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Member since Jan 2020 • Last active Jun 2021
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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    The rear wheel sliding to the left side under a pedaling pressure. I've got horizontal dropouts and using the QR that came with new wheels

    There is discussion of poor QR skewer performance on Sheldon Brown's website:
    "Good-quality skewers have acorn nuts with steel serrations that can bite into the face of the dropout, so the wheel won't slip"
    source: https://sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html

    Also, for longevity, it is recommended that you get your rear dropouts reset (e.g., by a frame-builder) to the 130mm width of the new hub to ensure they are parallel at the wider dimension.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Maybe some tyre levers, screwdriver(s), Allen keys, pliers, chaintool, and a dogbone wrench for older bikes with hexagonal nuts and bolts.

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    Was more thinking the backpack variety vs car variety, and looks like the folding kayaks are there ease of storage rather thank transportability.

    They were originally developed to travel by train in pre-war Germany, and are transportable by plane, helicopter, submarine etc.

    I used to know a sea kayaker in Ireland who arrived at meets with a Feathercraft K-light kayak in his backpack having taken public transport, which weighed 15kg. Their replacement is the Kurrent which weighs 14kg and might be manageable.

    I have taken my Klepper Aerius 1 kayak on a train and portaged it from the port station to the jetty on its compact trolley. I would not try to backpack with it, though.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This looks great, can you fit a whole side of salmon in it?

    Abu smokers came in 2 sizes. The brown enamelled one is the smaller unit and it has a grill pan of 14cm x 25cm, so that takes 2 or 3 whole mackerel/trout or a good size fillet of salmon, pollack etc. The larger size was made of stainless steel and it might take a whole side of salmon, but it would depend on the size of the fish. I gave one the larger smokers to my in-laws and their home is overseas so measuring it is not possible right now.

  • in Current Projects
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    When mounted horizontally to the top-back of the Blackburn rear carrier the SP-11 mount is correctly oriented to allow the vertical insertion of my Cateye LD-TD1100 rear light. I like this lamp because of 2 additional sideways pointing LEDs on each side, plus it takes AA batteries like the rest of my gear (GPS unit, headtorch, and small back-up front light).

  • in Current Projects
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    After much searching for custom solutions, and some head scratching, I finally found a nice solution to the mounting of a rear lamp to a Jim Blackburn rear carrier -- much neater than the old ESGE aluminium mount I used in the distant past.

    The Cateye SP-11 mount is designed to fit a seat post or handlebar, but it will clamp down small enough to firmly hold the twin rods at the top-back of the rear carrier. There is some rubber damping material which allows it to conform to the shape of the rods. Fortunately, the mount will accept a much wider range of their rear lights than listed in the instructions. I took out the toothed band and reinserted it in the opposite direction which improved the fitting.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Now featured at the G7 summit in Cornwall as a gift from Joe Biden to Boris Johnson:

    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-cana­da-57453840

    "the budget was just $1,500 (£1,060), a third of the minimum price the firm charges."

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Anyone packrafted before? Thoughts/ideas/suggestions on where to look or brands to look out for? Quite fancy lazily floating down rivers/across lochs given the current state of things!

    Maybe you might like to look at folding kayaks as well. There is a strong tradition of expedition touring with them. I have a Klepper which I have used both at sea and for river touring. Feathercraft are also another well respected brand. Both makes are expensive new, but can be found on the used market as they last for decades.