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by jk49
2 May 2016, 9:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taking bikes on French trains
Replies: 5
Views: 499

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 ...
by jk49
29 Apr 2016, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Replies: 67
Views: 2437

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker

Ha, fair call. probably more than 200g a tyre,which is a good weight gain.
by jk49
29 Apr 2016, 10:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly Long Haul Trucker
Replies: 67
Views: 2437

Re: Surly Long Haul Trucker

I've put an ebay picasia carbon fork on my 90's rockhopper. I really like it. Been riding it for 6-7 months now, so a bit early to comment on longevity, but it has certainly made a noticeable difference to the weight of the front end unloaded. I don't use front rack or front panniers either. Seems a...
by jk49
28 Apr 2016, 2:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Merthyr Tydfil routes
Replies: 6
Views: 482

Re: Merthyr Tydfil routes

+1 for the bike shop in Rhayader.(clive powell I think). Helped me out with emergency rim tape last year. Very reasonable price and jumped me up the queue to get me on my way. Lovely area too.
by jk49
16 Apr 2016, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Light(er) Tyres for Summer and Maybe Touring
Replies: 9
Views: 534

Re: Light(er) Tyres for Summer and Maybe Touring

How about Vittoria randonneur pro's? I've been running a pair for about 18 months for general utility riding and a couple of tours. They have been gentle off-roading on tracks, gravel and singletrack, but don't really have enough tread for slippery stuff. Touch wood, no visitations as yet. Seem ligh...
by jk49
13 Apr 2016, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigid fork for a 2009 Orange P7
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Rigid fork for a 2009 Orange P7

Possibly not the sort of thing you are looking for but carbon cycles have a good range of forks, in guess what.... carbon. Also worth looking at picasia,who is an ebay seller in Taiwan. I bought a carbon fork from them, good fork and service. They also sell alloy forks. When I did this to my rockhop...
by jk49
23 Mar 2016, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear wheel creaking uer pedalling load
Replies: 37
Views: 5013

Re: Rear wheel creaking uer pedalling load

Had similar symptoms last year. It was very hard to pin down exactly where the creak was coming from.... Anyway, when I finally removed the UN55 bottom bracket it was easy to spot the discolouration caused by some water having worked its way in from the NDS. Liberal use of copper slip has returned i...
by jk49
18 Mar 2016, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions
Replies: 47
Views: 6474

Re: CTC Poly Bike Bag and Easyjet Questions

Bournemouth airport seem to have it in for us cyclists. I had my small cable lock taken from me at security, presumably they thought I could use it to garotte the pilot. Meanwhile they ignored my belt, shoelaces, daysack straps and countless other passengers with thin leather hand bag straps. As our...
by jk49
15 Mar 2016, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel Builder in Bristol or South Gloucs
Replies: 16
Views: 6664

Re: Wheel Builder in Bristol or South Gloucs

£5 spoke wrench. Google spokey. I think I'm correct to say that everything else can be made from old tools and scrap wood bits and pieces you may have stored in your shed. Musson's book gives instructions for making a wheel building stand, but plenty of people just turn their bike frame upside down ...
by jk49
14 Mar 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Scary camping experiences
Replies: 62
Views: 8096

Re: Scary camping experiences

On a campsite next to one of the big lakes in Kenya, maybe Naivasha. Woken after dark by the sound of tearing grass, grazing style. Peered out, could just make out the shape of two hippos attracted out of the lake by the irrigated grass. Found out the next morning that a camper had been trampled and...
by jk49
28 Feb 2016, 6:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to buy Phil Wood hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 1046

Re: Where to buy Phil Wood hubs

I've used hubjub http://hubjub.co.uk/ for a phil bb to fit a french threaded shell. They provided a good friendly service, so I'm happy to recommend them , although I don't know if they are able to get the hubs you are after. I think they only list track hubs on their website, maybe worth asking if ...
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2276

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

Another thing I've learnt from my 'experiment' is that the carbon fork is more flexible than the steel unicrown v brake fork they replaced. I didn't expect that. I know sometimes we start to believe our own propaganda, but I really think this has improved the ride of the bike I use everyday. As I sa...
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2276

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

Having done this to my utility bike/tourer/ riding trails and moderate single track 90's steel mtb, I think I've learnt a couple of things. A bit of back ground first. The bikes wheel rims needed changing, so the front wheel cost the price of the new hub. I've never owned a bike with disc brakes, wa...
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2276

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

ok,I'll bite. You probably wouldn't love my mtb carbon disc fork much. You can easily see it deflect under hard braking. No idea if its going to break, but they have been around for 5 or 6 years as a kind of stripped down replacement for heavier suspension forks. Maybe the owners didn't live to tell...
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2276

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

how about this? http://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&c=75&p=787&tb=001 I've no experience of this fork, but have read numerous favourable reviews of their offerings and service. I fitted a carbon disc fork to my 90's mtb, which I'm very happy with, but bought it from picasia on ebay. I'd imag...