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by freiston
11 Apr 2019, 11:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small Pump AND CO2 Inflator Recommendations Please
Replies: 28
Views: 839

Re: Small Pump AND CO2 Inflator Recommendations Please

After trying various types of "on the road pumps" small through to large, I returned to a traditional style pump with hose - the Zefal Lapize which I fit to the frame using the brazed on boss behind the head tube and a clip mounted on the top tube (on account of the pump barrel being short...
by freiston
9 Apr 2019, 5:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small Pump AND CO2 Inflator Recommendations Please
Replies: 28
Views: 839

Re: Small Pump AND CO2 Inflator Recommendations Please

suggestion; just buy a decent pump. cheers Summer days .... no problem .... but on those freezing cold evening rides in the winter when it's damp in the air, the wind's blowing right through you I'll take the CO2 inflator every time please :D I could understand this if punctures were a regular occu...
by freiston
1 Apr 2019, 1:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end friction shifters
Replies: 33
Views: 1851

Re: Bar end friction shifters

I've only used friction shifters with 5 & 6 speed where they worked fine, 9 speed may be awkward. I've found that 8 speed bar ends indexed easily and stayed indexed. I have found that 9 speeds (Shimano and Microshift) are tricky to index. It needs to be spot on. But with downtube mounted adjust...
by freiston
1 Apr 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end friction shifters
Replies: 33
Views: 1851

Re: Bar end friction shifters

...I've never been a long term BE shifter user; I think (for me) there is nearly always a better place to position a simple gear lever of this type, eg near the hoods, under the tops, under the stem, on the downtube. However BE shifters have the not insubstantial advantage that they are easy to fit...
by freiston
28 Mar 2019, 10:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...what's happened to Cycle2Charge?
Replies: 12
Views: 1946

Re: ...what's happened to Cycle2Charge?

Well I've just had my email from Amazon.de saying my order has been dispatched. :D . Panic over :wink: 8) Can you report back on how you are finding it? Which version do you have? I gather that there is now a version 3. Hi Sweep, I have to say that I haven't used it aside from testing when I first ...
by freiston
23 Mar 2019, 10:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the plastic sleeve inside the bottom bracket for?
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: What's the plastic sleeve inside the bottom bracket for?

I thought that mercalia's comment wasn't about the design of the plastic sleeve but of modern hollow-axled bottom brackets. Nothing new about hollow BB axles, I was using them back in the seventies but you wouldn't know because they had a bolt in both ends! Much like hollow wheel axles there is a p...
by freiston
23 Mar 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the plastic sleeve inside the bottom bracket for?
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: What's the plastic sleeve inside the bottom bracket for?

dont you bet on it. what a silly design, so much for progress and saving a few grms :roll: Nothing to do with weight saving, it dates back to the late 70's / earl 80's when BB's were two cups, loose balls and an axle and frames didn't use plastic cable guides with the accompanying hole to fit them....
by freiston
20 Mar 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Making a PDF map from a GPX file
Replies: 16
Views: 2278

Re: Making a PDF map from a GPX file

It's likely that anything that relies on screen shots won't be high quality. The basic problem is that screen shots are screen resolution (~96 dpi) whilst high quality printed output is around 300dpi, which would leave you wanting a screen 3x as wide & 3x as high as your piece of paper. I would...
by freiston
20 Mar 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Making a PDF map from a GPX file
Replies: 16
Views: 2278

Re: Making a PDF map from a GPX file

I gave plotaroute a go after I made my earlier post and I am impressed. I did let it work out a route from my home to a venue the other side of the city (with no or few waypoints in between) that most cycle route plotters will avoid the city centre to get there and it did avoid the city centre but i...
by freiston
19 Mar 2019, 6:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Making a PDF map from a GPX file
Replies: 16
Views: 2278

Re: Making a PDF map from a GPX file

You can upload a gpx file to https://www.osola.org.uk/rides/gpsuploader.htm (under "View British GPX files on OS Maps") and it will give you a window of the route on a OS map. you could go full screen and take a screenshot which you could then use to create a pdf file using the software of...
by freiston
17 Mar 2019, 12:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling on the A5
Replies: 28
Views: 7036

Re: Cycling on the A5

I cycled the stretch between Tamworth and Brownhills a few times in the early eighties (it no longer runs entirely the same route) and it was hell then. As well as the traffic, there was a lot of debris and broken glass on the road, as I recall it.
by freiston
13 Mar 2019, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trying to work out the parts to connect a dynamo wheel hub to a usb charger
Replies: 22
Views: 1401

Re: Trying to work out the parts to connect a dynamo wheel hub to a usb charger

I have a Cycle2Charge mounted on the top of my steerer. Haven't used it much but it does work fine. It will charge a phone directly but my intention is to use it to top up a powerbank when I don't have the opportunity to charge it up via the mains.
by freiston
13 Mar 2019, 12:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ascent replacement? Strava?
Replies: 41
Views: 4850

Re: Ascent replacement? Strava?

I might be miles off the mark, but how about dragging and dropping the gpx/kml files directly into google earth? Here's one I made earlier (using Osmand on my phone to record the track as a gpx file and creating kml file with line strings when dropping into google earth): https://farm8.staticflickr....
by freiston
10 Mar 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton equivalent
Replies: 22
Views: 4122

Re: Brompton equivalent

These have had a protracted gestation but now seem to be shipping: https://www.helix.ca/ Quality and innovation, but at about £1700 I don't think Brompton will be losing much sleep. According to https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1051531-helix-update-80.html - they've shipped five bikes, are ...
by freiston
3 Mar 2019, 11:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pricing structure of that extra gear ( i.e. 11-sp)
Replies: 89
Views: 6583

Re: Pricing structure of that extra gear ( i.e. 11-sp)

Ah! - it works now! I reckon I'll still use an online calculator like http://www.gear-calculator.com if I have the means though :P