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by Colin_P
13 Nov 2018, 1:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lower gearing for a Peugeot Pulse (c2000)
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Lower gearing for a Peugeot Pulse (c2000)

I've got a slightly older Peugeot what was a 12 speed racer made in 1984. I successfully fitted an MTB gear / chainset to it last year which comprises of a very low geared triple up front and an 11-34 (8 speed) at the back. I also fitted MTB derailleurs to suit and needed to swap out the bottom brac...
by Colin_P
27 Aug 2018, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to age an older bike
Replies: 17
Views: 977

Re: How to age an older bike

If it has Weinman sidepull brake calipers, which are typical or that era, they are usually 'year' stamped. You will have to take them apart to see the stamp though.
by Colin_P
27 Aug 2018, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Whether to buy a Carrera Crossfire or something equivalent
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Whether to buy a Carrera Crossfire or something equivalent

There is nothing wrong with the Halfords branded bikes. i.e. Carrera / Voodoo / Boardman, good components and better value for money than the branded bikes with the same or similar components on them. Their Apollo range is cheap and best avoided though. As with anything, there is badge snobbery. For...
by Colin_P
30 Jul 2018, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Garmin Edge Securely
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Fitting Garmin Edge Securely

One of the "out front" type mounting brackets would alleviate your issues, very secure.

A genuine garmin one is quite expensive but non genuine ones can be had cheaply elsewhere online.
by Colin_P
23 Feb 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame
Replies: 69
Views: 4801

Re: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame

I've just looked up BB7's The BB7 calipers are 157g (for the heaviest version) and a 160mm rotor is 74g for a 160mm stainless steel (most common) item which totals 231g. Whereas (randomly and crudely searched for).... A set of Shimano CX70 cantis is 139g (92g lighter than a single BB7 setup or 184g ...
by Colin_P
23 Feb 2018, 4:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame
Replies: 69
Views: 4801

Re: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame

I'd say V's or Cantis over cable operated disc brakes would add <200g, not 1500g. Wearing out wheelsets gets boring and expensive but depends on when and where you ride. If your bike is a winter shed queen that never comes out between October and April then rims brakes maybe. If you are out in the w...
by Colin_P
22 Feb 2018, 7:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame
Replies: 69
Views: 4801

Re: Canti's or V-brakes for new touring frame

Having just ridden 140 miles in the Southern Lake District - Cartmel, Bowland Bridge, High Newton, etc., I can’t for the life of me these days imagine why anyone would want either Cantis or V Brakes for touring especially in wet weather. The mechanical BB7 discs on my Spa Elan (thanks Colin!) never...
by Colin_P
27 Nov 2017, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick advice for removing bottom bracket pls - [Sorted]
Replies: 54
Views: 4138

Re: Quick advice for removing bottom bracket pls

I've not read the whole thread so don't know if this has been mentioned; but if you have one or access to one, holding the socket tightly in a bench vice and rotating the frame to and fro can be the easiest way.

The bench will need to be bolted to the floor if the BB is really tight.
by Colin_P
10 Nov 2017, 10:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steve abraham attempt
Replies: 517
Views: 53330

Re: Steve abraham attempt

There is a three mile, not km, loop of super smooth flat tarmac very close to me at Dorney Lake. It is a joy to ride but the wind can at times be slowing as it is a wide open space. For days when they are hosting events or when you need to ride away from the wind, the rest of the Thames Valley, in t...
by Colin_P
8 Nov 2017, 1:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Patch recommendation...
Replies: 109
Views: 6047

Re: Patch recommendation...

Since we are talking patches... What are you supposed to do with the clear backing/topping that is on many of them? It can be very hard to remove it without ruining the feathered edge, are you supposed to? Is there some trick to it? Do nothing with it, leave it in place. It is there to stop any res...
by Colin_P
11 Oct 2017, 10:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Strava names, wheel straightening and happy days!
Replies: 6
Views: 741

Re: Strava names, wheel straightening and happy days!

Getting to grips with strava now n what an amazing bit of kit. Aye mike im hoping theyre ok they appear to be so think ill just enjoy the bike for a few months then have them looked over. Just tapped each spoke with a screw driver and theyre all near eneugh pitch perfect to one and other. For just ...
by Colin_P
22 Sep 2017, 1:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing cheap brakes to Avid BB7
Replies: 36
Views: 1464

Re: Changing cheap brakes to Avid BB7

They look like standard fittings to me so it should be a straight swap. I've upgraded from v-brakes to BB7's on my hybrid and was faced with the same dilema as you with regard trying to work out the sizing. What I found is that it only really gets complicated if you upsize the front from 160mm, in w...
by Colin_P
11 Jul 2017, 3:49pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Lower Achilles tendon pain?
Replies: 16
Views: 1421

Re: Lower Achilles tendon pain?

If it is lower heel then it is most likely to be planter. When I suffered I too thought it was the tendon. Some nice ortha shoes or insoles really do make a difference. Most likely? Not really, more likely tendonitis/tendonosis. http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankle-pain/achilles-p...
by Colin_P
11 Jul 2017, 2:59pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Lower Achilles tendon pain?
Replies: 16
Views: 1421

Re: Lower Achilles tendon pain?

If it is lower heel then it is most likely to be planter.

When I suffered I too thought it was the tendon.

Some nice ortha shoes or insoles really do make a difference.
by Colin_P
10 Jul 2017, 10:47pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Lower Achilles tendon pain?
Replies: 16
Views: 1421

Re: Lower Achilles tendon pain?

Do a bit of googling on

Plantar Fasciitis

Decent (orthapedic designed) shoes and or insoles help tremendously with this.

Bloody hurts, doesn't it.