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  1. I'm looking to get a frame bag (or half frame bag) made locally, specific to my bike's dimensions and having baulked at the price of 'ready-made' ones, was looking to get a recommendation for someone who is handy with a sewing machine that could make one to my design. Anyone been down this road before?
  2. Good morning technie/touring Hubbers! Planning on doing more long distance challenges this year incl. longer Audaxes etc. Been interested in the Edge Explore for some time since it was known as the Touring, but cannot find any evidence that it is sold in RSA. Seems more geared towards the European touring market. Anyone have one/seen one?
  3. I am taking on the Cross Cape route on my Specialized Diverge gravel bike soon. The tyre choice is between the 38mm Panaracer Gravelking SK (small knobs) or the regular Gravelking (light file tread). I am not very familiar with the route, but suspect the faster rolling, regular GK will be the better weapon, considering we probably don't have too many hectic switchback descents in our part of the world. Also, I know some long sections will just be tarmac. Am I being a naïve moron? Any hubbers with some experience with these tyres and the area? Are the regular GK untameable on the dirt? I am a bit of a roadie, and would hate to drag any unnecessary tread along if not necessary. I'm a bit hasty like that. Looking forward to the discussion!
  4. I am looking to cycle from Maputo to Windhoek via Swazi/SA/Bots next year. Primarily I am looking for any info regarding the Maputo to Swazi stretch. Thanks
  5. Hi All I'm planning on doing a 4 day bike-packing tour on my new gravel bike around the Klein Karoo area, specifically Riversdale - Oudtshoorn area, in a few weeks time. - I'd appreciate any suggestions with regards my proposed routes, places to stay, places to stop for lunch etc. Trying to include a few scenic passes where feasible. - I've kept the distances around 90km, it's going to be my first multi-day trip on my gravel bike so would rather be (relatively) conservative. Quiet gravel roads would be preferable to tar where possible. - I've used Google Maps as my primary route source, but I'm a little concerned as to it's accuracy once you get off the major roads onto gravel. - To keep weight down I'll be packing my credit card rather than a tent etc! - Day 4 might get interesting but I've got an emergency escape vehicle (assuming I have cell signal) if things get too desperate.. Thanks! NC_Lurker Day 1: Buffelsjagrivier - Riversdale Distance: 92km Elevation: 1450m - Overnight in Stilbaai Day 2: Stilbaai - Van Wyksdorp Distance: 92km Elevation: 870m - Overnight in Van Wyksdorp Day 3: Van Wyksdorp - Oudtshoorn Distance: 90km Elevation: 1200m - Overnight in Oudtshoorn Day 4: Oudtshoorn - Albertinia Distance: 125km Elevation: 1750m - Overnight in Stilbaai
  6. Hi all I want to start a thread dedicated to Gravel, CX, Touring and All road bikes, and even MTB gravel conversions. A one stop place to post photos of bikes, project builds, diy solutions and basically anything related to the topic. So to start off the thread here is my latest build. Specialized Sequioa Expert. The reason I choose the Sequoia was because I got a really good deal on it. Wasn't my first choice, but it's really grown on me. Parts I used on the rebuild are as follows - HED Belguim rims laced to Hope hubs - Paul Sram adapter with a Sram 1x11 GX setup - 40t Sram series s 1x crankset - Cane creek compact brake levers - Yokozuna Motoko brake calipers. Now lets see yours....
  7. Howzit, Perhaps this question can benefit from research done by those riding to PMB for the Amashova? I'm planning a solo tour, on tar road, from JHB to Durban. The specific route I want to follow involves JHB West, Randfontein, Vaal Dam, Reitz, Bethlehem, Clarens, Harrismith, Winterton, Mooi River, PMB and Durbs. Does anyone have any elevation profiles available for this route, that they could share? Perhaps those organisers of rides from Heidelberg have something available that they could share? Much appreciated!
