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10-08-17, 05:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By MichaelW

Cassette Joint Here...

Cassette Joint

Here (https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/hub-spares/shimano-alfine-sgs70008-cjs7000-cassette-joint-unit-y7zr98010/).
10-07-17, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 680
Posted By MichaelW

Modern cx bikes seem to be salami sliced by...

Modern cx bikes seem to be salami sliced by marketeers into cx race, gravel, adventure, etc etc. A doitall cx bike equipped with rack and fender eyelets is good for almost everything. Disk brakes are...
10-07-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By MichaelW

Shimano IGH cassette arm wear

My Alfine 8 hub has done almost 40,000 miles over 10 years using annual oil bath maintainance. Recently the lower gears have started slipping under strong pedalling. The yellow tabs line up in 4th...
02-09-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,823
Posted By MichaelW

"Famous" British tricycle builder George...

"Famous" British tricycle builder George Longstaff solved this riddle to produce two wheel drive trikes. He didn't get rich through this invention. It is a useful search term to locate the way he did...
02-09-17, 09:13 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,884
Posted By MichaelW

Fit advisers who are not obsessive about getting...

Fit advisers who are not obsessive about getting the right length of crank for the rider's leg length are most likely medium sized fit advisers.
For us med riders, we have a multitude of medium...
Forum: Touring
02-09-17, 08:56 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,844
Posted By MichaelW

Why worst night was in a beautiful and almost...

Why worst night was in a beautiful and almost empty campsite in N Spain. Car pulls in, parks right next to my tent. The young couple then pitch their tent about 1foot from mine ( in a large, empty...
02-09-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,663
Posted By MichaelW

Car Club

I joined a not for profit car club that operates in many UK cities. I don't use it much but when I do, it is so convenient. I have a smart card for keyless entry, online booking in 1/2 hr slots with...
02-09-17, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,673
Posted By MichaelW

Removable, qr stub axles are standard wheelchai...

Removable, qr stub axles are standard wheelchai components. A spring loaded ball bearing protrudes from the axle side and clicks into a detent in the axle socket. Pressing the button relieves the...
02-09-17, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,673
Posted By MichaelW

1-wheel for touring, 2 wheel for utility is my...

1-wheel for touring, 2 wheel for utility is my choice.
Flatbeds are most versatile. A simple, solid, wooden flatbed is best. Fabric beds, metal side rails, child trailers are all lesser cargo...
Forum: Touring
02-09-17, 08:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,119
Posted By MichaelW

My Bob Jackson tourer is limtted to 32mm. I can...

My Bob Jackson tourer is limtted to 32mm. I can ride over almost any terrain but there have been plenty of times where I would have prefered wider tyres.
Forum: Commuting
02-09-17, 08:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,267
Posted By MichaelW

My everyday commuter is always rain ready. I used...

My everyday commuter is always rain ready. I used to ride classic old steel clubman with downtube shifters and 28-32mm tyres. I changed to a high tech, low maintenance urban commuter with Alfine8...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 12:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,940
Posted By MichaelW

650b is a nice size but so are 26" mtb and 700c....

650b is a nice size but so are 26" mtb and 700c. The problem is that bike shops dont have the capacity to stock a complete inventory of bike types, sizes and tyre size. With the popularity of 650b in...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-17, 12:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,509
Posted By MichaelW

Rear panniers. I use one or both as needed. Good...

Rear panniers. I use one or both as needed. Good ones have qr locking hooks, not hook and elastic. I have large panniers but small front sized ones are my usual ones, used on the rear rack.
Forum: Touring
01-20-17, 10:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,660
Posted By MichaelW

I have toured in mild weather using cheap, small...

I have toured in mild weather using cheap, small tents but for extended touring with foul weather I invested in something much better, a Hilleberg Akto. It is a bit heavy by modern standards and not...
Forum: Touring
01-20-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,734
Posted By MichaelW

My original touring bike wheels were built on...

My original touring bike wheels were built on some Campy Mirage 8spd hubs using 36 13/14guage butted spokes. The replaceme wheels on Shimano LX hubs used std 14/15g butted spoked.
After one chain...
01-20-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,456
Posted By MichaelW

" I recently read the term "fender-ready road...

" I recently read the term "fender-ready road bike."


But when searching for one of these (new), I couldn't find anything except some flat bar bikes. I much prefer drops.

In the UK, you can...
01-20-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,456
Posted By MichaelW

The fenders that work best on commuter bikes are...

