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by MikeDee
31 Mar 2020, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When do you consider a tyre is dead?
Replies: 33
Views: 969

Re: When do you consider a tyre is dead?

I run my tires when the cord starts showing, or if there a sidewall cut.
by MikeDee
29 Mar 2020, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'

I guess you can't get Wheelsmith spokes in the UK, but I've built wheels with DT and Wheelsmith, and have had less spoke breakage and other problems with Wheelsmith. Plus, they have a better surface finish and really shine.
by MikeDee
24 Mar 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-motion app for Orbea Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 1635

Re: E-motion app for Orbea Gain

octave531 wrote:Has anyone ever managed to get the Heart Rate auto assist function to work?


I tried it and there is too much lag. Also, heartrate is not reliable. Often I get a false high heartrate or none at all. Just the nature of a HR monitor and your heart.
by MikeDee
3 Mar 2020, 3:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain degreaser
Replies: 53
Views: 2258

Chain degreaser

I tried a Vetta and a Park chain cleaner some years ago, and they didn't work as well as taking the chain off the bike and cleaning it that way. I use an old water bottle with an oz. or 2 of Simple Green Pro HD, and pour in boiling hot water. Shake and let set for 20-30 mins. Flush with clean water....
by MikeDee
26 Feb 2020, 1:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: A better chain wear checker?

How about 2 nails 50" apart in a piece of wood positioned horizontally? The idea being that the chain forms a catenary curve and small differences in length result in larger differences in the position of the lowest point on the curve, making it easier for those with poor eyesight. Calibrate w...
by MikeDee
25 Feb 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

A better chain wear checker?

.........I have 9 through 11 speed Shimano drivetrains and only use Shimano chains, 105 quality minimum, which are more expensive. I always degrease the new chain first because that grease that comes on a new chain is an efficient dirt magnet. I have 9 speed Shimano going perfectly with 8 speed KMC...
by MikeDee
24 Feb 2020, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: A better chain wear checker?

(So you bin the chain before its absolutely 100% necessary....do you care?) I do because chains aren't cheap and I don't want to perform unnecessary maintenance on my bikes because of the time and effort involved. 8 speed KMC chain £8.50, fitting say 5 minutes? I have 9 through 11 speed Shimano dri...
by MikeDee
24 Feb 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: A better chain wear checker?

531colin wrote:
fausto99 wrote: (So you bin the chain before its absolutely 100% necessary....do you care?)


I do because chains aren't cheap and I don't want to perform unnecessary maintenance on my bikes because of the time and effort involved.
by MikeDee
24 Feb 2020, 4:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: A better chain wear checker?

BTW most chain wear checkers are not strictly speaking 'accurate' because of variable roller measurements/tolerances. But that needn't stop you from using them to change the chain at a safe point, it is just that you don't know what that point is, exactly, and it might vary from one chain type to a...
by MikeDee
24 Feb 2020, 3:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1840

Re: A better chain wear checker?

I like this one. Too bad it's not sold anymore. Image
by MikeDee
3 Feb 2020, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple Vs double cable pull.
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: Triple Vs double cable pull.

Jamesh wrote:
Sheldon Brown suggests not but he's not definative.

Cheers James


Uh, yeah because he's dead? (RIP, he was one of the best).
by MikeDee
26 Jan 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gap in new rim
Replies: 24
Views: 1074

Gap in new rim

My concern is that rim may creak in use, since it is not tightly pinned. I had a Mavic Open Pro rim that sounded like a maraca. I replaced the rim to get rid of the noise. Aren't Open Pro rims welded rather than pinned? More likely to be a bit of swarf (or a dropped nipple?) inside the box section....
by MikeDee
26 Jan 2020, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gap in new rim
Replies: 24
Views: 1074

Re: Gap in new rim

My concern is that rim may creak in use, since it is not tightly pinned. I had a Mavic Open Pro rim that sounded like a maraca. I replaced the rim to get rid of the noise.
by MikeDee
10 Jan 2020, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A curious Zefal HPX issue
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: A curious Zefal HPX issue

Maybe that plastic piece in the chuck is oriented for Schrader and the valve is being jammed open.
by MikeDee
30 Oct 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Price of Handlebar Tape
Replies: 43
Views: 1737

Re: Price of Handlebar Tape

Cinelli cork ribbon isn't that expensive. My current favorite.


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my stupid phone. Pro