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by tim_f
22 Jul 2017, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: clunking noise from bottom bracket
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: clunking noise from bottom bracket

If you do not have a bench vice, often helps to get friend to hold bike up against fence (or similar) then can apply a lot of force to spanner. (if bracket has hole through may be able to use quick release axel to hold tool on splines.
by tim_f
21 Jul 2017, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!

My point is, the distance between the braze ons and the end of the forks (ie centre of the forks) is fixed, so you would expect the racks to be standardised. According to 'Brucie' there is not a standard and they is a bit of variation between makes. a) there is only a roughly 'standard' distance be...
by tim_f
20 Jul 2017, 4:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Very Lightweight Gorilla/Passport-lug Cage like front rack
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Very Lightweight Gorilla/Passport-lug Cage like front rack

King cage universal support bolts - https://www.ghyllside.co.uk/universal-support-bolt-bottle-cage-adapters-king-cage.html#.WXDFsYTyuUk but not cheap £7.50 - but hand made in America by brazing (I guess) a bolt on to a hose clip. One wonders if a hose clip passed through the strap slots would secure...
by tim_f
19 Jul 2017, 2:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness and North
Replies: 35
Views: 3947

Re: Inverness and North

Was up that way in May and virtually all B & B had no vacancies signs displayed - so probably will be hard to find a B&B on the day. Time ferry across to Cape Wrath runs is dependent on the tides. Time are aligned with minibus trips. Need to go at a good pace (given the poor state of the roa...
by tim_f
19 Jul 2017, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb anchoring straps
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Ortlieb anchoring straps

Are you getting confused as the purpose of the shoulder straps that come with their roll top panniers?
by tim_f
19 Jul 2017, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!

Why when they cost under 50?
Because I was going by the SJS price.
by tim_f
19 Jul 2017, 9:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!

A lowrider costing less than 70 quid has issues in your opinion? I'm assuming you're using issues as a euphemism for problems. A Tubus Tara costs under 50 quid - I've two and neither has any problems.


I had placed the Tara in the above 70 quid category.
by tim_f
18 Jul 2017, 5:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 8 speed crank set with 10 speed chain?
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: 8 speed crank set with 10 speed chain?

Also think about if the front mech will work with the size of rings you will be using on the 8 speed chain set. Recent front mechs are optimised for a particular ring size and ring difference and may not work well if used with a diferent set up of ring sizes. Other factors are if the front gear leve...
by tim_f
18 Jul 2017, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!
Replies: 13
Views: 676

Re: Front Rack Low Rider - difficulties!

Every few months someone has a problem with this design of front rack and writes a post about their problem, either fitting to their bike or getting their panniers to fit. May be they are not being made anymore and it will just take a few years for all the existing stock to be sold... I would not be...
by tim_f
18 Jul 2017, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Contact details for Avenir panniers
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Contact details for Avenir panniers

I recall that they were sold by Raleigh dealers so suggest you ask Raleigh or one of their dealers.

They are probably a generic item manufactured in the far east and with Raleigh's choice of label stuck on them.
by tim_f
17 Jul 2017, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the biggest cassette I can have?
Replies: 13
Views: 871

Re: What is the biggest cassette I can have?

re . Havingspoken to my LBS I'm thinking of put the new Ultegra Rear Mech (7000) do they mean R8000? The new https://www.bike-components.de/en/Shimano/RD-R8000-11-speed-Ultegra-Shadow-Rear-Derailleur-p58024/ ultegra rear mech and new 11 -34 cassette look like they were designed for you :-) Capacity ...
by tim_f
17 Jul 2017, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the biggest cassette I can have?
Replies: 13
Views: 871

Re: What is the biggest cassette I can have?

Not seen a 11 speed 11-34 cassette for sale from Shimano or SRAM. RE Woolftooth road link this does not increase capacity of rear mech just makes it sit further down to clear a bigger cassette. Therefore unless reduce tooth difference between from front rings may not have enough capacity. But if put...
by tim_f
9 Jul 2017, 4:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on the TGV trains in France
Replies: 10
Views: 1399

Re: Bikes on the TGV trains in France

The Lyria TGV trains on the line to Basel do have reservable bike spaces. On TGV lines with out spaces then the bike needs to be bagged no larger than 1.2 by 0.8 meters. Does not need to be a special bike bag. Have wrapped in plastic sheeting and parcel tape in the past. Need to be able to place on ...
by tim_f
5 Jul 2017, 10:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: September LeJog
Replies: 18
Views: 4035

Re: September LeJog

Day 5 At about mile 9.75 take Lanes to Wray rather than going on to Bentham. At mile 21.75 Kirby Lonsdale head up Lune valley to Sedburgh and then Tebay and then on to Shap ( but actually you can bypass Kirby Lonsdale, Sedburgh, and Tebay by taking lanes closer to the Lune unless you need to stop) H...
by tim_f
3 Jul 2017, 10:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2371

Re: First time UK!

Almost everywhere you might go in the UK will be great, you will just have a different trip depending where you go. Have a look through https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ and http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ and you will find something of interest everywhere. So your route will depend on how...