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Re: Cafe & coffee

CTC Forum - On the road - 5 October 2014 - 8:12am
Depends on your local weatherspoons, they vary greatly. Mine has recently won awards for its real ale and for its atmosphere, etc. It has a very friendly, 'local' feel. It is frequented by a good cross section of the community. Most importantly, no flipping music blaring out. Yes, the food is a bit reheated-boxes, but the local coffee shop's isn't much better and costs twice as much. On the other hand, the next nearest 'spoon is a right dive, full of winos and druggies.

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 7:37am
Thanks guys. You've confirmed my initial thoughts.

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 7:04am
Using wheels with 24 spokes for loaded touring is more likely to be a durability problem than an overload one.

Canyon have published some recommended maximum weights for various wheels https://www.canyon.com/_en/supportcente ... les_id=141

There is certainly a factor of safety built into those recommendations, and exceeding them isn't going to cause a wheel to immediately explode, or anything.

But as previous posters have said, if you can, it's best to get a touring wheel set. I rode for many years on 32 spoke Rigida rims. I'm rather lighter than you, but I've also carried children, touring loads, and done rough stuff touring.

I recently had a new wheelset built up for my commuter, and chose a DT Swiss 32-spoke rim, and I'm really happy with it. In your situation, I would consider...
http://www.dtswiss.com/Components/Rims-Road/TK-540-disc

Here are a couple of other threads that might be useful...

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=90920 (about numbers of spokes)
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=80249 (about wheels for a Croix de Fer)

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 5 October 2014 - 4:29am
That sounds like a pretty heavy load for 24 spokes. Most people would be wondering whether 32 or 36. Also, I imagine your rims are pretty lightweight as well.

I used 32 for a long time with no problems, but am lighter than you and wasnt really "fully" loaded. I now use 36 on Rigida Satellite rims with Deore hubs. Been fine for over 20,000 kms.

Why risk your lightweight wheels? I would get a pair of touring wheels and save the lightweight ones for unloaded riding

If I were you I would go 36, don't know what rims as mine aren't made now. Mine were built by LBS, but plenty recommend Spa cycles for touring wheels. Contact them and ask their advice on good current rims. If not wanting to spend too much, then you should be (more than) OK with Deore hubs.

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 8:43pm
What was your pack list? Have done two weeks on one pannier, but you look like you took less. Most of mine was wet/cold weather gear for Mountain weather

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 8:37pm
I forgot to add. I'm running disc brakes.

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 8:19pm
I'm 15 stone.

Re: 24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 7:53pm
you need to tell us how much you weigh?

Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 7:42pm
Excellent bike, Jonny and Team at Cadence did a brilliant job of building mine to spec. 26" disc trucker. It's been and continues to be fantastic on my current tour.

Gary
http://www.longbikeride.co.uk

24 spoke wheels

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 7:37pm
Hi. My Croix de Fer has a Shimano RX31 wheelset. Whilst these are great for the majority of the riding I do, I've not yet done any heavy loaded touring on them. They've only got 24 spokes so I'm unsure if they're really suitable.

What are your thoughts ? Should I be thinking of a different wheelset for touring ?
Does anybody have any wheelset suggestions that wouldn't break the bank ?

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 7:13pm
mercalia wrote:that must be the lightest ever touring - share one bike between 2? I suppose you take turns running along side?

pmsl. he lives in my jersey pocket.

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 6:07pm
that must be the lightest ever touring - share one bike between 2? I suppose you take turns running along side?

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 6:02pm


Lightest I've travelled: few days hostelling in the lakes. It was a good forecast, and half my baggage was food for en-route. Cycling clothes were washed at night, flip flops, l/s thermal and some board shorts for evening wear, bike was still to heavy going over Hardknott and wrynose.

Re: ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 5:30pm
Respect [emoji41]Pre-20s I could do this. Post-40s I struggle not to spoil myself...hc

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 5:28pm
Pete Jack wrote:And don't forget Trek now make a disc 520. Nice in green [emoji6]

Re: Surly Disc Trucker

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 3:11pm
And don't forget Trek now make a disc 520.

ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 12:02pm
hi
i did an ultra light tour for 7 days with just saddle pack last year in spain, with hired carbon bike. i literally had cycling kit and change of clothes which i washed every night.
........has anyone tried it with just a messenger bag?
cheers

ultra light touring?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 11:47am
hi
i did an ultra light tour for 7 days with just saddle pack last year in spain, with hired carbon bike. i literally had cycling kit and change of clothes which i washed every night.
........has anyone tried it with just a messenger bag?
cheers

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 October 2014 - 8:07am
I have edited the first post with a link to the second time I tried it (made it), ditched the lucozade and am only drinking water on rides since doing the tour.

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=90133

Dave

Re: commute distance, folder or road bike?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 October 2014 - 7:15am
I also use commuter to work 25 Km everyday. However, looking for road bike for new riding experience
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