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by tmac100
9 Nov 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Taking ebike on aircraft

Yup, best I wait until I retire in Portugal, and then take an ebike or ordinary "pushbike" on a train. :wink:
by tmac100
9 Nov 2019, 5:06am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Taking ebike on aircraft

Seems like I should either have it's wheels removed and all separated parts (in boxes) labeled as "Pedal assisted mobility aid" or wait for another sale in a couple of years when I retire to Portugal.
by tmac100
8 Nov 2019, 3:19pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Taking ebike on aircraft

Any positive experiences? I want to buy a used Van Moof, but they don't ship to my country (Qatar). BA will allow me to check it in on my flight sector to IST, BUT TK won't for IST-DOH, yet they allow the check-in of mobility assist equipment. The ebike sure helps me with my bu******- up right knee ...
by tmac100
8 Nov 2019, 3:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 265
Views: 8257

Re: McDonald's

Sorry to have ruffled feathers. BUT ... I have found out the hard way that getting a SIM card in some far-off country is either very expensive (as in Canada), or fraught with bureaucratic details. And for what??? This summer, while bicycle touring in France, we just stopped at a MacDonlds, got 2 cof...
by tmac100
8 Oct 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1218

Re: Cassette question

Valbrona wrote:Never trust a chain wear checker. Flawed thinking.

What do you base this statement on?
by tmac100
13 Sep 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: my take on back-pedal (coaster) brakes
Replies: 30
Views: 1509

Re: my take on back-pedal (coaster) brakes

I am looking forward to putting together my BW Industries India-made bicycle. I bought extra 28" rims and spokes (and a spare chain) so that I can build a single-speed rear wheel and also a 3 speed rear wheel ... I have a SA 3 speed hub with coaster brake and all the shifter/cable/etc parts to ...
by tmac100
13 Sep 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton 3 speed shifter.
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Brompton 3 speed shifter.

the first thing I would check is that the cable is not draggy, and that it is definitely the shifter which is at fault. cheers Yup, been there too. Lube is pretty easy_ I started with WD-40 to loosen then did a disassembly and lube with a synthetic product. Cannot remember which one (I have several...
by tmac100
13 Sep 2019, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 265
Views: 8257

Re: McDonald's

I'm a big fan of McDonald's when touring, particularly abroad. They offer lots of things for the touring cyclist. Cheap, filling calorie dense food. Good coffee. You can order and pay using the screen in English and sit down and have it brought to you. Free Wi Fi. Usually clean toilets. Courteous s...
by tmac100
1 Sep 2019, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: McDonald's
Replies: 265
Views: 8257

Re: McDonald's

While recently bicycling in France, McD was great for coffee and free wi-fi. Liked their jumbo style fries too. We did not have SIM cards for Europe, so had to rely on wi-fi.

It is what it is .....
by tmac100
22 Apr 2019, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 59
Views: 2745

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

If you want to be able to take your bike without any hassle on the Eurostar or TGV then the only bike that will allow you is a Brompton. I know I have done it. And to dispel the misinformation about touring. A Brompton is more than capable. ...... Heinz Stucke used a Brompton to tour 60K km in arou...
by tmac100
8 Apr 2019, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6632

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

who gives a monkey's what current MTBs use? I don't. But FWIW if you want quality (strong not too heavy) 559 rims in 36h you have practically missed the boat. Tyre manufacturers will keep on making tyres for 'obsolete' rims as long as they are selling enough to be worthwhile. There are still lots o...
by tmac100
23 Mar 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 2078

Loire Valley Tours this August ....

My travelling partner and I are looking at doing a self-guided tour of the Loire Valley. This will be in August because of other commitments in Canada and Europe. After some research, I have decided to ask for ideas. Any suggestions based on personal experiences? Maximum of 8 or 9 days... We would r...
by tmac100
5 Mar 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6632

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

who gives a monkey's what current MTBs use? I don't. But FWIW if you want quality (strong not too heavy) 559 rims in 36h you have practically missed the boat. Tyre manufacturers will keep on making tyres for 'obsolete' rims as long as they are selling enough to be worthwhile. There are still lots o...
by tmac100
2 Mar 2019, 4:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are these clones or genuine?
Replies: 34
Views: 1837

Re: Are these clones or genuine?

Buyer beware. In 2006 I bought a Shimano RD on Ebay. It fell apart in outback Australia and went into my rear wheel breaking 2 of the 48 spokes and bending others. I had to hitch-hike over 700 km to a town that had a bike shop. Fixed the wheel (which was still pretty straight) and put on a new Shima...
by tmac100
8 Feb 2019, 12:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bent stay on a Brommie rear rack - repair needed.
Replies: 5
Views: 1162

Re: Bent stay on a Brommie rear rack - repair needed.

Here are the pics of the bent and cracked stay. I think that it is easy to straighten the bent stay. Welding the crack should be easy enough to do by a competent Al welder. The Brommie is in Dubai and getting the Brommie part will be quite difficult because of Brompton's territorial requirements tha...