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by dragonrider
3 Aug 2018, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax
Replies: 101
Views: 9335

Re: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax

Question for Colin: I liked the look of the Spa Elan very much as I've been looking for a light-ish, fast-ish bike with decent tyre and mudguard clearance for a while but sadly they don't make the bike in a large enough size for me - 58cm is the biggest. I'm also now interested in the Aubisque and ...
by dragonrider
13 Jun 2018, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compact double road
Replies: 33
Views: 1264

Re: Compact double road

Met a chap the other day who seems to have solved this with a 40 tooth cassette. He texted me and these are the details he sent - “The brand name for my cassette is Sunrace (mine is 10 speed MX3 11-40) the link/dropper for rear mech is Wolf Tooth Road Link. Both were from Spa Cycles. First time used...
by dragonrider
31 May 2018, 7:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Intermittent creak
Replies: 31
Views: 1795

Re: Intermittent creak

Not strictly cycling related but a funny story about creaks being transmitted from a totally different place from where they actually originate. I had a newish Rover 820, yes this is quite a few years ago. All Autumn and winter there was a terrible creak and rattle from the front suspension. Both me...
by dragonrider
30 May 2018, 10:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Time for new chain?
Replies: 23
Views: 899

Re: Time for new chain?

Yes Colin I remember trying an 8 speed chain on a 9speed cassette. It didn’t work for me, but I have ridden in your slipstream long enough to know your gears work perfectly. Obviously the magic touch!
by dragonrider
30 May 2018, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Time for new chain?
Replies: 23
Views: 899

Re: Time for new chain?

I do find it difficult to remember how long a chain has been on a bike especially with a number of bikes to enjoy. My simple rule is keep it clean and when the back tyre wears out get a new chain. Seems to work for me.
by dragonrider
30 May 2018, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame
Replies: 69
Views: 5224

Re: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame

Interesting reading all the conjecture re the use of discs on a tandem. Really the answer is just how hard you go at the descents and anybody can overheat virtually any brake if they try to. Wife and I did a Norway CTCtour on a fully loaded (four panniers and a rack bag) Santana tandem. The brake se...
by dragonrider
23 May 2018, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slipping seatpost
Replies: 58
Views: 2813

Re: Slipping seatpost

The Thomson collar has a barrel nut and allows float on both sides of the collar. Ah. The photos I saw didn’t reveal that. IMO this is all getting a bit too technical for a simple problem. […] Why are we talking about grease with an alloy post and a titanium frame? Rust won’t occur and corrosion ri...
by dragonrider
23 May 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Used Specialized Roubaix Expert 2013, used Amira (tiagra) 2013 or new Allez E5 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Re: Used Specialized Roubaix Expert 2013, used Amira (tiagra) 2013 or new Allez E5 2017

As one of the bikes you are looking at is an Amira I must presume you are female. My advice is beware the reach i.e. arm stretch, can be very different for men and women. Pop in to your Specialized store and sit on them to see how it feels. Many women ride men’s frames but it won’t work for all fema...
by dragonrider
23 May 2018, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slipping seatpost
Replies: 58
Views: 2813

Re: Slipping seatpost

IMO this is all getting a bit too technical for a simple problem. On a ride a few years ago a fellow rider suffered a slipping seatpost. He was fanatical about cleanliness and said he had had cleaned and greased the seatpost the day before. Hence the problem. How did we solve it many miles from a bi...
by dragonrider
30 Apr 2018, 7:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short combat shorts!
Replies: 27
Views: 1070

Re: Short combat shorts!

How about buying full length trekking trousers but with zip off legs? M&S do them, I have two pairs, quick drying and the length unzipped is just above the knee. They have Velcro pockets each side. I would send you the link but it won’t seem to pick up. Also Craghoppers make them. Their version ...
by dragonrider
27 Apr 2018, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?
Replies: 57
Views: 4405

Re: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?

As the culprit for starting off this thread, my observation is that a) the fact that so much can be written about how to make these brakes work and b) the state Brucey found my rear brake to be in when he very kindly checked it over, suggests that unless your bike comes with them, they're best avoi...
by dragonrider
24 Apr 2018, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?
Replies: 57
Views: 4405

Re: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?

But I have tried to find out who TRP are, and I cannot find any thing. Even the fount of all knowledge Wikipedia doesn’t provide any information. Is this a great Russky or N Korean plot to absorb all our mental energies on trying to get the damn things working?!! After a bit more searching I found ...
by dragonrider
24 Apr 2018, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?
Replies: 57
Views: 4405

Re: Replacement for HyRd disc brakes - suggestions?

Having suffered with TRP HY-RD brakes in the past and having been extensively involved on this Forum I won’t comment on the technical side as I have nothing to contribute other than recalling my despair and frustration. But I have tried to find out who TRP are, and I cannot find any thing. Even the ...
by dragonrider
24 Apr 2018, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: luggage weight
Replies: 15
Views: 827

Re: luggage weight

By carrying luggage in a saddlebag you are shifting the bike's centre of gravity to the rear; naturally it will tend to drag you back when going uphill. You should use a bar bag, by shifting the c.o.g. to the front, this will pull you forwards, up the hill. :D Bar bags do worry me rather, and I won...
by dragonrider
24 Apr 2018, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?

Reading that string I thought you weren’t going to stand a chance of sorting it but I was so wrong! Brilliant result. May you go on to greater things.