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Gear Talk / Re: solo bike security
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:58:04 am »
All of the above advice is very valid, however, I also have a lockable rear wheel clamp which is fairly unobtrusive and fixed to the frame just in front of the rear brakes.  The clamp has an attached key which only comes off after you set the clamp.  Easy and quick to use and stops the bike from wandering.  The clamp adds a slight bit of weight of course and I'm not sure if they're available in the US.  I got mine with the bike in Europe where they're more common.  That plus a medium weight stretchy Abus cable lock is my basic travel security.  Otherwise when camping always trying to keep the bike out of sight and/or within sound.

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General Discussion / Re: photography and cycling
« on: November 19, 2011, 02:34:19 am »
As the origintor of this post - I've been out of touch cycling-wise for quite a while - I just would like to say how blown away I am by the way it took off.  Thanks for all your comments and insights.  If I knew how I'd post a couple of the pix I did last year on the 'Cool Coast.'  Incidentally, I  used my trusted Holga all the way and got some good 'Holgaramas' as I call them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Belt drives?
« on: November 19, 2011, 02:13:52 am »
Thanks for the feedback.  I'm far from sold on the belt concept and appreciate the info. It was mainly curiosity. Was wondering how they fitted on the bike! However, integrated hub gears make a lot of sense. Deraileurs may be at their pinacle but personally I find them a pain for touring in terms of maintenance, vulnerability to the elements and whatever might get in their way. Roloff have a good reputation although they are costly and heavier and make taking out the wheel more complex. Can't have it all.

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Gear Talk / Re: Type of bike for touring Brazil
« on: November 18, 2011, 06:33:31 am »
I may be prejudiced, or misinformed, but I'd suggest something you won't be too upset over if it gets stolen.  Once met a Brazilian cyclist in the US and that was the first thing she said when I asked about cycling there.  Although, I'd guess, like almost anywhere else, cities would be worse in that respect.

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Gear Talk / Belt drives?
« on: November 18, 2011, 06:25:48 am »
This may have been discussed before, but I've recently seen a video of some guy cycling through India showing how these things are supposedly almost indestructable.  He deliberately cut his almost in half for the promotional video just to show how tough it is and continued cycling with it.  Guess he had a spare.  You have to have hub gearing too - which I'm contemplating, and lower weight and maintenance are advantages.  However, if they're so good how come they're not more popular? Any thoughts or experience ?

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General Discussion / photography and cycling
« on: December 10, 2010, 07:48:03 pm »
Here's just an idle passing thought.  I've recently concluded that, for me, photography and cycling don't mix that well and I'm not sure exactly why that is.  I'm pretty serious about photography as a means of expression having worked semi-professionally at it for many years and logically you'd think being out on a bike would give a lot of photo opps.  However, I'm also pretty serious about getting where I want to go on the bike and focused on the ride as well as the passing scenery, but it seems I can't do two things at once - namely focus on riding my bike and focus on looking for interesting  photos at the same time.  Stopping for pictures every five minutes gets frustrating.  My last big ride on the West Coast produced some very unmemorable images apart from those I did while taking a day off from the bike.  Same would probably be true if I was driving a car, but when I do I usually have a specific destination in mind where I'm going to photograph and blank out what's inbetween - or get someone else to drive - whereas when cycling I'm just trying to be open to whatever I see en route.  The destination is what distracts me in that I'm looking for road signs, or at my map, listening to that mysterious knocking on the back wheel or just watching out for traffic or wondering if I'll get there before dark or before I collapse because I haven't found anything to eat along the way or haven't drunk enough liquids.  Too many mental/physical distractions.  So, I've concluded I either I focus on the ride or the images, not both. Seems I can't get into the serendipity of multi-tasking.  Latest trip I didn't take a camera at all, just a sketch pad and had a much more focused and enjoyable ride. Just no photos! 

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General Discussion / Re: Tec talk: loose casette
« on: December 01, 2010, 02:35:09 am »
Thanks for the input.  Not sure if it was the cassette lock ring or what but I took it to my local French bike mechanic this morning and he fixed it in a couple of minutes.  He took the wheel off, took out the spindle/wheel locking device - sorry if I get the terminology wrong - and used a wrench on one end and a long allen key inserted on the other and tightened them up.  Seems to have solved the problem although I'm not sure what he actually did or what got tightened.  He's not given to much in the way of explanation, but is the only guy in town I come close to trusting and can sort of communicate with and fixes most of my bike problems for free ever since I bought a Trek mountain bike from him six years ago.
Next time I do a long trip in parts of the world where the only so-called mechanic you'll likely see is a village teenager with a blow torch and a big hammer I'll try to get the tools mentioned above and figure out how to use them first.

