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by the snail
26 Dec 2020, 11:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 326
Views: 11140

Re: Ordering from Rose in new year?

If you read what Rose actually said re brakes, it's not a technical issue, they've changed their business model.They used to offer lots of customisation options, presumably assembling the bikes in house, and they could accommodate UK style brakes within the assembly process. Now they are dropping th...
by the snail
26 Dec 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 326
Views: 11140

Re: Ordering from Rose in new year?

Even when things have settled down, it may not be economic to buy from Germany with tariffs etc, devalued pound. This is bad news for anyone buying bike stuff. Importers won't have to compete with grey imports, so your LBS will probably be paying more. Wiggle, having bought out their biggest compet...
by the snail
23 Dec 2020, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tiagra 4603 questions...
Replies: 15
Views: 510

Re: Tiagra 4603 questions...

I run a 26T on a 5703 chainset, which is 5 arm 74mm bcd I think. I don't know, but I think the 4603 might be similar.
by the snail
15 Nov 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11-36 a bit horrid?
Replies: 32
Views: 1259

Re: 11-36 a bit horrid?

Efficiency/wear doesn't bother me so much, but IME there is always a risk of something bad happening if you shift on the front under high load. I saw it regularly on club runs - the horrible sound of chainrings crunching, someone would have their chain come off, or in one extreme case a snapped off ...
by the snail
7 Nov 2020, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XT Ultegra mix
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: XT Ultegra mix

If it's a 8/9sp RD then it should work I think
by the snail
24 Sep 2020, 10:33am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?
Replies: 74
Views: 2334

Re: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?

Rob Archer wrote:I find it strange that permitted e-scooters have a throttle but e-bikes aren't allowed them.

Throttles aren't illegal, but it has to pedal-activated, not just twist and go (apart from 'walk assist' mode).
by the snail
19 Sep 2020, 2:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Petition on planning laws
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Petition on planning laws

The chances of this going anywhere are less than zero. The whole thrust of government policy is to make it harder for anyone to deny/object to planning applications. No way will they upset their developer chums.
by the snail
14 Sep 2020, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain slipping in only one gear - chain swapped still an issue
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Chain slipping in only one gear - chain swapped still an issue

The chain length will be acceptable if that's it stretched round the biggest chainring and biggest cog. Could the chain be slipping at the front? It's not always obvious when the chain floats on the top of the chainring teeth. You often feel that it's missing its grip on the cassette if you're sitt...
by the snail
6 Aug 2020, 11:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: Bottom Brackets

I think the -ve with octalink is that the larger spindle means that there is less space for the bearings vs. ST, which is why they went to external bearings with HT2. I don't know what the choice of parts is, but I think octalink is a bit of a dead-end design, with ST still persisting, at least with...
by the snail
6 Aug 2020, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits

MrCJF wrote:Hi all. This is my first post.



(my 3x9 is currently 50/39/30 with 11-32).


Another option may be to swap the inner ring for e.g. 26T, which is what I did on my similar 105 triple.
by the snail
13 Jul 2020, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is my expensive White Industries crank toast?
Replies: 25
Views: 906

Re: Is my expensive White Industries crank toast?

No way would I ride that. Every chance it will fail suddenly and injure/kill you. You've had your moneysworth, time for a new crankset.
by the snail
13 Jul 2020, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Paul Donohue bike, info needed! Pics!
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Re: Paul Donohue bike, info needed! Pics!

Columbus is good quality tubing - the stickers will tell you which grade of tubing was used. It looks like a nice frame though.
by the snail
9 Jun 2020, 11:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Little Britain.
Replies: 47
Views: 1065

Re: Little Britain.

Yes, and where's Love thy Neighbour too, eh? If that was on the BBC then it should still be available to view. The state broadcaster should not be allowed to censor its back catalogue to fit in with the prevailing attitudes, prejudices and ideologies of its staff. We paid for it and it should be av...
by the snail
13 May 2020, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket collapsed
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Bottom bracket collapsed

. Im thinking I should take the cranks off and then see what sort of BB it is before I decide which BB tool to get ? Thanks for your advice. Very helpful. Pete That's a good plan. You could also try and identify the model no. of the crankset (might be stamped somewhere) and look it up online and se...
by the snail
12 May 2020, 4:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: What fat-tyred, folding, E-bikes (Not Chinese)
Replies: 21
Views: 899

Re: What fat-tyred, folding, E-bikes (Not Chinese)

Buzz wrote:Think I've found one! Not cheap, but Danish company, made in Taiwan...
https://www.mate.bike/eu/mate-x/

I'll give you 3 guesses as to where the motor is made :wink: