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by Des49
2 Jul 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?
Replies: 49
Views: 1844

Re: Opinions - 531c for loaded touring

In the mid eighties I did a 3 week heavily laden tour of Ireland on my Record Ace. Clamped low riders to it too, bar bag and Karrimor Iberian panniers. Took a rucksac and heavy walking boots too. But I didn't know any better either. Certainly don't remember the frame being flexy. A couple years late...
by Des49
23 Jun 2019, 6:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Incorporating a frameless backpack?
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Incorporating a frameless backpack?

If I was to cycle down to the Pyrenees from the UK then do some serious alpine walking I would want to be well equiped for both. That would mean some decent panniers and a rack. I am sure campsites, for example, in places like Gavarnie and Cauterets would let you leave a bike there. I know exactly w...
by Des49
23 Jun 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Incorporating a frameless backpack?
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Incorporating a frameless backpack?

Haven't done walking and cycling for a long time, but used to do it. Fine for short trips on a bike to take you to the walk, but when you go for a long trip then I found the weight mounted up a lot. Mind you I did do a 3 week solo tour of Ireland many years ago, with a 2 man tent, 2 man stove, added...
by Des49
23 Jun 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 66
Views: 2518

Re: Putting out the flame

While we are on the topic of Trangias, has anyone got any suggestions for the best way to put a Trangia out? I use the simmer ring to extinguish the flame. This works but occasionally the flame is yellow and too large to get the ring on safely. Normally I drop the closed simmer ring over the flame,...
by Des49
21 Jun 2019, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 16
Views: 638

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

I have used a 1" threaded headset on my MTB for for well over 25 years. Raced extensively and in more recent years used for touring, the latter with lowriders and over 5kg in each front pannier. No issues with the headset loosening. This bike also has a short headtube (107mm) which I would thin...
by Des49
16 Jun 2019, 12:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Thanks Brucey & PH,
I will contact SJS tomorrow and get things organised.
by Des49
16 Jun 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Not quite sure how old my most used hub is, maybe 10 years or so. Lights are left on all the time and that bike does a few thousand miles each year. The hub has also been flawless, until now! Well, apart from the "quick" release skewer which snapped and makes me wonder if it is worth carry...
by Des49
28 May 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Roberts Rendezvous Cycle Rally - 13 June 2018 London
Replies: 16
Views: 4229

Re: Roberts Rendezvous Cycle Rally - 13 June 2018 London

Unfortunately I never saw this thread last year, but probably would not have been able to attend. Will keep an eye out for the next event. Tempted by the cycling jersey too! As it happens I am currently getting Winston Vaz to make up a new set of forks for my White Spider with lowrider bosses and mu...
by Des49
24 May 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dented frame repair
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Dented frame repair

I think you have done a great job in removing the majority of the dent, what tubing it it? Try and retouch the paint and ignore it. I know it will annoy you every time you polish up the bike, but I barely notice the problem in your photograph. If that was my bike the paint would have flaked off mass...
by Des49
11 May 2019, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded headset tabbed washer - purpose?
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: Threaded headset tabbed washer - purpose?

Most of my bikes (all 1" threaded except for one) have tabs or flats on the washer. Recently I replaced some forks and had to cut a new keyway for a tabbed washer and posted on how to do this:- https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=128515 The suggestion was that the tabbed washer ...
by Des49
10 May 2019, 12:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Guardian video on cyclists breaking the law
Replies: 11
Views: 819

Re: Guardian video on cyclists breaking the law

What a great, well balanced and watchable video.
by Des49
10 May 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hand pump for touring
Replies: 52
Views: 15614

Re: hand pump for touring

Reviving this thread because I've been wondering about Zefal HPX or Topeak Road Master Blaster. Specifically, does the Topeak need a pump peg each end to fit? I know the Zefal only needs one. I got a Zefal HPX not long ago, unfortunately it won't fit my frame peg, it seems quite a large diameter an...
by Des49
6 May 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on cross channel ferries
Replies: 26
Views: 2859

Re: Bikes on cross channel ferries

Having never travelled on a cross-Channel ferry with a bike before I am a bit nervous about getting my new bike scratched and generally having bits like lights damaged. A lot of peripherals are vulnerable to abuse. It's always a risk. In my experience (mostly Condor Ferries) the deck hands do not h...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1127

Re: Quasar tent replacement

... Wild Country was originally a builder of climbing gear, particularly famous for the "Friend", the original spring-loaded camming device that allowed climbers to place reliable protection in parallel cracks for the first time. Also their "Rocks" chocs were (and still are) pre...
by Des49
5 May 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Quasar tent replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 1127

Re: Quasar tent replacement

But early WC tents were definitely superb quality much better than their recent offerings, I have two from the 80's that are still going strong and show no signs of failing despite many many multi month trips. My experience too. Very well made, but I have tried to look after my tent too, always pit...