  8. Hello everyone, I want to do a long distance bicycle tour around South Africa and possibly into Africa, i am in the process at looking at different bicycles including the Surly Disc trucker, Salsa Marrakesh, Kona Sutra, Trek 920 and Soma Saga. There is a lot of information about these bicycles online but it is difficult to find any of them in South Africa. Can anyone point me in the direction of the agents or can anyone recommend a different brand that can be locally sourced and that will manage my requirements of loaded touring. TIA
  9. Good morning all, Did anyone here cycle between PE and Grahamstown? Any safe back roads? If anyone can assist with a GPX file. Thanks
  10. Hey All I frequent the Groot Drakenstein/Boschendal area and will be there this Easter long weekend. Anyone know of some cool dirt road routes please? Looking for distance, elevation and preferably some pretty sights too... Thinking of hooking up Paarl Mountain and Franschoek Pass, possibly Wemmershoek/Zachariashoek somewhere? TIA x
  11. What to expect A typical day on tourEach day has a theme. We rise early and set off after breakfast. Generous water points en route. Post-ride drinks & snacks at the finish line. The afternoons are yours to relax and explore, mingle with fellow riders, learn from others and sharpen your deipnosophistic skills. Dinner will be a sit-down affair, sans handle bars, and not at all like cycling. You deserve a good night's sleep - there will be no camping. Shared or upgraded accommodation available. Captains We ride in groups, according to ability, under the watchful eyes and helping hands of our ride captains. These are ex-pro's, young guns, or current competitive cyclists. They are here to help and share their experience. MAMILS We are a group of middle aged men in lycra. We value our time and create rides that we want to do ourselves. Which is why we ride alongside you. Join us for an adventure and part as a friend. Strava This is not a race. It is a multi-day cyclo-sportive. We go out soft, and end hard. Effort is compulsory but timing is optional. Fines meetings will be held and banter is encouraged. Spot prizes up for grabs. For more information, please visit the Weskus Toer website here. And let them know you heard about it on Bike Hub.
  12. Planning a bike packing adventure from Pretoria to Knysna. The Missus is a little concerned about my safety so I am going to try and get a tracker but have also decided to see if I can find anyone to join me ........ for all or just parts of the route. Current thinking is to leave 04:00 from Pretoria on Sun 11 December. Route at this stage looks something like this: Day 1: Pretoria to Heilbron (182km - B&B accommodation)Day 2: Heilbron to Clocolan (211km - Camping on Ben Nevis Farm)Day 3: Clocolan to Smithfield (198km - B&B accommodation)Day 4: Smithfield to Hofmeyr (219km - B&B accommodation)Day 5: Hofmeyr to Jansenville (222km - B&B accommodation)Day 6: Jansenville to Uniondale (192km - possibly camp but means extra 30km)Day 7: Uniondale to Knysna (87km)Aiming to try cycle 10 hours a day with two hours a day allocated to eating/sight seeing/photo's etc. Not sure how realistic this is as it means most days I need to average around and even over 20km/hr. My biggest concern at this stage is having adequate water so going to take a 3L Camelback. I will only have lighter, stove, torch, food and water in the Camelback - a survival kit, if you will. If I can't find another camping spot I might just abandon the idea of camping for this trip as it is a bit silly dragging all the camping kit along for one night (the farm where I planned to camp has chalets available as well). Still need to do: Work out how to get the daily Google map tracks onto my GPS (will hopefully sort out this week);Borrow a saddle bag and handle bar roll, pack and practice a bit with it (have approached someone just need to tie it all up)Try to identify more camping options - at least one or two more nightsAnybody interested or who can offer route advice/tips, please PM me and we can then swap numbers and chat further
  13. For reasons of early midlife crises and a light dose of work burn-out, I started thinking of an "extended" break from work to clear the head. I settled on 3 months in Europe, cycling the big Cols of the Tour de France, some monuments of the Giro d’Italia, emerging Spring Classics (read: Strada Bianche route) and exploring new countries if time allows. To make the money stretch for that long, there'd be a lot of camping, and some home-cooking to boot. Finally, I’ve decided to be on a holiday and not a pilgrimage or crusade. A joyful heart, sore legs and double-espressos, if you will. The decision on the nature of the trip set some key parameters for equipment: 1) I need a bike. 2) I need to carry stuff with it. 3) I need to love looking at it while I’m doing it, as well as when the trip is over. Since there will be a lot of climbing (and I guess descending too) I realized I need racing geometry. With good brakes. My notes kept returning to “Cyclo-cross Tourer”. It certainly makes for a niche machine, but jury is out on the “beautiful” part. That was until I started hitting Google with intent, and stumbled upon Mr David Mercer, an up and coming local frame builder. His work got featured every so often in local magazines. Seeing his personal tourer online, something stirred