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by GideonReade
28 Apr 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear

Let's wrap this up by saying that I replaced the front blocks, and thought it better (even without bedding in). So I replaced the rears too. They're still not great, but better, and quieter. The old blocks, especially fronts, were quite badly embedded with rim bits. The rears only somewhat. The new ...
by GideonReade
25 Apr 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear

Cheers folks. I bought one set of new blocks, will see if a difference. The rear cable is a bit draggy, but the front - the one I use most - is very free & easy. It's got old fashioned non-aero levers, so the cable run has exactly one gentle curve. And little visible flex in the crown mounted ca...
by GideonReade
25 Apr 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Lifetime of rim brake blocks - age not wear

Hi, I bet this was discussed before, but I didn't find it. So... I have this relatively little used 1980s tandem, just come back from a several years loan. I suspect the (Aztec stud canti) brake blocks are the ones I put on when I acquired the bike maybe 2004. Now I ride it and the brakes are shocki...
by GideonReade
21 Oct 2018, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pump-Hub -good idea or just pointless?
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: Pump-Hub -good idea or just pointless?

Does it allow one to dynamically & while riding adjust the tyre pressure to suit road conditions? My back country tourer (40mm tyres) might appreciate that...
by GideonReade
30 Jul 2018, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer
Replies: 65
Views: 2745

Re: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer

Boringly reverting to the original query, when I specced our 9sp tourers, I found one of the most cost-effective weight savings was choosing an XT grade rear cassette, rather than lower. Same tooth count (11-32 initially, later 34). Ti rear rack was also very cost effective.
by GideonReade
13 Jun 2018, 11:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing a bottom bracket - spindle length
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Replacing a bottom bracket - spindle length

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm not finding it. I did see this topic, it's helpful but not quite me... https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=121076&hilit=bottom+bracket+length I have a bike here (1999? Orbit Harrier, 135mm OLN) originally fitted with square taper BB an...
by GideonReade
1 Jun 2018, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks

Thanks latest few replies. I had thought about a bigger cassette, but for 9 speed, I'm only aware of 36T max, which I think is called Megarange and a) has an huge jump between 1st and 2nd, b) is only available in pretty low end, heavy, levels (whereas a smaller ring is lightening). Also going 34T to...
by GideonReade
29 May 2018, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubus rear racks: Cargo vs Logo
Replies: 41
Views: 3156

Re: Tubus rear racks: Cargo vs Logo

Returning to the original question, I initially had a Ti Logo on my back country tourer (700c x 40mm/mudguards). I decided to change to a steel Cargo because: The "low" mounting is a bit pannier specific. Using Carradice Super C panniers, on the Logo's low side rail, the RHS pannier bottom...
by GideonReade
29 May 2018, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks

Ow! Thanks, Bling indeed, but what prices! I made a mistake in my original post - the bike does indeed already have a 24T inner, not 26T. Indeed, it's fitted with the Spa chainset mentioned above. However, the concept of my question is still correct (I think) - to go lower than it is (24T on 74mm BC...
by GideonReade
28 May 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks

Hi, I'm struggling to find a part, I wonder if anyone can suggest a supplier? I'm trying to lower the gearing on my better half's backcountry tourer. It's a 9 speed triple, and is currently limited by having a road (5 bolt) chainset which won't accept less than (I think) 26 teeth. I'd like to fit an...
by GideonReade
21 May 2018, 10:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SP Dyno Hubs Service Options from UK Distributor
Replies: 14
Views: 1205

Re: SP Dyno Hubs Service Options from UK Distributor

I've seen, but cannot re-find, another reference to getting these re-bearinged. Is it only Ison that do it, or is there a third party? For the record, we 2 have had three of the SP PV8 hubs, on 700c bikes bought in 2015 and used intensively, on road, 4 bag touring, until now. Bike A, they lasted 4,5...
by GideonReade
21 May 2018, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Phone charging from hub dynamo
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Re: Phone charging from hub dynamo

Hi, I've had a PV 8 charging an Xperia M4 (for posterity, that was a 2015 model, classified as mid range, whereas OP's Z1 I think is up-range). Using 700c wheels and 40mm tyres, and I suppose I'm neither unusually slow nor quick, road riding in Sussex/Surrey so slightly hilly, not very. If I left th...
by GideonReade
17 May 2018, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electronic shifting (Di2?) as a solution to finger strain?
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Electronic shifting (Di2?) as a solution to finger strain?

After a couple of years exclusively riding chunky tourers with 9-speed bar end shifters, we dug some other bikes out of the shed. My better half finds she's getting (left hand) finger strain from operating the drop-bar STI. And she doesn't do well with the hack bike's flat bar trigger shifters eithe...
by GideonReade
10 Apr 2018, 4:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS Device for navigation
Replies: 46
Views: 3835

Re: Buying a GPS bike computer

Re previous - I have an Endura rainproof jacket of the configuration mentioned. The jacket has been wonderfully effective & comfy keeping me dry riding home from Lisbon this extraordinarily wet spring, even though the DWR coating has long been ineffective though dirt and lack of care. However, t...
by GideonReade
6 Apr 2018, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GPS Device for navigation
Replies: 46
Views: 3835

Re: Buying a GPS bike computer

We've been using Maps.me. And by collapse, really I mean it's become almost unusable slow. At least, many of the useful things one can normally do with it become very slow & difficult. It doesn't actually crash or totally stop, and one can still eventually succeed. And indeed their French map is...