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by wearwell
29 Jun 2018, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8288

Re: sram apex gears

I've often wondered how it works and now I know! An ingenious bit of design but a materials failure. Very clear that the splines have broken on the sprocket. It works OK with no load but jumps under pressure i.e. when connected to the derailleur - which otherwise is working perfectly, not tight, se...
by wearwell
29 Jun 2018, 3:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'
Replies: 52
Views: 2085

Re: Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'

... If I want to fly with a knife I just put it in the hold luggage and there will be no problems getting on the plane. But I need to be able to get to the airport and then tour at the other end and therefore I will be carrying the knife in a public place. That's pretty much the point I've been try...
by wearwell
27 Jun 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8288

Re: sram apex gears

Just reading a thread on another forum and people are saying they prefer Apex: http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=17174068#17174068 Maybe a post here on a more roady forum might be worth your while to try to see why you are struggling. I regularly read about SRAM systems taking some get...
by wearwell
27 Jun 2018, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8288

Re: sram apex gears

I've often wondered how it works and now I know! An ingenious bit of design but a materials failure. Very clear that the splines have broken on the sprocket. It works OK with no load but jumps under pressure i.e. when connected to the derailleur - which otherwise is working perfectly, not tight, sei...
by wearwell
27 Jun 2018, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8288

Re: sram apex gears

Checked. No it is the shifter. Think I'll go for bar end shifters then I won't need to replace the brake levers - just ignore (or cut off) the paddles. Googled "SRAM shifter problems" - pages and pages come up, so I don't have much hope of a remedy, but will do a dismantle just in case. Th...
by wearwell
27 Jun 2018, 1:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8288

Re: sram apex gears

SRAM Apex probs finally over! 1 Replaced the double chain ring with a triple and a down tube shifter and triple changer (found one in my box). Much easier to operate than the SRAM brake/shifter but didn't have to replace it with an expensive Shimano unit and now have sensible set of gear ratios 2 Th...
by wearwell
17 Jun 2018, 6:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'
Replies: 52
Views: 2085

Re: Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'

I thought this post was about ferry ports and boats , not airports and planes. We all have plenty of 'crazy' airline stories. The worrying thing about this post is that security constraints could be applied to our cycling luggage on ferries. Yes that's why I posted it. Bike itself, tools/cooking/ca...
by wearwell
17 Jun 2018, 12:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'
Replies: 52
Views: 2085

Customs madness and 'dangerous objects'

Had random sample of our touring bags x rayed at Plymouth (Brittany Ferry for Cherbourg). Luckily missed various bits and bobs we had but couldn't help notice the large collection of pen knives and similar which they had in a bucket. Madness - you wouldn't get far attacking a Brittany Ferry with an ...
by wearwell
5 Jun 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1860

Re: exped down mat - short life

Just digging out our expeds for a trip. One has successful repair from last year but the bung now leaks. Vaseline doesn't help. Considered cladding the bung in a condom. Luckily we kept the other failed mat and the bung from that fits well! Also noted that the footpump thing has sand in it (from a H...
by wearwell
9 May 2018, 1:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Down tube shifters with MTB gearing
Replies: 10
Views: 686

Re: Down tube shifters with MTB gearing

I substituted a DT shifter for the SRAM Apex brake lever front shifter and it works a lot better, though there's no indexing so I have to trim it a bit sometimes. Luckily it fitted the boss, though it needed a bit of filing as the down tube is not circular section.
by wearwell
24 Apr 2018, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Santander ferry
Replies: 2
Views: 465

Santander ferry

Does anybody know if you can get on the Santander ferry with a bike, without booking?
by wearwell
24 Sep 2017, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Opinel knives
Replies: 31
Views: 1939

Re: Opinel knives

....... But they have a tendency to stiffen up, to the point of being very hard to open, and quite scary to close; I imagine it's the wood swelling up and gripping the blade too tight. Anyone know if there's a cure for this? Keep it dry and warm - ideally a trouser pocket. Dunk it in raw linseed oi...
by wearwell
13 Sep 2017, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?
Replies: 512
Views: 20015

Re: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?

I've dumped a ridiculous Sram Apex 'compact' double chainwheel in favour of a treble - with a down tube changer to save having to buy new gear all round. It's just like my first bike (1958) and works perfectly well - much better than the high tech Sram option! Arguably; for all normal purposes the o...
by wearwell
23 Aug 2017, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks saddles - a poll
Replies: 37
Views: 1922

Re: Brooks saddles - a poll

I had one for years and thought it was marvellous. Then LEJOG - it started getting painful half way and never got any better, then or later. No obvious change in the saddle itself. Eventually sold it on ebay and got more than I'd paid for it. Went back to a Selle Rolls which has been perfect, and ap...
by wearwell
22 Aug 2017, 12:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1860

Re: exped down mat - short life

I mended the leaks in mine - following their on-line instructions. Seems to have worked and have just spent 8 nights on it. I thought it wouldn't work as the leaks were in the corners at the ends of a seam, not on a flat bit.