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by ElCani
19 Feb 2020, 7:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....
Replies: 30
Views: 990

Re: RX-RD5; another flawed Sturmey Archer 5s hub? -surely not....

Everything I read about hub gears on this forum puts me right off them. Even worse that Sturmey managed to engineer a reliable 3-speed hub then totally dropped the ball with anything else, and repeated the same mistakes. For the UK climate a good reliable hub gear would be ideal on a utility or com...
by ElCani
8 Feb 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing a Sprocket on Nexus7
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Changing a Sprocket on Nexus7

Try swapping the no-turn washers.
by ElCani
3 Feb 2020, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?
Replies: 63
Views: 1587

Re: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?

https://www.velonews.com/2019/09/gear/t ... ees_500757

That’s worth a read if you’re considering carbon clinchers. Check them carefully.
by ElCani
3 Feb 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Sora r3000

Brake-cable pull between 3500 and 3000 is the same, NSSLR.
by ElCani
2 Feb 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Sora r3000

why is it "expensive"? Apologies. Should’ve said “ in my opinion it’s a lot of money to spend if the only benefit is a neater-looking bike”. But obviously it’s the OP’s cash to do what they like with! And maybe they want rid of the washing lines in order to make a bar bag easier to fit, o...
by ElCani
2 Feb 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Sora r3000

Yup, it’ll work. But... bit of an expensive way to get a slightly neater looking bike, unless there’s something wrong with your current shifters? why is it "expensive"? Apologies. Should’ve said “ in my opinion it’s a lot of money to spend if the only benefit is a neater-looking bike”. Bu...
by ElCani
1 Feb 2020, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Sora r3000

Yup, it’ll work. But... bit of an expensive way to get a slightly neater looking bike, unless there’s something wrong with your current shifters?
by ElCani
28 Jan 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?
Replies: 63
Views: 1587

Re: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?

What I’m arguing against is the idea that absolute time gained is the most important metric, meaning that slower riders gain a greater benefit from reductions in drag. That’s just using a single, cherry-picked metric to obfuscate the truth. I don't think anyone's claiming that it is the most 'impor...
by ElCani
28 Jan 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?
Replies: 63
Views: 1587

Re: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?

But the idea the slower riders benefit more from aero gains because they’re riding for longer is spurious marketing nonsense, if you ask me. As you ride faster, more of your power is required to overcome drag (vs rolling resistance and gravity) so faster riders benefit more from reductions in drag....
by ElCani
28 Jan 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?
Replies: 63
Views: 1587

Re: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?

It strikes me that it’s important to differentiate between objective fact and subjective opinion. The relationship between speed and drag is fixed and known. Whether an aero (or any other) upgrade/advantage is worth bothering with depends on the specific situation/individual/requirement/whatever. Bu...
by ElCani
24 Jan 2020, 10:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7688

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Must get me a modern disc brake bike that will stop me better. All those chunky cables and corrected forks and stays. I don’t know how people ever stopped before, they’re amazing. Canti’s and Vs are rubbish because I used to have them and I couldn’t stop in time and fell off. . Straw man constructe...
by ElCani
24 Jan 2020, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7688

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Genuine question to anyone and everyone contributing to this thread - are there any bikes listed on the link below that they consider to be a rip-off, badly-specced or generally crap? From a brief scan they all look like decent practical bikes that would serve new entries to drop-bar bikes pretty we...
by ElCani
23 Jan 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7688

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

The disdain held by many of the experienced cyclists and bike enthusiasts on this forum for the fashion/trend/fad aspect of gravel bikes is understandable (“these types of bikes have long existed, it’s just a repackage/rebrand!”) but also IMO pointless. The bike industry is a commercial entity that ...
by ElCani
21 Jan 2020, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas
Replies: 17
Views: 534

Re: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas

5800 will work, SJS are probably saying that to prevent people trying to match the shifters with older Tiagra or older Shimano road 10 speed parts. If you do decide to go with 4703 shifters they appear to be much cheaper on Rose Bikes (and possibly other German sites) than from UK sellers.
by ElCani
21 Jan 2020, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas
Replies: 17
Views: 534

Re: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas

Nine speed was a high point in Shimano cross-compatibility, so as Rick said you can cobble together a well-working system from a mish-mash of different bits - as long as none of the bits are broken, obviously :D. Road shifting it was actually the first 10 speed incarnation as the 'high' point, even...