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Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 9:26pm
foxyrider wrote:Still looks like a commuting bike!

Why would that matter to me? It'll just have to "commute" all the way from Bilbao to Malaga. I've done that trip on a Dawes 501 and a bog standard Sirrus Sport, both were fine all day long but I expect this to be comfier.
foxyrider wrote:I would be looking for a better rack at least - that is just nasty and do you really ride with the saddle at that angle? Its either too high or needs levelling - you must be sliding forward off of that all the time.

Rubbish, it's a decent Tourtech rack that has been across the UK, France and Spain, it's a rack, 2 panniers attach to it, that's all I need from a rack. However, my Dawes 501 does have a Topeak Super Tourist DX rack, I'd fit it, you'd be happier, but it's black and I like the silver one on the Ridgeback.................The bike now has a Charge saddle set up for me.

foxyrider wrote:What is comfortable for a thirty minute commute will not be comfortable for a day in the saddle.

My tourer was stolen June 2012, I simply bought a Specialized Sirrus and immediately rode it 1200 miles, the same trip, my cousin rode a similar Ridgeback bike (a Bullit) that was totally new to him, after seat and bar adjustments, we were both comfy all day long....................

Re: National Parks in the Netherlands

24 May 2015 - 9:06pm
Hoge Veluwe is amazing, inland sand dunes and hills!

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 8:04pm
Sweep wrote:Bicycler wrote:Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances.........
1" threaded headsets and quill stems...
Can you elaborate? What are the problems of these on a tourer?
No big ones. Just declining availability and the need to carry specific tools to adjust the headset.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 7:45pm
Sweep wrote:foxyrider wrote:
Still looks like a commuting bike!



Care to elaborate/explain?

What is comfortable for a thirty minute commute will not be comfortable for a day in the saddle. As far as I can see, apart from a clean you've added a poorly designed rack and are calling it a tourer. Lots of elements make a bike fit for purpose and far be it for me to say what you have there isn't a potential tourer but I'd be looking at a better designed / more suitable rack (that model sits far too high - was it sold as a 29er rack?) and a different handlebar set up (butterfly bars most likely) to improve bike balance and day ride comfort.

Just observations, I am a velocipede salesperson of some experience and would be advising any of my customers the same

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 7:08pm
bigjim wrote:This would be worth travelling for if it came in at the right price.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-Super-Galaxy-Mens-Tourer-Bike-25-Frame-21-Shimano-Deore-LX-gears-/261891007698?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cf9eba4d2


I tried, but missed out on this - oh well, I am not good at winning things on ebay! - I will keep trying - thanks for the heads up

Re: route finding in France- maps or new tech

24 May 2015 - 6:46pm
letelemarker wrote:Beware, though, of the well-documented issues concerning usb charging from dynamos, for certain smart phones, notably iPhones...

Really? how come? do you have a link?

Electricity is electricity doesn't really matter how its produced just how its converted in to a useable supply, so if you have a good usb device i can't really see a problem…I'm no expert however!



From what I understand the I phone requires the current to be a fairly steady 1A, less than this and the phone won't necessarily charge

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

24 May 2015 - 6:40pm
Well, I managed to complete my Lon Las Cymru tour a couple of weeks ago. Stuck faithfully to NCN 8 for most of the route with a slight diversion off the Taff Trail just north of Cardiff to visit some friends in the Rhymney Valley.

I took the route over a leisurely 6 days camping each night, except for my last Caerphilly overnight stop.

Weather was mixed with a strong south-westerly headwind most of the way.

I saw only two other tourists along the entire route. One chap going the same direction as me who broke his chain neat Llanidloes (I offered my spare link), and a tandem going northwards that I passed near Builth Wells.

Scenery was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, soon hopefully, and perhaps South to North next time.

My overnight stops were:

- Llanllyfni (south of Caernarfon)
- Dolgellau
- Rhayader
- Talybont-on-Usk
- Caerphilly

I've posted some video of my journey on youtube if anyone is interested - https://youtu.be/F81xftVeV7Q

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:52pm
Bicycler wrote:
Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances.........

1" threaded headsets and quill stems...



Can you elaborate? What are the problems of these on a tourer?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:49pm
foxyrider wrote:
Still looks like a commuting bike!



Care to elaborate/explain?

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:42pm
I'd be bidding on this if I needed another touring bike.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surly-Long-ha ... 3844&rt=nc

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 5:35pm
MarkF wrote:After


Still looks like a commuting bike!

