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by BigFoz
12 Oct 2018, 10:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long Drop brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Long Drop brakes

To answer the above - Blocks are currently a mix of new Campag Centaur (front) and KoolStop (rear). I've tried a few variations, hence the mix...

Cables were brand new for the build, done less than 500miles and inners have been changed a second time in an attempt to improve.
by BigFoz
12 Oct 2018, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long Drop brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Long Drop brakes

I'm running Tektro R359 long drop calipers with Campag 9spd Ergo levers on my Carlton Clubman (700c wheels in a 27" frame). in the dry, the brakes are OKish, but in the wet, I might as well not bother... Even worse that centre pulls on steel rims from my yoof. From fiddling around what I can se...
by BigFoz
25 Sep 2018, 12:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Can road bike time trialling revive the TT scene.
Replies: 43
Views: 1790

Re: Can road bike time trialling revive the TT scene.

Recently returned to TTs, couple of weeks ago I rode the Tour of the Campsies TT, including straight up the Crow Road from the start. At 57, 97Kg, arthritic knee, that was not pleasant. Rode it on my 1983 Carlton Pro, with Tribars (and bell... :-) ) as I wanted the triple, just in case (and needed i...
by BigFoz
24 Sep 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: High end steel frames: are they worth it?
Replies: 106
Views: 9501

Re: High end steel frames: are they worth it?

I've (far too many) steel frames of varying quality and lightness. The 2 best are my 1995 Colnago Super Piu, which does ride sublimely. However, my 1983 Carlton Professional Mk 5 is my most ridden bike,heavier (not much...) than the Colnago it rides almost as well, slightly less lively / responsive ...
by BigFoz
24 Sep 2018, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Custom 9 speed 12-32 cassette?
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Custom 9 speed 12-32 cassette?

All my cassettes are custom. I split every cassette into sprockets and make them up as I want. My TT bike for example, runs either a 12-23 9 speed, or a 12-14-15-16-17-18-21-24-27 for Tris which are generally more hilly. Reality is that even a 53/16 is going 42kph at 100rpm, and 53/12 at the same rp...
by BigFoz
28 May 2018, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tightening Shimano Cassette lockring
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: Tightening Shimano Cassette lockring

I've no idea what hub / cassette - it's a seven speed. (Had to get the Sora 8speed working with this as the reason it came across was that it strangely chucked its chain going into gear #8.) Owner can't afford new 8 speed wheel. I guess it's possible someone has previously slapped 7 sprockets onto a...
by BigFoz
18 May 2018, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tightening Shimano Cassette lockring
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Tightening Shimano Cassette lockring

Don't usually do Shimano, so applied my usual technique of doing the lockring up "good and tight", and the free wheel stopped working! Have loosened it off and the freewheel seems to freeze around finger tight + 1/2 turn. What causes this, and is there a method I'm missing? Never had this ...
by BigFoz
28 Apr 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

Ah, that is the main WoS TT course - start at the roundabout where the M8 becomes the A8, runs down towards Greenock. 10 and 25 courses. Regularly used on Sunday mornings. And compared the F1 series courses in North Herts / Beds / Cambs on the A1, it's very peaceful. Even though it's busy by Scottis...
by BigFoz
28 Apr 2018, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Merino wool why so special
Replies: 64
Views: 12386

Re: Merino wool why so special

Merino special? nah, you want Yak wool which is even specialer... Escorted Mrs BF to the Edinburgh wool show earlier this year. Fell in love with a beautifully soft and comfy hat. Which was just a joy to wear. Was going to get the kit for Mrs BF to knit for me (she's very, very good), then discover...
by BigFoz
6 Apr 2018, 7:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

Indeed the M77 ends at Fenwick, with some celebratory huge potholes, and goes back to being the A77, all the way down, so technically you wouldn't need to leave the motorway as it simply becomes the A77 at its end. If coming north on a bike, at the point it becomes the M77. there is a parallel A77 w...
by BigFoz
4 Apr 2018, 9:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

BTW - meant to ask - why do you need to know? If taking a trip down that way, there are some epic rides (including parts of the Ayrshire alps ) slightly inland that would take you to the same destinations (Ayr / Girvan / Stranraer etc) and would be both a quieter and much nicer ride.
by BigFoz
4 Apr 2018, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

TomTom maps are adament this is classified as a Motorway status the whole way. When I sent them an email they explained that as its a 70mph road its a motorway. Which goes to show that Tom Tom don't know basic road law... A motorway has an entire legal classification, whereas the default speed limi...
by BigFoz
4 Apr 2018, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: Legally Can you Cycle on the A77?

Answer is yes. Though for most of the dualled bits and through Ayr, there is a good cycle path alongside (Which runs all the way up to Glasgow city Centre, though it's a bit confusing through Kilmarnock). The road however, is one I would avoid - it's fast, heavily used and lots of trucks that only j...
by BigFoz
28 Feb 2018, 7:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: ISM Saddles
Replies: 14
Views: 2414

Re: ISM Saddles

I wanted to try them out on my TT bike. Took a few budgeted punts on eBay, and got one for £30. Lovely for the Tri position, not as keen when sat up. Does relieve pressure massively though.
by BigFoz
8 Jan 2018, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Poor frame design?
Replies: 47
Views: 2215

Re: Poor frame design?

That chainstay smacks of little thought conversion of design for rim brakes. A number of small actions could have avoided the issue (Like welding to the inside rather than outside), but basically it just looks bodged and obviously doesn't clear larger feet. It's a mess.