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06-26-14, 08:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,736
Posted By rep

surrey tacks in road

I would like to warn of tacks in the road in London/Surrey, specifically from Hampton Court bridge headed toward Walton. The tacks are mostly brass coloured but some silver, and are also on the...
10-24-13, 12:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,357
Posted By rep

Does anyone know of a shop in the...

Does anyone know of a shop in the Richmond/Kingston (London) area who might know about replacing a dynamo light bulb?
10-04-13, 02:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,357
Posted By rep

basta dynamo bulb replacement

I have a Basta ellipsoid halogen dynamo which suddenly stopped producing light. Naturally, I suspect the bulb has burned out. However, I cannot seem to open up the casing so I can get to the bulb. ...
05-30-13, 05:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,916
Posted By rep

I use a single speed mountain bike for...

I use a single speed mountain bike for commuting/utility in London. Works fine.
Forum: Commuting
05-16-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,009
Posted By rep

I fear I must go with hueyhoolihan. However, I...

I fear I must go with hueyhoolihan. However, I have only been commuting for 40 years, and have a lot to learn.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-12, 03:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 19,831
Posted By rep

You have to sit on the cape to keep it from...

You have to sit on the cape to keep it from blowing around. At least, that's how mine is. I got mine in Germany, where they are common (so I was bemused by the person who never saw one in Europe).
01-03-12, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,241
Posted By rep

I think you want a vest. Vests, really. If it...

I think you want a vest. Vests, really. If it is well below freezing, a down vest keeps the chest happy. But you have to wear this as your very top layer so it doesn't get sweaty, over the wind...
01-03-12, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,574
Posted By rep

Thermos (go with unbreakable steel)

Thermos (go with unbreakable steel)
Forum: Touring
11-15-11, 03:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,999
Posted By rep

I live in Trinidad, where it is hot and humid all...

I live in Trinidad, where it is hot and humid all the time. Use regular lycra bike shorts, because you will sweat like a fiend. Bring spares, because you will want to wash your sweat soaked shorts...
Forum: Touring
11-10-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,261
Posted By rep

My Bob gets more flats than the tires on the...

My Bob gets more flats than the tires on the bike, probably since it has cheaper tires. Make sure you have spare tubes for the Bob, and if you can, put some decent tires on it. And I agree with the...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,443
Posted By rep

I used to have a "peanut butter" wrench that was...

I used to have a "peanut butter" wrench that was my Dad's. Since it got stolen (bummer, eh? Don't carry tools with sentimental value, I guess), I use either a 6 inch adjustable or a normal sized 15...
04-01-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,650
Posted By rep

I use my fingertips, but I have drawn blood! ...

I use my fingertips, but I have drawn blood! Your hole is very likely from a wire, and they often fall out and are unfindable. I just got a flat from a wire. Went over the inside of the tire...
12-10-10, 02:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,949
Posted By rep

I often carry a couple pairs of different gloves...

I often carry a couple pairs of different gloves in my commuting pannier, since the temps change during the day. I've got a range. Fleece mittens for when it is pretty warm (above freezing) since...
Forum: Touring
12-10-10, 01:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,365
Posted By rep

I used to use clips and straps (but no cleats),...

I used to use clips and straps (but no cleats), but over the past 5 years or so I've gotten really used to platforms. If you have a smooth pedal stroke you don't notice much loss in efficiency, your...
08-07-10, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,535
Posted By rep

I use one of those stands which lean against the...

I use one of those stands which lean against the wall, since I can't put hooks in the ceiling or wall. It's a Delta Michelangelo, and Performance still sells them. It seems stable enough, at least...
08-07-10, 09:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,223
Posted By rep

I bought a Giordana bike back in the early 90's...

I bought a Giordana bike back in the early 90's which had the normal 52/42 rings. Changing to a 39 made mountains notably easier.
08-07-10, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,042
Posted By rep

I was told by a mechanic in Netherlands that the...

