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by LuckyLuke
4 Feb 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2337

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed no so good

I've done something similar ish to zenitb above. (After being inspired by the great forum threads on splitting cassettes over the years Thanks all.) I've brought 9 spd 11-32 & 11-34 cassettes. I've drilled & punched out the pins & reassembled with used 8spd spacers. I discard the 11T &am...
by LuckyLuke
3 Feb 2019, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: fixed frame with big clearances
Replies: 22
Views: 1994

Re: fixed frame with big clearances

Hi, I have a Cross-check frameset. Deffo takes 700 X 38 tyres with guards. Probably 40s but I've not tried it. Great frameset. So versatile, I've run it with drops, flatbar, hub & derailleur gears, drum & rim brakes, as a tourer & commutter. My 60cm frame is a nice ride. My 58cm LHT fram...
by LuckyLuke
3 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork replacement needed for Alan CX frame - recommendations please
Replies: 10
Views: 1922

Re: Fork replacement needed for Alan CX frame - recommendations please

Hi Des, I can recommend Winston Vaz, framebuilder, in Hither Green, South London. I've used him several times for repairs / braze ons etc over the years and he's always done a grand job. He's ex-Roberts amongst others.
Best wishes,
Luke
by LuckyLuke
28 Sep 2018, 12:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 3676

Re: Genesis Vagabond

I've used compass tyres in the past. I think they are worth the extra. As with anything in cycling, put your money where you feel there is a noticeable advantage. For me that is tyres, handlebars and saddle. +1 Hi folks, I use / have used Compass tyres on road in the following flavours: 700 X 28 (o...
by LuckyLuke
5 Sep 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The end of a bicycle
Replies: 9
Views: 1061

Re: The end of a bicycle

I think I once saw a short film, based on time lapse photography, of this phenomenon. Think it was a piece of modern art! Or I might have dreamt it? At an old workplace (NHS) they had a sporadic cull of abandoned bikes. Similar to what the council's do. It was a staff only bike shed, so a bit of a s...
by LuckyLuke
4 Sep 2018, 6:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Did you think big sprockets on road bikes was a new idea?
Replies: 29
Views: 1241

Re: so you think big sprockets on road bikes is a new idea?

What a stash!
As an aside, I've often wondered if there's a higher prevalence of hoarding amongst cyclists? (I've a few boxes of cycling bric a brac too, & more bikes than I really need...)
by LuckyLuke
3 Sep 2018, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Did you think big sprockets on road bikes was a new idea?
Replies: 29
Views: 1241

Re: so you think big sprockets on road bikes is a new idea?

Interesting stuff folks. Suntour is a bit before my time so thanks for enlightening me. Brucey, sounds like those Suntour Freewheels suits you, sir? :D download.jpeg FWIW if you build a wheel to 135mm OLN and optimise the wheel dish, you can fit 7 sprockets (of ~1.9mm thickness) and there will be al...
by LuckyLuke
3 Sep 2018, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Drum Brakes
Replies: 36
Views: 1837

Re: Hub Drum Brakes

Cheers Fausto. Short & hilly should help with bedding them in :D
I won't grass you up to the Stem Police. My past misdemeanours include fitting purple and blue quill riser stems from 80s & 90s hybrids on road bikes, & quill to aheadset converters...
by LuckyLuke
3 Sep 2018, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Drum Brakes
Replies: 36
Views: 1837

Re: Hub Drum Brakes

Another satisfied drum brake user here. "You can't beat the drum" :D I found Jagwire Compression less brake cables improved braking on my SA 70mm front dynohub, compared to Shimano outer (?SP41). Fausto, how are the brakes with drop bar road brake levers? I run them with flat bar levers. A...
by LuckyLuke
2 Sep 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single chain ring !
Replies: 38
Views: 1200

Re: Single chain ring !

Hi, I can see the appeal of a single chainring. My commuter has a Nexus 8 hub & a single ring. It sounds daft but not having to switch between rings up front feels more convenient. (I have triples on two other bikes.) One compromise, as stated, is the limited range. Plus bigger gaps between spro...
by LuckyLuke
9 Jun 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About toxic armpits
Replies: 73
Views: 12272

Re: About toxic armpits

Hi, re shaving hairy armpits, like others above I've found this reduces smells. However I haven't been buttocked to do it for years. IIRC armpit hair is known as axial hair (along with pubic hair). One of it's very functions is to create smell: I think fresh sweat doesn't actually smell, but when tr...
by LuckyLuke
5 Jun 2018, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gerard Vroomen on the future of bicycle tech
Replies: 67
Views: 2277

Re: Gerard Vroomen on the future of bicycle tech

I'm afraid the Utility Cyclist's challenging views are expressed in a graceless and belittling tone. One can choose whether to be insulted, indifferent or somewhat amused by the posting style. I'm sure the same points could be more effectively made without the insulting content. Most of us here app...
by LuckyLuke
2 May 2018, 7:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 106
Views: 19194

Re: Supercommuter?

luckyluke, that looks like a very solid build, pretty much bombproof for your needs. My chum is (by and large) somewhat time-poor (and inherently competitive in nature; he cannot bear to be overtaken, even when commuting... ) so he wanted a bike that was not only low-maintenance, but also pretty sw...
by LuckyLuke
30 Apr 2018, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short combat shorts!
Replies: 27
Views: 1012

Re: Short combat shorts!

Silverman's should stock them.
Army surplus shop in East London. They have a website & do mail order.
I brought a couple of pairs 10+ yrs ago, still going strong!
by LuckyLuke
30 Apr 2018, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 106
Views: 19194

Re: Supercommuter?

Looking good except for the V-brakes! Hi Samuel, They've seen better days! They work fine though. As an aside, they're quite useful to have in the spares box, if one is partial to V brakes on older frames with narrower brake bosses. They're the only V brakes I've found that work with bosses as narr...