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Forum: Touring
02-01-21, 02:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 19,571
Posted By rifraf

My understanding is Australia and New Zealand...

My understanding is Australia and New Zealand have amongst the highest incidence of melanoma percentages in the world.

After having some facial cancerous growths burnt off with what I think was...
Forum: Touring
12-18-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,652
Posted By rifraf

Hmmmmm

Well that makes sense.
I'm off to look for a paper clip.
I must be going to the wrong stores as I've only some across the red Locktite locally.
I'll have to research the various options now I know...
Forum: Touring
12-18-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,652
Posted By rifraf

Cosmo

Fans of the Cosmo might need to consider grabbing one whilst they are still available, given its stainless "twin" the Nova (front) appears discontinued, much to my surprise.
If it means anything to...
Forum: Touring
12-10-20, 03:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,062
Posted By rifraf

Add Rohloff to your list of "dont fit". Might...

Add Rohloff to your list of "dont fit".
Might have mentioned it previously but the Alpines were top of my list after reading your recommendations back around 2011/2012 but alas they weren't...
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,062
Posted By rifraf

Oh I think one can...... Or at least I can and...

Oh I think one can......
Or at least I can and do.
36 for me :)


Either that or bike shops try to sell products that will need more maintenance in order to have a source of income by way of...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

Looks like many Tarptents are heading in the...

Looks like many Tarptents are heading in the Dyneema direction so if you hold off for a bit......
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 11:44 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

I spotted in a local bushwalking forum that...

I spotted in a local bushwalking forum that Tarptent has recently produced the cuban fibre (Dyneema) version of the Protrail.

https://www.tarptent.com/product/protrail-li/
...
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

Great tip:thumb:

Great tip:thumb:
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

Another rack some might find worthy of...

Another rack some might find worthy of consideration is the Pass and Stow (https://www.passandstowracks.com)

These are a painted cro-mo steel rack that was getting some positive comments in the...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,559
Posted By rifraf

My Ogre when "winterised" sports a pair of 60mm...

My Ogre when "winterised" sports a pair of 60mm Gilles Berthoud polished stainless fenders, so I'm keeping a very open mind with regards complementing them with an Aravis next I'm in the market for a...
Forum: Touring
11-22-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,001
Posted By rifraf

Not sure why the text size ended up enlarged

Yes Rohloff says:To prevent overstraining the hub, a minimum sprocket ratio of 1.9 must be used. With the available sprockets these minumum possible sprocket ratios are:
chainring/sprocket: ~40/21,...
Forum: Touring
11-22-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,005
Posted By rifraf

You might find the Moulton bicycles interesting. ...

You might find the Moulton bicycles interesting.
I rode one for a couple of decades before moving to Australia and finding it couldn't haul enough water and luggage for my needs there but was great...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,438
Posted By rifraf

Always great to see people sharing resources -...

Always great to see people sharing resources - thank you
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,438
Posted By rifraf

How do you think it was intended? Much of...

How do you think it was intended?

Much of the world has an out of control wave of death running through it.

Some countries don't.


​​​​You don't feel any frustration?

I'm currently...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,438
Posted By rifraf

My sympathy for any countries peoples whose...

My sympathy for any countries peoples whose leaders failed to emulate New Zealands early hard lockdown approach to Covid.

You've been very much let down.
Forum: Touring
11-13-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,005
Posted By rifraf

One alternative to consider might be the Jeff...

One alternative to consider might be the Jeff Jones H-loop bar.
I bought one for my bike and haven't looked back

https://youtu.be/Ndt8Di_TjJE

They won't suit everybody of course
11-13-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By rifraf

Snap - its also the stuff recommended to protect...

Snap - its also the stuff recommended to protect frames when using bike packing frame bags.

Amazon won't be your only available source, but a good start
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

Just had a squiz....

Just had a squiz. https://www.tarptent.com/product/scarp-1/
A bit roomier than the Sololite? Looks good.

Having gone home early my last couple attempts at touring due to poor weather (microlite...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

Good to hear an alternate opinion. Many I've...

Good to hear an alternate opinion.
Many I've spoken to share your enthusiasm for the Double Rainbow.
I see they have now come out with an extra light version (Cuben Fibre?).
A little transparent...
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

The Hilleberg brand make some great tents and...

The Hilleberg brand make some great tents and I've previously considered the Soulo.
Just to be clear, I was referring to my decision not to pursue a Tarptent Protrail due to reports of it not being...
Forum: Touring
11-10-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

I just looked on their site under accessories and...

I just looked on their site under accessories and didnt spot any alternative inners.
Pretty sure if all it needed was an available upgraded inner, they may have kept it, being an easy fix
Forum: Touring
11-10-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

I've heard reviews of people I know personally...

I've heard reviews of people I know personally who've both ditched the Protrail complaining it didnt suit colder conditions of New Zealand or Tasmania.
This was enough for me to choose to stick with...
Forum: Touring
11-10-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,237
Posted By rifraf

In the Antipodes, the Protrail gets some negative...

In the Antipodes, the Protrail gets some negative press for being great in summer but too cool for the other seasons.
A shame as it can pack very small and was very interesting to bike packers in...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,394
Posted By rifraf

Ditto

Ditto
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045
Posted By rifraf

The Surlybikes site has changed over the years...

The Surlybikes site has changed over the years too.
Considering my Ogre is a 2012 version (approx) when "Blacktackular" (colour) came out, I've not had a lot of cause to be checking out their...
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045
Posted By rifraf

According to surlybikes.com Available in...

