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by RobinS
1 Aug 2018, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?

Well, MTN versions of BB5s, speed dial levers, and cable and outers set on order for very reasonable prices. Removed handlebar grips for re-use, and old Juicy 3 brakes removed and fitting areas cleaned up ready for the new kit!
by RobinS
1 Aug 2018, 9:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?

Thanks Brucey - that ties in with my thoughts - after two 3 month tours on our BB5 equipped tourers I have become adept at keeping them fettled in perfect working order. Am I correct in thinking that the BB5s will fit straight on the Juicy mounting brackets (buying them costs more with brackets!), s...
by RobinS
31 Jul 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Replacing avid Juicy 3s with mechanical disc brakes?

After only using our touring bikes for several years (equipped with BB5 brakes) I have just hauled our mountain bikes out of the shed for fettling prior to a trip. My old Kona Cindercone (with V brakes) is fine, but JanetS's Giant has Juicy 3 hydraulic brakes, and basically they are shot. As I can s...
by RobinS
8 Jul 2018, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora shifters technical advice needed
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: Sora shifters technical advice needed

Interested in this thread as I have exactly the same issue - can only use a small barbag, when I really want a full size Ortlieb one. I was thinking of replacing the brakes/shifters, but 180 quid seems excessive to fix a modest problem! The guide pipes look interesting - does anyone have photos of t...
by RobinS
6 Jul 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: 10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips

Some interesting short holiday ideas there - but I wouldn't describe most of them as "long distance". When we tour I don't feel I have gotten into it until we have done over a thousand kilometres. The Loire and Passau - Vienna are both small sections of the same route, the EV6.
by RobinS
5 Jul 2018, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2469

Re: Pannier Advice

Ortlieb classics. 95% of long haul tourers can't be wrong.


Have done two three month tours with ours so far, and they are virtually umarked.
by RobinS
5 Jul 2018, 4:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Augmenting the frame of an A-frame Tent
Replies: 29
Views: 1291

Re: Augmenting the frame of an A-frame Tent

RobinS wrote: If you currently have an A pole at each end but no ridge pole all adding a ridge pole will do is give you marginally more headroom in the middle of the tent. It will not make it stronger. With old Force 10s that came with a ridge pole standard advice was to remove the ridge pole in se...
by RobinS
4 Jul 2018, 8:11pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Augmenting the frame of an A-frame Tent
Replies: 29
Views: 1291

Re: Augmenting the frame of an A-frame Tent

If you currently have an A pole at each end but no ridge pole all adding a ridge pole will do is give you marginally more headroom in the middle of the tent. It will not make it stronger. With old Force 10s that came with a ridge pole standard advice was to remove the ridge pole in severe weather as...
by RobinS
30 Jun 2018, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vittoria touring tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 1102

Re: Vittoria touring tyres

Haven't used those precise models, but bought a Vittoria Randonneur in Bolzano last year when the wifes Marathon wore out. Unfortunately by the time we got to Bonn we had o buy another Marathon, as the Vittoria had worn through in 1100km! So that one was utter junk!
by RobinS
30 Jun 2018, 2:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Loaded Camping Gear Weight
Replies: 92
Views: 4895

Re: Loaded Camping Gear Weight

Weight does depend on the type of touring you do, and what you like to eat. We work on about 25kg each touring as a couple, and while this may seem a lot, we are touring for 3 months or so at a time. As well as tent, mats, sleeping bags, towels, clothes, toilet stuff, it has to include water (3 x 75...
by RobinS
30 Jun 2018, 2:42pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: aldi helinox chair copy
Replies: 21
Views: 1902

Re: aldi helinox chair copy

We bought 2 Chinese versions of these a couple of years ago for bout £30 each off EBAY (branded Naturehike), and they have so far survived approximately 245 overnight stops touring - in my opinion amazingly robust for lightweight cheap kit. Yesterday we bought 2 of the Aldi ones as well (mainly so t...
by RobinS
30 Jun 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring and Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: Touring and Insurance

Need to check that your policy covers cycle touring as others have said. For kit, bike etc. it is generally not worth attempting to insure them, as the conditions of taking required security precautions are normally unachievable on tour - bike not locked with a secure enough lock, other kit either i...
by RobinS
8 May 2018, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bordeaux to sete
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: bordeaux to sete

From memory the Garonne and the very first bit of the Midi are reasonably well signposted, and a good canal-side cyclepath. Along the Midi the route deteriorates to, at times, a narrow rough muddy singletrack six inches from the water, only really suitable for MTBs. There are however plenty of small...
by RobinS
20 Apr 2018, 4:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Some of the UK's best wild places for walking and cycling – chosen by Guardian
Replies: 27
Views: 2090

Re: 11 of the UK's best wild places – chosen by Guardian outdoor experts

It's just up the road from me, and while it is certainly very pleasant it hardly classifies as a "wild place" even by UK standards. Norfolk does though have hundreds of miles of very quiet country lanes, taking in beautiful countryside, pretty villages, river valleys, and lovely country pu...
by RobinS
16 Apr 2018, 10:02am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Crockery
Replies: 19
Views: 1352

Re: Crockery

For longer tours we like to be "civilised", so as well as two stoves and multiple pans so we can cook real meals we each have a stainless steel mug, a combination plastic bowl/plate, and a round based non-falling-over-on-grass wine/beer plastic glass (we call them our weeble glasses), as w...