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by simonhill
15 Aug 2018, 5:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do I need a new cassette?
Replies: 26
Views: 634

Re: Do I need a new cassette?

I normally do 2 chains to one cassette. I fit chain then do short 'testing' ride. Usually up a fairly steep hill so putting plenty of load on the system. As said above, you may only have a few favourites in the cluster. Mine are 6 and 3 (1 being lowest). For some reason these are the gears I ride mo...
by simonhill
14 Aug 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Query about taking a bicycle to India
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Query about taking a bicycle to India

Maybe others are interested so I'll post. I have taken a bicycle to India 4 times, 3 by air, one overland from Nepal. I was never required to register my bike. Admittedly the last time was 2006 and import duties were much higher then and people did sell stuff, eg cameras, that they took in. A friend...
by simonhill
14 Aug 2018, 12:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike-transport bag storage, London
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Bike-transport bag storage, London

According to Stasher website - £6 first day, then £5 per day. 4 weeks will be about 26 - 28 days storage. £6 + (26x£5 = £130) = £136 . I suspect this will exceed the cost of the bag. The usual way of doing this is to try to store the bag at your first hotel, is that an option? Or maybe warmshowers. ...
by simonhill
11 Aug 2018, 3:39pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Surly LHT 26", 56cm Frame and Forks £220
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Surly LHT 26", 56cm Frame and Forks £220

Surly Long Haul Trucker Frame and Forks. 26” Wheel, 56cm Frame. £220 Black frame and (uncut) forks in excellent condition. There are a couple of very minor marks and some of the letters of the “fattys fit fine” transfer on the drive side chain stay have come off. With a polish it would be almost pri...
by simonhill
9 Aug 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag/box at destination
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Bike bag/box at destination

Two main options: Use poly "CTC" bag. At arrival airport you re-fold and carry with you. If you choose to use a cardboard bike box. Leave it at arrival airport, then source a new one at final destination from a local bike shop. These are the normal methods, however, if you are thinking of ...
by simonhill
8 Aug 2018, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Insurance for a trip >100 days
Replies: 8
Views: 293

Re: Insurance for a trip >100 days

One important thing to note is that the insurance must cover the activity you are doing. Many policies allow cycling, but if you read the small print they exclude any activity done as the sole purpose of the trip. Here is a link to the Insureandgo backpacker policy available for up to 18 months and ...
by simonhill
8 Aug 2018, 3:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Insurance for a trip >100 days
Replies: 8
Views: 293

Re: Insurance for a trip >100 days

This is often asked, so a good search of all the old posts on here may help. How much over 100 days do you want and where are you going? Also, age is often critical. I have Insureandgo annual policy which is good for 90 days, which is nearly 100. If you are not far from home (ie Europe) then a quick...
by simonhill
6 Aug 2018, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Assembly of bikes at airports
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: Assembly of bikes at airports

Unlikely to be your problem, but I decided to assemble in the arrival hall at Penang airport after an internal flight from KL. The hall was was large, virtually empty and air conditioned, so ideal for me. Unfortunately I took so long that an international flight arrived. I was then subjected to a Cu...
by simonhill
2 Aug 2018, 8:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!

Don't forget a pound coin for the trolley (in Gatwick anyway).
by simonhill
1 Aug 2018, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Bottom Clip
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: Pannier Bottom Clip

I think these are officially called 'anti- sway hooks'. The idea being to stop the panniers swinging out when cornering. I agree about not being too important forward or back if your hooks don't slide on the rails, but I have mine set to also stop the panniers sliding even a little bit forward. This...
by simonhill
1 Aug 2018, 3:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Creative help needed!! Bke bagging once again!

Sure I've asked before - but is it too late to just drop your bikes in a bike box. All the problems mentioned above overcome in one simple packing change. I've travelled using everything from naked to boxed and boxed is definitely the best option (unless out in the sticks on Air NZ where I loaded my...
by simonhill
1 Aug 2018, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle tourists driven over and killed in Tajikistan terror attack
Replies: 34
Views: 1554

Re: Cycle tourists driven over and killed in Tajikistan terror attack

I find some of the replies to this incident a rather sad indictment of this forum. What should have been a tribute to fellow cyclists who dare to venture away from their home base, has turned into accusations and a debate on statistics. From what I have read, the dead cyclists were cycling The Pamir...
by simonhill
31 Jul 2018, 5:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice for new cyclist
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: Advice for new cyclist

I would try a few different sorts of bike before you plump on a particular type. It may well be that you end up with a road bike (probably what you would call a racing bike), but for commuting you may find another style more suitable. Personally, I ride a flat bar touring type bike. Wide tyres, mudg...
by simonhill
31 Jul 2018, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle tourists driven over and killed in Tajikistan terror attack
Replies: 34
Views: 1554

Re: Be careful out there...

Basically just dont go to those countries. They are dangerous. those countries? This was a terrible occurrence, but cyclists have been exploring far away places for well over a century and are unlikely to stop because of this. Every time I ride in a new country I am aware of the risks, but I suspec...
by simonhill
30 Jul 2018, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quick Bike Bag question!!
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Quick Bike Bag question!!

I let the airline do it via the baggage label. I do have a frequent flyer label in my panniers. Advice in the UK is not to clearly display your address on your luggage as thieves have been known to monitor airports and then visit your house while away. If worried, you could tie a label to the bikefr...