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by dondelion
31 Mar 2019, 5:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 79
Views: 13887

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

I'm using an Alpkit Stem Cell XL bag in the gap between stem and bars and it fits perfectly. My cockpit has definitely been minimised due to the lack of flat surfaces though. The bars are really comfy and it feels like a natural position even after long hours in the saddle. My partner is using On On...
by dondelion
28 Mar 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 79
Views: 13887

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

No love for bullmoose bars? They have a similar swept back style to the Jones. I'm currently riding the Baja Divide on my Surly Troll with them (slowly, fully loaded and with panniers) and they are a revelation after years on drops. Planet X sell Nitto's version for £70 https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q...
by dondelion
18 Jul 2018, 10:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Buddy MK3 or similar
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Bike Buddy MK3 or similar

I used one to carry a 750ml fuel bottle on my big tour and it never caused me any problems even on the roughest of Mongolian tracks. At some point I lost a part during transportation and they sent me a free replacement. Thoroughly recommended.
by dondelion
1 Jul 2018, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Chainring bolts fell out

So after riding some 20 miles, with the ring only secured by 2 bolts, it has changed shape sufficiently so that I can get 4 out of 5 bolts back in. Strange stuff. Will borrow a needle file to get the remaining bolt in.

I have written to FSA UK asking where to obtain a replacement.

Lessons learned...
by dondelion
30 Jun 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: Chainring bolts fell out

Thanks for all the replies. I've tried gradually doing up the bolts, with no success. The Cycletourist chainring is 8 speed but I'm running 10 speed. Research tells me this isn't a problem. But it's silver... I'll have a go with a hammer and a file tomorrow and get the Cycletourist if it doesn't wor...
by dondelion
30 Jun 2018, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring bolts fell out
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Chainring bolts fell out

...and now I can't get them back in. Yesterday, I was riding happily along when I heard an odd rattle and felt some resistance. Checks revealed that 4 chainring bolts had ejected themselves at some point and my inner chainring was hanging on by one bolt. The chainset is an FSA Tempo Adventure 46/30 ...
by dondelion
22 May 2018, 3:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gas canisters in Bishkek.
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Gas canisters in Bishkek.

I bought gas from the Korean shop in Bishkek when I was there about 3 years ago. A Korean motorcyclist told me that Korean shops all over Asia always sold gas. It is supplied in vertical cans and you will need an adaptor to convert from the push nozzle to a screw thread. I can't remember where the s...
by dondelion
3 May 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1702

Re: Wide tyres with v-brakes

So it looks like the sensible thing to do is just buy a large cheap tyre and see if it fits with the old Avid Single Digits I'm sure I've got somewhere. I haven't actually got the frame yet and am waiting for it to arrive from Germany where it was £300 cheaper than here. I just can't wait... Hadn't ...
by dondelion
2 May 2018, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1702

Re: Wide tyres with v-brakes

I quite fancy the Paul Motolites https://paulcomp.com/shop/components/motolite/ but am sceptical that a £250 brake is going to be 10 times as good as a £25 brake. 4 inch long brake arms and 'tons of vertical adjustment' suggests they'd fit the Surlys. Anyone every used them? Is it worth just putting...
by dondelion
2 May 2018, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1702

Wide tyres with v-brakes

Afternoon, I'm building an expedition tourer from a Surly Troll frame and would like to run v-brakes with very plump tyres. I've had more faff with discs than I've had with v-brakes (bent rotors, pads not lasting) and as I'll be heading into some remote areas, v-brake parts are easier to source. The...
by dondelion
13 Jan 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear dynamo light stopped working
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Rear dynamo light stopped working

Thanks for the replies.

The front light doesn't work with the cable connected so, as andrew_s says, it seems to be the rear light itself that's at fault and not the cables or front light. Can I connect it directly to the dynamo to see if it works or will it generate too much power?
by dondelion
12 Jan 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear dynamo light stopped working
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Rear dynamo light stopped working

Hello, I have a Son Edelux front light connected to an SP Dynamo and I have a rear B&M Secula Plus light connected to the front light. I've been running this setup for about 6 months but the rear light recently suddenly stopped working although the front light still works. I swapped the rear lig...
by dondelion
19 Jul 2017, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)
Replies: 6
Views: 1016

Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

I was in Georgia for a few months a couple of years ago and had no problems putting my bike on local trains a couple of times. It cost a tiny amount and I just turned up and got on the train, no dismantling required. The bike just went in a goods carriage or in a space by the door. It might be diffe...
by dondelion
30 Jan 2016, 10:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1399

Re: Russia

To get a visa I've both used agencies and done it all myself. The agencies are preferable as their markup isn't too great. I'd recommend Real Russia for a hassle free experience. Regarding politics, Russians are some of the most cynical and sceptical people I've met and most are inclined to disbelie...
by dondelion
15 Jan 2016, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1399

Re: Russia

Russia is amazing for touring. Camp where you like. Loads of crazy but kind people living tough lives who would feed and shelter you at a moment's notice. Really cheap outside the cities. Wilder wilds than you can imagine. I love it but it is very remote. I remember asking when the next shop was and...