inside... http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/MercerBikes-300x160.jpg (Photo courtesy of MercerBikes) I delayed the necessary phone call, knowing if the price was right the deal would be done and the option to turn back, well, gone. And so it happened. On an ordinary day, using an ordinary phone, from an ordinary location, something with promises of extravagance and artisanal beauty was born. David named his (approximate) price and deposit requirements. I thought about it for a moment and counted on my ability to breathe under water. It became a bit of a timing deal, I guess. Waiting longer to commit would cause hassles given his order book and my envisioned departure date. In the end, we settled on delivery early April 2016. Again, so far off, it seemed almost unreal. The key specifications were: Disc brake ready frame and fork700c/29” wheelsAmple clearance for cyclocross/MTB tiresThe frame would be built in steel, with a Columbus carbon CX fork. The good thing about the extended timeline was that I had lots of time to research and procure components for the build. I also saw our local currency loose its **** twice, while I was sitting with wish-list orders on various bicycle part supply sites. It was obviously great being able to wait these things out a little... I’ll do the write-up in chronological order, to share the agonizing process of waiting with a bleeding credit card in hand. The frame is covered. Ordered 1st and expected to arrive last. Like it should be. I should name this frame Hitchcock for all its suspense. Here's a sneak view of some of the details..."Artisanal" http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Cameleon_LuggedDelight.jpg (Photo courtesy of MercerBikes) Gearing / braking up next At the time of the build, hydraulic disc brakes for road bikes was just approved by the UCI for use in the pro peloton. Not that I would race at that level…this year…or ever…but…it meant product options started trickling in from SRAM, Shimano and other players. I knew I wanted disc brakes and from previous experience with a touring tandem, I knew I was looking for a hydraulic setup. Both Shimano and SRAM have just launched fully hydraulic setups, with shifters housing the fluid reservoir driving pistons much as we know from the MTB world. A super-sexy setup no doubt, but also rather pricey. Other options included cable/fluid combinations, which would allow me to decouple the groupset/brake setup options. I kept this in the back of my mind as I filled my trolley online, comparing options on price while reading as much as I could about pros and cons either way. In the end I figured: I actually have to start with the brake set up, since everything else would hang off this backwards. Buy Shimano and I will have to go Shimano road gearing. Ditto SRAM, but at least there I would have the option of mixing road vs. MTB parts. This then went the direction of gearing. I’ll be hauling approx. 35kg of kit up 20km passes at 10% ave. grade. That requires MTB gearing at best I thought. Options, options. 1x10, 1x11? 2x11? 3xwhatever. It became so confusing, I spent days in the fetal position in a semi-catatonic state. Safe word was “Simplification”. I decided to decouple the braking/shifter/speed dilemma by going for a cable-to-hydraulic option from TRP (they call it Hy/Rd, pronounced "High Road"). This allowed me to make the groupset decision later, while being able to look for good deals on standard equipment. http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/TRPBoxSet-1024x768.jpg Sold as a single caliper, it ships with a 160mm rotor (6-bolt) and adapters for direct and IS mount. Interestingly, with the TRP setup, the hydraulic fluid is housed in a reservoir on the caliper assembly. This makes for a bulkier brake and requires some consideration to limit heel-strike.Its a hefty little unit, with the reservoir located on the caliper body itself - the shiny plate is the cover: http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/TRPUpclose-1024x768.jpg Additionally, TRP and several others recommend running compression-less brake housing to minimize drag and create a more direct braking feel. Some research pointed to Yokozuna brake housing, in the league of Nokon, but more reasonably priced. My credit card cried tears the shape of dollar signs as it gleefully gotten itself whipped and abused. The set arrived with brake and shifter housing, promising an improvement in already-sweet shifting (from the experience of my all-Campy set up on the road bike). Back to shifters/gearing then. A chance discussion with my local Campy dealer opened up a whole new can of worms…what about using a triple Campy Record crank up front? This can be run with a standard 10 speed Campy shifter set, since the front shifter has enough trim positions to cover all three blades. As luck would have it, I was running a Record 10 speed setup on my road bike. All I needed was a reason to upgrade to 11 speed on that bike…eventually. The plan was thought over and then committed to. I picked up the triple crank for next to nothing, and had a triple front derailleur and long cage rear derailleur thrown in. The latter not top-of-the-line stuff, but certainly adequate for my purposes... http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Der-768x1024.jpg Of course, one needs a bottom bracket too...I picked up a matching Record BB in the right size. Unfortunately no pictures since this has been dispatched to my frame builder along with the crank. To check clearances, you see... Voila, gearing was sorted (for now)! While the classic alloy Record crankset is something to behold, the theme of the bike turned into black/cream/gold/copper with very little silver/chrome. After some consideration, I found a local anodizing shop and commissioned a "mirror-black" finish. They refused to anodize the blades, which thus still leaves a bit of silver splash in the wrong place. To be sorted. (More at http://mudcakedface.com/build-projects/mercer-cx-tourer-build/)
