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by Scunnered
18 Apr 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1804

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

This is so impressive. A skill I wish I had. Everyone has to start somewhere. I bet there is something you could make. Make it, you will learn something in the process. Then try something a little more challenging. Your skills will improve. Repeat. A little motto of mine: "The only barrier to ...
by Scunnered
29 Mar 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1804

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

Making your own gear is both time consuming and expensive. The majority of cheap consumer goods are now made in China, so one way to obtain cheap materials for your project is to purchase directly from China (eg alibaba). Some prices are astounding eg ten PCBs for $2.00 I only decide to make somethi...
by Scunnered
25 Mar 2019, 9:49am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling and ageing
Replies: 56
Views: 2119

Re: cycliing and ageing

So that's a digression, but the tubby chaps doing the sportive I think had come quite far as they were heading to Woking station whereas the ride started in Cobham, there seems to be a thing of 'event' cycling in that some people doing these things perhaps only ride once in a blue moon. Whereas the...
by Scunnered
22 Mar 2019, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain wear; another spot on the graph?
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: chain wear; another spot on the graph?

Chain lube + road crud closely resembles and imitates the grinding paste I once used for grinding cylinder head valves by hand. Regular chain cleaning is essential for prolonging drivetrain lifetime, it's just such a messy job. I have full mudguards but am also considering a chainguard eg SKS Chainb...
by Scunnered
7 Mar 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?
Replies: 171
Views: 6530

Re: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?

There is nothing "sudden" about it, I and plenty others have always ridden bikes on gravel and other unpaved surfaces. This was my first "gravel" bike, 10 speed I'll have you know :lol: It's a bit damp out there - have you got the bike stopped yet? :lol: yes, no chance of a fron...
by Scunnered
7 Mar 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?
Replies: 171
Views: 6530

Re: Why the sudden urge to ride bikes on gravel?

There is nothing "sudden" about it, I and plenty others have always ridden bikes on gravel and other unpaved surfaces.
This was my first "gravel" bike, 10 speed I'll have you know :lol:

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by Scunnered
6 Mar 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1804

Re: Anyone dabbled in MYOG?

Angstrom wrote:Yes, I'd like to sew some classic design paniers out of cotton duck cloth.
Where could I buy it?

The best place for fabrics and other diy stuff is https://www.extremtextil.de/en
by Scunnered
4 Mar 2019, 10:35am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1804

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

Nice though that is I was meaning the power bank :lol: Still very much a work in progress. I initially I had planned to use a single 2W solar panel: https://g2.img-dpreview.com/1CAD0E0CF60547F08C166461FDB94CD4.jpg and I made this circuit for it: https://g1.img-dpreview.com/CB8F46A9739448D4B17B4A9F6...
by Scunnered
3 Mar 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1804

Re: Anyone dabbled in Make-Your-Own-Gear ?

foxyrider wrote:Now that I really would like to see :D

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by Scunnered
28 Feb 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's wrong with your bike
Replies: 57
Views: 2758

Re: What's wrong with your bike

Brucey wrote:quite a lot of very experienced cyclists have fairly strong views about equipment; these are usually born out of experiences with, uh, 'less well thought out' equipment.
cheers

Experience is the thing you gain just after you first need it...
by Scunnered
28 Feb 2019, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 5741

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I could manage with a 1X but I'd need a Sturmey Archer too. They make one that'll take a 10sp cassette, so a single 10sp with one of those would work well. http://www.sturmey-archer.com/en/products/detail/cs-rf3-silver I suppose they designed these to take the place of a triple chainset. Interestin...
by Scunnered
28 Feb 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 5741

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I should have made clear - I am not claiming that my setup is better than anyone elses, just that it suits me and I like it.
YMMV :D
by Scunnered
28 Feb 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 5741

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I've been using 1x10 on my "go everywhere" (on+off road) bike for a few months now and I like it so much I won't be going back to 2x I have a 38T chainring and a 12-14-16-18-20-22-25-28-32-36 cassette. That gives me 28 to 83 gear inches, with the smallest step of 10% in the middle (22->20)...
by Scunnered
12 Feb 2019, 10:44am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Gas stove or petrol?
Replies: 64
Views: 2597

Re: Gas stove or petrol?

there is no perfect fuel, with ideal combination of - availability - cost - volatility - calorific value (fuel consumption) - smell - toxicity Gas is OK but there is no really universal standard for the cartridges so availability is poor in many places. A significant problem (for all-weather campin...