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Touring with 28 spoke wheels
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Hi all,Just looking for an opinion. I am hoping to go touring again soon an I am considering using some 28 spoke wheels. The reason being that they have much better hubs, they freewheel noticeably…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lucas yesterday.

Japanese Bike Parking

Just saw this on BBC Click, looks pretty smart to me.Short version;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOokxGbyufMLonger version (in にほんご);…Continue

Started Nov 16, 2013

Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
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Just saw this and thought it might be of interest to some:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John K Nov 28, 2013.

A step in the wrong direction?
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Just saw this on the BBC news website. Looks like bikes are being banned on some roads in Calcutta, India.It seems odd, given that there are a greater number of journeys made there by bike than car,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by CKS Oct 3, 2013.

 

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Lucas replied to Lucas's discussion Touring with 28 spoke wheels
"Sorry, I should have mentioned that. Just a few days in England, exploiting the weather."
yesterday
Simon replied to Lucas's discussion Touring with 28 spoke wheels
"I'd say that it's as much about the quality of the wheel build and components as it is about the number of spokes. I'd be quite happy to tour on my Rolf wheels with around 20 spokes (not needed truing in 14 years), but my cheapo 32…"
yesterday
Basil replied to Lucas's discussion Touring with 28 spoke wheels
"Touring bikes tend to be dependable workhorses.  Components that are either easily repaired or bodged at the side of the road, or are more easily replaced from small town LBS's who tend not to stock more exotic or high tech gear. Likewise,…"
yesterday
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Touring with 28 spoke wheels

Hi all,Just looking for an opinion. I am hoping to go touring again soon an I am considering using some 28 spoke wheels. The reason being that they have much better hubs, they freewheel noticeably further even when spun by hand, and I would not have to change my cassette from one wheel to another.I weigh 65 kg on a 'heavy day' and I have yet to break a spoke on any of my bikes. My theory is that if people who weigh 85kg are able to ride 28 spoke wheel without breaking the spokes, my bike when…See More
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Bike Lounge May at Hare and Hounds

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Kim replied to Lucas's discussion Exploding Lights
"My understanding was that the round pin plugs are used in theatre primarily because they're unfused (overload protection instead being provided at the dimmer rack).  Fuses blowing in places that can only be accessed with a ladder or…"
Feb 5
Dave Holladay replied to Lucas's discussion Exploding Lights
"I've had a NiCd discrete set in a standard battery lamp (never ready) catch fire, and from work with NICd banks in big UPS  batteries many years ago I learned that these super efficient batteries come with a few down sides compared to the…"
Feb 5
Darren Cash replied to Lucas's discussion Exploding Lights
"I purchased a set of cheap rechargeable lights. Can't remember for sure what the brand was (although I'm pretty sure), so I won't say which I think it was. The brand was widely available and I purchased it from a reputable bike…"
Feb 4
Robert replied to Lucas's discussion Exploding Lights
"BBC video about the dangers posed by batteries of dubious origin."
Feb 4
Lucas replied to Mark's discussion PCSOs soon able to fine cyclists without lights or reflectors
"I'm just curious, have they defined what a reflector is? My entire bike reflects light, that's how I manage to see it. I think that my entire bike is one big reflector! I'll keep a GCSE Physics book in my bag from now on."
Dec 15, 2013
John K replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
"Grim. "
Nov 28, 2013
Jav replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
Nov 27, 2013
LS replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
"Very sorry to hear that Jav. He was returning home after celebrating his birthday http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/fifth-cyclist-killed-in-london-road-carnage-died-in-bus-crash-48-hours-after-turning-21-8951958.html . RIP Khalid."
Nov 22, 2013
Jav replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
"Sadly learnt that one of the cyclists a 21 year old, was a work colleague from the London office."
Nov 22, 2013
David replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
"Love the melty effect! Cars embedded in the road. Musical foot crossing made from accordion keyboards & buttons. V musical! "
Nov 20, 2013
Darren Cash replied to Lucas's discussion Four cyclists killed and three fighting for life in hospital inside eight days on London's roads
"Erdington is probably one of the easier junctions to design for safer cycling. Kerb seperating cycles from traffic all the way around except at the give way crossing points which would be at existing pedestrian crossing points. Pedestrian crossing…"
Nov 20, 2013

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Mid-South Wales and the Beacons

So here it is, I’ll try to keep it brief.

 

Just 3 weeks after my initial go at touring I’m back on the train to Aberystwyth, only this time I’m with a friend. She’s toured before, like serious touring and so there’s a lot I could learn from her. For a start, I think I was carrying a bit more stuff and yet I seemed to have no extra provisions – poor management!…

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 7:30

Day 3

The rain had stopped, the sun was out, all was well. I had breakfast, got back on the road and within 2km the rain came. I had a jacket with me and, as crazy as it sounds, I was sort of hoping for a splash of rain to test these waterproof panniers. Well they worked, so well done Ortlieb! After just 6km is gets lumpy again, category 4 climb, kicking up to 12% at times. I was a bit cold from the rain and so I was quite happy to have to work at this point.

 

After Much Wenlock…

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 21:33 — 2 Comments

Day 2

Stage 2

Having had a good nights sleep, not being woken by the tremendously loud, inhumane snoring coming from the adjacent tent pitch, I cook breakfast and get packed up to get on the road. First up is a little climb out of the campsite, 200m over 4.7km with a great view of Snowdon on the left. Great place to take pictures.…

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 21:08

Aberystwyth to Birmingham, Day 1

Hi all,

 

Some of you may remember me talking about touring a while back, and then recently said I was going to give it a go to see what I thought of it. Recently I have been asking about tents suitable for touring as I wanted to try it soon.

 

Well, I did and it was great. Here’s my journey.

 

Stage 1

I got the train to Aberystwyth on Friday morning, cost £15, which seemed reasonable to me. I met another cyclo-tourist from Birmingham, he was…

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Posted on August 11, 2013 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

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