Novice going RTW. Advice Sought After Scooter Engine Blew Up.

Discussion in 'Touring and recreational cycling' started by acharnley, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. acharnley

    acharnley New Member

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    Hi All, I'm in India after travelling several month from the UK on my RTW journey (http://www.andrewcharnley.com). As customs do not allow engine changes due to stupid formality rules I had to buy a bicycle and continue on that. My choice was limited and I ended up with something ridiculous. I'm managing a solid 100km a day, sometimes more. I've several questions and I know next to nothing about cycling, here goes…

    1. does the drive chain (shimano gears) make a big difference to efficiency? I'm sure what is fitted at the moment is basic, but it works.

    2. I need to block out the rear suspension. Looking at my bike, if I replace the suspension will it be better to replace the unit with a bar or have the vertical frame welded in some way?

    3. Can I fit 1.5 26" wheels onto a rim that normally takes 2.15 tyres? My rims are unusual in that they take tubes with a long valve stem, and I also think they are less width compared to normal 26" wheels.

    Bike pictures:

    http://www.andrewcharnley.com/?i=resources&module=view&id=418

    and

    http://www.andrewcharnley.com/?i=content&module=read&id=363

    Thanks!

    Andrew
     
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  2. vspa

    vspa Active Member

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    hey i cannot understand how does your rear rack work ? to support all that weight it should be clamped near the spot where the rear wheel is supported by the frame, is it attached on the seat tube alone ? edit: ok i read that you got it welded to the seat tube, good luck on your trip
     
  3. acharnley

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    The rear bars are welded to the seat bar, it's normal style for bikes here in India. It should be able to take at least the weight of a second person. I've had no trouble but it's one hell of a pivot around the steel up at the front of the bike.

    I had the rear suspension replaced with a bar yesterday and it's much better. I'll crack on towards Nepal. :)
     
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    mechanicals in a touring adventure are always a PITA, but it seems you are getting things sorted out,
     
  5. acharnley

    acharnley New Member

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    There's a picture of the 'fix' n my facebook page. Hopefully it'll stand up.

    http://www.facebook.com/andrewcharnleycom

    Thanks.

    Just need to source better rubber now.
     
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