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by keyboardmonkey
20 Jan 2021, 8:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano rapidfires = JIS screws?
Replies: 39
Views: 1029

Re: shimano rapidfires = JIS screws?

I bought these two screwdrivers for £13.99 a while back. The +1 size fits somewhere or other on my STI units.

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Vessel +1 and +2

Needless to say the price - now with P&P - has gone up a bit since.
by keyboardmonkey
18 Jan 2021, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toolbox Inserts
Replies: 15
Views: 608

Re: Toolbox Inserts

I think some of you miss understand my reasoning. I work sometime as cycle mechainic, I need to carry certain tool in manner to aid quick identification and avoid the loss of tool by not having allocated safe place. I also to reduce mass and weight by not carrying duplicate tool that duplicate func...
by keyboardmonkey
11 Jan 2021, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bench vice without a bench
Replies: 22
Views: 928

Re: Bench vice without a bench

For years we had a heavy wooden chopping board leant in the corner on a kitchen worktop. It was so heavy I could barely get it out of its resting place and it almost collapsed the drainer rack after I washed it. During the many sort outs during lockdown my wife wanted me to tip it. But it’s somewher...
by keyboardmonkey
9 Jan 2021, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1735

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

... Finally, does anyone look remotely like the Zwift (and other products) riders in the TV ads? Complete with the big screen TV or tablet etc. I’ve just caught the end of a BBC Click feature on Zwift presented by a chap who I think was a cycling newbie. Maybe worth watching out for on the BBC News...
by keyboardmonkey
6 Jan 2021, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there any difference between pedal reflector brands?
Replies: 19
Views: 1116

Re: Is there any difference between pedal reflector brands?

It's a little bit more hassle but you could always use some reflective ankle slapstraps instead.They'll be just as visible and give the same movement pattern, and should last longer. ... but are not on their own legal between dusk and dawn - assuming the bicycle was manufactured since the mid-1980s...
by keyboardmonkey
3 Jan 2021, 8:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1735

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

I have a ‘dumb’ trainer - a CycleOps Fluid 2. I’ll leave the positives until the end, but here is a list of the negative factors that, for me, make it tiresome to use... Set up time: I have a spare wheel with a cassette and turbo tyre; swap wheel; drag out turbo (and level it), sweat towel thingy, ...
by keyboardmonkey
1 Jan 2021, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1735

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

I have a ‘dumb’ trainer - a CycleOps Fluid 2. I’ll leave the positives until the end, but here is a list of the negative factors that, for me, make it tiresome to use... Set up time: I have a spare wheel with a cassette and turbo tyre; swap wheel; drag out turbo (and level it), sweat towel thingy, f...
by keyboardmonkey
19 Dec 2020, 8:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: An easy to use track pump head?
Replies: 34
Views: 1022

Re: An easy to use track pump head?

[quote="Jdsk"]SKS MV head: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/medium/37965.jpg Jonathan[/quote +1 63ED37A8-7214-41D7-B66C-608BB0B59949.jpeg ... although I notice that whoever assembled mine presumably did so without a JIS-style screwdriver tip :o BDA3934D-4487-4264-B252-966E43DF9D...
by keyboardmonkey
16 Dec 2020, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hedge Clipping
Replies: 72
Views: 3384

Re: Hedge Clipping

Out with the lads at the weekend. Really appreciated the foresight of asking the council to move the hedges back a bit when they resurfaced the roads for us...jpeg We have a few like that around here and they are drovers' roads, formerly used as routes for driving ( as in, cattle walking with peopl...
by keyboardmonkey
14 Dec 2020, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hedge Clipping
Replies: 72
Views: 3384

Re: Hedge Clipping

Out with the lads at the weekend. Really appreciated the foresight of asking the council to move the hedges back a bit when they resurfaced the roads for us...
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by keyboardmonkey
23 Nov 2020, 7:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trek Domane SL6 - 52 vs 54?
Replies: 16
Views: 997

Re: Trek Domane SL6 - 52 vs 54?

To be perfectly honest it was a few years back so although I’m absolutely certain I would have chosen the 52 might it be possible that the geometry has been tweaked a little since? From memory I’m around the upper limit for the 52 and the lower boundary for the 54, but also if memory serves I felt a...
by keyboardmonkey
20 Nov 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trek Domane SL6 - 52 vs 54?
Replies: 16
Views: 997

Re: Trek Domane SL6 - 52 vs 54?

I didn’t end up buying a Domane, but I tried a 54 - too big - tried a 52 - spot on. I’m 173cm.
by keyboardmonkey
9 Nov 2020, 12:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Ratchet screwdriver for my son
Replies: 35
Views: 1194

Re: Best Ratchet screwdriver for my son

With a budget of £40 you might look at a couple of Vessel tools. A ratchet screwdriver with four bits in the handle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vessel-121570-830-MG4-Ratchet-Screwdriver/dp/B001HPLC04 and a nice ‘flat face ratcheting screwdriver set’: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VESSEL-Plate-Ratchet-Screw...
by keyboardmonkey
9 Nov 2020, 12:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset spacers needed above stem?
Replies: 20
Views: 816

Re: Headset spacers needed above stem?

depends on how the stem is made; if there are two pinch bolts and the upper one comes very close to the top of the steerer, this can cause problems. cheers The makers of forks with carbon steerers usually specify a minimum of 5 mm of spacer above the stem for that reason. That’s my understanding too.
by keyboardmonkey
30 Oct 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rotterdam, or anywhere, anywhere but home.
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Re: Rotterdam, or anywhere, anywhere but home.

Just give me a little time.