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by tmac100
8 Oct 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 26
Views: 950

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: 28
Views: 1196

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: 311

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: 260
Views: 7399

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: 260
Views: 7399

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: 2635

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: 6573

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: 2045

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: 6573

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: 1812

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: 1155

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: 1155

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: 36
Views: 5512

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: 36
Views: 5512

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: 36
Views: 5512

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...