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Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Rohloff - What's YOUR Opinion ?
« Last post by RobertL on April 21, 2018, 07:32:14 PM »
Upgraded to a Rohloff a few weeks ago, but only cycled some short distances. Lovely spacing and the 11th gear at 60-61 gain inches is just fine. Added an AXA lock to protect the investment.

My Shimano Alfine 8 with over 10,000 miles on it is going to a 30 year old plus Diamond Back Ascent which will become the back-up/pub bike.
Muppets Threads! (And Anything Else) / Re: New shoes/boots
« Last post by jags on April 21, 2018, 06:11:43 PM »
Thanks Neil /Martin/ Dan much appreciated.

i'm probably looking to spend 100 euro can't manage to go much more to be honest.
lads i love walking but max is probably 10to 15km  and all my walks are pretty much flat wet and soft under foot (muck) not all the time but typical irish weather. ::)

I'll the stores next week all going according to plan.
thanks again lads .

Cycle Tours / Bike tour in Norway
« Last post by Repeat on April 21, 2018, 05:55:23 PM »
Hi all - Planning on a 2 week tour in Norway at the end of July with the idea to combine cycling from place to place and hiking up some of the mountains in the area. With easy flights from London to TromsÝ, and Trondheim available are there any recommendations from Forum members? Thanks for any suggestions.Rich.
Muppets Threads! (And Anything Else) / Re: New shoes/boots
« Last post by Neil Jones on April 21, 2018, 02:57:04 PM »
Hi Anto,

As well as enjoying my cycling I also love to walk and have completed quite a few long distance paths and most of the peaks in Snowdonia.

I have recently gone back to a full grain leather boot after a few years wearing lightweight non-waterproof trail shoes (La Sportiva 'Ultra Rapter'). If you are walking in dry conditions trail shoes are brilliant and you are able to walk faster and more miles without fatigue. They also dry out really quickly as they have a mesh like construction and although it feels a bit unpleasant at first when your feet get wet as long as your feet are warm it isn't a problem. The only time I have issues using trail shoes is if you are walking multiple days with wet feet, I did and my wet feet became soft and blistered terrible and now just use trail shoes on dry days.

The other issue I had with these mainly Far East manufactured shoes is that they cost so much, usually around £100. When I pick them up I think of my parents and wonder what they would think of spending so much on something that probably cost under a fiver to make.

Last month I made the decision to go back to high quality leather boots. I booked an appointment with Whalley Warm and Dry in Lancashire (highly recommended) who measured me properly and gave me lots of advice on insoles and lacing the boot correctly. I came out with a pair of Altberg is boots which are surprisingly light and very comfortable. They range from £160-£230 but have half sizes and multiple Wildth fittings as well as being resolable. They are also made in either Yorkshire or Italy to a very high standard. Like most things in life you may have to pay twice the amount initially but they will hopefully last 10 time longer and be nicer to wear.

Whatever you decide to do fit is the most important thing, just like bike frame sizes. It's pointless spending silly money on an ultra lightweight carbon flying machine if you aren't comfortable riding it. The more comfortable your shoes/boots are the more you will get out and walk.

Hope you've been out and about in this lovely weather and that you are keeping fit.


Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Preparing for air travel??
« Last post by mickeg on April 21, 2018, 02:22:29 PM »
I think it does not matter how you position it, the airline baggage handlers will find a way to do it differently.  And, the plug should not leak, so not sure how that could affect anything.

Just yesterday I wrote up a short piece on my thoughts on air travel and my Rohloff hub and posted a photo in a different thread.  To summarize, I changed my oil before I took a trip in 2016 by air.  I suspect that the wheel was shipped with the left side down and my EX box became very oily and dirty over the next several weeks after that flight, see photo.  I suspect that a lot of my new oil came out of the hub from air pressure during the flight.

But last year I did not have any such leakage when riding the bike around home after another oil change.  Thus, I think that leakage was all a one time event from the airplane pressure variation during flight.

