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by RonK
14 Sep 2014, 11:44pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: is my tent concidered heavy
Replies: 43
Views: 2727

is my tent concidered heavy

Yes, your tent is heavy. All well meaning encouragement I'm sure, but I've never been able to understand the baffling logic that if you are overweight (implying unfit), then it doesn't matter if you carry extra baggage.What I wonder would be the corollary of this thinking? It take just a little disc...
by RonK
10 Sep 2014, 8:45am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Equipment lists
Replies: 21
Views: 2140

Equipment lists

I always went round in circles trying to decide what's included when it comes to weighing luggage (depends how much of the clothing you're wearing, what counts as part of the bike etc.), so I only measure two weights: Me naked (73.8kg as of this morning) Everything else: 36.9kg Panniers Fleece Jack...
by RonK
10 Sep 2014, 4:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack bag recommendation?
Replies: 12
Views: 787

Rack bag recommendation?

I'm currently abusing a 13litre alpkit xtra dry bag as a rack bag, tied down with luggage straps or bungee depending on the bike in use. I prefer it to an ordinary rack bag because it becomes a shoulder bag off the bike and doesn't rattle, unlike some. The smaller Alpkit Gourdon is even better suit...
by RonK
9 Sep 2014, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dynamo views
Replies: 27
Views: 1883

Dynamo views

It's my understanding that the audax community favours the Shutter Precision SV-8 for its diminutive weight. Although it intended for 20" wheels its output is sufficient for lighting, but I'd argue that the higher output PV-8 is a better choice at only 13gm heavier. And tiny it really is... htt...
by RonK
31 Aug 2014, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing down...
Replies: 47
Views: 3916

Re: Gearing down...

It's useful to have that linky to the IRD unit, which I assume would work with my shifters (could you confirm)? Hopefully all would be well and it would work with another chainset, but good to know there's a fallback if required. I'm agnostic about the chainset I fit. I'm not wedded to an external ...
by RonK
31 Aug 2014, 10:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 8919

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

Bikes are expensive? I think not. I can buy a bike in the supermarket for around $100.

Like cars, houses and pretty much everything, bikes cost as much as you choose to pay.
by RonK
31 Aug 2014, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing a crankset on 90s bike
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: Replacing a crankset on 90s bike

There are two different standards for square taper bottom brackets. The opening one on the left looks bigger and would fit further inboard. The options would be: Get a chainset with the right taper Get a bottom bracket to match the taper Get wider bottom bracket of the same taper. For more informati...
by RonK
31 Aug 2014, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing down...
Replies: 47
Views: 3916

Re: Gearing down...

I have exactly this setup on my touring bike. Chain line and derailleur travel won't be a problem. What may be a problem is the derailleur cage not having enough curve around the smaller rings for smooth shifting, the other is that the derailleur cage may foul the chainstay when lowered to the corre...
by RonK
26 Aug 2014, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub dynamos for 20" wheel
Replies: 37
Views: 2478

Re: Hub dynamos for 20" wheel

Apart from a SON which costs the earth, are there any suitable low rolling resistance hubs (especially with lights off) out there which would work in a 20" wheel? Yes, these Shutter Precision hubs are the go. The Audax boys love 'em. I'm using a PV-8 If you think you may at some time want to c...
by RonK
8 Aug 2014, 1:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Map cases on Ortleib and carradice barbags
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: Map cases on Ortleib and carradice barbags

I have an Ortlieb Ultimate 5 and map case. Both have proved quite durable and waterproof, although care is required unfastening the press studs. A rub with a candle helps. I have become adept at re-folding road maps to keep the relevant portion visible. Unless you like stiff, unyielding plasticky fa...
by RonK
29 Jul 2014, 3:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why isnt there a womans TDF?
Replies: 124
Views: 5355

Re: Why there isnt a womans TDF?

Much of the credit for La Course goes to Australian Tracy Gaudry, who (in case you haven't noticed is a woman) was elected UCI Vice President along with Brian Cookson last year. You can read more about the UCI and women's cycling here . Keeping in mind that cycling generates no revenue from spectato...
by RonK
27 Jul 2014, 1:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to cut a cable
Replies: 18
Views: 1332

Re: How to cut a cable

The idea is to precut them to the required length. Also worthwhile is to carry a short section of gear cable - about 3 inches, with the nipple. Then if you break a rear cable you can thread this short section through the barrel adjuster on the rear derailleur, clamp it so the required gear is select...
by RonK
27 Jul 2014, 12:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?
Replies: 197
Views: 7470

Re: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?

Agree with Audax67. I have replaced three EBB's on one bike and the square taper is still running buttery smooth on another. The EBBs need cleaning a re-greasing after virtuality every other wet ride - and that's with full mudguards. What do eccentric bottom brackets (EBB's) have to do with this di...
by RonK
27 Jul 2014, 12:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?
Replies: 197
Views: 7470

What's the point of exterior bb bearings?

stewartpratt wrote:Mainly it's to allow a larger-diameter hollow spindle, which should give more stiffness for less weight.

Close, but fixed now.
by RonK
16 Jul 2014, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie: can someone explain gears
Replies: 28
Views: 3532

Re: Newbie: can someone explain gears

Think as if you are driving a Mack truck. Start with both shifters in 1 and work your way through all the gears on the right. Then change the left shifter to 2 and start again from 1 on the right, and so on until you run out of gears... :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol: