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by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 1:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ribble or Dawes Audax for light touring?
Replies: 7
Views: 3025

Re: Ribble or Dawes Audax for light touring?

I'd say the ribble. Alu frame, matt black paintjob, carbon fibre forks, good drivetrain & finishing kit. Hard to beat for the money. I've got one as my winter bike, but in the summer I take the mudguards off & ride it regularly on long fast clubruns - no problems. The frame is bombproof and ...
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 1:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: small bike pumps
Replies: 10
Views: 926

Re: small bike pumps

Welcome David.h, I've got one of these.. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=2904 It works, but 250 compressions to get a 700x23mm tyre to 110psi gives your pecs a good workout. If you've had no luck with Topeak before you'll prob want something different. See here for some things...
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 12:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres
Replies: 91
Views: 193295

Re: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres

Just been reading this & I wondered, does anyone stretch their new tyres, like you would a tubular?

I had some 20mm Schwable clinchers for racing & had to give them a good stretch before fitting them on some Ksyrium wheels.

What do we think?
P.
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 11:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Buying/fitting road tyres to a mountain bike
Replies: 19
Views: 12585

Re: Buying/fitting road tyres to a mountain bike

Mark - I've seen those pinheads on a bike with hope hubs before. The colour goes v.well with the gold hub & the shape of the heads look neat too. Alas, I could only afford the bog standard allen key ones, you've got more cash for bikestuff than me! lucky b..

Cheers, P.
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 11:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 2nd modification- Rack + Panniers
Replies: 31
Views: 3769

Re: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 1st modifications - sdp pedals?

You're welcome bfbf, The Vans do look good. Wiggle have them for a bit less than rrp at the moment.. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Vans_Warner_SPD/5360046167/ I reckon these are nicer tho.. http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/SixSixOne_Filter_SPD_Cycling_Shoes/5360035086/ And these are growing on ...
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 11:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

Many thanks rehon2 Good advice - and nearer the time of my departure I plan to spend some time on a 1 2 1 basis at my LBS I hope some of my recent questions haven't appeared too dumb for those folk here. (The one I asked about the value of peddling down hill raised quite a few opinions) Many thanks...
by bikegeek
5 Feb 2010, 11:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

[quote="CREPELLO but why would you prefer a cage with less balls for the bearing race, when you can buy high grade loose balls and fit more in the headset? More balls = less load per ball and more even wear for the entire assembly, no?[/quote] No, no. We're both on the same page with this. In o...
by bikegeek
4 Feb 2010, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks saddles
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Brooks saddles

Lots of Brooks fans on this forum being that its the saddle of choice for most tourists. I've a B17 myself and it does have some plus points, but it weighs a ton and I find that I prefer the Selle Italia one on my winterbike. For me, good shorts and cream make all the difference. I have some PI shor...
by bikegeek
4 Feb 2010, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

I know a guy who gets wheel bearings in cartridges from a non-cycling source, so I'll ask him for the details next time I see him. He reckons its a 40% saving. My problem with cartridges is the replacement frequency and the fact that they're never fully sealed. Once water gets in, you're beat. See m...
by bikegeek
4 Feb 2010, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 2nd modification- Rack + Panniers
Replies: 31
Views: 3769

Re: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 1st modifications - sdp pedals?

ETA seem to offer insurance for around £24 which seems good, can I enter the used value for the bike? As the cover gives new-for-old replacement, I'd be tempted to put what you paid for it. Anyone else got any ideas? P. Spd shoes are a real personal choice.. There's cool ones like these.. http://ww...
by bikegeek
4 Feb 2010, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing gears
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Replacing gears

Wise words from cycleruk, second that.
by bikegeek
4 Feb 2010, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

Hi CREPELLO, the majority of lower-end headsets do now come with cartridges as standard. A lot of higher-end ones do too, but they will have a better quality sealed unit which will last longer & be better made, or so the company marketing man will tell you. On the cheaper ones the cartridge tend...
by bikegeek
3 Feb 2010, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

I may be wrong, but the wording could refer to caged ball bearings which run on the permanently fitted headset races, just as traditional loose bearings would. It wouldn't be described as Cartridge then. If these bearings go rusty and wear the races out you'll need the entire headset replacing at a...
by bikegeek
3 Feb 2010, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 2nd modification- Rack + Panniers
Replies: 31
Views: 3769

Re: Brought a used Giant OCR3. 1st modifications - sdp pedals?

I don't mean to freak you out, but have you see the latest toys for chavs? http://www.screwfix.com/prods/71878/Power-Tools/Grinders/Ryobi-CAG-180M-4-Angle-Grinder-18V http://www.screwfix.com/prods/24625/Power-Tools/Power-Saws/Titan-18V-Cordless-Reciprocating-All-Purpose-Saw Scroats have an answer fo...
by bikegeek
3 Feb 2010, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cartridge system
Replies: 29
Views: 17616

Re: Cartridge system

Right Matt2, headsets today, is it? OK, here's the gen.. This guy explains it best... http://sheldonbrown.com/headsets.html See also his notes on 'Steerer' & 'Head tube' (no sniggering!) In the picture on the right, where he marks 'no wrench flats' , the arrow points to where the ball bearings f...