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Rear rack safe on Fixie axle?

17 September 2014 - 5:00pm
I just need some help with a few things, I'll try to keep it short.

I'm riding to France on my own in about a week, for a week or two or three if I like it.
Never done any touring before. I used to work as a courier though which explains my first problem.

My only bike is a Fixie (Condor Pista) with horizontal dropouts, no eyelets, but it is drilled for a rear brake. It's got two part track nuts, not a quick release. Will it be safe to attach a rack to the rear axle? It seems like strongest/best place to take the weight. My concern is the rear wheel getting loose and killing me.
And if it can be done, is installation similar to qr skewers? Just widen the hole to fit bigger axle?
Also recomendations for racks would be good, I think I'm taking panniers, Tubus Fly is pretty sexy.

I'm going to start a new thread for my really stupid questions.

Re: Carpets, camels, goats and rocks - Morocco

17 September 2014 - 4:53pm
Very sore, but it healed up quickly despite the dirt.

Red Loon?!

17 September 2014 - 12:28pm
No, not me (I'm blonde!), but bike panniers - has anyone ever used this brand before? I can only find them on Amazon and eBay so am a bit dubious, but the reviews are positive. I've got an Amazon voucher (£100) which I want to buy touring panniers with; plan is to do the British cycle quest and the Danube, plus a few other longer, more arduous tours in the future - so looking for durable and decent bags. Ideally at least one back pannier (I have one, but open to buying a pair if necessary) and a handlebar bag with map case, both to convert in to bags - i.e. have straps for carrying when off the bike. im not keen on having 3 panniers on the back (left, right and top) unless I can fit a tent and sleeping bag in them, with enough room for everything else! Currently i use a makeshift pannier (old rucksack) , a "real" pannier and I pop a tent in the middle on top where a top bag would ordinarily go. I like ones with lot a of useful pockets so am not an ortleib fan (shock horror!) Red Loon seem to tick all these boxes but I'm wary. Advice? Suggestions?

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

17 September 2014 - 11:27am
elioelio wrote:Hi there,

Wasn't sure where to ask this question but assumed there would be people out there who use Icebreaker clothing.
Basically, I bought some Icebreaker everyday leggings 2 weeks ago and they already have a rip in the side seam and a hole in the knee. I'm working from home at the moment and all I've been doing is sitting at a desk all day in them. It seems stupid that my primark leggings cost 5 times less but have lasted 20 times as long.

Was I just unlucky with a shoddy pair or are the 'everyday' leggings just bad quality?

Anyway, I'll get to my point. I'm off on a 6 month cycle tour and really want some decent leggings. To wear while sleeping, when cold, but also as everyday wear to wear under a skirt on rest days/evenings. Icebreaker do lots of variations of leggings. Are the others much better quality than the 'everyday' leggings? I realise there are some thicker ones, but I don't really need thicker.
I basically don't want to spend a whole load of money again on some leggings that end up ripping straightaway.
Any thoughts?

Moths perhaps? Not taking the pish here, moths are gits ! If hole is in the knee, I take it you've already ruled out excessive praying?

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

17 September 2014 - 11:07am
Possibly a bit left field, but I use these for dinghy racing, and others report good results when biking (read the reviews).

Re: Monarch bike regs.

17 September 2014 - 10:01am
Also noted this in their blurb:-
"Passenger should take out additional insurance for the item(s) as Monarch Airlines does not accept responsibility for loss or damage."

Re: Monarch bike regs.

17 September 2014 - 8:18am
Never had a problem with Monarch when flew... we used a set of 'bike covers' from Decathlon, set them up on the floor, wheeled bike on top (instead of dropping over the top of the bike), pulled bag up around the bike and taped it up..... Do not try to take the gaffer tape on to plane in your hand luggage, leave a gap, take a piece of tape off the roll, drop roll in thru gap, and tape up...

Re: Monarch bike regs.

17 September 2014 - 7:55am
To answer your question, no I have never come across this, I suspect that it is probably an error.

If you read the first part of the rules, it says tyres deflated.

