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by John Hunter
9 Jan 2014, 12:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The end of the tax disc?
Replies: 6
Views: 13900

The end of the tax disc?

Will that remove one form of potential excuse for drivers harrasing cyclists?
by John Hunter
5 Nov 2013, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non series shimano components
Replies: 7
Views: 4015

Non series shimano components

Hi all,

Anyone know if you can buy non series shimano components and if you can, whether they are cheaper/comparible to the series components?
by John Hunter
8 Aug 2013, 1:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading a Specialized Tricross
Replies: 10
Views: 4193

Re: Upgrading a Specialized Tricross

Thanks for the reply .... The reasons are threefold really. First and formost is that the parts are wearing out. The bike has done 12000 miles and while I've changed the wheelset, bottom bracket and rear deraileur, all the othe components are the originals. Secondly, I'd like to use the bike for mor...
by John Hunter
8 Aug 2013, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading a Specialized Tricross
Replies: 10
Views: 4193

Upgrading a Specialized Tricross

Hi All, I'd love some advice if you could about upgrading a 2011, basic Specialized Tricross. In theory it's a cyclocross bike but in reality it's a hybrid/tourer. The existing components are basic basic stuff. Shimano 2300 level (apart from the rear deraileur which is an Shimano Alvio). It is an 8 ...
by John Hunter
9 Jan 2013, 2:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle to Work scheme
Replies: 33
Views: 4075

Cycle to Work scheme

Hi All, I hope this hasn't been done to death but I wouldn't mind some advice on the C2W sceme. I'm thinking of buying a new bike through it, ostensibly so I can get a bike bike more suitable for doing sportives etc, but also to use for work occasionally. Since the changes (ie the end of agreement p...
by John Hunter
31 Oct 2012, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

Re: Schwalbe Marathons

I've ridden with the lesser pressure in front & back a few times now. It seems better than before, however, when climbing a steep hill (out of the saddle) I still suffered some wheel spin on the back tyre. I guess it's not unusual, but I don't remember getting much of it with my old (original) t...
by John Hunter
26 Oct 2012, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

Re: Schwalbe Marathons

Yes thanks rehohn2 ... it was really useful .....

I've let the tyres down a little today ..... we'll see what happens.
by John Hunter
25 Oct 2012, 3:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

Re: Schwalbe Marathons

Thanks for the advice .... What size tyre are they? I'd thought of letting some out but the ride becomes really heavy when they are softer. Could you explain that please? What Marathon model are they,Schwalbe tyres usually have code number on the sidewall that usually starts with H for Mrathons ... ...
by John Hunter
24 Oct 2012, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

Re: Schwalbe Marathons

Thanks for all this advice guys ..... I've had the Marathons on for about 1000 miles now, in all kinds of weather but they still seem smooth. The previous Boroughs did over 6000 miles before I 'had' to replace them. (I say had .... I think I could have got a bit more out of them). They are inflated ...
by John Hunter
23 Oct 2012, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

Schwalbe Marathons

Hi All ... long time no post but I've got a question about the Schwalbe Marathons on my Tricross. The previous tyres were Specialized Borough CX which came with the bike. They had a very squared profile and the rubber was very soft. They wore out however, and as they had stopped making Boroughs and ...
by John Hunter
20 Jul 2012, 1:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons and a steering wobble?
Replies: 10
Views: 3305

Re: Schwalbe Marathons and a steering wobble?

Last Friday my head set decided to seize up. It's been needing a service for some time. My guess is that the 'wobble' or right steer was because of that?????
by John Hunter
11 Jul 2012, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Marathons and a steering wobble?
Replies: 10
Views: 3305

Schwalbe Marathons and a steering wobble?

Hi All, I was wondering if anyone could suggest a reason for/solution to something I've noticed since I put some 700x32 Schwalbe Marathons on my Specialized Tricross. Previously, I used the tyres that came with the bike (Specialized Boroughs) which were quite square with a flat profile (if that make...
by John Hunter
24 May 2012, 2:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maintenance Books
Replies: 17
Views: 2268

Re: Maintenance Books

I asked the same kind of question a while back ... Haynes was recommended but I already had it and wasn't impressed. In recent weeks though, with the help of Haynes, YouTube, sites like Park and the advice of a mate, I've been able to change my cassette and the bottom bracket (what a job that was!!)...
by John Hunter
19 Apr 2012, 12:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike building book
Replies: 5
Views: 2220

Best bike building book

Can anyone recomend a really good/simple beginners book about building a bike? I've got an old mtb frame and some spare parts and I'd love to learn a lot more about the mechanics of bikes (at the moment ... in the words of Manuel ..... "I know nothing!"
by John Hunter
9 Dec 2011, 10:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can fitting full mudguards cause a wobble in steering ......
Replies: 16
Views: 1302

Re: Can fitting full mudguards cause a wobble in steering du

.... high winds ? Not that I've ever noticed. Is the correct answer!!!! Oops ..... :oops: The problems of a max title length. Basically ..... in the recent windy weather, I've noticed that my steering wobbles slightly with the stronger gusts. I'm not talking about a gust that blows the whole bike o...