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Nick_S

Member since Jan 2020 • Last active Sep 2021
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    Anyone know if all rear triangles have the requisite mounts for the 2 speed derailleur

    No, the early 3 and 5-speed short-wheelbase models didn't have any mounting for the Brompton 2-speed derailleur as it was later introduced with the T6 model in 2002.

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    A Yak weighs 19 lbs FFS

    That is not the correct value (there is a mistake on the manufacturer's website), a BOB Yak actually weighs 6.1kg (13.5lb).

    If you are willing to consider an aluminium alloy single-wheel trailer then the Toppeak Journey weighs 4.85 kg (10.7 lb).

    An advantage of the trailer arrangement is that all you need to change is the QR skewer on your current bike, which can remain relatively lightweight in construction as it will share the weight with the trailer. Though some higher volume tyres, improved brakes, etc. would make sense.

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    I am trying to source a MAXXIS Hookworm tyre, 16" x 1.95 (ETRTO 53 - 305), for trailer use. Any ideas for a supplier, preferably in the UK or the EU?

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    This is a worry. Some Americans glue a plastic cover on each claw.

    Not a good idea, IMHO. As you will be taking your cat into territory belonging to other cats, dogs and foxes, some of whom will be dangerous, you don't want to take away its defences. Likewise, it is not unknown for cats to go wandering and get lost, so at least she would have some means to hunt until (hopefully) found. I had folks I knew in northern Greece who brought their cat camping and it liked that particular mountain so much that it could not be found when they left. One year later when they went back their cat came running up to see them, having survived on hunting alone.

    It is also worth training her to used a harness and leash, so that you have some more control when there are other folk, dogs etc. around. Mine enjoys going out for walks at dusk, when he feels less threatened by a new environment such as a campsite.

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    So I'm thinking I could make a Dyneema tent

    Having camped with a cat, I suggest you make the tent floorless like an MLD Duomid. Then you can have a separate groundsheet that is easy to replace or tape over with duct tape (e.g., a sheet of Tyvek) when your cat stretches its claws and cuts the material -- as it will. Likewise I would avoid inflatable camping mats for similar reasons.

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    The ultimate goal is a touring bike, loaded with comfy camping gear, which is as fun and responsive as an unladen race bike.

    Perhaps the closest you'll get is with a single wheel trailer for the cat carrier and gear, leaving you with your choice of a nice light and sporty bike without additional encumbrances, e.g,. BOB Yak or Topeak Journey trailer. There are several YouTube videos of folks with this arrangement, though not specifically for cats...

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    I only have the blades and little else

    Kits of the remaining mudguard fitting parts are available:

    • Brompton front mudguard stay steel, complete with hook and fixings. Reference: QMGSFA
    • Brompton rear mudguard stay set, L-version steel, i.e., for bikes without a rack. Reference: QMGSRSET

    Then there are the two mudguard flaps if you don't have those: front flap, reference: QMGFLAPF and rear flap, reference: QMGFLAPR.

    For one possible source, Brilliant Bikes are listing all these parts as in stock.

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    I always wanted a BOB Yak trailer for cargo duties. I like the idea of a single-wheel trailer that leans with the bike. Now that they have been discontinued after almost 30 years, I bought one of the last ones available new -- the 28 Plus model in black.

    Some assembly and setting up is required. It is going to be a close fit beneath the bicycle's lower rear rack and mudguard mountings.

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    Magic Lotus

    This is lovely.

    On my browsers it is a subtle pink in Firefox, but a saturated dark pink in Chrome, so I need to look into what is going on with colour-management.

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