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by A1anP
3 Jan 2021, 2:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1692

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

As a turbo user myself, here's my answers... How often do you use it? At this time of year, masybe 3-5 times per week For how long? About 1 hour at a time, but very occasionally quite a bit longer. Longest was about 5.5 hours. Why? As a substitute for real riding. Not so much for the fitness aspect,...
by A1anP
5 Jul 2020, 6:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin 520 flat bar cassette upgrade question
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Btwin 520 flat bar cassette upgrade question

My wife has the same bike. When we bought it in Decathlon, we asked for an 11-32 cassette to be fitted. It works just fine so there will be no problem with fitting a 28 or 30. Later on, I swapped out the 30 tooth chainring for a 26, so now she can ride up the remaining few hills that she used to get...
by A1anP
1 Jul 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2607

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

The oblivious group sounds like me, though not always. I did stop once halfway down a descent after feeling that something was wrong with the steering. It turned out that I was shivering uncontrollably after being caught out in a squall. Still not very pleasant :lol:
by A1anP
1 Jul 2020, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2607

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

I just measured my Triban 3, which has been my summer / holiday bike from 2013 - early 2020. As I suspected, it has 3cm of spacers and a flipped stem. It is only an aluminium frame, but I did upgrade the fork to carbon. I'm also in the habit of wearing cycle-specific clothing, making me a MAMIL (or ...
by A1anP
23 May 2020, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Stages/4iii crank arm to RS500 BB?
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Fitting Stages/4iii crank arm to RS500 BB?

I’ve been using a 4iiii power meter crank (Shimano Ultegra) for nearly a year now without problems (touchwood lol). Actually, I bought a second one recently (105 version) to save the hassle of switching cranks between bikes. A friend had Garmin Vector 3 pedals for a while and his Strava rides were f...
by A1anP
13 May 2020, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Marcy Onyx B80 Indoor Bike
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Marcy Onyx B80 Indoor Bike

Hi, Sorry if this sounds dumb, but have you tried screwing the pedal in the opposite direction? The left goes in anticlockwise and the right clockwise (or possibly the other way round, I never remember). It is sometimes possible to screw a pedal in if there is some damage to the first threads if you...
by A1anP
7 Apr 2020, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Zwift Bluetooth Help
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Zwift Bluetooth Help

Hi there, The minimum you need is a speed sensor, but speed and cadence is better. If your cadence sensor is the newer magnet-less variety, there will probably be a wee switch inside to turn it into a speed sensor. If so, you can attach it to your hub and all should be well. Your Garmin heart rate m...
by A1anP
4 Apr 2020, 9:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Zwift Bluetooth connection.
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Zwift Bluetooth connection.

The workaround is to install the Zwift companion app (not the full Zwift game) to your smartphone. Log in, and when you start up Zwift on your PC, you should be able to pair your Bluetooth sensor(s) via the phone. Both PC and phone need to be on the same WiFi I think, but that shouldn't be a problem...
by A1anP
13 Jan 2020, 12:27pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Power Meters: Do I need/want one?
Replies: 26
Views: 1527

Re: Power Meters: Do I need/want one?

I spin 2 or 3 times a week at the gym and the bikes have power display, which I find fascinating. Strava gives me a power reading which must be a guesstimate from heart rate and something else???? The Strava figures are always much lower than the gym bike but that may be because the road rides (25/...
by A1anP
1 Jan 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?

That's the one, thanks 8)
by A1anP
31 Dec 2019, 11:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?

Thanks for that, cycleruk. The chainline as it currently stands is still shy of 45mm. I have run into problems due to the fact that different technical diagrams for the same chainset show different things. The one I went off showed only one axle spacer, and that was on the non-drive side. So that's ...
by A1anP
31 Dec 2019, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?

... now looked at the techdoc and the NDS spacer that was supplied (approx 6mm) seems to be different from the picture. I think there is a way to sort out the chainline without spacing out the BB and compromising the length of spindle on the left crank. One 3mm spacer either side should work. Maybe ...
by A1anP
31 Dec 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?

Thanks Brucey, as I thought, I was pushing the chainline adjustment too far. Good thing it was too icy here to go for a test ride. I think the whole bottom bracket shell needs to be a few mm to the right to work without adjustment. The FD is as far to the left as possible. Actually touching the fram...
by A1anP
31 Dec 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech II spacers - too many?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Hollowtech II spacers - too many?

Hi, I changed the bottom bracket on my Triban 3 from square taper to Hollowtech II (BBR60) so I could use a 5603 triple that I picked up cheap off ebay. The chainline wasn't right, so I ordered some spacers and added a 2.5mm one to the drive side, between the shell and the BB cup. That improved thin...
by A1anP
29 Dec 2019, 4:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?
Replies: 49
Views: 2092

Re: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?

Horizon - yes I do have a dishwasher. But before you get carried away with your theory, so did my mother in law, and she never sat on a turbo trainer in her life :D Well, today the temperature was 10 degrees C, so instead of sneaking an hour on the turbo, I went out on my road bike for that hour ins...