The fenders that work best on commuter bikes are full length, bolt on ones that are a little wider than the tyres.
SKS Chromoplastic are good, although the quality of the metal mounting components...
01-20-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,499
Posted By MichaelW

Riding in winter rain is pretty normal in the UK,...

Riding in winter rain is pretty normal in the UK, although it rains less than people imagine in the SE parts and when it is wet it is ususlly mild. Currently we are enjoying some very dry, cold...
12-07-16, 06:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,321
Posted By MichaelW

Riding in the rain is a normal thing to do in NW...

Riding in the rain is a normal thing to do in NW Europe, where we have plenty of cycling and rain.
Fit fenders. This will keep dirty road spray off your clothing.
Take care on slippery surfaces....
12-06-16, 09:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By MichaelW

Shimano hubs often have a little grease on the...

Shimano hubs often have a little grease on the cup and cone ball bearrings. If you add a lot of grease you can minimise the chances of water or anything entering the bearings. I overpack my bearings...
Forum: Touring
12-06-16, 09:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,130
Posted By MichaelW

Most towns will have a workshop with craftsman...

Most towns will have a workshop with craftsman who can make a bracket or adapter for almost any situation. Use the rear rack bracket if you can. You can emulate handlebar diameter with wooden dowel....
Forum: Touring
12-06-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,247
Posted By MichaelW

Pick your campsite with care regarding drainage, ...

Pick your campsite with care regarding drainage, flood risk, shelter from wind and danger from tree fall, roof tiles and other dangers.
I set my Hilleberg Akto tent up at a Norwegian campsite in...
10-26-16, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,331
Posted By MichaelW

If you are going to buy a CX bike for winter,...

If you are going to buy a CX bike for winter, pick one with disk brakes, rack and fender eyelets and the rear brake on the chainstay. That will solve a lot of integration issues.
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,824
Posted By MichaelW

Smart...

Smart (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/smart-carrier-rear-light/rp-prod129108?gs=1&gclid=CIqqt8fj5M8CFYcW0wodXlcDSQ&gclsrc=aw.ds) brand are much cheaper than B&M but seem to work as well.
Forum: Commuting
10-18-16, 10:27 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,313
Posted By MichaelW

I ditched my car many years ago. I bought a...

I ditched my car many years ago. I bought a trailer for the bike which I should have done when I sold the car. If you haul cargo, get a cargo trailer, not a child one. Flatbeds are the most...
10-18-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,435
Posted By MichaelW

I replaced the cones on an old exage hub with...

I replaced the cones on an old exage hub with whatever Shimano ones I could make fit. I had to remove the rubber seals to get it to fir.
Forum: Touring
10-08-16, 05:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
Posted By MichaelW

Carradice barbags are made from coroplast. The...

Carradice barbags are made from coroplast. The box is held together with rivets , the Rixen and Kaul mount is rivetted on. The fabric is glued around the sides.
Carradice also use coroplast for the...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,465
Posted By MichaelW

Standard Marathons are tough and durable. Not the...

Standard Marathons are tough and durable. Not the speediest in their size but good enough. I have toured thousands of miles on all surfaces with them.
09-20-16, 08:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,401
Posted By MichaelW

Before I bought a trailer, I lashed a plank of...

Before I bought a trailer, I lashed a plank of wood about 18" long, across my rear rack. I drilled 4 holes and used wire ties to make a quick-release but secure fitting. I could carry larger, heavier...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-16, 02:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,338
Posted By MichaelW

I have been commuting on Alfine 8 since 2007. It...

I have been commuting on Alfine 8 since 2007. It is convenient, clean and easy to use. Wheel removal is really not that hard. The only problem I've had was before I started oil dipping the innards,...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-16, 02:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,281
Posted By MichaelW

In use my Forrester SAK quite a lot. The saw is...

In use my Forrester SAK quite a lot. The saw is quite effective on smaller branches. Tweezers are really useful.
I have a Leatherman Mini which lives in my bike repair kit, and and old original...
Forum: Commuting
08-16-16, 02:52 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,599
Posted By MichaelW

Do your local police have a bicycle patrol. If...

Do your local police have a bicycle patrol. If so, get them to cruise the path. No-one has the right to engage in this kind of threatening behaviour and it is a police matter.
08-16-16, 02:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,204
Posted By MichaelW

I have moved logs around on my flatbed trailer,...

