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by tmac100
22 Apr 2019, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 59
Views: 2365

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: 6430

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: 1970

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: 6430

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: 1752

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: 1139

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: 1139

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: 5405

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: 5405

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: 5405

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: 36
Views: 5405

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: 36
Views: 5405

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: 36
Views: 5405

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: 724
Views: 146512

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: 633

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 ...