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by mw3230
22 May 2009, 6:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I've discovered a secret!
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: I've discovered a secret!

I must agree that the thought of wine from the land of Campag is more attractive than that from the home of Shimano. Of course for all I know Shimanoland may have a fine tradition of wine production and if that is the case it may warrant a Shimano corkscrew. By the way, do Campag have a pizza cutter in their kitchen utensil range? :wink:
by mw3230
19 May 2009, 8:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I've discovered a secret!
Replies: 13
Views: 903

Re: I've discovered a secret!

How's about this for style - as I repaired the p*******e, I looked for some talc to dab on the area where the repair was. All I could find was my wife's Chanel No5. I think I may have the sweetest smelling wheel in the region!!
by mw3230
17 May 2009, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I've discovered a secret!
Replies: 13
Views: 903

I've discovered a secret!

I've watched with a degree of interest and some amazement at the constant debate over the best groupsets - Shimano or that Italian stuff which many of the older members seem to favour. Well today I've discovered that hidden on my bike (Condor, full Ultegra) is a secret. Whilst changing a deflated inner tube this morning I found to my suprise that my rear wheel is fitted with a Campag rim tape - at last the noisy, ratchetty, clicking brand has a place on my bike. I'm now looking for some Campag rubber solution and some Campag hand cleaning wipes to carry in my saddle bag! :evil:
by mw3230
13 May 2009, 3:51pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: J E James
Replies: 39
Views: 70989

Re: J E James

Similar experience for me too - I ordered a Pearl Izumi windproof jacket shown on the site as available and £10 cheaper than Wiggle! Two days after ordering I received an email telling me that in fact the item was out of stock. It's good that they told me quite promptly, but in view of the comments on this and other forums, I don't think I'll bother with J E James again :(
by mw3230
11 Apr 2009, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Barbag & rainlegs
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Barbag & rainlegs

I have one of those Revolution bar bags. It fits neatly with the Ultegra cabling on my bike and I am very pleased with it. The size is ideal for the odd items you need to carry and is particularly useful is you're not wearing cycling clothing with rear pockets. I also have Revolution panniers and would recommend them as heartily
by mw3230
5 Apr 2009, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New To Cycle Clothing
Replies: 13
Views: 927

Re: New To Cycle Clothing

All of the above plus . . . . . the world is your oyster (at least as much as the budget allows).

I don't think there is a perfect combination as our changeable weather demands so many permutations but warm and dry will be the rule at times whilst at other times you may be aiming for dry and cool - possibly both on the same ride.

On a personal note, I have been pleased with DNB products, Goretex Paclite and Shimano shoes. I've also bought Aldi clothing but been disatisfied with the zips. There is some merit in the point of view which suggests that you get what you pay for!
by mw3230
5 Apr 2009, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does Anyone Know - Posting Guidelines
Replies: 7
Views: 96629

Re: Does Anyone Know - Posting Guidelines

Can anyone tell me why, when I tried to follow the link posted by Mick F, I was informed that I'm not authorised to read this forum?
by mw3230
5 Apr 2009, 7:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: GPS

I've been searching various supplier web sites and I may have answered my own question. The Garmin Edge 705 seems to fill the bill. Has anyone any experience of this particular piece of kit. I like the sound of it - if not the price
by mw3230
4 Apr 2009, 4:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12940

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

I do wear a helmet as it happens but I respect everyone's right to decide. What puzzles me, however, is why, when there is a possibility that a helmet may prevent or reduce injury, some choose not to wear one.

Consider the situation with gloves - in the event that I part company with my bike and skid along the road, I prefer to leave traces of glove on the ground rather than the skin from my hands.

Similarly, if there is a choice to be made, I prefer not to leave traces of my head on the road or the road furniture. I'm not usually an overly cautious person but this seems to be a 'no brainer' - and has the potential to literally so
by mw3230
4 Apr 2009, 4:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS
Replies: 5
Views: 271

GPS

I've tried to search on various terms such as'GPS' and 'sat nav' but got no hits. I'm sure the topic has been covered at length but where? Anyway, my question is this - of all the various GPS devices available for use by cyclists, are there any which give turn by turn instruction in the manner of a Tomtom, and if so do they need a route loaded into them from some other source or is there sufficient mapping data in the device itself?

The reason I'm asking is that I've booked a place on one of the CTC E2E holidays and the leader's notes advocate the use of a GPS (which i don't have)
by mw3230
4 Apr 2009, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: clicking noise per revolution
Replies: 18
Views: 1361

Re: clicking noise per revolution

The following provides another source of suggested causes/cures . . . . .

http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/keepitquiet.html
by mw3230
4 Apr 2009, 3:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance query?
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Re: Insurance query?

Thanks for the comments which have helped me decide to keep the money in my pocket and my bike in view as far as possible!

I'll also check out exactly what is covered by the household insurance, although I suspect, as previously suggested, there will be sufficient exemptions in the policy to cover virtually every eventuality. Perhaps the CTC should include cycle insurance as part of the membership benefits!!
by mw3230
3 Apr 2009, 2:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance query?
Replies: 12
Views: 1024

Insurance query?

My bike is not currently insured in it's own right and every now and then I think maybe it should be so I seek out quotes. Just lately I've been quoted approx £120 by the CTC recommended insurer (who incidentally also seem to be supplying quotes via a link from the Sustrans website). The cost of the insurance is not the issue but what makes me think twice is the need to carry with me an 'approved security device' which weighs something akin to a sack of potatoes. Admittedly such locks are great deterrents and will of course enhance the chances of the bike being where I left it, but when touring, or even on a day ride, the weight is a real issue. What do others do about this?
by mw3230
15 Mar 2009, 3:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight Cycling Touring
Replies: 28
Views: 2550

Re: Cycling Touring Light

The terrain in Holland lends itself to taking a few extra items - no hills to speak of and wide cycle paths. Whatever you decide to take I can recommend the youth hostels known in Holland as Stayokay. They are certainly on a par with the better YHA hostels
by mw3230
15 Mar 2009, 7:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Counting?
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: Counting?

Actually, now that I think about it again, I did miss the point - keep it up.

Reading the forum is much, much better better that the typical output of most of the TV channels!! (except for 'Lark Rise to Candelford' and that masterpiece of American drama 'The West Wing')