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Forum: Commuting
10-31-16, 08:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,186
Posted By chewa

I accept that I will get punctures, so an easy to...

I accept that I will get punctures, so an easy to remove tyre is important for me.


Conti's were a pain to remove for a while, seem better sized now.


I always run 700X28s as suits me fine.
Forum: Commuting
10-31-16, 08:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,926
Posted By chewa

The Colin Laing 531c frame on the bike I commute...

The Colin Laing 531c frame on the bike I commute on was made for me in 1985, so now 31 years old.


Only the frame and seatpost are original ( and my Blackburn rack pre-dates both). I have had...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-14, 05:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,399
Posted By chewa

I sympathise with your dilemma. For years I have...

I sympathise with your dilemma. For years I have been suggesting my wife get a road bike with no success - she loves her custom built Roberts tourer and Raleigh Silhouette mixte.

Then, we met a...
11-04-14, 07:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,876
Posted By chewa

I don't speak Italian, so can only say...

I don't speak Italian, so can only say beeeeeeyooooooooteeeeeeefuuuuuuuuuul!:)
Forum: Commuting
11-04-14, 04:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 763
Posted By chewa

Riding in still cold weather is one of the best...

Riding in still cold weather is one of the best things in life!

The wind dropped here last night and I went out in the dark. It was cold, peaceful, my world was defined by the limit of my lights,...
11-04-14, 04:42 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,376
Posted By chewa

I'm ovo lacto vegetarian and have been for about...

I'm ovo lacto vegetarian and have been for about 20 years. I've had the occasional slip (maybe 5 times over 20 years)to eat fish where not to do so would have offended hosts who had gone to a lot of...
11-03-14, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,181
Posted By chewa

It sounds like you might have missed replacing...

It sounds like you might have missed replacing some spacers or locknuts when rebuilding the hub.

Another possibility. Are you sure that you haven't put the rear quick release on the front?
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-03-14, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,747
Posted By chewa

I did that on my Dahon (D6) as I neded to be able...

I did that on my Dahon (D6) as I neded to be able to carry a big laptop. Used an Altura pannier, and it was fine. No heel strike issues and didn't really compromise folded size.
11-03-14, 04:15 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,155
Posted By chewa

I love my ergos on my road bike and on my touring...

I love my ergos on my road bike and on my touring bike. I have a 10 speed rear on the road bike so the gears are very close ratio. Using ergos mean I am constantly selecting the gear to keep my...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-14, 04:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By chewa

I (unfortunately) bought some from ebay. They...

I (unfortunately) bought some from ebay. They look ok, but the cut of the jerseys is not as nice as the real stuff, and the bibshort leg length is way too short (at least a couple of inches) even...
11-02-14, 03:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,609
Posted By chewa

I plan to rebuild my Mistral into either a...

I plan to rebuild my Mistral into either a single/fixie (as I had it before respray and colour change, or maybe a traditional 10 speed.415442
11-02-14, 03:06 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,155
Posted By chewa

I ride both but ergos are much better to use....

I ride both but ergos are much better to use. Hands on bars all the time, even touring is easier.

But..... I love using the D/T shifters too because they remind me of my first 10 speed, and I love...
11-02-14, 10:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By chewa

Mine (red) has been updated with 700c wheels...

Mine (red) has been updated with 700c wheels (Campag/Open Pro) a cartridge BB and long drop brakes and a mix of 70/80/90 Campag. The blue bike has a mix of more recent Shimano/Stronglight (including...
11-02-14, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By chewa

Nice ride with 2 Flying Scots

Just back from a nice 40 mile cycle with an old friend.

Both of us on Scots, so old school big gear gaps, down tube levers, cotton duck saddle bags. Brooks saddles (and his Scot has Brooks bar...
10-31-14, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,710
Posted By chewa

We've toured extensively in the low countries....

We've toured extensively in the low countries. Both great for cycling, can't remember any issues with posts, but EVERYWHERE in Belgium is a secret! :)
We constantly got lost because of lack of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-14, 11:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,207
Posted By chewa

I've used Giro Monzas for years so the vent...