I have moved logs around on my flatbed trailer, to create a wildlife habitat rather than to burn. When you load up trailers, you need low gears.
Solid platform flatbeds are far more versatile than...
Forum: Touring
08-16-16, 02:47 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 16,660
Posted By MichaelW

Cost of metal to create the Tubus Tara front...

Cost of metal to create the Tubus Tara front rack: $5.
Consultancy fees to know which bits of metal to remove from traditional racks $125.00
06-20-16, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 899
Posted By MichaelW

Condor have a decent reputation. Depending on the...

Condor have a decent reputation. Depending on the age, the framebuilding may have been farmed out to one of several bikeframe workshops that built for several brands. The seatstay arrangement looks...
Forum: Touring
06-14-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,085
Posted By MichaelW

When touring in the UK I use a lightweight cable...

When touring in the UK I use a lightweight cable to stop opportunist thieves. I don't carry my heavy shackle lock and I don't leave the bike unattended in the city. I would probably upgrade to a...
06-14-16, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,993
Posted By MichaelW

Expensive helmets give you more air and less...

Expensive helmets give you more air and less helmet.
Met seems to have the best adjustment system for cheaper helmets.
Forum: Touring
06-12-16, 03:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,621
Posted By MichaelW

I've had a chain damage a bunch of spoke that go...

I've had a chain damage a bunch of spoke that go ping over the next few weeks. I've also had the chain damage a bunch of spokes that didn't fail. The difference was that the failures were 14/15...
Forum: Touring
06-12-16, 03:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,894
Posted By MichaelW

Lots of good advice here. Seeing how any saddle...

Lots of good advice here.
Seeing how any saddle time is good preparation for touring, you should consider using your touring rig for shopping trips. You will also get the feel for handling a fully...
Forum: Touring
05-25-16, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,346
Posted By MichaelW

You really should be looking for a bike for a...

You really should be looking for a bike for a 5'3" tourist.
26" MTB wheels are easier for smaller riders to handle and permit smaller frames with less geometry bodging.
Non sus lightweight MTBs are...
05-15-16, 04:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,028
Posted By MichaelW

$1 off the sticker price is $1 for you and $1 for...

$1 off the sticker price is $1 for you and $1 for the shop.
A free rack is worth $30 to you and $10 to the shop.
Always bargain for free stuff, you will get much better value.
05-15-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,326
Posted By MichaelW

Disk brakes are not so advantageous to pro riders...

Disk brakes are not so advantageous to pro riders but are very useful for the rest of us and that should be OK. Anyone commuting all-weather on a road bike should consider disk brakes; they stop the...
05-09-16, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 151,117
Posted By MichaelW

Yesterday I cleared out some scrap from my back...

Yesterday I cleared out some scrap from my back yard: old doors, fences, un-usable wood scraps etc. I made 2 trips to the city recycling centre with a fully loaded trailer. The best part was at the...
05-09-16, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,131
Posted By MichaelW

I use a recycling container. My Freedom Carry Y...

I use a recycling container. My Freedom Carry Y frame has a flatbed with no raised sides. the surface is covered in a non-slip material, like skateboards. There are 4 holes in the bed for lashing...
Forum: Touring
05-03-16, 09:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,297
Posted By MichaelW

My current travel camera is a Canon Powershot...

My current travel camera is a Canon Powershot S200 which replaced a Powershot A620.
My preference is for wideangle over telephoto and some usable manual control.
Modern camera phones are...
05-03-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,009
Posted By MichaelW

You could add some paddles to the revo-shifters...

You could add some paddles to the revo-shifters to give some leverage and to avoid having to apply grip to rotate.
You can glue them on with epoxy or mould them in SUGRU.
Forum: Commuting
04-22-16, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,998
Posted By MichaelW

Ergon GP1 Biokork.

Ergon GP1 Biokork.
04-17-16, 05:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,863
Posted By MichaelW

In the long run, rugby will probably injure you...

In the long run, rugby will probably injure you too much. There are no old men still playing rugby and only a few in their 40's. Cycling carries an injury risk but if you are careful you can avoid...
Forum: Touring
04-10-16, 05:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,623
Posted By MichaelW

Uk brand Rohan have been making performance...

Uk brand Rohan have been making performance office/travel clothing for decades. Well made and durable but not cheap.
Forum: Commuting
04-10-16, 05:06 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,917
Posted By MichaelW

All of the cylinder/piston style seatposts work...

All of the cylinder/piston style seatposts work loose after a while and are then junk.
The more expensive pivot and spring ones last, eg Thudbuster, Body Float, Tamer. Wider tyres such as Schwalbe...
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