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Re: Dried ready meals …

12 July 2014 - 3:10pm
s2vmx wrote:How about Vesta Curry - if its still produced?

Stu
I think they're called "Pot Noodles" now.

Re: Tyre pressure.

12 July 2014 - 1:20pm
If it goes BANG!, it's because the tube has escaped from inside the tyre, either through a cut, or underneath the bead.
It's usually because a section of the tube was trapped between the tyre bead and the rim when the tyre was fitted. BANG! can happen either during pumping, or a short time afterwards. Sometimes you can see the bubble of tube start to form and get to the valve in time to prevent BANG!, but it's unusual.
You get delayed BANG! because the pressure of the tyre bead against the rim is enough to mostly seal off the bit of tube that's on the outside, but flex whilst riding allows small puffs of air through until there's enough pressure outside to start to lift the bead away from the rim, giving a rapid run-away to BANG!

You ought to stop pumping at about 5spi, and go round the tyre on both sides pushing the bead back from the rim to check that the tube isn't trapped, but even if you know you should, this step is often skipped.

Incorrectly sized tubes don't give a problem in themselves, but it is easier to trap the tube if it's not the right size.
The trapped bit of tube is usually close to where you finished fitting the tyre

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 12:21pm
A few years ago I was cycling the Nante Brest canal when I met a Frenchman coming the other way on a recumbent trike. He saw the CTC badge on my bar bag so stopped for a chat, he was in his 80s, stick thin and brown as a berry. He asked where I was from, I said Falmouth in Cornwall, and he said he had once been there to pick up a Moulton.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 11:43am
You have to look at bikes on flights from the airlines point of view. They are difficult to handle, heavy and the automated conveyer belt system just isn't designed to move them from A to B easily,(Automation keeps flight costs down) As a result they have to be physically lifted onto trollies and airplanes. The options therefore are to either try to protect them as best we can or make them easier to move about and many years ago a baggage handler thanked me for basically throwing a bag over the tandem, leaving the wheels on and it could be wheeled about. However at some point you may get a scratch or ding and this should be accepted. On tours I lead I try hard to make the airlines life as easy as possible. At the end of the day everything is repairable and you get to go touring in fascinating places. My Mercian after 14 years of extensive touring has just gone for a respray and carries the scars of many flights, lamposts, railings etc but we've been to some lovely places.
Neil

Re: Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 11:30am
Hi,
Not in cycling but I was on holiday in north devon and met a guy I used to work with, the same guy that I bumped into on Dartmoor whilst walking in the mist albeit on a old railway track.

Cycle touring coincidences

12 July 2014 - 11:16am
Those of us who do a lot of cycle touring probably have experienced coincidences whilst on tour. A couple of recent ones come to mind:

Two weeks ago while on a round the coast tour of Scotland I stayed in a remote walker’s bunkhouse. Among the other occupants was a guy who obviously hailed from the Black Country where I was born. He like me had long since moved away. Exploring our younger days there we both realised that we grew up within a few miles of each other and about 56 years ago I dated his sister for a few weeks. Unfortunately she is no longer with us.

The other was when I was doing an East to West. After leaving Lowestoft I cycled through the town of Beccles, even taking a photo by the yacht station there. 10 days later I got to Glencoe and camped on the site by the Loch. While having a stroll around I got in conversation with a lady walking her dog. She said her home was in Beccles, I happened to say that I passed through there. She asked if it was the Saturday night about 5pm because her husband returning from the shopping, had remarked about a cyclists with a loaded bike passing by their house. Needless to say it was.

What coincidences have others of you had while on a cycle tour or cycle holiday?

Lift wanted back from SE france

12 July 2014 - 10:04am
Anybody driving empty back from SE France mid to late August? We want lift for selves and bikes from Die (Drome). Happy to pay - the alternatives are not cheap!

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 9:28am
Thanks for the advice and links, guys. I confess I'm somewhat concerned about the treatment which will be doled out to our precious bikes. We came back into the UK through Heathrow recently on a non-bicycle trip, and I had to go over to the 'Outsize Luggage' carousel at Terminal 1. As I waited for my rucksack, I noticed a bicycle in a soft bag, which had basically been tossed onto the floor next to the conveyor.

Maybe the bag protected it - I hope so, for the sake of its owner - but I'd hate to think of that happening to ours.

Dublin - Larne

12 July 2014 - 7:58am
Anyone cycled this - have found the "maracycle route" - any advice on whether this is the one to take - and how do I get away from the Ferry without ending up on a 3 lane highway?

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

12 July 2014 - 7:56am
MrsHJ wrote:Yes, very nice, we did a week or ten days on the west coast, from Shannon to. KNock a couple of years ago in September. We went as far as The Isle of Achill. Memorable bits included the peat bogs ( really) and the lovely Irish hospitality and food. Weather was the only compromise, England had a heat wave whilst we were there, but it didn't get to the West coast of Ireland! Ps scenery was a 10/10

Some where there's a links to our photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 542048528/
I was chief photographer on this trip as I'm no mechanic and we stayed at b&bs so no cooking was required and one of my friends likes the map reader role. I always get nagged for holding things up because I dart off for photos but they appreciate it when we get home and have a record of our travels. Well, that's my theory anyway.

