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by freeflow
28 Aug 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 Triple gearing options
Replies: 20
Views: 1121

Re: Shimano 105 Triple gearing options

Several options exist. 1. 11-42 cassette but this gives changes of 14-20% between sprockets. I don't find this an issue riding alone, but when riding with others the group speed can leave you in an awkward cadence. 2. Custom 13/14-29 cassette from Miche 3. Replace your 30 tooth chainring with a 22 t...
by freeflow
22 Aug 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim transplant: Spokes not the same note
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Re: Rim transplant: Spokes not the same note

Thanks for the discussions. Both made useful contributions that got me there in the end. I managed to borrow a Park Tension meter. That showed that there were a number of spokes that had odd tensions, as indicated by the sounds when plucking the spokes. Trying to get the same note (per side) in the ...
by freeflow
22 Aug 2019, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim transplant: Spokes not the same note
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Rim transplant: Spokes not the same note

I've just done a rim transplant (rear wheel) replacing an open pro rim on a 105 hub with a new open pro rim. Not my first attempt a rim transplant or building a wheel. The wheel is round and straight and destressed and the spoke tensions are a quarter to half a turn below that which causes the rim t...
by freeflow
20 Aug 2019, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Commuting and touring saddle alternatives to the old B17?
Replies: 20
Views: 1624

Re: Commuting and touring saddle alternatives to the old B17?

I use a SMP Trk saddle and consider them to be a 200+km saddle. I'm also 6ft and 110kg but have the saddle set quite far back. I used a Spa Nidd on Saturdays 200km Audax and that was possibly more comfy than the Trk.
by freeflow
14 Aug 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Belt Drive question.
Replies: 16
Views: 815

Re: Gates Belt Drive question.

Squirt is not the most internet safe product name.
by freeflow
14 Aug 2019, 7:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Belt Drive question.
Replies: 16
Views: 815

Re: Gates Belt Drive question.

A pack of baby wipes may be a simpler solution. Alternatively, sufficient bottles of squirt.
by freeflow
24 Jul 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why is the front QR release always on the left?
Replies: 34
Views: 4033

Re: Why is the front QR release always on the left?

In the UK, having the lever on the left side of the bike means you are not standing on the traffic side of the bike when tightening it. It also means, for a significant part of the population, that it is easily accessible by the right hand when you are stood facing the front of the bike.
by freeflow
21 Jul 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike protector material
Replies: 9
Views: 1114

Re: Bike protector material

Yep. Cheap duvet at £10 is a small price to pay to protect both your car and your bike.
by freeflow
5 Jul 2019, 2:44pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: H&S and Risk assessments
Replies: 18
Views: 5303

Re: H&S and Risk assessments

Ok, my terminology is wrong but I think the differentiation stands.
by freeflow
5 Jul 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: H&S and Risk assessments
Replies: 18
Views: 5303

Re: H&S and Risk assessments

Do you clearly distinguish between risk and hazard. IMHO risks are activities/properties that can be assessed and eliminated/mitigated before you start cycling. Hazards are what you deal with when interpreting road conditions/traffic.
by freeflow
4 Jul 2019, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea?

clones of the Wolf tooth can be found on Amazon and Ebay for as little as £3. I tried a 11-42 cassette with a shadow 772 deraillier and the extension was definitely needed. The reason was that the lip on the frame hanger was too short and the B screw just slipped off it when fully screwed in. With t...
by freeflow
27 Jun 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inflating tyres above max recommended PSI
Replies: 22
Views: 816

Re: Inflating tyres above max recommended PSI

This is a common discussion topic. The best answer I found recently is this hour long podcast. From here https://cyclingtips.com/2016/08/cyclingtips-podcast-episode-9-rethinking-road-bike-tire-sizes-and-pressures/ Listen to (Episode 9 Direct Download) http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/c/4/7c4a9c11ee7c9d9d...
by freeflow
24 Jun 2019, 1:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 46
Views: 1595

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

I also suffer from the perennial insufficient setback problem. I was riding with a Humpert Ergotec seatpost with 50mm layback which was working well. Unfortunately that bike was stolen a few weeks ago. I've just ordered a replacement for my current second best bike (£49 plus delivery). https://www.b...
by freeflow
14 Jun 2019, 12:15am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Barclays
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Barclays

Any one else finding their advert where a plonker enters what appears to be an 8 digit number to retrieve a 4 digit PIN ever so slightly annoying.
by freeflow
24 May 2019, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dented frame repair
Replies: 25
Views: 1021

Re: Dented frame repair

Such embellishments are part of the customisation process. Repair the paintwork and admire the new 'feature'.