularly on the rear wheel of our tandem. It was purely down to the factory build not being good enough. Our LBS re-built it with Swiss DT spokes, no problems at all since. I would suggest you do this (if your LBS are upto building a wheel...) and then keep a close eye on spok...
by Deckie
21 Sep 2012, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How long before disc brakes are standard on road bikes?
Replies: 107
Views: 4861

Re: How long before disc brakes are standard on road bikes?

i'm all for progress in bike technology but not sure there's that big a problem with current braking systems if kept clean, set up correctly etc. And there's the problem - most bike riders (note, not cyclists :wink: ) rarely ever look at their brakes, much less clean them or even know if they're se...
by Deckie
20 Sep 2012, 10:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The least sustainable building in the world
Replies: 11
Views: 8330

Re: The least sustainable building in the world

My personal definition of sustainable is something that will fulfill it's purpose for an indefinite period without major works. A good example is my friend's Series I Landrover. Those same bits of steel & aluminium have been on the road for over thirty years, very sustainable! Our house is proba...
by Deckie
15 Sep 2012, 10:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is it with cycle shops?
Replies: 55
Views: 5470

Re: What is it with cycle shops?

I live in west Cornwall, if you include Halfords, there are five bike shops within eight miles of my home. Not bad I think! One of the three non Halfords shops is a bit boutiquey, but do sell shoppers & leccy bikes, although they would much rather sell you a £1,000+ carbon toy. Most of the staff...
by Deckie
14 Sep 2012, 1:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?
Replies: 26
Views: 26671

Re: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?

Some road bikes do have rack lugs, but you need to look for them, or tell your LBS that's what you want so they can recommend the correct frame.
by Deckie
14 Sep 2012, 8:22am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?
Replies: 26
Views: 26671

Re: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?

Don't get fixated with distance & speed while you're training. What you need to concentrate on is time in the saddle.

If you can ride for eight hours you'll cover 90 plus miles easily in a day. (this is where setting off early in the mornings helps!)
by Deckie
14 Sep 2012, 8:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why am I slow?
Replies: 54
Views: 4134

Re: Why am I slow?

Just another question, how old is the bike & when was it last serviced? Just cleaning the chain properly (search for the MickF method) can make a huge difference to the feel of the bike.
by Deckie
13 Sep 2012, 10:43am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Hello all, where to start?
Replies: 10
Views: 24747

Re: Hello all, where to start?

The easiest way to keep on target is to make sure you set off early each morning. It gives you more time to get to your destination and a buffer for any problems you encounter. Don't fall into the trap of making all the days the same length either - Kendal to Bristol is pretty well flat, we took 16 ...
by Deckie
13 Sep 2012, 10:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Charity shop bargains
Replies: 16
Views: 13411

Re: Charity shop bargains

Charity shops pay RENT, as does any shop, but NOT Rates.
by Deckie
13 Sep 2012, 10:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Hello all, where to start?
Replies: 10
Views: 24747

Re: Hello all, where to start?

Hi Dave, Good luck with your project to start with! I did JoGLE with my wife in 2010 on our tandem unsupported, we went that way as we live in Cornwall therefore heading home all the way! You live about 3/4 of the way from JoG to LE, so I'd suggest the same way. I can't think of anything worse than ...