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by wearwell
11 Jul 2018, 2:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8389

Re: sram apex gears gutted

Quite easy to disembowel the change mech. One screw retains the end of the axle pin, the other end poked out with a bent spoke with the levers held out of the way. Pull out the axle and it drops out, paddle and all. Then a little circlip for a spring and all gone, without anaesthetic! Left with a ne...
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2474

Re: Pannier Advice

foxyrider wrote:...
By strap I presume you mean the shoulder strap? I have tried that - didn't last one trip as they constantly came adrift and got caught on undergrowth etc......
You fixed them wrongly then!
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2474

Re: Pannier Advice

Has to be Ortleib! Simple highly effective design, waterproof and very durable I've had Carradice and Altura but they are both inferior and less well designed, though probably cheaper. I'd also have a bar bag with map case. And a lightweight back pack - this kept rolled up and empty on the pannier r...
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 10:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 3024

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I did LEJOG via Preston A6 to Gretna, across to Ardrossan, ferry to Arran - Brodick. Lochranza to Clanoig - Oban - Corran across the loch to avoid Ft William (very pretty road on this side and you can hear the traffic roaring around Ft William on the other side) - Mallaig ferry to Armadale - Kyle -...
by wearwell
1 Jul 2018, 7:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8389

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
30 Jun 2018, 7:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 3024

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I did LEJOG via Preston A6 to Gretna, across to Ardrossan, ferry to Arran - Brodick. Lochranza to Clanoig - Oban - Corran across the loch to avoid Ft William (very pretty road on this side and you can hear the traffic roaring around Ft William on the other side) - Mallaig ferry to Armadale - Kyle - ...
by wearwell
29 Jun 2018, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8389

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: 2175

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: 8389

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: 8389

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: 8389

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: 8389

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: 2175

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: 2175

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: 1932

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...