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05-19-08, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By BananaMan

You cut the steerer tube about 3mm below the top...

You cut the steerer tube about 3mm below the top of the stem (or spacer, whatever is at the top of the stack). This way, the cap tightens up against the stem and compresses the headset.

If you're...
11-27-07, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 601
Posted By BananaMan

Slightly hijacking this thread, sorry... ...

Slightly hijacking this thread, sorry...

I've been offered a job for three years in Edmonton and am weighing up whether to move or not (I'm in the UK so it's a pretty big thing). The job is...
04-25-07, 01:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 765
Posted By BananaMan

Or forgetting to reattach all four brake blocks...

Or forgetting to reattach all four brake blocks after a refurb then taking the bike for a test ride around a hilly block. That would be REALLY stupid.
10-11-06, 01:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 833
Posted By BananaMan

Rohloffs, Quick Releases and Horizontal Dropouts

Rohloff hubs come with either quick release axles or solid axles. My understanding is that the QR version is for vertical dropouts whilst the nutted version is for horizontal dropouts.

I want to...
10-06-06, 01:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By BananaMan

How reliable are hub gears?

I am thinking of building up a hub-geared bike for commuting (22 miles a days in all weather) but was just wondering if some makes are more reliable than others.

The range of gears on the Shimano...
Forum: Touring
09-21-06, 06:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,832
Posted By BananaMan

http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/epages/terranova.store...

http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/epages/terranova.storefront/451285890048224e2741ac10014005ec/Product/View/43LLG2G

Try looking at the Terra Nova Laserlarge 2 (or 3). At 2.15kg (4.7lb) I don't think...
09-18-06, 06:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,808
Posted By BananaMan

If that was my rim I'd just file off any burrs on...

If that was my rim I'd just file off any burrs on the surface and then drill the hole out slightly to leave a smooth round hole rather than a ragged one. Cracks will only propogate from...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-06, 06:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,915
Posted By BananaMan

I used to ride my road bike the 11 miles each way...

I used to ride my road bike the 11 miles each way to work but have swapped to my old rigid steel MTB with slicks in the last year. It's maybe 2 or 3 minutes slower but I like the fact that I can fit...
Forum: Touring
07-10-06, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By BananaMan

There are loads of campsites on that coast but...

There are loads of campsites on that coast but there are also loads of hotels, main roads, toursists, cars & trucks. It's not all bad and there are some real gems tucked away but it's certainly not...
Forum: Touring
06-28-06, 06:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,983
Posted By BananaMan

When I flew into Auckland with my bike in a box...

When I flew into Auckland with my bike in a box the guy asked if it was a mountain bike or just used on roads. Since I said it was just used on roads he let us through without even looking inside.
...
Forum: Touring
05-22-06, 06:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By BananaMan

It'll take, oh, 1 minute to ride from the station...

It'll take, oh, 1 minute to ride from the station to the river then across the bridge and turn onto the bikepath. As cities go, Frankfurt is a very easy one to ride in and out of so you should be...
04-25-06, 06:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By BananaMan

I figure a tight link would click in time with...

I figure a tight link would click in time with the rotation of the chain, this is in time with the rotation of the cranks.

I also thought it was maybe damaged teeth on the big chainring but I get...
04-25-06, 01:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By BananaMan

Mysterious clicking

OK, I know it's hardly the most original thread but this has got me stumped.

I get a series of small quick clicks every crank rotation in synch with pushing fairly hard on the right pedal.

It's...
Forum: Touring
04-21-06, 06:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 808
Posted By BananaMan

Thorn bikes from St. John Street cycles in...

Thorn bikes from St. John Street cycles in Bridgwater are superb. They may look a bit old school but are very well thought out and great quality. The cheapest tourer does seem to be £699 but it's...
04-03-06, 06:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,902
Posted By BananaMan

The current US spec for railings is 54" (1.37m)...

