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Forum: Touring
09-07-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,006
Posted By tspoon

I had some waterproof ones I ended up selling but...

I had some waterproof ones I ended up selling but not for any particular reason, just didn't need them anymore. Later I got some cordura type, not particularly even water resistant. I just ended up...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

Unfortunately it is somewhat true, which is why I...

Unfortunately it is somewhat true, which is why I generally head for the back roads. People do seem to chill out a little bit on country roads, perhaps because they aren't roads you'd choose to get...
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 03:49 AM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

A couple more from the last day. on SH43, the...

A couple more from the last day. on SH43, the only State Highway with gravel sections left in NZ (not for much longer, funding is now allocated to seal the last section)...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

Haha they're just hills, although they felt like...

Haha they're just hills, although they felt like mountains at times. I think the greatest elevation from that trip was ~ 950m. You'll notice lots of my photos get taken halfway up a hill, it's easier...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

Some pictures from a just completed trip around...

Some pictures from a just completed trip around the central North Island, NZ. The winter weather makes for fairly moody looking...
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 11:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,191
Posted By tspoon

To be fair, you'd have to consider the odds on...

To be fair, you'd have to consider the odds on getting a 12 speed cassette in Mongolia also. Or a 6...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 02:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,605
Posted By tspoon

I had a guy in a pickup break his right hand...

I had a guy in a pickup break his right hand mirror on my left arm in Alabama. I don't really know if it was intentional or if he was some other type of incompetent. He pulled off a side road and...
Forum: Touring
07-26-18, 02:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By tspoon

I typically incorporate my fitness goals into...

I typically incorporate my fitness goals into tours, i.e. they aren't just holidays. Even then the mileage varies according to numerous other factors. In general I mostly do >100km per day, and also...
Forum: Touring
07-26-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

Short 4-5 day trip to SE Queensland in deepest darkest winter conditions.

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Between Toowoomba and Murphys Creek, first day....
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 03:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,175
Posted By tspoon

On some recent trips I used an action camera with...

On some recent trips I used an action camera with a handlebar bracket, set to take a picture at a predetermined interval. There were a few good photos, mixed in with a lot of forgettable ones. One...
Forum: Touring
06-13-18, 02:39 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

9 Day trip central North Island, New Zealand

A few pictures from a recent 9 day late autumn trip through rural parts of the central North Island.
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Forum: Touring
06-11-18, 03:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,093
Posted By tspoon

Agreed, if you have a shimano style cassette...

Agreed, if you have a shimano style cassette lockring, then a hypercracker type cassette lockring remover is already a good idea for broken rear drive side spoke problems, and can then be also used...
Forum: Touring
05-15-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,461
Posted By tspoon

Lying on an angle to get a flat sleep is possible...

Lying on an angle to get a flat sleep is possible with almost any hammock, not just the Hennessey brand. The asymmetric part of their hammock is actually in the cut of the fly, as fair as I'm aware,...
Forum: Touring
05-13-18, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 850
Posted By tspoon

I have done this on one occasion, but I didn't...

I have done this on one occasion, but I didn't bother getting a good quality ride, it was a $80 18 speed freewheel equipped dual suspension department store type bike. I packed my carridice seat bag,...
Forum: Touring
05-01-18, 05:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By tspoon

I've been to all three, I enjoyed Thailand the...

I've been to all three, I enjoyed Thailand the most, Malaysia second, and Vietnam third, but those rankings are as much of a reflection of my lack of preparation as they are of any local condition....
Forum: Touring
04-27-18, 02:46 PM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,879
Posted By tspoon

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Whakarau Rd, about halfway to Motuhora....
Forum: Touring
03-20-18, 05:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,923
Posted By tspoon

Your experience of Thailand is different than...

Your experience of Thailand is different than mine. I found Thai drivers in general very courteous, at least to cyclists who were obviously foreign. Having said that, I had just previously been in...
Forum: Touring
03-08-18, 04:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,616
Posted By tspoon

It's happened to me also. I think the determining...

It's happened to me also. I think the determining factor in my case is that it was a budget airline (Air Asia). They charge less up front, but in a lot of ways, this is where they make their money....
Forum: Touring
01-12-18, 02:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,591
Posted By tspoon

In April in the south island it is definitely...

In April in the south island it is definitely starting to cool down markedly, although it is generally a reasonably settled time of year weather wise, the likelihood of bad weather is lower. I would...
Forum: Touring
01-08-18, 05:21 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,689
Posted By tspoon

Did you successfully get up? I think the steepest...

