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by tim_f
19 Oct 2013, 7:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cutting tool for SKS mudguard stays.
Replies: 43
Views: 6991

Re: Cutting tool for SKS mudguard stays.

6 inch handle boltcutters from Poundland for £1.00 do the job ok if you squeeze hard. But use eye protectors because the bits cut off fly off at speed.
by tim_f
16 Jul 2013, 8:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best Croatia airport to fly into with bikes?
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: best Croatia airport to fly into with bikes?

jet2 from Manchester to Split or Dubrovnik or Jet2 from Newcastle to Dubrovnik.

Been to Split Airport and local roads are not too busy.
by tim_f
23 Jun 2013, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: City Nightline train with bike bag?
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: City Nightline train with bike bag?

In couchette compartment there is space under the bottom bunk and over the corridor. but neither space is deep enough for a bike bag. Since you say - 'our' I conclude you mean at least 2. which makes it more of a challenge. If there were 4 of you travelling in a 4 bed couchette you could probably cr...
by tim_f
23 Jun 2013, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ferry price
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: ferry price

I think I have read somewhere that capacity for non car passengers/ drivers is limited on that route, but they do sell tickets to cyclist on some dates - but you have to get a price by phoning them.
by tim_f
5 Jun 2013, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Compatability
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: Bottom Bracket Compatability

are you sure the flex is in the BB and or the crank set ?

might the flex be in the frame ? If so would changing the BB make any difference ?
by tim_f
5 Jun 2013, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seeking advice on Square Taper Compact Crankset
Replies: 9
Views: 1725

Re: Seeking advice on Square Taper Compact Crankset

what front mech and gear changer are you using ? Have you adjust the limit screws on the mech? is the gear lever pulling enough cable to get the full range of the front mech ? (shimano road levers in theory do not pull enough cable to operate a mountain bike front mech) Have you clamped the cable on...
by tim_f
1 Jun 2013, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help me tinker with my drivetrain?
Replies: 12
Views: 672

Re: Help me tinker with my drivetrain?

JamesE wrote: - so would that need a whole new hub just to move to an eight-speed?


To fit a 7 speed cassette on a 8 / 9 / 10 speed hub you need to use a spacer. When they went to 8 speed they made the freehub body wider.

One can not use a negative spacer to do the reverse !
by tim_f
16 May 2013, 8:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best route London-Canterbury-Dover
Replies: 11
Views: 6422

Re: Best route London-Canterbury-Dover

I would use a site like http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/ to plan the route. Using the automatic router gives this route http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=544467 One could plan ones own route using more of the cycle routes but this would make the distance longer. If you have enough t...
by tim_f
8 May 2013, 9:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring bike - Cycletowork scheme - best of limited choice
Replies: 20
Views: 4724

Re: Touring bike - Cycletowork scheme - best of limited choi

There is a review of the Roux 250 here - ' http://road.cc/content/review/82472-roux-etape-250-2013 looks very similar to Edinburgh bicycles tourer with discs, I expect they come from same factory . http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/revolution-country-explorer?bct=browse%2fbicycles . Only diff...
by tim_f
4 May 2013, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: Bottle cage mounts -Rivnuts spinning in frame

I have used these ELITE WATER BOTTLE CAGE http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_163286_langId_-1_categoryId_273927 to attach a extra water bottle cage below my downtube. Works very well and gear cables pass nicely on either side of the fitm...
by tim_f
30 Apr 2013, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: busch muller ewerks alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 3331

Re: busch muller ewerks alternatives

I have a pack From portapower, which I brought after checking with them it could both charge and be charged at the same time.

They have a slight different model on sale now http://www.portablepowersupplies.co.uk/portapow-usb-battery-pack/

Tim
by tim_f
29 Apr 2013, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: busch muller ewerks alternatives
Replies: 16
Views: 3331

Re: busch muller ewerks alternatives

Kemo-M172 is inexpensive.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kemo-M172-Bicycle-charge-controller/dp/B003JBAX8Q

it has a mini usb plug on the so one can use it with the many battery packs that have this as an input.

more info here http://fahrradzukunft.de/12/steckdose-unterwegs-2/
by tim_f
22 Apr 2013, 12:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Balkan Touring Routes - seeking ideas, resources, advice
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Balkan Touring Routes - seeking ideas, resources, advice

Been to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Albania , but not in July and August when I think it will be very hot. There is a bit contrast in the state of facilities from Slovenia with the most/best facilities and Albania with the least. Lots of campsites along the Croatian coast, reasonable number in S...
by tim_f
20 Apr 2013, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dutch Cycle Paths
Replies: 22
Views: 2511

Re: Dutch Cycle Paths

It is useful if one does not have a very detailed map with all the cycle paths on. Typically at key points a detailed map with the numbered points marked on it is displayed. One can decide a route referencing general direction from ones own map and make a note of the numbers and follow them until th...
by tim_f
20 Apr 2013, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any tubus airy rack users?
Replies: 7
Views: 6137

Re: Any tubus airy rack users?

I have one of these racks on my Airborne touring bike. I use Ortelib back roller panniers on it. I have large feet (size 12) and the chain stays on my bike are not particularly long, so I have the stays that connect the rack with seat stays at the maximum extent. This puts the rack in a similar plac...