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by pherron
7 Nov 2016, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Hi Sprogg77 - my Luxos (mark 2) is still alive and functioning well. I did two week long camping tours, charging stuff all day this summer. I also used the lamp for a FnRttC night ride recently. That said I would not recommend them. My companion on the first tour (Pennine Cycle Way) was also running...
by pherron
18 Apr 2016, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer X-FDD; first impressions
Replies: 12
Views: 2652

Re: Sturmey Archer X-FDD; first impressions

The X-FDD is more than sufficient for a normal bike, the 90mm version is just not necessary. Never heard of problems on a front fork with the 70mm model.
by pherron
17 Apr 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer X-FDD; first impressions
Replies: 12
Views: 2652

Re: Sturmey Archer X-FDD; first impressions

I'm still using mine and I have had no problems at all with it. I fitted one to the other half's bike too. She has used that everyday to work through three winters now and it's given perfect performance. Can't fault it really for a utility bike.
by pherron
10 Jun 2015, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

The replacement Luxos I received is still working well. The cache battery is a considerable improvement over the early model and holds enough to keep charging my Galaxy S3 phone even when I'm climbing steep hills fully laden with camping gear. I haven't exposed it to much rain but it has not given a...
by pherron
25 Aug 2014, 10:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dual pivots 65mm availability
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: dual pivots 65mm availability

I think the Tektros are much nicer quality than the Alhongas. I have some R559 breaks and they are very nice.
by pherron
24 Aug 2014, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dual pivots 65mm availability
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: dual pivots 65mm availability

I think the longest Shimano is 57mm (R451 or R650 models). St John Street list quite a few by drop in mm http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brakes-caliper-dept601_pg1/
Obviously other bike shops exist etc. but it is quite a useful starting point.
by pherron
26 Jan 2014, 12:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Agreed. My experience with the Cyo has been truly fit and forget so I have been very disappointed by the Luxos failing. It was very good while it worked, but as you say, it's not good enough that it wasn't weather proof. Hopefully they have now addressed this.
by pherron
26 Jan 2014, 12:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM road & MB gearing.
Replies: 9
Views: 4082

Re: SRAM road & MB gearing.

I have not tried it but I'm pretty certain that the cable pull on 10 speed SRAM is the same for mountain and road. So a 36 tooth cassette is no problem for integrated road shifter but you will need an MTB derailleur to cope with the sprocket size. Indeed you can use a road front shifter with an MTB ...
by pherron
25 Jan 2014, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Interesting that mine still failed then. I did get caught in some really heavy downpours when touring, plus my bike was outside on the campsite overnight.
by pherron
25 Jan 2014, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Here is a picture of the new lamp:
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And here is the original:
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I think you can see the clear difference even though they are from different angles.
by pherron
24 Jan 2014, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure

Will do later this weekend. Main difference is that where the USB socket/switch cable plugged into the side of the lamp with a 3.5mm jack plug, it is now permanently wired in. I understand from a comment on the web link below that it is because water ingress was causing failures. As mine was out in ...
by pherron
23 Jan 2014, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI shifter reliability
Replies: 17
Views: 5152

Re: STI shifter reliability

I and club mates have used STI and Campag Ergos for many thousands of miles and cannot recall a failure. If I was going to Timbuktu I might hesitate but around Britain you are extremely unlikely to experience a failure and if you did it would not be hundreds of miles to a shop that could help. I wou...
by pherron
23 Jan 2014, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Luxos U - first impressions. UPDATE lamp failure
Replies: 16
Views: 9758

Re: B&M Luxos U - first impressions.

UPDATE Well so much for German reliability. After two camping tours and 6 months of reliability my Luxos completely failed at the end of November :( . All this just as winter arrived; not pleasing. It could still generate a small light output from the cache battery but it seemed incapable of receivi...
by pherron
14 Aug 2013, 11:13pm
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: CTC Peterborough
Replies: 2
Views: 104065

Re: CTC Peterborough

It is quite a short easy journey from the railway station, over the bridge and down Thorpe Road, then when you reach a roundabout left and onto to a cycle track next to the rowing course, at the end of that pass under the flyover and cross the river at the mere. We meet in the car park on the other ...
by pherron
23 Apr 2013, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier makes
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: Pannier makes

I used to use Carradice and other stuff but I really wouldn't look at any thing other than Ortleib nowadays as I like to arrive with dry stuff and they have such proven reliability. I would suggest you try and challenge your heretical views! as RickH points out there is some choice.