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Posted By Tom N.

Nice reply Homeyba. You're bike sounds pretty...

Nice reply Homeyba. You're bike sounds pretty nice and, with a few tweaks, could be a great Audax machine :). But rather than engage in a 'mine is bigger than yours' exercise, I'd like to explore...
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Posted By Tom N.

Homebay said: "I have no idea what the term...

Homebay said: "I have no idea what the term "rando specific bike." There is no such animal. It doesn't exist ... As far as I'm concerned, any bike you ride on a randonnee is a rando bike."

One...
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Views: 7,640
Posted By Tom N.

I actually run exactly this bag on my Audax bike...

I actually run exactly this bag on my Audax bike (custom Hab Ti), and used it in PBP 2007 and continue to do so. I agree with most of the above comments - probably limited aero impact at Audax...
Forum: Touring
06-22-07, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,457
Posted By Tom N.

Handlebar bag/Shimano STI: compatible?

I'm about to switch to STI, and have to choose between Campy and Shimano. I'm heading towards Shimano, but one concern is whether a handlerbar bag would foul the gear cables where they emerge from...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-07, 02:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By Tom N.

I should have mentioned that, just to make it...

I should have mentioned that, just to make it extra difficult, the steerer needs to be at least 330mm in length.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-07, 02:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 249
Posted By Tom N.

Carbon fork query

Hi All

I'm keen to get a carbon fork with an alloy steerer and the following key specs:

Axle to crown - around 372mm
Blades - curved
Rake - approx 50mm

I've scowered the web, but the...
Forum: Touring
03-04-07, 02:33 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,765
Posted By Tom N.

WHY NOT CARRY AN ESKY? I do, in one of my...

WHY NOT CARRY AN ESKY?

I do, in one of my rear panniers, when I'm expecting to need to go long distances between services. Accross the Nullarbor Plain in Australia, for instance, most services are...
Forum: Touring
02-08-07, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By Tom N.

34T shifting problems?

I've read snippets on various threads suggesting that people sometimes have shifting problems when running a 11-34 or 12-34 rear cassette. Indeed, one contributer appeared to suggest that some bike...
Forum: Touring
01-31-07, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Tom N.

The main reason is that the custom bike I am...

The main reason is that the custom bike I am designing will have dual uses: speedy-fast audax style rides, and touring. I would prefer to have just the one fork, rather than having two and switching...
Forum: Touring
01-31-07, 12:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Tom N.

Carbon touring fork?

I suspect the answer is "no", but does anyone know of a touring fork, with fender and rack mounts etc, manufactured from carbon? Who makes it?
Forum: Touring
01-22-07, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,074
Posted By Tom N.

What's wrong with side-pull caliper brakes for touring?

I know the conventional wisdom is to go for cantis, V brakes or even disks for touring, but what exactly is wrong with side-pull calipers? Is it stopping power? - I thought side-pulls were meant to...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-07, 12:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,969
Posted By Tom N.

CORRECTION Having stated (in the previous...

CORRECTION

Having stated (in the previous post) that "most other companies forks - eg Easton, Profile Design - don't seem to get much beyond a 43mm rake", I better clarify myself or risk...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-07, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,969
Posted By Tom N.

Just in case others stumble accross this thread...

Just in case others stumble accross this thread and are interested, here are the maximum rakes available from Reynolds and Ritchey.

Among the Reynolds forks...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-07, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,969
Posted By Tom N.

Thanks. I presume that 50mm is as much as I'll be...

Thanks. I presume that 50mm is as much as I'll be able to get. However, if anyone knows of a carbon fork with more rake, please let me know.

Tom
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-07, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,969
Posted By Tom N.

Carbon fork with maximum rake

I am seeking a carbon fork for 700c wheels with a rake of 50mm or more - possibly as much as 55mm, as I'm running a slack head tube angle and want to cut the trail.

Most carbon road forks appear...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-10-06, 06:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 649
Posted By Tom N.

Titanium forks (for a road bike)?

OK, I'm thinking of procuring a titanium audax machine, for occasional loaded touring too. Given the head angle (72 degrees), I need some forks with a reasonable amount of rake. I've read various...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-06, 07:22 PM
Replies: 2,816
Views: 690,850
Posted By Tom N.

Hi Gomez I'm in the final throws of designing a...

