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Forum: Touring
08-23-16, 05:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,608
Posted By stevage

Ah, thanks for the responses - didn't see these...

Ah, thanks for the responses - didn't see these in time. I had a lot of trouble contacting the actual airlines at the airport. In the end here's what I learnt (for future Googlers):

- most bike...
Forum: Touring
07-22-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,608
Posted By stevage

Where to get bike boxes in Oslo?

Flying to Oslo in a few days for a 2 week tour of the hinterland. We'll need two boxes for the return journey. Does anyone know any bike shops in Oslo that are particularly tourist-friendly and might...
02-29-16, 06:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
Posted By stevage

Oh! That's so clever. I wish I'd thought of that...

Oh! That's so clever. I wish I'd thought of that before I started mangling the top of the bolt :/
02-26-16, 11:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
Posted By stevage

I did that, but I can't get enough grip on the...

I did that, but I can't get enough grip on the thread with pliers. I don't have any locking (vise-grip) pliers, but maybe time to think about getting some.
02-26-16, 10:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,791
Posted By stevage

Glueing nut onto bolt to replace broken head?

My rack bolt head broke off. There's maybe 7-8mm of screw remaining poking out. I hacksawed a slot in it to then use a screw driver, but it's stuck pretty firmly.

The web has much advice about...
Forum: Touring
06-30-15, 05:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Yep: >Ogre comes with our...

Yep:

>Ogre comes with our suspension-corrected (80mm) fork with threaded mounts for fenders and a rack. It will run cantilever or disc brakes so you can choose a system that best suits your...
Forum: Touring
06-30-15, 05:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Ah...that makes sense. I was thinking of sideways...

Ah...that makes sense. I was thinking of sideways clearance only.
Forum: Touring
06-29-15, 06:02 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,540
Posted By stevage

Am I dreaming, or did you just resurrect a thread...

Am I dreaming, or did you just resurrect a thread that hadn't been posted to in NINE YEARS? Wow.
Forum: Touring
06-29-15, 02:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Oh, hey :) Eventually bit the bullet and had them...

Oh, hey :) Eventually bit the bullet and had them replaced with Sora. New handlebars at the same time. I was about to do the Mawson Trail (partial write up here...
Forum: Touring
06-29-15, 02:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Yeah, maybe. I actually ride no-hands a lot, but...

Yeah, maybe. I actually ride no-hands a lot, but I still think it would be frustrating being stuck in a gear on rough terrain.
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Yeah, thanks. I'm not super sensitive to price,...

Yeah, thanks. I'm not super sensitive to price, but some of the options further up the thread were a bit ridiculous, like the Santos Travelmaster at like 4000 euros. I'm definitely not a fan of bar...
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 10:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Oh wow, that just looks so...mean. I love it. :)...

Oh wow, that just looks so...mean. I love it. :) Any idea what the maximum tyre clearance is?
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 12:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,343
Posted By stevage

Alternatives to Surly Ogre?

I'm considering jumping on the offroad touring bandwagon with a new bike that takes fatter tyres. Then I can convert my current Specialized Tricross to lighter duties like commuting, paved midweight...
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 12:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,936
Posted By stevage

The ECR is awesome, and your chosen adventure is...

The ECR is awesome, and your chosen adventure is awesome...but those two things don't go together. Don't start your cycle touring career with 2000 miles on the wrong bike.
Forum: Touring
06-28-15, 12:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,231
Posted By stevage

My #1...

My #1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) tip is what I call "towel of life": a travel towel saturated with water, flat under your helmet. In those conditions you...
Forum: Touring
06-26-15, 01:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,307
Posted By stevage

Personally, the main features I'd like would be: ...

Personally, the main features I'd like would be:

1. Distance/estimated time to next food/drink
2. Distance/elevation gain to top of current hill
Forum: Touring
10-15-14, 04:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,217
Posted By stevage

Must be a cultural thing. I'm in Australia....

Must be a cultural thing. I'm in Australia. Standard rule I go by is if there are farms around or upstream, don't drink it. If not, do. If cautious, treat with chlorine tablets.

Our bigger issue...
09-10-14, 11:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By stevage

Heh, that made my day. Most of the wear is really...

