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by mcshroom
17 Mar 2020, 3:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Identify make of saddle please
Replies: 15
Views: 995

Re: Identify make of saddle please

It looks very like the one I took off of my Dawes Vantage
by mcshroom
9 Mar 2020, 10:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the widest tyre for a Dawes Galaxy (2012) ?
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: What's the widest tyre for a Dawes Galaxy (2012) ?

I had a 2012 Dawes Horizon. It came with 32mm Marathons, but I did the vast majority of my touring on it using 35 mm Marathons under 45mm Guards, so I'd expect a similar age Galaxy to be at able to fit 35mm tyres at least, with the right guards fitted.

Dawes Horizon.JPG
by mcshroom
4 Mar 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat bar conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Flat bar conversion

You can get road flat bar shifters that work with road derailleurs. The front shifters are road/mtb specific. It might actually be cheaper to get a mtb shifter and derailleur than a road shifter, so it's worth checking both. At the rear up to 9sp it doesn't really matter if you get a road or mtb rea...
by mcshroom
26 Feb 2020, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 31
Views: 1391

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

When I've broken the middle of spokes in the past, it was because of the wheel being damaged while stored. Can you check the spokes around the broken one to see if there's any scratch in the surface? It might be that something has scraped against the spokes
by mcshroom
24 Feb 2020, 10:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 3x6 brake lever shifters
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: 3x6 brake lever shifters

If you mean the combined brake/gear levers on current road bikes, then I think you're going to have to go up to 7sp at the rear to find any. I'm not aware of any 3x6 'STI' style shifters. for 3x7 You could use 'Tourney' triple shifters such as these: - https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/gear-shifters/shima...
by mcshroom
18 Feb 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: Rubbing noise from hydraulic brake pads

It's done with the wheel out. You are pushing the pistons back as if there were new pads in. When you've put the wheel back in, then squeeze the brake lever a few times until it feels right. I'd check the wheel is mounted square before touching the pads though. It's a simpler fix if you just need it...
by mcshroom
17 Feb 2020, 3:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best place to ride a time trial bike
Replies: 18
Views: 980

Re: Best place to ride a time trial bike

The road out from Goole towards Scunthorpe following the rivers over the Isle of Axholme is about as flat a road as I can think of round there. Lightly trafficked, and with only a few corners to negotiate.
by mcshroom
17 Feb 2020, 2:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Design of Cycle Paths
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Design of Cycle Paths

I'd be interested to know where this network actually is. The path you could probably get the most speed up on round here is the Whitehaven to Rowrah section of NCN71. That should be wide enough for two bikes to pass, if the undergrowth has been cut back to the edge of the tarmac which is normally n...
by mcshroom
14 Feb 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyre for a narrow rim
Replies: 46
Views: 2025

Re: Touring tyre for a narrow rim

Continental Grand Sport Extra in 28mm is another option. I've used mine on gravel worse than that before and they've been fine
by mcshroom
12 Feb 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem angle
Replies: 23
Views: 1033

Re: Stem angle

In the past when I have had a stem that felt no quite right for me I would ride the bike and as I did so try to work out where I would like the brake hoods to move to. Maybe, for example, 10mm closer to me and 5mm higher. Then back at base I would try to work out what sort of stem and spacer arrang...
by mcshroom
12 Feb 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New 9 speed "STI" things
Replies: 30
Views: 1662

Re: New 9 speed "STI" things

They are the shorter pull. My Dawes Horizon came fitted with 2300 series shifters. I replaced the front brake with a tektro RX5 (85mm?) mini-v a couple years ago and they worked ok, but you really didn't have much pad clearance. Before that I'd tried an RX6 (90mm) which I don't actually remember bei...
by mcshroom
4 Feb 2020, 11:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drops to flat bar
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Drops to flat bar

The links Vantage has put up will work with your current front derailleur. For shimano, any road series front triple shifter should work ok, and as you say, any 8sp rear shifter should be fine. But it's far cheaper to buy the M310's I linked to above,and a mid range front MTB front mech,providingnt...
by mcshroom
4 Feb 2020, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drops to flat bar
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Drops to flat bar

The links Vantage has put up will work with your current front derailleur. For shimano, any road series front triple shifter should work ok, and as you say, any 8sp rear shifter should be fine.
by mcshroom
28 Jan 2020, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid recommendation -Specialized vs Cannondale
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Hybrid recommendation -Specialized vs Cannondale

I don't think either of them would be a bad bike. They have very similar specs. The Sirrus has a slightly lower bottom gear, and maybe slightly better tyres IMHO, but I'd go with whichever of the two you liked the most.
by mcshroom
27 Jan 2020, 11:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smaller chainrings for Claris 34/50
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Smaller chainrings for Claris 34/50

A couple options I can think of. A 'Wolftooth' style derailleur hanger extension paired with a Sunrace 11-40 cassette will get you the gear you want with the 34 tooth chainring in place. Or, if you are using a newer 4-bolt pattern chainset, then there are oval inner rings designed to go down to 30 t...