I was told by a mechanic in Netherlands that the gauge only works with Schwalbe brand tubes. I do not know why, but it did indeed only work on the Schwalbe tubes and not other Dunlap valve tubes. ...
Forum: Touring
05-30-10, 03:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,421
Posted By rep

I've also gone over the Alps using platforms. ...

I've also gone over the Alps using platforms. They are pretty much routine for European touring.
Forum: Touring
03-15-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,760
Posted By rep

Man, if they are willing to pop for a ticket to...

Man, if they are willing to pop for a ticket to Europe, take it! You will find lots of students on the road. I have toured in Mexico, and most people are very nice, if they aren't driving, but the...
01-25-10, 02:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,848
Posted By rep

My wife and I commonly ride 100 miles in a day...

My wife and I commonly ride 100 miles in a day whilst touring (carrying camping gear). We often go for a hike during the day, especially in places like the Alps. However, I have only poked dead...
11-20-09, 02:18 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,930
Posted By rep

My wife had a Magna for a week. We got it at the...

My wife had a Magna for a week. We got it at the Salvation Army in Maui. We had a conference on Maui, and decided to do a several days tour and circle the island whilst there. I should note the...
11-04-09, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,071
Posted By rep

Actually, there are lots of C1's around in my...

Actually, there are lots of C1's around in my part of Germany (Westfalen). It also rains a lot. People ride year round, in the frequent rain and winter snow. People like things that keep the rain...
11-04-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,483
Posted By rep

If it is actually cold (Montana boy here) then...

If it is actually cold (Montana boy here) then you should get some cheap platforms and save your bike shoes for warmer weather. Bike shoes are expensive and are readily trashed by...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-09, 01:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,998
Posted By rep

Yes, NiMH battery and light stolen, while locked...

Yes, NiMH battery and light stolen, while locked up in the parking garage. I don't know why they left the bracket for the light. What good is the rest without it? Oh, and be careful with...
Forum: Touring
10-23-09, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,645
Posted By rep

I rode across the US, fully loaded and camping...

I rode across the US, fully loaded and camping all the way, in the early 80's with 10 speeds. The low gear was too high (40x27, 27 inch wheels). Admittedly I had to push sometimes. Now I have 14...
10-15-09, 01:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,918
Posted By rep

Roughly 150 miles back in May for my 50th...

Roughly 150 miles back in May for my 50th birthday. Rode to the check in and volunteered the checkin as usual for the Salt Lake Century (for which I got to do the ride gratis, and it is the only...
10-15-09, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,542
Posted By rep

I was also thinking about air pollution. There...

I was also thinking about air pollution. There is a lot of talk these days about exercise induced asthma, which is rather blaming the victim for a normal response to air pollution. In the summer,...
Forum: Touring
10-15-09, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By rep

I've got Magura HS33's and they have worked very...

I've got Magura HS33's and they have worked very well, never a problem. Very strong for loaded touring. My wife had a brake fixing bolt fall out in the Black Forest in Germany from her 11's. We...
Forum: Touring
09-28-09, 12:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,203
Posted By rep

I toured alone for a decade, just because usually...

I toured alone for a decade, just because usually no one wanted to come with me. Then I got married, and now she comes with me, which takes care of loneliness issues. OK, as for your sleeping...
Forum: Touring
09-28-09, 12:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,594
Posted By rep

I use a SWAK (Swedish Army Knife), which is...

I use a SWAK (Swedish Army Knife), which is formally named a Frosts 760. Very popular among bush types, along with a SAK Farmer. Try http://www.ragweedforge.com/SwedishKnifeCatalog.html
08-30-09, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By rep

Is it possible your chain tension is too high? I...

Is it possible your chain tension is too high? I just had a stupid thing happen today. I replaced the chain on my Haro SS, after counting the links. I put on the wheel, and it wouldn't go into the...
Forum: Touring
07-18-09, 11:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,718
Posted By rep

Most of my tours were fully-loaded solo, until I...

Most of my tours were fully-loaded solo, until I got married. Trans-USA for a month was the longest solo, and lots of 1 or 2 week tours. I always camped, and now we always camp. I can think of a...
Forum: Touring
07-18-09, 11:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,773
Posted By rep

I live in northern Europe, where it rains a lot,...

