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by hamster
21 Jun 2019, 12:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 69
Views: 1182

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

There's more than one way of skinning a cat though. I usually carry cone spanners on tour, and my plan in the event of a broken spoke (which happens, well, hardly ever on my bike - about 35 years ago was the last occurrence) is to remove the freehub body complete with the sprockets (not all hubs al...
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultra lightweight foldable panniers - not for touring
Replies: 31
Views: 643

Re: Ultra lightweight foldable panniers - not for touring

You may struggle as most panniers need a rigid back to stop them from swaying and stuffing themselves into the wheel. Good luck. My thought would be a drybag and a couple of straps to allow it to be strapped on top of the rack - or to its side.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Skeletal brake problem
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Skeletal brake problem

You can get the bolts from Screwfix or B&Q for a lot less than £8.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 12:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Reducing pack size for credit card tour
Replies: 69
Views: 1182

Re: Reducing pack size for credit card tour

I'm not sure if the list includes clothes to be worn while riding, otherwise I would only carry a single spare shirt and shorts. For leg cover knee warmers take up no space and make a big difference. I would also take cycling trousers for off-the-bike wear and omit the cycling longs.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Skeletal brake problem
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Skeletal brake problem

Hammer a torx bit into the rounded hole in the allen head. It usually works. If you taper the tips of the torx with a file it will allow it to enter a little easier.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

Remember that the part that takes the pounding is the lower race, so you can always make a frankenheadset using the lower race of an aheadset with the upper from a threaded.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Newbie with bike spec question
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Newbie with bike spec question

Personally I'd ride it. A lot. After a year you will have a pretty good idea of exactly what you like and dislike and what type of riding really floats your boat. At that stage upgrade bits or buy a different bike.

I would agree on tyres - they make a massive difference.
by hamster
20 Jun 2019, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help with Campag triple compatibility.
Replies: 64
Views: 1227

Re: Help with Campag triple compatibility.

I've ran happily with 48/39/24 on a Campag setup: Centaur 10s triple front mech, Centaur triple crank with 1996 Record shifters.
by hamster
19 Jun 2019, 2:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 679

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

The only other thing I would add is that time of year (if it can be changed) is highly important.
May, June and September are usually the best weather in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. July and August are generally wetter.
by hamster
19 Jun 2019, 10:07am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: Front low rider loading and threaded headsets?

I've used the same 1" headset for 25 years on my tourer (26" MTB frame, but with low riders, barbag and drop bars). It's never loosened or been any trouble. The headset is a Tioga Master DL.
by hamster
19 Jun 2019, 10:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: We hear so much about bike security
Replies: 40
Views: 1838

Re: We hear so much about bike security

skyhawk wrote:What about securing the bikes to carriers on the car ????


Rack locked to the towbar (padlock eye part of the rack).
Big ugly Abus chain through bikes and round parts of the rack
Reverse car as close to a wall / corner / hedge as possible to impede access.
by hamster
18 Jun 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.
Replies: 54
Views: 1985

Re: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.

the problem with 'suitcase bikes' is that you have to find something to do with the suitcase at the end of the journey. I've seen some that turn into luggage trailers but they look kind of klutzy. I wonder if there isn't a (small) market for 'bike (suit-) case rental'? cheers Left luggage at the ai...
by hamster
18 Jun 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 679

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

Agreed about wet tents. I still don't get why people put tents in panniers.
Roll it up, the inner kept dry by being on the inside of the groundsheet. Strap it on the top of the rack. The worst that happens is that the outside stays wet; the inside of panniers stay dry.
by hamster
18 Jun 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 679

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

It all looks totally doable. Ride enough beforehand so that you can comfortably cover 60 miles unladen. When touring I like a slow day every 5-7 when I do less mileage (say 30) to rest a little. Of course, severity depends on how heavily loaded you are, climate, altitude and terrain. I'm assuming ri...
by hamster
18 Jun 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any nice 7-speed double cranksets out there?
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: Any nice 7-speed double cranksets out there?

Agreed Spa's XD cranks are a steal and great quality.