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Messages - Mark Manley

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Box
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:06:37 am »
As John says, go to your local bike shop and get a cardboard box that they come from the factory in, dump it in Holand and get another in Italy. If you do go for a hardcase make sure it is not too big for oversized luggage, I was at Heathrow airport a few months ago flying out for a tour of India and a couple with hardcases could not take them as they were bigger than the oversize allowance, my box had no problem.

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Gear Talk / Re: B17 issue. Am I the only one?
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:54:54 pm »
It could be that the nut on RussSeaton's saddle needs a 1/4 Whitworth spanner to fit it, an old English size that is .525 a/f, if you have too much time on your hands and want the full historical explanation it is here. If it were not pouring down with rain and blowing a gale outside I would go to the shed and find out what size mine is.

http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/~psc/spanner_jaw.html

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General Discussion / Re: 100 dollar bills too large?
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:03:56 pm »
As a point of interest $100 bills are almost totally useless in some places outside of the US, due to a fear of counterfeits I have found them generally not accepted particularly in Africa and Asia. Having said that Dollars in smaller denomination notes are welcome everywhere.

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Your BSA looks like the bike me and many of my friends had in the early to mid 1970's, I think they were the same bike produced by Raleigh in Nottingham but badged up as BSA, Triumph and possibly Sun, fitted with single speed or Sturmey Archer three speed. Mine was a Raleigh three speed in black with old fashioned pull back bars which I changed quickly. It was made for the US market with the guarantee label addressed to its US headquarters but it has somehow found its way into the UK market.
 

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How about a Raleigh Chopper? Although more suited to a journey back to your childhood than anywhere else, you will need deep pockets given what they fetch now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Raleigh_Chopper-001.jpg

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General Discussion / Re: TransAmerica 2012
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:57:32 am »
My tuppence worth on lightweight camping, I have a Terranova one man tent which weighs less than 1 kg, a ultralight Thermarest and a light sleeping bag should add about another kg and all take up 1 pannier with poles strapped under the top frame tube. It is reassuring to know you have something if other plans don't work out and need to camp.

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General Discussion / Re: Insurance for U.S. trip
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:49:26 am »
I have used Ensleigh for both cycling and motorcycle trips and have read on other forums that the post office travel insurance is pretty good for longer trips, most travel insurance policies cover cycling as long as you are not racing. Fortunately no experience of having to claim so cannot advise here.

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Gear Talk / Re: Changing a Rohloff Wheel
« on: November 19, 2011, 12:06:40 am »
I have a Rohloff hub on my disc braked Roberts Rough Stuff and the rear wheel is no more difficult to change than any other. Although expensive I can recommend a Rohloff.

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General Discussion / Re: Edinburgh - Lisbon (Winter) Possible?
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:01:12 pm »
If this winter is anything like last it will be very cold and snowy, also remember short days particularly in Scotland, only about 8 hours of daylight at the beginning of January. Not such a good idea unless you like being uncomfortable and have really good gear if you plan to camp.

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Gear Talk / Re: folding bike for touring
« on: October 09, 2011, 08:24:45 am »
I met a Frenchman in Hanoi who was touring with a Brompton although he was more using it to explore cities and commute to and from bus and train stations.
He was staying in hotels so had minimal luggage, just one bag front and rear.

One of the advantages of a Brompton is it allows you to participate in sporting events, as long as you can meet the dress code.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WmwFFyeG8I&feature=related




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Gear Talk / Re: DEET dissolves helmets
« on: August 26, 2011, 03:43:02 am »
I have had Deet dissolve plastic, it does make you wonder what it does to your skin.

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General Discussion / Re: foods for road trip
« on: August 20, 2011, 02:11:51 am »
Muesli is a pretty good food any time of the day, take some powdered milk to mix in and add water.

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General Discussion / Re: Best seat for your butt
« on: July 26, 2011, 05:22:24 pm »
I have a Brooks that is very comfortable but do know they are inconsistent due to being a natural material and not to everybody's taste, it did take a couple of hundred miles to bed in. On a motorcycle tour of Africa a few years ago I met about 10 cyclist doing a trans-continental trips and around 8 of them had Brooks saddles, all of those I spoke to recommended them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Fitting a Brooks Saddle
« on: July 23, 2011, 01:43:55 am »
I have two Brooks saddles and they have quite different characteristics, the first one broke in after a couple of hundred miles and fits me perfectly and the second fitted to another bike has taken longer but is getting there. I presume this is because of inconsistency in the leather used to produce them from one hide to another, something beyond the control of the manufacturer. They are an aquired taste, I like mine but might not suit everybody, it sounds like you need to experiment with the way yours is set up, you should not be putting effort into staying on it. 

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General Discussion / Re: Critters inside your tent?
« on: July 23, 2011, 01:31:46 am »
A few years ago I was camped outside of Wadi Halfa in Sudan waiting for the ferry to Egypt and had slept outside on my thermarest, beautiful clear nights and no rain for 10 years, when I found a small yellow scorpion under my matt in the morning :o. The guide book described its sting as highly toxic, can be fatal seek urgent medical help, I used the tent after that.

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