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by GregLR
30 Sep 2014, 5:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed
Replies: 10
Views: 1098

Re: JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed

Many thanks RRSODL, Pete75, tim_f, rjb, keyboardmonkey & drossall, for all your helpful comments & suggestions re various aspects of my friend's Shimano 10 to 9 speed conversion plan and the Shimergo difficulties on my wife's bikes (I'll address those comments in a separate post). The bike b...
by GregLR
28 Sep 2014, 7:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed
Replies: 10
Views: 1098

Re: JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed

One observation only. Campagnolo 10 to shimano 8 sp cassette and Campagnolo 11 to 9sp cassette - no need for shiftmate. Thanks for your comment, RRSODL - do you mean Campagnolo 11 to Shimano 9 speed ? If so, I'd be interested to know if you have first hand experience with this. I ask because over t...
by GregLR
28 Sep 2014, 1:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed
Replies: 10
Views: 1098

JTEK shiftmate conversion Shimano 10 to 9-speed

A friend has asked me whether I think the model #2 JTEK shiftmate would be effective for achieving shifting on a 9-speed Shimano cassette using 10-speed Shimano 105 shifters with cable routing under the handlebar tape (on special at Wiggle at the moment). He’s considering buying a touring bike that ...
by GregLR
23 Feb 2014, 3:19am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Seeking comments on planned route
Replies: 17
Views: 43020

Re: Seeking comments on planned route

Bettyhill – John O’Groats...Via Dunnet Head if we feel up to it... Yes, go via Dunnett Head if it's not foggy (we didn't see much at all because of the thick see mist) - this is what it looked like as we headed east after the fog started to lift http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vchFjtviiOQ/ThvNZEBHSWI/AAA...
by GregLR
23 Feb 2014, 2:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strong tyre levers
Replies: 60
Views: 9961

Re: Strong tyre levers

I've been using the robust / stiff, plastic Michelin tyre levers since the mid-90s and I've yet to break one, whereas I broke many thinner plastic levers before that. As well as being about 14mm wide, they have a thin angular / rounded lip to get under the tyre that is very useful if it is a tight f...
by GregLR
21 Feb 2014, 10:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain tool with 'pin stop'
Replies: 21
Views: 14619

Re: Chain tool with 'pin stop'

a chain tool...which had a handy stopper which prevented you from pushing the pin too far out of the chain link. Back in the 90s the Park Mini Chain Brute had the feature you are seeking but unfortunately the latest model does not have the raised section to prevent the pin being pushed all the way ...
by GregLR
17 Aug 2013, 12:49am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: CTC B&B route, any problems?
Replies: 4
Views: 20043

Re: CTC B&B route, any problems?

Also the route is fairly intricate and I do worry I will be stopping every few miles to check the map to see if I am still going the right way! If you don't already have a Garmin GPS bike computer this would be a bit of a rush to set up with only 12 days to go to the start of your ride but I though...
by GregLR
5 Aug 2013, 1:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: John o Grotes to Edinburgh
Replies: 4
Views: 19472

Re: John o Grotes to Edinburgh

We also avoided the A9 on our LEJOG in June/July 2011 by following NCN routes and other backroads - except for a couple of unavoidable kilometres after Tain that were heavily trafficked, with lots of trucks, & had little or no hard shoulder, before we turned off to take the quiet A836 alongside ...
by GregLR
29 Jul 2013, 2:23am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Alternatives to A30 (from split topic)
Replies: 23
Views: 23321

Re: Alternatives to A30 (from split topic)

The maps on this page show how we avoided the A30: http://www.gnte2emaps.blogspot.com.au/. Below is an overall route map showing largely scenic route that we took over three weeks, using mainly backroads, rail trails, canal tow paths, etc, including lots of Sustrans routes. Greg http://1.bp.blogspot...
by GregLR
12 Jun 2013, 6:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Edinburgh to lockerbie
Replies: 5
Views: 2303

Re: Edinburgh to lockerbie

This may be of some help in developing a possible alternative option for your route from Edinburgh to Lockerbie: the 3 maps on this page http://www.gnte2emaps.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/across-scottish-border.html overview the route we took on our 2011 LEJOG from Carlisle to Perth via Lockerbie, Moffat...
by GregLR
8 Jun 2013, 5:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rattling Kysirium Elite rear wheel
Replies: 10
Views: 1797

Re: Rattling Kysirium Elite rear wheel

Sounds like a prelude to what I experienced with my rear Ksyrium Elite about five years ago - loud screeching when freewheeling, such that I had to pedal the whole time until the end of the audax ride I was on. The bike shop mechanic (who was on the same ride & heard the screeching) re greased s...
by GregLR
2 Jun 2013, 9:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet Camera
Replies: 15
Views: 3402

Re: Helmet Camera

My wife uses a RoadHawk Ride, which she is very pleased with. It is not cheap but provides excellent quality pictures and, if required, sound and seems to work without fault. I've been tempted to buy one of those but I was put off by the review in the April/May issue of CTC's "Cycle" maga...
by GregLR
7 May 2013, 1:22pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Contour Roam 2 headcam
Replies: 18
Views: 62705

Re: Contour Roam 2 headcam

Dave Further to my previous post, I just noticed that the photo you posted shows the camera is mounted on the top of your helmet ! And I've also now seen your reply to a similar question about the mounting mechanism on this page http://mccraw.co.uk/video-protection-on-the-roads/. BTW, I think I read...
by GregLR
7 May 2013, 12:52pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Contour Roam 2 headcam
Replies: 18
Views: 62705

Re: Contour Roam 2 headcam

Dave Thanks very much for the link to your review of the Roam 2. I was just wondering how and where (top or side?) you've mounted it on the helmet. I presume no mounting accessories come with the camera, since near the bottom of this Wiggle page for the Roam2 ( http://www.wiggle.com/contour-roam-2/ ...
by GregLR
16 Mar 2013, 1:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Helmet Cams.
Replies: 28
Views: 3145

Re: Helmet Cams.

When a motorist sees a helmet cam in operation, they will immediately recognise the cyclist as a person of 'self imposed importance', and pay them little regard or respect, up to and including hand gestures, shouted obscenities and vulgar name calling. Not sure how you think motorists are able to s...