The second bit with the * says tyres removed. I suspect this is a typing error.

Re: Good icebreaker leggings for cycle tour

16 September 2014 - 11:14pm
I'm a fan of merino wool products and have found Icebreaker to be of good quality. I wear Devold Merino wool leggings when touring (extra warmth and for sleep wear)

Re: Monarch bike regs.

16 September 2014 - 10:29pm
chocjohn9 wrote:Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.
No worries what will be etc...
They are still taking bookings for 2015. I'm flying in the next couple of weeks. Seems they are consoliating though, especially with possibly moving out of LBA.
I can always cycle home.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

16 September 2014 - 9:34pm
Don't worry about wheels or tyres.....concentrate on whether you will fly. Monarch are in serious financial trouble. Apparently the Mantegazza family have refused to put more money in.....PwC is standing by to take it into receivership.

Sorry to be mentioning this.

Re: Monarch bike regs.

16 September 2014 - 8:46pm
Surely they're confusing wheels for tyres?

Re: How to train for long distance cycle touring

16 September 2014 - 8:43pm
Pandaz wrote:...there's no substitute for miles!

Monarch bike regs.

16 September 2014 - 8:38pm
Booked a flight with Moanrch with the bike.
Just noticed in their regs. They ask for tyres removed! Never seen that before. Anybody come across this or had it enforced?


Re: 700c wheels in India?

16 September 2014 - 7:24pm
Where is here? How tall are you?

Most people find Southern India much more pleasant for cycling. The tourist triangle of Delhi, Aggra and Jaipur is dusty and manic.

If you have never cycled in somewhere like India, it takes a bit of getting used to, but after a while it is fairly easy. You will be pretty near the bottom of the pile so always be prepared to give way. The only rule is that there are no rules.

This isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. I cycle a lot in anarchic Asia and love it. In a strange way this gives you a kind of certainty that you don't get in the UK.


Edit: Just read your other post that you are looking for camping equipment. I definitely would NOT recommend camping in India.

Also I have my old 26" MTB touring bike which I may be interested in selling. 18" cro mo steel GT Outpost. I used it for years to tour in Asia (including 2 trips to India). Now replaced by my luverly Surly LHT.

Re: Cotswold Line

16 September 2014 - 7:07pm
keep up the great work Richard, already planning another ride on the route with my wife

Just like the Col d'' Galibier everyone should ride the Cotswold Line once

Re: Trail A Bike For Tourer?

16 September 2014 - 6:36pm
We used to have an Islabikes trailer bike and I used to tow with my old Claud Butler Dalesman. Very stable and good fun for both the pilot and stoker. We only had the single speed version but manged fine. It attached to its own pannier rack and could be fitted in 2 mins. I think it was 501 steel with bespoke components and an alloy rear wheel. Not super light but not too heavy either.

Trail A Bike For Tourer?

16 September 2014 - 5:45pm
Oooh the Islabike Tagalog looks great. I love simple things. Struggling to find any specs online though. Anyone know weights, component specifics etc. Thanks Vorpal...hc

Re: 700c wheels in India?

16 September 2014 - 4:39pm
Thanks for all you posts. After reading them all I'm definitely leaning heavily towards the 26" option which seems much harder to get my hands on here but there's still a bit of time and we can always go 700c and get decent spares. My girlfriend picked up a really nice 26" Edison from someone through this site so it would be good for spares to get the same.

Pretty excited about heading out now - only 7 weeks to go! Does anyone have any India-specific touring advice to give?

Thanks again, your wise words are appreciated and well received.

Re: Touring Bike For Tall Person...

16 September 2014 - 2:34pm
webber wrote:how about one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEU-VSF-Fahrr ... ahrrad_Anhänger&hash=item58b4b25df9 if you dont want to buy direct from germany (i got my tx400 from these and they where very good )then chrisbikes do them but not sure of the prices
simon153 wrote:I have just checked the VSF catalogue and they still make the T-XXL with the very large frame and extra bracing.
Cheers for the replies will look them up


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