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Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 2:25pm
Neil C wrote:Welcome to the forum.

This subject was discussed earlier this year here.

Brilliant.i couldnt find this one.has been a great help.if not then i think i may attach a plastic bar under the bag and use that.
Thanks alot for all the help.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:22pm
Not a lot of help for your Topeak, but Carradice do a bar bag which has a little plastic bar on the base, onto which you can clip your front light: http://www.carradice.co.uk/index.php?pa ... duct_id=18

Re: Cycling Caen to Nice

21 November 2014 - 1:20pm
ANTONISH wrote:TGV to Lille, local train to Calais- both the latter having hanging bike spaces (a tandem rear wheel could possibly have reached to the floor).
A trick that may help with that is to remove the tandem front wheel and hang by rear wheel instead.

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 1:16pm
I have cycled most of dartmoor's ridable paths and the fords and unridable heather on a non compact 13 -34 x 26 36 46 and it was only two minutes before my missus phoned me on the Tour update to say Schleck had droped his chain that I unshipped with a double shift, the very first time that bike owned since 96 and the first time since the early eightes on any bike.
Last problem was a broken KMC cheapy recycled from a skip bike.

On my current skip trainer I recently took two links out of the chain as compact needs less range and even when it was longer on my fith recycled chain which I take off when I hit 1 % stretch on a broken chain (above) and no chain loss.

Like motorcycles the chain is probably the item that receives less attention but needs just so maintainance..............

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:16pm
Welcome to the forum.

This subject was discussed earlier this year here.

Re: Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 1:14pm
If you were to get a dynamo you'd probably find this problem easier to solve, since dynamo lamps are small, lightweight and solid with no removable parts (so less likely to be damaged by the severe vibration subjected to anything mounted on the un-sprung brace of a suspension fork) and mount via a 6mm nut and bolt, for which it's possible to buy diverse ready-made brackets and relatively easy to make your own adaptations.

Battery lights on the other hand, are all made to mount on a handlebar, and assume you are some kind of sport cyclist who has nothing else on his bike, so you can't easily buy alternative fittings and those that you may nevertheless find in shops look like a kludge, with ugly bits of tube mounted on stalks - that may or may not be high enough to let your lamp shine over the top of a bar bag and if they are that high they'll catch on things whilst impeding access to said bag.

A possibly better idea is to lengthen the strap on your head-torch (that you'll want anyway in case of a puncture in the dark, certainly if this is a camping tour) and make your bar-bag wear it - on those hopefully rare occasions when you're still riding after dark. It won't be an 'approved' bike lamp, but since very few battery bike lamps are approved anyway, that's no odds.

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 12:52pm
foxyrider wrote:Another advantage of not going too big at the rear is that you can keep the chain shorter which helps prevent loosing it on rough surfaces!
Sounds like an old roadie myth to me. I've always employed the biggest sprockets available and been no stranger to rough-stuff, but so far this worker has yet to lose his chains!

Re: Touring Cassette

21 November 2014 - 12:48pm
If, as you say, you already have a MTB rear mech, a cassette that only goes to 25 teeth is borderline too small and will not shift as precisely as one with bigger big sprockets that thus come closer to the mech's guide pulley.

Ten or even nine sprockets between 11 and only 25 teeth must also necessarily be closer in size to one another, providing finer tuning than anyone needs unless they are racing at their physical limit and at a speed dictated by other riders, rather than their own preferred cadence. For normal riding, such close-ratio cassettes a bit of a nuisance, since they oblige one to shift more often than is convenient, or two gears at a time, when accelerating from the lights and adjusting speed to a changing gradient.

Now we have so many sprockets in back, as a given, simply because more gears sells bikes so that's how it must be if you want decent quality equipment, I don't know why any practical cyclist, who uses their bike as vehicle rather than a toy, bothers with anything less than the biggest cassette that'll work on their bike.

Front lights with a bar bag

21 November 2014 - 12:38pm
I hope someone can help. i have a topeak barbag that i am going to be using on a tour. It takes up all the room though where my lights used to be and i can not use both at the same time. Has anyone had this problem and how did they get round it? I thought maybe find a light bracket mount that can fit one the front suspension forks?? But can not find any.
If anyone can help that is much appreciated.

South from Rome over Xmas.

