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by Bob999
12 Apr 2021, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone able to recommend a good wheel builder, Surrey area?
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Anyone able to recommend a good wheel builder, Surrey area?

Ace Bicycles Guildford used to be Guildford Branch of Cycleworks. I've had maybe 6 wheels built there over past decade, none have failed or had to be returned for truing.
by Bob999
6 Feb 2021, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Washing line shifters more betterer?
Replies: 65
Views: 3128

Re: Washing line shifters more betterer?

I have even less technical knowledge then claimed by the OP! But 3 months ago I did change back to non-index downtube shifters with 3x8 after 20 years of Ergo and STI. Mainly a financial decision but dead easy to set up and I enjoy it! Maybe because it's reminiscent of times when the bike I had was the bike I had with no wish for anything more elaborate. I have to pay a little bit more attention to when to change because of taking a hand off the handlebar of course. But now the STI levers have been replaced with plain Tektros the braking is better and very noticeably so, that's with 57mm calipers.
by Bob999
29 Dec 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Switching from clipless to flats,shoes
Replies: 40
Views: 3026

Re: A question for flat pedal users

Recent discussion:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=142490

Jonathan


Thanks, I hadn't found that
by Bob999
29 Dec 2020, 9:30pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Switching from clipless to flats,shoes
Replies: 40
Views: 3026

Re: A question for flat pedal users

it rather depends on what you think the soles on 'ordinary shoes' are made of and what kind of pins/serrations you think might be required for acceptable grip. I'm not sure that anyone can really answer that apart from you, can they...?


True, but there is always something to learn and maybe change my understanding, which is why I am interested in what other people on this forum use, I'm not really asking people to solve everything for me!
by Bob999
29 Dec 2020, 9:03pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Switching from clipless to flats,shoes
Replies: 40
Views: 3026

A question for flat pedal users

I am considering using flat pedals on my road bike - road bike as in mudguards and saddlebag, that is. My other bike is an MTB and I have had DMR flats on that for at least a decade and I can't recall slipping off it because of wet conditions, but then it has pins and I've always worn fairly chunky-soled trainers on it. With the road bike (generally half-day or day rides) I like the idea of lighter footwear and also being able to wear ordinary shoes without gouging holes in the soles, which is what I imagine would happen with pins although I have never put it to the test.

If you use flat pedals without toeclips, I'd be very interested to learn what footwear you use - thin soles? firmer soles? doesn't matter? - and whether you use pins on the pedals.

Currently I have platform pedals and clips, unfortunately I can't just remove the clips as the pedal is very slippy. My leather cycling shoes are near the end of their life so am considering my options but am not interested in trying SPDs again.

Thank you.
by Bob999
9 Dec 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?
Replies: 106
Views: 3482

Re: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?

It's always a little melancholy digging out an old OS map from the 70's or 80's with a route I marked out still visible in fading highlighter pen, which if I concentrate really hard I might just be able to conjure up a couple of images of riding along, and wondering what it was that I was eating that the bit that fell on to the map legend still hasn't completely decomposed .....
by Bob999
13 Nov 2020, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1729

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

I've been riding a Berthoud Mente saddle, their cheapest one, daily for about two years and it has been totally comfortable from day 1. But I only commute and do day rides, so no epic transcontinental experience of it. The reason I picked it was its width at the back and that the 'skirt' was not so deep as a Brooks. But you never know until you try and I think I was lucky that it suits my shape.
by Bob999
3 Oct 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 180
Views: 6369

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

I'm not sure when it happened, but in my teens (1970s) I seem to remember carrying around half-a-ton of spanners and various other tools, but for a while now all I've needed to take is a light multi-tool. But that might have been cheap bike syndrome I suppose.

My other favourites are sealed bottom brackets and headsets, although I still like ball-bearing hubs because the low-cost shimano ones are such good quality and I enjoy servicing them.
by Bob999
19 Jun 2020, 9:02pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Yew Tree Way Surrey
Replies: 2
Views: 1012

Re: Yew Tree Way Surrey

I asked someone who lives near it and their view was that traffic is light, it's not too hilly - but the roads are in very poor condition. The route has little waymarks along it but these can be hard to spot or missing altogether.

