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by DoctorRad
26 May 2020, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173203

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

However once I'd applied b) the hub worked perfectly. The difference between 'useless' and 'perfect' was a little over 1mm of cable adjustment Hmmm... 1mm is quite a lot methinks. I assume that you can only find out how much cable adjustment is appropriate for a given hubs / cassette joint combinat...
by DoctorRad
26 May 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173203

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Brucey wrote:I'd say that ... the A11 hub especially feels very squodgy in many of the lower gears


I feel this most in second gear, certainly, and if it gets too bothersome, I just change down into first. I generally just try to consider it as a little extra resistance training :)
by DoctorRad
21 May 2020, 4:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: German Cycling Maps with Roads Coloured by Traffic Density
Replies: 9
Views: 469

German Cycling Maps with Roads Coloured by Traffic Density

In the early 90s, my girlfriend was at university in Kiel, and I picked up some cycling maps of the region which were at something like 1:100,000 scale and had the roads colour-coded by traffic density. I remember that very low traffic roads were coloured purple, and motorways were just coloured whi...
by DoctorRad
23 Oct 2019, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173203

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Is it possible to lace the Alfine-11 in 4-cross or is the hubshel too big to allow for such extreme spoke lenghts? I have a 32-hole Alfine 11 which was stock on my Genesis Fortitude. I broke two spokes at the nipple - probably because of butting there - and had the rear wheel rebuilt. The builder '...
by DoctorRad
16 Oct 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paging Brucey: Alfine 8 with Jtek Thumbshifter
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Paging Brucey: Alfine 8 with Jtek Thumbshifter

Many thanks for the prompt response.

Brucey wrote:None are (IMHO) lubricated properly when they leave the factory.


Is this the source of your 'add some gear oil' recommendation I saw in another thread?
by DoctorRad
16 Oct 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paging Brucey: Alfine 8 with Jtek Thumbshifter
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Paging Brucey: Alfine 8 with Jtek Thumbshifter

I have a gravel bike (Genesis Fortitude Adventure with drop bar conversion) with an Alfine 11 hub, which is serving me very well. I am thinking of converting one of my mountain bikes to an IGH, and the combination of an Alfine 8 with a Jtek thumbshifter is currently at the top of the list. I underst...
by DoctorRad
27 Feb 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 - odd clunking noise after braking
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Re: Alfine 11 - odd clunking noise after braking

Turns out that the LH axle nut was loose. Honestly thought I'd checked it, sorry to disturb!
by DoctorRad
25 Feb 2019, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 - odd clunking noise after braking
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Alfine 11 - odd clunking noise after braking

I've had an Aline 11 for a couple of years, and it seems to have developed an 'odd noise' after braking at the rear. When I then start pedalling again, there's almost immediately a tactile and audible 'clunk' from the hub, almost like a clutch might be slipping into position. It seems to happen in m...
by DoctorRad
9 May 2018, 4:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on LER busses in the South of France
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: Bikes on LER busses in the South of France

https://www.info-ler.fr/affichage.php?id=22 says "Le forfait vélo coûte 6,50 €. Les vélos pliables transportés dans une housse sont pris en charge gratuitement." = "The bike pass costs €6.50. Folding bikes transported in a cover are taken aboard for free." That's all I found. Co...
by DoctorRad
9 May 2018, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on LER busses in the South of France
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Bikes on LER busses in the South of France

I have been told by a local Facebook contact that your can take bikes on the LER busses in the south of France, and that you have to pay to do so. However, there is no up-to-date information on the TER website that I can see, nor any way to book or reserve cycle carriage. Can anyone offer any more i...
by DoctorRad
14 Apr 2018, 11:52am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-sealing Seams on Saunders Tents
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: Re-sealing Seams on Saunders Tents

Thanks all!
by DoctorRad
13 Apr 2018, 9:00pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-sealing Seams on Saunders Tents
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re-sealing Seams on Saunders Tents

I have some Saunders tent on which the seam sealant is coming away and needs replacing. The advice from my sister, who generally knows about these things is that "The seam sealant you want depends on what the tent is proofed with. If it's silicone elastomer you want sil-net. If it's anything el...
by DoctorRad
4 Sep 2016, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?

Curiouser and curiouser... I had a closer look at the wheel while I was fitting the new spoke. Firstly, the specced spokes appear to be slightly too short, as there is thread showing beneath many of the nipples as verified by the fingernail test. But even more odd is the fact that the spokes are but...
by DoctorRad
3 Sep 2016, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?

PS: the wheel's 2-cross.
by DoctorRad
3 Sep 2016, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: Alfine 11 - made for 13 gauge spokes?

Hard use? I use the Fortitude for rough-stuff rides that I previously did on a rigid Inbred with anything up to 2.2" tyres, albeit with the speed limited by the narrower tyres. Much faster on the tarmac sections, of course...