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Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 10:26am
pwa wrote:Jags, I have a Thorn Club Tour (now about 10 years old) and it was a good buy. A proper tourer. But if I were buying now I might save some dosh and buy a Spa steel tourer, with similar spec at a lower cost. Thorns just cost a bit too much.

I recently bought a Tour de Fer (touring-specific variant of a Croix d F apparently). First proper tourer I've had in 20 years. Fully equipped with low gears, bar ends, disc brakes, and very comfortable, but a lot heavier than the Tricross.

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 9:34am
Jags, I have a Thorn Club Tour (now about 10 years old) and it was a good buy. A proper tourer. But if I were buying now I might save some dosh and buy a Spa steel tourer, with similar spec at a lower cost. Thorns just cost a bit too much.

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 8:42am
jags wrote:im after a thorn club tour but there expensive ,bob jackson frames a lovely as well but i think i'de rather have the thorn.seen a dawes galaxy on CR not a bad loking bike for 650 euro.
i have a new Terry Dolan letape cracking bike but no good for touring
ah i think i'll hang on until i can afford a good touring frame set built it up over time.
thanks lads

jags.

Can't argue with that. I was in the same boat and floundered about with a couple of "ok for now" bikes but in hindsight totally unsuitable. I finally managed to cobble together a Surly DT at the end of last year and it has been an epiphany. Loads of bikes crop up on here, but I would check it fits. This is the first bike I've had that truly fits and I'm staggered at the difference to my comfort it makes. Did I say I'm totally chuffed with my Surly? [emoji38]

Re: cyclocross for touring

10 May 2015 - 12:53am
im after a thorn club tour but there expensive ,bob jackson frames a lovely as well but i think i'de rather have the thorn.seen a dawes galaxy on CR not a bad loking bike for 650 euro.
i have a new Terry Dolan letape cracking bike but no good for touring
ah i think i'll hang on until i can afford a good touring frame set built it up over time.
thanks lads

jags.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

10 May 2015 - 12:03am
smith4188 wrote:and thanks for mentioning it on here.

And - I've just seen it - thanks for writing the Amazon review.

Re: Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

9 May 2015 - 11:49pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:Finally! Steven your book is brilliant. The last two bike travelogues I've read had me wishing I'd never been interested in bikes, croissants, hotel receptionists hills and giving my bike a name. I've laughed out loud at a lot in your book. I'm pleased you have unashamedly chucked your dark humour into the mix and been edgy from the off. Too many authors try and mainstream their writing by being too polite and PC to please everyone. You are a fine ambassador for Blackburn and the North, long hair, beards and oversized forearms.

But Hell's teeth: Even in Afrika I never saw an Englishman with Sun bleached eyebrows! I see a fashion phenomenon sneaking into the world of cycle touring. Pass the peroxide. 40% mind...b

Thank you very much. Really glad you liked the book. But sorry to disappoint you - my forearms are like bits of string. On the other hand, my legs have recently been described as like Popeye's. My eyebrows are currently blonde again. I just have to accept that I'm a freak of nature. Thanks again and thanks for mentioning it on here.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

9 May 2015 - 11:44pm
theDaveB wrote:DarkNewt wrote:Put a write up on my blog, more to add but hope you enjoy! It's late and I am cycling with roger at 8:30!

Did you get to meet "what's his face" (forgot his name) who cycled around the UK ?

He is off to Europe after the festival, cycled straight to the airport from their.

Dave

Hiya Dave,

He was there but I didn't spot him and he wasn't on the speaker list as far as I could see (I only went to certain talks), I would have liked to have a chat with him; I am leaving on my own ride round Britain & Ireland soon, counting down the weeks only 7 left... I met a few of the speakers, Anna Hughes was really friendly, Scott Whitlock (crazy enthusiastic guy).

Re: cyclocross for touring

9 May 2015 - 11:09pm
I've also toured on a Tricross, a Comp with a compact double, so lowest gear 34 front/28 rear, and not low enough. But comfortable, light, could handle mudguards (with a lot of toe overlap) and a rack (heel clearance OK). I was dubious about the carbon fork, but it was fine. As an all-rounder, quite a nice bike.

Re: cyclocross for touring

9 May 2015 - 10:46pm
I know a fair few people have used a specialized tricross for touring. I am one of them (4 week long trips now). I heard it's not a genuine cyclocross bike, but I am no cyclocross expert. Anyway, I usually have about 18kg on it, rear panniers only. It feels very solid, no flex, though I have limited experience of proper touring bikes to be able to compare. I have even tried up to 25kg with front panniers on too and it was ok. I have down to 23.6 gear inches after changing the cassette to 11-34, it's good enough. If my plans were to only tour in Europe (and nothing too extreme), I would see no reason to change. However I plan on some extended touring further afield and so I will probably get a genuine touring bike mainly for the 26inch wheels, and also because the carbon fork on the tricross might become a liability.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

9 May 2015 - 10:26pm
yes it does look better like a single casting. is that a split ring holding the handle in , rather than the crude squashed end of the original. I personally would keep the good QR skewer as a spare unless u can get replacements, probably rarer than the bad ones. I wonder whether the ones that SJS has are those ones?

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/m-wave-qr-skewer-for-single-wheel-trailer-prod23795/

they also have the non QR end bolts there - I wondered whether it would be possible to get a converter from QR axle diameter to M10? that is used for solid axles then use the screw on nuts?

That would solve your rusting problem as the nuts are plated already?

