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Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 11:16pm
As the original question was about a rack for credit card touring, I think we can assume we're not talking about the back of beyond. Even if it did break, it's a rack, not a piece of sophisticated medical equipment, you could fix it with cable ties and gaffa tape, might not be ideal, but it shouldn't spoil a trip.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 10:19pm
foxyrider wrote:gplhl wrote:My concern would be how easy does titanium weld if broken? Steel can be welded anywhere.



probably easier than the aluminium Tortec! But how are you gonna break it?
Bouncing over rough roads/tracks with heavy panniers attached, or probably more likely on some kind of rustic transport (boat/train etc)! [emoji1]

Re: Default tourer?

28 December 2014 - 10:00pm
foxyrider wrote:where's the motor?

Taking the photo

Re: Default tourer?

28 December 2014 - 9:42pm
where's the motor?

Re: Default tourer?

28 December 2014 - 9:27pm
gplhl wrote:Si wrote: As for aesthetics, when it's loaded to the hilt you can hardly see the bike, it's all bags


Funny but an excellent point.

Re: Front racks

28 December 2014 - 9:25pm
molzor wrote:http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s79p980 might get this, blackburn racks are pretty good right?

were the market leaders - not anymore

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 9:24pm
gplhl wrote:My concern would be how easy does titanium weld if broken? Steel can be welded anywhere.



probably easier than the aluminium Tortec! But how are you gonna break it?

Default tourer?

28 December 2014 - 9:17pm
Si wrote:Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.

I've still seen more SLHT on the road. Especially in Africa. Thorns are great... Unless you want something built not in their standard setup. I spent ages trying to get a thorn with disc brakes and drop bars and it couldn't be done so I went down the disc trucker route, it's been fantastic for my long bike ride. As for aesthetics, when it's loaded to the hilt you can hardly see the bike, it's all bags..

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

North to south of france ?

28 December 2014 - 9:00pm
Wild camp - most definitely yes, you can basically wild camp anywhere, it's just a question of difficulty finding good spots. France is easy.

Fires - no, it'd give away where your wild camping if you need stealth.. Get a good stove and sleeping bag

Campsites, there's a good iphone app called "Campsites EU" most of the municipal ones which are the cheaper will be shut in winter.


Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 8:56pm
My concern would be how easy does titanium weld if broken? Steel can be welded anywhere.

Gary
www.longbikeride.co.uk

Re: TOURING 2015

28 December 2014 - 5:32pm
largeallan wrote:Not quite the exotic locations of some tours on here, but I'll be doing the Hebrides and west coast thing next year.
Going with a pal, which will be a nice change as my touring is generally done on my lonesome.

Sounds good to me. An area I definitely want to see. Havce read some of the earlier postings and like the Highlands and Islands anyway, so it's on the list.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 9:51am
Dry-lites:
http://www.ghyllside.co.uk/arkel-dry-li ... VJ_D_UI8IF

Seems a decent price after a (very) quick search.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

28 December 2014 - 9:44am
Sounds like the Arkle would a much more effective upgrade than the ti rack. Just one thought came to mind (so one more than usual...) - if the worst happens you'll have a lot more trouble getting a ti rack welded in the back of beyond. Might not be relevant for the kind of touring you have in mind, but if you're going a bit more far-flung it may be a consideration.

Re: Front racks

27 December 2014 - 9:53pm
+1 to the tortec expedition.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

27 December 2014 - 9:43pm
Ok must check facts before posting! But Arkle Drylights (not superlights) are 450 grams, but still 1 kilo less than a set of front rollers. Fit any rack and in particular the narrow topmof the airey. Definitely favourite panniers when compared to any normal pannier sets.

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

27 December 2014 - 6:54pm
Very tempted by the Arkel panniers

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

27 December 2014 - 6:18pm
For audax I gave up on Tubus because their skimpy racks, including the Airy titanium, are too narrow to securely take my preferred Carradice rack top bag. This bag is much neater and catches less wind than a pannier, but needs a wide rack top. Surprisingly the ideal rack turned out to be one of the cheapest: the Tortec Ultralite (about £24) which is lighter than the steel Tubus racks, but not as light as a titanium rack. It is well made with good welds and excellent stainless fixings and is strong enough for the light loads I give it. And it has a plate for a light. The one flaw is that it is a bit tall and leaves more of a gap between rack and wheel than is necessary.

Re: Front racks

27 December 2014 - 6:18pm
http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 2b0s79p980 might get this, blackburn racks are pretty good right?

Re: titanium rack - anyone used one?

27 December 2014 - 5:51pm
Been using a Tubus Carry for 5 years, mine is from the first batch made - what's not to like

Takes full size Ortlieb's without issue although it does 'stain the bags'.

Re: North Wales Coast

27 December 2014 - 5:33pm
neil ry wrote:I've just came across your post,
I live on the wirral but new to touring and going further beyond my comfort zone (the wirral way cycle route),
but up until recently I have been pointed to a new route from Burton/Neston on the wirral, this cut's out the madness of Queensferry to Deeside,
It is a propose built wooden broadwalk,for both cyclist and walkers alike (there is a link but not sure how to add to this also on youtube)
once I have serviced my bike back to bein road worthy this is a route I am looking forward to trying out and opening my world to touring starting with short tours into wales.
Hope this helps in some manner,good luck and good cycling
+1 for the "boardwalk" it is a good path (& the boards have grip strips so it shouldn't get slippery), decent tarmac for the most part at either end too - although the northern end (where the path joins the road out of Burton) can get quite muddy due to the frequent movement of sheep. It is, I think, a diversion of the previously mentioned farm track to avoid closures due to the range being in action.

Rick.

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