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by Sid Aluminium
24 Jan 2021, 8:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear, front derailleur
Replies: 14
Views: 545

Re: Hub gear, front derailleur

Brian Walker on tour in the Alps, 1950:

brian walker 1950.jpg
by Sid Aluminium
20 Jan 2021, 8:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Food with maximum energy for minimum weight
Replies: 52
Views: 1953

Re: Food with maximum energy for minimum weight

'Food with maximum energy for minimum weight'

Lembas bread, if and when you can get it. Otherwise, cram.
by Sid Aluminium
20 Jan 2021, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sheffield Stand - Is It Easy To Cut Through?
Replies: 24
Views: 1051

Re: Sheffield Stand - Is It Easy To Cut Through?

Having seen a few of those videos demonstrating how easily the heaviest locks can be cut or broken, the main hope is that they are softer targets. I personally wouldn't describe this as easy, but I personally wouldn't describe the lock as practical to bring along. Hmph. Maybe a 'leave at home' lock...
by Sid Aluminium
19 Jan 2021, 5:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sheffield Stand - Is It Easy To Cut Through?
Replies: 24
Views: 1051

Re: Sheffield Stand - Is It Easy To Cut Through?

The 'two lock method' will typically force multiple bike stand cuts. Easier bikes to steal, bro. Installing your own Sheffield stand (or perhaps working with your local council), a trick I've seen is to drape a heavy chain through the pipe of the stand before installation. The idea is a saw will cut...
by Sid Aluminium
10 Jan 2021, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Too cold/icy/snowy for touring?
Replies: 30
Views: 1649

Re: Too cold/icy/snowy for touring?

And on this subject, a tip of the hat to Gleb Travin (Siberia, 1929-1931).

'Siberia? That's nice. Hold my beer while I cycle to the South Pole.' Maria Leijerstam, 2013
by Sid Aluminium
8 Jan 2021, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Diagram for AW gears?
Replies: 15
Views: 531

Re: Diagram for AW gears?

I have a Raleigh folding bike, which has been used in a lot of mileage since 1998 to work from trains...AW Made in England 92/5 A twenty-two year-old 'lot of mileage' hub with its very first issue? Seems like a reasonable service life. Could just slide a new internal AW-NIG works into your existing...
by Sid Aluminium
5 Jan 2021, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a deraileur bike to use a Rohloff hub
Replies: 31
Views: 1215

Re: Converting a deraileur bike to use a Rohloff hub

The Rohloff seemed large until I built up a bike with an Enviolo CVT hub.

Theory of relativity, I suppose.
by Sid Aluminium
2 Jan 2021, 6:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Current S-A dynohub (no pun intended)
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Current S-A dynohub (no pun intended)

I have no complaints about the way my 2.4W Dynohub energizes my B&M IQ X.

Better than the perhaps more draggy 3W? I'd be 'better' with a SON Deluxe :wink: but it was an HDS12 Dynohub that was spoked into my wheel when I upgraded to the IQ X lamp.
by Sid Aluminium
1 Jan 2021, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Current S-A dynohub (no pun intended)
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Current S-A dynohub (no pun intended)

My NOS 1964 GH6 Dynohub and my 2014 HDS12 Dynohub don't seem to share any DNA beyond operating on the same general principle of all magneto hubs.
by Sid Aluminium
1 Jan 2021, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?
Replies: 20
Views: 699

Re: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?

Fun stuff about trikes: In Hanoi, a cycle rickshaw will have the passenger bench and the two wheels in front and the pedaler in back. In Mumbai, a cycle rickshaw will have the pedaler in front and the passenger bench and two wheels in the back. In Singapore, the cycle rickshaw's passenger bench is a...
by Sid Aluminium
29 Dec 2020, 7:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trivial brake law question.
Replies: 56
Views: 3428

Re: Trivial brake law question.

I was reading through some of this thread and thinking to myself, I'm so glad we don't have seemingly trivial laws pertaining to bikes here in the US. But then a quick search brought me to a US consumer protection website that shows the requirements for bikes; they explain things without all the le...
by Sid Aluminium
26 Dec 2020, 4:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Applecross on SA AW?
Replies: 29
Views: 1138

Re: Touring Applecross on SA AW?

A flight of fancy over Applecross: 'Colin Martin' gearing. Fit dual chainwheels, say a 34T and a 28T. Fit the AW with dual cogs, say an 18T and a 24T. No mechs. General touring in 34x18, giving 65, 49 and 37 g.i. At the base of large climbs, move the chain to the 28x24 by hand, giving 40, 30 and 23 ...
by Sid Aluminium
24 Dec 2020, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton AM2 upgrade to Alfine 11
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Moulton AM2 upgrade to Alfine 11

Or one could convert the Moulton AM from the original 17" (ISO369) wheels to the slightly smaller 18" (ISO355) size, in which 32 hole rims are commonly available (and there's a wider selection of tyres). Sheldon said a version of the Shimano Nexus 8 could be set up @ 126mm OLD. With thin l...
by Sid Aluminium
21 Dec 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton, Airnimal, crosshead, etc - what's the pros and cons
Replies: 56
Views: 1543

Re: Brompton, Airnimal, crosshead, etc - what's the pros and cons

It's sold as a folder and there's videos of it folding. About minute 5 of this video https://youtu.be/yKxUI5etm4U the spanners come out and the handlebar/handlepost is dismantled, creating loose parts. Some folks call that folding, but it doesn't seem like it's something one would care to undertake...
by Sid Aluminium
20 Dec 2020, 2:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton, Airnimal, crosshead, etc - what's the pros and cons
Replies: 56
Views: 1543

Re: Brompton, Airnimal, crosshead, etc - what's the pros and cons

Bernds - riders to 210cm
Tern BYB - riders to 6' 5"
Whippet - riders to 6' 4" (British, not currently on offer)
Hummingbird - inside leg length to 97cm (British)