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by pliptrot
17 Oct 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New £13k Specialized audax bike
Replies: 81
Views: 2434

Re: New £13k Specialized audax bike

The marketing blurb from the manufacturer will probably qualify for a chutzpah award. Round tubes are - I have learnt today- a good idea. Materials are not so important. If they were trying to sell to experienced cyclists who could spell their own name without making an error, it would fail. So ther...
by pliptrot
5 Oct 2020, 6:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Plastic cleaner / polish
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: Plastic cleaner / polish

Dyson products are cheap, plasticy ( a pejorative term) and made in a low cost country - making the retail price even more obscene than it used to be. I was at my local tip a little while ago, and was told by one of the chaps working there that he sees more Dysons dumped there than all other brands ...
by pliptrot
5 Oct 2020, 6:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 170
Views: 5205

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

but then I am a BOF these days. plenty of those on here, but not you, may I say. Low manufacturing costs (plus competition in the marketplace) breeds ever shorter product cycles and components which are practically disposable. As an ethos I absolutely hate it, with a passion; it runs contrary to th...
by pliptrot
30 Sep 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? - Campagnolo 13-sp groupset !
Replies: 42
Views: 1435

Re: Campagnolo are now officially insane - with 13-sp groupset !

So who changed the title of this thread? I posted it with the title Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? -see the first 6 or 7 answers, and then it was changed. Who? Why? The answer to both those questions should include the words officious and impertinent.
by pliptrot
30 Sep 2020, 4:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? - Campagnolo 13-sp groupset !
Replies: 42
Views: 1435

Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? - Campagnolo 13-sp groupset !

https://bikerumor.com/2020/09/24/all-new-campagnolo-ekar-1x-lightest-gravel-groupset-available-goes-to-13-speed/ Campagnolo appear to have swallowed their pride and are offering a "gravel" groupset - whatever that may be. It includes a thinner chain than ever before, a 13 speed cassette in...
by pliptrot
23 Sep 2020, 4:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10066

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

The utility cyclist: if you had read Brucey's penultimate post, you could have saved yourself the time taken on your last post, which does reveal how vexed you have become over this. Someone above suggested that the processes used in composite cycle parts manufacture are less exacting than those in ...
by pliptrot
22 Sep 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10066

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

Interesting, The utility cyclist, that you dismiss other's anecdotal evidence and then spend quite a bit of space writing your own. The issue most of us have is that the processes and controls one really needs to be able to rely on are not obvious; I am not sure the short warranties offered with com...
by pliptrot
17 Sep 2020, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dura Ace downtube shifters - don't believe everything retailers tell you...
Replies: 43
Views: 1357

Re: Dura Ace downtube shifters - don't believe everything retailers tell you...

Mick F wrote: In fact, I don't have the "feel" for it when I've tried it and I over-shift or under-shit.
I take it you don't get it on the levers?
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?

Brucey started this thread with the idea that we live in an imperfect world. My world involves getting between crude oil and the stuff you put in your car. As you can fill your car with a very tightly controlled specification of fuel, 24-7, and the oil industry can take all manner of crude feedstock...
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?

Or use the old Mavic 501 hubs, which last forever. Sealed (cartridge) bearings are not a great idea in hubs (as per Chris Juden's article on the subject back when Cycle was worth reading) and I suppose that is why Campag and Shimano don't use them. But those old Mavic hubs came close to making such ...
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10066

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

I bought my unused KTM carbon frameset as used by the KTM conti pro team (generic if you like) direct from the sponsor a fair few seasons back,,it cost me 1/2 the price of a decent off the peg steel frame never mind a made to measure, in any case most people won't buy a carbon frame on its own, the...
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?

Brucey wrote:'normal' campag white grease was a little disappointing
Or as Richard Ballantine put it, "...a load of old cod."
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10066

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

This is not a polemic, but a strongly-held belief: buy a fine steel bicycle from a reputed builder and you won't suffer much in terms of depreciation; Buy a generic composite frame (even a very, very expensive one from one of the pro-tour sponsors) and you will. I imagine those who have Italian comp...
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?

I never saw the scroll thing on my hubs, but my LBS swore they were there...(!?). As to grease Brucey, you have rumbled me. I like the Superlube synthetic grease or the Finish Line (off) white stuff, but expediency led me to use some regular mineral grease last month. (I live in a flat and it is a t...
by pliptrot
3 Sep 2020, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Hub bearings and grease, amongst other things; in general, what can you get away with?

I find it frustrating trying to keep water out of hub bearings. Should you service the hubs as per conventional wisdom - the bearings should be swimming in grease - then grease oozes out for a few hundred miles , and if it rains in that time this turns to an emulsion, no matter how much you wipe awa...