21 November 2014 - 5:35am
I have 2 weeks available to cycle tour at Xmas. We love riding in Italy so thinking the weather will be ok enough heading south. Can anyone recommend at route or partial route?? Traveling light , staying in hotels, 80-120k's a day is about the balance we like.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

21 November 2014 - 3:54am
B&b with radiator for the shoes and then waterproof over shoes would be another method. We picked some excellent waterproof equipment up in the Netherlands a few years ago, good commuter kit, which cleared up incipient trench foot. Boy, that was a wet holiday.- I'm sure there will be similar kit available decent cycle shops in towns you visit. Good luck with the tour.

Disclaimer: I know nothing about diabetes and what will work best for you.

Re: Brittany - the draining of the Lac de Gueledan

21 November 2014 - 3:40am
bretonbikes wrote:MrsHJ wrote:I noticed the climb up Mur de Bretagne coming from the east - it felt steeper than that!!. The 8 year old very stoicly walked it in a very hot day. At least we didn't miss the turn to the campsite like the rest of the family. I bet the campsite isn't very happy about this.

That isn't actually the steep bit! Sorry to disappoint;-)

No worries, I've done plenty of HC climbs, the perception changes massively when cycling with the kids. And no doubt in a few years they'll be going up everything and I will be left far behind.

What's the purpose of draining the lake?- aha, just read your link, mechanical repairs.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

20 November 2014 - 11:50pm
I'm T1 and my cycling now is mostly commuting in all weathers, 10 miles/40 minutes. If it's raining or has been then the Sealskinz get worn on the commute and depending on how wet they get decides on how long I wear them when I get into work. Most of the time I'll keep them on as it quickens the drying time and putting damp shoes on 9 hours later doesn't feel as bad. If I get caught out in rain without my Sealskinz socks then I have spare socks in my locker along with a jar(?) of baby powder which gets sprinkled on my feet and legs before I don my work clothes. I work 99% of the time in a +2c chill warehouse and don't suffer with cold feet in my workboots despite only wearing a thin pair of sports socks on my feet. Sealskinz socks do take their time to dry which is why I have two pairs so that I have a dry pair ready to wear.

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

20 November 2014 - 9:13pm
I think you have to wait a bit more time for responses ferdinand ? few people are in your predicament and probably dont want to make useless comments on a serious matter?

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

20 November 2014 - 6:19pm
Ferdinand I'm sorry you have had a poor response for a serious enquiry. I'm not diabetic - but I would have happily recommended sealskinz socks to you. They work. There have been reports of water getting in by running down your leg in very wet conditions, suggested solutions seem to centre about taping the top of the sock to your leg. Haven't had this problem myself, but even if water does get in this way you should certainly be able to dry them out overnight (turn them inside out!) and start the next day with cosy toes. Good luck!

Re: Touring Cassette

20 November 2014 - 4:03pm
Unless the cassette-chain is worn out the cheapest way would be to just change the inner chainring.
Put it small-small and measure the gap between the chain and the bottom of the front derailleur cage.
You need 2 mm per tooth reduction.
So a 4 mm gap will let you drop the inner by 2 teeth and an 8 mm gap will let you drop it by 4.

Re: Touring Cassette

20 November 2014 - 3:38pm
I have 44/32/22 x 11-30 on my touring bike but my preference is spinning rather than honking up hills(I am 59).. this might be of use to you http://www.bikecalc.com/gear_inches

Re: Need advice on a bike tour of Scotland

20 November 2014 - 3:06pm
hi Radomir
your route looks great ...I see you have cape wrath included ... (a great trip) ..just to let you know this ferry is run depending on the weather http://www.capewrath.org.uk/

Re: Diabetic Feet on Tour

20 November 2014 - 2:07pm
I've yet to tour and it isn't looking like I'll be able to until next year. I've been type 1 for 34 years.
From my days of commuting ten miles to work and ten miles back in all sorts of weather, I can't remember wet feet ever being a problem. I'd get to work, put on dry sock and work boots and go about my business with no adverse effects other than wrinkly feet if it was bad enough.
The problems may start if you combine wet feet with cold weather. But even then I think it would take some time for any long term issues to surface. Neoprene overshoes might be your best bet and shoes with as little padding as possible will dry out quicker than those with lots of padding.
The best overshoes I've ever used are these... http://www.amazon.co.uk/BBB-HardWear-BW ... +overshoes
Mine are nearing 3 years old and still waterproof and cosy. Water gets down the sides but any overshoe will have that problem.


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