I've used Giro Monzas for years so the vent pattern has remained constant (though they changed design of roc-loc). Prior to the yellow one I had a Blue/white one. The increase in the number of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-14, 06:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,207
Posted By chewa

I'll never buy a yellow helmet again! They are a...

I'll never buy a yellow helmet again! They are a magnet for wasps (yellowjackets)

I've never had so many fly into my vents. Nightmare! I've now swapped to a black and white Monza.
10-29-14, 04:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,537
Posted By chewa

Hi, I'd try gentle heat - not a heat *** as...

Hi,

I'd try gentle heat - not a heat *** as that might damage the paint- I have had some success using just boiling water. It might provide enough of a shock to free it off if some penetrating...
10-29-14, 04:26 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,427
Posted By chewa

We have 14 bikes between us (wife and I). You can...

We have 14 bikes between us (wife and I). You can never have too many bikes!!
10-28-14, 11:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,763
Posted By chewa

+1, but at the back I tend to run at least 3...

+1, but at the back I tend to run at least 3 lights, 2 blink one steady.
Forum: Commuting
10-28-14, 05:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,466
Posted By chewa

I use bike specific stuff. This morning I cycled...

I use bike specific stuff. This morning I cycled my folder to the doctors in a rainstorm wearing a Goretex shell and Endura waterproof trousers. I took it easy so my legs didn't sweat up too much but...
10-27-14, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By chewa

=1 Spot on advice given by GravelMN If you...

=1
Spot on advice given by GravelMN

If you are a big guy and use the bike hard, it is probably worth getting at least the rear wheel handbuilt by someone who knows what they are doing. In extreme...
10-27-14, 05:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,837
Posted By chewa

Hi, I agree entirely. I meant that,...

Hi,

I agree entirely.

I meant that, being bearings you dissassemble (as opposed to just unbolting components), setting up the headset and BB can be awkward for someone not used to it. Not an...
10-27-14, 03:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,837
Posted By chewa

I wonder if the high cost of disassembly relates...

I wonder if the high cost of disassembly relates to the hinge. I've taken lots of bikes apart and either painted them myself (with good results) or had them powder or spray painted (with better...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-14, 12:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,195
Posted By chewa

Since last changing my computer just under three...

Since last changing my computer just under three years ago my 1984 531c frame has covered just a smidgin under 15000 miles (I'm at just over 5000 miles this year), but I work from home now so my...
Forum: Introductions
10-23-14, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By chewa

Hi Patrick, We spent 3 months in France this...

Hi Patrick,
We spent 3 months in France this summer with our VTT and road bikes (my Supercorsa and my wife's Orbea Orca). The Flying Scot has not touched French soil yet, but will when we move...
10-23-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 67,713
Posted By chewa

Not fenders......mudguards!! :)

Holdsworth Mistral (now yellow/white and awaiting mudguards.

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My wife's custom built Roberts Tourer (de Prinses)


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My wife's Raleigh Silhouette (mixte) - awaiting finishing...
10-23-14, 06:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By chewa

I have used plus gas with success. Prior to...

I have used plus gas with success.

Prior to my recent repaint, I couldn't get the right crank arm off. Tried the usual, crank puller, then a hub puller, plus gas etc.

Even loosened the bolt and...
Forum: Introductions
10-23-14, 05:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By chewa

Bonjour. Ca va? J'aime la belle France. Nous...

Bonjour. Ca va?

J'aime la belle France. Nous avons une maison secondaire pas loin de Mortagne au Perche (61).

John
10-20-14, 11:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,000
Posted By chewa

Thanks Stuart. I have finished the rebuild...

Thanks Stuart.

I have finished the rebuild and it rides likd new (and looks fabulous)

Cheers

John
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-14, 03:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,126
Posted By chewa

That used to be the solution offered to me...

That used to be the solution offered to me whenever I had an unusual noise in the car "Turn the radio up"

Even on the road, when standing to climb I can get a bit of flex in the chainring, often...
10-19-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,086
Posted By chewa

I'm not aware of any studies of driver attitudes...

