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by velo-city
22 Sep 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )
Replies: 25
Views: 1098

Re: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )

Those butterfly bars look interesting. I have hybrid with flat bars and was looking to get something different to give some variation over longer rides. I have ruled out drops due to reduced mobility from back op but these ‘butterflies’ might be the answer. Would be interested in your thoughts @nic...
by velo-city
20 Sep 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )
Replies: 25
Views: 1098

Re: What bike for loaded touring ? ( LeJoG + other tours )

I’ve used two separate bikes for years - Carbon road for general riding and heavily customised hybrid with racks/panniers for longer camping touring. I’m now switching more to bike-packing on the road bike (with lower MTBcassette) and will also get a gravel bike next year. It really depends what you...
by velo-city
16 Sep 2020, 10:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel

I’ve only ever broken 4 spokes in all my cycling. All on this one wheel! :D
by velo-city
16 Sep 2020, 5:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Re: Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel

Sapim have occasionally produced batches of bad spokes which behave exactly as you describe (*). I didn't believe this until I saw it with my own eyes. Are the breaks randomly at mid-length? If so they are almost certainly bad spokes and you should definitely get the wheel built with new spokes. Ho...
by velo-city
15 Sep 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel
Replies: 19
Views: 827

Too many broken spokes on handbuilt wheel

Had a front 700c touring wheel built in about 2013, Shimano dynamo hub and spam (edit: haha, I meant sapim!) double butted spokes. Used the bike for two shirt rides, C2C over 3 days and a local ride. All was well. The bike spent the next years mostly in the shed, and on taking it out broke 2 spokes ...
by velo-city
4 Mar 2012, 12:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

Thanks guys. All good points. May well drop Mssrs Shimano a line at the end of all this. Glad to hear spinning the hub alone is hard to check. I did try, and was quite surprised at how hard it was. I was expecting resistance but not so much 'stepping'. I'm guessing its got some serious magnets. I en...
by velo-city
2 Mar 2012, 4:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Seatpost Rack for touring
Replies: 18
Views: 1783

Re: Seatpost Rack for touring

One alternative,if you have not the panniers yet, would be a saddlebag(Carradice Nelson LongFlap) supported on a bagman,either quick release if your saddle doesn't have bag loops,or standard if it does. This will carry 10kg of kit. This is safer than a seat post rack! I used one on my Bianchi road ...
by velo-city
2 Mar 2012, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

Thanks Guys No, this vibration and noise was at all speeds, although obviously increased proportionately from zero up to a point. Even riding at 25 mph, the vibration and noise was loud, and could be felt on the bike. On a stand, spinning the wheel fast, it vibrated the whole bike! So, I took the pl...
by velo-city
1 Mar 2012, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

Having now put the bike on a stand to test, the noise is also associated by a strong vibration through the wheel. Mmmm.
by velo-city
1 Mar 2012, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

Thanks for the replies, that's just what I needed to know.... Pretty sure its not the light. With light off, and power being drawn from the e-werk to charge something, it makes the same (but slightly quieter) noise. Apart from the hassle of getting a new one, it looks like I'm going to have to have ...
by velo-city
1 Mar 2012, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Starting to tour
Replies: 32
Views: 2014

Re: Starting to tour

After a few charity 60 mile rides, I ventured onto Paris on a road bike (uncomfortable, but relaxed over three days), and then London>South of France camping for just over two weeks on a semi-loaded hybrid, and now I love touring and am hooked. I was in the same boat at the start - not really knowin...
by velo-city
1 Mar 2012, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Shimano 3N80 Dynamo Hub 'Noise'

Hi, I've just recently had a wheel made with a new Shimano 3N80 hub, powering B&M Cyo RT light and an E-werk. All seems fine in technical terms - the lights run and my batteries charge. Brilliant! Apart from the time taken in getting a wheel built and running wires all over my bike (which took s...
by velo-city
4 Apr 2011, 6:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: will a bagman damage my saddle/bike?
Replies: 24
Views: 2942

Re: will a bagman damage my saddle/bike?

I used a Carradice longflap and the support bracket on my road bike (binachi alu/carbon) for a trip to paris. i was more worried about the carbon seatpost as the bag does put a bit more rotational force on the post as the weight is further back from where the riders weight goes. it was fine but I gu...
by velo-city
4 Apr 2011, 6:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: what brookes saddles for touring
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: what brookes saddles for touring

Sorry to go slightly off-brookes, but I bought this for a tour of France and can't rate it highly enough! It's pretty comfortable straight off, and there's at least some comfort adjustment.
there's a bit more about it on the trip blog too.

http://www.selleanatomica.com/sterling%20buyer.htm
by velo-city
4 Apr 2011, 6:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping Bag choices
Replies: 24
Views: 2810

Re: Sleeping Bag choices

I took this stuff on my tour through France last year - all quite lightweight. Was very happy with it all, and on the nights where it got near zero, it was warm enough. The bag packs down quite small (with a bit of a fight) The air mattress is a pain to inflate/deflate and adds some extra time when ...