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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: 959

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...
by tmac100
7 Feb 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bent stay on a Brommie rear rack - repair needed.
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Bent stay on a Brommie rear rack - repair needed.

My friend's Brommie rear rack has a bent stay (RH side, I think she said) which is also cracked near where it attaches to the frame near the rear wheel. The rear stays on my Brommie seem to be made of Al tubing swaged flat at both ends and drilled (top end) and slotted (at bottom end). This damage h...
by tmac100
18 Jan 2019, 6:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Yes, times have certainly changed in India. I first went to India in 1975 and spent 2 months there. Then I retirned again in 2009, and 2010 and the last time was over this past Christmas break. Besides much higher prices and easier to buy alcohol, the streets are cleaner with fewer cows dropping s**...
by tmac100
17 Jan 2019, 6:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Yes they are pricey. I tried to find a "trip" like those from days gone by, but when my Google searches found trips in the area of 36,000 INR for just a few days I stopped looking and went to Varkala and stayed there for 8 days.
by tmac100
17 Jan 2019, 5:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

And never forget that when faced with difficulties getting a bike on a train that a discrete "tip" with the right person can literally open doors! Good luck. Yes, everywhere. And that goes for waiters in a restaurant you frequent - they fall over themselves (on the next visit) after givin...
by tmac100
16 Jan 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

Nope to bicycle travel in India. So far I only tour unsupported in outback Australia. Routes like The Savannah Way and Perth to Adelaide and Adelaide to Broken Hill to Wentworth to Sydney. All on "unbusy" roads. My custom built steel touring bicycle has 48-spoke 26" wheels with custom...
by tmac100
16 Jan 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

My bicycle was in the cardboard box supplied at the factory. In India there are folks who will "wrap" your bicycle and even sew burlap around it. Ask at the railway stations. It seems you will have lots of time while on your bicycle trip to stop and ask - and even to reserve a 1st class ti...
by tmac100
16 Jan 2019, 6:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: India - taking bikes on train?
Replies: 31
Views: 1954

Re: India - taking bikes on train?

I just came back from India a couple of weeks ago, and travelled a LOT by train. I even left my Samsung S3 tablet behind at an air-conditioned waiting room, and noticed it was "missing" as the train was leaving the station. I contacted 2 railway police on the train and the ticket inspector...
by tmac100
9 Jan 2019, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 710
Views: 140154

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

... My book grew to 52 pages, ... ......... .. Did anybody download the 52p version ? PM please. vanGoose cannot be contacted via this forum tks I may not be addressable, but actually... i get informed when i am quoted... Renewed the download link again, nice to know that somebody is still interest...
by tmac100
8 Jan 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim protrusion
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: rim protrusion

Yes Brucey, been there. In 2006 I had a custom built tourer built in Canada for a trip along the "Savannah Way" in N. Australia. After starting from Cairns, I was getting flats on my rear tyre - and sometimes twice a day. Tyre pressure was good, but ... After a week or fixing tubes, I saw ...
by tmac100
9 Dec 2018, 1:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate?
Replies: 224
Views: 12054

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

Surely everybody knows the correct way is to do a week’s supply on Monday and pour into the porridge drawer and cut a slice off every morning. When I worked on farms we got porridge twice per day and the auld farmer maintained we were lucky as in his young days he got it at every meal. This of cour...
by tmac100
6 Dec 2018, 6:02pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate?
Replies: 224
Views: 12054

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

My porridge has flax seed, bran, sultanas, coconut chips, and cooked. I add a sliced "ladyfinger" banana and yogurt. Keeps me going from 5:30 until 9 am, then I have 2 HB eggs, an orange, and a coffee - and this is while teaching in a college.
by tmac100
6 Dec 2018, 5:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade a Brommie seatpost clamp.
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Upgrade a Brommie seatpost clamp.

Tough to get parts shipped to Qatar. The Spa clip won't ship out of Europe! SJS Cycles wants 35 GBP to ship the Brommie retro-kit to me in Qatar where I currently work. Apparently bicycle tools and parts cannot be sent by UK Mail to Qatar - only by expensive courier. Same with books - which explains...
by tmac100
5 Dec 2018, 7:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade a Brommie seatpost clamp.
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Upgrade a Brommie seatpost clamp.

When I lift my Brommie, the rear triangle stays fixed with the front frame. This is the newer design, I believe. The seatpost clamp had an additional clamp (rear frame clip I think it is called) to latch onto the suspension block. However, my friend's Brommie "unfolds" (which is a PITA) wh...
by tmac100
25 Apr 2018, 5:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims
Replies: 18
Views: 1288

Re: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims

In 2011 a custom builder built my tourer with an "offset" rear triangle (?) that allowed for an undished rear wheel. I have toured all over Australia's outback with that bike and it works great. The wheels are 26" with 48 spoke PW hubs. Steel frame weight is 40 lbs without panniers. I...