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Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,066
Posted By azza_333

I don't think Shimano make 10-speed MTB bar ends.

I don't think Shimano make 10-speed MTB bar ends.
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,066
Posted By azza_333

Yeah, I come and go from this forum, usually only...

Yeah, I come and go from this forum, usually only being active when I've got a tour coming up. I'm going to Japan again, top to bottom, but following a different route, I'm going to check out the far...
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,066
Posted By azza_333

Its not about better control, I think most people...

Its not about better control, I think most people are like me a spend most of there time on the tops while touring, which means our hands are away from our brakes (unless you have cross top levers)...
Forum: Touring
05-10-19, 11:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,066
Posted By azza_333

Shimano GRX discussion

I am surprised that no one has mentioned the new Shimano GRX groupsets for touring on this forum yet.
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Forum: Touring
06-14-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,399
Posted By azza_333

WOW this is one of my threads from over a year...

WOW this is one of my threads from over a year ago. FYI I went with he ST-R785 and couldn't be happier with them. I didn't care about them being Di2 since I rock bar ends, so I don't use the shifting...
Forum: Touring
02-17-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 356
Posted By azza_333

Length of Japan 2019

Late last year, I came back from traveling the length of Japan by bicycle, I had a fantastic time there, but I still have a lot of things in Japan I still want to see. So, I am going to set off on...
Forum: Touring
02-01-18, 03:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,896
Posted By azza_333

Yoga = Exercise... HA HA HA, one of the funniest...

Yoga = Exercise... HA HA HA, one of the funniest jokes I have heard lately.
Forum: Touring
01-17-18, 01:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
Posted By azza_333

You will be fine with a Defy, they are more of an...

You will be fine with a Defy, they are more of an endurance bike, so it will be a lot more comfortable that a race bike. Don't worry about people that stay STIs are hard to fix, although this is...
01-12-18, 01:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 326
Posted By azza_333

Swapping 10-speed MTB and Road wheels?

Can a 10 Speed MTB cassette fit on a 10 speed Road Hub?

and can the reverse also work 10 Speed Road Cassette fit on a 10 Speed MTB Hub?

Everything is Shimano.
Forum: Touring
01-11-18, 11:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By azza_333

Gear range for bicycle touring Iceland

What kind of gear inch range would people that have toured Iceland recommend? how hilly is it? would a road compact crankset 50/34 with an 11-32 cassette suffice?
01-11-18, 01:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,589
Posted By azza_333

Wahoo kickr climb compatable with Tacx neo smart?

I am running my Tacx Neo Smart with Zwift, does anyone know if the Wahoo Kickr Climb is compatible with my set-up?
Forum: Touring
12-26-17, 08:36 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,069
Posted By azza_333

I am not sure how much you know about bicycle...

I am not sure how much you know about bicycle gearing, but 11-42 and 48/36/26 is a 53 tooth difference, the largest capacity derailleur to date is the Shimano T8000, and that only has a capacity of...
Forum: Touring
11-24-17, 11:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 743
Posted By azza_333

I have done a lot of touring and traveling in...

I have done a lot of touring and traveling in Japan, so I think I can help you out.

1) I speak a decent amount of Japanese, so I haven't had to rely on English at bike shops, but in saying that,...
Forum: Touring
10-06-17, 11:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,194
Posted By azza_333

I've got 2 Tubus racks, Tara & Logo. and both of...

I've got 2 Tubus racks, Tara & Logo. and both of mine are perfectly fine.
10-04-17, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By azza_333

Can you please confirm where you have gotten this...

Can you please confirm where you have gotten this answer from.
10-04-17, 05:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By azza_333

Sora R3000 compatability?

Is the new Sora R3000 groupset compatible with a XT CS-M770 cassette, and the HG93 chain
Forum: Touring
08-06-17, 04:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 644
Posted By azza_333

If you pass me along the way be sure to give me a...

