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by robc02
23 Feb 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 54
Views: 2606

Re: Handlebar Tape

….On my most used commuter I have moved back to plastic bike ribbon - as well as being cheap it is durable, reusable and looks and feels fine. Am I the only one that misses buying this by the metre off a roll at the local bike shop? (Wrapped from the top down and held in place by an expanding bung ...
by robc02
23 Feb 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 54
Views: 2606

Re: Handlebar Tape

Am I the only one that is fine with the humble "black cork" tape for £6-7 every couple of years, without going in spending £25-40 in fancy bar tape twice a year? No. .... and I make mine last more than a couple of years! On my most used commuter I have moved back to plastic bike ribbon - ...
by robc02
22 Feb 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

The wonderful photos of Eddy Adkins (?) and foxyrider back in the day make me wonder why no-one used the invisible aero-bars position. Surely that had been invented by then by people trying to go fast on an omafiets? But (though haven't tried) the ' albatross ' style bars, like drops with almost no...
by robc02
21 Feb 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

.... Chessy Spire Xmas 10 on the O2 in I think 1981. Yep that's an early skinsuit :lol: Anyhow, all the elements are there as discussed above, hands hard into the bottom of the levers, bent arms, straight back. I could manage to ride a fifty in this position (@ 2 hours) but I would be sore after. T...
by robc02
21 Feb 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

Descriptions of "only using the drops for a fast descent" seem scary to me because with my setup that would mean going hell for leather with my hands nowhere near the brake levers. As others have suggested, this is probably due to problems with your setup. You should really be able to app...
by robc02
21 Feb 2019, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

Low bars and straight arms is a very common sight. This hasn't always been the case, of course. When I started time trialling there was a realisation that you could get aero by simply bending the arms - though some found this less comfortable than having slightly straighter arms and lower bars. Arg...
by robc02
21 Feb 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

I like dropped handlebars and don't like straights .......... but that's just me. Me as well. I find most straight bars too ......well, too straight! I can get on with the type that are swept back a bit (more than is now widely available) but find my hands settle best onto fully swept back roadster...
by robc02
21 Feb 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 82
Views: 2371

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

My main riding position is on the tops or hoods, but I do use the drops quite frequently for riding into the wind, short out of the saddle climbs, fast descents, or just for a change of position on a long ride. By today's standards my drops are quite deep - but they are a bit shallower than the Cine...
by robc02
19 Feb 2019, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thread size on Sturmey Archer Toggle?
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: Thread size on Sturmey Archer Toggle?

SA used to make a quick release cable connection. The first photo below shows the bit attached to the indicator. The other part has the usual threaded adjuster but is joined to the indicator with a spring clip. The complete assembly is shown in the second photo. They work very well but are quite dif...
by robc02
12 Feb 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SA hub
Replies: 18
Views: 2491

Re: SA hub

This video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea6krXSs-lc&t=52s

by a one time contributor to this forum is as good as any at showing the basics in under 10 minutes.
by robc02
4 Feb 2019, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lubricant for S.A. 3 speed hub?
Replies: 15
Views: 1869

Re: Lubricant for S.A. 3 speed hub?

SA used to (maybe still do) sell their own oil for the purpose. A lot of people reckoned SAE30 lawnmower oil was an equivalent. There may well be better options but these have kept many hubs going for decades!
by robc02
31 Jan 2019, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 7524

Re: Best bike

I don't see how a 'Dutch' bike is more advantageous over a lot of others. Like you, I was sceptical, .......... .....I heartily recommend a roadster for any non mountain commute, although I've lowered the gearing on mine for touring... +1. I bought my Humber roadster (1951 model) about twenty years...
by robc02
30 Jan 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Winter Tyres
Replies: 19
Views: 2711

Re: Schwalbe Winter Tyres

was going to get a set, then, read some reviews, and was put off. A number of folks had commented that the spikes push thro into the tyre, causing punctures, then when the offending stud is removed, the tube then pops up thro the wee hole. I also haven't heard of that so don't know how common that ...
by robc02
30 Jan 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Winter Tyres
Replies: 19
Views: 2711

Re: Schwalbe Winter Tyres

yup had a set for many years. they don't get much use but no wear as above. have lost a stud or two though despite doing the 'bedding in' process thoroughly. not that one or two missing is going to worry me. Much the same here. The studs I lost were early on and I replaced them. I have now switched...
by robc02
23 Jan 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 45
Views: 1884

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

B&M do an all weather wire roller for their bottle dynamos: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/dynamos/busch-muller-dymotec-all-weather-roller-cap-wire-brush-type/ The dynamo wheel in the OP is a top quality item with a price tag to match. Shimano do a range of dynamo hubs starting at around £30. Here ...