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by nsew
26 Sep 2020, 11:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

I envy you that trip. I tried in 2009/10 to pass into Tibet from Sichuan Provence and was turned back. Might be worth appealing to the US Embassy as your name might clash with another’s.
by nsew
26 Sep 2020, 10:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Oh that's a shame, why is it impossible to take the western Atlantic route now? I found https://sahara-overland.com which also implies there are troubles but does not detail them (as far as I can see). This is the sort of thing that throws a spanner in the works, but better to find out early than s...
by nsew
26 Sep 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Islamic State West Africa and Boko Haram are active throughout the region.
by nsew
26 Sep 2020, 10:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

I’d say zero chance of Morocco to Egypt due to the situation in Libya. Helen Lloyd’s travels via the Western route are remarkable even in 2012. Far more difficult (impossible?) now.
by nsew
26 Sep 2020, 9:28am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Search “ Cairo to Cape Town by bike “. There used to be Deck Class ferries from Piraeus to the eastern Mediterranean ports but they’re no more unfortunately.
by nsew
12 Sep 2020, 2:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Truing advice
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Wheel Truing advice

Homervanderlay wrote:

Why do all the videos tell you to tighten counterclockwise when it actually seems to tighten clockwise?



No one here can disclose that information. We don’t talk about it.
by nsew
8 Sep 2020, 7:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed triple front mech with 8 speed??
Replies: 11
Views: 571

Re: 9 speed triple front mech with 8 speed??

No bother running a 9sp derailleur with an 8sp chain as there’s only .5mm difference in chain width. Fd-m739 is a top pull derailleur. As stated Fd-m737 and fd-m738 are designed for 42/44 and are bottom pull. Ironic that later m760/770 fd’s weighed in a whopping 60g heavier though they do shift very...
by nsew
1 Sep 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)

Your head appears to be firmly planted in your parts bin.
by nsew
1 Sep 2020, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)

This lever has 5 years of regular use which includes about 25,000 miles of touring.
by nsew
1 Sep 2020, 6:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)

The whole point is that they are like many other sets of SL-BS** models I have seen and used previously (at various points in the last thirty years or so, none of which have been marked with anything better than a sticker that fell off after five minutes.: Should you ever own a set that are intact ...
by nsew
31 Aug 2020, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)

Seriously, what is this pile of unidentifiable junk that you’ve put forward as Shimano BS50-7 bar end shifters? You don’t even claim to know yourself. The left mount is clearly not from any of the 7,8 & 9sp kits we’re discussing.
by nsew
31 Aug 2020, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 spoke adequate for touring?
Replies: 30
Views: 1246

Re: 32 spoke adequate for touring?

jimlews wrote:
Apologies for the late night ramblings; I've just got back from an impromptu ride that turned a bit expeditious. Nice bit of Rough Stuff too.


This is a cycling forum, Jim.
by nsew
30 Aug 2020, 11:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)
Replies: 35
Views: 1174

Re: Bar end shifter bother - formerly a Wanted request (SL BS77)

There are no pips on 7 & 8sp mounts in the Shimano Tech Docs and non on these actual 7 & 8sp mounts. There are pips on these DA 9sp mounts and also in the Tech Docs. All purchased as new or NOS. A busted up 7sp lever attached to a dirty old mount of unknown origin isn’t evidence of diddly-sq...
by nsew
30 Aug 2020, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 spoke adequate for touring?
Replies: 30
Views: 1246

Re: 32 spoke adequate for touring?

I want to change from screw on freewheel to freehub for touring. I have a couple of Shimano XT cassette hubs FH-M732 . Both have 32 spoke holes. Is this a sufficient spoke count for touring? i.e. Lightweight cycle camping in UK. Additionally, the hub flanges are wider apart on one of the freehubs; ...