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by mattsccm
16 Feb 2020, 7:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 38
Views: 1234

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

A above. I wouldn't be worrying about tyres too much for that. The short cut home from my club TT is worse than that and I ride my TT bike with fag paper clearances and 23mm tubs on it.
It is easier with bigger tyres of course but it is easy to forget how robust tyres are.
by mattsccm
16 Feb 2020, 7:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Socket Screws
Replies: 26
Views: 662

Re: Which Socket Screws

Almost every trading estate I know has a fasteners emporium. My local one will sell you just one.
by mattsccm
15 Feb 2020, 8:43pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bivvi bags - advice please
Replies: 62
Views: 1984

Re: Bivvi bags - advice please

Give your choice of bivvi bag some thought. Some are little more than glorified sleeping bag covers. Great under shelter but not much cop in bad weather. The Alpkit Hunka springs to mind here. At the other end the "traditional" Goretex bag with a zip near the top envelope style will stay a...
by mattsccm
15 Feb 2020, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety Standards Post Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 1279

Re: Safety Standards Post Brexit

To be honest the whole the whole thing is likely to be unimportant or even irrelevant.
by mattsccm
15 Feb 2020, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety Standards Post Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 1279

Re: Safety Standards Post Brexit

Of course we may benefit in some ways from reduced standards.
Many mass produced steel cycles are over engineered "jut in case" . There may be scope for reducing this .
by mattsccm
15 Feb 2020, 6:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leaving bikes on roof rack over night?
Replies: 16
Views: 761

Re: Leaving bikes on roof rack over night?

Small Scottish village yes. Anywhere else I wouldn't be relying on any built in lock. They are for snatch thefts only. BIG cables and chains to something solid may wrok. The roof bars are not solid. Why not just pop them in the car. a minute too drop the wheels and one across the front seat and anot...
by mattsccm
12 Feb 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best place to ride a time trial bike
Replies: 18
Views: 775

Re: Best place to ride a time trial bike

If you can squeeze some 25mm + tyres in why not use the gravel railway lines that run through the Peak District? I did. Also some quite lanes in the Manifold valley
by mattsccm
11 Feb 2020, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ti Build started...
Replies: 10
Views: 690

Re: Ti Build started...

I used brown and brown on my Ti bike. Not a very good look . A bit dull. Bight works well I reckon.
by mattsccm
9 Feb 2020, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2 cross OK for road bike wheels?
Replies: 16
Views: 566

Re: 2 cross OK for road bike wheels?

I have seen quite a few. None at the side of the road in bits. No idea if it is worth while.
by mattsccm
7 Feb 2020, 8:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1547

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

Sadly, it's an electronic device that's a few years old. To expect anything else is naive. It make my weewee boil but it is so. Think yourself lucky they offer the service they do. Does your phone or washing machine maker offer that? The choice is either part exchange it, mend it or bin it.
by mattsccm
7 Feb 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Encounter with a tractor
Replies: 13
Views: 669

Re: Encounter with a tractor

Nothing major really done wrong apart from a lack of communication. Sadly Indicating standards are so low nowadays as to be non existent and thus whilt he may have been wrong it wasn't unexpected, and did you give him let time to let you know? As for the conditions. Irrelevant.
by mattsccm
6 Feb 2020, 5:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1045

Re: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?

2. Points. If you can't see the Garmin t is pointless and all the wonderful features in the world won't solve that. Surely that can decide for you unless you want to compromise with glasses of some thing. Other point is, have you tried it with a non Garmin cable? Mine work happily with one of those ...
by mattsccm
3 Feb 2020, 7:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: Sora r3000

Does the OP's desired combination create a clash with compatibility with the brakes? I guess a look at a Shimano chart might help but I don't know which one. Re the cable issue. That is so personal. I can't comment precisely on Shimano as I was always a Campag man but unless the Shimano cable qualit...
by mattsccm
1 Feb 2020, 7:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin insert mount screws.
Replies: 18
Views: 630

Re: Garmin insert mount screws.

Just wait until you try those pretty alloy combined Garmin/light mounts from China. 6 bolts arrived. 4 had incomplete threads. 4, not all the same, had off centre sockets. 2 out of 4 internal threads were useless and one out of 2 plastic Garmin inserts snapped the first time it was used. As I hadn't...
by mattsccm
29 Jan 2020, 6:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame size confusion...
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Frame size confusion...

Frame sizing is like clothing sizing or even more closelybshoe sizing. All the sizes do is point you to roughly the right place in the rack.
No one manufactureres will match another's for size. Check the charts then try it on. If you doubt threvshop assistants advice tr the same item elsewhere.