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by Reigncloud
5 May 2011, 4:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wombeyan Caves (NSW, Australia)
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Re: Wombeyan Caves (NSW, Australia)

Sounds like a nice tour. I grew up a bit north of where you were and have a real affection for the place. I commend your courage in taking on Wombeyan Caves Rd - I have recollections of large oncoming vehicles and 50m+ sheer drops off the roadside! I haven't done it, but apparently Katoomba to Mitta...
by Reigncloud
19 Apr 2011, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XT rear hub - retrofit a nutted axle?
Replies: 3
Views: 426

XT rear hub - retrofit a nutted axle?

I have an XT rear hub (m756 from memory) with QR axle. I've now bent two axles and was wondering if there's any way of retrofitting this with a solid nutted axle? It seems to be pretty straightforward as it's a standard 10mm axle. The LBS guy claims that if I did this I'd risk chewing out the frame ...
by Reigncloud
19 Apr 2011, 12:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why SOME cyclists feel the need to litter the countryside
Replies: 77
Views: 4195

Re: ...why SOME cyclists feel the need to litter the country

As a challenge, can you find me any group of people by nationality, pastime, religion etc etc who DONT drop lots of litter? Except the Germans. :wink: The Japanese. Really, really struggled to find a single litter bin in Tokyo yet the streets were absolutely free of any litter. Litter anywhere that...
by Reigncloud
8 Apr 2011, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route planning methods?
Replies: 15
Views: 1118

Re: Route planning methods?

I'm the opposite of many people above in that I really enjoy pre-planning the route in detail. I do a reasonable amount of research on the places along the way and plan the trip accordingly. I use (and love!) bike route toaster in combination with google maps to formulate a good route that a) avoids...
by Reigncloud
1 Apr 2011, 10:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikely woes
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Bikely woes

+1 for bikeroutetoaster
by Reigncloud
30 Mar 2011, 9:55pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Chain Reaction Cycles
Replies: 131
Views: 190121

Re: Chain Reaction Cycles

Ordered some new pads for my helmet and got this behemoth in the post:
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Looks like they're putting their new packing machie to good use:

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/chain-reaction-cycles-behind-the-scenes-29496
by Reigncloud
21 Mar 2011, 3:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano SM-PD40 reflector supplier
Replies: 41
Views: 3055

Re: Shimano SM-PD40 reflector supplier

Are there any versions of these that still allow you to use both sides of the pedal? I have M520's so there's no cage to stick them to.
by Reigncloud
17 Mar 2011, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to take on tour = Cut That Kit!
Replies: 83
Views: 91504

Re: Cut That Kit!

Get some of these as your puncture repair kit. Weighs next to nothing, works very well. Note, don't get the Lezyne patches as they're an inferior quality (trust me!)
http://www.topeak.com/products/Tools/flypaper
by Reigncloud
17 Mar 2011, 1:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What to take on tour = Cut That Kit!
Replies: 83
Views: 91504

Re: Cut That Kit!

Can your phone play mp3s? If so you can lose the ipod. And for battery charger one of these seem fine, though I've not tested it on the road Mobile-Quick-Charger.jpg I use a topeak hexus multiool with chain tool built in - saves a bit of weight. Also, do you really need pliers? I've not had any call...
by Reigncloud
17 Mar 2011, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...of an idiots guide to GPS
Replies: 42
Views: 9270

Re: ...of an idiots guide to GPS

To dredge up the original poster's thoughts about mobile phones - yes you can use one as a mapping GPS quite easily. Have a look at my post here:

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=46919&p=396355#p396355
by Reigncloud
17 Mar 2011, 12:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike sat - nav help needed.
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: Bike sat - nav help needed.

+1 for sat nav on a bike (yes, not just GPS). To qualify this, I mean more specifically using sat nav software on my mobile phone (a Nokia). As piedwagtail mentioned, it allows you to explore a whole load of new places in an easy and efficient manner, and has revolutionised the way I tour. I now get...
by Reigncloud
17 Mar 2011, 11:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 994

Re: Cycle Computer

My point is to buy a dedicated GPS for your bike is an utter waste of money if you've got a phone with it built in To a degree, yes. The biggest problem with these is battery life really - the screen and GPS really suck the battery and you'll be lucky to get a few hours continuous use out of them. ...
by Reigncloud
15 Mar 2011, 3:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging Sat Nav When Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 3070

Re: Charging Sat Nav When Camping

The major advantage that a map has is that you have enough area of visible mapping to see the big picture at the same time as the detail. Which is essential if you are not following a prepared route. You can still see the big picture with a satnav, just not at the same time as the fine detail - it'...
by Reigncloud
15 Mar 2011, 12:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best android mapping app
Replies: 14
Views: 3241

Re: Best android mapping app

Just downloaded and tried MM tracker and it looks great. I immediately purchased the full version. Works fine with my qct OS maps.

Also looks like the developer is quite active in improving it as well, so should get even better in the future.