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by tim_f
15 Aug 2014, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Road/Tourer
Replies: 14
Views: 999

Re: New Road/Tourer

I would work out how much 'stuff' you are going to take commuting and / or touring. This might determine if an Audax style bike or a tourer is best for you. For a long trip getting a good fit is as important as the bike. It is good that you are riding a 2nd hand bike as this will give you an idea ab...
by tim_f
15 Aug 2014, 8:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: USB Charging Dynamo Light
Replies: 11
Views: 2059

Re: USB Charging Dynamo Light

B & M say about their light "PLEASE NOTE: Notes on USB Charging with Luxos U: Basically for the shop with the Luxos U: The integrated buffer battery that supplies the charging current and keeps constant, not only has the task of supplying a USB device. It also supplies the flood and parking...
by tim_f
13 Aug 2014, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best way to fix a puncture - top tips please...
Replies: 39
Views: 1841

Re: Best way to fix a puncture - top tips please...

1) sand area around patch. 2) put on 'glue' allow to dry and then do same again - make sure glue area is big enough to 'cover' all of patch. 3) Place tube over smooth service ( often put over pump barrel ) and use smooth end of tyre lever to push patch down starting from centre. 4) take care not to ...
by tim_f
5 Aug 2014, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra RD 6700 GS - and a Sram 12-32 cassette?
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Ultegra RD 6700 GS - and a Sram 12-32 cassette?

specification of this mech is Wide gear ratio compatible up to 30T Total capacity: 40T (RD-6700-GS) Assuming 105 chainset has 50, 39, 30 rings that would take 20 of capacity, cassette would take 20. So issue would be can mech cope with biggest rear cog of 32 when official max is 30. I think the answ...
by tim_f
4 Aug 2014, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, rear derailleur snapped, recommendations?
Replies: 29
Views: 1829

Re: Help please, rear derailleur snapped, recommendations?

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Derailleur to fit tomorrow hopefully and the joys of learning how to set up he indexing.


see http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/rear-derailler-adjustments-derailleur is a good source of generic instructions.
by tim_f
2 Aug 2014, 7:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting to Germany with bikes
Replies: 41
Views: 5905

Re: Getting to Germany with bikes

Re But I may try train to Dover, old-fashioned cross-channel to Calais, then take pot luck with local trains. Avoids the hassle of packing bikes for flying. If you are taking train to London then best to take train to Harwich and boat to Hook of Holand and then train on to Amsterdam and then Germany...
by tim_f
30 Jul 2014, 11:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: coming back from germany by train
Replies: 7
Views: 1897

Re: coming back from germany by train

see http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/home/contact/contact-in-the-uk.shtml which gives phone number for DB in UK, they will happily sell you a bike ticket over phone. Best to look up train you want on line. http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml chose "further search options" and tic...
by tim_f
29 Jul 2014, 11:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: New to cycling, LEJOG next year, what bike and tour company?
Replies: 23
Views: 19363

Re: New to cycling, LEJOG next year, what bike and tour comp

You need a bike that you will be comfortable to ride all day and then the next day for 2 weeks. I suggest you find a shop that has demo bikes so you can go for an all day test ride and find out what sort of bike is best for you. For this sort of riding having a wide range of gears is useful so you c...
by tim_f
29 Jul 2014, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar End Gear Levers - advantages?
Replies: 25
Views: 2114

Re: Bar End Gear Levers - advantages?

I think bar ends are good on bikes wit the handelbars fairly high so one rides on the drops a lot. They are great on my Salsa Fargo where default position is the drops. Riding my specialised road bike with STI tonight I kept on going to flick the bar ends (which are not on that bike) when riding on ...
by tim_f
29 Jul 2014, 10:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Ti Adventure
Replies: 34
Views: 7327

Re: Spa Ti Adventure

£ 350 for a Ti frame and steel fork seems like a bargain !
My guess that they meant to say £350 for steel frame and fork. There guy mentioned earlier in this thread that they would be a steel version.
by tim_f
29 Jul 2014, 1:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar tape and bar end shifters
Replies: 32
Views: 3374

Re: Bar tape and bar end shifters

Start tape at bar end, use a small bit of electrical tape to secure tape at start and then overlap 100% the first turn of the tape around bar pulling tape tight.
by tim_f
28 Jul 2014, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UPGRADING to 8 speed
Replies: 16
Views: 1352

Re: UPGRADING to 8 speed

Why 8 speed rather than 9 speed ?

I would get a chain that uses a quick link rather than a Shimanio chain.
by tim_f
20 Jul 2014, 10:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin
Replies: 7
Views: 1999

Re: Gothenburg - Malmo - Copenhagen - Berlin

A few years back I rode the Berlin to Copenhagen bike route http://www.bike-berlin-copenhagen.com/ and it was great experience, you can get a very good guidebook to the route, which shows camp-sites. http://www.esterbauer.com/db_detail.php?buecher_code=BKH This route is very good I highly recommend ...
by tim_f
20 Jun 2014, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Ti Adventure
Replies: 34
Views: 7327

Re: Spa Ti Adventure

Front mudguard would be neater with these or something similar - http://problemsolversbike.com/products/fender_flute I have got a 2013 Salsa Ti Fargo which is a similar concept, lucky to get frame in end of model year sale. It is great fun to ride, I have On-One Midge bars on mine and I think they a...
by tim_f
5 Jun 2014, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 2837

Re: Front rack recommendations?

on that criteria you only have one choice

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/blackburn-blackburn-mtf-1-front-rack-prod28559/

They have others but much more expensive.


Retract - this rack needs low rider mounts.