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by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

I agree, I think they are gorgeous. Made in a very small Japanese workshop with I think less than half a dozen people. If you want a speciallly clean look, you can of course have them sprayed by your framebuilder in the colour of your frame. Pity for me they don't seem to do wide ones for 50 mm 26 i...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kids on the road
Replies: 29
Views: 3943

Back to the original posting. My children have been riding on the road here in Holland from about the age of four. Unaccompanied in pretty busy traffic from about nine (when we were living there my daughter rode her bike in Cambridge traffic at six). Just teach them intensively. I see many children ...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling holiday with twins in trailer - suggestions?
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

You may want to fit Schwalbe Big Apple tyres on the trailer. Most trailers use 20 inch tyres, and in that size Big Apples are available in 50 mm and 60 mm. Fit 60 mm if you can, and inflated to little more than 1.5 bar, for a serious reduction in harmful vibration and markedly improved comfort for t...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 9:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

For narrow 26 inch fenders from Honjo: http://www.jitensha.com/eng/fndrs_e.html
by willem jongman
14 Jan 2008, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

As for Newcastle: there is a Sustrans route if I remember. It took longer than we thought, so be warned. On arrival in IJmuiden it should be really easy. Nice woods and nature reserves after little more than ten minutes or so (I grew up south of IJmuiden). Sanddunes, forests (and beaches) for almost...
by willem jongman
14 Jan 2008, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6261

Here is another Dutchman chipping in. For route maps of international tours into/out of Holland see the site of the Fietskaartinformatiestichting: http://www.fietskaartinformatiestichting.nl/algemeen/index.htm and particularly the map of Europe: http://www.fietskaartinformatiestichting.nl/fietsweb/i...
by willem jongman
13 Jan 2008, 7:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2719

I had one crack, however, from being bent over a long period of time. Why not use a fatter tyre rather than a narrower mudguard? We started with 1.5 inch Panaracer Highroads on our Thorn tandem, then moved to 1.75 inch Pasela's, and ended up with 2.0 inch Marathons (better still). On my 26 inch solo...
by willem jongman
13 Jan 2008, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compatibility - chainwheels and front changer
Replies: 6
Views: 781

Yes you should have adjusted the front derailler. You should have lowered it a bit, and maybe fiddled a bit with the angle and the settings for the stops. But your current gearing is quite allright. It is outside the offical range, but that shows that the real range of deraillers is often greater. S...
by willem jongman
13 Jan 2008, 8:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

I do indeed keep a very good track pump at home (nine bikes to keep in working order). Also, I use car valves on our touring and commuter bikes to make life easier on the road (and because they are sturdier). Since the touring bikes have 26x2.0 tyres, I do not fancy inflating them with anything less...
by willem jongman
12 Jan 2008, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Pump
Replies: 13
Views: 1287

I have mine on special brazed pegs behind the seat tube. That is the least obtrusive spot. The disadvantage compared to under the top tube is that the latter is longer. The larger size pump you can fit, the better it will function.
Willem
by willem jongman
10 Jan 2008, 9:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Blinded by the light?
Replies: 21
Views: 3247

Unlike in the past, when bicycle lights produced little light, they can now blind. Cyclists now need to ensure therefore that they do not blind others. That needs careful adjustment, and a sturdy bracket. It is a mistake, moreover, to think that one cannot see and be seen well without blinding other...
by willem jongman
7 Jan 2008, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The perfect audax tyre?
Replies: 44
Views: 5516

I also ride a Rohloff tourer with 26 inch wheels, although mine has a drop bar. It is a great ride. The real purpose of this bike is loaded touring (with camping gear), so thus far I have avoided fragile tyres. I have used (ordinary) Schwalbe Marathon and Schwalbe Big Apple. The Marathon is a bit mo...