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by cycle tramp
13 Apr 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two sets of brakes?
Replies: 28
Views: 1029

Re: Two sets of brakes?

Yes... I once built a bike with three brakes, front and rear cantilever brakes were operated in the usual way, but i mounted a BMX caliper to the rear stay bridge and used an old friction gear lever to operate it. The idea being that i could set the third brake to scrub of speed on any long down hil...
by cycle tramp
6 Apr 2019, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

. Perhaps they won't.... not entirely anyway..... given the strength of the 559 wheel size, and the choice of tyres, i can see the 559 rim size being adopted as the standard size wheel for e-bikes. If that happens we may end up with decent high quality wheel rims with meaty rim thickness and a high ...
by cycle tramp
20 Mar 2019, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3689

Re: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

Is there some psychology involved here (or am I thinking too hard?) Yes, i think you're right, and the psychology is 'don't get caught'.. which means thieves will target bikes which will tend not to have features which can readily be identified by their legal owners. After all, if my bike was stole...
by cycle tramp
19 Mar 2019, 7:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3689

Re: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

I've tend to treat my bike like my car, and left it locked up outside when I go to the cinema, go shopping, touring and even going to festivals. I tend to use a big abus steel-o-flex which I bought for 40 pounds about 15 years ago. For festivals I used to use D locks through the wheels and covered t...
by cycle tramp
18 Mar 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims with decent braking surface thickness?
Replies: 104
Views: 6863

Re: Rims with decent braking surface thickness?

So you are saying Hope disc brakes are rubbish? LoL! I've never had to do anything other than general periodic maintenance on any hydraulic brake system car, motorbike or bicycle. They are far superior to drum or rim brakes in performance and maintenance. Carry on believing what you have convinced ...
by cycle tramp
15 Mar 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims with decent braking surface thickness?
Replies: 104
Views: 6863

Re: Rims with decent braking surface thickness?

Sorry but I dunno what your genuine experience of disc brakes is, but they are without doubt a stratospheric leap in less maintenance, greater reliability, massively increased length of longevity of rims and actual braking performance compared to rim brakes or drum brakes. It's like night and day. ...
by cycle tramp
12 Mar 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

I remember CJ saying it would be a pain for the LBS to carry three sizes of wheels/tyres, but it seems like for all but the cheapest bikes 26" is dying out. For all but the smallest riders, 650 wheels build into better bikes without the toe overlap issues of mudguard shod 700 wheels on all, sa...
by cycle tramp
4 Mar 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

...h'mmm.... I wonder if it's not the size of the rim which may fall out of fashion, but rather any size of wheel with a 36 spoke hole pattern and a decent rim thickness which allows for rim brake use
by cycle tramp
3 Mar 2019, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

For the much more niche "expedition" type bike (Surly LHT, Thorn Sherpa, Dawes Sardar etc), AIUI, 26" wheels meant stronger wheeks and wider tyres, more clearance - ideal for load-lugging expeditions and I can see why the market might leave them behind. ...or perhaps grocery shopping...
by cycle tramp
3 Mar 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

I thought a very similar topic came up recently and that the general consensus was that there was no great need to worry. This thread sounds far more pessimistic. Time for me to do a significant stock up on 36h sputniks i think? ..personally speaking i thought about buying four and keeping them bac...
by cycle tramp
3 Mar 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

Thanks all, really useful. But I am gnashing my teeth (unadvised as I have just shelled out on dental work...) as after decades of riding I have only in the last decade got hold of bikes which fit me. The reason they fit me is that they have 26" wheels and I am 5'2" (the reason I didn't g...
by cycle tramp
2 Mar 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6226

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

I suspect that over the next 5 years mainstream bicycle manufacturers will move away from the 559 rim size, leaving only niche bike builders like Thorn and Oxford bikes to build frames around that size.... ...by the 6th year I also suspect that the 559 rim size will then be re-discovered again, alon...
by cycle tramp
18 Feb 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 20" aluminium mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 3000

Re: 20" aluminium mudguards

Hi, All looks a bit of a mess, I would think about making the rear mudguard in two parts. Joining Either side of the rear brake. Make a U shaped bracket to fix on the brake Boss, Over or under the brake, fix mudguards to either end of bracket. Aluminium or stainless I think will be even more prone ...
by cycle tramp
9 Feb 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 8349

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

Gosh, yes.. .there is for you.... and it will probably be entirely different from the bike that i ride.... which is a good thing. There would be nothing more boring if we all rode the same sort of bicycle! However in order for you to find your perfect commuting bicycle you may have to try alot of di...
by cycle tramp
9 Feb 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does anyone know the LeJog statistics?
Replies: 13
Views: 5150

Does anyone know the LeJog statistics?

Does anyone know the number of cyclists who complete the lands end to John o'groats tour every year? Andl if so are the figures displayed anywhere? (One of my local towns could be considered 'on route and the council is looking to invest in better cycling facilities. If I can prove to the council th...