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Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 378
Posted By tmac100

I LOVE Brooks B17s

Heard about them in the late 1990s. Finally (after a bit of an inheritance) I had a custom built steel expedition bike frame built (with 48 spoke 26" wheels). What saddle?? Found a used B17 on...
04-12-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 573
Views: 85,524
Posted By tmac100

I have been away from this forum for some time as...

I have been away from this forum for some time as I have finally retired (at the age of 72) and now live in Portugal. Learning Portuguese is tougher than anything I have ever done - including the...
Forum: Touring
05-30-20, 05:59 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,246
Posted By tmac100

FWIW, I have bicycled across Australia on the...

FWIW, I have bicycled across Australia on the Nullabore route and the Savannah Way starting in 2006. My v brakes and 3X9 gearing system work fine - as do my 48 spoke front/rear 26" wheels ...
Forum: Touring
04-11-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,869
Posted By tmac100

They are! 73 VE4ZD - but now temporarily in...

They are!
73
VE4ZD - but now temporarily in Doha, Qatar
04-11-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By tmac100

You could also run an air compressor to power the...

You could also run an air compressor to power the big air horn too. :rolleyes:
04-11-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By tmac100

This is how railway diesel-electric locomotives...

This is how railway diesel-electric locomotives work: the diesel engine runs a "generator" which uses switching equipment to energize the traction motors.
Forum: Touring
03-30-20, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By tmac100

Not in Qatar, during lockdown!

Not in Qatar, during lockdown!
03-27-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,268
Posted By tmac100

Yup! We do what we do. We spend money on whatever...

Yup! We do what we do. We spend money on whatever as we choose to - whether that refers to e-bikes or raising children or anything else. We make choices and have to live with them - no one else on...
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By tmac100

Template for a Trangia Triangle....

Deleted! Someone from Canada - who I have never met - has sent me the requested templates.
03-27-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,268
Posted By tmac100

Not everything I do in my life is based on money....

Not everything I do in my life is based on money. For example, as a father of two 30+ year old sons, it could have been less expensive to send money to a 3rd world country and help 2 orphans get...
03-16-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,798
Posted By tmac100

Looks like my Cape York (Queensland, Australia)...

Looks like my Cape York (Queensland, Australia) tour is on hold for July because of border closures in Australia. While it is 4 months away, I doubt that the border restrictions and quarantines will...
01-25-20, 01:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By tmac100

A zero-sum game (like being strongest) is for...

A zero-sum game (like being strongest) is for youngsters who need their egos stroked. It is much better to get out and ride, ride, ride - after all we only have so much time/will power left.
Great...
01-24-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 22,001
Posted By tmac100

Back into training mode for my LAST bike tour ......

Back into training mode for my LAST bike tour ...

in 2006 I did my FIRST long distance unsupported bicycle tour of N Australia along the Savannah Way. Started in Cairns and wound up in Darwin,...
12-05-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 24,786
Views: 3,053,519
Posted By tmac100

Calcium carbide actually. Yes, acetylene gas was...

Calcium carbide actually. Yes, acetylene gas was produced when the calcium carbide was dropped into water. Calcium hydroxide too - which dissolved in the water ...
10-15-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,407
Posted By tmac100

I feel your angst as I am also 6'5". BUT I also...

I feel your angst as I am also 6'5". BUT I also have a fused right ankle so wear a leg brace. That said, I have 2 bicycles custom built and the 2006 started touring Australia with one of them. 27...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,456
Posted By tmac100

On BF, folks have absolutely no issue with naming...

On BF, folks have absolutely no issue with naming shops that receive accolades. There should be no issue in naming shops which provide poor service (as you have detailed) and thus deserve bricks...
10-04-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 39,927
Posted By tmac100

OR maybe that their pen!s has run outta ink 🙄

OR maybe that their pen!s has run outta ink 🙄
10-04-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 39,927
Posted By tmac100

TOTALLY AGREE. Only you are in charge of your...

