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by horizon
22 Apr 2019, 11:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 882

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

Maybe I am just a fitter and stronger cyclist than you? Without a doubt. I once posted (a long time ago) that there are claims made that you can do anything on any bike, even a unicycle (and there are people around to prove it). It completely blows away all the discussion about doubles and triples ...
by horizon
22 Apr 2019, 12:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag
Replies: 14
Views: 330

Re: handlebar bag

I can't advise on a suitable bag but if you go Ortlieb get the Rixen & Kaul clickfix mount instead of the Ortlieb mount. Clickfix is easier to mount your bag and can be removed /replaced without messing with a securing cable which Ortlieb advises to be single use only. Mike I rate the Klickfix ...
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping Pillow
Replies: 18
Views: 316

Re: Piĺlow

Just curious about the accent on the "l".
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

I think that CUK is caught between a rock and a hard place on this. They'll be pilloried by the media for not supporting helmet wear and criticised by us if they do.
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 882

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

If you want to be able to take your bike without any hassle on the Eurostar or TGV then the only bike that will allow you is a Brompton. I know I have done it. And to dispel the misinformation about touring. A Brompton is more than capable. I have toured in the Pyrenees on mine with camping gear, c...
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 882

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

I'll throw Bike Friday into the mix. 20in wheels, probably the best-known folder designed specifically for touring. Bike Fridays are hard to find over here Yes, I wanted to mention Bike Friday too but felt it was a long shot. In fact I think there's a real problem finding touring folders - Dahon an...
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 12:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Worn tyres on brand new bike
Replies: 13
Views: 714

Re: Worn tyres on brand new bike

The scratch is minor but of course you hope a new bike to be scratch-free. The reality with dirt-cheap mail-order shops is often otherwise, however. You get what you pay for and shops like this do not have excellent mechanics working slowly under good management; they have unvalued temp workers try...
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 1:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 882

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

This is another take on a 20" tourer, but no longer made:

https://turbobobbicycleblog.wordpress.c ... 8/02/5436/
by horizon
21 Apr 2019, 12:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 882

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

I'm after a touring bike that can go hand-baggage to the Alps etc by train. It'll just be used a few days a year, so will look second-hand, likely eBay. Essential to me are: folds down to less than 85cm max dimension for Eurostar & TGVs, can take a rack for panniers + small tent on top, lowest ...
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 11:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Audax build photos
Replies: 15
Views: 562

Re: Spa Audax build photos

It's amazing what can be achieved on a modest frame (in the only available colour) with attention to detail and an eye for proportion. Congratulations. 8)
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Simple guide to worn rear cassette
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Simple guide to worn rear cassette

FWIW if you wait until a worn transmission actually slips it is probably costing you in terms of reduced efficiency, not to mention chainrings. cheers This got discussed in a previous thread about the downsides of letting the transmission degrade. Unfortunately I cannot find the thread but the impr...
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 9:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth

Absolutely. These are work trips coming often at the end of a long day and being too late to catch the last local train. So I'd be tired and rather be at home but facing a hilly ten mile ride with a heavily loaded bike. I would just rather know that I can take it gently.
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth

I'm very happy to admit that I could save a bit of weight (I'm 75 kg at 5'10") and I could certainly up my fitness (although I see few* other 65 year olds on fully loaded bikes on the hills around here). The point though is taken: it is a good place to start and I actually do notice the differe...
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Simple guide to worn rear cassette
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: Simple guide to worn rear cassette

Please shoot me down on this if required: 1. The problem with worn sprockets is that they will make the chain slip. 2. Chain slipping is annoying, inefficient but, most importantly, noticeable. 3. If the chain slips it is time to replace the socket. 4. The chain won't slip (as a result of wearing th...
by horizon
18 Apr 2019, 8:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth

Thanks both - this is really interesting. In fact quite staggering as in: So you'd need to reduce your load from 18kg to perhaps 9kg to go from say a 28t to a 30t chain ring I was feeling quite optimistic about this as I know for sure there's room to save weight - I'm quite generous with my work pac...