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by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 11:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

On such a tour I'd expect you to never be too far from civilisation and shops and GPSs are pretty mainstream these days. So were your GPS to fail (get stolen or whatever) could you not manage to divert to nearest city or place with decent shopping centre and buy a replacement ? I can't see it addin...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 10:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

never ever used a gps , are they good enough to use just like a map these days ? Say like google earth where you can scroll about offline ? That would be handy. ( sometimes I have a map, most often I look first for where the sun is in the sky, or the landscape around me.if that fails i'll ask someo...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 5:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

elPedro666 wrote:Excellent news!

Shimano one has a dust-cap tool on t'other end though... [emoji6]

It's a composting toilet -> my stupid phone.


Must get one. Dust caps can be really viscious.
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

.......... The peg tool just turned up so I'm about to try it. Excellent. :lol: Let us know how you get on. It's worked a treat. Well recommended. All that swearing and personal injury! I would have bought one in the first place if I'd known. There are plenty of variations but the Wiggle one is che...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

I have a flat-blade screwdriver that's wide enough to fit the slots. Never failed with the difficult chainring fittings. The problem is the bolt is sometimes proud of the bottom of the slots so a straight flat screwdriver is only bearing against the last fraction of a mm of the slot. The right tool...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

Richard Fairhurst wrote:I'll sometimes take a simple typed list of the villages I'm planning on passing through - enough to get me from one place to the next with the aid of signs, and in extremis you can ask a local.


That's not a bad idea. Have you ever been forced into using it?
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 3:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

i would be interested in where you are going and how remote it is!...two gps incase one fails. seems way Ott.I have always just taken a map?compass and ask directions. Holland, Denmark, Germany & France. About 1800m. I'd need a big map and I dont speak any foreign language. You could try severa...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 12:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

I take paper maps and use a GPS as back-up. When it gets complex I rely on the GPS a little more. Before setting out, perhaps over breakfast, I familiarise myself with the route. Occasionally I stop and glance at the map. The GPS will be on but stuck in a bag. It comes out when I'm not certain. It ...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 12:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

durhambiker wrote:i would be interested in where you are going and how remote it is!...two gps incase one fails. seems way Ott.I have always just taken a map?compass and ask directions.


Holland, Denmark, Germany & France. About 1800m. I'd need a big map and I dont speak any foreign language.
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 11:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

landsurfer wrote:When you say nowhere i take it you mean the Steppes or the Sahara Desert .... otherwise look at road sign ....


If you can find and read them. Going a long way without a map by road signs in a foreign country wouldnt be easy.
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 11:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20683

What do people use for GPS backup on tours

Just wondering what others do when touring for backup for their GPS if it fails. Another GPS or maps? I carry two identical GPS's and software to download tracks from Gpsies if needed. But that's all extra weight and still liable to fail. Maps dont fail but enough for a long tour would be cumbersome...
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 10:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

peetee wrote:And make sure the allen tool is long enough that your knuckles don't contact the chainring teeth when it suddenly frees off. Been there, & done the wobbly dance. :cry:


:lol: :lol: Yeah we've all been there I'll bet. I usually end up throwing the tools and hitting the bike.
by ukdodger
3 May 2017, 12:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

When you get the peg spanner try to line up the unused end up against the chainring adjacent to the chain at the top of the photo. Then strap it tight to the chainring to stop it rotating when you lever with an allen key on the other side. Levering the bolt by just holding the two tools in your han...
by ukdodger
2 May 2017, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

The small spanner type thing from Wiggle - or one of these: https://www.bricklanebikes.co.uk/content/images/thumbs/0017728_blb-chainring-bolt-screwdriver.jpeg - you hold the slotted side with the screwdriver and either turn the Allen key or the screwdriver - the point keeps the blade in the slots. ...
by ukdodger
2 May 2017, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone
Replies: 34
Views: 1414

Re: Any ideas as to how I can get this undone

if it is spinning as you describe, you would still have to be able to hold it somehow in order to even be able to drill it out. If the bolt wouldn't turn far enough inwards to grip in the first place there are only a few possibilities as to why; 1) Sleeve (female) part too long 2) threads don't run...