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by fastpedaller
17 Dec 2017, 11:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Excess price rise(s)?
Replies: 13
Views: 523

Re: Excess price rise(s)?

I wonder what the legalities of some 'deals' are? I don't know if it still applies, but an item had to be offered at a price for a certain number of days (28?) if it was subsequently offered at a 'sale' price. Big chains used to get around this rule by just offering the item at an inflated price in ...
by fastpedaller
17 Dec 2017, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which bottom bracket length is right?
Replies: 24
Views: 543

Re: Which bottom bracket length is right?

IMHO it's not really critical with a derailleur whether the BB is spot on for length, as the chain may only run straight for a small %tage of use (otherwise you may as well run single speed, where the chainline is more critical)
by fastpedaller
16 Dec 2017, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'loose' V brakes
Replies: 1
Views: 131

'loose' V brakes

I have Shimano V brakes on my bikes, and have been delighted with the performance except in one regard - they seem to develop play between the arm and the (static) bush which is clamped by the fixing bolt. I guess the arms are wearing slightly, despite being regularly lubed. I even replaced the rear...
by fastpedaller
16 Dec 2017, 3:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to go to be professionally measured for a bicycle?
Replies: 24
Views: 561

Re: Where to go to be professionally measured for a bicycle?

I wonder how 'successful' bike fits can be. What discipline you are aiming for has an influence - generally short distance c/f long distance riding is a big factor. But even then there are huge 'comfort' or just 'preference' factors - you only have to look at the TDF to see the vast range of saddle ...
by fastpedaller
7 Dec 2017, 10:10pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: STOLEN from suffolk/essex border
Replies: 0
Views: 204

STOLEN from suffolk/essex border

I hope its ok to post here........any leads to Police will be helpful of course. Guy from our club has had bikes stolen. 4 bikes stolen in the early hours from suffolk/essex border. Keep you're eyes and ears open please. 1 black planet x ec180 with Dura ace 1 trek madone 5.2 with ultegra (women's sa...
by fastpedaller
4 Dec 2017, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded headset difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 461

Re: Threaded headset difficulty

That's a neat little idea
by fastpedaller
3 Dec 2017, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-aero brakes on modern bicycle
Replies: 17
Views: 756

Re: Non-aero brakes on modern bicycle

Are you really bothered about how they look? - as long as they function ok, and you're happy with them, that's fine :D
by fastpedaller
1 Dec 2017, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are headset parts interchangeable?
Replies: 26
Views: 913

Re: Are headset parts interchangeable?

Phileas wrote:But a complete new headset requires replacement of cups? Which requires special tools?


or a long bolt and nut with some large washers and a bit of care. :wink:
by fastpedaller
30 Nov 2017, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ti Audax frame recommendations...
Replies: 103
Views: 3643

Re: Ti Audax frame recommendations...

amediasatex wrote:For anyone that was interested, stripped bare it weighs 1664g on my digital scales, so my guess wasn't bad!

Not superlight, not heavy, pretty much as you'd expect from a PG Ti frame of this type.

How does that compare with the Spa steel audax?
by fastpedaller
29 Nov 2017, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.

.............. Some motors that are rated at 250W are actually capable of ~1kW (for a short period until they overheat), and are electronically throttled. They will (briefly) make full torque from a standstill though, which might be four or five times the torque that is required/allowed when you ar...
by fastpedaller
28 Nov 2017, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ti Audax frame recommendations...
Replies: 103
Views: 3643

Re: Ti Audax frame recommendations...

I appreciate the more 'traditional' custom frame builders may not have an all singing, all dancing website, but (I know I'm boring) is the customer buying a pretty web picture or a bike frame? I prefer the reassurance that the builder can build a nice, custom frame to whatever spec I need (within re...
by fastpedaller
28 Nov 2017, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.

The 'jump' ie torque from standstill to moving is often more than during any other part of the load cycle - one could say it was infinite change (using maths, as we are starting from zero!). I recall many years ago whilst working as part of a team on an 'infinitely variable gearing' project for a ca...
by fastpedaller
27 Nov 2017, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.
Replies: 26
Views: 1077

Re: Spreading a steel front fork - wisdom sought.

My thoughts (for what they're worth) are that it's best to keep the forks as they are - It's a lot easier to give the wheel some dish than it is to modify the forks. Secondly if the width of the hub is anything but (about) 100mm then the wheel won't fit other bikes. I'd space the hub so that it is ...
by fastpedaller
27 Nov 2017, 5:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dog Attack! - Apparently not.
Replies: 87
Views: 4331

Re: Dog Attack! - Apparently not.

I've now identified the property, and have provided the info to the Council Dog Warden dept.
by fastpedaller
27 Nov 2017, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ti Audax frame recommendations...
Replies: 103
Views: 3643

Re: Ti Audax frame recommendations...

Well, I've placed an order for the Spa...hopefully it'll do the trick once it arrives! It was the seat angle that swayed it in the end, everything else was too steep. Custom from Burls would have been lovely, but £1200+ vs £750 is too hard to ignore, that's a lot of spare cash for parts/wheels... I...