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by Samuel D
30 Aug 2020, 2:04pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Broken shoulders!
Replies: 29
Views: 1880

Re: Broken shoulders!

But did the recovery after the plate-removal take as long as the recovery after the initial surgery? I’ll be facing this soon, Covid permitting, and I’m not especially looking forward to it. A year later i watched someone touch wheels and come off in front of me. I was unable to avoid hitting them b...
by Samuel D
29 Aug 2020, 8:37pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Broken shoulders!
Replies: 29
Views: 1880

Re: Broken shoulders!

rjb wrote:After 6 months they removed the titanium plate to reduce the risk of the collarbone shattering.

How did that surgery and recovery compare to putting the plate in?

Gbnz: good luck with your latest tribulation.
by Samuel D
29 Aug 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti ultra sport 3
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Conti ultra sport 3

They’re one of the fastest cheap tyres you can buy. But, as noted, the trade-off is negligible puncture resistance. That might still be a good compromise for some riders. It doesn’t work for me in a glass-strewn city.
by Samuel D
27 Jul 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3589

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Samuel D, would you please tell me what your saddle height is (measured from the bottom bracket in a line through the centre of the seat tube). I will tell you this: the saddle in the photos was substantially too high. I had just eyeballed it and gone out to take the pictures. Even in trainers I co...
by Samuel D
19 Jul 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo allan keys?
Replies: 24
Views: 812

Re: Campagnolo allan keys?

Ok then, it was 7mm .................. but WHY? Good question with appropriate emphasis. I know nowhere in Paris, a fair-sized town, that stocks a 7 mm Allen key. None of the big-box hardware stores do. The small car-parts shops don’t either. You’d need to find a specialist tool supplier or somethi...
by Samuel D
18 Jul 2020, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo allan keys?
Replies: 24
Views: 812

Re: Campagnolo allan keys?

I have come across French stems (and seatpost clamps) that take a 7 mm Allen key. God only knows why 6 mm or 8 mm wasn’t good enough for their designers.
by Samuel D
16 Jul 2020, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Vintage' brake block recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 686

Re: 'Vintage' brake block recommendation

The outer cable is a beautiful seventies off white with ribbing. Any ideas where this can be located? Brakes also have what I understand is called a yoke cable. Also, the cables seem thicker than modern ones. Am I imagining this? Ah. Can’t help with finding that sort of housing. NOS on eBay if you’...
by Samuel D
16 Jul 2020, 2:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Vintage' brake block recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 686

Re: 'Vintage' brake block recommendation

Try replacing the cables and, importantly, cable housings too. That can make a huge difference to braking effectiveness on old bicycles.
by Samuel D
29 Jun 2020, 6:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal Problem
Replies: 30
Views: 1238

Re: Pedal Problem

Looks like cross threading damage to me (stripped threads, damage to one side of the pedal face...) Are you talking about my brother’s pedal? And by “pedal face” do you mean crank face? The reason for the damage being more pronounced on one side of the eye than the other is that he pushes the pedal...
by Samuel D
28 Jun 2020, 7:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How to report an assault?
Replies: 40
Views: 1561

Re: How to report an assault?

The problem will then be if I have to quantify the pain and suffering and personal loss, I'll struggle to come up with anything. I'm actually totally fine and it's all potential, theoretical, hypothetical, implied, etc... No need to be a hero. Assault can be deeply unsettling and most victims would...
by Samuel D
28 Jun 2020, 6:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HT2 chainset feels tight
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: HT2 chainset feels tight

Have you fitted the pedals yet? Typically the pedals have by far the most kinetic energy of the spinning crank components. Therefore, for a given starting speed, the cranks don’t spin nearly as long without pedals (a new build) as with pedals (after replacing the bottom bracket on a used bike). But ...
by Samuel D
28 Jun 2020, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>

Nice find. (I suppose it feels like a find, coming across them again.)

All 32-hole except one at 36?
by Samuel D
27 Jun 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?
Replies: 14
Views: 491

Re: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?

I position my skewers on the left of the bike, I didn’t know this was correct, just a matter of personal opinion. The rear quick-release lever is butted up against the chain stay where it cannot be pulled with any force. That only works if it’s not tight enough. No guarantee it’s fully home either:...
by Samuel D
27 Jun 2020, 1:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?
Replies: 14
Views: 491

Re: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?

The cable housing lengths for the rear brake are a mile out. Quick-release skewers incorrectly positioned. Usually bikes that look like that have other set-up problems. An hour with a good mechanic may transform how it works. Hard to tell from this photo, but I’d expect most modern kit to fit, not t...
by Samuel D
26 Jun 2020, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano long-arm front derailleurs: purpose of design?
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Shimano long-arm front derailleurs: purpose of design?

So, looking at the big picture, 30 years of wasted technical ‘refinement’ in my opinion. It’s wasted on me too. I don’t have a problem to pedal gently while shifting (for one second?) and to shift down before my cadence drops to nothing. My interest in this is mechanical curiosity. All the same, I ...