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Forum: Touring
03-01-07, 03:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,459
Posted By WestOz

Here in OZ, I have to carry a lot of water and I...

Here in OZ, I have to carry a lot of water and I carry water bottles and a hydro pack (Camelbak). I find it easier to remember to drink regularly with the Hydro pack, and I transfer water out of the...
Forum: Touring
01-23-07, 03:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,834
Posted By WestOz

I've gone with down tube friction shifters...

I've gone with down tube friction shifters mounted sideways on a bar near the handlebars. I can change both levers without my hand leaving the handlebar. In the photo below the top lever is pointing...
Forum: Touring
01-06-07, 07:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,718
Posted By WestOz

Bottles of water because of the lack of water in...

Bottles of water because of the lack of water in Australia and the lack of shops in the outback. I tour with 4 panniers and a BOB trailer. Do you want to know what sort of CRAP I fill the BOB trailer...
Forum: Touring
12-10-06, 06:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,528
Posted By WestOz

But does it have a toilet? We tour with a...

But does it have a toilet?

We tour with a toilet ;)

http://www.bicyclewa.com/funny/touringinstyle.html
Forum: Touring
12-07-06, 06:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,229
Posted By WestOz

Thanks. I read a lot of the journals there in...

Thanks. I read a lot of the journals there in winter, so I'll keep my eye open for it.
Forum: Touring
12-07-06, 03:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,229
Posted By WestOz

Interesting reading. Do you have the rest of the...

Interesting reading. Do you have the rest of the journal published somewhere on the web?
Forum: Touring
12-05-06, 02:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 841
Posted By WestOz

I do tour alone and I still end up having...

I do tour alone and I still end up having arguments. With myself...:fight:
Forum: Touring
12-02-06, 12:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,166
Posted By WestOz

I've toured with as much as 20 litres. I have the...

I've toured with as much as 20 litres. I have the three standard cage mounts on the bike which hold 1 litre bottles. I used radiator hose clamps to clamp 2 more cages on pointing sideways on the...
Forum: Touring
11-03-06, 03:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By WestOz

Where I think no one has ridden before - to the...

Where I think no one has ridden before - to the South Pole and return.
Forum: Touring
10-25-06, 05:18 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,582
Posted By WestOz

I use a single hoop non freestanding tent. There...

I use a single hoop non freestanding tent. There is a problem when staking it down in sand. However touring with a BOB trailer solves that problem. The tent only really needs staking down at both...
Forum: Touring
10-16-06, 10:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,023
Posted By WestOz

Without any roadhouses, showers, camping grounds...

Without any roadhouses, showers, camping grounds or rivers with water in them, the only water on the bike is for drinking.

I carry 2 sets of clothes. I air one set after wearing them for a day if...
Forum: Touring
10-10-06, 06:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,220
Posted By WestOz

Old Man Mountain make a rack that comes with a...

Old Man Mountain make a rack that comes with a skewer that replaces the original quick release skewer and the rack mounts to the new skewer through the axle. I think the racks are made of Aluminium...
Forum: Touring
10-10-06, 05:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,640
Posted By WestOz

This is how I got the friction shifters on to...

This is how I got the friction shifters on to replace the brifters. I can change both gears with the left hand, without leaving the bars. I usually ride on the hoods, and the top shifter is the rear....
Forum: Touring
10-09-06, 02:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,640
Posted By WestOz

The bike I brought last year came with brifters....

The bike I brought last year came with brifters. I hate the things, but I also have an issue with my right hand and can't feel the little lever. So I put some old fashioned friction shifters on...
Forum: Touring
10-08-06, 09:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,420
Posted By WestOz

I used to tour on a flat bar mountain bike but...

I used to tour on a flat bar mountain bike but had serious issues with dead fingers. I've switched to a drop bar touring bike, and haven't had anymore problems. I was considering fitting aero bars...
Forum: Touring
10-08-06, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,432
Posted By WestOz

I've seriously had this problem and still have it...

I've seriously had this problem and still have it in one hand after 2 years. I switched from flat bars to drop bars and fitted touring bars (aero bars). I've recently discovered what is making it...
Forum: Touring
10-08-06, 09:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,796
Posted By WestOz

I got into touring when I was about 12. I...