If you pass me along the way be sure to give me a wave, or at least let me draft.
07-29-17, 03:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,267
Posted By azza_333

To MIPS or not to MIPS that is the question

Trying to decide on a new helmet either a Lazer Z1 or Giro Synthe. Both helmets come in MIPS and non-MIPS variants. I am wondering what people think, is MIPS worth it?
Forum: Touring
07-24-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 308
Posted By azza_333

Japan starting 24th August 2017 (North to South)

Next month I am traveling to Japan for an end to end tour of the Country (Cape Soya to Cape Sata) over the period of the 24th Aug 17 – 25th Oct 17. These dates are so that the weather won’t be too...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-17, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,149
Posted By azza_333

Giro Aeon VS Lazer Z1 VS Kask Protone

I am buying a new helmet, and I've narrowed it down to 3 choices;

- GiroAeon
- Lazer Z1
- Kask Protone

What are everyone's thoughts on the comparison of ventilation?
Forum: Touring
07-21-17, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 867
Posted By azza_333

Flying with inflated tyes?

I'm flying overseas next month, and I want to fly with the tyres partial inflated, they are 662 x 35c and I am thinking of flying with 40psi in the tyres, is this safe?
Forum: Touring
07-15-17, 10:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,899
Posted By azza_333

Factory chain lube removal

So I am wise enough to know that the factory chain lube is the best the chain will ever have (given it gets its lube preassembly), but the factory lube is very sticky/thick, so factory lubes tend to...
Forum: Touring
07-08-17, 08:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,962
Posted By azza_333

The guy who wrote the article weighs 78kg pretty...

The guy who wrote the article weighs 78kg pretty much the same as me, he had his weight listed in the "How much does weight slow you down article"
Forum: Touring
07-07-17, 10:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,962
Posted By azza_333

Touring Tyre Pressure

Touring Tyre Pressure

I have got a tour in Japan in 6 weeks’ time, all 99% sealed roads, but I still haven’t decided on what tyre pressure would be best. The tyres I will be using are Schwalbe...
07-07-17, 04:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,148
Posted By azza_333

Thanks for everyone's replies. Any idea on the...

Thanks for everyone's replies. Any idea on the training sessions I should be doing on Zwift to give me dynamic all-rounder cycling ability (high power sprints, endurance, high FTP). I have about...
Forum: Touring
07-07-17, 02:34 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 10,302
Posted By azza_333

I think you underestimate carbon, I have abused...

I think you underestimate carbon, I have abused and violated my carbon frame in so many ways, and its still fine.



The problem is not the material carbon or graphene, the problem is design,...
07-02-17, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,148
Posted By azza_333

FTP Training and expectations

I have recently gotten a Tacx Neo Trainer and signed up to Zwift. My first FTP test gave me an FTP of 200w (2.8W/KG).

I have never actually "Trained" before, but I have been commuting by bicycle...
Forum: Touring
05-28-17, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By azza_333

I was also going to mention that bike shops are...

I was also going to mention that bike shops are everywhere in Japan, since most citizens ride regularly, even smaller have some sort of bike shop, although dont expect the small ones to have spare...
Forum: Touring
05-28-17, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By azza_333

Cat 3 racer you will be more than fit enough for...

Cat 3 racer you will be more than fit enough for touring, and should have no issues riding 50 mi every day.

1. As a US citizen(Amusing), you will be granted a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival to...
Forum: Touring
04-21-17, 02:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,307
Posted By azza_333

I don't really carry enough gear to need a front...

I don't really carry enough gear to need a front rack so I haven't really worried about it, I do have a Tubus Ergo on it at the moment for the weekly shop, but that's mounted on a slight angle.
Forum: Touring
04-20-17, 02:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,307
Posted By azza_333

I owned a 2015 Kona Sutra, then crashed it, but I...

I owned a 2015 Kona Sutra, then crashed it, but I like it so much I replaced it with a 2017 Kona. Its perfect for touring. The only downside is if you are planning to fit a front rack, it can be a...
Forum: Touring
03-17-17, 12:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,399
Posted By azza_333

I have bar end shifters, so it doesn't really...

I have bar end shifters, so it doesn't really matter either way.
Forum: Touring
03-15-17, 06:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,399
Posted By azza_333

Thanks for your input. I know, I also read...

Thanks for your input.