According to surlybikes.com

Available in 26” (sizes 42–58 cm) and 700c (sizes 56–62 cm) wheel diameters

I assume that they're referring to this years frames.
Perhaps you might look through...
Forum: Touring
11-08-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,550
Posted By rifraf

Yes that's the sort of thing. I'd heard of them...

Yes that's the sort of thing.
I'd heard of them but for years I had no real idea of what people were talking about.
Suddenly, without warning, there was an over abundance of them locally and I was...
11-08-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By rifraf

I'd suggest exploring the led conversion too. ...

I'd suggest exploring the led conversion too.
Old school dynamo lighting was notorious for blowing bulbs.
Even low powered dynamos will power modern led bulbs.
Before I went with a modern...
Forum: Touring
11-08-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,550
Posted By rifraf

The strategy I use is to utilise "ghetto-tubless"...

The strategy I use is to utilise "ghetto-tubless" after my last locale was inundated with a particularly nasty 3 pronged thorn which meant I was getting punctured most every time I went for a ride....
Forum: Touring
11-07-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,001
Posted By rifraf

This is one of the likely many calculators around...

This is one of the likely many calculators around and you may (or may not) decide its interesting enough to explore
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html
Best of luck whatever your choice
...
Forum: Touring
11-07-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,001
Posted By rifraf

The reality is, only you can tell OP. What...

The reality is, only you can tell OP.
What works for one, doesn't work for another.
Its obvious from some of the posters above that what suits me fine wouldn't work for them.
We are all different...
10-31-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By rifraf

If memory serves my original E-werk was bought...

If memory serves my original E-werk was bought circa 2011 and still works fine.
I've had to replace the external cache battery twice now and due to living coastal, suffered corrosion on one usb type...
10-31-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,441
Posted By rifraf

I've used the original E-werk + cache battery for...

I've used the original E-werk + cache battery for around 9 years now.
In that time I've replaced one of the cables due to corrosion (curtesy of sjscycles.com) and twice the cache battery.
Simply...
Forum: Touring
10-28-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

Looks great (your setup)

Looks great (your setup)
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

On my Pass Hunter rack, on the end of the...

On my Pass Hunter rack, on the end of the rearmost stay there is a welded on threaded rod that goes through the centre fork eyelet.
This was the stay I had to get repositioned due to my forks being...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,509
Posted By rifraf

Enjoying your adventure is the key and little...

Enjoying your adventure is the key and little else matters.
I'm more amazed at your continued enthusiasm to ride in the rain as that's always been a more polarising choice for me than taking too...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

They appear to have stopped producing the Nova as...

They appear to have stopped producing the Nova as well which is a shame as I believe it was touted as having a heavier load tolerance of many of the alternatives if memory serves.

Fingers crossed...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 04:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,723
Posted By rifraf

When I built up my Surly Ogre back in 2012(ish),...

When I built up my Surly Ogre back in 2012(ish), I quickly bypassed Surly's offering of racks due to them being heavy and low capacity compared to some other offerings.

After some advice and...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 11:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,793
Posted By rifraf

My vote is for the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV,...

My vote is for the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV, though I would opt for the version without the built in gauge, which I found to become brittle, suffering cracking, in strong sunlight.

When they...
Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 11:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,577
Posted By rifraf

I have a Cosmo on my disk braked Ogre. The next...

I have a Cosmo on my disk braked Ogre.
The next thing you might wonder could be how wide a tire they handle.
I've run 60x622 or 2.35x700c on mine with no issue on the Cosmo.
Hope this helps
...
Forum: Touring
08-22-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

LOL - and I thought I was being bold running...

LOL - and I thought I was being bold running 15.3gi on my Hoff in low.
Forum: Touring
08-22-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

Thanks heaps for your efforts as its great to...

Thanks heaps for your efforts as its great to see the missing pics.

Much appreciated.
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

Apologies for the lack of clarity. I believe I...

Apologies for the lack of clarity.
I believe I should have added "equal to or above" for handlebar to saddle height.
My own bikes Brooks Flyer is set up "equal to"
I would attempt some incremental...
Forum: Touring
08-21-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

Hiya Are all the pics working for you? ...

Hiya
Are all the pics working for you?
Despite a few refresh's 2 to 6 won't form up as pics for me and I'm hoping its simply the local dodgy bandwidth
Forum: Touring
08-20-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html ...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html

I'm not a bike packer and what works for me, won't necessarily work for someone else.
I've dodgy knees and like to spin at a rpm in the 90's to keep...
Forum: Touring
08-20-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,786
Posted By rifraf

27 inches? Wow my knees are aching just reading...

27 inches?
Wow my knees are aching just reading that. I'll stick to my 15 for loaded hill work, but kudos to you.
If it works ok, I suspect you'll be immeasurably happier with the new...
Forum: Touring
08-20-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,622
Posted By rifraf

Nice looking bike. First, you dont say if...

Nice looking bike.

First, you dont say if your B17 and your butt to it, are broken in. Could be an exercise in torture if you're not adapted to your saddle, which might not be fun on a long trip....
Forum: Touring
08-14-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 966
Posted By rifraf

Then I believe you've a higher chance of finding...

Then I believe you've a higher chance of finding comfort than most of those who try one of the Brooks touring saddles with saddle higher than the bars.
Look forward to hearing how you get on.
The...
Forum: Touring
08-14-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 966
Posted By rifraf

Are your handlebars above your saddle height OP...

Are your handlebars above your saddle height OP (Gibbon)?
Forum: Touring
08-14-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,345
Posted By rifraf

Thems the ones

Thems the ones
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