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by tatanab
9 Jan 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2418

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Those examples are already very much lower geared than anything around when I started club riding, and also lower geared than my touring bikes until about 20 years ago. They are within a few inches of the bottom gear on my touring machines on which I go cycle camping (aged 66). So I would say the lo...
by tatanab
9 Jan 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2896

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

My daily hack has indexed downtube levers. My vintage machine has downtube friction levers. Ignoring the fixed and Sturmey equipped machines, all others are Campag Ergo levers. Ergo is very convenient, and I find I change gear because I can where I might just put up with the gear I am in on the down...
by tatanab
8 Jan 2019, 3:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Semaine Federale 2019 - Registering
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Semaine Federale 2019 - Registering

It's a shame they don't have the web site in English as well, since most of the world speaks it and not that many speak French. :( They have done that in previous years, maybe an entire web page or maybe just the booking stuff - I don't recall. Last time I went the English version appeared a few we...
by tatanab
5 Jan 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: UK camping without a reservation
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: UK camping without a reservation

Perhaps this website might be of use http://www.cyclecamp.co.uk/default.htm
by tatanab
1 Jan 2019, 11:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat
Replies: 13
Views: 588

Re: Mountain Pass Novice who suffers in heat

Change the time of year you tour. I prefer to be away in June. Yes there can be times when it is unseasonably hot, or cold come to that. I often find it uncomfortable when touring July or August due to going somewhere like the Semaine Federale. 25 years ago I rode the Raid Pyreneen in early June. Ma...
by tatanab
1 Jan 2019, 8:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick link: time to replace?
Replies: 27
Views: 1156

Re: Quick link: time to replace?

Tpresumably I’d be O.K. to ditch a quick link, should it break out on the road, and simply shorten the chain by a link or two in an emergency? No. This is fine up to and including 8 speed chains. After that, 9 and above, the chains are made narrower by peening over the rivets. Hence they cannot be ...
by tatanab
1 Jan 2019, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick link: time to replace?
Replies: 27
Views: 1156

Re: Quick link: time to replace?

iandusud wrote:SRAM Powerlinks are supposed to be single use only
Powerlink (8 and 9 speed) are multiuse, Powerlock (10 and 11 speed) are single use.
by tatanab
26 Dec 2018, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Plastic derailleurs
Replies: 53
Views: 2462

Re: Plastic derailleurs

I think Simplex were maligned to some extent. I bought my first club riding bike in 1968 when I was 16, bottom of the range type machine with the option of Simplex Prestige or Huret Svelto. Simplex worked well enough for me for several years; club riding, racing and touring. In the early 70s a frien...
by tatanab
20 Dec 2018, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacing shifters
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: replacing shifters

That confused me for a moment. DT usually means downtube, then it clicked that in this case it is Double Tap. You say you are replacing your double tap levers but have not told us what you are replacing them with, so guidance may be hard to come by.
by tatanab
20 Dec 2018, 7:10am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Suggestions for Campsite Finder App
Replies: 7
Views: 333

Re: Suggestions for Campsite Finder App

Using Google maps just type in camping in the search box and it will show you all the campsites. Not quite. In France I have stayed on a few municipal campsites that do not appear in Google. Admittedly that is a vanishingly small percentage. Also apps like Archies rely on people reporting errors. I...
by tatanab
19 Dec 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Plus Ca Change...
Replies: 95
Views: 3266

Re: Plus Ca Change...

The equivalent of the Rourke would have been a custom frame by somebody like Shorter or Dave Russell (both trendy at that time), or a myriad of other small builders. Probably in 531SL. Dripping in Campag since Shimano was still climbing the ladder of desirability and of course on aluminium rims with...
by tatanab
14 Dec 2018, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Twenty Folder - worth rescuing?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: Raleigh Twenty Folder - worth rescuing?

Certainly worth saving. Not a 20 but a Kingpin, it is my round town hack.
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=120037&p=1206387&hilit=kingpin#p1206387
by tatanab
9 Dec 2018, 3:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...What this is? (Motobecane)
Replies: 23
Views: 1146

Re: ...What this is? (Motobecane)

^^ added to the way it was ridden was that it must never be ridden on a constant throttle setting. It must be screamed for 5 seconds, shut off for 5, screamed for another 5 and so on. This was still the case until about 5 years ago when I noticed that this fashion seems to have changed for modern yo...
by tatanab
6 Dec 2018, 10:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cateye Helmet Mount and Safety Query
Replies: 34
Views: 1151

Re: Cateye Helmet Mount and Safety Query

Some time ago I was driving along a dark country road and saw a pair of headlights coming the other way that I took to be a car in the distance. Very soon the lights came close to the end of my headlight beam and I saw that they were small lights on the handlebars of a bike. This is something I rem...
by tatanab
6 Dec 2018, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 1531

Re: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?

I suggest you talk to an insurance broker, an old fashioned family one where you get to talk to people. Mine put me on an AXA house contents policy some years ago. I have 4 machines on the policy, the most expensive being £4000. They are listed as named valuables in the same way you might name valua...