I would be looking for a better rack at least - that is just nasty and do you really ride with the saddle at that angle? Its either too high or needs levelling - you must be sliding forward off of that all the time.

Re: Tour of Switzerland

24 May 2015 - 5:26pm
Unless you are used to alpine climbing give yourselves a few days of 'easier' terrain before you start on the passes!

There are routes that don't involve too much serious climbing but these can be directional eg the Brunig pass is much less climbing and stressful heading north than it is south.

The Veloland.ch site is excellent and on the ground signing is very good, be careful that you follow road cycle routes rather than MTB routes.

If you aren't great climbers you can take bikes on many Postbus (PTT) routes and most of the rail system.

Oh and be prepared for heavy rain - I've done quite a few trips to Switzerland at various times of year and whilst the weather can be glorious it can be dismal too, even in summer and it can be cold on top of the passes with snow even in July/August.

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 5:08pm
I think that you are over reacting to a small degree of chance, your body language would probably attract a potential thief rather than how you carry stuff. The potential for bag theft is probably less for you than the thousands, no millions of women who carry a bag every day. It's been said before, use common sense, take the bar bag with you if you are keeping valuables in it. Unless you are flashing your Goldcard and Nikon about, you are probably not going to be a top target for thieves, if you go about hugging your bag, patting your wallet pocket etc you are telling the thieves that a/ you have something worth nicking and b/ where it is!

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 5:01pm
22camels wrote:If I were travelling on foot, I would have a rucksack/backpack along with clothes pockets and a (hidden) pouch or waist belt.

Please don't do that if you ever go to Barcelona as we had our rucksack dipped into when we went there. Fortunately we somehow expected it to happen and they got away with nothing.
Their modus operandi was to surround us on the train and as we got off with a rolling suitcases one of them stood in the way of my wife expecting her to stop. Little did they know. Rather than stop she just barged her way through hitting one of the thieves in the shins. As we moved along the platform she made me aware of them following us and I just turned and glared at them when they then skidaddled over to the other platform. It was only when we were going up the escalator when someone pointed out to us our rucksack was open.
We had a lucky escape and I now know why you see people walking around in Barcelona with their rucksacks on their stomachs.

Not a great trip as we managed to leave our camera in the taxi.

Re: Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

24 May 2015 - 4:54pm
maybe a double leg centre stand?

tbh its a rare stop when I can't park against something and my bags are low emough that they nearly hold the bike up anyway!

Stand for fully loaded bike : recommendations?

24 May 2015 - 4:32pm
Hi all

Recently back from a tour and found it a pain either resting my bike on the panniers or pedals. (actually fell over couple of times)

Are there any good stands that people would recommend for a fully loaded bike with front and rear panniers

Many thanks for any advice and your time

Regards

Mike

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

24 May 2015 - 3:01pm
IF you happen to find a bike in the right size and IF you are sure of your ability to assess its mechanical condition then second hand is the budget choice.

I'd certainly second the advice of avoiding anything with old style 27" wheels and/or freewheel blocks rather than cassettes. Whilst not insurmountable problems for those with such machines, they make less practical sense long term for new purchasers.

Then again, even later 80s/early 90s bikes can bring some annoyances. The cantilever bosses may be too narrow to accept modern replacement canti/v-brakes. 126mm (6/7spd) hubs are not widely available. A 130mm rear end limits you to 7spd, an overly dished road rear wheel, or springing a 135mm wheel in and out. 7spd is making less sense as parts become scarcer. 1" threaded headsets and quill stems...

For me, if buying a bike today, the sweet spot would be a bike from the last 20 years: 700C; 1 1/8" Ahead, 135mm rear end so any modern wheel will just drop in; 8spd (parts widely available on tour and can be upgraded in the future); will fit modern canti/v-brakes (maybe even discs).

Re: Handlebar bag as security risk

24 May 2015 - 2:25pm
If I were travelling on foot, I would have a rucksack/backpack along with clothes pockets and a (hidden) pouch or waist belt. It wouldn't be very obvious where my valuables were (unless I carried a big camera in its own bag). The bar bag by itself seems to scream out "this is where my valuables are" - and it is really tempting to put most of them in there. Especially as, on the bike, I wouldn't want to have much, if anything, hanging on my body because it may constrict movement and get annoying in hot weather.

I know the majority of my time will be spent in rural areas where there is nothing to worry about, but, especially on a longer tour, one has to go through lots of towns and cities some of which can be dodgy.

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