Hi Gomez
I'm in the final throws of designing a Hab. Question, what are the head tube and seat tube angles on yours, and what size is the down tube - it looks ovalised? In fact, if possible, can you...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-06, 06:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,297
Posted By Tom N.

I totally agree. There is an 160km event in...

I totally agree. There is an 160km event in Canberra called Fitz's Challenge, with some reasonably steep climbs, including one after which the event is named. There is nothing I enjoy more that...
Forum: Touring
10-05-06, 08:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Tom N.

Forks for touring?

What forks would people recommend for touring? I know the consensus tends to be steel, but what characteristics should one look for? What are the best "off-the-shelf" touring forks out there? And has...
Forum: Touring
09-25-06, 10:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,623
Posted By Tom N.

Thanks for the further feedback Nigeyy and...

Thanks for the further feedback Nigeyy and Richbiker: they are both excellent posts, although unfortunately - though probably inevitably, for such matters - they do not provide a simple answer....
Forum: Touring
09-25-06, 01:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Tom N.

Woops! - probably should spell the name...

Woops! - probably should spell the name correctly: its Habanero (www.habcycles.com).
Forum: Touring
09-25-06, 01:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 412
Posted By Tom N.

Has anyone used a HABERNEROS Ti for touring?

I am (still) investigating how to replace my current touring bike (a mid-90s Gemini Randonneur), and one of the options on my shortlist is getting a customised Haberneros titanium bike. Yesterday I...
Forum: Touring
09-24-06, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,623
Posted By Tom N.

Thanks all for your views and opinions. I am...

Thanks all for your views and opinions. I am (most likely) about to buy a new bike and the feedback from Bikeforums has been most useful.

Tom
Forum: Touring
09-21-06, 11:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,623
Posted By Tom N.

Cantis vs V-brakes: which are best for touring?

I have read often that cantilever brakes are best for loaded touring, but I wonder how V-brakes stack up. Any thoughts/opinions/experiences or explanations as to why one type is better than the...
09-20-06, 06:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 617
Posted By Tom N.

Should bikes lights be a different colour?

Another thread asked about using red flashing lights on the front of the bike, although responses indicated that this is illegal - and that red should be used for the rear only. My concern is that...
09-20-06, 06:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Tom N.

WaterPROOF booties?

I recently tried some supposedly waterproof booties, but my shoes and socks still got wet in downpours (even when wearing waterproof pants over the tops of the booties - so it wasnt' a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-06, 06:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By Tom N.

52 views and no replies! I'll take it that that...

52 views and no replies! I'll take it that that means that no-one has experienced any breakages, which is what I expected.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-06, 12:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 307
Posted By Tom N.

What an amazing coincidence ... I too am in the...

What an amazing coincidence ... I too am in the final throws of purchasing a Roubaix, and I too have long legs and a small torso. Here's the problem: the 56cm has the right length top-tude for me...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-06, 11:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By Tom N.

Shiman R600 wheels - any good

I'm considering purchasing a bike that comes with R600. I understand that Shimano had some problems when it first hit the market with the R525s (I think), with breakage problems. Its a couple of...
Forum: Touring
09-18-06, 10:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,106
Posted By Tom N.

My 12 y.o Gemini Randonneur came with 52-42-30. I...

My 12 y.o Gemini Randonneur came with 52-42-30. I replaced the inner two rings with a 39 and a 26, respecitively, with no shifting problems.
Forum: Touring
09-18-06, 10:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By Tom N.

I have exactly the same dilemma. I'm (probably)...

I have exactly the same dilemma. I'm (probably) about to buy a Specialized Roubaix as my speedy-fast machine - I am keeping my tourer for serious multi-week stuff though. However, i amy well want to...
Forum: Touring
09-18-06, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 590
Posted By Tom N.

Terrific Tasmania

I endorse the Tasmanian option, particularly the West Coast taking in Cradle Mountain, Strachan, Queenstown and Derwent Bridge/lake St Clair. There is some breath-taking scenery and a remote feel...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-06, 12:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By Tom N.

Importing a bike: any tips?

I am considering importing a carbon-framed bike from a bike shop in North America (I'm an assie). Has anyone done anything similar. How did you go about it (assuming that you didn't fly over and buy...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-06, 09:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By Tom N.

transporting a carbon framed bike

What is the cheapest, and still safe, way of air-freighting a carbon framed bike?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-06, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Tom N.