I got into touring when I was about 12. I discovered I could escape my little country home town, without relying on anyone else. I then expanded on this to get even further, and could get away for...
Forum: Touring
10-08-06, 08:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 846
Posted By WestOz

I'm a metal head so my ipod is loaded full of...

I'm a metal head so my ipod is loaded full of heavy metal. Mostly european heavy metal. Stratovarius, Edguy, Nightwish, Hammerfall to name a few.
Forum: Touring
09-29-06, 04:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 811
Posted By WestOz

Next month hopefully heading north up the Western...

Next month hopefully heading north up the Western Australian coast.
Forum: Touring
09-18-06, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,019
Posted By WestOz

I've also seen a case of speed wobbles from the...

I've also seen a case of speed wobbles from the rider holding the handlebars with a death grip. Loosening their hold on the handlebars fixed the speed wobble.
Forum: Touring
09-18-06, 12:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,874
Posted By WestOz

Yes excellent guess, and it just arrived and...

Yes excellent guess, and it just arrived and within 5 minutes it was on the bike, and now the Ortliebs sit properly. It's time to go touring :)
Forum: Touring
09-17-06, 09:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 664
Posted By WestOz

I'm in Perth, there are several directions you...

I'm in Perth, there are several directions you can go, but it depends on what time of the year you intend to ride. Generally in summer here, going south is cooler, and in winter, going north is...
Forum: Touring
09-17-06, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,874
Posted By WestOz

The rack is an el cheapo $30 special. It''s...

The rack is an el cheapo $30 special. It''s supposed to fit a 700c, but on the other bike without the eyelets and with high profile tyres, it wouldn't fit. It fits my tourer, but with two loaded...
Forum: Touring
09-15-06, 08:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,874
Posted By WestOz

Here in Australia we can only get junk front...

Here in Australia we can only get junk front racks if at all. The rack will bolt to the rear eyelet, but the hoop is usually not long enough to go over the wheel so it has to go on the front eyelet...
Forum: Touring
09-01-06, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By WestOz

I wear a size 11 shoe (Australian) and am using...

I wear a size 11 shoe (Australian) and am using the 45/46 sandal which is a snug fit.
Forum: Touring
08-29-06, 04:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,019
Posted By WestOz

Wrapped in plastic down a bar end, the seat tube,...

Wrapped in plastic down a bar end, the seat tube, or as mentioned above, the handlebars. I like to keep some cash and importatnt papers wrapped up in the roll of toilet paper. It's always kept dry,...
Forum: Touring
08-24-06, 04:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By WestOz

I use an Ortlieb front handlebar bag mounted...

I use an Ortlieb front handlebar bag mounted under my aero bars, just to keep, sunnies, wallet, medications, and phone in. Everything else is behind me. I found this type of bag has a reasonably...
Forum: Touring
08-24-06, 03:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,442
Posted By WestOz

We can't even get a mobile phone signal in most...

We can't even get a mobile phone signal in most of Oz outside of cities and towns. I've been some places, where only short wave radio works.

As for weather forecasts, I find the piece of string...
Forum: Touring
08-23-06, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,286
Posted By WestOz

I'm in Oz, where low riders don't exist yet. I'm...

I'm in Oz, where low riders don't exist yet. I'm waiting for my Surly Nice front rack to arrive in about 2 weeks :)

Then I can heave the piece of wire junk that I have at the moment.
Forum: Touring
08-09-06, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,722
Posted By WestOz

There are racks available for MTB front shock...

There are racks available for MTB front shock forks made by a company called Delta. They retail here in Oz for around $100 AU. I think they are made in Asia. I have had them for several years and...
Forum: Touring
07-25-06, 08:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,099
Posted By WestOz

If the fork neck is long enough, fit two head...

If the fork neck is long enough, fit two head stems, with the lower one upside down, and cut a piece of old handlebars to put in the lower one, and attach the handlebar bag to this one. There is...
Forum: Touring
07-13-06, 02:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By WestOz

I also put stuff under the trailer when road...

I also put stuff under the trailer when road touring. I use cable ties to hold stuff underneath, like spare tyres.
Forum: Touring
07-13-06, 01:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,644
Posted By WestOz

Eucalytpus Oil. I normally use the leaves...

Eucalytpus Oil. I normally use the leaves straight from the tree.

Smoke also stops mozzies. Campfire smoke, or as suggested above a cigar :)
Forum: Touring
07-08-06, 03:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,860
Posted By WestOz

I had Conti's and had nothing but trouble. It...

