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by GrahamG
30 Apr 2010, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro CR520 Brake Set-up
Replies: 55
Views: 151848

Re: Tektro CR520 Brake Set-up

Thanks for this everyone - I stumbled across this thread before setting up my CR520's last night. Basically I'd put V-brakes onto a Surly LHT frame but no amount of fettling had them working to satisfactory standard with a drop bar set up (using V-brake drop levers), so I thought I'd just go for the...
by GrahamG
30 Apr 2010, 12:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 26" touring tyres?
Replies: 11
Views: 2980

Re: 26" touring tyres?

I found some vittoria randonneur tyres in a 26x1.5 for £10 a pop in Decathlon - they seem pretty solid. Hope so anyway, they're off round Europe for three months in a few weeks time :D
by GrahamG
28 Apr 2010, 3:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My panniers weigh too much...
Replies: 10
Views: 1950

Re: My panniers weigh too much...

Most decent panniers are nearer 2kg for a pair. I honestly can't see the point in worrying about such a necessity for loaded touring - by all means go weight weenie on your kit in order to get a decent overall reduction in the weight you're carrying but don't give any concession to weight on pannier...
by GrahamG
27 Apr 2010, 2:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: gels on tour in remote areas
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: gels on tour in remote areas

I like to have emergency flapjacks buried somewhere just in case the morning boulangerie supplies get obliterated.
by GrahamG
27 Apr 2010, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Alternative to Brooks for touring
Replies: 18
Views: 1659

Re: Alternative to Brooks for touring

Brooks saddle rails are too short for me - even with a 35mm setback seatpost i can't get a brooks into my preferred riding position. They really ought to update the design to reflect the fact that bike geometries have actually changed in the last 50 years - never had this probably with any other sad...
by GrahamG
24 Mar 2010, 1:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: In-line cable adjusters on brakes - unwise?
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

Re: In-line cable adjusters on brakes - unwise?

Thanks everyone for putting my mind at rest somewhat - I am pretty meticulous in terms of maintaining brakes/gears etc. so that they're operating as efficiently as possible so shouldn't have anything to worry about.
by GrahamG
24 Mar 2010, 12:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: In-line cable adjusters on brakes - unwise?
Replies: 8
Views: 2586

In-line cable adjusters on brakes - unwise?

I'm just in the process of installing Tektro v-brake compatible drop bar levers to my tourer and came to a stop when realising that there would be no cable adjuster anywhere to fine tune the brakes. I'm aware of inline cable adjusters being widely used for gear systems with no barrel adjuster at the...
by GrahamG
24 Mar 2010, 10:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a bike to tour, upon arrival
Replies: 6
Views: 468

Re: Buying a bike to tour, upon arrival

Alto and soprano sax i presume?! Tenor would be a bit much to carry. Are you intending to camp and/or cook yourself? I'd just be looking at a used mountain bike with slick tyres and a rack towing a trailer like a carry freedom Y-frame. Most important thing is to make sure you've got waterproof bags/...
by GrahamG
23 Mar 2010, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brooks again!
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: brooks again!

No mudguards on an all weather commuter? That's nuts! (I should add that I'm under 40, and don't have a beard, a carradice saddle bag or a brooks.)
by GrahamG
23 Mar 2010, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a Mavic MA3 rim as durable as a mavic Open Pro?
Replies: 16
Views: 4306

Re: Is a Mavic MA3 rim as durable as a mavic Open Pro?

I do feel that Rigida offer better value but my only experience of ma3's is ruining a rim in just 2000 miles because I didn't realise that stock shimano canti-brake pads are made of concrete! Ask her which one she prefers purely on looks - my other half insists on a box section rim purely for this r...
by GrahamG
23 Mar 2010, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pillow problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1525

Re: Pillow problem

A self-inflating pillow is one of the 'essential luxuries' for me - tried the clothes in a pillow case thing and just couldn't stand it. It's something well worth the extra space/weight, a bit like a thermarest chair.
by GrahamG
22 Mar 2010, 2:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: M25
Replies: 51
Views: 3027

Re: M25

I thought it was worth dipping in to make a point or two, aimed particularly at those who seem to think that building larger/more roads is a good thing: More road capacity = more demand It's a very simple premise and one established by transport academics getting on for 20 years ago, and it makes se...
by GrahamG
11 Feb 2010, 6:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carrying cash on tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: Carrying cash on tour

I've just taken delivery of a CaxtonFX card - http://www.caxtonfx.com/currency_cards/ ... _cards.asp - seems like a great idea to me as I always leave it too late to get the best cash deal and don't wish to change banks just for the sake of overseas credit/debit card charges. Off to the US, France,...
by GrahamG
11 Feb 2010, 2:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Carrying cash on tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1433

Re: Carrying cash on tour

I've just taken delivery of a CaxtonFX card - http://www.caxtonfx.com/currency_cards/currency_cards.asp - seems like a great idea to me as I always leave it too late to get the best cash deal and don't wish to change banks just for the sake of overseas credit/debit card charges. Off to the US, Franc...
by GrahamG
11 Feb 2010, 1:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring
Replies: 65
Views: 15054

Re: Straight or Dropped Bars For Touring

I used drops on my Super Galaxy for many years but found the positions uncomfortable as I got older. This is the setup I have on my Travelmaster, giving me two positions which are extremely comfortable. IMG_1301 (Small).JPG I'm glad somebody finally clarified their drop bar set-up for those die har...