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by Nebulous
30 Jun 2020, 12:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1393

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Re: Bike stand. For maximum stability the bike stand/support should be as high as practical (and definitely above centre of gravity) on the bike and give the bike between 10° and 20° of lean. I always carry* a purpose made collapsible pole made from aluminium tent poles. This pic shows use of a hiki...
by Nebulous
27 Jun 2020, 3:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A new tourer (for a song)
Replies: 31
Views: 12000

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

The bike looks good, but where was the pic taken?


Knucklas Castle (remains of) 52.363766° N, -3.103393° W

Day 1 (travelling east to west) of the Trans Cambrian Way.
by Nebulous
27 Jun 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A new tourer (for a song)
Replies: 31
Views: 12000

Re: A new tourer (for a song)

My Subway 2 kitted out for seven day tour on Welsh bridleways. A fantastic budget bike.

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by Nebulous
12 Jun 2020, 11:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To weld or not to weld, that is the question....
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: To weld or not to weld, that is the question....

Does the crack at its current length and position seriously compromise the strength of the frame? Could this current crack fail suddenly and catastrophically, or would it likely just slowly extend? Would a small, 3/4mm hole at each end of the crack prevent the crack extending? Would I ride this know...
by Nebulous
31 May 2020, 3:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: KISS
Replies: 51
Views: 2342

Re: KISS

My thoughts:

Pics 1 and 3: Life on the road.
Pic 2: Read too much sales literature defining must-haves.
Pic 4: Long term tourer. Multiple climates catered for.
Pic 5: Moving house.
by Nebulous
30 May 2020, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.
Replies: 12
Views: 460

Re: How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.

Success. I chose to use a piece of hessian sackcloth. Gentle but persistent rubbing has dulled the surface nicely. Some of the internal corners were a PITA, but overall I'm quite happy.
by Nebulous
29 May 2020, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC chain link came undone
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: KMC chain link came undone

I stand corrected.
All the authentic Shimano HG73 or HG93 9 speed chains I've ever bought never came with a quick link but always a joining pin.
It would appear as if Shimano only started making quick links (of the modern design, not for 6,7,8 chains) for ≥11 speed chains. Or am I wrong again ;-)
by Nebulous
29 May 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC chain link came undone
Replies: 30
Views: 1330

Re: KMC chain link came undone

kwackers wrote:. . . It was a Shimano chain and I'd used their split link -


Shimano don't make quick links. Authentic Shimano are supplied with a single chain pin.
If you bought a 'Shimano' chain that included a quick link, it's very likely a counterfeit item. ebay is the worst source.
by Nebulous
25 May 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: AVID BB7 MTN
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: AVID BB7 MTN

But is the new "BB7 MTB" calliper the direct replacement of my "BB& MTN"? Yes. I'm thinking that the pad may not be retained in place by the somewhat flattened pad retaining pin on the pressure foot. The pads are held in place by having their tabs properly located into the p...
by Nebulous
25 May 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: AVID BB7 MTN
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: AVID BB7 MTN

There are dozens of listings on ebay and Amazon for BB7s. Just beware, the cheapest on ebay are often counterfeit.
Post a pic of the damaged part / area, it may still be salvageable. BB7s are, generally speaking, virtually bombproof.
by Nebulous
24 May 2020, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank Size Difference Help
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Crank Size Difference Help

Hello guys. I'm thinking of buying a power meter on the left crank. But the thing is, my cranks are 170mm, and I can only find 172.5mm, do you think it's okay if I use 172.5 on one side and 170 on the other? Thanks. You'll definitely notice it for the first ride, not so much thereafter and probably...
by Nebulous
18 May 2020, 1:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.
Replies: 12
Views: 460

Re: How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.

I had in mind some sort of 'pickling' liquid. Not concerned if I get a slightly patchy result. It's the smooth highly polished finish that bothers me. Just doesn't look right on a well (ab)used mtb ;-)
by Nebulous
18 May 2020, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.
Replies: 12
Views: 460

How to get mat finish? Suggestions please.

I have a black aluminium stem with a highly polished finish. Any suggestions on how to mat this down, without damaging the paint* obviously.

* Probably anodised rather than painted.

Sharp edges and tight corners mean I don't want to try a light sanding in case I rub through to the base aluminium.
by Nebulous
14 May 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Slippery Mountain Bike SPD shoes
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Slippery Mountain Bike SPD shoes

I had the same problem. My local cobbler sanded down the sole until smooth and affixed a new vibram sole. I was left to cut out space for the cleat.
Bit untidy but it worked, sort of. I wouldn't do it again.
Next time I'd just remove the cleats and use the shoes for cycling on flat pedals.
by Nebulous
14 May 2020, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Tyre Choice in 26 x 2.0 ?
Replies: 79
Views: 1990

Re: Tandem Tyre Choice in 26 x 2.0 ?

Mike_Ayling wrote:
. . . and 15-20kg of gear for credit card touring.

mike


Man! That's one heavy credit card ;-)