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by mongoose
23 Aug 2020, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem adjusting Shimano front deraileur
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Problem adjusting Shimano front deraileur

HI Mongoose. The derailleur cage does not match the diameter of the largest chain ring. It seems to be suited to something much larger. I did adjust it down as far as possible. Re your question Eyebrox, the rear has a 7 cog cassette. Did you release the gear cable clamp on the FD before trying to a...
by mongoose
23 Aug 2020, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem adjusting Shimano front deraileur
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Problem adjusting Shimano front deraileur

I agree with the earlier comments about adjustment and possible wear in the components. In the side-on photo, the FD cage looks too high which significantly affects front shifting. There should only be 1-2mm clearance between the underside of the FD cage and the top of the outer ring teeth at the fr...
by mongoose
24 Jun 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking as pedalling
Replies: 19
Views: 486

Re: Squeaking as pedalling

I have had this problem before, changed the BB although it was fairly new and it still squeeked. Tightening the pedals to the cranks arms sorted it - pity I did not try that before buying a new BB.
by mongoose
24 Jun 2020, 5:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to service Rockshox Tora forks (parts needed)?
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: How to service Rockshox Tora forks (parts needed)?

You might have difficulty sourcing a service kit for a 2010 Tora fork. Tftuned will service it for you but as it was not an expensive fork, the service cost is probably more than it is worth. Here is a link to the 2011 Tora service manual on my Dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com/s/dunkul8h66475ey/201...
by mongoose
19 Jun 2020, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Mech
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Front Mech

If you are only having a problem with the change from middle to outer front ring and it is OK from inner to middle, then check your outer limit screw is set correctly and you are not pulling the cable hard against the stop to get it to change. If it needs a a hard push for all changes then check tha...
by mongoose
8 Jun 2020, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge failure - what next
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Garmin Edge failure - what next

I have had my Garmin Edge Plus for about 4 years, and used it all over Europe. For the first couple of years it worked fine for navigating, either to destinations entered manually, or dowloaded as TCX files. Is it the Edge 520 Plus or Edge Touring Plus? I have an Edge Touring Plus that occasionally...
by mongoose
5 Jun 2020, 7:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Several day tour with e-bike
Replies: 64
Views: 1987

Re: Several day tour with e-bike

On our group tours over the last couple of years we have had a two Cube e-bikes with 500Wh batteries that were charged in the hotel each night. No problem loaded in hilly terrain - we did about 60 miles a day maximum and plenty reserve in the batteries at the end of the day. However, as you can't fl...
by mongoose
3 Jun 2020, 10:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you navigate on a published route?
Replies: 17
Views: 606

Re: How do you navigate on a published route?

I normally use cycle.travel to plot the route on my PC and download the GPX file to my Garmin Edge Touring Plus [getting on a bit now] and to my phone with Oruxmaps offline maps installed. I use the Garmin for turn by turn navigation in combination with the route signage. When I stray off the route ...
by mongoose
18 Feb 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads
Replies: 13
Views: 659

Re: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads

Rubbing pads on hydraulic disk are very common and usually easy to fix particularly when you remove a wheel for transport or to fix a puncture. The clearance between the pads and the disc is very small. Assuming your disk rotor is not warped - you need to be careful how you store it if you put your ...
by mongoose
8 Feb 2020, 7:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mosel Cycle Hire
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: Mosel Cycle Hire

I don't know about bike hire starting from Thionville but a group of us did the Mosel from Trier to Koblenz last year and two of the group hired bikes and panniers from the hire place at the station in Trier - good bikes with 10 speed groupset and hydraulic disks. There was no bike return service th...
by mongoose
11 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on an electric bike?
Replies: 60
Views: 2823

Re: Touring on an electric bike?

I don't have an e-bike but some in our group do and we toured along the Mosel, Rhine and Hunsruck in June with 2 e-bikes in the group [both Cube Touring Pro 500's] - max daily distance 56 miles. These bikes have a good 11 speed gear range, so are still OK to ride without power. We have had no proble...
by mongoose
29 Jul 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files
Replies: 6
Views: 1912

Re: Android mapping software for Europe - TCX files

I use Oruxmaps on my phone with offline maps as a backup to the Garmin. Works well and I have toured UK, France, Germany, Austria and Italy with this setup. Oruxmaps on the phone is handy when the Garmin throws a wobbly or I have missed a turn and am off track as you get a better overview. I use the...
by mongoose
29 Jul 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6322

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

Shimano do make touring gears, just they are harder to find in the UK but no problem in Germany. I built my tourer using Shimano kit - a T671 chainset - 48/36/26, T671 RD, T781 FD with an XT 10 speed 11-36 cassette all sourced in the UK but from different suppliers. On 700C/35 tyres this gives a ran...
by mongoose
9 May 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 956
Views: 123793

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Hi Richard, now that I'm doing more tracks, bridleways and byways, I find I often can't use cycle.travel to plan - even with 'Paths and roads' toggled on. It just won't let me select certain routes - which is a shame, even if I try and 'force' a route by adding dense via pins. e.g. https://cycle.tr...
by mongoose
18 Apr 2019, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 53
Views: 2840

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

The last time I used Basel airport [2015] they cardboard bike boxes at the airport - €17 then. In fact my brother and I had flown into Basel with the bikes in CTC poly bags from Edinburgh and Gatwick respectively. On the return leg his flight was much earlier than mine and when he got to Basel airpo...