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by Ross K
28 Aug 2018, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing again
Replies: 61
Views: 1800

Re: Gearing again

because shimano don't make a suitable product that gives you low gears on a road bike. It is as if they have a corporate blind spot. In fact things have been getting worse, in that their 'road triple' chainsets used to be able to take a much smaller chainring (even if they came with a 30T attached)...
by Ross K
28 Aug 2018, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing again
Replies: 61
Views: 1800

Re: Gearing again

I recently went from a compact (50-34) to a lower-gear set up (44-30) for a cost of £25. 1. Take a 5703 triple crankset. 2. Remove the 50 and 39 rings. 3. Replace the middle ring with a TA 44T 130BCD, using single chainring bolts. 4. Move front derailleur down a bit. 5. Fiddle about with cable tensi...
by Ross K
28 Apr 2017, 8:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A replacement for Mavic 'Open Pro' rims.
Replies: 31
Views: 2964

Re: A replacement for Mavic 'Open Pro' rims.

Thank you for your advice, Brucey!
by Ross K
27 Apr 2017, 9:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A replacement for Mavic 'Open Pro' rims.
Replies: 31
Views: 2964

Re: A replacement for Mavic 'Open Pro' rims.

I've pranged my Open Pro rear rim and want to replace it and keep the spokes/hub. One rim not mentioned in Brucey's (and others') comprehensive lists is the DT Swiss RR411, available in asymmetric for better rear bracing angles. ERD is 602 (Open Pro 602) but I understand that this is measured with P...
by Ross K
21 Feb 2016, 6:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing DA 7900 hubs
Replies: 24
Views: 1158

Re: Servicing DA 7900 hubs

Brucey, many thanks, that's really helpful, that second link is very clear. I assume the C50 version has the same internals as the normal flanged bubs I have? Are the front hubs the same, minus freehub of course? Valbrona, according to the second link: "This requires a big-boy 14mm allen wrench...
by Ross K
20 Feb 2016, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing DA 7900 hubs
Replies: 24
Views: 1158

Servicing DA 7900 hubs

Have any of you good people stripped and regreased the bearings on your Dura Ace 7900 hubs? The Shimano tech docs are not really descriptive enough as far as I can see. They are the handbuilt type, not factory hubs such as the 7900 C24 wheelset (although they may be the same, I don't know). I'm awar...
by Ross K
20 Feb 2016, 7:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What are the best UK routes that include some good climbs?
Replies: 22
Views: 1397

Re: What are the best UK routes that include some good climb

If you fancy a long weekend or more, Northumberland and/or the Scottish Borders are filled with hundreds of miles of hilly back roads with virtualy no traffic, all year round.
by Ross K
17 Feb 2016, 8:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Thanks Crepello, I'll gather some ingredients. . .
by Ross K
16 Feb 2016, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Has anyone tried savoury 'flapjacks', or oat savouries? Not available to buy (yet), but there are a few recipes on the internet. They make an excellent alternative to the sugar heavy diet that we sometimes subject ourselves to on the road and are low GI, so ideal for diabetics. I might post one of ...
by Ross K
15 Feb 2016, 7:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

This excellent thread just keeps getting better!

My 110g dry is a big portion, major kudos to Graham for doing double that every morning!!
by Ross K
15 Feb 2016, 7:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

I like porridge but it keeps on overflowing in the microwave :( messy microwave and messy pots From earlier in the thread: Top tip 1 - use a very big plastic or pyrex bowl as it boils up to many times its size. The aim is to avoid replicating a messy science lab experiment, which brings me to. . . ...
by Ross K
5 Feb 2016, 8:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Almost back on topic, I get my porridge from Aldi, their "everyday" lower end label: dead cheap and good quality, like almost all of their food. Including their meat. All our Aldis sell locally sourced Scottish beef and lots of other Scottish products too. The real genius in their business...
by Ross K
2 Feb 2016, 7:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cold setting
Replies: 24
Views: 1275

Re: cold setting

My main winter bike these days is my old from-new 1985 531c frame. For years it was 122mm with a 126mm wheel forced in. A few years ago I went to 130mm so I could use a modern 8 speed wheel. I used the Sheldon method then bent the dropouts parallel using the jaws of a big adjustable wrench. The thin...
by Ross K
1 Feb 2016, 9:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oats-so-pointless...?
Replies: 155
Views: 9147

Re: Oats-so-pointless...?

Porridge, food of the Gods. For me, a big bowl every day (100g portion (150g before a big ride) microwaved with 50:50 skimmed milk:water) with chopped up ripe banana or big fat sultanas or prunes - yumyum! Top tip 1 - use a very big plastic or pyrex bowl as it boils up to many times its size. The ai...
by Ross K
16 Jan 2016, 6:02pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Exercise Induced Asthma
Replies: 15
Views: 1571

Re: Exercise Induced Asthma

I developed EIA at around 40 something. I'm a fit 52 now, the EIA has been no hindrance at all. I ride regularly, often at a high pace (for me!), race in club TTs and do long hilly Sportives. The only time I get wheezy is if I forget my couple of puffs of Ventolin before I set off. Even on a big har...