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by carlislemike
27 Nov 2017, 8:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Helmet Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Helmet Storage

I put this under technical as I guess it’s more than just general. What are pros/cons of storing helmets in the bike shed along with my other bike paraphernalia and the bikes? 1) extreme Heat vs extreme Cold? 2) possibly Humidity 3) close to their actual point of purpose ie the bikes 4) keeps the ‘m...
by carlislemike
11 Jul 2017, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Longitude
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: Genesis Longitude

Thank you for all that. I was given superb help at my LBS, Balfes Streatham. They mated the wheel to a 2.2 mtb job and it looked and felt more urban friendly. I may go with that in a few months when the urban takes precedence. Looking at other options, I guess 700c with Marathons may make winter roa...
by carlislemike
8 Jul 2017, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Longitude
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Genesis Longitude

Im really keek on the Longitude but the tyres are a bit humungous for the autumn - winter commute. Spec is here WTB 27.5 x 2.8in on On WTB Scraper i35 with 32 hole rims. Any suggestions for a smaller dimension tyre suitable for London roads? Don't mind losing some traction off road for on road speed...
by carlislemike
18 Mar 2017, 9:43am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Flying to LUXAIR toLuxembourg City for Trier?
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Flying to LUXAIR toLuxembourg City for Trier?

Just a thought; my bro' in law and I would like to ride the Moselle Route from Trier to Koblenz then return to Trier by train. I believe you can fly by LUXAIR to Luxembourg. Does anyone know what 1) the airline is like with bikes [ from London City Airport ] 2) whether the ride from Luxembourg City ...
by carlislemike
16 Jul 2016, 6:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc

Thanks for all advice. Went 42/32/22 from Spa plus their own bb. So far very pleased with the capabilities of the set up. Dragged a shed load of books 5 miles in panniers and on the rack uphill and down dale to a charity shop dealing in books. What a difference the set up made!
by carlislemike
11 Jul 2016, 9:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trains & Tickets in Germany Beware!
Replies: 20
Views: 1137

Re: Trains & Tickets in Germany Beware!

I second any comments re anti German sentiment. Just returned from a great trip to Munich. Absolutely brilliant help by a DB official to buy local tickets from machines at Munich Airport and instructions in faultless English how to use the ticket stamping machine and find the stop we needed. On our ...
by carlislemike
24 Jun 2016, 7:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc

Thank you all for the replies. Decathlon here I come on Monday, that is if the prices haven't soared post Brexit. :(
by carlislemike
21 Jun 2016, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc

Don't know whether it was for here or the Touring section:- I am getting on a bit, less puff on hills and tired legs etc. I saw a comment in the members magazine suggesting either that the first of the above or the second may be sensible chainsets. Question is, can I get them easily and will they wo...
by carlislemike
22 May 2016, 7:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13340

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

An 18 inch length of scaffold pipe. Used over spanner ends and the extra leverage shifts all seized up pedals, nuts and car wheel nuts. One in the tool kit and one in the car! :D
by carlislemike
12 May 2016, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: choice of cleats for clipless
Replies: 27
Views: 2133

Re: choice of cleats for clipless

Thanks for all that. Have genuine Shimano sod shoes; cleats are in vgc and set up properly. Must be me! I'll try some of the ideas suggested or just return to flat, touring pedals with my Merrells.
by carlislemike
11 May 2016, 1:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: choice of cleats for clipless
Replies: 27
Views: 2133

choice of cleats for clipless

I have tried [ and failed ] spds on my shoes. They are essentially mtb/xc Shimano shoes which I used for the walking bits on trips! Having had a few 'tumbles' recently, I am feeling it's time for a change. Maybe I don't get enough flex on my ankles as I clip out? Maybe too much float? I have had a l...
by carlislemike
28 Mar 2016, 9:36am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Trier for Moselle route
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: London to Trier for Moselle route

Über the & Andy, again thank you. I had contemplated the flight to Basel but the train option may prove the winner. I had a bit of a wonder about the route over to Trier and whether it was a stiff climbing route. I'll revisit my route finding. Info re trains, is always a boon. Thanks once more. ...
by carlislemike
27 Mar 2016, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Trier for Moselle route
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: London to Trier for Moselle route

Andy, thank you for that. I'll give it a try. Always fancied this trip as I've fond memories of the Moselle. Mike
by carlislemike
27 Mar 2016, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Trier for Moselle route
Replies: 7
Views: 463

London to Trier for Moselle route

I am sure this has been covered somewhere on this area but I can't find it! I have plans to descend the Mosel / Moselle this Autumn but how do I get bikes to Trier by train? I assume I can get back easily from Koblenz.
by carlislemike
21 Mar 2016, 9:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Danube from its source to Budapest
Replies: 15
Views: 1381

Re: Danube from its source to Budapest

I read Danube by Claudio Magris. It's a walking tour following the Danube from source to mouth. It covers a lot of geography, history and the literary development of the whole Danube and 'mittel Europa' . It's absolutely fab and I think I'd love to use it as my inspiration if I were to copy your jou...