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by bigjim
23 Mar 2008, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: changing to a triple
Replies: 22
Views: 1905

All that sounds as complicated as hell to me. I'm jumping in on this as I have a mint 80s 501 framed Raleigh Sprint and also a nice 80s Raleigh Clubman. Both fine bikes that I enjoy. They both run 6 speed Campag gearing and I was wondering if it is possibly to fit a decent granny ring to the rear block on these or will I have to change the complete cassette to a cheap shimano? The original gearing is pretty high compared to my more modern bike.

Jim
by bigjim
20 Mar 2008, 2:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh Clubman Ladies Mixi framed bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1516

Beautiful bike. I have a gents 531 almost mint. Rides well, comfy,light,fast. One the same just fetched £150+ on e-bay.

Jim
by bigjim
17 Mar 2008, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road/Touring bike for 6'4" Bloke with long legs...
Replies: 15
Views: 1821

£2000! Good god!
I am 6'2" with long legs and happily ride a quality 60cm Saracen Skyline S/H, ridden once, as new, £250 from the LBS. Would have been £600 new. Superbly comfortable. I also purchased an unused 80s mint condition 25" Raleigh 501 framed Sprint off E-bay for £55 that fits me exactly and is a joy to ride. Fast and light [20lbs ish], quality frame that will outlast me and I can add better componets if I wish for a fraction of £2000. Not knocking anybody spending that amount, just pointing out that there are other routes to perfect fit.

Jim :D
by bigjim
27 Feb 2008, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Porridge, great scoff, but how do you cook yours?
Replies: 47
Views: 7555

Nobody mentioned. make it up the night before and let it stand. It will start to cook itself so you don't need to heat it up too much jn the morning. saves all that waiting for it to cool. make mine with a cup of plain oats [realy cheap for a big bag] fill with soya milk and a spoon of honey. Delicious.

Jim :)
by bigjim
24 Feb 2008, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gears: One? More? Advice welcome!
Replies: 20
Views: 2061

The simple life is very nice. Just pedal faster. It' good for your general fitness and weight loss. I'm sure I read that a guy called Armstrong always stuck to fast cadence/pedalling to achieve his racing objectives. I think he was quite fast too.

Jim :)
by bigjim
22 Feb 2008, 10:03am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1215
Views: 345001

Hey! Low Plains Drifter.
Why aren't you writing a book?

Jim :)
by bigjim
14 Feb 2008, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rat Traps
Replies: 18
Views: 2547

clipless no good for touring then?

Jim
by bigjim
14 Feb 2008, 12:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm still looking for cycle insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 3766

[quote]Could you not just phone and ask for a quote? Save you a lot of time[/quote
Yes of course but then I have to go through all my details and the sales pitch and all. Plus whatever the charge per minute on the phone is. Why they can't just give you a quote on line like a lot of companies do is beyond me. And yes I am a grumpy old man sometimes.

Jim :)
by bigjim
14 Feb 2008, 11:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm still looking for cycle insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 3766

I'm still looking for cycle insurance

Right I have given up. looked at CTC site for ages to find out how much it will cost me to insure my bikes using their policy. Oh I can find plenty of info on benefits etc but how b...dy much does it cost? I don't mind joining for the mag & everything but it would be nice to know what it will cost me. Or am I being thick and missing something.

Jim :?
by bigjim
8 Feb 2008, 10:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NEW ROAD BIKE/ LIGHT TOURER
Replies: 16
Views: 1804

LBS. See what some spoiled soul has got rid of because it is too much effort. Can't beat secondhand. I picked up a beautiful Saracen Skyline Tourer [much the same bike as a Dawes. frame evidently the same] been used once. List at the time for new was £600. I paid £250. Deal.

Jim :)
by bigjim
7 Feb 2008, 12:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Camping Water Heating
Replies: 30
Views: 4611

just google. "HOBO STOVE" basically a tin can with a couple of holes in it. weighs nothing & plenty around.

Jim
by bigjim
6 Feb 2008, 9:59pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op - first class service!
Replies: 25
Views: 62335

Manchester store service has been brilliant for me. Changed my xmas presents for me. no problem. seem a good set of lads. don't go in if you are in a hurry though. service is slow. their computer system seems to be crap.

Jim
by bigjim
6 Feb 2008, 8:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You don't pay road tax!
Replies: 98
Views: 16784

Been told by a white van man this afternoonto "get off the f....ing road, get on the pavement!" I was in his way as he wanted to drive down my side of the road as the local school was pouring out and 4WDs were parking on his side of the road. This country is becoming a s..thole for cycling. Just back from mallorca and spoiled.

Jim :evil:
by bigjim
2 Feb 2008, 5:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happened to saddle bags?
Replies: 41
Views: 6133

I've got a Raleigh saddlebag. Good size bought new about 12 months ago off e-bay for about £8 I think. Made a clamp from a bucket handle to secure away from seatpost and keep it from swinging. Couple of toestraps for quick release. leather straps are a pest. The carradice version is IMHO very expensive for a piece of bent steel and some basic engineering.

Jim :)