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/m-wave-adapters-for-10mm-solid-type-axle-for-single-40-trailer-prod35882/

its worth looking at thier trailer spares section as lots of interesting stuff

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/page/find/?name=trailer&page=1#filterkey=cat&cat=851&page=all

Re: What panniers are you using?

9 May 2015 - 10:26pm
I never updated this, but ended up with Ortlieb Back Roller Plus QL2 and front Roller Plus.

They have been fine, not as stiff and secure feeling as the old Vaude clip felt, but the lower hook is fine and nothing has fell off, they look better and seem a bit lighter, pockets inside too. Though I am sure my Vaude was larger.

Re: 5 days tour in Scotland

9 May 2015 - 10:02pm
Thank you very much for your answers, I'm glad I asked! I'm abandoning the NCN7 option then. I don't have time to have a proper look at all the proposed options but I will come back later! I did not think about the isles as I thought it would be too much of a hassle to take the ferry with so little time on our hands but I will reconsider it.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

9 May 2015 - 10:02pm


Here you can better see the joint you're worried about. Which we're all worried about, to be honest. Like I said, I'm sticking with my yakalike replacement skewer set up, with two threaded ends, because I know it works. But: it is rusting, and I'm tempted to replace our set up with this, though, for the convenience of quick release and I can clean up the current system, stop it rusting, and keep it as a backup instead.

Re: cyclocross for touring

9 May 2015 - 9:52pm
Have you thought about 'Adventure Bikes' part CX and part road, stiffer frames better gearing than CX and a more relaxed geometry.

http://www.evanscycles.com/search/f?sor ... er_page=21

Re: cyclocross for touring

9 May 2015 - 9:44pm
Used a CX for a few tours including Spain to the UK over the Pyrenees . Even with a triple the gearing wasnt low enough with hindsight for that tour, rear wheel needed upgrading as stock CX wheel kept popping spokes. Frame flexed like hell under load, front forks were carbon so had little faith in them but they coped, pannier lug detached itself from the alu frame on the rear so used a P clip. However it was light (ish) and fast, it also attracted a bit of unwanted attention.It was a jack of all trades (commuting / road / touring ) but master of none !

Ive gone the other way now and built up a steel framed 90's mtb as a tourer for just over £200, new wheelset, gearing, butterfly bars etc...its a few kilo heavier but inspires much more confidence and feels really planted on the road...also no one gives it a second look.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

9 May 2015 - 9:38pm
Kieran2663 wrote:Hi Serbring,

I am very well thank you.

Tent wise you will be fine with a non free standing tent, obviously free standing tents have there advantages but I think for a trip of the Pamir these can be overlook, just make sure you try and camp out of the wind.

There is a lot of corruption throughout Tajikistan, this many means small "fees " are handed to Police (by local driver mainly) for chai money or whatever you want to call it, they get paid very little by the state. And corruption for better or worse has been endemic in the country for generations; in Dushnabe we got stopped 7 times by traffic police in a taxi. Having said that in the Pamir we had no issue with any officials, in fact we even got given free ice cream in Khorog by police who were trying to improve public relations. Some of the border guards / soldiers weren't the friendliest we came across but be polite and smile and you will be fine.

As we were doing the Pamir as part of a long trip we had 4/5 bags each, I would suggest that having front and rear bags would give you the added advantage of being able to carry more and be more self sufficient and balance the bike more evenly instead of having all the weight in 3 bags on the rear rack, which is not ideal. It will mean forking out on more kit ie front bag and rack, but worth it.

Hope that helps.



K

Hi Kieran,

Thanks for your reply. How much do you use to give as a chai money? I have contacted Pamir Silk Travel for the VISA support more than a week ago, but they haven't replyed. How long does it usually take long time to get an answer? I'm also considering to get a local sim card, are they cheaper than chatsim?

thanks

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

9 May 2015 - 9:33pm
I'll take a better angle pic of the skewer joint into the cam, but I still think this pic speaks oodles. It's a very superior product.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

9 May 2015 - 9:13pm
hmm not sure I agree - yes the handle looks better but its how the rod is inside the body - they dont look that much different, they both look like they are just screwed in ( by as few as 2-3 threads) and then brazed? Hard to tell with the new one .

Bike boxes for taking your bike abroad

9 May 2015 - 9:05pm
I was coming home thru Clapham Junction after a nice ride to Virginia Water from Feltham and at the station saw this young lady , quite petite dragging an over size hard suitcase with wheels on all 4 corners - could barely get it into the lifts there. I asked her why the big case she said her bike was inside ( wheels off ofcourse) , I didnt get a chance to ask further as she vanished down the road at streatham hill dragging this case, I didnt know you could get hard normal looking but very large suitcases for bikes.

Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

9 May 2015 - 7:14pm
Finally! Steven your book is brilliant. The last two bike travelogues I've read had me wishing I'd never been interested in bikes, croissants, hotel receptionists hills and giving my bike a name. I've laughed out loud at a lot in your book. I'm pleased you have unashamedly chucked your dark humour into the mix and been edgy from the off. Too many authors try and mainstream their writing by being too polite and PC to please everyone. You are a fine ambassador for Blackburn and the North, long hair, beards and oversized forearms.

But Hell's teeth: Even in Afrika I never saw an Englishman with Sun bleached eyebrows! I see a fashion phenomenon sneaking into the world of cycle touring. Pass the peroxide. 40% mind...b

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