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by gregoryoftours
18 Apr 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur hanger, B-screw, chain tension...?
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Derailleur hanger, B-screw, chain tension...?

Check that the b tension pivot isn't seized or partially seized too, this is the pivot where the derailleur mounting bolt is attached to the frame. If it's a bit stiff it is probably not allowing the mech to tension the chain properly. Can be stripped down and the bushing and spring cleaned easily. ...
by gregoryoftours
18 Apr 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?
Replies: 45
Views: 1189

Re: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?

Not exactly on topic but the more expensive CNC aluminium hangers tend to be stiffer and more brittle than the forged ones, they are really hard to bend and snap without much warning.
by gregoryoftours
18 Apr 2019, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain Links And Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 590

Re: Chain Links And Tool

Personally I wouldn't bother with link pliers while touring, you won't need them to install a quick link (this can easily be done with chain tension on the top run of chain) and presumably if you're replacing a damaged link in a broken chain you won't need them to split either! If you do need to spl...
by gregoryoftours
8 Apr 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 51
Views: 9981

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

The Mike bars I have are a genuine 45degs measured with a genuine 45degree indented Nobex square. Hmm, interesting. Maybe that's the reason for the delay between batches, they may have been produced slightly differently. I received mine a couple of weeks ago. Mine are definitely a little past verti...
by gregoryoftours
8 Apr 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 51
Views: 9981

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

For anyone interested or thinking of buying the planet X bars here are a couple of photos comparing the px bars to a genuine Jones bar. From top to bottom px "Geoff" 710mm, Jones loop 660mm (also available in 710mm) px "Mike" 630mm, and a px Mary bar (645mm, 25.4 clamp) for compa...
by gregoryoftours
8 Apr 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 51
Views: 9981

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Planet X 'Geoff's' back in stock.... https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBOOGB/on-one-geoff-handlebar?utm_source=back-in-stock&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=back-in-stock It's a bit strange, listed as lots in stock, but says on the listing that will not ship until 10 May. That's cheating a bit, ...
by gregoryoftours
8 Apr 2019, 6:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 51
Views: 9981

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

No love for bullmoose bars? They have a similar swept back style to the Jones. I'm currently riding the Baja Divide on my Surly Troll with them (slowly, fully loaded and with panniers) and they are a revelation after years on drops. Planet X sell Nitto's version for £70 https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/...
by gregoryoftours
3 Apr 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10519

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I appreciate the comments and "quotes" shooting a certain other poster down, I just ignore the haters :lol: In regards to gps, I found my phone was OK on 30-40 mile rides (3-4 hours) then the battery was getting low and I wouldn't have enough faith in it for my planned trip. Looked into d...
by gregoryoftours
2 Apr 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bar bag fouling brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Bar bag fouling brakes

The cable issue I had was actually with Mary bars. You can see how the extra set of noodles are used here. It doesn't look very elegant but does the job.
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by gregoryoftours
2 Apr 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bar bag fouling brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Bar bag fouling brakes

I've had this problem with flat bars. Got around it successfully as has been mentioned by using 90° v-noodles directly from the brake lever barrel adjusters to point the cables down and away from the bag. It works fine- introduces a little initial slop into the lever action but does not affect overa...
by gregoryoftours
1 Apr 2019, 12:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 51
Views: 9981

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

PlanetX 'mike' :- https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBOOMB/on-one-mike-handlebar are another alternative,though at 40degrees have a little less backsweep than Jones and no loop for alternative hand positions. They are a knock-off of the Jones 'm' bar, also known as the Jones bend bar. They are what I u...
by gregoryoftours
31 Mar 2019, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Where to spend my money
Replies: 11
Views: 1440

Re: Where to spend my money

Gears etc working spot on is more to do with setup and maintenance once you reach a certain level of componentry. In Shimano terms cable Ultegra and 105 would fall easily within this category, and are a hell of a lot cheaper than Di2, hence me saying it's only worth it if you don't mind spending the...
by gregoryoftours
31 Mar 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech/chainset
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Front mech/chainset

The shifter should be compatible but you will have a wider chainline at the front than the back, and will also need a suitable 9sp mtb front mech to work with the wider chainline at the front (and the smaller rings). I assume that your tiagra setup is also triple?
by gregoryoftours
30 Mar 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Why I like single touring
Replies: 45
Views: 8491

Re: Why I like single touring

I prefer to ride alone. I'm more likely to talk to other people, in fact I'm generally at my most sociable when touring alone. I tend to experience greater hospitality, can cut short or do lots of miles on a whim, wild camp more easily in some really cool places, have head space. Besides I'd drive o...
by gregoryoftours
30 Mar 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike helmet on a plane
Replies: 27
Views: 3959

Re: bike helmet on a plane

I've been considering this in the last couple of days as I'm sure to fly at the weekend and need to take a helmet. I definitely don't want to risk it in my soft checked in luggage; probably would not fit in the carry on luggage size restriction.i was thinking of wearing it. It would be particularly...