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General Discussion / Re: Shrink wrapping your bike for flights
« on: November 30, 2010, 03:41:35 am »
Latest info on alternative ways of packing a bike for air travel: as above but this time I met a very tough looking middle-aged German woman cycling solo around Thailand.  I asked about how she packed for the flight to and from Europe.  'Nothing' was her answer.  She just rolls it into the airport and hands it over at the check-in desk.  Airline staff wheel it away.  She picks it up at the oversized luggage section at the other end.  Doesn't take the pedals off or turn the handlebars: nothing.  Depends she admitted on the airline.  She was flying Qatar and she had Rollof hub gears so was less likely to get any damage there.  Derailers are very vulnerable.  Her philosophy was as the airline staff can see it's a bike and have to wheel it on and off they're less likely to throw it around, as they might be with a box.  But I'm sticking with a box at least until I can aford Rollof gears.

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General Discussion / Tec talk: loose casette
« on: November 30, 2010, 03:25:24 am »
While in the middle of an 800 km ride last week I noticed a repetative slight knocking coming from the rear cogs - specifically two of the mid-range gears which get quite a bit of use when I'm loaded up.  Wouldn't go away and no visible evidence of anything wrong until I tried wiggling the cogs with my fingers while stationary and with the chain tensed.  What I found was that with the chain in the lower gears - the smallest cogs - I could move the entire upper cassete back and forth by about 3 cms each way.  If I put the chain up into the largest cogs I could do the same with the lower part of the cassette.  Note: this only was possible with the part of the cassette without the chain holding the tension.  When I returned from the trip - nothing bad happened except the continuing knocking - I compared with my mountain bike and I can't get that kind of movement on that cassette.  So what's going on in there?  I have no tools for dismantling the rear cassette and/or tightening it and wouldn't know how to go about it anyway.  It looks serious and fortunately I wasn't all that far from home, but if I'd been in the middle of Tibet!!!!  I can take it to my local bike mechanic but would like to hear what others might have to say. In all other respects it changes gear smoothly.  It's Shimano Deora XT and only a year and a bit old so you'd think it wouldn't just fall apart.

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General Discussion / Re: Shrink wrapping your bike for flights
« on: November 07, 2010, 03:01:47 am »
I recently saw a couple of bikes - beat-up touring/mountain bike types - being wheeled through customs in Laos for a flight to Bangkok.  The only protection was some buble wrap around the pedals and a bit on the derailer.  They obviously belonged to some western travellers as no local would bother taking a bike on a flight, but I was quite surprised nevertheless.  However, they weren't the sort of bikes the owners would cry much over if they were damaged.
I've flown with the same cardboard bike box on three long-haul flights to and from SE Asia with changes of flights on each route.  The box is battered and torn but still just about functional.  How you decide to package your bike depends how much you value it.

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General Discussion / Re: Bicycles For Freighting
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:46:34 am »
Wonder what the reaction would be if that Chinese camper bike rolled up at a US national park and asked for a hiker/biker site?

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaking on the downhills
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:40:41 am »
Thanks for the input.   As my headset isn't loose, front forks as good as new and I doubt the front wheel is out, I put it down to the weight distribution in the front panniers.  Next time I find a hill I'll check it out.

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Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: October 23, 2010, 04:38:13 am »
I like the Keens too, but the cleats scare me!  Too old to be biting the black top.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaking on the downhills
« on: October 23, 2010, 04:34:45 am »
No, I didn't get up to Truckee.  That - Sierra/Cascades - was supposed to be my route back north but it looked way too steep coming up from SF.  And beyond Truckee looks like you need to be Lance Armstrong.   I had trouble just dragging my butt to SF with all those roller-coaster hills along the Californian coast!  Maybe OK if you're under 30.

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(Chains are relatively cheap, so just replace it at the first sign of stretch.)

I don't mind replacing the chain, but it looks like the whole damned drive chain goes at the same time, and that will be expensive!  It's making nasty grinding noises which I'm none too sure aren't even coming from the bottom bracket.  I'm probably going to want to sell this bike soon as we look like making a significant move.  I have my tourer which I'd take along for sure.  So what to do?  Invest the money and try getting it back on the selling price, or try selling it as is?  Not sure I'd want to buy a bike that needs a whole new drive chain replacement.  It's a Trek 4300 up graded to 4400 specs.

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