I'm not aware of any studies of driver attitudes to cyclists, but, unfortunately "anecdotal" opinions of "journalists" (though I can't see how opinions which are printed can be "anecdotal" since they...
Forum: Introductions
10-19-14, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By chewa

Hi, Welcome I have a D6 Speed. I like...

Hi,

Welcome

I have a D6 Speed. I like it, commuted for 3 years in London and only folded it when storing it in the office. The rest of the time it stayed outside in the garden of my digs.

It...
10-19-14, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,217
Posted By chewa

I think layers are the thing. I use either...

I think layers are the thing. I use either windproof Gore shells or a waterproof Gore smock type shell with either wicking t shirts or longer thin fleeces.

Even with goretex,if you put in the...
10-19-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 27,848
Posted By chewa

We bought a couple of supermarket bikes for our...

We bought a couple of supermarket bikes for our place in France, rather than take over bikes. After a bit of adjustment (including greasing the bearings) they run pretty well. We've used them for 6...
10-19-14, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By chewa

My bet would be dry joint between bb shell and...

My bet would be dry joint between bb shell and cup, pedal and crank, seatpost and seat tube, or saddle rail and seat post.

A wee bit of grease on each usually does the trick.
10-19-14, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,086
Posted By chewa

Its depressing isn't it? My neighbour was...

Its depressing isn't it?

My neighbour was saying the other day that he'd been held up by a group of cyclists riding 3 or 4 abreast. I asked "How often does that happen?" He said it had happened a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-14, 01:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,161
Posted By chewa

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412542
Replies: 11
Views: 3,129
Posted By chewa

I'm not sue about the whole bike, but think the...

I'm not sue about the whole bike, but think the brakes are worth a fair bit themselves as they look like deltas.
10-18-14, 05:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,086
Posted By chewa

"Link please?". How about 40 years of...

"Link please?".

How about 40 years of cycling including commuting in London and Edinburgh and being told at EVERY dinner party, and social event I attend, when I mention I am a cyclist that "All...
Forum: Touring
10-17-14, 02:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,384
Posted By chewa

+1. never had to use them though.

+1. never had to use them though.
10-17-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,086
Posted By chewa

I suspect because drivers tar us all with the...

I suspect because drivers tar us all with the same brush (like all cyclist jump red lights).
10-17-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,288
Posted By chewa

I got a Garmin 800 at the end of last year. I...

I got a Garmin 800 at the end of last year. I like it because of the 5 bike set up.
10-17-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 455
Posted By chewa

I use my HRM with chest strap. We do have a home...

I use my HRM with chest strap. We do have a home pressure monitor that also records pulse. It's an arm cuff one, but no good to me. My resting rate is about 38-40 and the monitor alarms at that as...
10-17-14, 09:07 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,778
Posted By chewa

I (and my two non cyclist chasing- Vizslas)...

I (and my two non cyclist chasing- Vizslas) completely agree. Any time I've been chased by a dog (I look on it as interval training) and not been able to outpace it, (a greyhound), I've got off and...
Forum: Touring
10-17-14, 08:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,043
Posted By chewa

Everybody has their ideas of what makes a great...

Everybody has their ideas of what makes a great tourer. To my mind, the main thing is make it comfortable. As you are having a custom built frame you are half way there!

I've toured for years on a...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-14, 07:58 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,967
Posted By chewa

I've done a lot of miles commuting and touring...

I've done a lot of miles commuting and touring and, until 5 years ago had only ever injurd mysefl falling off the bike on ice (fractured ribs in 3 years out of 4!). I've been hit by two taxis and one...
10-15-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By chewa

Just checkon the listing on ebay or Amazon. Some...

Just checkon the listing on ebay or Amazon. Some have a 2 battery pack, some 4
10-15-14, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,000
Posted By chewa

Rebuild finished

Well, it's all back together. Looks like the same bike I built in 1984 (apart from the ergos, Stronglight c/set and the cantis - oh, and the 700c wheels :))

Just a shakedown ride to go, then I'll...
10-15-14, 02:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By chewa

That's exactly the one I got (I bought one each...

That's exactly the one I got (I bought one each for me and the Mrs) but I got mine on UK ebay. They were 16 each. Bargain. The way I looked at it, if I even got one winter out of them it would still...
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