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by gregoryoftours
28 May 2019, 12:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear brake disc touching mount on the bike
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Rear brake disc touching mount on the bike

Is it a quick release axle or a through axle? A photo of the rear hub out of the bike would help.
by gregoryoftours
18 May 2019, 8:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar Bag Klickfix thingy
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Bar Bag Klickfix thingy

The way the ortlieb bracket fixes to the bars is more secure. Once the cable tensions up and it's locked off it prevents the bracket from rotating up or down on the bar, whereas the klicfix cable stops the bracket from rotating downwards but not up, only gravity and the tightness of the plastic coll...
by gregoryoftours
16 May 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No stopping power on my disc brakes
Replies: 40
Views: 1829

Re: No stopping power on my disc brakes

mnichols wrote:What do they mean when they say face the brakes?

That means to mill completely flat and square the metal surfaces on the frame/fork to which the disc calipers or adapters fit, to ensure that the pads will meet the rotors as square as possible.
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gravel" Bike Assembly
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: "Gravel" Bike Assembly

Yes the rear is definitely not designed for a 700C tyre. Going by how it looks it is designed for a wide tyre on a smaller wheel. Is the front wheel sat in the fork dropouts properly? It looks very much over to one side. It's definitely not a cyclocross frame.
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 11:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade

I hadn’t even noticed that Dia-Compe was single pivot. Just saw the brand, reach, and price. I agree a dual-pivot brake would improve your odds of getting a strong brake. Agreed, and the Dia compe models that are dual pivot and very long drop will likely be a step up in performance from the Chinese...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade

SJS Cycles has a few long-drop options among listed among the calliper brakes. You’d need to know the drop you need before choosing one. Something like this might fit the bill. Anything with that long drop that is single pivot like this brake will be dismal in terms of power. It's like trying to pi...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie asking for advice
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: Newbie asking for advice

Yes that bike isn't too bad if the condition is ok- can't really say apart from the rusty chain. But £150 is too high a price for that bike. Maybe £70-80 if in good condition.
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe tour - send bicycle ahead in a van??
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Europe tour - send bicycle ahead in a van??

It's really not that difficult to get rid of a cardboard box at one end and get another at the other end. If you pack your bike carefully, eg removing your rear derailleur and taping it to your chainstay, padding and bracing where appropriate, you'd be pretty unlucky to get serious damage. As Simonh...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best first bike under £1000
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: Best first bike under £1000

Good morning everyone I am new to cycling and I’m going to be taking advantage of the cycle to work scheme. Please could anyone advise what is the best road bike to get that is under £1000? Many thanks 'Road bike' is quite a specific thing, it's what used to be referred to as a 'racing' bike or a '...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade

They're not amazing quality (as reflected by the price) but you'd be hard pushed to find good quality side pull brakes designed for that type of use- mountain type bikes that use side pull brakes are cheap and cheerful. They will be quite flexy and will need looking after to stop them corroding but ...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale
Replies: 31
Views: 1738

Re: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale

The photos are too low-res to see what's really going on with it, especially to see if it had the crash damage that it looks as if it could do. The only thing strange about that is I would have expected the fork blades to be bent back out of line with the head tube if it was crash damaged in additio...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale
Replies: 31
Views: 1738

Re: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale

The photos are too low Res to see what's really going on with it, especially to see if it had the crash damage that it looks as if it could do. The only thing strange about that is I would have expected the fork blades to be bent back out of line with the head tube of it was crash damaged. As has be...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rim tape
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: Rim tape

Starting to think about my June trip to the Suisse Normandy in June to enjoy the views and get some sketching in. Quite shocked this morning to find the very rapid p******* was caused by a worn rim tape. Obviously going to replace both wheels but I would never have given the rim tape another though...
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 9:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help me reduce weight of my Topstone for not much money!
Replies: 26
Views: 1055

Re: Help me reduce weight of my Topstone for not much money!

Oh, bummer. It's such a shame they've stopped making them! Especially with the whole gravel/adventure bike thing gaining traction, there is a ready market for nice wide road tyres.
by gregoryoftours
15 May 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: Side Pull Brakes Upgrade

You are a bit limited as to what you can do with that bike, very long drop side pull caliper brakes are pretty limited in power and it's pretty hard to find much that's gonna be effective. The best gain in power for this type of brake is to go for dual pivot caliper because you get more power for th...