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by Timuk
11 Nov 2015, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Buying advice - the elusive 'do-it-all' bike
Replies: 62
Views: 3828

Re: Buying advice - the elusive 'do-it-all' bike

I think it is definitely possible to get a do it all bike unless you actually want to race on it. I think I have just that myself. For me it was a Salsa Vaya. In my opinion the most important factor is comfort and fit and the abso!ute least important is weight Within your budget if I were you and I ...
by Timuk
28 Oct 2015, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Commuting Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 2241

Re: Winter Commuting Advice

Many thanks for all the great advice Decided to just carry on with my "nice" bike commuting over the winter. Only the last 2 miles of my commute are on roads that get salted/cleared in snow or ice as they are on a school bus route. The rest of the way is a real country road that simply get...
by Timuk
27 Oct 2015, 4:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Commuting Advice
Replies: 34
Views: 2241

Winter Commuting Advice

Hi I have recently started commuting to work by bike and all is fine. Just wanted to hear from seasoned winter commuters about any precautions/winterizing I could or should be doing to my bike. I have read in another thread about corrosion proofing your bike but not sure how to achieve this. My comm...
by Timuk
26 Oct 2015, 12:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Think it's the time of year to look at my tyres
Replies: 69
Views: 2657

Re: Think it's the time of year to look at my tyres

I have tried several tyres but the Hypers from planet x are the best by miles. Comfy and fast and cheap as chips. I ride em on the road and we'll surfaced bridalways and tracks. They seem way better than the marathon Supremes and deluxes (also folding tyres) and are really easy to fit . Just need pl...
by Timuk
25 Oct 2015, 11:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering gears
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: Lowering gears

I have a setup with 105 shifters and a 9 speed rear xt mech. Works flawlessly with an xt 10 speed 11-36 cassette and 10 speed cassette. I also run an xt triple chainset with the 105 front mech which again works very well. This set up gives me a lowest gear off 24 front 36 rear, enough to ride up the...
by Timuk
15 Oct 2015, 11:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A19 Doncaster to Thirsk - safe?
Replies: 11
Views: 1198

Re: A19 Doncaster to Thirsk - safe?

North of York I would defo not use the a19 and from Selby to York there is a dedicated cycleway in any case which is lovely. The bridge at Shipton says closed but actually it's only closed to vehicles. Pedestrians and bikes are fine. Use sustrans 65 from York as far as Alne cross then go to helperby...
by Timuk
21 Sep 2015, 12:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone here any good with cleat advice?
Replies: 41
Views: 1609

Re: Anyone here any good with cleat advice?

By way of an aside for Colin, Shimano now do a number of their shoe's in a wider fitting. They have "w" designation - meant I could go back to getting the " correct " size instead of going larger as I too have wider feet than the traditional shimano shoe.

Cheers
by Timuk
12 Sep 2015, 11:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Spa Cycles - custom build Long Haul Trucker?
Replies: 29
Views: 2641

Re: Spa Cycles - custom build Long Haul Trucker?

At Spa just ask for Sam. He has built or is building himself a flat bar lht as his own touring bike and I am sure would be willing to chat about it ( I know he is exasperated that the rest of the team thinks it should be traditional style drop bar tourer) He is a very knowledgeable mechanic and is o...
by Timuk
29 Jul 2015, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Front Mech?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Which Front Mech? - sorted now ty

Made some further adjustments to the mech positioning and the lower stop and all is now working fine! The rear is silent and snicks nicely up and down and the the front is at least as good as it was with the 105 chainring/cranks - as has been said indexing a front mech does seem a little unnecessary...
by Timuk
29 Jul 2015, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Front Mech?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Re: Which Front Mech?

Ahhh - right

Any idea if there is a smaller front mech that will be compatible with 105 shifters? (i.e. more suited to smaller diameter chainrings)
by Timuk
29 Jul 2015, 10:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Front Mech?
Replies: 7
Views: 967

Which Front Mech?

Hi recently changed the drive train on my Salsa Vaya and now have 105 triple shifters (original)with an XT x780 triple chainset (42-32-24). At the back is now a xt 771 9 speed mech and 11-36 xt cassette with a new 10 speed chain. I can now pedal up a virtual wall :-) Everything is working well at th...
by Timuk
7 Jul 2015, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering Gearing and compatablilty
Replies: 16
Views: 1825

Re: Lowering Gearing and compatablilty

Thanks for all the replies Before I order a new cassette just wanted to check - how do make absolutely sure my 105 mech is the long cage variant? Had a close inspection and it says 5701 - further up the mech there is a stamp "LC" - so I am guessing that means long cage - and therefore a 11...
by Timuk
6 Jul 2015, 6:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering Gearing and compatablilty
Replies: 16
Views: 1825

Lowering Gearing and compatablilty

Hi folks - would like a bit of technical advice on lowering the gear in on my bike for some loaded touring. Currently have a Salsa Vaya 2 (2014 model) with pretty standard Shimano 105 ten speed triple chainset (with 105 drop bar brake/shifters) and 12-30 cassette. Initially I have already changed th...
by Timuk
28 Mar 2015, 2:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel Upgrade on Salsa Vaya ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1221

Wheel Upgrade on Salsa Vaya ?

Hi folks – just after a bit of advice if possible. I made an thread a few weeks ago about making my bike more touring friendly. http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=94296 In the end went to Spa Cycles and when chatting about wheel upgrades ended up trying out a dedicated steel touring bik...
by Timuk
19 Feb 2015, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What should I do to my bike?
Replies: 17
Views: 2180

Re: What should I do to my bike?

Thats odd - the Ortlieb mounting block will defo not fit my oversize bars. Maybe the newer ones are different?