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by keithg
4 Feb 2013, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT

Yes, it fits. Gives a useful platform for storing my tent which balances the bike well and it looks neat and tidy. A fair bit of bending of the rack stays required but this is quite easy to do if done slowly and once. Looks pretty solid. The threaded rod which passes through the crown fork is a litt...
by keithg
30 Jan 2013, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring
Replies: 40
Views: 7510

Re: Charging two AA batteries everyday whilst touring

There's an advert for a device on p 80 of the current CTC "Cycle" mag (Feb/March) for a thing called a "rider mount" which connects to a dynamo (bottle or hub) and can bused to directly recharge devices and presumably batteries. website is ridermount.com no experience of this how...
by keithg
23 Jan 2013, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Front light with Ortlieb bar bag
Replies: 12
Views: 5767

Re: Front light with Ortlieb bar bag

I realise that you don't have fittings for a front rack, BUT if you did (!) then you can fit a short length of old broom handle to act as a bracket for your lights onto the bolt hole on the fork.
Not much help to you but a useful bodge for anyone else reading this post.
by keithg
23 Jan 2013, 6:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: In praise of mirrors
Replies: 72
Views: 4653

Re: In praise of mirrors

Does anyone else have this issue with them? I borrowed a mate's bike and hated his attached mirror, I just found it hard to judge how close the overtake was going to be. Every car needed to be checked out and it seemed to spoil the ride esp on busier roads. I ended up completely paranoid and preferr...
by keithg
23 Jan 2013, 6:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick question about mudguards for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 3654

Re: Quick question about mudguards for touring

I'd second the "as wide as will fit on the bike" school of thought. I'd probably want to take the bike along to the shop rather than risk mail order/internet purchase.
I'd also recommend the front guards have the safety release bracket on the stays.
by keithg
12 Jan 2013, 10:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in India
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Touring in India

I definitely would not recommend camping in rural India unless you are up in the very remote areas in the mountains (like the Himalayas): its sort of like trying to camp in Central London, India is a very busy and densely populated country where wild camping is pretty much unprecedented and campsite...
by keithg
8 Jan 2013, 4:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

... you (and the OP) might find this link useful as well: http://www.visittreviso.it/it/itinerari-fra-sport-e-natura/bici-in-vacanza-nella-marca-trevigiana#.UOs5445Adq5 ... excellent link, thanks a lot, btw here a few shots taken during one of my cycling night raids! curiosity: what "OP" ...
by keithg
6 Jan 2013, 5:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preventing rust on all components
Replies: 37
Views: 2849

Re: Preventing rust on all components

Its worth making sure the bike goes away dry and is covered by an old sheet and blanket to try and keep it as airtight as possible but let it breathe too (probably a contradiction). The problem in draughty sheds is mild damp air after a cold spell causing condensation on anything metal (and cold) wh...
by keithg
6 Jan 2013, 5:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Slovenia
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Slovenia

I was on a CTC tour of Slovenia a few years ago and the Highpoints (sometimes literally!) were Lake Bohinj, the Vrisic Pass and Kranska Gora, Lake Bled and down the Soca valley to Kobarid and towards the lowlands and vineyards near the coast. If you tried to fit those areas into an itinerary you wou...
by keithg
4 Jan 2013, 5:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring the Scottish Islands
Replies: 24
Views: 1890

Re: Cycle touring the Scottish Islands

I did a nice tour by Island hopping from Oban to Mull, off the North end of Mull onto the mainland to Mallaig then the South of Skye tot he North of Skye to the Hebrides, up them to Ullapool and then N to Durness/Cape Wrath around the N of Scotland and back to Inverness through Sutherland and any of...
by keithg
4 Jan 2013, 5:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breathable gloves
Replies: 15
Views: 1194

Re: Breathable gloves

a bit of lateral thinking here but it works you can use an anti-perspirant on your hands to try and reduce the sweating. using an unscented anti-perspirant such as you would use on your oxters (trans for sassenachs- armpits) works as well for sweaty feet for winter mountaineers who get cold damp fee...
by keithg
30 Dec 2012, 6:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

1. Get out of the airport first then point north to Quarto d' Altino, 10 km approx 2. Once arrived in Quarto d' Altino turn left and manage to catch this one, it isn't easy to follow it but, believe me, it's really very very beautiful till Trento 3. Once in Trento you can catch-up with the " C...
by keithg
27 Dec 2012, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT

I've the newer Disc Trucker with attachment points half way down the front fork. I assume if I but a nitto M18 this will fit? http://www.tokyofixedgear.com/eCommImages/2/0080000028303.jpg yes, I am pretty sure the M18 will fit almost any fork without the canti attachments, its the M12 I am wanting ...
by keithg
27 Dec 2012, 3:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Cycling out of Marco Polo Airport Venice (Mestre)

Hoping to start a tour of the Dolomites and Alps from Venice in the summer. Fly in and ride home to Scotland over as many mountain roads as possible. I have started a climbing holiday from here when we bussed to Cortina and the roads seemed to be very busy or dual carriage ways and it looks like it ...
by keithg
27 Dec 2012, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Nitto M12 front rack on a Surly LHT

Has anyone fitted a Nitto M12 front rack onto a mid sized Surly Long Haul Trucker with the canti brake attachments on the forks? There are several pictures of them together on the net http://www.lurvely.com/photo/1806503298/Trucker_with_new_Fenders/ but I have read elsewhere http://www.longleafbicyc...