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by almason
28 Jun 2012, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubus Ergo or Duo for Disc Brakes?
Replies: 11
Views: 3199

Re: Tubus Ergo or Duo for Disc Brakes?

Alright, finally fitted the a tubus duo rack to my new ogre front fork. All fitted perfectly, mudguards, disc brakes and all.
by almason
5 Jun 2012, 8:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mounting bracket for Ortlieb bar bag
Replies: 8
Views: 2012

Re: Mounting bracket for Ortlieb bar bag

Brilliant, thanks for this info. Was looking for this information as I'd attached the ortlieb mount to my handlebars and as you say it crushed the cable. Needed to move it to the extention bar (SJS) which would necessitate a new cable, this seems like a far better option.
by almason
3 Jun 2012, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin or similar
Replies: 52
Views: 3030

Re: Garmin or similar

Thanks for the info Ayesha, I've had moderate success using cyclestreets and bikeroutetoaster. Not perfect, but good enough even if cyclestreets does pick some 'interesting' routes on occasion.

Will give some of those methods a shot and see how it works in comparison.
by almason
3 Jun 2012, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin or similar
Replies: 52
Views: 3030

Re: Garmin or similar

I have an edge 800 and although a decent cycling computer, the navigation aspect is lacklustre at best. Given the same choice again I'd go with a cheap smartphone on hub power. The navigation on the device itself can either work well, or be utterly idiotic. On a recent ride from Earlsfield to Richmo...
by almason
29 May 2012, 4:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: foot tingling/numbness
Replies: 13
Views: 4111

Re: foot tingling/numbness

I get numb toes quite randomly. On a 130km ride there was no sign, but on a 12km ride they can be numb for about half an hour after the ride. I'm 32 and have no back troubles, using SPD cleats. I find making the effort to wiggle my toes and generally keep my foot more mobile helps. Shake your leg ou...
by almason
29 May 2012, 4:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bottle cage clamps
Replies: 16
Views: 7542

Re: bottle cage clamps

I've heard of more than a few people getting extra braze-ons, might be worth investigating?
by almason
29 May 2012, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike for C2C, short day rides and nipping to the shops
Replies: 47
Views: 8102

Re: New bike for C2C, short day rides and nipping to the sho

I live in London, and work near Bank. As a result 'LBS' in this area is not a term I'd use with any real comparison to a real local shop that actually gives a crap about their customers. After going to several shops in the area I've come to the conclusion I'd rather work on my bike myself and get ad...
by almason
29 May 2012, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: double, triple or compact??!!
Replies: 43
Views: 4163

Re: double, triple or compact??!!

I'll put in another vote for the 48/36/26 - 11/32 camp. On my hybrid I find it gives me loads of range. Up [rude word removed] hills I can generally make it crawling along. Although I haven't yet tried, with a touring load I'm resigned to the fact that I may have to walk up the odd hill. I'm thinkin...
by almason
29 May 2012, 2:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sick of punctures
Replies: 21
Views: 2836

Re: Sick of punctures

Here is an example of an affordable tyre with puncture protection and some off-road tread. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=24622 I am not recommending them as I am completely ignorant of the world away from tarmac, just an example. My gf has a pair of these on her MTB. They a...
by almason
28 May 2012, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help me help a colleague...
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: Help me help a colleague...

I would say 'avoid'. Spending less than about 300 for a new bike is a false economy (but not always). Have a look for posts about 'BSO' or bicycle shaped objects. The quality of the components are generally poor and will wear out fairly quickly or never really work well to start with. From what I've...
by almason
24 May 2012, 1:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New discs
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: New discs

Not too keen on reusing the discs as this is my day to day bike, so want to be able to throw the touring wheels on for the weekend and go for a nice camping trip somewhere. -need to worry about cassette/chain match too. Unless you truly are on top of your commuter bike transmission maintenance, you...
by almason
23 May 2012, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New discs
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: New discs

After using google, it turns out the floating rotors are a no go with hayes stroker due to the rivets making contact with the brake. Bummer!

On to other rotors I guess. Such a shame as they came in red!
by almason
23 May 2012, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New discs
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: New discs

Hey brucey, Yeah, it's for a second set. I was talked down from buying a new bike, so settled on some touring wheels instead. Stopping power has always been reasonable (enough that I can break traction on the front wheel on dry road). Will have a think about it though, I imagine having more stopping...
by almason
23 May 2012, 7:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New discs
Replies: 9
Views: 891

New discs

Hello all, I need some new discs to go with my touring wheels. I have stroker ryde brakes and have to have 160mm discs, but was wondering if there are any other constraints? Are the any recommendations as to good discs? I'm currently looking at these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/hope-floating-saw-rotor ...
by almason
23 May 2012, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cycling shoes ... which ones
Replies: 21
Views: 2596

Re: cycling shoes ... which ones

I have the Specialized "Primo MTB Shoe", which is a cheapo MTB shoe that happened to be in stock at Evans and in my size (48 or UK13). My guess would be that since these specialized shoes fit, most should fit. I'm currently looking around for another pair simply for better wet weather perf...