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by gregoryoftours
7 Oct 2019, 11:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Torino-Nice Rally?
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Torino-Nice Rally?

An amazing route! It was probably my favourite holiday so far. I did it in 2016 which I think was the first one. I used the gpx files and started a couple of weeks later than the official rally at a much more leisurely pace (and with a LOT more luggage!) the second half of September was ideal temper...
by gregoryoftours
22 Sep 2019, 9:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A rampant evil at large - Commuter Cyclists beware
Replies: 24
Views: 1609

Re: A rampant evil at large - Commuter Cyclists beware

The only bike I had stolen was from outside the cathedral in Sheffield city centre in the middle of the day. I left it there cabled to a signpost for about 20 minutes. CCTV footage was too low-res and far away to be of any help. It was just clear enough to show that the method used to break the comb...
by gregoryoftours
22 Sep 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: If Rotor Uno can do it, why can't Shimano or SRAM!
Replies: 29
Views: 1121

Re: If Rotor Uno can do it, why can't Shimano or SRAM!

Ive done it by blending two CS6800 cassettes. The easiest 5gears are fixed due to being rivetted together(2.3). Can't these also be split by filing the rivet heads off? if they are riveted to a 'spider' (carrier) then it is certainly going to be a PITA if not impossible cheers Oh yes, I assumed it ...
by gregoryoftours
22 Sep 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: If Rotor Uno can do it, why can't Shimano or SRAM!
Replies: 29
Views: 1121

Re: If Rotor Uno can do it, why can't Shimano or SRAM!

CXRAndy wrote:Ive done it by blending two CS6800 cassettes. The easiest 5gears are fixed due to being rivetted together(2.3).

Can't these also be split by filing the rivet heads off?
by gregoryoftours
22 Sep 2019, 11:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyre recommendations again
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Tyre recommendations again

Panaracer Pasela are really nice and are what I use a fair bit. They are available in 1.5" but you have to shop around. If you're willing to go up to 1.75" there is still plenty of good choice in semi slick tyres. Have a look at planet X site, they often do tyres pretty cheap. They only ha...
by gregoryoftours
17 Sep 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First headset
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Re: First headset

Never ordered a headset before as previous frames always came with them. Does a complete headset kit from Cane Creek come with the scuff washer and thrust plate? Last headset was CK and all these items came with it but don't see them mentioned on CC website? You're a bit vague really, but assuming ...
by gregoryoftours
17 Sep 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Milano specialised mtb
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Milano specialised mtb

Nothing special but a solid and simple usable bike from I would say late 80s. They stopped using u brakes on MTBs for a reason, they are badly placed to pick up all sorts of crap from the road, and keep an eye on the pads on that same brake ( the rear u-brake) as they will dive up the rim toward the...
by gregoryoftours
30 Aug 2019, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Finding a Headset to suit my new frame . . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Finding a Headset to suit my new frame . . . .

It would be useful to identify the frame and fork, with photos of them (shape of recesses inside the steerer tube to help identify the type of headset- seems to quite likely be a fully integrated headset) and diameters of the base of the fork steerer, and the diameter of the steerer higher up. 41.8m...
by gregoryoftours
30 Aug 2019, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake pad out of alignment
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: Brake pad out of alignment

Make sure when you re-fit the pads properly that you check the orientation of the cup shaped washers- they sit in between the caliper arm and the back of the pad, the flat side against the caliper, concave side against the pad. A little grease on the washer surfaces/thread can help prevent the pads ...
by gregoryoftours
30 Aug 2019, 2:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Sleeping matts

Recently a young lady Doctor won a very long race sleeping just in her bivi .... What inflatable mat did she use ...? (Genuine question, not a trap, .. ) I'm guessing you mean Fiona Kolbinger who won this year's European transcontinental? https://www.apidura.com/journal/fiona-kolbingers-transcontin...
by gregoryoftours
30 Aug 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?

It's fine - fairly cheap, decent enough quality, eyeleted and double walled. I've been running a Taylor wheels front Dyno wheel with this rim for a couple of years as a daily commuter and some loaded touring including some off road hammer. No problems so far.
by gregoryoftours
30 Aug 2019, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel problem
Replies: 16
Views: 759

Re: Rear wheel problem

A relatively small or independent bike shop will very often be buying in replacement parts from their suppliers at a trade price that is higher than they can be purchased for on the internet, and that's before the shop's own markup. A full service labour charge alone will be in the region of £100. £...
by gregoryoftours
26 Aug 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet design features
Replies: 23
Views: 1296

Re: Helmet design features

Peaks on MTB helmets - more upright riding position means it doesn't interfere with vision as it can with the head down position on a road bike. It reduces sun glare and also provides more protection from twigs/branches slapping you in the face/eyes. A cycling bandana under a helmet protects from su...
by gregoryoftours
26 Aug 2019, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sleeping matts
Replies: 16
Views: 979

Re: Sleeping matts

I've given up on buying expensive mats- even if the guarantee is good you'll still have to buy another one if you're half way through a trip. The ones I've had that failed were expensive ones. The most reliable ones so far have been the old style thermarest ( self inflating with foam inside, fairly ...
by gregoryoftours
26 Aug 2019, 6:27pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Help Choosing A Helmet
Replies: 55
Views: 2181

Re: Help Choosing A Helmet

I currently have a carnac podium SL. £15 cheapy from planet X. A little thinner than others so probably not quite as much impact protection but arguably less chance of rotation injury if you go in for that. It's the most comfortable, lightest and well vented helmet I've owned yet, and there is no mo...