Heh, that made my day. Most of the wear is really due to riding in mud or on wet rail trails and not cleaning the chain/rims/brake pads. Definitely something I intend to improve. But that's just a...
09-09-14, 05:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By stevage

Maintain or replace, 5 year old aluminium cross bike?

Hi guys,
I'm getting to that point with my 2010 Specialized Tricross Sport where I'm not sure if it makes sense to keep maintaining it, or plan to replace the whole thing. It's seen 30-40 cycle...
08-31-14, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,397
Posted By stevage

Thanks, that's what I was looking for! I did look...

Thanks, that's what I was looking for! I did look - but not hard enough obviously.

Although, to be honest, in the end a friend did it for me :*p
08-26-14, 01:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,397
Posted By stevage

Installation instructions for Shutter Precision hubs

I just picked up a machine built wheel with an SP hub, and was a bit surprised that it didn't come with any instructions. Just a pair of little plastic connectors, and some rushed instructions from...
08-18-14, 11:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,880
Posted By stevage

Whoa. That's, um. Um. What exactly are those...

Whoa. That's, um. Um. What exactly are those lights mounted to? And...three lights? Does the CatEye point sideways into traffic or something?

You can't just post that pic without some explanation!
08-17-14, 04:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,880
Posted By stevage

I believe that, but it's not an option. My front...

I believe that, but it's not an option. My front rack takes up that spot. My whole front end is totally overloaded: GPS, interrupter levers, rack, two Revelate feedbags.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-14, 08:20 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,476
Posted By stevage

C'mon, that's just trolling. Here's a $10...

C'mon, that's just trolling. Here's a $10 solution, and your comment is "no, you should rebuild the entire front of your bike instead". Srsly.
08-14-14, 08:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,880
Posted By stevage

Ordered the Cyo Premium T Plus X Alpha Z Special...

Ordered the Cyo Premium T Plus X Alpha Z Special Y from bike24. Thanks for your unanimous help! :)
08-13-14, 06:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,880
Posted By stevage

I'm hoping to mount it on the headset, like this:...

I'm hoping to mount it on the headset, like this: (not my bike, obviously)

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/Roberts%20Transcontinental/a83ffed4.jpg
Forum: Commuting
08-13-14, 05:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,476
Posted By stevage

Looks good - when searching for Clix QRs, the...

Looks good - when searching for Clix QRs, the links all seemed pretty old.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-14, 07:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,476
Posted By stevage

Wow, I didn't know that at all. That sounds...

Wow, I didn't know that at all. That sounds plausible. She does have a habit of taking the wheel off frequently to fit it on trains or whatever (whereas I just leave mine on and apologise.) We'll try...
08-13-14, 07:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,880
Posted By stevage

Lumotec Cyo vs Fly vs Lyt vs Luxos vs ...

Hi all,
Variations of this question must get asked all the time, but I'm having trouble locating one. I'm just trying to understand: what is the basic difference between the main models of Lumotec...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 06:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,476
Posted By stevage

That's amazing - for me it's the opposite,...

That's amazing - for me it's the opposite, several times I've had to completely open my partner's disk brake just so it's rideable (no front brake!), whereas I never get to this point on my own rim...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,476
Posted By stevage

My choice seems to be three way. Pick any two out...

My choice seems to be three way. Pick any two out of:

1) carbon
2) disk brake mounts
3) rack mounts

I have 1) and 3), my partner has 1) and 2). At first she liked the disk, but now it's a...
Forum: Touring
07-06-14, 11:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By stevage

Yeah, but by the time I thought of it, there...

Yeah, but by the time I thought of it, there wasn't time to get one from Wiggle. I'm still not totally convinced. I'd be interested to hear more about how much damage bikes get in bags compared to...
Forum: Touring
07-06-14, 11:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,260
Posted By stevage

Aluminium. On my most recent trip, my aluminium...

Aluminium. On my most recent trip, my aluminium bike was flexing a bit under the load. Which was a pretty clear sign that I'd brought too much stuff. If your bike was steel, how would you know when...
Forum: Touring
07-06-14, 11:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By stevage

Heh, what a weirdly worded question - sounds like...

Heh, what a weirdly worded question - sounds like a research paper or something. But yeah. Just came back from a 6 week trip to the UK and Iceland that was basically this. Some cycling as transport...
Forum: Touring
07-06-14, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By stevage

Just reporting back here. I've now bought two of...

