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by ossie
9 Sep 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?
Replies: 103
Views: 7035

Re: What tours have you done? What do you want to do?

Reading this fills me with despair. I’d LOVE to do a tour. But there is no way my wife would be remotely interested. So I don’t think it will ever happen. I've been married for 30 years and have been touring for the 8.....alone :D I try to encourage her to come along (no really) but the good lady r...
by ossie
8 Sep 2018, 8:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Women's sleeping mat?
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Women's sleeping mat?

Its the same thickness, warmth and width as the longer version.

Why don't they just market it as a 3/4 mat like they used to. ....I guess that doesn't sell as well.
by ossie
8 Sep 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)

Thanks for the replies.Yes its a double and indeed the small ring gets plenty of use on the Dorset Hills . Some pics attached for info / debate of the large ring. I'm guessing the answer will be it doesn't look that bad .

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by ossie
8 Sep 2018, 12:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

SOLVED SOLVED The small front chain ring was worn. I've replaced it and the noise / jumping chain issue has gone its now buttery smooth. I guess one has to presume the large chain ring will need replacing as well. This was an FSA compact crankset with about 10,000 miles on it, on its 4th chain and ...
by ossie
7 Sep 2018, 8:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New to cycle touring need help
Replies: 19
Views: 855

Re: New to cycle touring need help

I want the solitude of being alone camping that's when I feel my best. At-home i have a supportive family but just nice to get away for some time alone. Trust me my friend I'm with you on this...lovely family, beautiful house, great family holidays but getting away from everything on a bicycle with...
by ossie
5 Sep 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

This approach would probably be beyond me but if you can do it, with the bike on a stand take a short vid of the gear change action from the rear and post it on youtube. A picture is worth a thousand words and a vid is worth a bookful. (I'll put my money on something to do with hanger alignment, bu...
by ossie
4 Sep 2018, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

one of the differences between a new chain and an old chain is the lateral flexibility; worn chains are often so slack in this respect that you can lay them on a bench top and practically make the ends touch one another. New chains are a lot less flexible than that. You describe the problem as occu...
by ossie
4 Sep 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

So It wasn't the hanger thats now been replaced Its a chain issue of sorts - no issues with old chains. So I have a new cassette, new medium cage rear mech and new chain - all 10 speed. Just to repeat the symptoms : I am getting noise / jumping on the three lowest gears only when riding the bike uph...
by ossie
29 Aug 2018, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

[I’m fact you have used an 11sp rear mech on (what seems to be otherwise) a 10sp system. Isn’t the pull ratio going to be different? Have you a 10sp rear mech you could fit, if only to eliminate concerns about your hanger? Thanks very much for spotting that. I had no idea it was an 11 speed rear me...
by ossie
29 Aug 2018, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

note that the bottom pulley on current shimano RDs is not only different from the top, but also is directional. If it is fitted the wrong way round it'll jump and chatter. cheers I'll double check. However the issue also happened on the previous mech which I've since swapped to a medium cage and a ...
by ossie
29 Aug 2018, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

... is there a compatibility issue with between a Ultegra 6701 chain and a 105 5800 rear mech. I've always mixed and matched... I like to mix and match from time to time, but always within the same ‘speed’. You’ve fitted a 10sp chain to an 11sp cassette. Forgive me, but have you tried using an 11sp...
by ossie
28 Aug 2018, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur hanger - (solved -chain ring wear)
Replies: 22
Views: 868

Re: Rear derailleur hanger

Well In the cold light of day I still cannot see any misalignment whatsover. It looks straight as an arrow with my tired eyes but I guess it could be twisted slighty but I cant see it with the naked eye. I have indexed the gears from scratch again, set the H and Low limits, fitted new gear cables an...
by ossie
28 Aug 2018, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 84
Views: 2244

Re: France & getting by with limited french

I was there in the 70's and that wasn't exactly the case however I'm glad to hear you think otherwise, although its a sweeping statement you make. On my recent tours and visits the under 30 rule hasn't failed me. In Dusseldorf / Duisberg and Cologne for example I felt language communication in my ag...
by ossie
28 Aug 2018, 9:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 84
Views: 2244

Re: France & getting by with limited french

In Germany I was advised to talk with anyone under the age of 30 as they will speak English I would have thought that advice was twenty years out of date. Anybody under 55 will speak English. Why 55 ? I grew up in Germany and when there few of my range spoke English. Did they all go back to school ?
by ossie
28 Aug 2018, 8:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: France & getting by with limited french
Replies: 84
Views: 2244

Re: France & getting by with limited french

A friend of mine has successfully navigated France on several occasions with nothing but smiles and a battery of infinitives uttered in his Borders accent. That, and a gift for mime. It also helps being on a bicycle, that alone breaks down the barriers in France I find. In Germany I was advised to ...