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by LittleGreyCat
19 Apr 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Re: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.

The panniers seem to perform o.k.but I have one remaining small concern.
The anti flap hook engages with the rack but doesn't fit to the closed end of the hook.
This suggests that the panniers could move a bit front to back (or vice versa).
I'm not sure how much of an issue this is.
by LittleGreyCat
16 Apr 2019, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.

I'm just trying fitting some Ortlieb-a-like rear panniers to my Tubus Cargo (I think) rack. https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b38s79p150/TUBUS-Cargo The Tubus rack has two vertical bars plus a third loop bar in the middle which is set back a little from the other two. Please look at the picture! I'm mai...
by LittleGreyCat
15 Apr 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike roof racks
Replies: 15
Views: 378

Re: Bike roof racks

I have Thule bike racks on the roof. I use https://www.screwfix.com/p/aluminium-work-platform-470-x-900mm/6409p to get the bikes up. Firstly, use a short bungee cord to hold the front wheel to the frame to stop the handlebars turning. Hooks onto the bottle cage works for me. Then position the bike t...
by LittleGreyCat
15 Apr 2019, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti Top Touring 2000 32-622 replacement?
Replies: 12
Views: 440

Re: Conti Top Touring 2000 32-622 replacement?

both tyres are much better than Schwalbe's offerings. Schwalbe's offerings cover a large range, while I admire you brand loyalty I doubt there's much evidence for it, if for no other reason that I doubt you've tried them all! I like the Randoneur Pro for a budget tyre, but it they don't compare fav...
by LittleGreyCat
14 Apr 2019, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti Top Touring 2000 32-622 replacement?
Replies: 12
Views: 440

Conti Top Touring 2000 32-622 replacement?

On my partially rebuilt tourer - Dawes Galaxy of indeterminate age - I have Conti Top Tourer 2000 32-622 tyres. Although there is plenty of tread left the same can't be said for the side walls. Any recommendations for a suitable replacement tyre? I don't plan any major touring; I have my Spa Wayfare...
by LittleGreyCat
11 Apr 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two sets of brakes?
Replies: 28
Views: 1031

Re: Two sets of brakes?

Just looked at my Spa Wayfarer. The rims are tapered inwards and are also a nice glossy shiny brown. Not ideal for brake pads to grip on. They don't look as though they would happily take to V brakes, for example. In my limited experience rim brakes have a flat surface to work on and the rims have a...
by LittleGreyCat
7 Apr 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suggestion for wall/floor anchor?
Replies: 12
Views: 431

Re: Suggestion for wall/floor anchor?

One option is to not fix a bolt into the brick, but take the bolt through the wall to a metal plate inside. This spreads the load and means that someone would have to pull a big chunk of wall out to shift it. There are downsides, of course. One is that the inside fitting may be unsightly. Another is...
by LittleGreyCat
19 Mar 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3695

Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

Quick question. I don't tend to use a bike for short trips and shopping trips because it takes such a long time to wind/unwind cable locks and stuff around the bike. Also, if the shops are scrote city that isn't reassuring anyway. What do people use for short trips, and what do they use for over nig...
by LittleGreyCat
17 Mar 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic: circling the U-bend?
Replies: 25
Views: 1788

Re: Mavic: circling the U-bend?

Circling the rim?
by LittleGreyCat
17 Mar 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain cover for bike including on floor and car
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: Rain cover for bike including on floor and car

Cheap ones keep the muck off as well. If anything flaps it will eventually rip. Better still don't bother and wash the bike at home. Lights, trailer board etc surely a red herring unless you happen to have some magical bike that doesn't obscure lights number plate etc on the car. The comment about ...
by LittleGreyCat
17 Mar 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain cover for bike including on floor and car
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Rain cover for bike including on floor and car

Not the best description, but anyway. I started out wondering if it was worth getting a cover for when my bike was left outside (not at home). Plenty of cheap and cheerful covers around a tenner. When the bikes are on the roof rack I don't bother and I think wind resistance could be an issue. Howeve...
by LittleGreyCat
15 Mar 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Heaviest tent?
Replies: 61
Views: 3968

Re: Heaviest tent?

Just dug out my "lightweight" tent which I must have had since the '90s. ISTR it was quite expensive at the time. Not been used for a decade or two. Vango Hydra 200 (there is a current tent with the same name) which weighs in at 3.42 kg on the luggage scale. Latest version weighs in at 3 k...
by LittleGreyCat
15 Mar 2019, 12:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 45
Views: 16030

Re: Solar panels

This seems to be one of the areas where technology is developing quickly. If the advertised dimensions of this flexible panel are correct, it's only a couple of mm thick. This was the first hit when I googled to there must be plenty more https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renogy-Extremely-Flexible-Monocrysta...
by LittleGreyCat
14 Mar 2019, 4:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Topgear MTN stem - anyone got any details?
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Topgear MTN stem - anyone got any details?

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searchlistingdetail.aspx?id=15511 and https://knowyourbike.com/univega/rover/3-5 show the details of my trusty mountain bike. Bought new around 1994/5 and many/most of the parts are still original. I was impressed that it was on line at all, but now wondering if I ca...
by LittleGreyCat
13 Mar 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from flats to butterfly bars
Replies: 9
Views: 1234

Re: Converting from flats to butterfly bars

For the road, the bars are great with many positions, but if you plan on doing any off road, the primary grips being much shorter (closer to the body) make down hills very scary. I would try them before changing the stem, to see it needs to be changed. From some pictures I have seen the stem is ext...