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by khain
12 Nov 2016, 4:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike - Rear Gears
Replies: 31
Views: 3782

Re: Touring Bike - Rear Gears

Something else to bear in mind is that most modern mountain bikes use disc brakes so 650b and 559 should be just about interchangeable excepting extreme tyre sizes. It also means 650b rims will be disc unless touring companies switch to it. High quality mountain bikes have been disc-only for quite s...
by khain
12 Nov 2016, 4:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another source of free Garmin maps
Replies: 6
Views: 1523

Re: Another source of free Garmin maps

They look pretty good. Still far off the level of detail of OS maps though. I really wish the price of those would come down for Garmin.
by khain
9 Nov 2016, 5:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike - Rear Gears
Replies: 31
Views: 3782

Re: Touring Bike - Rear Gears

In two years, twentysix-inch wheels have gone from ubiquity to obsolescence! In truth, not obsolete yet: 26ers can still be found, but only in the lower price brackets. I was somewhat alarmed at this comment as I'm considering buying a new frame. A quick check on the CRC website shows that nearly a...
by khain
3 Nov 2016, 6:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Tyres
Replies: 28
Views: 3855

Re: Touring Tyres

I've used Continental TourRides at that size. Worst tyres I've ever used. Almost impossible to get on and off, poor puncture protection, and only lasted about 500 miles. Other Continental tyres have been ok though but I've found Schwalbes much better. Marathon Duremes are quite a good compromise bet...
by khain
3 Nov 2016, 12:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre pressures 'feel' different - why?
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: Tyre pressures 'feel' different - why?

Do they have the same tubes?
by khain
3 Nov 2016, 12:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike - Rear Gears
Replies: 31
Views: 3782

Re: Touring Bike - Rear Gears

A Rohloff is probably a good investment for long distance touring in remote places. An advantage that hasn't been mentioned is that you are much less likely to have spoke failures as the rear wheel is symmetrically dished. Chains and sprockets will also last much longer. However, if you're just star...
by khain
31 Oct 2016, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this a duff paint job?
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Re: Is this a duff paint job?

The frame was new when I put the derailleur on and is only a couple of years old. It was a professional job, or at least not done in a factory, possibly powder. It seemed dry when I got it but it certainly looks like the paint was soft. The paint seems to flake and rub off quite easily in other plac...
by khain
26 Oct 2016, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 246
Views: 29508

Re: Hardest UK climb?

Lowther Hill at 725m is higher than any public road and extremely steep. You won't find the road on maps as it's not public but is tarmac all the way up and shouldn't be a problem to cycle on. I've only ever walked up and that was hard enough.
by khain
26 Oct 2016, 3:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is the best layering for lightweight touring?
Replies: 24
Views: 2733

Re: What is the best layering for lightweight touring?

In cold weather merino is good but generally I much prefer a dedicated cycling jersey. Good ones resist odours to a similar extent but are much more comfortable in warmer weather and the back pockets are, for me anyway, vital. I also find merino (at least the thinner stuff) tends to develop holes an...
by khain
26 Oct 2016, 2:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and how to remove them
Replies: 25
Views: 1603

Re: Ticks and how to remove them

The plastic hooks work for big ticks, but can't seem to get a grip on the really tiny ones. I use fine point curved tweezers for those. At guess these little ones are first instar and don't present a disease risk as you are their first host, but it's still nice to get rid of them. Unfortunately I'v...
by khain
26 Oct 2016, 2:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this a duff paint job?
Replies: 4
Views: 1223

Is this a duff paint job?

I went to change my front derailleur and discovered this:
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I've seen several seat tubes crushed by over tightening but never seen the paint squashed up like this, almost like it hadn't dried properly.

There is also some bubbling under the paint which may be rust.
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by khain
15 Oct 2016, 10:32am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon sleeping bag and mat
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: Decathlon sleeping bag and mat

I find the stated comfort ranges a bit optimistic on sleeping bags. I think it's the temperature at which you can sleep, rather than a temperature that actually feels comfortable. Likewise, the extreme temperature is the temperature at which you can stay alive, but not necessarily retain all your to...
by khain
15 Oct 2016, 9:55am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Ticks and how to remove them
Replies: 25
Views: 1603

Re: Tics and how to remove them

Sounds like voodoo medicine.

What's a Q tip?
by khain
10 Oct 2016, 8:20pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: How long does it take you to get going in the morning?
Replies: 23
Views: 1590

Re: How long does it take you to get going in the morning?

Glad to hear I'm not the only one.

I dread to think how many hours of my life I've spent sitting about waiting for my tent to dry. I hate packing up a wet tent, and putting one up even more.