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by Gearoidmuar
25 Jun 2017, 7:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rumbling Rohloff
Replies: 42
Views: 2990

Re: Rumbling Rohloff

The slimline one, which I just bought will not dictate that you get a wider BB to get a more or less perfect chainline. The original one pushes the chain out about 3mm, so if you're a perfectionist you may want a 6mm wider axle system. I won't be using this for a while as I haven't reversed the curr...
by Gearoidmuar
25 Jun 2017, 7:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rumbling Rohloff
Replies: 42
Views: 2990

Re: Rumbling Rohloff

The slimline one, which I just bought will not dictate that you get a wider BB to get a more or less perfect chainline. The original one pushes the chain out about 3mm, so if you're a perfectionist you may want a 6mm wider axle system. I won't be using this for a while as I haven't reversed the curr...
by Gearoidmuar
8 Jun 2017, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Copying MTB gear range on tourer
Replies: 38
Views: 3183

Re: Copying MTB gear range on tourer

I'm anti-toeclip. They are useless and you'll get stuck in them when you fall off. I've used SPD MTB pedals since they first appeared but use flat pedals with hillwalking boots in winter. (MUCH warmer). I'd a Dawes Galaxy for years until it died, but I changed to a full MTB gear set etc., in it in m...
by Gearoidmuar
1 May 2017, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version

Well I used to tour about 3 times a year with my missus at one stage. We went about 4 years without a puncture and then had 4 of them and a torn tyre in 3 of our four wheels in about 2 hours, one morning near Applecross in Scotland. Got paranoid and bought extra spares. No more for another three yea...
by Gearoidmuar
29 Apr 2017, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version

Well, as I cycled 330 miles in Brittany, they made the 9000, still without a puncture. In fact from the mechanical POV this was an unblemished tour. Never had to tighten a nut or anything. I've cycled in Brittany about 12 times. It's VERY hilly. Can be frustrating from that point of view, but there ...
by Gearoidmuar
21 Apr 2017, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version

No, but I've ridden them in Cork which has a lot of glass and did the cross country off road from Southsea to Hornsea which was a glass fest, on these tyres. No puncture, nor, strangely did my 3 companions. I get a fair numer of punctures, but not on this bike since 2012. I'm doing Lejog again in Se...
by Gearoidmuar
21 Apr 2017, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version

26x2 Performance Line Raceguard Liteskin 35-70psi. WIre bead.
Not a single puncture!
by Gearoidmuar
21 Apr 2017, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Incredible tyres. 26 inch Schwalbe Big Apple lighter version

I put a pair of these on my Thorn touring bike before doing Lejog in 2012. Still on the bike. I swapped front and rear some time ago. Front now looks quite worn, but I'm heading off to Brittany tomorrow for weeks touring. I noted the mileage when I fitted them. They've done 8670 miles and this is th...
by Gearoidmuar
6 Mar 2017, 5:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: YHA Lejog
Replies: 12
Views: 8022

Re: YHA Lejog

I did Lejog three times with Chris Ellison, the CTC one. There were several Hostels initially but he's pared them down to nearly nothing now. Doing it again in Sept for 4th time. The hostels aren't that cheap and in comparison to the likes of the Premier Inns or small hotels en route, are quite infe...
by Gearoidmuar
4 Nov 2016, 9:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel bikes
Replies: 67
Views: 5548

I've a boreen bike.

Boreen is a word we Irish have for what you call a lane. We have an huge network of them in Cork. Very quiet but "variably" surfaced and often very hilly. The bike for this is a cheapish 29er (I'm tall) with the light version of Schwalbe Apple tyres. Fab gears (3x9) hydraulic discs and a c...
by Gearoidmuar
2 Nov 2016, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: will a 10s chain work OK on a 9s groupset?
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: will a 10s chain work OK on a 9s groupset?

The opposite won't work properly though. I ran an 8sp chain on a 9 speed bike on a tour and it was constantly changing to avoid the chain rubbing.
by Gearoidmuar
10 Sep 2016, 9:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 2 Abreast cycling is not safe.
Replies: 46
Views: 3239

Re: You're right and you're wrong.

You're right and you're wrong. You're wrong in that in the circumstance where you're approaching a bend, if you stay in single file, a motorist may be inclined (about1% are) to squeeze past you in a narrow lane, while keeping to your side of the road. If there are two of you, he won't dream of it. H...
by Gearoidmuar
4 Jul 2016, 9:41pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: I'm out.
Replies: 1
Views: 15220

I'm out.

I joined the famous CTC years ago and have been a member until now. I'm an Irish member and have thrice done the CTC Lejog with Chris Levison. Why would anyone change the name of the Club? I've been a serious cycletourist having done some 85 bike tours in my time. The finest cycling there is from th...
by Gearoidmuar
8 Apr 2016, 5:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Where to tour in France?
Replies: 21
Views: 1600

Re: Where to tour in France?

I've done a lot of France. 1. Paris-Nice in 1991. The Loire valley is totally boring. It sounds nice, but that's it. 2. The Coast of Brittany is fairly hilly but it's very good. I've done it all from Benodet to Mont St.Michel, much of that several times as I can get the Cork-Roscoff ferry. 3. The Do...
by Gearoidmuar
29 Mar 2016, 7:05pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: TRAINING for LEJOG
Replies: 20
Views: 2984

Re: TRAINING for LEJOG

I've done about 85 tours and Lejog three times. You're doing plenty miles. In my experience, you don't need to train hard. Long easy training makes you very very fit. It's counterintuitive. There are people who recommend doing a mini-tour with your kit beforehand. All I can say is that I've never do...