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by Norman H
28 May 2020, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thorn bike sizing for tall-ish rider
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Thorn bike sizing for tall-ish rider

Thorn are a law unto themselves when it comes to frame sizing. Their frames are generally sized by virtual top tubes and the numbers don't necessarily translate to the top tube size in millimetres. S & L refer to short and long virtual top tube models. As Brucey says the sizes are explained in t...
by Norman H
19 May 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar Bag recommendation please
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Bar Bag recommendation please

Many bags use the Rixen & Kaul mounting system. It's available with an extension fitting which should avoid any conflict with your butterfly bars. Incidentally the R&K fitting is also compatible with Ortlieb bags.
by Norman H
4 May 2020, 4:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get the cycle computer magnet closer to the sensor
Replies: 34
Views: 1162

Re: How to get the cycle computer magnet closer to the sensor

Computers that measure speed and cadence generally have a combined sensor that mounts on the chainstay. It should be easier to get the correct sensor to magnet distance with this arrangement.
by Norman H
1 May 2020, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Shifter options for 9-sp drop-bar tourer

Another possibility is Kelly Take Offs. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/gear-spares/kelly-take-off-gear-lever-adaptors-per-pair/ If you change your mind about replacing like for like the latest Sora R3000 9 speed STI's aren't too pricey if ordered from Germany and they don't have washing lines. https://...
by Norman H
29 Apr 2020, 1:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Planning ahead, tent wise...
Replies: 21
Views: 802

Re: Planning ahead, tent wise...

I greatly regret not buying a Robens Lakeshore tent when I had the opportunity a couple of years ago. Sadly Robens seem to have discontinued this model. Tunnel style tents have a spacious feel and make good use of the available headroom. The Lakeshore is a three man tent but would make a roomy livin...
by Norman H
22 Apr 2020, 4:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Torque Wrench
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Torque Wrench

The Topeak beam wrench is very good. I've a selection of mechanical types from ¼” to ½” drive but I quite like the beam type torque wrenches. They offer good value, seem accurate enough for most occasions and are pretty reproducible. You need to pay a lot more for a decent mechanical type and calibr...
by Norman H
16 Apr 2020, 8:53am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Japanese Keirin
Replies: 0
Views: 422

Japanese Keirin

For those of you who missed this the first time around its on BBC News channel today at 3.30 pm. Also available on iPlayer.

Something to relieve the boredom of lock-down
by Norman H
14 Apr 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lighter Spa Touring build
Replies: 18
Views: 1455

Re: Lighter Spa Touring build

I built a lightweight tourer come audax bike very similar to your proposed build using a MK IV Thorn Club Tour frame. As others have said it's the ability to take wider tyres that gives these frames their versatility. In audax style I run the bike with lightweight wheels and 28mm slick tyres and for...
by Norman H
9 Apr 2020, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trim function, front derailleur
Replies: 30
Views: 1263

Re: Trim function, front derailleur

Some downtube cable stops have cam action lever adjusters with indents which can be used to adjust trim. I've only ever seen this feature for the rear dérailleur but I don't see why it wouldn't work on the left hand boss, albeit the other way up. https://sprockets.uk.com/downtube-cable-stop-adjuster...
by Norman H
1 Apr 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make your own bike part soaking tray
Replies: 92
Views: 2577

Re: Make your own bike part soaking tray

The fire hazard of a solvent/fuel is defined by it's flash point. Solvents/fuels with flash points lower than 37.8°C (100°F) are designated as flammable. Solvents/fuels with flash points above this temperature are designated combustible. Petrol has a flash point of minus 45°C Moreover its vapour is ...
by Norman H
25 Mar 2020, 7:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tacx Blue Matic assembly
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Tacx Blue Matic assembly

Yes, you should use position 2, the lower pair of holes. The screws should also exit through the lower pair of holes.

Edit to add:-

I assume that the screws should exit through the lower holes but its possible that the holes are drilled on the diagonal, in which case the reverse would be true
by Norman H
23 Mar 2020, 4:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Being Positive: What are we doing to occupy ourselves for the duration ...
Replies: 73
Views: 2143

Re: Being Positive: What are we doing to occupy ourselves for the duration ...

However, it got nobbled a few years back when I switched to Win 7, gave away my old XP machine to an elderly relative, then found that support for the Minolta disappeared like a puff of smoke when they were taken over so couldn't get it to work on Win 7, even trying all of the suggestions found on ...
by Norman H
15 Mar 2020, 8:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Turbo Trainer (Lifeline) Help
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Turbo Trainer (Lifeline) Help

No shortage of advice so far and at the risk of adding to the confusion here's my two pennyworth. It should be possible to extract your bike from the turbo without resorting to hacksaws or angle grinders. I suspect that what has happened is that the end of the rear axle quick release has become jamm...
by Norman H
14 Mar 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE Summer
Replies: 13
Views: 1159

Re: JOGLE Summer

A route that I've recommended on here before is the B9176 Struie road. It's an alternative to your route between Bonar Bridge and Alness using the A836. Follow the A836 south from Bonar Bridge and turn right onto the B9176 about 3 miles after Ardgay. Rejoin your route (B817) just beyond Alness. Ther...
by Norman H
7 Mar 2020, 11:21am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 52582

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

And you wash your hands then what do you use to turn the tap off that you turned on with dirty hands? Unless it is an auto tap. Yes, that's another daft thing. I suppose you wash the tap as well as your hands. Many hospitals and surgeries have installed 'elbow taps' - taps with long levers which ca...