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by jk49
5 Aug 2016, 2:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best camping gadgets
Replies: 23
Views: 1869

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: 672

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: 1665

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: 1665

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: 4619

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: 4619

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: 868

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: 512

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: 2550

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: 2550

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: 500

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: 543

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: 492

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: 6152

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: 6625

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...