I had Conti's and had nothing but trouble. It turned out to be the super cheap tubes the shop had fitted to the bike prior to delivery. I put thorn resistant tubes in, and tour fully loaded on an MTB...
Forum: Touring
07-03-06, 01:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 899
Posted By WestOz

Our summers regularly get runs of 45 degrees C in...

Our summers regularly get runs of 45 degrees C in a row. Lovely, but it's best to ride early morning and late afternoon. The good thing here is that the humidity is very low normally.
Forum: Touring
06-28-06, 02:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By WestOz

No, but I've done other bits of Western...

No, but I've done other bits of Western Australia. Corrugated roads destroy plastic water containers. Also with the Tanami there are no bike shops, so you are hauling all of your spares.

Even if...
Forum: Touring
06-27-06, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By WestOz

The Tanami is do able. Depending on when you do...

The Tanami is do able. Depending on when you do it, the weather will be the contributing factor. A BOB trailer will haul 40 L of water, however don't put it all in the one container.

The bore...
Forum: Touring
06-26-06, 01:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By WestOz

No this site is updated weekly. The guy that runs...

No this site is updated weekly. The guy that runs it updates it every weekend.

If you are interested in organising your own tour, Western Australia is a nice place to start. The South West corner...
Forum: Touring
06-25-06, 08:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By WestOz

I've toured many miles on flat bars, but I fitted...

I've toured many miles on flat bars, but I fitted bar ends. However the spoke count on your wheels would worry me. I always use a 36 at the minimum. However if your using a trailer, most of the...
Forum: Touring
06-25-06, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By WestOz

I've done it in an emergency. Stretched a thick...

I've done it in an emergency. Stretched a thick thorn proof one onto a 28. It held, but when rubber stretches it becomes porous.

I once had a car that had the wrong tubes in. They were stamped the...
Forum: Touring
06-25-06, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By WestOz

You could also try this site in Oz ...

You could also try this site in Oz

http://www.bicycles.net.au/index.html

There is a section on tours.
Forum: Touring
06-23-06, 02:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By WestOz

I've had a similiar problem with another brand....

I've had a similiar problem with another brand. This may work.

You need to knock the wedge expander out first. Undo bolt a bit from the top and give it a decent tap with a rubber mallet. This...
Forum: Touring
06-23-06, 02:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By WestOz

I ordered one here in Oz. Got told it might be 2...

I ordered one here in Oz. Got told it might be 2 months. Steel racks don't exist here. All they sell us is alloy junk which breaks. I'm about to make my own. Got told the same for Tubus.

As for...
Forum: Touring
06-21-06, 02:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By WestOz

I've bolted my panniers to the drop out holes....

I've bolted my panniers to the drop out holes. Just be careful that the bolts are not too long and damage the chain or gear cluster. Most people tend to sweat a lot on their back, so a back...
Forum: Touring
06-17-06, 03:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,987
Posted By WestOz

Check the tube size is correct. I saw a tube the...

Check the tube size is correct. I saw a tube the other day that had the right size stamped on it, but when compared to the original tube was a different size. Typical in Oz.

Next time you have the...
Forum: Touring
06-17-06, 03:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Posted By WestOz

Depends on the frame. If I wiggle my handlebars...

Depends on the frame. If I wiggle my handlebars with the BOB attached, I can see the frame flex. It's quite scary but nothing has cracked. The wheelset depends on the axle and what weight it was...
Forum: Touring
06-15-06, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 849
Posted By WestOz

If in doubt, buy them both :)

If in doubt, buy them both :)
Forum: Touring
06-15-06, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 664
Posted By WestOz

You could place a clamp around the seat post...

You could place a clamp around the seat post right above the seat tube. It stops the seat losing altitude, and when removing the seat for travelling, you always get the seat back in at the right...
Forum: Touring
06-15-06, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By WestOz

I have an MSR, and I remove the pump to keep it...

I have an MSR, and I remove the pump to keep it clean, and replace it with the bung. It does build up pressure, and here is the safety bit. When removing the bung it blows off the pressure, so keep...
Forum: Touring
06-15-06, 03:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,680
Posted By WestOz

I use stainless steel. They have no handles and...

I use stainless steel. They have no handles and are a no name brand. They have sealable lids and pack inside each other. I only take two, and they cook really fast on an MSR. I use a small alloy...
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