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by Jdsk
20 Nov 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Weight Imbalance .... Bottles on Forks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2179

Re: Weight Imbalance .... Bottles on Forks?

... I've just bought one water bottle that's taller than my others and won't fit within my frame... Could you fit it below the down tube? That's where I carry my SIGG fuel bottle. Would it fit within the frame if the cage moved a bit? I've used Topeak cage adjusters to do this: https://www.topeak.c...
by Jdsk
17 Nov 2019, 4:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help with tyre punctures
Replies: 19
Views: 794

Re: Help with tyre punctures

Great advice on finding the cause. It's good practice to line up the tyre label with the valve. Then, when you find the hole in the tube, you can line up the tube with the tyre, valve to label, and identify where in the tyre the sharp object is lurking. It's much quicker and easier to carefully exam...
by Jdsk
17 Nov 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour
Replies: 30
Views: 1903

Re: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour

It's a great trip. We went from Oxford: Sleeper train from London to Glasgow, train to Oban, ferry to Barra. Cycled up the islands. Ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool. Cycled to Inverness (actually to a little station just before). Sleeper train back. No tents. Range of accommodation including Gatliff...
by Jdsk
16 Nov 2019, 12:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: East Baltic touring
Replies: 2
Views: 180

East Baltic touring

We're interested in touring Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and maybe a bit of Poland if that helps. I see more and more commercially organised bike trips, but we'd prefer to do it on our own and especially without van connections. Probably a mix of camping and hostels and hotels. Any experiences, ad...
by Jdsk
11 Nov 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPX for EuroVelo 15
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: GPX for EuroVelo 15

Now I have to work out how to get my bike up to Andermatt on the train without a bike box :/ We did this in the summer. Trains to Portsmouth. Overnight ferry. Drove the bikes in a rented car from Le Havre to Mulhouse. Cycled to Basel. Trains up from Basel and stayed overnight in Andermatt, then too...
by Jdsk
11 Nov 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Islabikes CNOC 16 mudguards
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Re: Islabikes CNOC 16 mudguards

We've just had the same problem.

After a lot of communication with the factory which was helpful but didn't solve it... we moved the clip along the guard. (There's a screw on the inside.) And now have enough clearance.

Jonathan
by Jdsk
21 Aug 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cateye light clip part broken - what's it called?
Replies: 15
Views: 3348

Re: Cateye light clip part broken - what's it called?

Creativity is welcome

I think it's going to involve a Dremel and some Araldite.

Jonathan
by Jdsk
21 Aug 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar End Plug Sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Bar End Plug Sizes

by Jdsk
6 Aug 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Regularly changing pedals
Replies: 23
Views: 1536

Re: Regularly changing pedals

What are we seeing... a pedal spindle stuck in a crank? After you've confirmed which way to undo you have three main weapons: force, penetrating fluid and heat. Force needs a wrench that fits well and enough leverage. Some like to strike with a mallet, others like to increase the lever length. If th...
by Jdsk
3 Aug 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin eTrex30 doesn't recognise new GPX files anymore
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Garmin eTrex30 doesn't recognise new GPX files anymore

These devices are notoriously fussy about USB connections and cables. But it doesn't sound as if that's the problem.

Have you done a factory reset?

Garmin UK support is pretty good: https://support.garmin.com/en-GB/.

Jonathan
by Jdsk
3 Aug 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Torque Wrench Set Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1733

Re: Torque Wrench Set Recommendations

Very pleased with the X-Tools Essential, as reviewed above: https://www.wiggle.co.uk/x-tools-essential-torque-wrench-set/. But NB you won't have it with you on the road so it's a good idea to calibrate your wrist against it for all of the fasteners of those proliferating carbon and aluminium bits. J...
by Jdsk
28 Jul 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack
Replies: 4
Views: 1547

Re: Front rack

I have the same problem on the tourers so I use extension bars for the secondary lights, speedometer, GPS, bell etc.

Then the bag goes on the handlebars. There are extension bars for handlebar bags that will carry lights, but they've always looked too wobbly.

Jonathan
by Jdsk
28 Jul 2019, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack
Replies: 4
Views: 1547

Re: Front rack

I wouldn't use an unbranded rack.

Jonathan

PS: Why do you prefer a rack and bag to a handlebar bag for "a few bits and pieces"?
by Jdsk
28 Jul 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6208

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

The easiest way to get the touring bike you want is buy the frame you like, buy the components you want on it and build it. That way you get exactly what you require. There's no earthly reason why, for example, all the drive train components should be from the same manufacturer. If you're not an ex...
by Jdsk
28 Jul 2019, 10:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rear pannier advice needed
Replies: 83
Views: 10023

Rear pannier advice needed

IMO yes - assuming they are done up properly. You know you can dump the bags on the ground in a hurry and not worry about making them stand up the right way. If they roll into a puddle or other small body of water then the stuff inside and, just as important the inside of the panniers themselves wi...