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by hartleymartin
19 Jul 2015, 3:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks B67 v. B73
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

Brooks B67 v. B73

Hi everyone. I'm looking at purchasing a Brooks saddle for my "city bicycle" and was wondering if I should go with a B73 this time. I have previously had a B67, sadly it was on a bike which was stolen from my college campus, and I did quite like that. I was wondering if I should go with th...
by hartleymartin
9 Mar 2012, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front panner rack 'lowrider' for no braze-ons fork
Replies: 28
Views: 5894

Re: Front panner rack 'lowrider' for no braze-ons fork

If you have a mounting point for mudguard stays, several racks make use of this and then a clamp-on attachment for further up the forks.
by hartleymartin
14 Feb 2012, 2:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Decisions? Tell me what you think.
Replies: 12
Views: 1317

Re: Decisions? Tell me what you think.

I quite happily tour on my 1982 Raleigh Royal: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v460/hartleymartin/Cycling/Raleigh%20Royal%20Tourer/1982RaleighRoyalTourer.jpg Nothing particularly fancy or special about the set-up. GB touring bars, 14-32 6-speed freewheel 48-44-28 half-step+granny gears, diacompe r...
by hartleymartin
14 Feb 2012, 2:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Underwear for 2-week minimalist tour
Replies: 25
Views: 3091

Re: Underwear for 2-week minimalist tour

On mention of socks, I always like to plan my tour to know when there are certain points where I can shower and/or do laundry. It also helps becuase I get to sleep in a real bed for one night of tour and do things like recharge camera batteries, etc.
by hartleymartin
13 Feb 2012, 4:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Underwear for 2-week minimalist tour
Replies: 25
Views: 3091

Re: Underwear for 2-week minimalist tour

Try using merino wool knicks instead. Because of the natural lanolin in the fibres they don't develop stink and can be hand-washed as the opportunity presents itself. often you can get away with wearing the same pair for 2 days as long as you air them out overnight. A micro-fibre quick-dry towel wor...
by hartleymartin
13 Feb 2012, 4:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What 3spd (hub geared) hub?
Replies: 41
Views: 4704

Re: What 3spd (hub geared) hub?

The SRAM Automatix 2-speed hub is a great option - I'm trying to find a coaster-braked version for my own project. However, if you are looking for a 3-speed hub, the Sturmey-Archer AW has always been the benchmark. Onces made in the 1970's are not as smooth as the oens from earlier times because by ...
by hartleymartin
12 Feb 2012, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Romany Touring Bikes - ever heard of them?
Replies: 42
Views: 3139

Re: Romany Touring Bikes - ever heard of them?

upgrade all the bits you want. If it is 130mm or 135mm at the rear then it is easy. It has 700C wheels, so you can put as many new or original components on it as you want and it will work well.
by hartleymartin
11 Feb 2012, 3:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: a new one for people who like folding bikes
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: a new one for people who like folding bikes

Nice concept, but final product needs refinement. Honestly, I think it is a bit of a fashion faux pas considering that you are attempting to conceal your bicycle as a brief-case. Why by ashamed of the fact that you pedal to work? If I hand a folding bicycle for the office I'd take a brompton any day...
by hartleymartin
11 Feb 2012, 3:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Components
Replies: 98
Views: 5683

Re: Touring Components

Deore components are fine - Although I think Shimano now make an SL or SLX groupset which is specifically designed for touring, including a dynamo hub.
by hartleymartin
11 Feb 2012, 2:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring bike with hub gears
Replies: 72
Views: 10579

Re: touring bike with hub gears

I don't know how I managed it, but it appears that I forgot to mention that I was talking about Shimano's Alfine 11 hub! I was looking around for a 5-speed hub to go into my Raleigh Twenty, but the cost plus shipping was about the same as purchasing an 8-speed hub from either Sturmey-Archer or Shima...
by hartleymartin
11 Feb 2012, 1:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spare tyre for touring?
Replies: 27
Views: 2898

Re: Spare tyre for touring?

It also depends on the size and type of tyre you are using. 26" MTB tyres (even cheap ones) are easy to get almost anywhere. 700c touring-specific tyres are harder to get but with the spread of hybrids which use 32c and 38c tyres it is getting easier. 20" tyres are hard to get in road-slic...
by hartleymartin
10 Feb 2012, 4:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: touring bike with hub gears
Replies: 72
Views: 10579

Re: touring bike with hub gears

Having consulted Sheldon Brown's gear calculator recently, I found that with a 20" wheel I can get a range of gears approximately from 23 to 94 gear inches with a fairly sensible spread of gears. In fact the figures which popped up are the gears which I commonly use on my full-sized tourer alre...
by hartleymartin
26 Nov 2011, 3:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an older bike - ACTUALLY A NEW BIKE SOUGHT!
Replies: 61
Views: 38784

Re: Touring on an older bike - advice sought.

If you're careful, you will be surprised that many 6-speed freewheels fit where 5-speed ones were. Sometimes you might need an extra 1 or 2mm of washers just to make sure the chain doesn't rub on the stays. IRD make 14-32 6-speed freewheels, which are great - I have them on my tourer - a 1982 Raleig...
by hartleymartin
25 Jul 2011, 3:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 214280

Re: togglechaintour bikes

I'm fed up with having to wash the black stuff from my Brooks saddle off my light coloured trousers so I've got me a comfy saddle for the Pashley which isn't leather and isn't a Brooks. http://www.zen146624.zen.co.uk/pictures/Cycling/comfysaddle.jpg http://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;navigation=...
by hartleymartin
23 Jul 2011, 2:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: One, two or more stoves?
Replies: 15
Views: 1296

Re: One, two or more stoves?

I usually take just one - a nice little home-made stove, manufactured from the bottoms of two soft-drink cans, a tin lid for a primer pan and Methylated Spirits for fuel. Done carefully, I can get about a week's worth of cooking out of 1L of good old Metho.