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by Oceanic
17 May 2019, 8:42pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Leading rides on busy roads.
Replies: 64
Views: 8381

Re: Leading rides on busy roads.

Cyril Haearn wrote:I thought the HC said to ride in single file on roads that are busy AND narrow (my emphasis)


http://www.highwaycode.info/rule/66

'ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends'
by Oceanic
17 May 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Leading rides on busy roads.
Replies: 64
Views: 8381

Leading rides on busy roads.

I lead rides for a non CTC affiliated club. When I did my British Cycling Ride Leader course we were taught that in almost all situations we should organise the group two abreast. We try to avoid fast roads where cars are travelling at 60mph, but sometimes we have to use such a road to link two sect...
by Oceanic
15 Mar 2019, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cassette gear increments
Replies: 19
Views: 1403

Re: cassette gear increments

'There is a question of gearing in a performance machine, and now it is possible to have 30 or more gears. Personally I dislike so many gears, since it often takes several clicks to get the gear I actually want, and the more cogs there are on the rear cassette, the more clicking I have to do' - Grae...
by Oceanic
14 Mar 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset
Replies: 60
Views: 7224

Re: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtlgdSZH7An/

Mads Pedersen and Bauke Mollema are choosing to ride 1x12 despite their Trek team mates opting for 2x12 set ups.

It is notable that Bauke Mollema rode a 53/39 x 11-28 set up on mountain stages before changing to 1x.
by Oceanic
27 Dec 2018, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex 1 not downshifting
Replies: 9
Views: 3247

Re: SRAM Apex 1 not downshifting

I used to have the same problem with my Rival / Force 1x set up. If you are using a 11-42 cassette do you have a spacer between the cassette and the freehub? The 11-42 cassette is dished, so it is the same width as a 10 speed cassette. I fitted a spacer as if I was using a 10 speed cassette and afte...
by Oceanic
23 Dec 2018, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

Were I a marketing creature, full of wiley Svengaliness for getting fules to part with their dosh, I would set-up and advertise a bespoke cassette facility. The offerings would include some peculiar items for certain routes. .... For example, I would have the Box Hill Special, which goes from 9-10-...
by Oceanic
22 Dec 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I do know that 1x pro racers griped about being in breakaways and losing their chains (and therefore any chance of race win) even when they were essentially being paid not to say that kind of thing. cheers It's certainly true that the Aqua Blue riders were vocal about not liking the 1x 3T Stradas. ...
by Oceanic
22 Dec 2018, 7:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

I'm reasonably confident that if a study was done of incidents where cyclists had to stop at the side of the road due to an unshipped chain, the 1x cyclists group would see less incidents than the 2x group.
by Oceanic
22 Dec 2018, 6:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

Brucey wrote:When I have used 1x systems the chain has stayed on well enough but one of the problems that the pros saw when they used it was the chain occasionally unshipped which left them in the mire.


Occasional unshipped chains are a feature of pro racing, they happen with 2x systems too.
by Oceanic
21 Dec 2018, 10:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

Brucey wrote:I think it is as quick or quicker to dump the chain onto the small ring than it is to make multiple downshifts at the rear. Kinder on the chain too.

cheers


That's assuming that you haven't been forced in to the position of trying to change down while grinding up hill in too big a gear.
by Oceanic
21 Dec 2018, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

When most cycling was club runs, a fair chunk of the group knew where they were going, this made it easier to predict when to change to the smaller ring. Now we have GPS and sportives, the following is not uncommon... You are in a group moving down hill at 25mph, you spot a red arrow indicating a tu...
by Oceanic
21 Dec 2018, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?
Replies: 126
Views: 6490

Re: Road 1X - useful or just a fad?

Spinners wrote:Ask the poor riders who rode for Team Aqua Blue.


One of the Aqua Blue riders said that 1x was unsuitable for some races, but went on to say 'when I retire, I’ll only ride 1x'.
by Oceanic
13 Oct 2018, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is it the end of 23mm tyres???
Replies: 127
Views: 4115

Re: is it the end of 23mm tyres???

Of the two bikes I ride regularly, one has a curved carbon fork and feels absolutely fine with a 22mm tyre on the front, the other has a straight carbon fork, and feels unpleasant with anything less than a 25mm tyre on the front. Worth noting also that many of the deep section rims are designed to b...
by Oceanic
29 Jun 2017, 6:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Who pays 14x as much for an 'equivalent' item? And why?
Replies: 157
Views: 6439

Re: Who pays 14x as much for an 'equivalent' item? And why?

I took the alloy crank arms off my bike and replaced them with a carbon fibre pair that have a retail value of £280. I paid £130 for them in a sale. They are a tiny bit lighter and a tiny bit stiffer. If I swapped back to the old pair I very much doubt that my bike would have any real loss in perfor...
by Oceanic
28 Jun 2017, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Steerer tube flex and head tube length.
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: Steerer tube flex and head tube length.

I just googled and found this article...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/rin ... ktest.html

The author is suggesting that longitudinal fork flex in corners affects the bike's handling by altering the rake of the forks.