One alternative is NCR21 south from Redhill, some nice offroad sections that were resurfaced a few years ago. Although of course that is not a circular route.
by Bob999
19 Mar 2020, 10:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Re: Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider

Thank you for the helpful answers. I bought the mount suggested by Brucey, filed it down, undid the nut holding the caliper spring, put in the mount and then did up the nut. I added a spacer for a little more clearance to the headset, then used one of the longer spindle screws as suggested by Bmbibzzz (cheaper version). That has done the job. To facilitate the long spindle screw I swapped the Berthoud fork crown fitting for an ordinary bracket. The new mount fitted well to the mount supplied with the light - the fixing on the light itself is wider - so I have two mounts in place, one horizontal so the light stays at the height I want.
by Bob999
12 Mar 2020, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Re: Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider

Thank you for the replies and my apologies - I did indeed mean the lamp not my dynohub.

I have one of those lamps that meets the German regulations and, just from the pictures in the manual really, https://herrmans.eu/wp-content/upload-assets/PICC01673.pdf, I have been assuming it needs to go at front fork height for the best beam. But the manual does not actually state that so perhaps it is worth trying it on the handlebars, for which St John Street Cycles does have fixings.

I do have a mount but it does not work straight off the bat and I haven't seen one that I think would - because I have caliper brakes. So when I put the mount on the pivot bolt it is tight against the lower headset; when I add spacers to fix that, the bolt is too short for a good fit. Unfortunately this is exacerbated by having Berthoud mudguards, with the fork crown fitting that prevents a longer recessed nut being used. So I ended up digging out an old non-recess brake and swapping the bolt over. A bodge. But I thought surely many people before me must have encountered this and I am not doing it right!

Thanks for the comments about the Tubus, mine does not have the hole and the point about wiring is very useful.
by Bob999
11 Mar 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Fixing a front dynamo to the bow of a low rider

I have had my dynamo mounted on the front brake, I could only do it with a bodge by putting on a longer pivot bolt as I needed spacers to stop it rubbing against the headset.

Now I am thinking of putting it on the bow of my low rider - I think that keeps it at the right height but I haven't been able to find a suitable mount, so I wonder if anyone either knows of one or has a homemade arrangement? I'm not sure of the wisdom of drilling a hole in it (it's a Tubus low rider 14mm diameter).
by Bob999
4 Feb 2020, 11:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: at what weight do kids bikes start getting too heavy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1442

at what weight do kids bikes start getting too heavy?

I'm looking at bikes with pedals for a 3-and-a-half year old.

Islabikes are under 6kg. I don't think there is anything lighter. A Dawes Princess 12" wheel is just under 11kg. I've seen a second-hand Ridgeback that I think would be under 8kg once the stabilisers were removed. I know what I'm after for saddle height, brake lever reach and having an upright riding posture, but I don't know where to draw the line with weight.

The CUK guide to children's bikes recommends Islabikes and and Frog, the latter at 6.3kg. These are best for weight but I don't know if a bike 2kg more than that would be a disaster? It would be a park bike but I don't want to put the child off cycling.
by Bob999
13 Jan 2020, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: General degreaser
Replies: 44
Views: 2744

Re: General degreaser

I tried looking for some 'bio-degradeable' degreasers. The Gunk mentioned above has a 'Green' version and when I've soaked a filthy chain in that, it worked really well. Although, on the other hand, the more I learn about 'bio-degradeable' labels the less stringent they seem; eg the product could take years to break down and/or could still leave toxins after breaking down.

So perhaps a 'bio-degradable' label only means probably not quite as bad as an equivalent product with no such label?
by Bob999
23 Dec 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 166
Views: 8485

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

I sought advice on this forum 18 months or so ago and as a result bought a Shimano 3N72 hub dynamo along with a 'German lighting standards' LED front - Herrmans H-Black Pro, not one of the more expensive lights out there - and a cheap B&M Toplight Flat S Plus rear dynamo light.

For my commute - 8 miles each way, 70ish% unlit - it is absolutely perfect, the best thing I've ever had and, like many people I suppose, I've been through powerful battery lights, hub dynamos with the old B&M halogens and .. um, grey plastic Ever Ready jobbies ... none of which run it close. The distribution of light onto the road is its strength. Also, through winter, I just leave it on all through the dull days. I still often think, 'finally I've got the lights I need after 45 years of trying different ones ..'

I wouldn't use a dynamo if I were stopping every 10 yards in town. Also, on tree-lined unlit paths, it does not light up branches lurking at neck-height very well, but an easy solution is not to do it up completely tight (mine's attached to the crown of the fork) and then you can just reach down and point it up a bit as a compromise. Having it adjustable on the fly was quite useful when I first got it, so I could faff around for the best position. For full disclosure, I do put a tiny lightweight torch in my bag just in case I end up having to search for something small and horrible sticking through my tyre - I wouldn't fancy depending on the standlight for that (but come to think of it, I haven't checked it for a while, I hope the battery isn't flat!).