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by robc02
2 Aug 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubrication and protection
Replies: 58
Views: 3230

Re: Lubrication and protection

R2, yes it can make the chain wet, especially if you overdo it. I try to apply only a very small drop to each roller and then wipe off the excess. I've had little luck with dry lubes - when using them I had persistent chain squeaks - and I don't like the use of sprays if at all avoidable. How thin?...
by robc02
2 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubrication and protection
Replies: 58
Views: 3230

Re: Lubrication and protection

I normally use Weldtite TF2 in liquid form for chains. . Do you mean this? Which they also dub "performance"? https://www.wiggle.co.uk/weldtite-tf2-performance-lube-with-teflon/?lang=en&curr=GBP&dest=1&sku=305246&kpid=305246&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_camp...
by robc02
2 Aug 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubrication and protection
Replies: 58
Views: 3230

Re: Lubrication and protection

I normally use Weldtite TF2 in liquid form for chains. It does a reasonable job at a reasonable price. I have previously used car gearbox oil or even engine oil - the latter certainly not the best but readily available (to me and many others) and much better than nothing. I traditionally used a gene...
by robc02
26 Jul 2019, 10:02am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: canvas tents
Replies: 24
Views: 864

Re: canvas tents

The idea of having a choice of inners depending on season is great (I'm surprised Robens and others don't give it a go).


Tarptent do, at least for some of their models. They offer a choice of mesh or "solid" inners - neither in canvas, of course.
by robc02
26 Jul 2019, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Topeak Pocket Rocket
Replies: 19
Views: 2896

Re: Topeak Pocket Rocket

I've had a Pocket Rocket for years and would echo the comments above - just about OK for 23-28mm tyres for occasional punctures.

I've reverted to frame fit pumps (Zefal HPX) on most of my bikes. With them I can get any tyre that I am likely to use (25 - 40mm) quickly up to the correct pressure.
by robc02
25 Jul 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano BB-UN55; actual widths
Replies: 8
Views: 2862

Re: Shimano BB-UN55; actual widths

Very useful information here, thanks Brucey.

Does this belong in "Too Good to Lose"?
by robc02
21 Jul 2019, 10:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash
Replies: 30
Views: 4895

Re: Padded Cycling Shorts - What Do You Wear Under - How Often Do You Wash

a) nothing b) after a day of use. - Not every time I wear them as that would mean wearing one pair to get to work and another on the way home. When on tour I normally take three pairs - one to wear, one clean and dry in my panniers, and one being washed. The latter is washed on arrival at a campsite...
by robc02
19 Jul 2019, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: of a tyre similar in performance to the almighty Voyager Hyper?
Replies: 51
Views: 3770

Re: of a tyre similar in performance to the almighty Voyager Hyper?

In the 37 size tested and the 60 - 75 psi range the difference in favour of the Hyper is 1.4w per tyre, I can't notice that with everything else absorbing my wattage YMMV In terms of RR they're both excellent tyres, when you look at the other common touring tyres you can see it's by quite a margin....
by robc02
18 Jul 2019, 7:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: of a tyre similar in performance to the almighty Voyager Hyper?
Replies: 51
Views: 3770

Re: of a tyre similar in performance to the almighty Voyager Hyper?

of a tyre similar in performance to the almighty Voyager Hyper? I've been wondering the same myself. When the 32s on my commuter/winter bike wear out I will probably go for Continental GP 4 Seasons which are now available in 32mm. I have used them in 28mm and was happy with them, both in terms of r...
by robc02
9 Jul 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom gear - will I feel the difference
Replies: 38
Views: 1220

Re: Bottom gear - will I feel the difference

My LHT has a 46,36,24 Spa XD chainset and 11-32 cassette. It has an oldish Sora front mech. and a 105 medium or long cage rear mech operated by Suntour Powershift bar ends. It all works perfectly and I think there might even be scope for a couple of extra teeth difference! If I were in the OP's posi...
by robc02
26 Jun 2019, 7:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar tape in hot weather
Replies: 29
Views: 976

Re: Bar tape in hot weather

You used to be able to buy tape, often in lengths of a roll in the bike shop, that had no glue at all. The technique was to start at the top and wind the tape tightly, working towards the bottom, where it was tucked into the end of the bar and retained by and end plug. I am sure the same method woul...
by robc02
24 Jun 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Well I never...the hipsters steed!
Replies: 54
Views: 1972

Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

in the 60's and 70's a single chainring would have been the norm on most sports bikes, albeit with a five speed block - typically 14 - 24T My first tour was in 1950 with a school friend when we were both 15. It was 2 weeks of youth hostelling, riding from London to Lands End and exploring Devon and...
by robc02
24 Jun 2019, 10:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 46
Views: 1463

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

One degree change is approx. 1cm back or forth for saddle heights in the "normal" range. For a better approximation measure centre of BB to top of saddle and multiply by Sine of one degree (or whatever angular increment you want).
by robc02
24 Jun 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Well I never...the hipsters steed!
Replies: 54
Views: 1972

Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Just being devil's advocate.......... in the 60's and 70's a single chainring would have been the norm on most sports bikes, albeit with a five speed block - typically 14 - 24T. If you weren't 'ard enough to smash it up the hills then you could always walk. :mrgreen:
by robc02
16 Jun 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 7
Views: 428

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Mine is a year or two older than yours and has also been subject to heavy commuting use. About a year ago I found it starting to drag. It turned out to be due to cracking of the epoxy holding the coil assembly "claws" in place, causing binding against the hub shell. Also, one of the bearin...