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by OnYourRight
13 Sep 2014, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling resistance?
Replies: 167
Views: 8637

Re: Rolling resistance?

Interesting test, NetworkMan. If you’re interested in the comfort and speed of your tyres, consider swapping the the Gatorskins for something plusher. Rmurphy195: your hill illustration is muddied by rider weight and aerodynamics; at 20 miles per hour the latter is significant. If your road bike (or...
by OnYourRight
11 Sep 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rolling resistance?
Replies: 167
Views: 8637

Re: Rolling resistance?

If I had just discovered bicycles and someone told me tyres with supple sidewalls would improve comfort, I would be incredulous. It intuitively seems that no sidewall could be so stiff as to significantly affect the suspension of 80-odd kilograms. And yet it is so, and the difference in comfort betw...
by OnYourRight
3 Sep 2014, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 7878

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

I don't think that is what he is arguing. Assuming the average car driver earns more than the average non-driver, then they are paying proportionally more income tax, VAT and so on. But even if that were true, what has it got to do with the topic under discussion? It’s a perfect non sequitur. Drivi...
by OnYourRight
3 Sep 2014, 1:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem
Replies: 29
Views: 3540

Re: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem

… the very solid chromed steel struts do not lend themselves to being bent Are they really steel? The stay for my otherwise steel Tubus Fly is some kind of light alloy. This is how I bent mine (with a protective covering of handlebar tape, though the spanner bit through the tape so I’m not sure how...
by OnYourRight
2 Sep 2014, 10:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why are bikes so expensive…
Replies: 211
Views: 7878

Re: Why are bikes so expensive…

Roads have taken more and more traffic over the last few decades for the simple reason that their use is not fully costed. They’re effectively subsidised by all of society and indeed the whole planet, regardless of whom benefits from their use. Taking a big-picture perspective, it’s obviously far fr...
by OnYourRight
1 Sep 2014, 8:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track pumps
Replies: 73
Views: 3334

Re: Track pumps

I am more interested in the prospect of being able to still buy spares for my older Silca pumps, and also fitting silca chucks onto other pumps; that should be a more economic exercise. Agreed. And this puts me in a mind to acquire a new Silca Pista or Super Pista while I still have the chance. But...
by OnYourRight
1 Sep 2014, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track pumps
Replies: 73
Views: 3334

Re: Track pumps

However this is interesting; http://www.bicycleretailer.com/product-tech/2013/12/12/silca-reborn-usa#.VAS9YDpwY1g The new super-pump mentioned in that article is presumably this one. I can appreciate fine things as well as the next guy, but ultimately I enjoy economic engineering more. In any case,...
by OnYourRight
1 Sep 2014, 7:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track pumps
Replies: 73
Views: 3334

Re: Track pumps

But do you want your pump to double as a bike stand, Mick?
by OnYourRight
1 Sep 2014, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track pumps
Replies: 73
Views: 3334

Re: Track pumps

So are all these connectors more or less interchangeable? I could buy an SKS Rennkompressor (for example) and just attach one of those if the SKS connector turns out to be rubbish?
by OnYourRight
31 Aug 2014, 11:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?
Replies: 23
Views: 2751

Re: Best Ortlieb Rear Panniers for touring?

PH: you say 30 litres, but the Ortlieb website says the Front-Roller Classic panniers have a capacity of 25 litres per pair. Are yours a little bigger? What saddlebag do you use? I’m interested in this idea – small front panniers at the back combined (only when needed) with my Carradice Lowsaddle Lo...
by OnYourRight
31 Aug 2014, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem
Replies: 29
Views: 3540

Re: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem

PS I'm not saying that a pipe bender is necessary or suitable for making the 90deg bend that would be needed to fit the end of the strut vertically to the seat stay bridge. Mine didn’t require a 90-degree bend either, since Tubus supplies a little metal tab which accommodates much of the bending ne...
by OnYourRight
31 Aug 2014, 9:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing a crankset on 90s bike
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Replacing a crankset on 90s bike

Ask the place you bought it what length of bottom bracket is required for the new chainset, then order the cheapest available relevant part (should be under a tenner). However, you probably don’t have the bottom bracket removal tool needed to change this part, so you may need to get that or have the...
by OnYourRight
31 Aug 2014, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track pumps
Replies: 73
Views: 3334

Re: Track pumps

Is there any chance of that Lezyne ABS hose fitting to an SKS Rennkompressor?
by OnYourRight
30 Aug 2014, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem
Replies: 29
Views: 3540

Re: Rear rack advice & Carradice Bagman problem

(Old thread alert!) I’m pleased to report the Bagman arrangement suggested by Norman H has worked perfectly for the last three months. Thanks Norman! As for lightweight racks/carriers, in the end I opted for the Tubus Fly classic in stainless steel . Its design and construction are beautiful. I hon...
by OnYourRight
30 Aug 2014, 9:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 3rd time unlucky
Replies: 16
Views: 1842

Re: 3rd time unlucky

Tonyf33 wrote:I've just had two punctures in quick sucession..loads of tread on the tyre but the carcass had split in a couple of places near the cosmetic channels..not impressed.

What tyre model?