Just reporting back here. I've now bought two of these boxes.

#1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) in mid June was super thick, quite long, quite high, but had no...
Forum: Touring
06-07-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By stevage

Thanks Machka - I had actually read your post,...

Thanks Machka - I had actually read your post, but didn't realise it was you :) So in the end I'm going to suck it up and just pay the extortionate 25 pounds that the left luggage place charges at...
Forum: Touring
06-07-14, 10:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,082
Posted By stevage

I used a cheap set for a while. They (obviously)...

I used a cheap set for a while. They (obviously) weren't waterproof, and they didn't last very long - all the bolts holding the clips on started to fail. Replaced them with Ortliebs (of course) and...
Forum: Touring
06-06-14, 01:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By stevage

Bike boxes at Heathrow or Lutton?

Hi all,
I'll be flying out of Lutton on Sunday evening, but passing through Heathrow to collect my partner on the way. I'm having trouble finding up to date information on where you can get a...
Forum: Touring
05-23-14, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 20,959
Posted By stevage

Any cycle tours so far? I'd love to know what...

Any cycle tours so far? I'd love to know what it's like for mid-weight dirt touring...
Forum: Touring
05-23-14, 08:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 783
Posted By stevage

I made a website for planning cycle tours in Iceland

I've had cycletour.org running for quite a while, providing a good map for planning cycle tours around Australia. Since I'm going to Iceland soon, and couldn't find a good map, I used the same...
Forum: Touring
05-20-14, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 20,959
Posted By stevage

Anyone riding a Specialized AWOL?

Just looking ahead to the day my Specialized Tricross dies. The AWOL caught my eye, so I'm curious if anyone here is touring on one. Thoughts?
Forum: Touring
05-18-14, 09:19 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,205
Posted By stevage

Podcasts for me. I have no concerns about earbuds...

Podcasts for me. I have no concerns about earbuds on roads - my problem is always trying to hear the podcast over the traffic, not the other way around.
Forum: Touring
05-18-14, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By stevage

Yeah, I've used a handlebar bag before - I'm...

Yeah, I've used a handlebar bag before - I'm talking about carrying a bit more, though, like a sleeping bag or a tent. I have a Revelate handlebar harness, which is great for bikepacking, but I find...
Forum: Touring
05-17-14, 10:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By stevage

Yeah, I've looked at the Sustrans map. It doesn't...

Yeah, I've looked at the Sustrans map. It doesn't really tell you much about the actual merits of each route though.



A whole lot of nothing so far. It'd be really nice to replace them with...
Forum: Touring
05-17-14, 03:02 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,273
Posted By stevage

In March, a group of about 15 of us did three...

In March, a group of about 15 of us did three days around the Lake Eppalock region.

Day1: Castlemaine to Lake Eppalock via O'Keefe Rail Trail, camping at a massive bogan campground on the lake....
Forum: Touring
05-16-14, 04:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By stevage

One day route from Heathrow to Oxford, UK?

Hi all,
I'm going to be doing some touring around the UK and around Iceland, and will start by getting from Heathrow to Oxford to visit some friends. Wondered if anyone has any good suggestions...
Forum: Touring
05-14-14, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,782
Posted By stevage

Here are three more uses of Ortliebs: -...

Here are three more uses of Ortliebs:

- washing up basin (bonus: clean your ortliebs!)
- ice bucket
- keep your clothes dry in badly designed camp showers
05-13-14, 04:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By stevage

Sorry, it was poor form of me to post without...

Sorry, it was poor form of me to post without researching fully. There is indeed a hole on the back side of the crown as well, so obviously I just need to find a very long bolt and nut.
05-13-14, 03:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By stevage

How to mount front rack to unthreaded crown hole?

I've just bought a Racktime front rack. (It's ok, if this doesn't work, I can take it back). I've been trying to mount it on my Specialized Tricross Sport (half alloy, half carbon fork) and all is...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-14, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By stevage

Best use of early morning velodrome sessions?

Hi all,
I live about 2km from an outdoor velodrome. I'm trying to build up fitness for some randonneuring events, by doing a couple of hour long velodrome sessions per week (in addition to weekend...
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