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by tmac100
4 May 2020, 9:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strengthening tandem back wheel
Replies: 30
Views: 901

Re: Strengthening tandem back wheel

In 2005-6 I had a custom built "expedition grade" diamond frame built. Steel frame, bar-ends, Brooks 17, yadda. I figured more spokes "is better", so I "found" on Ebay two Phil Wood 48 spoke hubs. The wheels are 26" and (so far) have proved indestructible! 4X lacin...
by tmac100
19 Feb 2020, 5:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Advantage of battery removal?
Replies: 14
Views: 857

Re: Advantage of battery removal?

Useful to know - but the integrated ones do look nice Looks are NOT what is important when using (and buying) an ebike. After renting one on a bicycle tour in France, I must admit that being able to remove the battery and then charging it in a hotel room prevents a LOT of issues - including an unch...
by tmac100
26 Jan 2020, 1:14pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate?
Replies: 283
Views: 19420

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

Vorpal wrote:Porridge for breakfast today, made in half water & half milk, served with a generous lump of butter & maple syrup. 8)

The porridge with some maple syrup sounds like what a Type 1 needs after bicycling for "a while". Good any time of day. :D
by tmac100
25 Jan 2020, 8:14am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Getting back in to it
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: Getting back in to it

I can't sustain 16mph either. But I am perfectly happy with 200 miles a week at between 10 and 14. No targets set, just enjoying cycling in retirement. At 72 y.o. (in June) I am back into bicycling. A week ago, I did 2.5 (!) miles and yesterday did almost 10. Now legs are sore. No matter - as I was...
by tmac100
25 Jan 2020, 7:46am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Porridge: love or hate?
Replies: 283
Views: 19420

Re: Porridge: love or hate?

Made some last night. Oatmeal, some peanuts, 2 chopped apricots and some golden raisins. Hot water ( ok it was boiling) and on the hot stove element with residual heat on the turned-off element. Stirred until boiling stopped, then left it. An hour later I added more boiling water later (too thick). ...
by tmac100
9 Nov 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 437

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: 437

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: 437

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: 8616

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: 43
Views: 2230

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: 1722

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: 351

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: 8616

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: 8616

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: 2916

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...