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Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

24 February 2015 - 12:19am
I imagine Sweep is pointing out that the bottom gear on the Jamis is a bit on the high side. Most of my cassettes go up to 32 teeth and a lot of the time - at least when I'm fit - I don't use the bottom gear. But its very nice to have the option!
As Vorpal said earlier. If your gears aren't low enough you can walk it. My longest push has been about 6km, but that was with a tandem and trailer...
I had a look at the Shimano site. Unless I'm mistaken you could use a 30 tooth sprocket with this mech. Its not a common size, but they are available. Doing so might require a new longer chain. I think I would still go for it, personally. The cassette would cost about £18
As for the brakes - did you try riding on the hoods? I can operate my brakes from that position, but it does depend on the angle at which they are mounted. You can experiment by rotating the whole bar slightly. Re positioning them properly would usually entail re taping the bars, a DIY job requiring new tape...

I had a look at the Fuji specs. It does indeed have a better quality drivetrain with lower gears. Mudguards are not expensive and fitting them, though fiddly, is usually not too tasking. However I also read the single review. It appears that the rear drop outs are horizontal which IMHO is a total mismatch with quick release hubs. QR is intended to lock the wheel into the frame, not to withstand the pull of the chain. I think someone has goofed big time with this one. Avoid.
The Galaxy Al doesn't look too bad, but I don't like cantilever brakes. I find them a real pain to set up and I don't think they are as effective as v brakes. Do feel free to differ. You wont be alone!.

Re: Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 11:54pm
rannochraider wrote: How is the Forth and Clyde towpath ? Are we talking mountain bike tyres or would standard road bike tyres be ok?

I don't know about the western part but we meant to cycle from Edinburgh to the Falkirk Wheel via the F&C a few years ago (part of the day's ride from Kelso to Stirling) - we gave up before Linlithgow and used the roads instead. It wasn't impossible but it was very slow and not very much fun. Too many rough bits of path, narrow slippery places under bridges etc. We were on loaded touring bikes.

I suppose it might be OK with robust tyres if you really weren't in a hurry.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 10:46pm
It does take a little practice to be able to use the brakes from the hoods, if you aren't used to it. Some people never manage it.

You can put some auxiliary (also called 'cross') brake levers on the top of the handlebars.

Re: Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 9:49pm
Hi Allan , How is the Forth and Clyde towpath ? Are we talking mountain bike tyres or would standard road bike tyres be ok?

thanks
Jim

Re: GEARING. .

23 February 2015 - 9:02pm
cycleruk wrote:There may be a problem with the rear wheel.
If it is a 7 speed "freehub" then an 8 speed cassette will probably not fit so may require a new wheel or hub.
If it is a 7 speed "freewheel" then that will require a new hub or wheel.


This is is the most important thing to do first.

More gears aren't necessarily better, it depends on what your highest and lowest gears are and what aspect you wanted to change.

My tourer is a 7 speed triple and the granny gear and 1st on the back will go up anything (albeit slowly), however I'd run out of speed in top gear on descents or a strong tailwind.

A quick bit of google research confirmed I have a freewheel rather than a cassette and for £18 there was a replacement freewheel with the same number of big teeth on the biggest cog (32) to tackle hills but 12 teeth on the smallest (instead of 13). £3 on top of that for the removal tool and I had a faster bike for £21 with no reduction in hill tackling ability.

Find out exactly what you want to achieve before changing things.

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 8:28pm
Thanks Chocjohn9 - I've gone for the 56cm ex-display Ridgeback. Winstanleys didn't have the 58cm any more and the 53 is, going from measurements, a bit small. I may be wrong and you might have made a great point that I received too late! I hope the 'damage' isn't too bad on it and is hopefully quite easily fixed up.

I spent most of half-term trying to work out which bike to buy and just decided to get the Panorama on impulse - I watched a second hand one go for £100 more on Ebay last night and didn't want to pass up the chance. If it really doesn't suit me then I could always pass it on - yet, from all the Panorama reviews and cycling blogs I have read, this might be the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship!!

What do you ride again?

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 8:13pm
"I'm not sure if it's my shorter stature or the fit of the bikes but with both of them I found I had to get down on the drop bars to use the brakes. Is this normal? Or am I doing it wrong? Should I be able to squeeze the brakes enough from closer to the top of the bars?"

I'm 6'1" and I felt the same way with drops.....I've rotated my whole handlebar backwards so the brakes are in a better position from the tops.

.....also, I've never really 'got' bar-end shifters. To me they're not really any improvement on down-tube shifters (which I quite liked, back in the day)

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 8:06pm
Sweep wrote:Just had a look at the gearing on that bike.

