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by MartinC
18 Jan 2021, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are Adventure Bikes the reincarnation of Sport Tourers?
Replies: 23
Views: 1318

Re: Are Adventure Bikes the reincarnation of Sport Tourers?

Maybe, if possibly would be a good answer. How do you define both the sports tourer and the adventure bike......... Exactly. Most bikes can, and do get used for a variety or purposes. The taxonomy of bicycle types and purposes depends entirely on a subjective classification of both. They are also s...
by MartinC
13 Jan 2021, 3:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: how to get internet streaming films in my garage?
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: how to get internet streaming films in my garage?

Does the electricity supply to the garage come from the house? If so my first choice would be send the signal down that. The adaptors can also act as wireless base stations. This sort of thing although I'm not up to date on models: https://www.amazon.co.uk/TL-WPA4220KIT-Powerline-Broadband-Configur...
by MartinC
8 Dec 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 57mm brakes
Replies: 42
Views: 1172

Re: 57mm brakes

IMHO Scott is correct; IME tektro 559s with the brake blocks in the top of the slots offer enormous power with 'old' pull levers (with some brake blocks, arguably too much) and more than enough with 'new' pull levers. cheers I can vouch for this. I've had 2 frames recently that ran32mm or 35mm tyre...
by MartinC
1 Dec 2020, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly LHT - Discontinued
Replies: 55
Views: 2473

Re: Surly LHT - Discontinued

Surly's website still has a LHT with rim brakes and LHT with discs and through axles. So it looks like it's the QR disc version that's been discontinued.
by MartinC
1 Dec 2020, 10:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 3 Restrictions from 2 December
Replies: 124
Views: 3877

Re: Tier 3 Restrictions from 2 December

.......Should a national C-19 policy and the tiers and restrictions not take into account the demographic of the victims both dying with and of the virus rather than a blanket of restrictions that will lead to greater damage to the population than the virus itself can cause..... Yes. So the additio...
by MartinC
1 Dec 2020, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Did we miss the best touring rear hub ever?
Replies: 90
Views: 2931

Re: Did we miss the best touring rear hub ever?

The Hope trials hub is similar. https://www.hopetech.com/products/hubs/trial-ss/pro-4-trials-single-speed-rear-hub/ Interesting, my knowledge of MTB stuff is limited. Just looked at this couldn't find where it said how wide the freehub was - what the options were for a stripped down cassette. I sti...
by MartinC
1 Dec 2020, 9:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 3 Restrictions from 2 December
Replies: 124
Views: 3877

Re: Tier 3 Restrictions from 2 December

btw, I don't recall anyone asking this before, but can anyone remind me - who's in charge of the virus? I mean, like do they have a government, or maybe a collection of super-informed viruses who can advise on the best way forward, scientifically-speaking... can they even speak?? There must be some...
by MartinC
23 Nov 2020, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 114
Views: 3241

Re: Bells

I've found that by far the best noise for warning pedestrians is squealing brakes (at some distance), closely followed by a loud freewheel and clicking brake levers, Normally these produce a sensible response and little annoyance. Now that electronic bells are common I don't know why someone doesn't...
by MartinC
18 Nov 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re: Dynamo wiring inspiration

The human brain is brilliant for exactly this sort of thing - my advice is: wrap the wire round the fork leg, in a spiral, like everybody else does. Next, spend some time being resentful that you have not been able to achieve the level of ingenuity you demand of yourself and angry at how ugly the r...
by MartinC
12 Nov 2020, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement for a Deore XT M772?
Replies: 61
Views: 2046

Re: Replacement for a Deore XT M772?

Mick F wrote:................I still have my mid-1980s Campag Victory shifters ready. They will cope with anything, even worn top pivots.


Will they pull enough cable for 8+ speed cassettes?
by MartinC
3 Nov 2020, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainstay angle
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: Chainstay angle

My experience is that if you're using an MTB mech on a frame with 700c wheels the version for the narrower chainstay angle is better 'cos there's less chance of the cage fouling the chainstay when on the small ring. The problem is that MTB front mechs come in a variety of options but retailers will ...
by MartinC
22 Oct 2020, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 180
Views: 6042

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

https://road.cc/content/tech-news/ratios-conversion-kit-adds-shift-1x11-sram-groupsets-278169 hmmmm Yes, the last time I really needed and extra sprocket it was between the 17 and 20 on a 9 speed cassette. Apart, of course, from the 11.5 and 12.5 sprockets we really need to make modern road cassett...
by MartinC
22 Oct 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?
Replies: 21
Views: 730

Re: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?

And back to the original question. I've put an FSA Tempo (118mm ST BB, cheap) on a Veloce 10 speed with a 13-29 cassette. Changing was fine, no difference. Bottom gear was OK for sweaty cycling for me but not for comfort. 46-13 was a bit low to really enjoy the long incline from Bredon Hill home so ...
by MartinC
22 Oct 2020, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?
Replies: 21
Views: 730

Re: Swap 105 crankset for GRX?

Yes there are solutions. Bodging cassettes is one, sometimes just replacing the 11 tooth sprocket and lockring with a 12 is nearly acceptable. sometimes replacing the first 3 sprockets will give the ratios you want and preserve the sprocket timing. The 2 solutions that have worked best for me are: 1...