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by mnichols
16 Jan 2019, 2:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

Got the chance to do a short tour at the weekend so resolved to sort the situation in my lunch hour, and using whatever I had in the shed Removed the (punctured) Schwalbe Pro One that has the temporary tube off the back wheel. Put a part worn Conti GP 4 Seasons on, with a tube. Noticed that it had a...
by mnichols
16 Jan 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc Rotor Cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Disc Rotor Cleaning

My bike gets a quick brush with water and car wash stuff after every ride including the rotors and the frame wiped down with a rag.

Then I give the rotors a clean with specialised cleaner every once in a while when I have more time or before a trip
by mnichols
14 Jan 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

putting a tube in a tubeless tyre will -be heavier than a full tubeless or a full-tubed setup - have high rolling resistance (about the same as having two inner tubes...) -having sealant in quantity (i.e. sloshing about) also increases rolling resistance whether it is in a tube or not. -it seems th...
by mnichols
14 Jan 2019, 6:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Around Ireland
Replies: 17
Views: 820

Re: Around Ireland

It looks like the top to bottom of Ireland is now (much) more likely than not It's evolved from a top to bottom to a lap starting and finishing in Belfast (for logistical reasons) We're planning three longer days at the start from Belfast to Mizen Head (the bottom) of around 150 miles per day and th...
by mnichols
14 Jan 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

When they do happen my tyres come off the rims very easily so a tube change is a two-minute irritation. Given that fitting tubeless tyres is a bit of a palaver I'd probably have to be looking at getting ten or twenty (avoidable) punctures a year before I would be tempted to make a change. IME this ...
by mnichols
14 Jan 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

BTW, I think remember what caused the puncture The puncture came just after a short downhill and a Magpie flew across my path, as it was on a bend and I needed to keep both hands on the bars and brakes and so I was unable to salute the bird, wish it a good morning and ask it how his wife was The tyr...
by mnichols
14 Jan 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

one approach that has helped me with the original problem I try to only fit tubeless tyres in the garage when I have patience to spare. First fit the tyre with a tube on the intended wheel, make sure it 'pops' properly onto the rim bed. over inflate and leave for few days, some tyres are initially ...
by mnichols
13 Jan 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

Tubeless is a poor idea on a road bike. On a mountain bike it’s a great idea, you can run super low pressures without fear of pinch flats, on a road bike, it’s a pain in the buttock. I have to say that i don't get this problem on my gravel bike with WTB 42 nano. But i think they more have puncture ...
by mnichols
13 Jan 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

…. Any idea why this would dry up so quickly? if the tyre was initially inflated using CO2 then this can react to form a weak acid and this weak acid can react with latex-based sealants so that the sealant 'dries out' (cures) abnormally quickly. There are many, many, potential pitfalls with 'road t...
by mnichols
13 Jan 2019, 3:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless woes
Replies: 39
Views: 1264

Re: Tubeless woes

Got a puncture today in the new tyre which failed to seal. I took the tyre off to put a tube in and all the sealant had dried up.

This was a new tyre three weeks ago, Schwalbe Pro One and Stans Sealant. Any idea why this would dry up so quickly?
by mnichols
11 Jan 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you carry your camera?
Replies: 29
Views: 2480

Re: How do you carry your camera?

If the weather looks poor I will carry my DSLR in a handlebar bag, in part for quick access, plus as the bag is supported it helps alleviate vibration, my Carradice Super C Bar bag is just large enough for my padded camera bag; which is ideal. If the weather is good I will carry the same camera ove...
by mnichols
7 Jan 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG off road
Replies: 15
Views: 480

Re: LEJOG off road

Would be interested to know more about it
by mnichols
7 Jan 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route along the South Coast
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Route along the South Coast

Thanks. Will have a look at NCR2 and like the IoW idea.

I'm just planning a lap of Ireland as well for this summer, so it looks like it's going to be a year for getting lots done in the UK and Ireland

Shetland and Isle of Man will have to wait for another year
by mnichols
6 Jan 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route along the South Coast
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Route along the South Coast

As I've mentioned on other posts, I'm going to try and finish the Coast of Britain this year, but not pedantically I realised a while ago that through doing 3 LEJOGs, a Lap of Wales, a Lap of Scotland, a tour of the Hebrides, a Lap of Devon, various Sportives and living close of the South Coast that...
by mnichols
4 Jan 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Gear Cable / Outer Combination
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Best Gear Cable / Outer Combination

Ordered the cable.will be here monday. Just noticed the cable (rear gear) has one strand frayed visible coming out of the outer below the handlebars

Presumably the other half of the frayed cable is in the outer

Dare i chance a ride at the weekend?