I know, I also read that they were the best cabled disc brakes money can buy, even better than the BB7 brakes, but they just aren't good enough. I actually have a set of...
Forum: Touring
03-15-17, 03:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,399
Posted By azza_333

TRP Hylex or Shimano ST-R785 Brakes

I am not overly impressed with my recent touring bike build's brakes, I currently have TRP Spyre, but I have been looking to replace them with hydraulic brakes. Either TRP Hylex or Shimano ST-R785....
Forum: Touring
02-20-17, 03:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,584
Posted By azza_333

11-36 on the Cassette, and 26/36/48 upfront, It...

11-36 on the Cassette, and 26/36/48 upfront, It gives me more than enough to tackle anything I come up against.
Forum: Touring
02-11-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,888
Posted By azza_333

I like to ride in Vibram FiveFingers, the soles...

I like to ride in Vibram FiveFingers, the soles are about as still as a wet noodle, I ride with dual sided pedals (one side flat, the other MTB SPD) and using those shoes I have ridden long distance...
Forum: Touring
02-11-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,888
Posted By azza_333

Rigid shoes on flat pedals HA HA HA, your feet...

Rigid shoes on flat pedals HA HA HA, your feet already has a rigid structure, its called your bones. The reason people say get rigid soles is for Clipless pedals, where the contract point is tiny and...
02-08-17, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By azza_333

Yep I have broken them in with a couple of dozen...

Yep I have broken them in with a couple of dozen firm stops from 25km/h.

Both front and rear have very little braking power, and they had really crap braking power from the very first ride, so I...
02-08-17, 05:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By azza_333

low brake power issues?

I have a brand new set of cable disc brakes (TRP Spyre) and I am just not getting enough stopping power from them, I am unable to even lock the brakes. I am using new pads, brand new rotors, Shimano...
02-03-17, 02:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,629
Posted By azza_333

Mixing Hylex levers with Shimano calipers?

As the title suggests I am wanting to know if I buy a set of TRP Hylex or TRP Hylex RS levers, will the levers work well with Shimano XT BR-M8000 brake callipers? or would itbe better to use the...
Forum: Touring
02-02-17, 04:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,423
Posted By azza_333

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Update 2nd Feb 2017:
After so many delays with this bike build it is finally complete.

The only exceptions are:...
Forum: Touring
01-02-17, 02:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,661
Posted By azza_333

The space between the chain stays, seat stays,...

The space between the chain stays, seat stays, and forks, are completely unchanged trust me.
Forum: Touring
01-01-17, 02:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 394
Posted By azza_333

Late August - End of October, North to South trip of Japan

Later this year, I am traveling to Japan for an end to end tour of the Country (Cape Soya to Cape Sata) over 11 weeks (21th Aug 17 – 4th Nov 17). These dates are so that the weather won’t be too hot...
Forum: Touring
12-31-16, 08:47 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,036
Posted By azza_333

Japan for 11 weeks, riding from the northern tip...

Japan for 11 weeks, riding from the northern tip to the southern. I'm still looking for touring buddies for it , if any one is keen 21 Aug - 4 Nov 17
Forum: Touring
12-30-16, 06:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By azza_333

If you are young and fit, pick a big gear, and...

If you are young and fit, pick a big gear, and grind up those hills, if you unfit, use a low gear and take it slow. Fitness doesn't really matter all that much if you have a low enough gear
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 09:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By azza_333

You're right crime is low in Japan, but bike...

You're right crime is low in Japan, but bike theft still happens there, so lock up your bike regardless.
Forum: Touring
12-24-16, 10:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By azza_333

1) It will depend on what your traveling on and...

1) It will depend on what your traveling on and when your traveling. If its during peak times, one of the JR employees on the platform will stop you taking your bike on the train, and tell you to...
Forum: Touring
12-23-16, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By azza_333

1) If you’re talking about creating a route. I...

1) If you’re talking about creating a route. I can’t really help out that much, all I do is plan a rough route, made up of a list of things I want to visit, and in the order I want to visit them, I...
12-06-16, 03:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By azza_333

chain ring/crankset compatability?

I have the new, Shimano XT T8000 groupset, I want to replace the small silver chain ring for a black one
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=174490;menu=1000,2,88

After looking...
11-30-16, 04:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By azza_333

Replacement rear mech hanger longer?

I had my replacement rear mech hanger arrive in the mail today, I measured it along side the old one, and it does seem to be about 10mm longer/lower that the old one, does this matter at all? will it...
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