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by peterh11
28 Dec 2020, 9:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading a 2008 Dawes Ultra Galaxy
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Upgrading a 2008 Dawes Ultra Galaxy

Another approach could be Kelly Take-Off mounts which let you put down tube levers next to the brake hoods. (Last time I looked you could still get them from e.g. SJS Cycles.) This leaves the bar ends clear if clearance is a bit tight or you want to for example have a bar-end mirror. One thing to wa...
by peterh11
31 Oct 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuter bag when cycling - suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 583

Re: Commuter bag when cycling - suggestions

If most of your journey time the bags are on the bike, I recommend panniers and a rear rack. I have a pair of Ortlieb panniers (classic touring type) which I bought 20 years ago and they are still waterproof after being used daily for most of that time to commute and do errands. If the rack is reaso...
by peterh11
31 Oct 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Made to measure touring bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1337

Re: Made to measure touring bike

Yes, seconded, would like to know you did in the end. I went the custom route - I have a customised Stanforth Conway bike. The reason for that is that all the off-the-peg frames I looked at were too long in the top tube - I am medium height with long legs and short body. So my Stanforth has a shorte...
by peterh11
10 Jun 2020, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.
Replies: 23
Views: 879

Re: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.

Just picking up on your comment about the BB length: I have recently fitted a Spa TD-2 on my tourer, and with a 116mm First Components DX-30. The chainline is spot on (between 44 and 45mm) when tightened up to 35Nm with a torque wrench. I had ordered a 113mm BB initially but this was definitely too ...
by peterh11
6 Jun 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smaller wheels for touring.
Replies: 25
Views: 1029

Re: Smaller wheels for touring.

One thought on your 2.5mm vs 4mm clearance question: actual widths of tyres vary from brand to brand and also depending on the rim width. For example, I have Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 37-622 tyres fitted on two bikes. On an LX17 rim (internal width 17mm) at around 4 bar, this tyre measures 33.5mm wi...
by peterh11
6 Jun 2020, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built
Replies: 36
Views: 1108

Re: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built

I installed a 24/34/46 TD-2 triple on my tourer recently. I am using a 116mm BB (First Components) and it is perfect. The chainline is between 44 and 45mm, the inner face of the right hand crank has a few mm clearance, and the inner chainring is between 1 and 2 mm from the chainstays. The chainstays...
by peterh11
16 May 2020, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?

The longer axle BB arrived from Spa this morning (kudos to Bobby, I spoke to him yesterday morning and he got it out the same day). Stripped out the shorter one and replaced it. The smaller torque wrench arrived during the week, and I used this when mounting BB and cranks. I learned that 40Nm is act...
by peterh11
11 May 2020, 9:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?

Everything feels OK when I ride it up and down the street but it seems to me that I cannot do the crank up even as tight as I could get it with a 200mm hex wrench (which has been my standard practice for many years), before either the crank rear face or the inner chainring touches the frame. Only y...
by peterh11
9 May 2020, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?

Thanks all. I had a look this morning, and I can see no visible damage to anything. I did realise immediately what had happened and took the crank off again, so that will have helped avoid damage. I also checked in case the shop had sent me a shorter BB than specc'ed - sorry to doubt you Spa it is ...
by peterh11
9 May 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?

Thanks all. I had a look this morning, and I can see no visible damage to anything. I did realise immediately what had happened and took the crank off again, so that will have helped avoid damage. I also checked in case the shop had sent me a shorter BB than specc'ed - sorry to doubt you Spa it is t...
by peterh11
8 May 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy Brooks saddle
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Noisy Brooks saddle

Ok, rather bizarre question; I have a noisy Brooks saddle. I have used the Brooks Saddle treatment to no avail as did tightening the bolt. Doesn’t seem to sag down to the seat post so no obvious physical reason. As it’s just had a replacement bolt fitted by Brooks, I doubt it’s a mechanical fault. ...
by peterh11
8 May 2020, 9:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Likely to damage crank or BB with overtightening?

Hi, Hope someone has some insight here. I wonder how likely it is that I have damaged my crank or bottom bracket axle. Story below ... I've just fitted some Spa TD-2 triple square taper cranks along with a First Components DX-30 113mm sealed cartridge bottom bracket, as recommended by Spa. I'm using...
by peterh11
20 Apr 2020, 6:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 165 crank sets
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: 165 crank sets

I have a pair in my shed. I have 160mm as well. Spa XD-2 triple cranks - no chainrings - suitable for 7-8-9 speed and very good. Easy to get chainrings for too. I bought them when experimenting with shorter cranks but went back to the 170mm ones which I have ridden quite a few thousand miles on: htt...
by peterh11
20 Apr 2020, 5:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Knee discomfort on turbo trainer
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

Re: Knee discomfort on turbo trainer

Hi all, In case anyone out there benefits from reading this: search keywords: knee pain asthma COPD exercise induced bronchoconstriction wind chill turbo trainer different from road heart rate I've done some more workouts on the trainer and some research. This is most likely my final word on it unle...
by peterh11
3 Apr 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing tyres to road tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: Changing tyres to road tyres

Another tyre to look at is the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, and these would be good if you want to stick with a wider tyre to suit wider rims. I have two bikes with the 37x622 (700c) size and they roll nicely, have pretty good puncture resistance, are comfortable and are fine for a bit of light off-ro...