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by AMC
2 Apr 2009, 2:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: Gloves

Get thee down to Decathlon at Giltbrook, about a mile from J26 of the M1


If only - a bit far from me unfortunately! I think it's Specialised for me next time; I use the mitts & they're great.
by AMC
2 Apr 2009, 12:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New Addtion
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: New Addtion

Sooo cute! You must be thrilled to bits. Well done to MsThomas125, she must be shattered! Time to start researching child seats...
by AMC
2 Apr 2009, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: Gloves

that DO NOT HAVE VELCRO FASTNERS who ever invented this stuff wants hanging


I'm going to take the velcro off my Sealskinz gloves - it sticks to every sleeve stopping me getting the damn things off whilst riding. Whilst I generally think velcro's a good thing, the design of these is awful, so I have every sympathy with the OP!
by AMC
31 Mar 2009, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What do others think of your cycling hobby?
Replies: 38
Views: 1507

Re: What do others think of your cycling hobby?

They're just jealous that you have so much fun & are so independent - I can only assume that they're not, although I'm sure they wouldn't admit it. Don't take any notice, surely you're a better parent for being happier? I didn't realise how lucky I am that my non-cycling friends only express admiration & envy when I turn up sweaty & eat all their food. I'll appreciate them more in future.
by AMC
30 Mar 2009, 12:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: help in trying to remove part frozen seat stem
Replies: 23
Views: 704

Re: help in trying to remove part frozen seat stem

Just managed to get one out by turning the bike upside down & squirting GT85 into the holes for the bottle cage on the seat tube, leaving for 24 hrs then drilling a hole through the stuck seatpin, putting a thin bar through it & inserting that into a vice. Twisted out fine then. What a relief! (Another vote for Plus Gas - I'd just run out but the GT85 worked ok this time.)
by AMC
26 Mar 2009, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?

Squeaker - placed my order for the 15 tooth sprocket & will store 8 speed hub specs for later use. Thanks for the info.
by AMC
25 Mar 2009, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?

According to Sheldon Brown the OLN on the Alfine is 135mm - whilst the Dahon looks like it might be I rather embarrassingly can't measure it accurately without getting the wheel off & can't find the spec anywhere on line. Good suggestion re the 8 speed hub with 28 spokes though, I hadn't thought about spoke numbers. I'd already thought about using a bigger cog - & I might just end up doing that. I could do with the lower gear when loaded (I often take the bike to hilly places) but just fancied the range at the top end as well. I've no aversion to spinning mind you - with my dodgy knees I have to a lot of the time!
by AMC
24 Mar 2009, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Alfine hub on a Dahon V5?

Does anyone know if it's possible to retrofit a Shimano Alfine hub gear to a Dahon Vitesse 5? Drop outs, chainline issues etc? I love this bike & find I do a lot of miles on it, but I really could do with a wider range of gears. I'm on a bit of a budget at the moment & this would be cheaper than buying another bike. Thanks
by AMC
12 Mar 2009, 3:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ferry service to Iceland?
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Re: Ferry service to Iceland?

I posted because I had googled but, despite all the time I spent on it, it was far from clear & I wanted to confirm my findings - people on the forum often have better or more up to date information for which I have often had cause to be grateful, & would hope to do the same when I can.

CBT: we ended up booking flights through Iceland Air, http://www.icelandair.co.uk/ which cost about £200 each including the bike carriage. These were the cheapest I could find last month, & it helps to be flexible about your dates. I think Mondays & Fridays are the cheapest days to fly, you'll see from the website. Good luck, although I hope you manage to sail & avoid burning as much carbon as us.
by AMC
8 Mar 2009, 6:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bikes
Replies: 54
Views: 4579

Re: Folding Bikes

Absolutely glueman, I agree, I used to use one but my trips are multi day & I was having terrible problems carrying everything I neede for staying places & work, especially with the laptop etc. so in the end gave in to panniers. Otherwise a rackbag much easier.
by AMC
8 Mar 2009, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bikes
Replies: 54
Views: 4579

Re: Folding Bikes

I've got a Dahon Vittese 5 & have been surprisingly happy with it. However, the rear rack is quite low as the wheels are only 20" which can make it awkward to fit normal sized panniers, although smaller front panniers fit better. You can buy a Dahon Tour rear rack which is set higher allowing for normal panniers http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/-_-/5360028642/ although worryingly Wiggle say this is no longer available.
I did find that the Lidl panniers could be adjusted to fit ok, with the hooks moved forward (so that the panniers sit further back) for foot clearance & to clear the SA chain coming out of the hub on the right hand side.
Seems like a good price to me although others may know more than I do about this.
by AMC
27 Feb 2009, 10:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance tyres.
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Great - I'll go for that then & make sure the damaged tyre's on the back wheel in case it does go. It's a pain to have to worry about punctures on such tough tyres, especially on fast downhills.
by AMC
27 Feb 2009, 10:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: lidl
Replies: 85
Views: 8510

Watch out for the shoe sizes - they seem to come out really big. T I bought my partner a pair of 43s yesterday & they're a whole size too big; there probably won't be any 42s left by the time we can get back there - grr. The bar bags are good - I've had one for years & it's totally waterproof - but the spring in the klickfix type fitting went pretty quickly. Still works ok, just doesn't lock in so I usually end up tying the strap around the handlebars as a back up. Good value though.
by AMC
26 Feb 2009, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long distance tyres.
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

Bit of a tangent, but I had a 1 - 1.5cm bit of glass in one of my travel contacts. I went into the centre band, but not all the way through - any ideas if it'll be ok, or is there anything I could do to mend the tyre injury & prevent further problems? (Though I can't imagine what that might be!)
by AMC
26 Feb 2009, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Roads south of Newtown, Powys
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Aah - early evening cycling - spring is surely here! It's great cycling around there, especially a bit later in the spring (but will be lovely now too!). The main roads can be fast & the drivers not especially sympathetic, so I'd try to be as reflective & 'big' as possible. Bring big front lights for the lanes if you'll be out in the pitch black - they won't be lit & I'm not sure what the moon will be doing then.