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Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

11 hours 50 min ago
The Chocolate Path is an unofficial name and came from a Strava segment IIRC.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

19 December 2014 - 11:29pm
If you fly into Manchester then the train from Manchester airport to Chester is about 1.5 hrs. About £20 one way.
If you have a spare day, you could always cycle from the airport to Chester via the trans Pennine trail.

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

19 December 2014 - 9:10pm
I think it's Chocolate Path (great name, but sadly it's because the surface is small slippery black tiles that look like a bar of chocolate) and Festival Way.

The names around here like Sandringham Railway Path and Swaffham Belt Path are far too literal. Even the Cock Up Bridge is...

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

19 December 2014 - 8:45pm
Strawberry line and chocolate way sound very exotic. Love the names!

Dijon to turin route or gpx

19 December 2014 - 5:39pm
Don't suppose anyone has such a thing.

After a cretinous failure to backup, have had a laptop crash and lost a gpx route i had sorted with mega detail, including a torturous traffic avoiding route around Lyon suburbs.

Could have been worse - I could have lost calais to turin but luckily had emailed the first bit to someone on here so could retrieve that.

Let this be a warning - basecamp backups, which i fairly often did, are of course to the same hard disc. Only takes a mo to backup to a pen drive (now very cheap) or to the cloud.

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 4:52pm
Mr Jemm
That's how it should fit(your last photos),and the rack's extra eyelet is for the m/g stays.
I'd envisaged bolted to the front d/out eyelet hence the 'remove skewer' comment.

As an aside I'm not keen on those hooks facing forward,taylor made for grabbing vegetation/plastic bags/bits of wire,etc when riding in the wilds.Could cause a nasty faceplant

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 4:08pm
cnb wrote:I'm pleased you did that..I thought that i might have to look into getting a new rack...

Ha! I'd been considering selling the Tara, so you almost coulda got a bargain...

Oh, hang on... I'm being daft. You mean rather than a Tubus. (again ).

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 4:04pm
I'm pleased you did that..I thought that i might have to look into getting a new rack...

Serious word eating time

19 December 2014 - 1:04pm
ForkTarasm.jpg

After my quick ride (had to be back for an errand ), I got distracted while cleaning up after... That's my newer forks that I'd not tried on (having built newer VT with original forks), though may well work with both sets. This is with the spacer and a washer, and it works. Unsure if I'd previously not used a washer with the spacer, but thought I had, hmmm. Most embarrassing. Haven't tried fitting a wheel yet, but can't see why it wouldn't work. At 1st I thought the disc caliper (or bolt) would get in way, but that'd be on the inside.

Sorry for leading you all up the garden path with my screw up.

ForkTara2sm.jpg
Another view.

I wish they still made these forks with the other type of caliper mount (post?), but I guess this type allows use of different size discs by using alternate adaptors.

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 10:32am
That is odd... notice the rack is backwards to normal- the curving loops pointing rearwards.

Anyway, decided to sack off looking at bikes and go ride my VT instead! See you all later...

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 10:18am
mrjemm wrote:reohn2 wrote:Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Not quite sure what you're saying here R2... unless you really are suggesting putting the rack where it would stop you removing the wheel?



Ah! ,forgot about the forward facing Vaya dropouts.
But if you needed to remove the front wheel would it be such a bad thing if you had to remove the skewer before dropping the wheel out?
You'd need spacer for the bottom fitting but I'd imagine it would be the same case for the DT fork(which I'm sure the Straggler and DT share looking at the Surly site)

Here's a Fargo(similar fork) with a Tubus rack fitted:- http://s11.photobucket.com/user/midlife ... 6.jpg.html


I know you're sorted with the extra brazeons up the fork legs,which TBH are ideally placed and look do a great job

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 9:33am
reohn2 wrote:Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Not quite sure what you're saying here R2... unless you really are suggesting putting the rack where it would stop you removing the wheel?

The Salsa racks are really quite rigid, they are mounted both sides of the fork legs, but the loop is certainly the way to go. There are mounting points on the top of the downunders to join it up with the Salsa Minimalist rack, effectively making a loop, but that would all be a tad 'bodgy', and not super stiff I suspect. Also the min is expensive for what it is. I think ideally I'd be better having another braze on mount a little lower on the rearside of the fork, but the disc mount would be in the way... Otherwise go Thorn style and have another braze on higher up the mid fork, maybe on the rear face, dunno. Otherwise accept the need for spacers...

Just be glad the normal Vayas don't have the silly Alternator dropouts at the rear end, which had me getting more mounts brazed on. Now Ihave though, it all works really well at the back for me. Hmmm, think I may go down the batcave and look at these again, maybe snap some snaps...

Re: Poole(UK) to Santander(Spain) Blog update

19 December 2014 - 9:04am
Brilliant read. Looked an amazing trip.

Dave

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 8:45am
Thanks for posting the pics of the front fork fittings..I haven't tried to fit a front rack to the Vaya so i probably should have kept my gob shut regarding fitting the rack ...I'll give it a go sometime.My DT is my choice for loaded touring and i mainly use the Vaya for day rides..Horses for courses..Both good bikes though...

Re: Default tourer?

19 December 2014 - 8:12am
Will the Tubus rack not articulate on the joint bolt and bolt to the fixing eyelet in front of the wheel axle?
It could also negate the need for spacers on the top fixing.
I'd prefer the Tubus rack with the stabilising loop.

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 9:56pm
I should add that I fitted a Tubus Tara to Mme's Straggler the same day and that was no problem, with the fork dropout being recessed far less. I'd guess the DT fork more like the Straggler than Vaya. Certainly looks the same, unlike the Vaya ones. Vaya the better bike though...

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 9:47pm
cnb wrote:With regards to the Disc Trucker..I didn't have a problem fitting a Tubus front rack..I haven't tried it on the Vaya yet , can't see it being a problem though..



The bosses are my adaptation. The oem mounts would require more than a standard spacer, which is too much twisting potential for my liking. Posted other pics a few times in past re this when building original Vaya, couldn't say where though, on tablet at mo, so not so easy to do such stuff. As shown though, the higher mounting results in poor angle of lowriders.



The fixing should go on the far dropout mount, the rack pushes aginst the fork which sticks out relative to dropout.



Tubus and Salsa racks on 2x Vaya forks for comparison, and show better funny alignment of tubus on my adaptation.

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 9:29pm
no Galaxys here? how things have changed? Me my trusty Dawes 1-Down. Now 15 years old and still looks good apart from the mudguards that have gone the alloy mould so to be replaced.

Pamir Highway

18 December 2014 - 8:38pm
Looks like after x years of planning, I am off in June to Bishkek and then along the Pamir Highway.
Still lots to arrange but most importantly, my wife has allowed me 2 months off the leash.

Anyone here been that way, please contact me.

Matt

Re: Default tourer?

18 December 2014 - 7:40pm
Interested to see the trucker. Must do a few audaxes in the spring and see what the tail end group are riding ( no point in trying to catch the super fast crew at the front).

I've got a list of things for the next bike (like most of us), rohlof is a strong contender, really good frame fitting etc. the main thing for,me is for it to be non flashy. The current model is navy blue with black trim and butterfly bars. Everyone assumes it's a heavy weight dutch plodder at a quick glance instead of a very nice kona. Makes it a lot less nickable. Now I just need to worry about the kids islabikes.

Edit: yep, no toe overlap would be nice. I'm not entirely sure what the fix will be but I'm guessing that for a shortie like me moving to 26in wheels instead of 700c would help. I've long legs ( long femurs) so good for cycling but the short body messes with the frame dimensions.

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