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by mcshroom
15 Sep 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gear ratios, in inches
Replies: 43
Views: 1588

Re: Gear ratios, in inches

I haven't ridden fixed since clipping an inside pedal and smashing my arm up a few years ago, but my fixed was 44x17, so ~68". Currently the SS is 44x18 so about 65", which feels comfortable as long as I stay away from the fells round here. I'd try something like an 18t sprocket if you're ...
by mcshroom
8 Sep 2020, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?
Replies: 65
Views: 2451

Re: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?

Genuine question - is the touring market really so small that it's not worth making triple components? There may not be as many (potential) customers as for other setups, but aren't there enough for somebody, probably Shimano, to keep making perfectly serviceable triple parts? Especially as the ave...
by mcshroom
27 Aug 2020, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Tourer Rear Brake Not Releasing Completely
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Spa Tourer Rear Brake Not Releasing Completely

I may be wrong, but looking at the pictures that looks like an Alivio v-brake. The Shimano mini-v's seem to have Shimano printed straight down the arm, and don't have that moulding on the surface. Are you using this brake with a v brake lever, or with a road STI? If the latter, then you are going to...
by mcshroom
27 Jul 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing Rear Mech and Cassette for NC500
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Replacing Rear Mech and Cassette for NC500

As reohn2 says, up to 9sp, shimano rear mechs and cassettes are interchangeable between speeds and mtb/road.

Your combination should work fine. Switching to a MTB rear derailleur would give you the option of going to 34t (and possibly 36t) should you choose to.
by mcshroom
20 Jul 2020, 4:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any experiences with a carbon framed Merida ( or Merida in general )
Replies: 10
Views: 532

Re: Any experiences with a carbon framed Merida ( or Merida in general )

I've got a Merida Scultura. It's a very nice Carbon bike IMHO. As has been said above, Merida are the company behind Specialized, so not exactly a small player.

They also make the bikes for the World Tour team, "Team Bahrain McLaren". I believe the Reacto is one of the pro frame designs.
by mcshroom
6 Jul 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single speed / fixed gear ratio?
Replies: 30
Views: 1203

Re: Single speed / fixed gear ratio?

My SS is 64.5" (44x18 on 25c tyres) When I rode it fixed I had it at 68" (44x17), but I find that a bit too high round here in SS.
by mcshroom
6 Jul 2020, 10:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Hike website
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: Bike Hike website

It's working for me this morning. All the links to google options seem to have been taken off, so I'm guessing it was down to remove those elements.
by mcshroom
3 Jul 2020, 3:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old or new?
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: Old or new?

What bike have you got now, and how would you change it?

I don't know your commute, but in general something like a15 year old rigid mtb fitted with road tyres would make a good urban commuter IMHO.
by mcshroom
3 Jul 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?
Replies: 27
Views: 948

Re: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?

As for surfaces on LLC, from memory there's a bit from Merthyr which is a gravel forest track for a few miles, a section just before Barmouth that's on crushed gravel, and a rough section north of Porthmadog. It's not all on road, though nothing terrible. Oooh thanks for that... What were your impr...
by mcshroom
3 Jul 2020, 2:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?
Replies: 27
Views: 948

Re: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?

As for surfaces on LLC, from memory there's a bit from Merthyr which is a gravel forest track for a few miles, a section just before Barmouth that's on crushed gravel, and a rough section north of Porthmadog. It's not all on road, though nothing terrible.
by mcshroom
15 Jun 2020, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3584

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

I can only think of one set of hydro brakes that don't come integrated with the shifters- TRP Hylex RS
https://road.cc/content/review/262312-t ... -rs-brakes
by mcshroom
12 Jun 2020, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 25.4mm handlebars - where to get!
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: 25.4mm handlebars - where to get!

I agree with Brucey's suggestion

A stem swap for one that would take 31.8mm bars would give you far more options. It might even be cheaper than finding a more niche longer bar that fits a 25.4mm clamp.
by mcshroom
12 Jun 2020, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gravel Bike Tyres
Replies: 30
Views: 877

Re: Gravel Bike Tyres

Also worth checking out Planet Xs Mile Muncher available in 30c which are also made by Panaracer and are a quality tyre. https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYPAJBMM/jack-brown-mile-muncher-700c-folding-tyre The Jack Brown's also a similar Panaracer made design, in a peculiarly precise 33.3 mm if you wan...
by mcshroom
11 Jun 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gravel Bike Tyres
Replies: 30
Views: 877

Re: Gravel Bike Tyres

What's the widest tyres that will fit on your Diverge?
by mcshroom
11 Jun 2020, 9:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.
Replies: 23
Views: 832

Re: Expert advice on choice of front derailleur, please.

If you want to use a MTB front derailleur, you could get a wider BB and space the chainset to 50mm chainline. I have a Stronglight impact triple on a 122.5mm bb matched with an Alivio front derailleur. I haven't measured the chainline, but it all works fine.