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by pedalpower
14 May 2012, 7:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52
Replies: 17
Views: 7010

Re: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52

Thanks Phil for your advice. I changed the inner chainring on my Ultegra triple as suggested and it works brilliantly.

Steve
by pedalpower
29 Apr 2012, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52
Replies: 17
Views: 7010

Re: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52

Thanks Phil – I’ll give it a go.

Steve
by pedalpower
29 Apr 2012, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52
Replies: 17
Views: 7010

Re: Shimano Ultegra triple chain ring 24-39-52

Thanks Phil - this could be the answer to my prayers. I have an Ultegra 6603 chainset (30/39/52T) on my Audax bike along with a 6603 front mech and 6603 10spd Triple STI levers. Do you think this setup would work with the Zelito 24T or 26T small chainring or do I need to change the front mech to the 6703? If so do you think my 6600 STI levers will work with the 6703 front mech?

Steve
by pedalpower
1 Apr 2012, 2:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 6009

Re: Travel Insurance

My wife and I used BMC travel insurance in 2008/9 when we cycled from the UK to Malaysia. When we had to fly back from India, because a close family member was critically ill, we had no problems claiming. We would certainly use them again.
by pedalpower
11 Sep 2011, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105/SRAM Apex - are they compatible
Replies: 5
Views: 2452

Re: Shimano 105/SRAM Apex - are they compatible

Thanks. Just read CJ's article on the subject of getting lower gears with a 10 speed cassette utilising a 9 speed rear mech in the latest issue of ‘cycle magazine’ which we intend to try out shortly.
by pedalpower
9 Sep 2011, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105/SRAM Apex - are they compatible
Replies: 5
Views: 2452

Shimano 105/SRAM Apex - are they compatible

Please can anyone help? Is a SRAM (10 Speed) Apex rear derailleur compatible with a Shimano 105 (10 speed) shifter? My mate’s current bike has a 105 compact groupset with an 11 – 27 cassette but he requires some lower gears for the East Devon hills.
by pedalpower
18 Apr 2009, 2:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Most mileage in a day
Replies: 27
Views: 1283

Re: Most mileage in a day

Me and the "long haired general" just did 72 miles (fully loaded) along the East coast of Malaysia. Two weeks before we struggled to do 70km. http://www.mytb.org/UK2KL-by-bike
by pedalpower
28 Mar 2009, 1:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking bikes on planes
Replies: 32
Views: 7391

Re: Taking bikes on planes

Just flown out of LHR (terminal 4) to Singapore with BA with our 2 bikes. We used non padded nylon bags from SJS Cycles which pack down to a small size. Our aim is to take the bags across the border to Malaysia and then post them to a relative in KL so that we can use them again before we fly home in July. We used pipe foam lagging to protect the bikes with 2 pieces of cardboard - one folded under the bike with the other folded over the top (see pictures on our blogg at: http://www.mytb.org/uk2kl-by-bike

BA check-in staff were really helpful and the bikes arrived in Singapore undamaged - not even a scratch.

Steve
by pedalpower
23 Feb 2009, 4:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference between City & Guild and Cytech/NVQ
Replies: 14
Views: 11728

I fully concur with beachcomber. I also did my City & Guilds at The Bike Inn run by Alf and Teresa Webb at Spalding Lincs last year prior to cycling off half way around the world. It was the most enjoyable course I've attended in years. Alf and Teresa have a wealth of experience in cycle maintenance and the bike trade in general. Highly recommended.
by pedalpower
25 Apr 2008, 3:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: St.Nazaire bridge
Replies: 2
Views: 702

St Nazaire bridge

Hi Les,

My wife and I rode across the bridge a couple of years ago with no real problems but it probably isn't for the faint hearted. The exposure is great if you are into that type of thing or just keep going and look straight ahead if you are not. The crossing was one of the highlights of our cycling holiday that year.

Steve S
by pedalpower
16 Apr 2008, 6:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coffee fix on tour
Replies: 23
Views: 2955

Coffee fix on tour

Thanks everybody. Lots of good ideas. I ordered the MSR Mugmate - thanks Andrew.

Steve
by pedalpower
13 Apr 2008, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Coffee fix on tour
Replies: 23
Views: 2955

Coffee fix on tour

I can't really enjoy the day until I've had my morning coffee fix. Can anyone recommend a suitable coffee filter for use on an extended cycle tour? I saw one recently in a magazine, or on the net, that fitted inside a mug (you could use it for coffee or tea leaves). It looked ideal for cycle touring but I can't find it anywhere now. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

Steve
by pedalpower
30 Aug 2007, 4:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need route advice from Roscoff to Santander
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

Roscoff to Santander

We had no problem finding camp sites and there are many you will come across that are not marked on the Michelin maps. We found the camp sites inland tended to be cheaper and quieter than those on the coast. The Municipal sites in particular are good value and often in nice settings. We have in the past taken cycling holidays in other parts of France in September and found to our dismay some camp sites closed for the season. Probably a good idea to get hold of a Michelin guide as PW mentioned to check opening times etc. My wife has had a sense of humour failure on more than one occasion when we have had to cycle an extra 10 miles or so to find a site open.
by pedalpower
29 Aug 2007, 3:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need route advice from Roscoff to Santander
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

Roscoff to Santander

My wife and I did this route in 2003 taking 14 days to complete it. This was our first real cycling holiday (we have had many more since) and we enjoyed it so much that next year we are setting off on a RTW trip on our bikes. We basically followed the Michele Slevin route as described on one of the CTCs route fact sheets (if you are a member you have to log-in to view the routes online). We mainly used camp sites and thus carried all the kit on the bikes which made them quite heavy. That said we didn’t have any problems keeping up with the schedule. In the main the route follows quiet roads but the traffic did start to get quite heavy around the Spanish border and was horrendous on the last stretch into Santander – we used the small ferry from Padrena to avoid the main road as suggested in the CTC notes. The terrain through France was fairly gentle but it did get hilly in Spain – by that stage we were quite bike fit so it wasn’t too much of a problem. In any case the hard work getting up those hills was rewarded by spectacular views from the top. We did the tour in July in the middle of a heat wave that hit the continent that year. This was probably the hardest thing we had to cope with but we got around it by just getting up a bit earlier to get a decent amount of mileage in before the sun got too hot.

One of the things I think I will always remember was crossing the bridge at St Nazaire – you’ve got to see it to believe it.

Anyway hope you both enjoy the trip.