Search found 48 matches

by DaveyDave
29 May 2010, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Food
Replies: 15
Views: 1333

Touring Food

Hi All, What are people's best food to take with them for meals on tours?. I'm looking for things that I can cook on a camping stove that are light and tasty and give plenty of calories/energy. I usually go for dehydrated things like that packet rice for some evil mixture based on Smash!. Obviously ...
by DaveyDave
17 May 2010, 9:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MTB Chainring with 105 10-speed delraileur problems
Replies: 7
Views: 659

Re: MTB Chainring with 105 10-speed delraileur problems

Apart from making sure you have a front mech which best matches the curvature of the largest ring size, does your chain occasionally drop between rings? If so, you may also have an issue with the chainset having spacings which may be too wide for a narrow 10-speed chain. No, I've checks the ring sp...
by DaveyDave
15 May 2010, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MTB Chainring with 105 10-speed delraileur problems
Replies: 7
Views: 659

MTB Chainring with 105 10-speed delraileur problems

Hi All, I have a problem. Basically I bought a secondhand touring bike which generally speaking I am very happy with. However, there is a problem with changing gears, in particularly when changing between chain rings using the front deraileur. Firstly, despite much adjustment of the gear cable and e...
by DaveyDave
3 May 2010, 8:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag options
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Re: handlebar bag options

I put longer cables (outers) on one bike I had. On my current flat barred bike the cables are very short and tuck underneath the bag. Try and fit it, you can see what to do with the cables then Al In my case, the situation isn't really helped by longer cables. The problem is that the cables needs t...
by DaveyDave
3 May 2010, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: handlebar bag options
Replies: 6
Views: 800

handlebar bag options

Hi All, I've just changed my touring bike and have been experimenting with my pannier bags. My old touring bike was quite a traditional affair with gear levers on the ends of the bars. However my new one has shimano STI shifters where the gears cables come out perpenticular (and inwards) from the le...
by DaveyDave
2 Mar 2010, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel rim assessment
Replies: 15
Views: 677

Wheel rim assessment

Hi All,
How do you assess whether wheel rims are too worn?. I have some old wheels and have seen these 'pop' on other people's bikes. I wouldn't really want these 'to go' on a tour.

Dave
by DaveyDave
28 Feb 2010, 4:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn hub?.
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Worn hub?.

I tend to find that it is cheaper and easier to buy a whole hub on the web rather than any of its parts separately. However as you say that means rebuilding the wheel. Having been in this situation, where ball bearings were severly damaged and the cones pitted, I did just replace the ball bearings ...
by DaveyDave
28 Feb 2010, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn hub?.
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Worn hub?.

The other thing it could be is the the freehub that the cassette slides onto. If it's the basic Galaxy, they use a cheaper hub that (whilst ok in itself) uses a freehub that can often fails early. Apart from the ratchet mechanism it contains secondary bearings and the whole unit may become rough or...
by DaveyDave
28 Feb 2010, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn hub?.
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Worn hub?.

I reckon "rumble" in a bearing has to be a bad thing. If you strip it and clean up the bits, I expect the axle cones will be worn. (Sheldon will have a picture, wont he?) I find the cones wear first, I guess because they have the least area of contact. You should be able to get spares. I ...
by DaveyDave
27 Feb 2010, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn hub?.
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Worn hub?.

First thing to check is that you didnt make it a little too tight when you reassembled it. Try loosening your cones a tiny bit to see if it improves. They say that a quick release axle will make the bearings even tighter when clamped up so such axles have to be assembled with a little play still in...
by DaveyDave
27 Feb 2010, 8:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Worn hub?.
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Worn hub?.

Hi All, I've been looking at my Dawes Galaxy with the view to preparing it for touring this summer. With the bike upside down and with the rear wheel turning quickly, I noticed that there was some vibration which was particularly obvious when gripping the frame tightly with my hand. I know that the ...
by DaveyDave
25 Oct 2009, 8:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Touring Bike Recommendations

I tour with Schwalbe marathons fitted and carry a folding marathon...which, because I carry it, I've never used. I've had to lend it to others though... Ahh, that's interesting. All of the 700 tyres that I've seen won't fold up due to a wire ring in the tyre that fits over the hub. Are you saying t...
by DaveyDave
25 Oct 2009, 5:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Touring Bike Recommendations

Thanks for your replies. May be I'll revisit the Galaxy approach. I noticed that there seem to be a really wide range of tyre pressures for different tyres. The original types I had on the galaxy had a pressure rating of 110 psi. I had always thought that these were good tyre before the LEJOG and ha...
by DaveyDave
24 Oct 2009, 7:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Bike Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Touring Bike Recommendations

Hi All, I'm looking forward to doing some touring next year and am looking at buying a new tourer. I've currently got a Dawes Galaxy (96 vintage), but am looking at potential tours where there may be off-road gravel sections and I'm worried about the Galaxy's ability to cope when loaded. I had 700x2...
by DaveyDave
10 Sep 2009, 9:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Advice on LEJOG/JOGLE please :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1802

Re: Advice on LEJOG/JOGLE please :)

Well, I think there a number of good reasons for doing JOGLE in preference to LEJOG. The first is one of flexibility. It's much easier to travel from Penzance by public transport than it is to get back from John O'Groats without booking ahead. Therefore, if you want to be flexible timewise, and henc...