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by steeleagle
5 Aug 2012, 9:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7614

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

The best tourers are old mountain bikes. They are strong and comfortable to ride, will handle well when loaded up. Have larger cranks and wide range gearing which is great for pulling loads. The parts are available everywhere; 26" tyres and tubes are the easiest to find, flat bar brake levers a...
by steeleagle
1 Aug 2012, 2:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Optimum tyre width for 26" rim?
Replies: 16
Views: 1356

Re: Optimum tyre width for 26" rim?

The width of the rim is a very important factor to consider.
by steeleagle
1 Aug 2012, 1:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa cycles diversify further!
Replies: 85
Views: 12087

Re: Spa cycles diversify further!

About time someone started selling an alternative to the ludicrously overpriced Brooks. They were good VFM a few years ago - they now cost about twice what I paid for the last one I bought. I don't use them now anyway, but I'd never buy a Brooks at their current prices. I used to think brooks were ...
by steeleagle
28 Jul 2012, 1:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring: Advice on essential kit
Replies: 56
Views: 13194

Re: Touring: Advice on essential kit

How about a first aid kit? i like to carry some strong pain killers too not that ive ever needed them but makes me feel safe. Unless you are a woman or suffer from a disease, why would you suddenly need some painkillers? I have a brother who is like this. Travels a lot and insists on taking several...
by steeleagle
18 Jul 2012, 3:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Correcting a frame mistake.
Replies: 87
Views: 6925

Re: Correcting a frame mistake.

Steel is stiffer than titanium. Titanium is noted for is flexibility. Your frame probably feels painfully stiff for other reasons such as oversize tubing and compact geometry. This is important to bear in mind if you opt for a new steel frame, as if you get the same modern features like oversize and...
by steeleagle
15 Jul 2012, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Blanking caps for v brake mounts.
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: Blanking caps for v brake mounts.

Many V-brake bosses are actually removable.
by steeleagle
15 Jul 2012, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ineffective brakes
Replies: 19
Views: 1473

Re: ineffective brakes

With older style brakes/pads/rims that do not "bite" at all! You can find yourself squeezing your levers incredibly hard, so hard that the cable housing flexes A LOT. A better quality, or more specifically "linear" outer will transmit the force a lot better . In addition to this...
by steeleagle
15 Jul 2012, 12:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ineffective brakes
Replies: 19
Views: 1473

Re: ineffective brakes

With older style brakes/pads/rims that do not "bite" at all! You can find yourself squeezing your levers incredibly hard, so hard that the cable housing flexes A LOT. A better quality, or more specifically "linear" outer will transmit the force a lot better. In addition to this, ...
by steeleagle
14 Jul 2012, 12:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 20
Views: 1881

Re: Carradice cotton duck

Great stuff, thanks for digging that out.

Mind me asking if you have a picture of the reverse side, where it attaches to the saddle?
by steeleagle
13 Jul 2012, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 20
Views: 1881

Re: Carradice cotton duck

Going to hand stitch the whole thing. Best of luck. You've got more patience than me! Im going to use a hand sewing awl, the kind of thing people use to sew leather. It'll get through anything. I know people (including my mother) who have hand sewed dresses and complicated pieces of clothing. I had...
by steeleagle
13 Jul 2012, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: retro fever - can it be cured?
Replies: 57
Views: 4168

Re: retro fever - can it be cured?

There is a lot about older bikes I find abhorrent, but there is other things I like. Kids bikes from 1980's are prior are a world above modern kids bikes. (I mean for really little uns) Skinny tubing! hate the stuff. Frames can be lighter and stronger with oversize. Super skinny tyres or road/race b...
by steeleagle
13 Jul 2012, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 20
Views: 1881

Re: Carradice cotton duck

robc02 wrote:Hope you've got a heavyweight sewing machine to match!


Going to hand stitch the whole thing.
by steeleagle
13 Jul 2012, 1:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 20
Views: 1881

Carradice cotton duck

I want to have a go at making my own saddle & handle bar bags, and maybe eventually some panniers. Traditional style, like carradice. But was just wondering if the fabric they use is the same as generic waterproof cotton like this; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Heavy-Cotton-Canvas-Fabric-Waterproof-...
by steeleagle
11 Jul 2012, 1:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Good Locks - Are They Worth It?
Replies: 30
Views: 2170

Re: Good Locks - Are They Worth It?

The best lock on the market (Kryptonite New York Faghettaboutit D lock) weighs over 2kg for the Mini version and can still be chopped in a few minutes. With what tools? Even over on LFGSS, I've never heard of one of these actually being broken to steal a bike. As mentioned elsewhere, the thing to w...