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by dondelion
22 May 2018, 3:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gas canisters in Bishkek.
Replies: 8
Views: 763

Re: Gas canisters in Bishkek.

I bought gas from the Korean shop in Bishkek when I was there about 3 years ago. A Korean motorcyclist told me that Korean shops all over Asia always sold gas. It is supplied in vertical cans and you will need an adaptor to convert from the push nozzle to a screw thread. I can't remember where the s...
by dondelion
3 May 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2734

Re: Wide tyres with v-brakes

So it looks like the sensible thing to do is just buy a large cheap tyre and see if it fits with the old Avid Single Digits I'm sure I've got somewhere. I haven't actually got the frame yet and am waiting for it to arrive from Germany where it was £300 cheaper than here. I just can't wait... Hadn't ...
by dondelion
2 May 2018, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2734

Re: Wide tyres with v-brakes

I quite fancy the Paul Motolites https://paulcomp.com/shop/components/motolite/ but am sceptical that a £250 brake is going to be 10 times as good as a £25 brake. 4 inch long brake arms and 'tons of vertical adjustment' suggests they'd fit the Surlys. Anyone every used them? Is it worth just putting...
by dondelion
2 May 2018, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide tyres with v-brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 2734

Wide tyres with v-brakes

Afternoon, I'm building an expedition tourer from a Surly Troll frame and would like to run v-brakes with very plump tyres. I've had more faff with discs than I've had with v-brakes (bent rotors, pads not lasting) and as I'll be heading into some remote areas, v-brake parts are easier to source. The...
by dondelion
13 Jan 2018, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear dynamo light stopped working
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Rear dynamo light stopped working

Thanks for the replies.

The front light doesn't work with the cable connected so, as andrew_s says, it seems to be the rear light itself that's at fault and not the cables or front light. Can I connect it directly to the dynamo to see if it works or will it generate too much power?
by dondelion
12 Jan 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear dynamo light stopped working
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Rear dynamo light stopped working

Hello, I have a Son Edelux front light connected to an SP Dynamo and I have a rear B&M Secula Plus light connected to the front light. I've been running this setup for about 6 months but the rear light recently suddenly stopped working although the front light still works. I swapped the rear lig...
by dondelion
19 Jul 2017, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)
Replies: 10
Views: 1544

Re: Bicycles on Trains in Georgia (Caucusus)

I was in Georgia for a few months a couple of years ago and had no problems putting my bike on local trains a couple of times. It cost a tiny amount and I just turned up and got on the train, no dismantling required. The bike just went in a goods carriage or in a space by the door. It might be diffe...
by dondelion
30 Jan 2016, 10:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1461

Re: Russia

To get a visa I've both used agencies and done it all myself. The agencies are preferable as their markup isn't too great. I'd recommend Real Russia for a hassle free experience. Regarding politics, Russians are some of the most cynical and sceptical people I've met and most are inclined to disbelie...
by dondelion
15 Jan 2016, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Russia
Replies: 17
Views: 1461

Re: Russia

Russia is amazing for touring. Camp where you like. Loads of crazy but kind people living tough lives who would feed and shelter you at a moment's notice. Really cheap outside the cities. Wilder wilds than you can imagine. I love it but it is very remote. I remember asking when the next shop was and...
by dondelion
16 Dec 2015, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 5527

Re: Chinese titanium frame

If I had the 700c version, I probably would use it for everything. I got the 26er for third world use which was definitely a good idea. I can't have 2 LHTs before someone suggests that...
by dondelion
16 Dec 2015, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 5527

Re: Chinese titanium frame or CroMo steel frame

Spanner.org.uk is what set me off down the titanium path actually... So is the idea of a titanium frame (Chinese or not) for a lightweight all rounder a good one or not? Is it going to feel noticeably different than a decent cheapish steel frame (Cotic, Surly, Salsa, etc)? 853 or other deluxe steel ...
by dondelion
15 Dec 2015, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 5527

Re: Chinese titanium frame

Cross Check is great but...I've got a Surly LHT. And I had a Pacer before. Don't want to be too much of a fanboy! I've just seen the Cotic Escapade in my favourite shade of yellow and it's only £350. It's not really spoiling myself though! But given that I only want to spend up to about £700, I appe...
by dondelion
15 Dec 2015, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 5527

Re: Chinese titanium frame

I've just come back from a couple of years touring on my Surly LHT and for expedition use in the likes of Mongolia and Tajikistan it was absolutely perfect. For carrying large loads long distances on bad roads I can't think of anything better, especially for a £300 frame. After a couple of rides on ...
by dondelion
15 Dec 2015, 6:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 5527

Chinese titanium frame

I'm in the market for a fast tourer/adventure/do everything machine capable of on or off road with big tyres and rack/mudguard mounts. My Surly LHT 26" is great but a pig to ride unloaded so is for expedition use only. Initially I fancied the All City Space Horse but it's only in green and I do...
by dondelion
26 Aug 2015, 6:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Romania
Replies: 8
Views: 2510

Re: Romania

And don't forget the Transfagarasan pass

A couple of years ago I did a 2 week Romania tour in preparation for my big trip. Stunning rural scenery, lots of back roads, friendly people everywhere, lots of little homestays, good, cheap food, what's not to like? I even got rescued by gypsies.