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by wearwell
29 Nov 2016, 7:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: What bike did you use?
Replies: 37
Views: 23437

Re: What bike did you use?

I did it on a newish Dawes Galaxy tour (plus full camping gear) and had one broken spoke. I was quite glad of a day off - hitched from Loch Carron campsite to Dingwall bike shop and back.
Hitching - carry a bike wheel and the first car will stop - every time just about!
by wearwell
29 Nov 2016, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: computer with auto stop/start switch offable
Replies: 12
Views: 1296

Re: computer with auto stop/start switch offable

Thanks for replies. So it is a problem then! I don't want to spend £100s on posh gear so I'm looking at 2nd hand on ebay and got a Mity 8 for £6. Maybe stock up on them whilst still available? Or there's this http://www.bicyclehero.com/gb/cateye-enduro-8-cycling-computer.html?gclid=CNao5uDBzdACFfEK0...
by wearwell
22 Nov 2016, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: computer with auto stop/start switch offable
Replies: 12
Views: 1296

computer with auto stop/start switch offable

I had a Cateye Enduro for years which was excellent but eventually dropped off somewhere I'm looking for replacement with similar functions - particularly being able to switch off auto stop/start - so I can see average speed including stops, which you really need for touring, audaxing etc. Some don'...
by wearwell
15 Jul 2016, 9:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: terrorism and cycle touring
Replies: 31
Views: 2057

Re: terrorism and cycle touring

I don't think the IRA ever put anybody off moving about in Britain. Or Ireland for that matter, though I suppose you might want to have avoided The Falls Road in the bad old days.
The risk of death by terrorism is pretty low down the scale.
by wearwell
30 Jun 2016, 4:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sand inside frame
Replies: 2
Views: 512

sand inside frame

Stripping down to find why headset failing (Stronglight O'light AL 1 1/8") only to find head tube and fork tube have thick layer of pinkish sand all over. Some has descended into the lower bearing and knackered it. But how could it have got there? There are only two small holes where head tube ...
by wearwell
8 May 2016, 10:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long touring without front panniers
Replies: 46
Views: 4302

Re: Long touring without front panniers

Better off without front panniers, if you can get all your kit in. If there's any weight in there you can get a pendulum effect making hill climbing much harder work on the arms.
by wearwell
26 Apr 2016, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Panniers for weekend tours
Replies: 28
Views: 1527

Re: Panniers for weekend tours

I've used Carradry 2X10 litre panniers for years, and found them to be very tough and waterproof, seldom take them off the touring/utility bike now. Do you secure them to the bike while stopped? How? Thanks in advance. String is good. In fact essential for when catches, brackets, straps fail. Very ...
by wearwell
25 Apr 2016, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: stronglight headset A9 design fault.

Thanks for useful suggestions.
I'll fiddle with the V brakes first. If no good I'll go for the up-hanger. On the other hand drilling the stem seems simplest and tidy. I did this years ago on an old Mercian with a very pretty Milremo stem.
Spoilt for choice!
by wearwell
25 Apr 2016, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Panniers for weekend tours
Replies: 28
Views: 1527

Re: Panniers for weekend tours

I got a pair of small Carradice Carradry. They were carracrap. The pannier rack catches all lost their rivets in no time at all which was a PITA on a tour. They are waterproof up to a point but not 100% which means in heavy weather it gets in and stays in. A much better option is water resistant - w...
by wearwell
25 Apr 2016, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: stronglight headset A9 design fault.

Tifosi looks well made. Two sets of roller bearings (tapered?). Fitted OK with a bit of cautious tapping with wooden mallet. Problem - stack height doesn't allow for fitting the yoke for the canti brake cable. Solution - fit V brakes lifted from an old mountain bike. Or does that mean more problems?...
by wearwell
20 Apr 2016, 8:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: Saddle suggestions

I had Brooks pro for years but it started to be uncomfortable for no apparent reason - must have been my buttock changing! So dumped it and went back to a Selle San Marco Rolls. Now got two of them and they are totally comfortable - and seem to last forever (15 years one of them still going strong a...
by wearwell
20 Apr 2016, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: stronglight headset A9 design fault.

you don't need one with roller bearings; a tange with loose balls will work fine (better even) IMHO cheers I'm sure you are right but I've ordered a "Tifosi" with needle bearings in the meantime. I had a Stronglight A9 with needles for many faultless years (other bike) and hadn't realised...
by wearwell
20 Apr 2016, 6:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: stronglight headset A9 design fault.

Miche no longer available. I'd be greatful for any suggestions for a 1" threaded headset with roller bearings.
by wearwell
19 Apr 2016, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: stronglight headset A9 design fault.

I agree with the above comments re the 'old A9' headset (which had non-sealed angled roller bearings) but IIRC the current A9 headset contains two cartridge ball bearings and is similarly built to lots of other headsets with cartridge bearings in them. Rightly or wrongly, I assumed the OP meant the...
by wearwell
17 Apr 2016, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: stronglight headset A9 design fault.
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

stronglight headset A9 design fault.

It's not been right on my Dawes Galaxy for a long time - never seem to be able to get it adjusted spot on so I thought time for renewal. But surprisingly the cartridge bearings were in perfect condition - in other words the CBs themselves had worked themselves loose in the shells, with no way of tak...