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Re: Circuit of the Luberon

20 December 2014 - 1:19pm
Very nice. I've done bits of Provence a couple of times. Really liked the Var (a little South of your target area), gorges de verdon are nice ( but they are a bit busy for cycling in tourist season) . The Ventoux and the Col de la Lure are worth doing just to tick the experience. Not saying you have to do em but they aren't that tough (assuming you're not planning on doing Tour de France pace) and are good experiences if it's not super hot. The col de la Lure is shaded going up whereas Ventoux is shadeless after Chalet Reynard if I remember correctly.i think we camped happily in somewhat stony ground for a few days at Forqualquier but it's too long ago to be a reliable camping reference.

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

20 December 2014 - 12:14pm
Thanks for sharing. Years ago I worked for 4 months near Pyla/Arcachon/Mimizan. Memories. I'd like to cycle that way.........hc

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 11:56am
Am I still in the right thread?
reohn2 wrote:Takes some beating,when you never hear or read a bad word about them.....

You're right that you don't hear much bad about them. But you can't fail to notice how often they come up for sale second hand. I don't think many people undertake the purchase of a £1,000+ bike lightly and if they're selling it after a short period of time my theory is it must have disappointed them in some way. Maybe not the bikes fault, maybe they didn't realise what they were getting, maybe it didn't turn out to be what they thought. Of course it's only a theory, and there are of course many reasons for selling a bike. Including my own, I sold because I had the chance to upgrade and the compromises with running it with Rohloff led me to a custom frame that isn't a lot different to the LHT.
If I was in the market for a full on tourer, the LHT would definitely be on the short list, but it wouldn't be there on it's own, I can think of a few other bikes that equally deserve a place.

OK... back to the Salsas now...

Re: Circuit of the Luberon

20 December 2014 - 11:11am
Hi Les - We did exactly this, and had a wonderful time. I wrote it all up, and if you are interested the link is:-

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=S ... 10844&v=8U

Have fun.

Brian & Annie

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 10:50am
mrjemm wrote:Just had a silly thought...

As I usually take small panniers for my junk and some shopping (usually one actually, shame on me...), perhaps I should experiment with the super hip way of doing things (hahahahahahaha) , a lá AWOL, and just put my load on the front for a while to test my new rack set up.

But then again maybe not.

1) I may trash another set of Ortliebs.
2) I may have a beard and a super cycle, but ain't no hipster.
3) I'd only want to use 1 pannier, and is probably even worse on front than back.
4) Don't want my Vaya mistaken for an AWOL.

1)nooo don't want to do that too costly
2)Having met you,you could pass for one with a bit of wax on the mousetache maybe.Though i'm not sure if that's a complement or not
3)No,one pannier on the front is decidedly unZen or uncool and unHipsterish.
4)Oh Noooooo,that's not allowed,you could never again lift your head among the Vaya community again,we have our standards to uphold and AWOLalike isn't included therein!

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 10:40am
Yep,I'm familiar with your detachment issues(or should that be casting off,you being a mariner an all )
Would the rearward facing hooks have helped any,or could it have been just unsuitable pannier fitting or user error?

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 10:37am
Just had a silly thought...

As I usually take small panniers for my junk and some shopping (usually one actually, shame on me...), perhaps I should experiment with the super hip way of doing things (hahahahahahaha) , a lá AWOL, and just put my load on the front for a while to test my new rack set up.

But then again maybe not.

1) I may trash another set of Ortliebs.
2) I may have a beard and a super cycle, but ain't no hipster.
3) I'd only want to use 1 pannier, and is probably even worse on front than back.
4) Don't want my Vaya mistaken for an AWOL.

Re: Default tourer?

20 December 2014 - 10:27am
I think you'd have to be very unlucky to catch the rack so badly, but I've struggled to get on with it anyway. I think you may've read about my issues on our US trip with the bags coming off it several times, resulting in them being trashed and me abandoning them in a hotel room in St Augustin, FL. It could've been down to the (my mistaken it seems...) poor set up of the Tara. I found the loop wasn't enough for the lower clip to hold, and along with the flexing of the top hooks, led to the bottmom ones flicking off and letting the bags flap out and then cath in the wheel... and get pierced by that loop end...

So, actually could easily have face planted after all. And at the time was riding a cycle path which was no more than a very poorly laid pavement, sorry sidewalk, next to a busy freeway: at this point on the edge of Orlando at the start of our trip. Double grrr.

Discussed at length, and maybe tied with this, showing my rubbishness at getting things set up well... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=87388

Re: Cycling to Axbridge from Bristol

20 December 2014 - 12:30am
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...

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