TOTALLY AGREE. Only you are in charge of your attitude and behaviour. IF and only IF the ebike helps you, then continue. In the movie about Julia Childs (and her first cookbook rejection), her...
09-22-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,784
Posted By tmac100

When I tour in outback Australia, I always have 3...

When I tour in outback Australia, I always have 3 spare spokes for each side of both wheels. Cheap insurance, even though I have 48 spoke 26" wheels and PW hubs.

Needed those spokes once for the...
09-14-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,814
Posted By tmac100

FWIW, on my outback Australia self-supported...

FWIW, on my outback Australia self-supported tours I carried lots of tools and parts - including spoke wrenches and spokes (needed by the bike shop in Katherine, NT in August 2006). The Park chain...
09-13-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 24,786
Views: 3,053,519
Posted By tmac100

I ALWAYS carry proper (and) extra tools/parts....

I ALWAYS carry proper (and) extra tools/parts. That means, in my anal-retentive way, I carry a spoke wrench AND spare spokes and other bits ... Needed them in outback Australia.

Did I mention a...
09-13-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 24,786
Views: 3,053,519
Posted By tmac100

Different strokes, for different folks. Moral of...

Different strokes, for different folks. Moral of this discussion is: use the tyre pressure that works for you. BUT, always bring tyre levers and a patch kit/spare tube AND a good bicycle pump.
...
09-13-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 24,786
Views: 3,053,519
Posted By tmac100

Yes, agreed we are talking about 2 different...

Yes, agreed we are talking about 2 different tyres, and different situations (touring in outback Australia vs ...). The only point I am making is that increasing tyre pressure has reduced my flats.
...
09-13-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 24,786
Views: 3,053,519
Posted By tmac100

I had issues with sidewall failures on my rear...

I had issues with sidewall failures on my rear wheel (26") when I pumped my Schwalbe Marathons to 50 psi. Finally I decided to buy a large pump and a Schwalbe digital gauge instead of using my small...
09-13-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,888
Posted By tmac100

Bummer that English speakers don't put the effort...

Bummer that English speakers don't put the effort into learning the language of the country they are in! Let us stop pointing fingers and comparing apples with oranges.

How about a smartphone with...
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,053
Posted By tmac100

Agree with this. Did a week long self-directed...

Agree with this. Did a week long self-directed tour in early August from Orleans to Tours. Blois and Amboise were places we stopped at. Lots to see... plus, lots of excellent bicycle paths. Enjoy :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-07-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By tmac100

Agreed! Bought the parts in UK and they were...

Agreed! Bought the parts in UK and they were shipped to me in Qatar. Had to buy the Park tools for removing the original Brompton BB and then installing the new cartridge.

For things like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,672
Posted By tmac100

Yup, see the last sentence of my last post (#3)....

Yup, see the last sentence of my last post (#3). Some "things" are best left to acknowledged/professional experts who do those "things" for a living 😉
Forum: Recumbent
08-27-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,779
Posted By tmac100

My friend (see post #1...

My friend (see post #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) ) in Australia tells me he just bought a Greenspeed Magnum XL. He says the seat is adjustable - as compared...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,672
Posted By tmac100

Sorry if I implied this was a DIY project....

Sorry if I implied this was a DIY project. Welding is the technique best left to the experts. Thanks for your supportive suggestion. Next stop is the Al welders...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,672
Posted By tmac100

Welding cast Al Brompton rear rack.... info please.

My friend's Brommie rear rack was damaged when it was checked in wrapped in bubble wrap inside an Ikea Dimpa bag.

We didn't check the bike for about 6 months after the flight, so no "culpability"...
07-18-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,571
Posted By tmac100

Yes, I now better understand your "life sentence"...

Yes, I now better understand your "life sentence" comment. Positive, positive. We are all on a slightly different journey and must make all sorts of different efforts to extend out journey.
And,...
07-18-19, 02:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,571
Posted By tmac100

State of the art stuff was little tablets...

State of the art stuff was little tablets (Clini-tabs I think) you placed in a test tube AFTER adding 10 drops of water to 5 drops of urine. The color told you qualitatively if you were spilling...
07-18-19, 01:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,571
Posted By tmac100

Hardly! A wrong attitude to have....

