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by andy753
31 May 2015, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!

Thank you everyone for your help. I have measured the BCD and it looks to be a 74 although this estimate is now accurate given the cranks are still on the bike. OK, so I am now on the hunt for a 24, 26 or 28T ring! Thanks everyone.
by andy753
30 May 2015, 2:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Re: Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!

Thank you fellas, I didn't think I would be able to get a smaller chain ring! I will have a look on Wiggle now. Thanks for your advice - much appreciated! I wish I had never gone skiing!
by andy753
30 May 2015, 1:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!
Replies: 9
Views: 751

Tiagra triple chainset (50/40/30). Advice needed!

I am recovering from a major knee rebuild (ski crash) and have decided to ride the Bike 4 Cancer London to Brighton bike ride on 6 September 2015 in memory of my dad but also as a rehab ride after my op. If anyone else fancies it, more info at: http://www.bike4cancer.org/london-to-brighton-bike-ride...
by andy753
30 May 2015, 1:09pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??
Replies: 10
Views: 14743

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

I agree with the other comments posted here - it depends on how well the frame is made. I remember having a Peugeot Comete Sprint from the 1988 range - the frame was literally glued together! http://www.cyclespeugeot.com/PDFs/1988UK.pdf I have had a cheap Ribble 7005 road frame that showed wear afte...
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is it dangerous to wear action cams on our helmets?
Replies: 7
Views: 637

Is it dangerous to wear action cams on our helmets?

Many of us are now wearing action cams on hour helmets to either capture footage of our favourite rides or to help defend us against reckless drivers. I have read reports in the media though that wearing a helmet cam can actually be dangerous and only serves to weaken the helmet's protective layer -...
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reynolds 500 all terrain for touring or not?
Replies: 30
Views: 2263

Re: Reynolds 500 all terrain for touring or not?

Yes, this should be a comfortable frame with the right tyres - it will be heavy by comparison to alu 7005 or 6061 but much more comfortable. I ride a Reynolds 525 winter bike and I love it - it weighs a ton but I can ride it all day!
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lube cable housing? Yes! No! Toss a coin!
Replies: 31
Views: 1824

Re: Lube cable housing? Yes! No! Toss a coin!

I add a little lithium grease to the cable but some would argue that this adds weight! For touring though, I think this is a good idea.
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur quality question
Replies: 27
Views: 1400

Re: Derailleur quality question

Personally, I wouldnt look lower than Tiagra - which offers a superb weight/price/quality ratio for the money.
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano/Sram mix again, sorry.
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: Shimano/Sram mix again, sorry.

No, don't do it! You could seriously damage the read mech if you do. Shimano and Sram use a different cable pull ratio - if you are using a Shimano rear mech, you'll have to stick to Shimano etc.
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE - Can I use my Triban 5?
Replies: 11
Views: 9386

Re: JOGLE - Can I use my Triban 5?

I know the Triban 5 and you should be fine. However, I would invest in a carbon seat post and add gel inserts to the bars (under a new wrap of tape). It will make the ride much more comfortable. Good luck!
by andy753
30 May 2015, 12:30pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Caledonian Sleeper
Replies: 48
Views: 36666

Re: Caledonian Sleeper

It's great to see that you can take bikes FOC - and if they are full they will pay for road transport of your bike FOC. Now that is quite incredible!
by andy753
17 Jul 2013, 7:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lidl bike stuff - get down there fast!
Replies: 6
Views: 1819

Lidl bike stuff - get down there fast!

Hello everyone, I bought one of the Lidl bike stands this weekend for 30 quid. They are amazing! OK, some of the joints are plastic but there is a 3 year warranty. If you're looking for a stand, this is a great option. More info here http://www.lidl-ni.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_ni_ie/hs.xsl/index_2858...
by andy753
17 Jul 2013, 7:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Knee pain using spds on road bikes!
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Knee pain using spds on road bikes!

Many thanks for your advice everyone. I just can't seem to get comfortable on this road bike. I am going to pay for a proper bike fitting and, failing that, I am just going have to put some slicks on my mountain bike for the London to Brighton bike ride in September! If anyone fancies joining us, th...
by andy753
17 Jul 2013, 7:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London to Brighton Bike Ride - Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 4883

Re: London to Brighton Bike Ride - Help!

Thank you to everyone for your advice. OK, here's a wee update! There are buses/vans laid on for people who need transport back from Brighton after the ride - the cost is £30 per person/bike. Apparently bubble wrap is provided to help protect your bike whilst it is in the van! We have decided to sta...
by andy753
13 Jul 2013, 1:59pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 26" Wheels on a 29er. Daft idea?
Replies: 29
Views: 127996

Re: 26" Wheels on a 29er. Daft idea?

Yep, amusing idea but I don't think it will be a good option. The gearing will change as well don't forget!