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by nsew
11 Jul 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: KISS
Replies: 47
Views: 1805

Re: KISS

Last summer I divided a sheet of A4 into quadrants with headings: ride, eat, sleep, wear. I think 'wear' expanded to include anything that didn't fall into the three more specific categories, such as phone, power bank, book (I always take a book on tour, love to read at night in a tent). The specif...
by nsew
11 Jul 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: low budget camping challenge

Cheap foam mat. Cheap sleeping bag. Cheap bivvy. Cheap tarp. Cheap wood burner. Cheap steel mug. Cheap spork. What do I win?
by nsew
11 Jul 2020, 12:14pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: low budget camping challenge
Replies: 36
Views: 930

Re: low budget camping challenge

Well, you don't need a mallet that's for sure, so spend the £6 on something else. In 35 years of cycle camping I've never used a mallet for anything. There's always a rock or lump of concrete lying around somewhere. My plastic mallet saves me looking around for rocks and also has a handy bit for pu...
by nsew
15 Jun 2020, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2932

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

I stand corrected - I should of read the thread.
by nsew
15 Jun 2020, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2932

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

I believe the Sora is 4 arm 110/74 Hollowtech. If I was setting up a rock solid touring transmission I’d go for 5 arm 110/74 square taper.
by nsew
15 Jun 2020, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2932

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Relatedly - if you wanted to build decent-quality 3x8 or 3x9 touring transmission with DT/bar-end shifters (no worrying about STIs makes brake selection easier), could you still do that without having to trawl eBay etc. for second-hand/NOS parts? The 8 sp (SL R400) d/t levers (index only) that Samu...
by nsew
14 Jun 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2932

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

This photo clearly illustrates that on poor road surfaces down tube shifters are slightly better than bar end shifters which in turn are slightly better than STI’s. Mid 90s?
by nsew
12 Jun 2020, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.

Scratch that. That’s the top pull version as is the other on eBay. The German online bike shops carry them but be aware there’s a few versions.
by nsew
12 Jun 2020, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.
Replies: 15
Views: 529

Re: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.

I am building a touring bike with a 3x9 transmission. Hubs are Shimano 105 and chainset is Spa TD-2 on its recommended 113mm BB so chainline is 45mm. Downtube is 28.6mm. Chainrings are 40-33-24t to get the gear ratios I want. MTB FDs are designed for smaller chainrings than road FDs, but I think th...
by nsew
9 Jun 2020, 6:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Down Tube Shifters - Surly Cross Check
Replies: 12
Views: 358

Re: Down Tube Shifters - Surly Cross Check

Update. I have an oversized 31mm down tube on one bike and the curved boss cover sits as yours does on the boss (with the gap) but doesn’t penetrate the paintwork when tightened up with a d/t lever. The reason being the cover can’t move any further in as the square boss section doesn’t allow it. So ...
by nsew
9 Jun 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Down Tube Shifters - Surly Cross Check
Replies: 12
Views: 358

Re: Down Tube Shifters - Surly Cross Check

Odd. A paint thickness thing? I don’t think Surly have increased the down tube diameter. Here’s a Cross Check with the curved boss covers and the paint does appear to have squished a bit. Looking at the size of the gap in photo I’d be inclined to go ahead with what you’ve got as the flats certainly ...
by nsew
9 Jun 2020, 1:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Seatpost
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: New Seatpost

The Ritchey Classic is a strong nicely finished 2 bolt seatpost. Well worth the extra few quid over the generic models.
by nsew
7 Jun 2020, 1:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: KISS
Replies: 47
Views: 1805

Re: KISS

“So really, it’s a fairly lightweight set-up” (37kg)

https://youtu.be/Uw3cKOjOa9M
by nsew
5 Jun 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hallett's Howlers
Replies: 88
Views: 4694

Re: Hallett's Howlers

Can’t we all just get along?
by nsew
3 Jun 2020, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: KISS
Replies: 47
Views: 1805

Re: KISS

Bike Shelter Bedding - mat, bag, liner, pillow Lightweight clothing - synthetic / merino - cycle specific casual - breathable - hard wearing - fast drying . Footwear - one pair of shoes. Kitchen - stove, burner, pot, plate, mug, spork Army knife w/saw - basic light tools - small phone - power bank -...