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by boblo
21 Oct 2020, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?
Replies: 18
Views: 522

Re: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?

Couple of points to add: I was in a similar position and went for an 11-40 XT cassette which needs the 105 GS long cage rear dérailleur. I'm using 50/34 on the front with a standard 105 FD. I can get all gear combinations inc big/big and small/small with no problems. This will give the OP a couple o...
by boblo
19 Oct 2020, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR position on new Disc bike
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: QR position on new Disc bike

Assuming you mean Q/R and not T/A, they're all like that...

Obviously you can clock the position of the lever where ever you want to avoid it getting snagged but assuming a normal lever/clearance, I can't see how it would catch the disc... P'raps post a pic just to be sure.
by boblo
15 Oct 2020, 10:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quick link removal without tools.
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

Re: Quick link removal without tools. Unread postby Sweep » 15 Oct 2020, 10:18am boblo wrote: Or just carry something like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-In-1-Tire-Valve-Lever-Buckle-Link-Plier-Bike-Chain-Bicycle-Repair-Tools-NEW/143641752152?hash=item2171b73258:g:fFYAAOSwtzle9bFE Do you have o...
by boblo
15 Oct 2020, 9:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: My poor tyre...
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: My poor tyre...

Put the front on the back and a new one on the front. I think Durano (one of my faves) has been rebranded 'One' but they're nothing like 'proper' Durano's?
by boblo
15 Oct 2020, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quick link removal without tools.
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

I've been using the 'vee it up on the big ring' method for years with 100% success, then... Out and about and after a minor lie down, I caught the rear dérailleur in the back wheel twisting the hanger, snapping the Goat link and tying the chain in a real knot. Never before. No chance of veeing a twi...
by boblo
14 Oct 2020, 8:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?
Replies: 47
Views: 1346

Re: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?

Good or bad, I've always soldered the joints then used needle nosed pliers to set the strain relief and heat shrink to insulate. Clearly I haven't got a set of crimpers and I've no need to buy any for the couple of dozen connectors I've soldered in my lifetime...
by boblo
13 Oct 2020, 4:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 9 speed FD vs Sora 9 speed FD
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: 105 9 speed FD vs Sora 9 speed FD

Not specifically these two but Shimano has changed their front dérailleurs markedly in the last few years. They went from a long lever that could limit capacity because if it hit the tyre/mudguard and needed high cable tension/more effort at the STI to operate to a much shorter lever that feels lig...
by boblo
12 Oct 2020, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 9 speed FD vs Sora 9 speed FD
Replies: 13
Views: 409

Re: 105 9 speed FD vs Sora 9 speed FD

Not specifically these two but Shimano has changed their front dérailleurs markedly in the last few years. They went from a long lever that could limit capacity because if it hit the tyre/mudguard and needed high cable tension/more effort at the STI to operate to a much shorter lever that feels ligh...
by boblo
25 Sep 2020, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo Headlight - Does it Still Work?
Replies: 28
Views: 756

Re: Dynamo Headlight - Does it Still Work?

Yeah sorry, stealthy edit bit too slow. We've all done it though :wink:
by boblo
25 Sep 2020, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo Headlight - Does it Still Work?
Replies: 28
Views: 756

Re: Dynamo Headlight - Does it Still Work?

Re: Dynamo Headlight - Does it Still Work? Postby jb » 25 Sep 2020, 8:46am NickWi wrote: Hi All, Lastly, just a thought. Is it just us cyclist who keep things as 'essentials spares' even though it's old technology and you'll probably never use it again, but you want to keep it 'just in case', or is...
by boblo
6 Jul 2020, 8:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advise on Garmin or similar
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Advise on Garmin or similar

I use both Garmin Etrex's on the hills and Edge's on the bike. If you struggle with an Etrex, I think you'll struggle with an Edge. Can't speak for other brands but the Edges I've had (705, 810, 1000 and 1030) have required a certain amount of 'nous' to get going. Once up and running, the later ones...
by boblo
1 Jul 2020, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Frame Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 1003

Re: Mercian Frame Restoration

I had a frame refurbed by Mercian about 15 years ago. They did a bit of fettling and brazing plus a 2 colour flamboyant finish. The bike (not a Mercian) was bought in the early 80's and the refurb was a lot more £££'s than the original purchase price. However, it was FANTASTIC. Assuming things are s...
by boblo
28 Jun 2020, 11:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: whether to lend a bike or not?
Replies: 59
Views: 2321

Re: whether to lend a bike or not?

alexnharvey wrote:Well after a bit of back and forth we came to some level of mutual understanding even if not in full agreement.

Unfortunately the fork cracked during straightening.


Which ironically is a bit of a result. Had it cracked after straightening and in use, the result could have been messy...