Thanks af2nr and others. I am aware of the...

Thanks af2nr and others. I am aware of the compact crank sizes, but want something lower if possible. 30-27 would be ideal for my lowest gear, as I do a lot of mountain climbing in the (Australian)...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-06, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By Tom N.

2007 Specialized Roubaix - triples?

The Specialized website isn't working at present. My question is whether they are still offering triples in the USA on the Roubaix range. (I know that they have gone to compact doubles in Australia...
Forum: Touring
05-18-06, 11:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,882
Posted By Tom N.

Q) How much did the bike cost?

Q) How much did the bike cost?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-05, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,145
Posted By Tom N.

Assuming you mean 126mm (rather than 128mm), I am...

Assuming you mean 126mm (rather than 128mm), I am here to tell you that it can be done safely - I had just this change made to my steel touring bike frame, to allow me to switch to an 8, 9 or 10...
Forum: Touring
09-25-05, 09:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,170
Posted By Tom N.

Thanks to all who have so far responded to my...

Thanks to all who have so far responded to my original questions - you have given me much more to consider.

One matter Stuart Black raised was the set up of my current cantis. Although I have not...
Forum: Touring
09-25-05, 03:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,756
Posted By Tom N.

Well Bruce, I have just done exactly that on my...

Well Bruce, I have just done exactly that on my early 90's Gemini Randonneur (an Australian model). The key issue is whether the cantis have enough adjustability for the pads to reach down to the...
Forum: Touring
09-22-05, 09:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,170
Posted By Tom N.

Disk brakes for loaded touring: some questions

I am about to purchase a new touring bike (or upgrade my existing one - I'm still deciding). I do a reasonable amount of loaded touring and love it, but the one problem I have is being able to stop...
Forum: Touring
09-20-05, 01:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 17,083
Posted By Tom N.

This is exactly the question I have in mind. I...

This is exactly the question I have in mind. I already have an A719 at the rear, and now face the choice of either an A719 or an A319 on the front. The 319 is 30g lighter, but also A$40 cheaper....
Forum: Touring
09-16-05, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By Tom N.

Yep, I've ridden the GOR, and I endorse the...

Yep, I've ridden the GOR, and I endorse the earlier comments. Traffic can get busy in school holidays and on weekends, as Melbournians seek to escape. Otherwise, it's a beautiful ride - the hardest...
Forum: Touring
07-18-05, 01:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 258
Posted By Tom N.

Shikoku - touring queries

I am heading over to Japan on August 9, with the intention of spending 2 weeks riding around Shikoku. While I have searched the web and seen a couple of stories from past tours, I am having...
05-17-05, 10:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,670
Posted By Tom N.

I am 40 but fit and have done plenty of seriously...

I am 40 but fit and have done plenty of seriously loaded touring, including a trans-Australia ride, and my philosophy is to go pretty much as low as you can. I now run a 26-39-52 set-up on the front...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-05, 11:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,589
Posted By Tom N.

What I miss on cycle computers is a light.

What I miss on cycle computers is a light.
04-06-05, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By Tom N.

Realigning seat and chain stays

I have a ten year old (steel) Gemini Randoneur with a 7 speed rear cluster, which I want to replace with a nine speed. The problem is that the axle is too narrow. I do not think that I can get a less...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-05, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,579
Posted By Tom N.

Sequoia vs Sequoia Elite: how much comfort difference?

I'm think of buying a Specialized Sequoia, but am wondering whether to buy a standard Sequoia or spend the extra money on the Elite version. While there are several differences, a key issue I am...
Forum: Touring
03-02-05, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,589
Posted By Tom N.

Specialized Sequoia - is it any good for loaded touring?

[NOTE: This was initially posted on the "road cycling" forum. I'm hpoing that I might get some more responses here. Thanks, Tom].

I am thinking of retiring my 12 y.o. Gemini Randonneur and buying...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-01-05, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By Tom N.

Specialized Sequoia - is it any good for loaded touring?

I am thinking of retiring my 12 y.o. Gemini Randonneur and buying a Sequoia - probably the top model. Most of my riding is urban commuting, but I also get out for 5-or-so hour rides on the weekend...
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