I think you should just bring some extra disposable paper toweling along on the trip in case you want to wipe things off if they get oily.  And maybe some disposable gloves like medical personnel use to clean things up if necessary.

Next time I travel by air, I will plan to change the oil after I get home instead of before the start of my trip.
Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Preparing for air travel??
« Last post by Thomas777 on April 21, 2018, 01:47:12 PM »
My wife's bike has the Rohloff! As we think ahead wondering if the wheel should be positioned with the drain plug up during air travel?
Wheels, Tyres and Brakes / Re: Thorn Audax Mark III maximum tyre width?
« Last post by lewisjnoble on April 21, 2018, 11:10:07 AM »
Brief reply from phone . . . 32 Scwalbe Supremes will fit, with mudguards, but v tight. They do give a more comfortable ride than the 28 gatorskins in my view, an important factor on the tarmacced but with large stone chunks rather than chips on some of the roads in the UK Peak District. Lewis
Muppets Threads! (And Anything Else) / Re: New shoes/boots
« Last post by martinf on April 21, 2018, 09:58:14 AM »
Probably over your price range, but I went for Meindl Bhutan. They are reasonably waterproof, not too heavy and suit my feet well - no comfort issues on a recent 4 day hiking trip on coastal paths with about 80 km total walking. I also use them for survey work, when I often wear them for 8-10 hours per day, 5 days a week.

Got them on the advice of a workmate after wearing out a cheap pair of boots fairly quickly. He managed to find a good second-hand pair in his size at a fraction of the new price, but I wanted to try before buying so paid for new ones (from Go Outdoors in southern England, with a small discount over full price).
Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Rohloff - What's YOUR Opinion ?
« Last post by martinf on April 21, 2018, 09:18:33 AM »
All my bikes are hub geared (Sturmey Archer, Alfine 8 & 11, Nexus 8 and Rohloff) and the Rohloff, in the words of Tina Turner, "It's simply the best" by a good mile.

All but one of the family bikes have hub gears, the exception is my 1977 derailleur lightweight, not ridden much recently, but I intend to keep it for the time being as it's resale value must be very low. I also have the 2-speed Brompton derailleur combined with a 5-speed hub gear on one of the Bromptons.

I use Sturmey-Archer hubs (mostly old S5/2 five-speeds) on bikes with narrow rear triangles (Bromptons and old frames spaced at 113 to 120 mm), and have Nexus 8 Premium or Rohloff on recent bikes with 130-135 mm rear spacing.

The Rohloff seems best for long distance rides in hilly terrain, but I prefer the Nexus 8 Premium or the Sturmey Archer S5/2 for local utility rides as I then don't worry about locking and leaving the bike somewhere.

Nexus 8 Premium hubs seem reasonably reliable, and are currently available at a good price from SJS.

Wheels, Tyres and Brakes / Re: Thorn Audax Mark III maximum tyre width?
« Last post by PH on April 21, 2018, 05:52:02 AM »
Now itís clear to me itís all about mudguard clearance. Not brake or fork clearance.
Well yes and no - it's the brake that restricts how high you can set the mudguard and the fork fitting which dictates the distance from crown to blocks. 
But yes, not having a mudguard in that space frees it up for more tyre!
A couple of other variables -
Where it becomes borderline, rim width will play a part in the tyre's shape.
Mudguard profile doesn't always maximise the space. 
Thorn's direct fitting gets the guard as high in the crown as possible, for anyone using a bracket some modification can sometimes help get it higher.
Peoples definition of "acceptable clearance" varies
Running your brakes wide can get an extra mm or two, use the deepest pads and have them no closer to the rims than needed (I do this anyway, IMO it offers better braking at the cost of more frequent adjustment)

My bike with those brakes has the blocks right at the bottom of the slots and takes a tyre measuring 30mm and guards or one measuring 35mm without.  That's with my definition of acceptable clearance which is more than others I've seen, but not enough to stop them getting clogged up on mucky lanes.

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