  14. http://goo.gl/XRRALr - I'm organising this brilliant self-supported tour in the Karoo...10 days of cycling through an ancient landscape, jumping into waterfalls, visiting organic permaculture gardens, riding with Buffalo, cruising Prince Albert and conquering some breath taking passes...tour is not for profit (just covering costs!). Pack your panniers and head for the hills... https://www.facebook.com/PoortsandPasses
  15. With the South African mountain bike stage race market reaching a level of maturity and, some might even say, saturation, Dryland Event Management has collaborated with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures to launch Dryland Ride. Click here to view the article
  16. Dryland Ride tour offers full vehicle support, leaving you to focus on riding your mountain bike in amazing places. The joint venture combines the event credentials of Dryland Event Management, a leading mountain bike and trail-running event company, and Bhejane 4x4 Adventures, an organisation that guides 4x4 self-drive experiences in Southern Africa, to add another level to the mountain biking experience – touring. The mountain bike tours will have access to exclusive routes in the areas that Dryland utilises for its highly successful mountain biking and trail running events as well as certain concessions Bhejane holds in South Africa and neighbouring countries. “The aim of Dryland Ride is to provide the tourist with an alternative to a mountain bike race, with the same thrill, at half the pace. The whole family can now enjoy the ride together. We’re putting adventure back into mountain biking, because we feel that its been gradually minimised by the seriousness of racing,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management. Most accommodation is in guest houses or hotels, but where tented accommodation is needed, Dryland Ride ensures you'll sleep on a comfortable mattress with real linen. “By partnering with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures, we’re able to combine our knowledge of the mountain biking market with their experience in organising adventure tours. We feel that there’s a growing number of South African mountain bikers that want to enjoy multi-day riding experiences in beautiful places, but without the pressure and rigidity of a stage race. Dryland Ride packages will offer just that,” added Rademeyer. Dryland Ride has also established a partnership with Weg and go!, South Africa’s leading adventure and travel magazine. “Weg and go! is the largest travel magazine in South Africa, and we’ve built our success on the trust our readers have for us. We travel like they do, pay our own way like they do, and we do the things that they want to do, and then write honestly about our experiences so they can emulate them. When we put our name and reputation behind something or partner with someone, like we’ve done with the guys from Dryland Ride, we’re satisfied that our readers are going to love these very special tours,” said Pierre Steyn, editor-in-chief of Weg and go! magazine. Dryland Ride offers three wholesome meals a day, with lunch stops being in some of the most remote parts of Southern Africa. “Our readers are adventurous and they love the outdoors. They’re increasingly interested in the kind of experience that the Dryland Ride offers them, which is why we’ve been involved in the conceptualising of the itinerary from the outset. We’ve done the routes and we know it’s something readers can enjoy – challenging yet attainable and fun,” said Steyn. “It’s a logical next step for us to be working together with Dryland. They’ve got the respect and attention of the South African mountain bike market and we’ve got the experience and access to bring mountain bikers close to nature in a non-competitive environment,” said Frank Carlisle, founder and owner of Bhejane 4x4 Adventures. Dryland Ride has exclusive concessions and access to some of the most unspoiled wilderness areas in Southern Africa. “As an ex wilderness trails guide, conservation appreciation is a priority for me. We also focus firmly on family experiences, which requires a high level of respect and responsibility, a foundation on which our business has been built. With Dryland Ride, we’re changing the mode of transport from 4x4 vehicles to mountain bikes, an exciting prospect that we’re looking forward to,” added Carlisle. The Dryland Ride tour packages range from four to 10 days in duration and currently include the following: Karoo Passes and Poorts – 4 days Garden Route Ramble – 4 days Cape Winelands and Koue Bokkeveld – 5 days Lesotho Tour – 6 days Namibia Tour – 10 days For more information or to book your mountain bike tour, visit www.drylandride.co.za.
