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by djb
20 Nov 2020, 2:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI levers with Canti brakes?
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: STI levers with Canti brakes?

as noted, sora 8 spd sti levers didnt have as good trimming as my tiagra 9 spd sti's, and the newer 9 spd Sora with paddles ( the 8 had the thumb shifter) seem to pretty much a copy of the older tiagra. I can't see why a 9 spd fd made for triples would care if its on a 8 or 9 spd bike? The throws be...
by djb
18 Nov 2020, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI levers with Canti brakes?
Replies: 18
Views: 602

Re: STI levers with Canti brakes?

my 9 speed tiagra sti's are most likely the same era as your 8 Soras, and mine function perfectly with my modern ish (10 yrs) cantis.
by djb
17 Nov 2020, 2:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: suggestions for a long, safe route pls
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: suggestions for a long, safe route pls

you mention EV6, we did the Nantes to Switzerland section a few summers back, and its a neat route. You don't hit cities really and if you say that you arent keen on that western part (essentially the section that we did) then you could always start from Switzerland or whatever and head east. To be ...
by djb
16 Nov 2020, 1:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Analogue Navigation Device
Replies: 23
Views: 1014

Re: Analogue Navigation Device

If you recorded your voice, speaking the route aloud, onto cassette tape, and then used a Walkman (or similar) to play it back (using the pause button as neccessary) would that count as analogue? (More modern recording devices store sounds digitally so wouldn't be acceptable). I regularly record ro...
by djb
16 Nov 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 75 years 75 days

Hi djb, Thanks for the information. It is this sort of specific detail that is valuable. Too often what you read is too generic to be of much use. I particularly like the low gearing and lack of wear on the knees! my pleasure. Good luck finding bikes that are suited to both of you, both in fit and ...
by djb
15 Nov 2020, 11:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 75 years 75 days

Hi djb, I flew to Malaga a couple of years ago with bike, panniers and small tent, but only got as far as Cordoba. The problem was the bike I had was an old, heavy Claude Butler and coming out of Malaga you climb about 4000 feet in twenty miles. I just didn't have the gears for it. While the lad I ...
by djb
15 Nov 2020, 3:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spa Tourer v Spa Wayfarer
Replies: 48
Views: 1935

Re: Spa Tourer v Spa Wayfarer

I've toured for about 30 years, and only recently have a disc bike (a Surly Troll setup with dropbars) but have come to very much appreciate discs for a number of reasons, while acknowledging that there are a new set of niggles and tricks that one needs to learn about living with discs. Not everyone...
by djb
15 Nov 2020, 2:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Couscous - Do You Use It?
Replies: 53
Views: 1553

Re: Couscous - Do You Use It?

We have it at home sometimes and like it, but I've always found pasta to be more filling, and why pasta is my go to meal that I never get tired of.

I certainly get the pluses of couscous, boil water, throw in couscous, stir, turn off stove and put lid on for 5 mins. Done.
by djb
10 Nov 2020, 2:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 75 years 75 days

David 75, were you planning on camping or hotels? Have you ever camped and carried camping gear on a bike? Tent, camp mat and sleeping bag alone add a fair amount of poundage to your bike, let alone perhaps a stove, pot and other kitchen gear, which would make a real difference in total bike weight ...
by djb
6 Nov 2020, 2:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 75 years 75 days

David75, have you ever bike toured before? Do you already own all the bits and bobs? Not a lot, but I've watched videos!!! My ctc forum responses have started ending up in spam folder, so didn't see your response. Common sense response would be to increase your riding and acquiring some panniers to...
by djb
6 Nov 2020, 2:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Analogue Navigation Device
Replies: 23
Views: 1014

Re: Analogue Navigation Device

I'm quite surprised to see that some of you know about Moss and Jenks. Wouldn't have thought that other cyclists are also motorsport enthusiasts, let alone motorsport history buffs.
I have Jenks book, should read it again.

And yes, they were not hanging about to say the least.
by djb
5 Nov 2020, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Analogue Navigation Device
Replies: 23
Views: 1014

Re: Analogue Navigation Device

Cool but goofy doohickey.
As much as I'm still a non GPS guy, heck I'd still have to use my reading glasses with this thing, so hand written steps on a piece of paper in my map case or pocket are still what I use.
by djb
23 Oct 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 75 years 75 days
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 75 years 75 days

David75, have you ever bike toured before? Do you already own all the bits and bobs?
by djb
22 Oct 2020, 3:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof
Replies: 53
Views: 2198

Re: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof

Re hoods and water down neck. My rain jacket fits snug around my neck, handy if cool, but more importantly I use one of those waterproof helmet covers. Bright yellow for visibility for cars, and keeps water off neck rather well. As mentioned, layers underneath appropriate to temps is important to no...
by djb
21 Oct 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof
Replies: 53
Views: 2198

Re: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof

I recently bought a "showers pass" jacket for commuting. Highly recommended albeit eye wateringly expensive, alas. I'm not sure there's any such thing as a truly breathable cycling jacket, my experience is that vents are essential, and much more important than "breathability" of...