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by garibeet
30 May 2015, 11:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa XD2 ring fitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Spa XD2 ring fitting?

Thanks for the input guys, ordered.
by garibeet
30 May 2015, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa XD2 ring fitting?
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Spa XD2 ring fitting?

I am looking to get an xd2 triple armset for my Tricross, which I plan to run with just the middle ring I currently run(34t) as a 1x10. I can't find any images that show me the back, so I can't really tell if the tab behind the crank arm will take a short ring bolt as the other 4 would. Is it a stan...
by garibeet
22 May 2015, 3:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best iphone satnav for spain
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: best iphone satnav for spain

Not sure about a turn by turn vocal description but something like orux could be used as a bar mounted satnav/gps. Battery usage can be an issue, though having the screen pretty low can help quite a bit, also using airplane mode during the day etc. Given the speed one would travel on a bike I am not...
by garibeet
16 May 2015, 5:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains in Spain
Replies: 6
Views: 1361

Re: Bikes on Trains in Spain

Interesting, I plan to ride the Via de la Plata later this year and was wondering much the same thing, mainly as I was looking to fly somewhere central and then train to the beginning, back from the end. I shall look into the busses rather than train. Thanks.
by garibeet
16 May 2015, 5:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9
Replies: 14
Views: 3722

Re: Scotland: The 'deadly' A9

As has been suggested already, follow the NCR7. It is reasonably well signposted out of town, if you lose the signs follow the directions for Culloden battlefield and then pick up the route a few hundred metres beyond. I live in Aviemore and rode this route just 2 days ago to get home from the west ...
by garibeet
6 May 2015, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 5 days tour in Scotland
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: 5 days tour in Scotland

Another route to look at would be NCR1 from Inverness as far as Portsoy or Macduff, swing a left toward Keith-Dufftown and then swing over to Aberlour and follow the Spey road back to Grantown via Cromdale. From there you could head back to Inverness or take the back road to Aviemore via Nethy Bridg...
by garibeet
30 Apr 2015, 4:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame choice
Replies: 10
Views: 1427

Re: Frame choice

Depending on size there is a 52cm CDF in the for sale board currently. I have a Specialised tricross at the moment for much the same as what you want, I quite like it. Comfortable and pretty light/nimble. I am sure someone will be along shortly to tell me it can't take mudguards and racks, but that ...
by garibeet
27 Apr 2015, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed
Replies: 15
Views: 2017

Re: Family Cycle Tour of the Hebrides - Advice Needed

When are you going and what route? I have just bought tickets to Kyle of Lochalsh, via Inverness and then Ardgay back home via Inverness, I live in Aviemore. My route is Uig -Tarbet, Stornaway-Ullapool. I am going around Cape wrath also, hence the Ardgay return. If you are going via Oban could you p...
by garibeet
6 Apr 2015, 3:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: light weight touring weekend saddle bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Re: light weight touring weekend saddle bag?

You could try one of the newer saddle packs such as the ones Appkit, Revelate et al make. Basically they are a saaddle bag mounted sideways! I have a couple for both the road bike and off road bike, pretty much for using as you suggest. They are very stable and are only a little more effort to get i...
by garibeet
17 Mar 2015, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best saddle for touring
Replies: 41
Views: 8966

Re: Best saddle for touring

I think this thread simply proves the point of how personal saddle choice is, I am not going to say what I use for that very reason. What I will say, as an observation really, is that in my opinion price is often mistakenly used as an indicator of how comfortable a saddle is/will be. In my opinion p...
by garibeet
5 Feb 2015, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 query
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Re: Alfine 8 query

I have three A8 hubs, of varying vintage, they all work the same re the shifters. Thumbs goes up/higher, trigger(finger) goes down/lower. I would suggest doing a couple of hundred kilometres before finally deciding to return as in my experience they take a while to bed in. A couple of things to be a...
by garibeet
11 Jan 2015, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike
Replies: 20
Views: 3311

Re: carrying luggage on a carbon road bike

Alpkit, Revelate and wildcat are just 3 companies that make frame bags and packs that fit the seat post and frames, mainly designed for off-road touring they are great for light road touring. I use a set of revelate and can pack enough for camping etc, so a few spare clothes etc for CC touring will ...
by garibeet
16 Oct 2014, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers
Replies: 23
Views: 4704

Re: Dry bags - a lightweight alternative to panniers

Alpkit are now selling a shaped dry bag that would fit the seat post really well. A cheaper alternative to their Koala seat pack. You can of course fix a bag to the bars either with straps directly, or using a soft frame such as the one Alpkit sell. There are several companies that sell these kind o...
by garibeet
9 Oct 2014, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine8 cable fitting!!
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Alfine8 cable fitting!!

Sorted. The cable clamp at the hub end was shot, it was slowly slipping a little every time I changed up when checking it! As I stripped it and started again each time I didn't measure it before taking it off etc last night. This morning I measured my other bikes to check if I had set them up a litt...
by garibeet
8 Oct 2014, 7:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine8 cable fitting!!
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Alfine8 cable fitting!!

Thanks Brucey, I can rule a few of those out, I shall check the rest tomorrow. Hoping it's not the bad hub one as I bought it used several months ago now, as I have had a bad shoulder/neck I didn't get around to fitting it until a few days ago. That said I am fairly confident the hub is good, I got ...