  17. Anyone interested in doing weekend or slightly longer out and back touring trips from Pretoria, road, off-road or mixed?
  18. To whomever it may concern We are a group of three friends (Anthony Edwards, Holly Spencer and Jonathan Wareing ) looking to do something amazing , over the past year and a half we have experienced some life changing events that have spurred us into action to do something inspirational and meaningful and we need your help to achieve this. Anthony and Jonathan plan to cycle from Johannesburg to Cape Town in a total of 14 days with Holly as our support vehicle. We plan to leave Johannesburg on the 30th of November 2014 covering a planned 150km a day leaving us with a few spare days in case of unforeseen issues .We plan on Staying over in Bnb’s and campsites along the route and visit many interesting places along the way .While we would happily do this just for the experience we have decided to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness for Erdheim Chester disease. Anthony’s father, Duncan Edwards, was diagnosed with Erdheim Chester Disease roughly a year ago. This is an exceptionally rare disease with his case being the second ever recorded case in South Africa and one of 500 ever recorded in the world. The disease is incurable and terminal. There have been many treatments done to people with the disease to stunt the progression of the disease and prolong their life. Unfortunately none of these treatments have worked for my father or they are simply too expensive for us to afford. No one can really explain what the disease is or what it does as it affects all the patients differently. My father is unfortunate in that the disease has affected his Central Nervous System, this only happens to 10% of recorded patients, he is therefore unable to walk and is wheelchair bound. He also has lesions on the part of his brain which controls coordination meaning he struggles to use his hands to feed himself and perform other tasks. This part of the brain is also involved in cognitive thinking, so he quickly becomes confused and struggles with his speech. He is currently on palliative care and the doctors cannot tell us how much longer he will live, but with each week we can see progression of the disease. We have decided that whilst attempting this tremendous task we would like to use it to raise awareness and raise funds for my father’s disease, ECD. Our plan is to approach various organizations, individuals and companies to ask for any funds that they may be able to sponsor us to complete the journey as well as donate to the research of this disease. We need funds for various expenses such as petrol, food, accommodation and repairs to both ourselves and the bicycles. All funds intended for donation will go towards the ECD Global Alliance based in America. This foundation aims to provide support to those suffering from the disease as well as to their families. They can also use the funds in order to fund further progression into the study of this disease so that more can be learned and hopefully future patients can be fully cured. We believe taking on such a task is a great way of raising awareness as cycle touring gains lots of attention from the public eye while on the road , it is also a way of showing people what they are truly capable of both mentally and physically in a similar way a life threatening illness does .The cycle tour will also hopefully encourage people to use their bodies while they still are capable of doing so as from experience we have seen that it gets taken away from you often far earlier than expected . Simply any amount or other form of help that you would be able to give us to help our journey in raising funds and awareness would be greatly appreciated. Any organization donating R 1000 or more will have their logo displayed in the support vehicles windows and possibly on the riders backs depending on the time of print of the cycling jerseys . For any more information regarding Erdheim Chesters disease , our route , us or how to donate please feel free to contact us at anytime Kind regards Anthony , Holly , Jonathan
  19. Hi All, I am planning on cycling to Jhb during my school holidays (I am a teacher). I wondered if there is anyone who has done it or has any advice for the route. I would like to avoid massive highways but I think I might struggle there. Any thoughts? S
  20. Hi All, I am planning on cycling to Jhb during my school holidays (I am a teacher). I wondered if there is anyone who has done it or has any advice for the route. I would like to avoid massive highways but I think I might struggle there. Any thoughts? S
  21. Hi all, looking for some options to travel from and to Cape Town with my bike in 3-4 days, I will start from Green Point and will stay in guesthouses, what is the best route I can consider to make a brake with my bicycle in such a short time? Thanks all!
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