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by jk49
12 Nov 2016, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single Speed Conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Single Speed Conversion

I've run 2 s/s road bikes and a 2 hub gear bikes, all with chain tensioners. Although it would be undeniably better from an aesthetic point of view to not use a tensioner, in practice I have had no problems with either of the types I've used. Once set up they are really fit and forget, for at least ...
by jk49
21 Oct 2016, 11:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to Exeter route advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1705

Re: London to Exeter route advice

I've cycled from Bath to Reading on the K&A. The bit between Devizes and Pewsey is very tricky on narrow tyres, as are fairly frequent sections afterwards. I used 1.75" travel contacts and still had the occasional moment! (slippery stone ledges under the humpback bridges. Everything is doab...
by jk49
22 Sep 2016, 2:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Unmissable places in the Netherlands
Replies: 19
Views: 1238

Re: Unmissable places in the Netherlands

Probably not essential, but I found the museum about the great flood of 1953 very interesting and moving, its near ouverkirke on duuveland,(island in the south). Also really enjoyed the Biesbosch wetlands near Dordrecht, you could also do the Kinders dijk at the same time,( 19 windmills in one place...
by jk49
26 Aug 2016, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: euro velo 6 tire width
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: euro velo 6 tire width

It is mostly tarmac of one sort or another. I don't remember any off road bits, but it could be that they escape my memory! I think you will be fine with your 32's. Have a good tour!
by jk49
14 Aug 2016, 9:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?

Thanks again to everyone for their useful responses. Yes it is for a rear brake, so I'm not too worried about it being overly powerful, it was more a question of which rollerbrake would be compatible with the nexus 8 hub. Thanks for the info concerning levers and cable pull, I've got deore v brake l...
by jk49
12 Aug 2016, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?

ok, thanks for your reply. That's good to know. I'll go with the one you recomend.
jon
by jk49
12 Aug 2016, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

shimano nexus 8 which rollerbrake?

Hello to you all on this beautiful afternoon! I'm after some guidance about which roller brake(s) may fit my nexus 8 redband premium hub. The serial number of the hub is SG 8R 36. At present I have a black plastic cover over the splines on the NDS. My prefered supplier (a shop in Hamburg) offers ; B...
by jk49
5 Aug 2016, 2:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best camping gadgets
Replies: 23
Views: 1779

Re: Best camping gadgets

Agree about fiddly assembly re the honey stove... but I still never tour without it. I use it with a pop can meths stove if in France or just away for a couple of days in the UK. I go to wood fired if away for longer and don't want to carry fuel. I can only think of a couple of occasions when I've h...
by jk49
1 Jun 2016, 10:14am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dried foods and dehydrators
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Dried foods and dehydrators

I have a dehydrator made by l'equipe. I use it to make dried ready meals, mostly for when we are hiking and weight and the proximity to places to buy food come into play. We would walk long distance paths, so I would carry at least 2 dried meals, one I expected to use and one for emergency rations. ...
by jk49
23 May 2016, 2:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable pull
Replies: 28
Views: 1641

Re: Cable pull

ok, how about drag or roughness on the little saddle the cable pivots round under the bb shell. Sorry I don't know the name of this. Maybe some crud or tar spot on this?
by jk49
23 May 2016, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable pull
Replies: 28
Views: 1641

Re: Cable pull

I'm not sure about this, but I think I remember that a rear mech I set up once had two options for connecting the inner cable to the pinch bolt. one way for 7/8 speed and a slightly different way for nine speed. Perhaps one was over the pinch bolt and one was under. It might be worth trying to get t...
by jk49
20 May 2016, 6:50pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Porridge when camping
Replies: 41
Views: 4102

Re: Porridge when camping

+1 to the jumbo ones. They have a bit more texture and are less slimey than Quaker style rolled oats.
by jk49
13 May 2016, 1:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Porridge when camping
Replies: 41
Views: 4102

Re: Porridge when camping

I use horlicks lite instead of powdered milk. As its sweet you don't need to carry sugar and milk powder.I know its not your question, but a spoonful added to jumbo oats, nuts, dried and normal fruit makes a really tasty energy dense breakfast (meusli) when camping. Mix it all up dry then just squir...
by jk49
13 May 2016, 8:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needed to borrow - OS maps
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Needed to borrow - OS maps

local library?
by jk49
2 May 2016, 9:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking bikes on French trains
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Taking bikes on French trains

I can't help with using the capitaine site, but did take our bikes on the regional train (ter?)from Caen towards Paris last summer. We didn't go as far as Paris. No problem booking at the station,no need for bags or boxes,and plenty of space for maybe 8 bikes on the train. TGV is a different kettle ...