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by guzzimag
5 Mar 2019, 11:56am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Caledonian cycleway
Replies: 6
Views: 2590

Caledonian cycleway

Morning all. I'm off to pedal the Caledonian Cycleway in May, and it's the age old question: which bike do I take. The Sustrans maps are a bit useless in terms of terrain description - are there any particularly muddy/rocky sections? I have a choice of a slick tyred mtb, 25mm tyred touring bike or a...
by guzzimag
16 Jul 2013, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is leather really better than synthetic...
Replies: 25
Views: 1895

Re: Is leather really better than synthetic...

I have a B17, a B17 Imperial, and a Spa Wharfe (I think - the thinner one). I prefer the Brooks as the leather is thinner and breaks in quicker. The Spa feels extremely hard, and I can't see it breaking in this side of 2020!! But saddles are personal - I visited Spa and they let me take the bike out...
by guzzimag
26 Feb 2013, 12:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling Backpack Advice
Replies: 14
Views: 5933

Re: Cycling Backpack Advice

Cycling Active did a review of backpacks a while back and the Vaude Bike Alpine came out tops and is available in a rather fetching green!
by guzzimag
26 Feb 2013, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended powder coaters/enamelling old steel frame?
Replies: 21
Views: 2327

Re: Recommended powder coaters/enamelling old steel frame?

I've just had a motorcycle frame and myriad other parts done by Triple S in Bingley. Worth ringing and asking if they'll do a bicycle frame as they are absolutely first class - won't find a better company to entrust rare and expensive parts too.
by guzzimag
28 Nov 2012, 4:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How do I handle a large, busy roundabout?
Replies: 20
Views: 2723

Re: How do I handle a large, busy roundabout?

Yes that's the roundabout in question, and I agree it is difficult for drivers too. I think the advice to find a better route is ringing true. It's the only part of my journey that feels dicey. Cowardice being the better part of valour and all that?! It's OK on the way in as has been said, it's down...
by guzzimag
28 Nov 2012, 2:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How do I handle a large, busy roundabout?
Replies: 20
Views: 2723

How do I handle a large, busy roundabout?

Hello - I'm after advice. Part of my commute takes me across the Lawnswood Roundabout in Leeds - it's a major intersection on the ring road, 3 lanes of traffic and 4 exits. Very high traffic volume with queues of traffic waiting to enter. I cross straight over it. I nearly got taken out twice last n...
by guzzimag
15 Nov 2012, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex versus Shimano 105
Replies: 11
Views: 2856

Re: SRAM Apex versus Shimano 105

I have a SRAM Apex equipped Spa Audax, and a 105 triple equipped Cube. Both systems work, my personal preference would be the Shimano 105 but you should try both. My opinions: The Apex gearing (compact double and 32 at the back) is far more widely spaced. I sometimes find it hard to find the perfect...
by guzzimag
5 Sep 2012, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex - Ajustment
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: SRAM Apex - Ajustment

SRAM Apex shifters in operation on my bike are heavier to use than the Shimano 105 on my other. Both are new ish and well setup, the SRAM just takes a fair bit more shove when moving to a bigger cog. You sure you're not just used to a lighter shift? Still like my Apex setup, it's just different. CLO...
by guzzimag
23 Aug 2012, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex bottom bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

Re: SRAM Apex bottom bracket

I've now Installed a Hope BB with GPX converter shims, done 300 ish miles on it and it's a syrupy smooth thing of wonder and has transformed the bike. I love my Spa again all is forgiven :D
by guzzimag
1 Aug 2012, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: audax bikes; gearing too high
Replies: 68
Views: 5142

Re: audax bikes; gearing too high

I was a victim of shiny bike syndrome. After two happy years aboard a flat barred (comfy), Deore XT equipped (massive gear range) hybrid and a couple of thousand miles of commuting and weekend rides I decided on a "proper" road bike - a Cube Attempt race bike. Fine for 15 miles, then my wr...
by guzzimag
28 Jul 2012, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex bottom bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

Re: SRAM Apex bottom bracket

A further update for anyone interested. The replacement SRAM GXP bottom bracket is knackered, AGAIN. Not impressed, this one lasted 400 miles before the crunching and grinding started again. I've had enough: fitting a Hope BB next week. Still love the Spa though but the SRAM running gear is not grea...
by guzzimag
16 Jun 2012, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex bottom bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

Re: SRAM Apex bottom bracket

To finish up the tale....the bike came back from Spa a bit back, with a stripped, cleaned and rebuilt BB. It lasted another couple of weeks before it went south, looked like the chainring was warped and no amount of adjusting the front derailleur would stop the chain rub. Back to Spa...bottom bracke...
by guzzimag
22 Apr 2012, 7:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex bottom bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

Re: SRAM Apex bottom bracket

Brucey et al - that's really useful information thanks will have a look through it all. Bike is booked into Spa for it's first service and a look at the ill BB so see what they say
by guzzimag
21 Apr 2012, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Apex bottom bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

SRAM Apex bottom bracket

Hello there, I have a Spa Audax Ti which I love, but it's developed a clicking bottom bracket bearing. It's only done about 500 miles, so taking it back to Spa this week for them to have a look and do it's first service. My question is: what alternative bottom bracket bearings will work with the SRA...
by guzzimag
12 Mar 2012, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Ti Audax
Replies: 12
Views: 3910

Re: Spa Ti Audax

Nope won't be replacing the Guzzi's!! My garage is a 2 wheels only zone - part from the little uns trike :D