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by MarcusT
23 May 2019, 5:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Solar panel for touring
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Re: Solar panel for touring

I just picked this up. https://www.amazon.co.uk/22000mAh-Portable-Capacity-Charging-Waterproof/dp/B07PHYB7LJ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=3VS4CYRBL1BL2&keywords=solar+cell+phone+charger&qid=1558584455&s=gateway&sprefix=solar+cell+phone%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 I have not tried ...
by MarcusT
18 May 2019, 4:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footwear
Replies: 11
Views: 651

Re: Footwear

Five Tens as a dedicated bike shoe, but if you need to walk on mud/grass, they are not the best. For more of a cross, I like the Merrill Crosslander. Has a good tread and the sole is thin enough to feel the pedals
by MarcusT
14 May 2019, 5:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nuremberg to Venice in August
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Nuremberg to Venice in August

Not sure which route you will,be taking. But the Alpe Adria cycle route (Salzburg-Grado, IT.) is a nice route, well set up. There is also the Drau cycle route that takes you from Austria to the east side of Slovenia (Maribor), it is also a nice route, though a little spartan. In Croatia, I would avo...
by MarcusT
10 May 2019, 5:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Croatia to Montenegro border
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Croatia to Montenegro border

This occurs with many of the smaller states in Europe. If you think your border crossing is on a secondary road, there are sources to see hours and eligibility for that border crossing.
by MarcusT
10 May 2019, 5:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback vs B-Twin
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: Ridgeback vs B-Twin

I agree with Brucey re; LBS. From my experience Decathlon does not have very good mechanics and many times they are only part time. If you can get the Ridgeway from a reputable LBS, go for it. They may even give you a good price, where Deca does no haggling
by MarcusT
9 May 2019, 5:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sending a bike ahead on a flight?
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Sending a bike ahead on a flight?

Sending it as freight would be much, much more expensive.
by MarcusT
1 May 2019, 5:33am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: e Fat: what's available top end?
Replies: 9
Views: 524

Re: e Fat: what's available top end?

Hi folks, What is available on the market for quality e Fat? so far I've only found the Cube Nutrail 500 and the Moustache Samedi 26 Wild : surely there must be more? Not sure why you think the Cube is not a top end bike. It has high end components, as well as a suspension fork and the Bosch CX mot...
by MarcusT
23 Apr 2019, 6:22am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trekking handlebars advice pls.
Replies: 18
Views: 687

Re: Trekking handlebars advice pls.

I tried butterflys and liked them, but there was still something that did not convince they were the best solution. Perhaps it was the lower hand grips raised my center of gravity and made downhills a little scary. So I switched back to flats with the shown bar ends. I like them much more as the swe...
by MarcusT
21 Apr 2019, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Pedal tap set

I don't mean to be rude, but if you have stripped the threads of a new crank, what makes you think you will do a good job of cutting new threads? I had not tightened the pedal enough and became loose whilst pedaling, that was the cause of the strip, not the installation. Maybe I'll just save the ch...
by MarcusT
18 Apr 2019, 5:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Pedal tap set

needless to say, some bike shops have the correct tools and will do this repair at a reasonable cost. cheers Appreciate all Brucey, but my LBS will not give me the time of day unless I spend a couple thousand there. I've had people ask me to do repairs/ maintenance on their bikes because this shop ...
by MarcusT
18 Apr 2019, 5:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.

I set up the upper hooks so the panniers sit as far back as possible, also so there is no play back and fourth. With that, I don't believe the lower hook can reach the back bar, so I set it to fit the middle bar. Surprised about the "panniers as far back as possible". I try to get mine as...
by MarcusT
17 Apr 2019, 5:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.
Replies: 12
Views: 545

Re: Possibly dumb question - fixing panniers to rear Tubus rack.

I set up the upper hooks so the panniers sit as far back as possible, also so there is no play back and fourth. With that, I don't believe the lower hook can reach the back bar, so I set it to fit the middle bar.
by MarcusT
17 Apr 2019, 5:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Pedal tap set

Thanks for the input.
I will attempt to do the repairs for a reasonable price, otherwise, it's just not worth it. I don't see the sense to pay for a repair kit that cost 2-3 X more than what the crank set costs.
It's not a tool I foresee ever needing again.

Cheers
by MarcusT
16 Apr 2019, 5:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Pedal tap set

About half the threads are stripped out. I was able to ride home with it.
It's not an urgent project as I had a replacement crank, but it just seems like a waste to have a brand new crank set just sitting there.
My plan was to go to my auto mechanic for the ream/tap and put in the plug myself.
by MarcusT
15 Apr 2019, 5:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Pedal tap set

Hello. By not being thorough in my crank set installation, I stripped the pedal threads out of a brand new crank. I see there are tap sets to repair this, but they are much too expensive. The Var set which comes with tap and plugs sell for over 100. The Unior is double. The plugs themselves are not ...