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by wearwell
16 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Re: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

Bought and fitted. They work perfectly well. Very helpful particularly on long descents where the drop position can be a strain on my slightly arthritic hands.
by wearwell
19 Nov 2018, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Re: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

Thanks for all the detailed replies - I'm on the case, Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers here I come!
by wearwell
18 Nov 2018, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1479

Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

I've just discovered "Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers"
Could be the answer to my hand prob (arthritis etc) - I can't easily grip from down on the drops.
Are they a good idea?
Any probs fitting to a conventional old style drop bar set up i.e. normal brake levers with bar-end gear levers?
by wearwell
30 Jul 2018, 8:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 551
Views: 329949

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

...certain things such as the chainsets, Spa brand leather saddles and their own bikes and frames are pretty much in the unique category. I got their cheap triple chainset. It's OK except it doesn't pick up too well from middle ring to high. A bit clunky. Nothing unique about their frames. Spa's bi...
by wearwell
30 Jul 2018, 7:59pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 551
Views: 329949

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Very boring this thread.
Spa shouldn't be getting any special credit for just providing a normal service i.e. delivering goods ordered in a reasonable time - just like every other half successful mail order business!!
by wearwell
24 Jul 2018, 8:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2393

Re: Pannier Advice

I always take a compass for the reason TBH i've never found a compass to be of much use on a bike, roads rarely go very far in a single direction, my routes certainly don't! There is a compass app on my phone if I really need the function. I find it easy enough to use the map for orientation and on ...
by wearwell
18 Jul 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 551
Views: 329949

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

If I understand correctly, you’ve had this bicycle for many years and are now expecting a new bicycle because you don’t like SRAM Apex gears? Plus the sand, of course. I think that ship has sailed, mister! You don't understand correctly. I don't expect a new bicycle now, but with hindsight it was a...
by wearwell
16 Jul 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 551
Views: 329949

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

If I understand correctly, you’ve had this bicycle for many years and are now expecting a new bicycle because you don’t like SRAM Apex gears? Plus the sand, of course. I think that ship has sailed, mister! You don't understand correctly. I don't expect a new bicycle now, but with hindsight it was a...
by wearwell
16 Jul 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 551
Views: 329949

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Well i finally got around to complaining about my Spa Titanium Audax SPA 0023. Basically it had very many little niggly faults and two big ones; sand in the frame tubes causing seizing steering, SRAM Apex gears total crap. Took too long to for all the faults to show (partly cos I was out of cycling ...
by wearwell
11 Jul 2018, 2:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8301

Re: sram apex gears gutted

Quite easy to disembowel the change mech. One screw retains the end of the axle pin, the other end poked out with a bent spoke with the levers held out of the way. Pull out the axle and it drops out, paddle and all. Then a little circlip for a spring and all gone, without anaesthetic! Left with a ne...
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2393

Re: Pannier Advice

foxyrider wrote:...
By strap I presume you mean the shoulder strap? I have tried that - didn't last one trip as they constantly came adrift and got caught on undergrowth etc......
You fixed them wrongly then!
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2393

Re: Pannier Advice

Has to be Ortleib! Simple highly effective design, waterproof and very durable I've had Carradice and Altura but they are both inferior and less well designed, though probably cheaper. I'd also have a bar bag with map case. And a lightweight back pack - this kept rolled up and empty on the pannier r...
by wearwell
8 Jul 2018, 10:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 2798

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I did LEJOG via Preston A6 to Gretna, across to Ardrossan, ferry to Arran - Brodick. Lochranza to Clanoig - Oban - Corran across the loch to avoid Ft William (very pretty road on this side and you can hear the traffic roaring around Ft William on the other side) - Mallaig ferry to Armadale - Kyle -...
by wearwell
1 Jul 2018, 7:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sram apex gears
Replies: 83
Views: 8301

Re: sram apex gears

I've often wondered how it works and now I know! An ingenious bit of design but a materials failure. Very clear that the splines have broken on the sprocket. It works OK with no load but jumps under pressure i.e. when connected to the derailleur - which otherwise is working perfectly, not tight, se...
by wearwell
30 Jun 2018, 7:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Skipping a Stage of the End to End
Replies: 36
Views: 2798

Re: Skipping a Stage of the End to End

I did LEJOG via Preston A6 to Gretna, across to Ardrossan, ferry to Arran - Brodick. Lochranza to Clanoig - Oban - Corran across the loch to avoid Ft William (very pretty road on this side and you can hear the traffic roaring around Ft William on the other side) - Mallaig ferry to Armadale - Kyle - ...