Turns out my 7 speed has a lower gear - a 22T small alivio chain ring with an 11-28 cassette.

Not criticising, just saying - others may have views on this.

Glad that you are enjoying your cycling.


Hello, thanks for the reply! Can you please explain that though...

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 8:02pm
I am 6 ft 1 and would go for a 60cm. You are slightly smaller so I'd expect you to be a 58cm or a 56cm but you really do need to sit on both. We all have our preferences.
As I mentioned the other day, with the winstanley link, I still think you are better off with a new - undamaged - Galaxy or Super Galaxy. The 53 is available in both. Don't be put off by the smaller sounding sizes, they have sloping top tubes. You need to sit on one of these too. There must be a dealer near to you...

Re: Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 8:00pm
I know its not England, but I live next to the Forth and Clyde canal and a wee jaunt from Glasgow to the Falkirk wheel and back is a nice 50mile leg warmer
....certainly nice for folk touring Scotland to fit in if they're in the Central Belt.

Re: Rotterdam > Istanbul - Which bike?

23 February 2015 - 7:59pm
Just had a look at the gearing on that bike.

Turns out my 7 speed has a lower gear - a 22T small alivio chain ring with an 11-28 cassette.

Not criticising, just saying - others may have views on this.

Glad that you are enjoying your cycling.

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

23 February 2015 - 7:48pm
largeallan wrote:If I sat my parents down for a presentation, they'd probably phone for the 'men in white coats' to come and fetch me!!

Haha don't get me wrong, it sounds pretty weird I know. But... it's something they're used to, I knew I'd get their full undivided attention and I knew they'd have to listen.

Although I posted here about overbearing parents... I'm an only child and these two older people I know and love are actually more akin to best friends. Plus... it was a presentation with alcohol and snacks, not a Power Point disaster

Re: How to convince others cycle touring is safe?

23 February 2015 - 7:42pm
If I sat my parents down for a presentation, they'd probably phone for the 'men in white coats' to come and fetch me!!

Canal towpaths

23 February 2015 - 7:35pm
+1 for the K&A. Instead of a cycle guide, buy the Collins canal guide. It's so informative and the map inserts are from the OS maps so are to scale. It shows places to stay, eat and visit. Happy travels...hc

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicholson-Guide ... 0702841676

EDIT: You can do Bristol - London or VV

Re: Advice sought on choosing a touring bike

23 February 2015 - 7:23pm
Guys,

I have found an ex-display 56cm Ridgeback Panorama 2014, for a brilliant price!!

However, here are the downsides:

Rust patched on top tube.
Chips to seat tube.
Chips to lacquer to lower downtube.
Scratch on left-hand chainstay.
Marks on cranks from use.
Been used as demo bike so will show signs of wear in usual places.
Will be cleaned thoroughly before sent.

EDIT: I am now the proud owner of a Ridgeback Panorama, for the bargain price of £649 - wow!!

Thanks so much for all your help, tips and advice on finding the right back. I believe I have chosen the right bike and will write back to let you know how it rides - yippeee!!

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

23 February 2015 - 5:31pm
Will keep that in mind.

Here is my tentative gear list at this stage. Am I missing anything (important)?

Gear List:
2 x Bib Shorts
2 x Bike Jersey
3 x Bike Socks
Booties
Rain Jacket
Rain Pants
Arm Warmers
Leg Warmers
Tights
Short Gloves
Rain Gloves
Helmet
Sunglasses
Allen Key Multitool
Tire Lever
Spare Tire
Patch Kit
Bike Pump
First Aid Kit
Sneakers
Lightweight Shorts
MTB Shorts (?)
1 x Jeans (?)
Hiking Pants (?)
3 x T-Shirts
4 x Boxers
3 x Regular Socks
Toiletries
Back Pack
Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Camera + Spare batteries
iPhone
Wallet + Passports
GPS + batteries
Converter + Cables + Rechargers

Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

23 February 2015 - 4:54pm
robing wrote:Do you always go off road when you tour?

Nope,My brompton doesn't like gravel, sand or snow >>>> http://www.shanecycles.com/category/cycling/trips/

Re: New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:17pm
Only done it once and from Lymington, and it was one, if not the, most beautiful ferry crossing I've been on.

Re: New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:16pm
"They" say it is the most expensive ferry crossing in the world (per distance travelled)

New Forest Tour

23 February 2015 - 4:09pm
I'm off on a 4 day 'tour' of the IOW in May. For me part of the excitement is the ferry crossing. Growing up in a landlocked country for a couple of decades makes this a grand adventure. Early May is right at the beginning of it's emergence, but I'm also hoping to see a Glanville Fritillary. Oops I've just lost the audience...hc

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