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Gear Talk / Re: Chain repair
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:16:17 am »
Here's a trick for removing Quicklinks that appeared in the CTC magazine some time ago that works a treat and requires no tools. Put the chain on your big ring with the Quicklink at the 2 o' clock position. Move the chain below the link up one tooth so the Quicklink and the next link make a Vee. Tap the side of the poking up Quicklink nearest you with something hard (e.g. a wrench, a stone) The link will instantly separate no matter how grungy it is. I've done this a bunch of times and it always works.

I'd send a picture but my camera was stolen on my last tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers and Racks
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:53:11 am »
This summer I put my old, faded Sportpackers on the front and my Front Rollers on the back so I could use an Ortlieb Rackbag. (The clips on the Rackbag are designed to work with Roller type bags) This all worked fine with one major gotcha: I took way too much damned stuff. After bashing into headwinds through Norway, Denmark, Germany and Holland and a big chunk of England where the headwinds became tailwinds I mailed a pile of stuff I could live without, including the Rackbag, weighing 29 lbs(!) to a friend. Boy did that make a difference.

Point I'm trying to make - Smaller paniers mean you tote less weight. Sort of obvious but human nature being what it is, if you have space there's a tendency to fill it.

I second the positive stuff about Wayne, a really helpful guy.

I think I might try a Tubus rack to get the paniers a bit lower. Currently I'm using the one that came with my 520. Any thoughts?

Gear Talk / Re: chain compatibility
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:20:07 am »
My mechanic put a new cassette (Shimano 11 -32) and chain on my 520 because I had a problem with jumping gears. It seemed OK until yesterday when I was climbing using granny (24T) it started jumping again to smaller cogs from cogs 7 & 8. The guy put a $13 chain on claiming there was no point in using expensive chains, use cheap ones and change them every 500 miles was his recommendation ( a major pain for touring). Should I get a better chain? It only does it on the smallest front ring, could chain tension be an issue?

Gear Talk / Re: Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:10:08 am »
Thanks to all repliers. The North Face bag looks just the ticket but the price brings tears to my eyes.. I now have to chose: disposable (Walmart) vs reusable (NF). I'm off to the NF store now to have a look (and taking the bus to save money) Now if i can get Mrs PJ to bless it....

Routes / Re: Mexican Border to San Diego AMTRAK
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:21:01 pm »
There's a hostel (former YMCA) about a block from the Amtrak station. Quite cheap for downtown, about the same as a motel. I've stayed there a couple of times

General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades: Which clothes?
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:03:12 pm »
You can get enormous temperature ranges in 24 hours. Climbing up to Yosemite and when I went to bed it was in the 80s; at 3am I was scrambling to put on everything I could find; it was in the low 30s. Crater Lake was similar. As a general rule if it's not cloudy expect hot days and cold nights.

Gear Talk / Re: Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:49:46 pm »
$7 or so thrift store suitcase
I like the sound of that. Do you think they have thrift stores in Amsterdam?

Routes / Re: Mexican Border to San Diego AMTRAK
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:53:30 pm »
it's not much of a ride from the border to the Amtrak station. Unless you absolutely have to stay off Friars Rd in San Diego (shouldn't be a problem as this is well north of the station and goes E to W). When I did the Sierra Cascades last summer finishing in San Diego this was the only scary bit.

Gear Talk / Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:46:37 pm »
I'm flying to Europe next month to do the North Sea Cycle Route from Bergen. I plan on keeping my airline bag count down to 2 by: using my boxed bike as one 'bag' and having a large duffel bag containing my paniers, sleeping bag, tent etc as a second bag. Now here's the challenge: the only duffel bag large enough that I have found so far is a canvas army type bag that weighs a ton (probably 2 tons when wet) and doesn't fold up small. Does anyone know of a large bag made of strong light tear-proof nylon stuff  that I can take on tour that will roll up small? The other one is so clumsy I'm thinking of tossing it when I get there and finding something else for the trip back.

I think there is now a light rail line from the airport into the city.
There is. Get off at Chinatown for King St station (Amtrak) it's a very short walk.

Gear Talk / Re: Derailleur compatibility lower gears
« on: March 17, 2012, 03:19:14 pm »
When you reassemble remember the lockring is supposed to be very tight. Here's the specs from Park Tool

Gear Talk / Re: Derailleur compatibility lower gears
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:05:59 pm »
a big Crescent wrench to turn it
My lock ring tool has a 1/2" socket. If you have a socket set with a breaker bar you can use that in the socket, it's less likely to slip than a Crescent wrench

Gear Talk / Re: Wheel Skewer verses Bolt
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:30:06 pm »
The front "nut" would work loose quite regularly
Another thing I hadn't thought of. This is probably why having the skewer locking mechanism on the LH side matters. (It's easy to get it wrong on the front wheel) I never realized there was a sound practical reason for what I thought was just a convention. Gawd, is there no limit to the things I haven't thought of?

Gear Talk / Re: Chain Length
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:17:14 pm »
The trouble is that anything to do with chains is as bad as politics or religion. Like these two there seems to be a lot of faith involved and everyone's experience seems to be different. I've just met a mechanic this morning who claims to have worked on the Tour de France who reckons chains are only good for 500 (that's five hundred) miles and that expensive chains are no better than cheap ones. My own experience inclines me to agree with him. I look on chains as a consumable to be changed sooner rather than later; cleaning, different lube regimes etc. doesn't seem to make much difference. Mind you on the Tour I suppose they toss chains pretty quickly, probably a new one for each stage it's not worth taking the risk of them starting to jump gears or you won't be a mechanic for long, so he may be a bit biased.

So, if a rigorous cleaning and lubrication regimen plan brings you peace and contentment, do it. I'll bumble along my way.

To answer the original query I have found SRAM chains to be just the right length, other brands I've had to remove a link. Be careful shortening chains if it's too short and you accidentally go into the big-big gears (which we all know you're not supposed to do) the chain can lock up solid. I know whereof I speak.

Gear Talk / Re: Chain Length
« on: March 14, 2012, 04:12:11 pm »
See Sheldon on chain lube He reckons factory lube is good stuff and you shouldn't use your own until the chain needs it

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