Hardly!

A wrong attitude to have. Considering what will happen to you IF you did not take the meds, I would be more positive and say it was a "Life Saving daily ritual". Your attitude towards...
05-29-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,639
Posted By tmac100

Smashed up in early February (the 9th) and...

Smashed up in early February (the 9th) and cracked 6 RS ribs (6th to 11th) and my right ilium was cracked in 3 places. Fortunately no operations needed - just healing and time was needed.

I spent...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,087
Posted By tmac100

Define your terms before using them. The touring...

Define your terms before using them. The touring issue for many does NOT mean (nor imply) SOLO.
However, YMMV :thumb: and we all have our points of view.....
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,087
Posted By tmac100

Nope - only solo, self-supported bicycle tour in...

Nope - only solo, self-supported bicycle tour in Australia (Savannah Way and Perth to Sydney via the Nullabore and Broken Hill). This August I take a 7 day self-guided tour in France of the Loire...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,087
Posted By tmac100

Yes, I started touring when my children left home...

Yes, I started touring when my children left home for uni and I had the time to bike tour overseas - solo because my wife HATED (!) The idea of camping and travel. That, too, has passed :rolleyes:
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,629
Posted By tmac100

My touring in outback Australia necessitates...

My touring in outback Australia necessitates shortcuts. I seldom use wood as it is hard to find in places and my SVEA- based SIGG touring stove set works well. Usually easy to cook foods as white...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,629
Posted By tmac100

At your home and in your kitchen - I understand....

At your home and in your kitchen - I understand. However bicycle touring and soaking beans and THEN wasting a LOT of fuel to cook them - well, I frankly do NOT understand that.

OTOH, if you are...
04-09-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By tmac100

Get used to it. The clock only goes one way. I...

Get used to it. The clock only goes one way. I admire your persistence. Carry on. Trust me, I know. I will be 71 in June :p
04-09-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,005
Posted By tmac100

Time and money fixed the bike. NOW, time and...

Time and money fixed the bike. NOW, time and effort will get you going too - just like in the olden days. Oh, while money can fix things, your body needs effort and persistance, not money.
BUT, you...
04-01-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,621
Posted By tmac100

Well 4 out of 5 posters seem to think the header...

Well 4 out of 5 posters seem to think the header is/was amusing. I'll wager tht there are many silent smilers out there too, but it is what it is. I also think the header is amusing, so that makes it...
03-18-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,741
Posted By tmac100

Yup, we all have our own version of reality ... I...

Yup, we all have our own version of reality ... I will stick with Bison.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bison
03-17-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,741
Posted By tmac100

Yup, Bison is what we have in Canada and the USA....

Yup, Bison is what we have in Canada and the USA. Buffalo are a totally different beast - and are found in SE Asia - like in Vietnam, Cambodia, and India.

Two totally different beasts. Does not...
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
Posted By tmac100

Agree with this. I have used BA regularly and...

Agree with this. I have used BA regularly and because I fly Premium Economy and have BAEC Silver status, the cost for me is ZERO. Similarly, I fly OW airlines a lot and the bike essentially flies for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,810
Posted By tmac100

No pics. Re-read my original post about the...

No pics. Re-read my original post about the material.... :thumb:
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,810
Posted By tmac100

The damage is done. I want it fixed. Not...

The damage is done. I want it fixed. Not interested in this discussion of packing yadda. Next time this Brommie goes overseas it will most likely go in a harder type of bag/box/chest/??

Now back...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,810
Posted By tmac100

Here in the Arabian Gulf (Dubai) there are no...

Here in the Arabian Gulf (Dubai) there are no spare rack parts. Shipping from England is more than the part would cost, never mind how long the "new" dealer will take placing the order. The luggage...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-07-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,810
Posted By tmac100

Bent stays on a Brommie rear rack

My friend's Brommie rear rack has a bent stay (RH side, I think she said) which is also cracked near where it attaches to the frame near the rear wheel. This damage happened when it was in checked...
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