The current US spec for railings is 54" (1.37m) for cyclist protection but only 42" (1.07m) for pedestrian protection which is the situation here by the sound of it. Either way, 0.9m is too low.
Forum: Touring
02-24-06, 02:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By BananaMan

Sounds like a nice idea - no more headwinds! ...

Sounds like a nice idea - no more headwinds!

If I tried that round here though I'd be in the North Sea within two days.
02-21-06, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,136
Posted By BananaMan

When we first started out on the tandem my wife...

When we first started out on the tandem my wife would poke me in the left buttock to shift down and right buttock to shift up.

It worked, and what is more, it was so annoying (in an entertaining...
Forum: Touring
02-20-06, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By BananaMan

I find that many of the Sustrans routes are quite...

I find that many of the Sustrans routes are quite convoluted, goig to great lengths to avoid main roads or towns and have things like chicane barriers quite often.

The nice thing about biking in...
02-16-06, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 722
Posted By BananaMan

The policy seems to vary from airline to airline....

The policy seems to vary from airline to airline. Some specify maximum sizes for baggage, other don't.

We flew London to Auckland via LA with British Airways and Quantas with our (one-piece)...
Forum: Touring
02-09-06, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,079
Posted By BananaMan

I toured over the Alps on a tandem with four...

I toured over the Alps on a tandem with four panniers and a trailer of gear with only a pair of LX V-brakes to stop with. That should be proof enough that they are up to the job.
Forum: Touring
02-09-06, 07:20 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,176
Posted By BananaMan

If you're going for a long time or to somewhere...

If you're going for a long time or to somewhere where fuel choice is limited then an MSR type stove beats anything else hands down. Drawbacks are that they are expensive to buy (but dirt cheap to...
02-07-06, 02:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,430
Posted By BananaMan

Touring in Germany we're stopped in a town centre...

Touring in Germany we're stopped in a town centre when a logging truck pulls up (stopping all traffic) and the driver rushes over to us talking rapidly. My German is not so hot so it took a while to...
02-06-06, 07:32 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,430
Posted By BananaMan

A lady driver winds down her window and shouts...

A lady driver winds down her window and shouts somthing I can't hear. I catch her at some lights and get her to wind down her window and repeat herself. Anyway, she's telling me to use the...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-06, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By BananaMan

Maybe it was a speck of dirt in the valve letting...

Maybe it was a speck of dirt in the valve letting air out slowly. When you reinflated the same tube the dirt was dislodged and it was OK again.

I've had the same thing happen to me (on an...
Forum: Touring
01-26-06, 07:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By BananaMan

The saddle will form itself to whatever shape...

The saddle will form itself to whatever shape your butt is. If you have no divets after hundreds of miles then maybe that's just your shape.

I guess if you're a heayweight with a pointy arse then...
01-26-06, 07:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By BananaMan

I can't compete with the high mileages (I think...

I can't compete with the high mileages (I think our top was 90 miles, fully loaded up) but if we are talking about long climbs try 28km of 10% over the Sustenpass in Switzerland. That was pretty...
Forum: Touring
01-19-06, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By BananaMan

I toured Europe for six months last year with an...

I toured Europe for six months last year with an MSR stove, refilling weekly. That's maybe 25 petrol stations and never once had any trouble getting unleaded. Several had notices saying 'minimum...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-06, 07:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,190
Posted By BananaMan

The first time I used Park glueless patches I...

The first time I used Park glueless patches I thought 'Wow, that's so much easier'. I'd patched two more tubes before the first patch sprung a leak, the second followed a few weeks later, then the...
Forum: Touring
01-18-06, 07:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By BananaMan

I'm not sure how much truth there is in this but...

I'm not sure how much truth there is in this but I heard from another tourer (in France as it happens) that the airline wouldn't allow him to take the stove (not the gas) on a flight and had it...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-06, 07:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 764
Posted By BananaMan

I was having the same thought the other day and...

I was having the same thought the other day and it seems like a good way to go. If a drum brake is good enough for a tandem it's good enough for a solo.

I dream of a commuter bike which can be...
Forum: Touring
01-10-06, 02:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By BananaMan

I've heard that the Dutch section is excellent...

