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by dbascent1986
23 Jul 2013, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cured a creak
Replies: 37
Views: 1904

Re: Cured a creak

My commiserations - had a creak when climbing - (Shimano Alfine 8) - I am never quite sure what cured it but the LBS (Evans) re-tensioned the crank/EBB and I bought a KMC Single Speed chain. On a previous bike the creaking was coming from the saddle. Other times the rear axle nuts needed adjusting. ...
by dbascent1986
10 Jul 2013, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting on a tourer
Replies: 34
Views: 2447

Re: Commuting on a tourer

Only one puncture on Conti Contact Sport so far. I average 560 miles a month on the bike commute (fairweather - all weather would take me to 800 miles a month) - do not wear lycra but normal work clothes (work however is not in an office environment) with a merino base. So only have a bar bag (Carra...
by dbascent1986
28 Jun 2013, 7:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Paging ex-aircrew, PPL or CPL holders
Replies: 16
Views: 2198

Re: Paging ex-aircrew, PPL or CPL holders

Exercise 11 in the EASA PPL course deals with incipient spins - the Cessna 152 will typically oblige with a wing drop at the stall. Demonstration of a full spin and recovery is not required, although some PPL students request it - some schools then teach spin recovery in a fully aerobatic aircraft. ...
by dbascent1986
21 Jun 2013, 9:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting tyres
Replies: 26
Views: 5210

Re: Commuting tyres

1500 miles on continental contact sport and one puncture - they do ride much nicer than the M+ but essentially road tyres - might do very light trail - if the puncture rate is only one every couple of thousand miles will stick with them - if not may go for M Supremes
by dbascent1986
4 May 2013, 7:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: Pedals

Switched back to flats and did not notice any reduction in performance, arguably more stamina as you have more foot positions. You also can use work shoes and you are much more comfortable in traffic. Shimano Saints are very well built and very comfortable.
by dbascent1986
29 Apr 2013, 7:14am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bye Bye Brooks :-(
Replies: 56
Views: 2524

Re: Bye Bye Brooks :-(

6,000 miles on a S Marco Rolls, but now worried that the supports are built like cheese, hopefully parmegiano tough! In any event comfortable and well built.
by dbascent1986
22 Apr 2013, 8:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New London cycle commuter
Replies: 36
Views: 2533

Re: New London cycle commuter

That is a nice commute, am wondering whether a folder makes sense if you can keep it in the office? They come commuter ready and have reasonable gear ratios for London. £2k sounds like overkill for a commuter - a good quality, hub gear, disk or v-brake bike, commuter ready (various brands) are aroun...
by dbascent1986
18 Apr 2013, 4:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute
Replies: 88
Views: 4405

Re: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute

...one upgrade not too overlook is to get a decent saddle. 10 miles each way is a nice commute - I have 21 miles each way but it is a fair weather commute, with the car filling in on bad weather days. As a consequence minimal investment in all weather gear and cycle in work clothes/shoes plus a wind...
by dbascent1986
18 Apr 2013, 7:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: where to get some 'away from the norm' cycling clothing.
Replies: 17
Views: 2033

Re: where to get some 'away from the norm' cycling clothing.

+1 on Vulpine, but as said a bit pricey, but very well finished
by dbascent1986
18 Apr 2013, 7:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute
Replies: 88
Views: 4405

Re: Help- what bike should i use for a Daily 10 mile commute

+1 for a more upright riding position in traffic - as you settle into the routine you will naturally be looking around constantly for traffic, a flat bar makes this easier. The C2W scheme should also cover mudguards, lights and a rack. Finally I would recommend flat pedals for traffic.
by dbascent1986
9 Apr 2013, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bags for straight handlebars
Replies: 12
Views: 923

Re: Bags for straight handlebars

Carradice zip roll fits if you flip the stem, but brake-gear cables will restrict access somewhat - I swapped a saddle bag for a zip roll on the bar for the commute and find it more convenient
by dbascent1986
6 Apr 2013, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling gloves
Replies: 21
Views: 2355

Re: Cycling gloves

defeet merino gloves are practical and discreetly branded
by dbascent1986
19 Mar 2013, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute
Replies: 22
Views: 1601

Re: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute

Did not go through the scheme (self employed so I own the residual) but did look at Kona Dr Fine, Charge Mixer and settled on a Thorn Raven Sport Tour with Shimano hub gear which brought it into my price range (they normally use Rohloff gears) - I also wanted V brakes which only the Thorn had. All t...
by dbascent1986
19 Mar 2013, 7:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute
Replies: 22
Views: 1601

Re: advice for new bike up to £1000 for commute

I would add to mudguards, lights, considering internal hub gears - this would then allow a fully enclosed chainguard for added weather proofing. Hub gears (Shimano Alfine for example) are now quite silent and can be changed while stationary, it also is easier to keep clean. I have a locker at my des...
by dbascent1986
25 Feb 2013, 7:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is this commute doable?
Replies: 22
Views: 1395

Re: Is this commute doable?

20 miles each way - average 12~13 mph as 3/4 is in traffic. I also am not wearing bike clothes except for a Gore windstopper, dhb merino base and defeet merino gloves...plus high viz. Have reverted to flats, non spd/normal shoes, and day to day clothes. Also will shortly be using a bike with an Alfi...