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by coast 2 coast
28 Apr 2014, 12:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are you a middle ring or big ring person?
Replies: 29
Views: 5880

Re: Are you a middle ring or big ring person?

If you don't use the full spread of gears available on each (typical regular) ride, the bike is not set up correctly for your style of riding. Gears are there to help you, not to be superfluous, redundant bits of metal that you cart around for the hell of it.
by coast 2 coast
10 Apr 2014, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Realistic life expectancy of a bike for "life"
Replies: 65
Views: 3768

Re: Realistic life expectancy of a bike for "life"

It all depends how well you look after your posessions
by coast 2 coast
9 Apr 2014, 12:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cross Brake Levers On Road Bikes?
Replies: 15
Views: 3881

Re: Cross Brake Levers On Road Bikes?

If the bike is fitted to you correctly, you wont have your hands up there much in the first place and it stops you from using a bar bag. In this case, the bike probably fits perfectly and is just being used in a slightly inapropriate manner. The Defy is designed for the open roads, not the stop star...
by coast 2 coast
7 Apr 2014, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steel bikes are heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 3052

Re: Steel bikes are heavy

Having spent substantial amounts of money on things like carbon fibre saddles, titanium bottom brackets, Middleburn cranks, carbon/titanium pedals etc. I feel like I now floats up hills.
by coast 2 coast
16 Feb 2014, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke nipple length
Replies: 5
Views: 4645

Re: Spoke nipple length

12mm nipples are more than good enough for most peoples standard touring type wheels. Longer or shorter nipples can be employed to make up for not having the correct length spoke. But there are wheel builds that do genuinely require differing nipple lengths though. The nipple seat on some deep secti...
by coast 2 coast
9 Feb 2014, 11:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Building Horror - HELP!
Replies: 70
Views: 11909

Re: Wheel Building Horror - HELP!

With Chrina rims once you have pretzeled them through over tensioning, you can pretty much forget trying to to get the tension perfectly balanced and the rim true. It will be either one or the other. No amount of tweaking and fettleing will over come this fact. So save yourself some time and energy ...
by coast 2 coast
30 Jan 2014, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upright rider gets laid back...?
Replies: 33
Views: 5670

Re: Upright rider gets laid back...?

mercalia wrote:might be a silly question, but what do u do with it?


I wondered that too. That despite the fact I get that question asked all the time, about my tricycles and my answer is, "Same as you on your bike, except with a bigger smile".
by coast 2 coast
28 Jan 2014, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please - choosing spokes and first time wheelbuild.
Replies: 10
Views: 5132

Re: Help please - choosing spokes and first time wheelbuild.

Consider it a holistic approach to wheel building. Building wheels commercially, requires and calls for a differing approach to that which a private individual may need. Punching, forces the bedding in process via violence rather than use. If you are competent enough to build the wheel in the first ...
by coast 2 coast
28 Jan 2014, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please - choosing spokes and first time wheelbuild.
Replies: 10
Views: 5132

Re: Help please - choosing spokes and first time wheelbuild.

I punched spoke heads when building wheels for Spa Cycles because I was following the standard set by the boss. It helped speed up the process of making wheels, that stayed true and straight and didn't have to come back for re-truing. That is fine when building wheels commercially but I wouldn't dre...
by coast 2 coast
10 Jan 2014, 12:31am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: OK lets go over the issue one more time
Replies: 135
Views: 5128

Re: OK lets go over the issue one more time

Was Angela Merkel wearing a helmet? Would it have protected her leg. Should the Germans not have learned at Stalingrad that they're rubbish in the snow?
by coast 2 coast
30 Dec 2013, 1:47pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: OK lets go over the issue one more time
Replies: 135
Views: 5128

Re: OK lets go over the issue one more time

If only Schumacher had not been so foolish as to have gone out wearing a helmet, he might have been out today enjoying the piste.
by coast 2 coast
26 Dec 2013, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)
Replies: 43
Views: 48816

Re: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)

First off, I was describing something I know about with absolute certainty. I then find it tiresome having people who know nothing of the subject disputing or questioning me. Rather than go over it again, I challenge them to find out the facts for themselves. As for me being glad about that guy's wh...
by coast 2 coast
24 Dec 2013, 11:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)
Replies: 43
Views: 48816

Re: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)

I'm an artist, not an engineer or a scientist. I have no interest or knowledge of the science and mathamatics behind wheel building. I don't understand the trigonometry of spoke angles, what a newton is in the real world or how it applies to spoke tension. And to be quite honest, I don't think there...
by coast 2 coast
24 Dec 2013, 8:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)
Replies: 43
Views: 48816

Re: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)

Why am I not surprised to see Pete jump in at this point, ever eager to argue a point, regardless of the facts or his familiarity with them? I find a certain amount of tedium about this forum, attempting to explain things, of which I have great knowledge to people armed with a very slight knowledge ...
by coast 2 coast
24 Dec 2013, 12:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)
Replies: 43
Views: 48816

Re: Good brand rims? (700c, 36h)

I think that is pretty much exactly the advise you could expect to receive from John at Spa Cycles too. I dont know the guy or his recommendations but I dont think that likely either but as i said I havent (knowingly) asked him. Rather than just assume I am either wrong or worse, making it up or li...