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by hufty
25 Apr 2011, 6:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Need help as per Cycle Tour in Norway?
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Re: Need help as per Cycle Tour in Norway?

I'm off to Norway soon and spent a while looking at maps. I've gone for the Freytag & Berndt Road & Leisure Series. The southern two maps (which would get you as far north as Trondheim) are 1:250K, the northern two are 1:400K. Google ISBN 9783707903164. It's hard to find a decent sample pict...
by hufty
17 Apr 2011, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dropped bar brake lever effort
Replies: 20
Views: 2121

Re: Dropped bar brake lever effort

Something I've thought about doing: the latest version of the HS33 lever and master cylinder has a two-bolt clamp. I wonder if they would fit side on with some rubber hood covers from somewhere. There may or may not be enough room for your hand to be comfortable, however. I did a quick survey of all...
by hufty
31 Mar 2011, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff Speedhub or Derailleurs
Replies: 40
Views: 3480

Re: Rohloff Speedhub or Derailleurs

+1 Rohloff, +1 Thorn Raven Tour If you've got the cash, buy the rohloff you won't regret it. I'm nearing my second Rohloff birthday next month, and the outlay is a distant memory. It doesn't make the hills any easier, though. Things to add: Yes gears 1-7 are noisier than gears 8-14, but if you ride ...
by hufty
21 Mar 2011, 7:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lightweight touring rear pannier
Replies: 5
Views: 2864

Re: Lightweight touring rear pannier

I have one of these from Alpkit http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16269&category_id=295 (as well as four panniers and a bar bag - ahem). It has a nice drape to it if you take out the back pad. And it's waterproof yay. This could work as a daypack option http://www...
by hufty
28 Feb 2011, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting used to bar end shifters
Replies: 21
Views: 1495

Re: Getting used to bar end shifters

Just to go against the consensus: I tried bar end shifters and didn't get on with them at all. If you're doing a gear change that requires front and rear derailleurs you have to move both hands to the ends of the drops and back, whereas with down tube shifters you can operate both with the same hand...
by hufty
28 Feb 2011, 6:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Merino wool baselayer - my feedback
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Re: Merino wool baselayer - my feedback

+1 merino, +1 Chocolate Fish. Their designs are not aimed at the fashion market, the vests are long in the body, the long johns are long in the leg. Poor website though! Other merino base layers are available.
by hufty
20 Feb 2011, 6:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What spares do you take?
Replies: 19
Views: 1196

Re: What spares do you take?

I saw those recently ( http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=37897 ) and thought they might be an alternative to a full size one but wasn't sure how useable it would be without the main Topeak tool it is designed for. It looks like it screws on to the tool and then uses the allen k...
by hufty
19 Feb 2011, 6:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What spares do you take?
Replies: 19
Views: 1196

Re: What spares do you take?

nmnm wrote:Still researching lightest (emergency use) chain tool.

One of these weighs next to nothing: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=37897. You use it with two different size allen keys, or allen key + spanner.
by hufty
13 Feb 2011, 6:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 3/4 Self Inflating Mattress
Replies: 20
Views: 1584

Re: 3/4 Self Inflating Mattress

I've always used 3/4 length thermarests. The theory is you put stuff under your legs to insulate them from the ground. For backpacking this is fine - just use your rucksack. But in my experience panniers aren't easy to get comfortable on, tend to separate in the night leaving a cold bit where your k...
by hufty
7 Feb 2011, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: band brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

Re: band brakes

I for one have not heard of band brakes before and had to google them to get pictures up. I don't know if they're available in the UK even, maybe on older tandems as drag brakes? I take my chances that both brakes won't fail at the same time, so I will always have one working brake and my feet to br...
by hufty
4 Feb 2011, 5:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Nokia charger
Replies: 8
Views: 2278

Re: Nokia charger

Also have a look at http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6672.0 for English language details of a home made charger. Parts list on page 4, an enjoyable thread! I was just about to buy a dymotec from germany and all the electronics stuff from maplins when I saw this Nokia charger - so hurrah I'm s...
by hufty
2 Feb 2011, 7:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carrying Meths
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Carrying Meths

One other bit of advice: don't carry the burner in the pans in case it leaks a bit - I have a separate tupperware tub. Whatever they put in the meths it doesn't take much to ruin your cup of tea.
by hufty
1 Feb 2011, 12:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: how to fit this bag to my bars?
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: how to fit this bag to my bars?

I think Edwards had something like this in mind: http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k499/c3b2a1/c3b2a1/Untitled-1-1.jpg (This is currently part of an ebay auction if you search for bar bag) I made something similar to this... http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k499/c3b2a1/c3b2a1/Untitled-2.jpg ......
by hufty
28 Jan 2011, 7:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carrying Meths
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: Carrying Meths

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/sigg-fuel-bottle-cage-prod11261/
These are pretty secure if you have the fuel bottle under the down tube. They do other sizes. I have a couple of rubber bands made from an inner tube round the bottle to make it a grippy fit.