Thanks for these great pics. They brought back memories of a brief west coast tour last year with non-cycling friends in a minibus . I still remember my pangs of regret at being stuck inside a vehicle while "touring", it's just not the same experience.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 7:29am
The Tardis also folds down to an A4 pad - similar size (well a bit smaller) to an old yellow pages or something.

So can be taken on your trip with you.

Or you could even (if flying back from the same place) bury it somewhere.

It's a struggle getting the bike in (that vid says the new one is bigger) but all very neat. And very easy to carry over your shoulder - I've been by bus/train to the airport with it while also carrying two other bags.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 7:15am
Like Sweep I use a Ground Effect bag but I use the Body Bag which folds down to the size of an A4 parcel. Small enough to carry on a point to point trip.

You don't remove the rear wheel and there is no need to remove the derailleur. I change gears so it is close to the rear wheel, pack close foam between it and the spokes and then cable tie it to the spokes. Rear wheel is then bungied to the frame so it can't move.

You don't even have to loosen the handlebars as the front wheel comes off and you just turn the bars sideways. Wheel is packed in cardboard and placed next to the frame. The bag comes with a front spacer to protect the forks without the wheel and I always use foam and duct tape to cushion it. Pipe lagging can be carried and cardboard ditched one end and replaced at the other.

It's a perfect system for someone like me who has very little technical know how other than how to mend a puncture.

Have a good trip.

Re: Air Travel, Boxes and Warm Showers...

12 July 2014 - 6:04am
As an alternative, check out this:

http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product/BAG/TAR

I've got one.

Excellent.

Link features vid with a beginning that has echoes of that unfortunate tech-spook cyclist.

I'd use more extra internal packing/protection than he does - in fact I thought that was central to its design concept.

Pipe lagging, bubble wrap, cardboard etc

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

12 July 2014 - 5:38am
MrsHJ wrote:Yes, very nice, we did a week or ten days on the west coast, from Shannon to. KNock a couple of years ago in September. We went as far as The Isle of Achill. Memorable bits included the peat bogs ( really) and the lovely Irish hospitality and food. Weather was the only compromise, England had a heat wave whilst we were there, but it didn't get to the West coast of Ireland! Ps scenery was a 10/10

Some where there's a links to our photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 542048528/
I was chief photographer on this trip as I'm no mechanic and we stayed at b&bs so no cooking was required and one of my friends likes the map reader role. I always get nagged for holding things up because I dart off for photos but they appreciate it when we get home and have a record of our travels. Well, that's my theory anyway.

I looked at the photos. I'm into photography too and live in Ireland and have toured all those areas.
Superb stuff.

You know I've Irish friends with whom I've toured abroad on numerous occasions and they refuse to tour in their own country!

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

12 July 2014 - 1:23am
thirdcrank wrote:I don't think that frame size is the main factor here because wheelsize is the main factor. Unless your bike has unusually small wheels, the legs on the rack will have to be the standard length to clear the wheel and mudguards.

In my experience racks can and do have different lenght stays. For example and I learnt this the hard way, the Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack w/disc Mounts height is ~ 16". It is claimed to be for 26" to 700C wheels. Now I appreciate this photo is from an recumbent but it illustrates my point.



Note the height of the clearance above the wheel.

Now I suspect the original rack is a Delta rack or of similar elk .... note the height of the clearance above the wheel.



BTW I have switched back to the original rack and the battery is mounted nicely now (sorry no photo as yet).

Delta racks as an example have a height range from 12.5" to 14.5", a two inch difference and actually product a size guide for their racks which is based on the frame size.

Andrew

Re: Has any one cycled in Ireland?

11 July 2014 - 11:04pm
Yes, very nice, we did a week or ten days on the west coast, from Shannon to. KNock a couple of years ago in September. We went as far as The Isle of Achill. Memorable bits included the peat bogs ( really) and the lovely Irish hospitality and food. Weather was the only compromise, England had a heat wave whilst we were there, but it didn't get to the West coast of Ireland! Ps scenery was a 10/10

Some where there is a link to our photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/7745330@N ... 542048528/
I was chief photographer on this trip as I'm no mechanic and we stayed at b&bs so no cooking was required and one of my friends likes the map reader role. I always get nagged for holding things up because I dart off for photos but they appreciate it when we get home and have a record of our travels. Well, that's my theory anyway.

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

11 July 2014 - 10:52pm
There's a cyclist on another forum who had the same model bike as mine whos' left hand chain stay snapped. Mine is still intact.
Same with the chainset I use. Some reports of the left hand crank working loose and falling off. 7500 miles and mine is still there having never come remotely loose.
A few failed examples don't mean the entire production line is tainted.
£75 for a rear rack? Madness IMO.

Re: Shipping the bike by plane

11 July 2014 - 10:20pm
so for your experience with Norwegian I may keep the tire on, right?

Re: Recommend me a rear rack for small frame

11 July 2014 - 9:11pm
I would suggest that the rack will break, mine did. I have had this one a few years now no sign of wear.
http://www.blackburndesign.com/racks/ex ... 8BR8dm9LCQ

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