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by Deckie
13 Sep 2012, 10:05am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?
Replies: 26
Views: 26671

Re: Planning LEJOG, Bike selection?

A better question to ask is will you use the bike after? If you will, what for? Your LEJoG will take maybe two weeks, after that you've got a bike for several years. What might be ideal for LEJoG could be useless for the rest of your use. We did ours on our tandem as we already had it, fortunately i...
by Deckie
10 Sep 2012, 3:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Check out my new touring bike!
Replies: 7
Views: 5027

Re: Check out my new touring bike!

Now that's what I call disguising a bike to put off the thieves! :lol:
by Deckie
10 Sep 2012, 9:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Got any Health and Safety stories?
Replies: 11
Views: 6825

Re: Got any Health and Safety stories?

danfoto wrote:
Gosh, I'd like to live in a society that cares.

Where to I have to move to?


You do live in a society that cares....


...about itself.
by Deckie
10 Sep 2012, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rear inner tube valve getting cut
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

Re: rear inner tube valve getting cut

You could try the trick one or two others have suggested on various posts here (although I haven't...) 1. Check the valve hole in the rim for sharp edges & file them down. 2. Cut out a circle from an old inner tube about an inch diameter and fit it over the valve so it sits in the valve hole pro...
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 9:56am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: External Wall Insulation
Replies: 33
Views: 15705

Re: External Wall Insulation

As an addendum to my above comment - I am not a fan of "spray on" insulation, or render. If not applied in perfect conditions to a correctly prepared and dry wall it can have the opposite effect to that intended and lead to serious damp problems for the property by trapping and holding moi...
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 9:25am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What else did 'education' put you off?
Replies: 35
Views: 13059

Re: What else did 'education' put you off?

The one thing education failed to put me off was a thirst for knowledge. About anything. In as much detail as I can find (I often find Horizon type programmes frustrating as they don't tell me why). School seriously put me off people though. I still suffer from that & struggle to form & main...
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 9:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Beatles Quiz
Replies: 28
Views: 10708

Re: Beatles Quiz

The Taxman?
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 9:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: External Wall Insulation
Replies: 33
Views: 15705

Re: External Wall Insulation

I've long thought that we put insulation on the wrong side of the wall. If you put the insulation on the outside of a wall the material in the wall can act as a storage heater releasing heat back into the house - the thermal mass effect. In large parts of the world the external walls of houses are b...
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 8:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Police instigate perjury in motor death case.
Replies: 12
Views: 12344

Re: Police instigate perjury in motor death case.

the death and the lie were traumatising for the young driver. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017vk95/Coming_Out_Kelly/ This is the sort of account that should be standard listening for all school children aged 15 to 17 (i.e. before they start to drive). The long term effects of the trauma on...
by Deckie
6 Sep 2012, 8:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Touring Specific Groupset!
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

New Touring Specific Groupset!

Just read this article on Bikeradar, see bit a couple of para's down - GT groupset designed with touring in mind! http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/article/sram-force-2013-groupset-eurobike-2012-35165/ 48/32 chainset & 10 speed 11-36 cassette, sounds ideal! Who says touring is dead? (Now, where...
by Deckie
4 Sep 2012, 6:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Travel to Wick
Replies: 16
Views: 35399

Re: Travel to Wick

Using train line it's worth splitting the journey & buying separate tickets for each leg. I did this for ours the the price dropped from nearly £400 each to £120 total! Of course it did also mean having about fourteen tickets to keep track of, even though we often just stayed on the same train!
by Deckie
3 Jul 2012, 10:48am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Maps - Getting lost!
Replies: 20
Views: 17018

Re: Maps - Getting lost!

We used laminated road atlas pages as well, and it works well. Along with these I had also printed 1:25k or 1:50k details of particular places or sections - going into towns, odd junctions, cycle routes etc. and wrote bullet points of places to look out for on sign posts to keep us pointing in the r...
by Deckie
25 Jun 2012, 10:22am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Carland Cross to Mitchell- can we use the path/track?
Replies: 9
Views: 17360

Re: Carland Cross to Mitchell- can we use the path/track?

Hi Hughwill. I am sure there is no way you can get from Carland Cross to Mitchell on that path. You either need to use the A30 like Mick F recomends or cycle on the country lanes south east and back into Mitchell (not too hilly if I remember). Mick F and I disagree with the way out of Cornwall as t...
by Deckie
25 Jun 2012, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The P****** fairy Tyre recommendations please
Replies: 16
Views: 1580

Re: The P****** fairy Tyre recommendations please

Look up Schwalbe Marathon Supremes as well. They are very good, easy riding tyres and as I've mentioned before I feel more confident riding on a damp or wet surface with those than I have with any other tyre. They just seem to stick! I like the Durano too on my solo bike, not had a visit with those...
by Deckie
24 Jun 2012, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why, bl**dy cyclists destroy the countryside
Replies: 30
Views: 6087

Re: ...why, bl**dy cyclists destroy the countryside

Truth be told then the OP has a point: the "serious" (read: competitive) cyclist tends to be self-regarding and rather less considerate than other types. I stopped riding (and racing) with a racing club simply because the members were - without exception- incredibly unfriendly and unwelco...