Did you successfully get up? I think the steepest I've managed on loose surfaces is 15%, although it had more gravel than that road appears to have. The gearing was 22x32 on 26"x1.75 tires (17.5 gear...
Forum: Touring
11-24-17, 12:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,984
Posted By tspoon

If the 26" tire is slightly smaller, you would...

If the 26" tire is slightly smaller, you would run an increased possibility of pedal strike as they would be slightly closer to the ground. The fork trail will also be altered (reduced), altering...
Forum: Touring
11-23-17, 11:03 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,984
Posted By tspoon

I've only had one rim failure, A719 on a rear...

I've only had one rim failure, A719 on a rear wheel, the spoke pulled through the rim. I would say overly tightened at a guess. The spokes were straight gauge, possibly a case where a butted spoke...
Forum: Touring
11-04-17, 05:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,292
Posted By tspoon

I wouldn't read too much into trends. Once they...

I wouldn't read too much into trends. Once they stop selling triples they can wait a year or two before bringing them back, whilst regaling us all with sales blather about how great this 'new'...
Forum: Touring
10-04-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 990
Posted By tspoon

The MKS Sylvan platform pedal is a high quality...

The MKS Sylvan platform pedal is a high quality pedal. I have used a pair for some time now, and have had zero problems. They are also serviceable while on tour if that is important. They have also...
Forum: Touring
09-30-17, 12:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,664
Posted By tspoon

Google term 'bike tire sealant corrosive'. There...

Google term 'bike tire sealant corrosive'. There are plenty of people discussing it.
Forum: Touring
09-27-17, 06:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,855
Posted By tspoon

I've had good result with this saddle too....

I've had good result with this saddle too. Notwithstanding that saddle choice is inherently personal, I've found a cutout saddle to be the big difference, with a strong preference for a firmer saddle...
Forum: Touring
09-25-17, 11:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,664
Posted By tspoon

For myself the only major reason to hold off on...

For myself the only major reason to hold off on tubeless technology is the effect of the 'tire gunge' on the tire. I have read that the compound used attacks the tire itself, such that the tire will...
Forum: Touring
09-22-17, 03:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 13,230
Posted By tspoon

You have to admire the marketing savvy if nothing...

You have to admire the marketing savvy if nothing else. The opportunity for an honest admission that the previous product was sub-par in some areas, turns into the chance to pay even more for a...
Forum: Touring
09-18-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,019
Posted By tspoon

I've got the Sea to Summit brand thermal liner,...

I've got the Sea to Summit brand thermal liner, which uses a hollow fibre called thermolite. I got the 'extreme' version which claims to extend the temperature rating by 14C, although I think the...
Forum: Touring
09-17-17, 02:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,815
Posted By tspoon

I use 26x1.75, but only because the 1.5 (38mm)...

I use 26x1.75, but only because the 1.5 (38mm) size needed levers to fit or remove the tire, I'm a little bit lazy :) The larger size was able to be fitted by hand. Your priorities are likely way...
Forum: Touring
09-17-17, 12:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,815
Posted By tspoon

Should be fine, in fact more than fine, people...

Should be fine, in fact more than fine, people rave about marathon tires. They are very puncture resistant, although it should be noted that punctures are still possible. I myself have had bad luck,...
Forum: Touring
09-15-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,166
Posted By tspoon

I started my Vietnam trip from Hanoi and left...

I started my Vietnam trip from Hanoi and left when it was still dark (heading south). Managed to get out of town before any rush. Vietnam is definitely chaotic in terms of traffic patterns, as I...
Forum: Touring
09-15-17, 08:06 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 9,922
Posted By tspoon

I used a soft case, and my bike is a Montague...

I used a soft case, and my bike is a Montague folding type. Everything got pretty scratched, but not damaged as such (except for one brake disc recently). If you love your bike, or if your bike is a...
09-11-17, 06:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,000
Posted By tspoon

I have a small headlamp which I can use: 1. If...

I have a small headlamp which I can use:
1. If I break down, to see what I'm doing,
2. As a forward lamp with low, high and flashing modes,
3. As a red tail lamp with solid or flashing modes.
...
Forum: Touring
09-09-17, 03:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,166
Posted By tspoon

There's also the small difference of spoke angle...

