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by freeflow
4 Dec 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 40
Views: 943

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Only if you have a front or rear wheel drive.
by freeflow
4 Dec 2019, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Large Bright Jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 379

Re: Large Bright Jacket

Definitely ShowersPass. I was given one of these for my birthday a few weeks ago. https://showerspass.co.uk/collections/mens-waterproof-jackets/products/mens-hi-vis-elite-e-bike-jacket-with-red-led-beacon-lights in xxl and it is definitely nice and roomy inside. Rode in it for 2 hours at 5°C wearing...
by freeflow
3 Dec 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gear ratios for Dawes SG
Replies: 17
Views: 481

Re: gear ratios for Dawes SG

How do you find the massive gaps between the ratios, I hate it when I use an 11-32 compared to a 12-28, god knows what it's like with a dustbin lid that size! I know what you mean, but in practise, I have been greatly surprised that it has been a very good fit to the 'span' of my legs and my genera...
by freeflow
2 Dec 2019, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gear ratios for Dawes SG
Replies: 17
Views: 481

Re: gear ratios for Dawes SG

I have a 92/93 supergalaxy, bought just before manufacture moved overseas. It was kitted out with Deore Lx chainset and deraillieurs, 105 bar end shifters. It's now happily running 10 speed 11-42 with an additional gear hanger and original front and rear mechs. Just a few weeks ago the original BB s...
by freeflow
28 Nov 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New front lights
Replies: 27
Views: 894

Re: New front lights

You could consider Torchy the battery boy http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/ He is currently selling stvzo 16850 based Fluxient lights at £39.95 on ebay. These come with a usb cable for recharging. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293320332615 On the other hand, despite caveats about the wobbliness of th...
by freeflow
27 Nov 2019, 4:25pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 40
Views: 943

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F rides in eco mode or off. We did a 40km route on Sunday which took in 1200 ft of climb. It was quite cold but she still averaged 20 kph. Lots of low gradient 'up'. If your route is hilly then this is where an e-bike is of most use as upping the power will flatten the hills.
by freeflow
27 Nov 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBikes: I have some questions
Replies: 40
Views: 943

Re: eBikes: I have some questions

Mrs F's new ebike contributes the equivalent of 60% of the input power in eco mode (Bosch motor). If you are already able to average 12 Mph then you should be easily be able to achieve an average of 15.5 mph or faster over your commute distance. Mrs F has a 500 watt battery and is currently averagin...
by freeflow
26 Nov 2019, 12:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweating
Replies: 26
Views: 938

Re: sweating

Don't use the windproof. If like me you sweat a lot you need to maximise breathability without getting too cold. That means more thinner layers and accept you will feel chilly.
by freeflow
6 Nov 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The General Election Thread **
Replies: 741
Views: 16022

Re: ** The General Election Thread **

Just watched Boris on the news after his meeting with the Queen. The only thing missing was him frothing at the mouth as he worked through his diatribe.
by freeflow
27 Oct 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 100
Views: 4988

Re: Fixie: Why?

Human beings are strange things. Sufficiently large brains to invent gears but not large enough to use them.....
by freeflow
22 Oct 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Research on sports head injuries
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Research on sports head injuries

BBC sounds has an excellent documentary on current research modelling the head for investigating sports based head injuries.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csy6cf
by freeflow
28 Aug 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 Triple gearing options
Replies: 20
Views: 1143

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: 537

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: 537

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: 1654

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.