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by BTP
5 Nov 2020, 5:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lacing a disc front wheel
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: Lacing a disc front wheel

Thanks for the replies. My reason for originally choosing 2 cross was because I didn't want an excessive angle between spoke and rim. But with a hub flange diameter of only 54 mm, coupled with a 700c rim, the spoke incident angle at the rim is actually okay. I can see the advantages of the stronger,...
by BTP
4 Nov 2020, 4:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lacing a disc front wheel
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Lacing a disc front wheel

Hi Folks, I'm not an expert wheel builder but I have built around a dozen wheels over the years which have performed well. I am planning to embark on building my first disc wheel (front). Because it's a touring wheel I have chosen a SON 28, 36h hub (disc) and an Alex DH 19, 700c rim. I plan a 2x lac...
by BTP
9 Jan 2020, 7:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h

Thanks for all replies.

From other threads, looks as though the Deore FH-M525 is a good option provided the bearings are repacked with grease after purchase and before riding. I'll give that a go.

Cheers
by BTP
8 Jan 2020, 3:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h

Hello, I'm trying to obtain a Shimano 135mm 36h rear hub, disc compatible, for touring. I seem to remember reading somewhere that Shimano moved away at some point from steel axles to aluminium alloy versions which weren't so reliable for touring. If so, I'd like to try and source the steel axle vers...
by BTP
25 Sep 2017, 9:16am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Review of Ridgeback Expedition 26" Bad News Update
Replies: 191
Views: 36220

Re: Review of Ridgeback Expedition 26" Bad News Update

Looks like a big increase in price this year. https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Ridgeback-Expedition-2018-Touring-Bike_113888.htm?sku=426212&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google_shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh9yQyue41gIVarXtCh0AvwFeEAQYASABEgJKv_D_BwE# So glad I got mine without...
by BTP
1 Jun 2017, 9:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 45
Views: 16490

Re: Solar Panels on Tour?

On one cycle trip in France several years ago I tried using a small solar panel. I quickly concluded that the minimum panel size to get any practical charge time is 0.1m^2. Given that maximum midsummer solar irradiance at lunchtime from a cloudless sky is barely 1kw per m^2 and that the average chea...
by BTP
20 Apr 2017, 1:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike Packing v Panniers - the evidence
Replies: 71
Views: 24962

Re: RE: Bike Packing v Panniers - the evidence

mnichols wrote:Interesting article about the aero-dynamic drag of panniers v bike packing

http://www.cyclingabout.com/speed-diffe ... g-results/

thoughts?

At the speed that I tour at, I don't think aerodynamics is going to affect me that much!!!
by BTP
11 Apr 2017, 2:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?
Replies: 13
Views: 3420

Re: RE: Re: London to Dover quiet route recommedations?

Try http://www.cycle.travel . I tried using the above for a simple trip: from Lewes (East Sussex) to Newhaven (East Sussex) and the result was a message saying 'Sorry - does not support routes across the sea'!!! Go figure... I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my SM-N910G using hovercraft full of ee...
by BTP
20 Dec 2016, 5:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which Reynolds tubing for touring bike?
Replies: 24
Views: 6772

Re: RE: Which Reynolds tubing for touring bike?

Sorry if this has been asked before but which tubes are best for a light touring bike? I've seen bikes in Reynolds 853, 725, 520/5, 531 or just described as CroMo 4130. What do I go for? My 10c worth... Generally with Reynolds, the higher the number, the bigger the UTS (ultimate tensile strength) i...
by BTP
20 Dec 2016, 5:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What Size Wheels?
Replies: 65
Views: 8121

Re: RE: What Size Wheels?

I'm a new member to the forum but not a new cyclists as I have been a mtb rider on / off since the late 1980's and more recently got into road riding for the first time ever. I may be within site of retirement at 60 and fancy building a touring bike. At this stage I am thinking of traveling on the ...
by BTP
4 May 2016, 3:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?
Replies: 22
Views: 2343

Re: Has Anyone Toured With a Guitar?

I've been thinking about taking my acoustic guitar on tours for a while but although it only weighs about 1.5kg it's far from an easy shape to carry. A trailer would probably be the easiest way but I don't really fancy one. Has anyone managed to carry a guitar on tour and if so how? Touring with my...
by BTP
29 Apr 2016, 8:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff hubs
Replies: 34
Views: 2348

Re: Rohloff hubs

Forgot to mention that I have had some issue with spoke breakages at the nipple end. The large flange married to a 26" rim creates an acute spoke angle at the rim. Rohloff recommend 2 cross lacing which I followed. However I suspect that, unless the rim has been drilled to suit the Rohloff, on...
by BTP
29 Apr 2016, 5:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff hubs
Replies: 34
Views: 2348

Re: Rohloff hubs

Forgot to mention that I have had some issue with spoke breakages at the nipple end. The large flange married to a 26" rim creates an acute spoke angle at the rim. Rohloff recommend 2 cross lacing which I followed. However I suspect that, unless the rim has been drilled to suit the Rohloff, one...
by BTP
29 Apr 2016, 5:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff hubs
Replies: 34
Views: 2348

Re: Rohloff hubs

I was reading the thread about which bike to choose for a world tour and the inevitable arguments for and against the rohloff hub, now i love my rohloff but do acknowledge that it might be difficult to repair in Outer Mongolia. From what I understand the main reason the hub has failed has been due ...
by BTP
12 Jan 2016, 8:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is this the world's most uncomfortable bike set-up...?
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Is this the world's most uncomfortable bike set-up...?

Admittedly I don't ride a 'head down bum up' sort of bike, but even compared to some of the seemingly uncomfortable road bike set-ups I see this seems ridiculous.

Or is the seat post sleeve supposed to be trimmed to 'suit the rider'???

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