There's also the small difference of spoke angle helping with the strength also. The lower weight for a given strength/build quality is also an attraction for some, as is the lower gearing available...
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 03:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,302
Posted By tspoon

Excellent advice indeed, for anyone for whom the...

Excellent advice indeed, for anyone for whom the only battery powered item they take on tour is a light. For others, I submit that a dynamo could be worthwhile during the day as well.

For the OP,...
Forum: Touring
08-31-17, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By tspoon

This website has an article ( Best NZ Sim Card...

This website has an article ( Best NZ Sim Card for travelling NZ | Kiwi Experience Blog (http://www.kiwiexperience.com/blog/the-best-nz-sim-card-for-your-travels#sthash.lCUutFjo.dpbs) ) on the...
Forum: Touring
08-30-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,598
Posted By tspoon

6 weeks is the longest I've been on tour, with...

6 weeks is the longest I've been on tour, with two four week trips, and several more 2 and 3 week trips. I've always had to fit it around work, and am now working 3 weeks on/off which gives a degree...
Forum: Touring
08-29-17, 09:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,568
Posted By tspoon

You don't really do away with two chainrings for...

You don't really do away with two chainrings for 1x, you just move them to the back (while often using weaker materials for the spider to keep weight down). Having a 28T largest on the rear means I...
Forum: Touring
08-29-17, 08:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,568
Posted By tspoon

My triple setup is 44-32-22 to an 11-28 (10 speed...

My triple setup is 44-32-22 to an 11-28 (10 speed cassette) on 26". It gives 19.9 to 101.2 gear inches (509%) in 17 definitive steps, and weighs 1593g, about 89g more than the top level 1x12 by SRAM,...
Forum: Touring
08-28-17, 09:15 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,782
Posted By tspoon

The crankset maybe a little too highly geared to...

The crankset maybe a little too highly geared to use on the steeper sections loaded, I calculated around 27.7 (correction 24) gear inches with the lowest gear. If you're mechanically inclined, you...
Forum: Touring
08-03-17, 04:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 16,660
Posted By tspoon

I have no direct experience, and I believe this...

I have no direct experience, and I believe this model has not long come on the market. Interestingly, it is marketed on Aliexpress as being 100% waterproof (at least the same photo is used), so it...
Forum: Touring
07-21-17, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By tspoon

Thule racks are quite popular with the MTB crowd,...

Thule racks are quite popular with the MTB crowd, the same rack can apparently be used on the front or rear, making it quite versatile in case of changed priorities or philosophies.

Thule Tour...
Forum: Touring
07-19-17, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 820
Posted By tspoon

At a guess I would say if this were common we'd...

At a guess I would say if this were common we'd have heard this story many other times, suggesting it isn't. I would say the OP has just had bad luck, hope the replacement goes much better. For...
Forum: Touring
07-19-17, 03:23 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,246
Posted By tspoon

I'm just stoked my rather less fancied steed...

I'm just stoked my rather less fancied steed (Montague Paratrooper framed) has a component in common with the 8k wonderbike: The TRP Spyre brakes. They remain a good choice for a cable operated brake.
Forum: Touring
07-18-17, 02:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,499
Posted By tspoon

I use moustache bars exclusively. and would...

I use moustache bars exclusively. and would recommend them. One downside is that bikepacking type handlebar bag setups don't suit them all that well.
Forum: Touring
07-18-17, 01:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,215
Posted By tspoon

I had the axiom rack, it's quite easy to set up,...

I had the axiom rack, it's quite easy to set up, and reasonably sturdy. Having said that I eventually partially broke it after about 7000k on a particularly washboarded gravel road (managed to finish...
Forum: Touring
06-23-17, 03:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,348
Posted By tspoon

Before giving up on the Cambium, it may help to...

Before giving up on the Cambium, it may help to try a few small adjustments. I've found many times that a small adjustment one way or another can make a reasonably large difference to comfort levels....
Forum: Touring
06-11-17, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 903
Posted By tspoon

I have the Reactor Extreme thermolite liner, but...

I have the Reactor Extreme thermolite liner, but I'm not sure if my experience is typical. My sleeping bag has a supposed -1C (30F) rating, and the liner claims an up to 14C (57F) extension to that...
Forum: Touring
06-10-17, 10:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 399
Posted By tspoon

Q. Should I get a new x. A. Yes, for all...

Q. Should I get a new x.
A. Yes, for all values of x.
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