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by freeflow
23 Jan 2021, 10:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rust free/resistant chains
Replies: 14
Views: 500

Re: Rust free/resistant chains

I got a new bike with gears in a can last August. The chain recommended was a KMC E1 EPC coated chain which I was happy to go along with. I'm rotating two chains of those chains and have ridden about 2500km since last August, including some rather wet rides through road width and deep 'puddles'. The...
by freeflow
17 Jan 2021, 6:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rowing machine ?
Replies: 71
Views: 1710

Re: Rowing machine ?

Just acquired one of these after our old cheap and cheerful (and seldom used) rower died and a Concept 2 was a stretch too far at this stage. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08JM24NKT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 We both find rowing terminally dull but have hit on the wh...
by freeflow
15 Jan 2021, 7:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ergotec Futura seatpost. Missed opportunities.
Replies: 30
Views: 860

Re: Ergotec Futura seatpost. Missed opportunities.

I'm stuck with 35mm setback because a 27.2 mm seatpost into a 38.1 mm seattube doesn't work very well. 38.1mm? I presume that is a typo. I have a 27.2mm seat post in a Use shim, and it works OK. I think the Use shims are probably the best, not least because they are 100mm long, whereas some other b...
by freeflow
15 Jan 2021, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ergotec Futura seatpost. Missed opportunities.
Replies: 30
Views: 860

Re: Ergotec Futura seatpost. Missed opportunities.

As a 110kg rider I had no issues of the ergotec futura seatpost slipping. As a rider with a custom built frame with a 71 degree seat tube I'd have liked a bit more setback!! On my new new custom frame (because the last one was stolen) I'm stuck with 35mm setback because a 27.2 mm seatpost into a 38....
by freeflow
14 Nov 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11-36 a bit horrid?
Replies: 32
Views: 1259

Re: 11-36 a bit horrid?

Put a cassette hanger extender on and move to shimano 11-42. Sounds daft BUT the shifts on the cassette all becomes more equitable although they will be in the range 13-20%.
by freeflow
13 Nov 2020, 1:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1488

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

If the B17 works for you then the next adjustment may be a Humpert Ergotec Futura seat post which offers upto 50mm setback.
by freeflow
13 Nov 2020, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1488

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

If you need the saddle to go back further then a Selle Anatomica H1 may be an alternative. (NOT an H2, the rails appear to be much shorter)
by freeflow
11 Nov 2020, 11:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Private sector = corruption. (?)
Replies: 46
Views: 1354

Re: Private sector = corruption. (?)

The OPs post is also predicated on the fact that previous public ownership delivered good services. This is not the case. For both publicly owned and privately owned companies, the 'Tragedy of the Commons' rules with those empowered to lead the company ultimately serving their own needs if there is ...
by freeflow
7 Nov 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle for a re-starter
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Saddle for a re-starter

I have two saddles that I call '300k saddles'. One is a Spa Nidd, the other a Selle SMP TRK. Both saddles are well and truly combat tested.
by freeflow
6 Nov 2020, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards and Disc Brakes
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Mudguards and Disc Brakes

The discs are not usually the problem, it's the calipers that get in the way. The clash is resolved easily using a 5-10mm spacer and longer, stainless steel fixing bolts.
by freeflow
6 Nov 2020, 12:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle for a re-starter
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Saddle for a re-starter

If you are a heavier rider then a Spa Nidd leather saddle might be the way to go. If you are suffering from saddle pain, then do shorter rides initially and build up as your backside adapts to riding again.
by freeflow
3 Nov 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 103
Views: 3713

Re: Glasses - Are "all weather" glasses really available?

Your eyes already have the adjustment they need so the only thing you really need to be concerned about is UV protection.
by freeflow
29 Oct 2020, 1:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How wide is a bike?
Replies: 45
Views: 1157

Re: How wide is a bike?

And, if course, the question becomes irrelevant if the idea that bikes are 3m 2ide leads to cycle paths that are 3m wide ( and yes, by tongue is stuffed firmly in my cheek).
by freeflow
29 Oct 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How wide is a bike?
Replies: 45
Views: 1157

Re: How wide is a bike?

That might be an appropriate strategy, it might not. The point is that if you are going through a gap smaller than what you are trained to consider as the appropriate width for a bike it should raise your level of scrutiny to ensure that you are safe to take such an action.
by freeflow
29 Oct 2020, 10:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How wide is a bike?
Replies: 45
Views: 1157

Re: How wide is a bike?

Life just gets in the way. The genesis of my poll came from a good hearted but lively discussion after sufficient lubrication up at the local village pub. Afterwards I got to thinking what is the simplest message to send to both cyclists and motorists. The simplest I could come up with, which seemed...