I've heard that the Dutch section is excellent but the only bit I've experienced first hand is a bit in East Anglia (England) which was terrible - all chicane barriers and raised kerbs (but...
Forum: Touring
01-09-06, 07:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,721
Posted By BananaMan

The Terra Nova Laser is dark green, weighs just...

The Terra Nova Laser is dark green, weighs just 1.3kg (2.9lb), takes about 3 minutes to put up, has space for two (just) and is very weatherproof. Perfect.
01-09-06, 07:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 915
Posted By BananaMan

There's some very good river routes in Germany. ...

There's some very good river routes in Germany. The Rhine is quite industrial in parts (north of Cologne) but lovely in others. The Main is a fantastic ride - good traffic free paths all the way,...
01-05-06, 07:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 915
Posted By BananaMan

To park it we just had to find a long piece of...

To park it we just had to find a long piece of wall to lean it on. A bike that heavy can't be picked up easily (we had front and rear panniers too) so I had to get used to reversing the thing into...
Forum: Touring
01-05-06, 02:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By BananaMan

The travel advisory is a bit over the top. I...

The travel advisory is a bit over the top. I worked there a couple of years ago and, apart from Mindanao, it all seemed very safe. The people are very friendly and the countryside is beautifull. ...
01-04-06, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 915
Posted By BananaMan

I'd say get a Yak. 7000 miles in 6 months round...

I'd say get a Yak. 7000 miles in 6 months round Europe behind our tandem last year and it behaved perfectly. No maintenance issues and no effect on the handling either (even at 50mph+ down the...
12-22-05, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 791
Posted By BananaMan

I ride over a level crossing every day on my...

I ride over a level crossing every day on my commute. One day I waited at the front of a queue of cars for the barrier to go up and when it did, I was the first to get away. It's a long crossing...
11-22-05, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By BananaMan

Sun Rhyno's have extra thick braking surfaces so...

Sun Rhyno's have extra thick braking surfaces so are stronger and should last longer than the CR18. They also have a wear indicator to let you know when to replace it.

I've used a pair of these...
Forum: Touring
11-17-05, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By BananaMan

I rode along the Danube from Passau (Germany) to...

I rode along the Danube from Passau (Germany) to Bratislava (Slovakia) a couple of months ago. Once the rain cleared it was a seriously nice route - the bikepath is smooth tarmac almost all the way...
Forum: Touring
04-05-05, 06:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 748
Posted By BananaMan

High speed Yak

Just wondering what speeds people have ridden with their Bob Yak trailers?

Reading the booklet that came with mine it says not to exceed 25mph. We hit 30mph on a quick test ride with it hitched...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-05, 07:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,337
Posted By BananaMan

I'm always quicker going home than going to work....

I'm always quicker going home than going to work. Must be that I prefer my wife to my boss!!

18mph normally over 11 miles but up to 21mph with tailwind and green lights all the way.
01-12-05, 07:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,454
Posted By BananaMan

Have you adjusted the tension setting on the...

Have you adjusted the tension setting on the pedals (typically a small allen bolt at the back of the platform)? It could be that the left pedal is set too tight. Like people said above - twist your...
01-06-05, 07:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By BananaMan

I've also had two Hutcinson Excel's blow out on...

I've also had two Hutcinson Excel's blow out on me in exactly the same way after only a few thousand miles (without overinflating them). Have since switched to Conti Ultra Gatorskins and have had...
11-23-04, 07:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,156
Posted By BananaMan

In June we flew from Auckland to LA with Quantas...

In June we flew from Auckland to LA with Quantas then on to Heathrow with BA with our tandem (wheels off) in a box. The only thing they were bothered about was the number of bags to check in (four...
Forum: Touring
11-11-04, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By BananaMan

Double sleeping bags

Does anyone here know of a decent manufacturer of double sleeping bags? The only ones I can find are heavy, sqaure caravan types but what I want is somthing a bit more suited to touring...
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