I live in northern Europe, where it rains a lot, and routinely use a cycling poncho. Full coverage fenders and a cycling poncho are considered the best way to keep the hard rain off, at a touring...
Forum: Touring
07-18-09, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By rep

I would suggest putting on bar ends, however. ...

I would suggest putting on bar ends, however. Being able to change hand positions will greatly increase your comfort.
06-15-09, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,870
Posted By rep

I work in Muenster part of each year (also in...

I work in Muenster part of each year (also in northwest Germany). I was just looking through the car-free site and thinking that car-free is so easy here that it doesn't really count. It is so nice...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-09, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By rep

Ditto on the Trans-Z.

Ditto on the Trans-Z.
Forum: Commuting
06-15-09, 10:23 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,557
Posted By rep

You mean, as in "Cagers SUCK!" ?

You mean, as in "Cagers SUCK!" ?
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 758
Posted By rep

I have a very small one that I use to keep my...

I have a very small one that I use to keep my chocolate from melting (as fast).
Forum: Touring
06-11-09, 10:39 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,995
Posted By rep

Cleanliness is important, both for shorts and for...

Cleanliness is important, both for shorts and for the rider. I ride hundreds of kilometers a week, in tours and for "fun", and I do get sores. The most important factor for me is to change out of...
Forum: Touring
06-11-09, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,632
Posted By rep

Interesting. In Trinidad where I live, bicycles...

Interesting. In Trinidad where I live, bicycles don't outrank pedestrians, who step right in front of you. The rest of it seems sadly familiar. Good luck and pay attention all the time! Cycling...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-09, 10:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 984
Posted By rep

Yes, routinely. I use the same roads often, and...

Yes, routinely. I use the same roads often, and I ride at night, so i try to pick up any bottles I see before they get broken. Flat prevention! I wish we had public services, like the Toronto chap...
04-28-09, 02:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 14,912
Posted By rep

I put it on a metal cookie sheet, and double...

I put it on a metal cookie sheet, and double bungie that down on the rack. Warning: it isn't exactly stable, so careful on bumps.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-09, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,483
Posted By rep

Ask your friends if there is something like a...

Ask your friends if there is something like a WalMart or Kmart around. Shipping a bike costs so much now that you can buy a new WalMart bike for about the same, then give it away. I bought a Huffy...
04-27-09, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,108
Posted By rep

I tried this back in high school. I was on the...

I tried this back in high school. I was on the cross country team. I commuted to school by bike, and started riding the canyons instead of running. My running subsequently suffered, but I...
04-27-09, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,668
Posted By rep

Mine fall down, but then I use Performance knee...

Mine fall down, but then I use Performance knee warmers! However, my Pearl Izumi legwarmers also fall down, especially when I walk (I use them touring). My wife sewed some little loops on the top,...
03-22-09, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,195
Posted By rep

Close-clearance Fenders are for when it's wet. ...

Close-clearance Fenders are for when it's wet. Sure, they plug up with snow, just like derailleurs do. Wet and dirty/salty= fenders. Clean and snowy=singlespeed. Clean and dirty=singlespeed again.
03-16-09, 01:41 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 35,982
Posted By rep

Reminds me of the Sheldon technique. ...

Reminds me of the Sheldon technique.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html
03-16-09, 10:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,580
Posted By rep

I guess they want to include the USA, but nowhere...

I guess they want to include the USA, but nowhere I have been in the USA can compare to anywhere in Germany, Denmark, and Netherlands. Those are cycling countries, as opposed to just cities. It...
03-16-09, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 834
Posted By rep

Wow, I thought the site has been gone for years...

Wow, I thought the site has been gone for years (since Ken was killed by a car, right?). I will happily check it again!
Forum: Touring
03-13-09, 11:02 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 37,479
Posted By rep

I was attacked Monday morning, while walking, by...

I was attacked Monday morning, while walking, by a pack of dogs. I had a walking stick, and brandished it as the dogs in front of me attacked. One reached my right leg and I struck at it...
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