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by br8ker
3 Apr 2016, 4:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

long overdue but thought it decent to finally reply and say actually that the wheels were brilliant. 9 months touring through Asia without a hint of an issue. In fact my gf managed to get her front wheel stuck in a rut between some planks on a bridge, then proceeded to fall over sideways on the full...
by br8ker
3 Apr 2016, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Marin muirwoods as a tourer
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

Re: Marin muirwoods as a tourer

i bought a couple of 1994-edition (i think) steel framed Marin Muirwoods as a way to get a cheap steel frame. replaced all the parts with new stuff. We rode them on a 9month tour through Asia. Frames were great... although i managed to snap one chainstay on mine halfway through the tour... though th...
by br8ker
22 Mar 2015, 8:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting contours on OSM of Italy for Garmin
Replies: 1
Views: 2302

Re: Getting contours on OSM of Italy for Garmin

Hey when i was looking about a year ago, contour maps for garmin (outside of the garmin maps product) are only available from the guy at openmtbmap.org - he adds features to the openstreetmap maps & sells the product. Great site. guy has put in a ton of work. well worth the subscription fee. We ...
by br8ker
22 Oct 2013, 11:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

I did a rudimentary test last night trying to slip 1mm and 2mm allen keys between wheel and brake pad at various points, and it looks to be under 1mm deviation probably ... strangely it seemed like a lot more the other day when adjusting the brakes. anyway i can call off the hounds. thanks for all t...
by br8ker
21 Oct 2013, 5:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

thanks guys for all the info - much appreciated! yep wheelbuilding is one thing i decided to leave till next tour.... maybe i should have tried it.. i'm measuring the deviation just up against the brake pads while mounted on the bikes - so not at all accurate. Any recommendations on how i should che...
by br8ker
21 Oct 2013, 1:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Re: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

thanks for the quick response! yeah i wasnt aware that they needed bedding in - i thought that's what all the pre-tensioning was all about.. trip is going to be 7months actually, so i guess i'm going to have to retrue them myself - do you by any chance have any links/videos you recommend for that so...
by br8ker
21 Oct 2013, 8:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: excellent budget camera for touring
Replies: 17
Views: 5375

Re: excellent budget camera for touring

yep i'd second the recommendation of the Canon S95 - excellent camera in a tiny package.
for a slightly bigger version check out the Canon G10 or G11 - secondhand these should be aroun d£100 these days.
both these cameras give you full manual control and more flexibility. great sensors too!
by br8ker
21 Oct 2013, 8:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations
Replies: 20
Views: 2875

Hand-Built Wheels - Expectations

Hi all, i'm after some advice... i bought two sets of wheels from a well-known wheel builder as i decided i wanted something bulletproof for our upcoming tour. received the wheels about 6 weeks ago, & made the mistake of assuming they'd be ok. I finally mounted everything (brakes etc) on the wee...
by br8ker
13 Oct 2013, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 26 x 2 touring tyre.
Replies: 44
Views: 9069

Re: 26 x 2 touring tyre.

you probably already know mondials are the replacement for the discontinued (and apparently much better) marathon XR. The Dureme was a marketing own-goal: if they'd said 'they're XRs but with a different tread pattern there wouldn't have been anything like the fuss. There was absolutely nothing wro...
by br8ker
13 Oct 2013, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best maps combination for touring asia
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: best maps combination for touring asia

guys thanks for all the info - some really great advice! - will check out lonely planet maps, nelles maps, and take a good look around when we arrive in each country Marble looks quite cool, i'll definitely give that a shot @simonhill - thanks for the warning about the military maps! and for the adv...
by br8ker
10 Oct 2013, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 26 x 2 touring tyre.
Replies: 44
Views: 9069

Re: 26 x 2 touring tyre.

if you're after something a bit more robust, spa cycles have the marathon mondial folding 2.15" at half price at the moment. the compound of the folding tyre is meant to be much better than the non-folding one. you probably already know mondials are the replacement for the discontinued (and app...
by br8ker
9 Oct 2013, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best maps combination for touring asia
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

best maps combination for touring asia

HI what do you guys recommend as the best maps combination for touring asia? looking at most of the east-asian countries. the options i've got are: * basic road maps i can buy from here (may not have elevations, normally on scale of around 1:1mil, sometimes much less, probably dont have local place ...
by br8ker
24 Sep 2013, 7:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Excellent Pro Camera for Touring
Replies: 101
Views: 53919

Re: Excellent Pro Camera for Touring

hmmm got a panasonic g6 (also has top quality video) and a 40mm pancake lens the other day for our upcoming trip. the set together is tiny - like a miniature DSLR, and really lightweight. i think micro 4/3 range is the sweet spot for size, high image quality with interchangeable lenses.... i was con...
by br8ker
1 Jul 2013, 12:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 26" Tubus Cargo rack, £25
Replies: 23
Views: 1617

Re: 26" Tubus Cargo rack, £25

legend thanks!!!
by br8ker
21 Jun 2013, 1:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 126183

Re: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion

thanks for all the replies guys! yeah i've tried so far * ice+boiling water method to try and shrink the seatpost, then expand the frame quickly * ammonia (3 days) * wacking nose of seatpost with a hammer * pathetic wrenching and turning of the seatpost i've considered the caustic soda method but th...