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by Rcartes
7 Dec 2018, 9:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed

thirdcrank wrote:I've used ordinary bathroom mastic to fill holes in cycling shoe soles. BTW, your title says filling holes in pedals which might not attract everybody with a suggestion for shoe soles.


Yes, the title was wrong! I'll try to change it...
by Rcartes
7 Dec 2018, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Filling in the holes in pedals after cleats removed

My Shimano shoes came with the covers. I had to remove them to fit the cleats. I've not seen them sold separately. Ditto. I wonder if car body filler would do it? Isopon perhaps? https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=isopon&index=aps&tag=googhydr-21&ref=pd_sl_8hlfydv6x1_e&...
by Rcartes
7 Dec 2018, 12:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Be Nice Say Hi
Replies: 24
Views: 1268

Re: Be Nice Say Hi

When I first started to commute by bike in London, in 1978 (I know it's a long time ago, but we even had pneumatic tyres then!), there were so few of us that everyone acknowledged each other. But now there are so many on the road it just doesn't happen any more. And don't get me started on the way s...
by Rcartes
7 Dec 2018, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed

I have a slightly odd question, I hope someone who knows more about chemistry than I do can answer it. I have a perfectly decent pair of cycling shoes but have removed the cleats since I've gone back to flatter pedals. But when sliding the foot on them, the holes left by removing the cleats tens to ...
by Rcartes
7 Dec 2018, 12:17am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Heart rate monitors
Replies: 30
Views: 1353

Re: Heart rate monitors

Two very helpful answers: thank you!
by Rcartes
5 Dec 2018, 11:33am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Heart rate monitors
Replies: 30
Views: 1353

Heart rate monitors

I'm thinking of getting one, but am bemused by the range of choice. Amazon, for example, lists dozens, many of them around £20-25, but the reviews seem mixed (but can you believe either the good or the bad ones? There's been so much cheating on this, with rival producers posting rotten reviews for o...
by Rcartes
5 Dec 2018, 11:29am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Palms hurt when cylcing — i think i am doing something wrong
Replies: 13
Views: 1188

Re: Palms hurt when cylcing — i think i am doing something wrong

I'm not sure if I have (had) the same problem as you, but I have found on my Brompton that my palms hurt after a while (that was when I was using the original round grips). I switched to Ergon grips, they have a larger surface area so the weight on your palms is spread out more; that did the trick f...
by Rcartes
4 Dec 2018, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sachs 3-speed torpedo hub
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Sachs 3-speed torpedo hub

I think it is usually 'close enough' https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-IG-cable-pull.html but a) modern SA 3s shifters have slightly different cable pull from older ones (* -static and dynamic- ) and b) the Sachs gear is differently tolerant to being badly adjusted. The latter point means that...
by Rcartes
4 Dec 2018, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sachs 3-speed torpedo hub
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Sachs 3-speed torpedo hub

Quick question: does this hub need a specifically Sachs shifter, or will a Sturmey Archer one do just as well?
by Rcartes
20 Jun 2018, 2:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spacers on a 10-speed chainset
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Spacers on a 10-speed chainset

This may seem obvious to some, but I wanted to check. I'm improvising a new 10-speed chainset/chain combination with double chainrings mounted on a single chainset, and spacers are clearly needed between to two chainrings. But what thickness to use? I have found 2mm and 3.5mm and would like to use t...
by Rcartes
8 Nov 2014, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Uncomfortably numb (hands)
Replies: 47
Views: 5906

Re: Uncomfortably numb (hands)

I used to suffer a lot from this problem when I used flat bars, the answer turned out to be to fit grips which spread the load on the palm. The best ones are Ergon grips (they produce a range but the simplest are fine: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ergon-gc1-handlebar-grips/), though other firms make chea...
by Rcartes
21 Jan 2013, 10:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EBAY Bargain Brooks
Replies: 18
Views: 926

Re: EBAY Bargain Brooks

I presume your comment (in the subject line) is ironic! £229 as a starting price!
by Rcartes
6 Oct 2010, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mirrors on helmets / mirrors in general
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: mirrors on helmets / mirrors in general

toontra wrote "Head turning serves to make other road users aware of you and indicates that you are fully aware of them. It leads to better understanding all round. In my experience a motorist is less likely to pull a risky overtake if you've just made eye contact with them. It personalises wh...
by Rcartes
6 Oct 2010, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mirrors on helmets / mirrors in general
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: mirrors on helmets / mirrors in general

I strongly recommend Mirrycle mirrors: you can get them for straight or drop bars or to mount on a non-aero brake levers and they are easily adjustable. Excellent!
by Rcartes
6 Oct 2010, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mirror & bar end levers
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Mirror & bar end levers

Another way of mounting shifters whilst still keeping the bar ends free for mirrors, is to use Paul's Road Thumbies Shifter Mounts: SJS do stock them:
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/paul-road-th ... prod20973/