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Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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?


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?


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


Re: What panniers are you using?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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: Caution Cyclists Signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 May 2015 - 10:11pm
Permanent warning signs do exist for cycle routes, e.g. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Gra ... 60cd850e75

Sign to Diagram 950: Traffic Signs Manual, page 71.
... may be used to warn traffic of a place where a cycle route crosses or joins a road and is not controlled by traffic signals.

Re: 5 days tour in Scotland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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.

Caution Cyclists Signs

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 May 2015 - 9:41pm
There was obviously a cycling event on the roads around here today as there highly visible signs saying "Caution Cyclists" although I didn't see any. This set me wondering why should these signs even be necessary? If motorists need these reminders shouldn't the signs be permanent, eg at pinch points, junctions?

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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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.


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?


Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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.

Glad They Got a Bike Lane

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 May 2015 - 8:54pm
From 'You Had One Job' on Twitter...

Unique Cycling Tour...Riders Wanted

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 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

Re: cyclocross for touring

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 May 2015 - 7:01pm
cheers lads just that i got talking to a friend of mine today obviously about bikes he reckoned a cyclocross bike would be perfect, but i have my doubts to be honest .heel clearence might be an issue not enough braze on's and of cours not enough gears.
sen a lovely dawes galaxy on CRC but they wont sell the frame seperate.
anyway thans for the replys.


Re: Shane goes lightweight :)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 May 2015 - 6:54pm
Other blog posts added to previous post.....

Another trip done, time to start thinking about the next one, but first work

Re: Bus plus a bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 9 May 2015 - 6:46pm
Last year Southern Vectis on the Isle of Wight introduced buses with space for bikes inside. Its not all buses just the service that runs right round the coast and its obviously aimed at tourists but its ideal for those who find distances are greater then they thought.

Re: Singlewheel trailers - experiences and modifications

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 May 2015 - 6:12pm
Here's a pic of the business ends of both skewers. The yakalike is the top one.

I think you can see the difference in quality of the machining immediately.

Liverpool to Leeds via Northern England / France and more!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 9 May 2015 - 6:11pm

I've lived in the UK for the past 9 years, but my time here (originally from Germany, but lived in Belgium and Sweden before coming to the UK) is now coming to an end for a variety of reasons. So I am selling off what I can't take with me and will be on the route cycling back home to Germany, visiting friends I've made during my time here on the way.

However I've won a place on a Wildlife Filming Course at Leeds Beckett University and want to take that one on, on the way. I'll be leaving Liverpool end of May and have to be in Leeds by June 28th - leaving there again on July 12th. I have a few very different questions some of you (different ones?) might have something (insightful) to say about .

1. Any recommendations on routes from Liverpool to Leeds that are nice? I have a month, as mentioned, and favour beautiful / interesting / nice over direct and fast. [I'll be following Leeds-Liverpool Canal on way back from July 12th as I a) want to stop in Todmorden (small detour from Burnley) and b) aim to go back via Wales (Lon Las Cymru and a step over in Cheltenham before heading for the ferries - Plymouth Portsmouth.) - so a different route on the way to Leeds would be nice.)]. I'd love to do Hadrian's Wall route (or part of it) but it's probably a bit too far in the North to make it to Leeds in time? [I am not as fit as I used to be - will be slow in the beginning. No ambition to get places fast, but wanting to see interesting ones.]

I am used to staying out of doors - done plenty of wild-camping; spent weeks in the Swedish mountains when living there carrying all my food; studied for a BSc Outdoor & Environmental Education and done the Mountain Leader Training - so am happy with wildish places .

2. Any recommendations for camp sites in / near (very!) to Leeds? The film-making course there is pretty intense and I'll be at university (or on location) fairly much from 9 in the morning to 21:30 at night - so I'd rather prefer avoiding a long commute. Can get accommodation through university, but am on a budget - so alternatives would be great. [As it's a full two weeks warmshowers (have no references there anyway) and couch-surfing (have references) are out.] Any cheap reasonable hostels / B&B places you could recommend?

3. I can do most bicycle repairs myself, but would like my bicycle to have a good check-up before leaving Liverpool. Any recommendations for a good shop [understand if that might be a bit iffy to say - mention several if needed ]. Front wheel needs truing. Done it as much as I could back when it became necessary - but I don't have a truing stand, so it could be done better. And having someone else have a look over it would be useful. It's a really 25 year old steel frame that was a racing bike once, but every other part has been replaced since [has mudguards, front and back racks, etc.].

4. Absolutely want to go through Wales and have plans for that route, see above - but still playing around with the Cheltenham to France and France to Germany parts of all this. Any tips, tours, routes you really loved that'd cover that? I don't have a specific date I need to be in Germany; am only limited by the money I have available.

Thank you .

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