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by pq
30 Sep 2020, 11:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shorts for touring
Replies: 27
Views: 1204

Re: Shorts for touring

I generally tour in lycra, but at other times I use Rapha touring shorts over a pair of whatever lycra bib shorts I happen to feel like wearing. They have some nice design features which make them feel not much different to wearing just the lycra.
by pq
25 Sep 2020, 7:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?
Replies: 50
Views: 1544

Re: Cyclists on the road with two bikes, up to no good?

I used to transport my (brakeless) track bike around like that in my younger days. It was stupid and dangerous, I wouldn't do it now.
by pq
25 Sep 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite spots in Western France
Replies: 42
Views: 2360

Re: Favourite spots in Western France

We liked St Antonin Noble Val and the area around it so much we moved there. It's a way from the coast but is officially SW France.
by pq
25 Sep 2020, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap, sturdy rack with solid bars?
Replies: 21
Views: 485

Re: Cheap, sturdy rack with solid bars?

I'm old enough to have used old fashioned cheap steel and modern tubular, in addition to aluminium. The old style racks were garbage. Heavy and flexed all over the shop. Modern tubular steel - I've used Tubus and Thorn work superbly and can be quite light depending what you buy. I've never broken on...
by pq
29 Aug 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is a gravel bike ?
Replies: 98
Views: 3227

Re: What is a gravel bike ?

Obviously someone thought of it, and also thought that people would buy it, otherwise why would it exist? Equally obviously, people in the future will think of new things they imagine people will want to buy. I'm not seeing any scepticism in your post at all, just a stating of the obvious.
by pq
29 Aug 2020, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is a gravel bike ?
Replies: 98
Views: 3227

Re: What is a gravel bike ?

I have a gravel bike and a CX bike. The CX bike is on permanent winter training/light touring duties because the gravel bike fits bigger tyres and has much better brakes so is way better off road. I could use a fully rigid MTB for the same thing but I like drop bars and dislike flats of any descript...
by pq
29 Aug 2020, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-Brake levers for drops
Replies: 26
Views: 112271

Re: V-Brake levers for drops

My heavy tourer has had 287V levers with normal V brakes for years and it works very well. My tandem has Campag Ergo levers with medium Vs. They feel good and stop well but regular brake adjustment and straight wheels are needed. My light tourer also has Campag Ergo levers, with a Tektro 720 wide ca...
by pq
19 Jul 2020, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Going tubeless or new wheelset
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Going tubeless or new wheelset

I run tubeless on a couple of road bikes and my gravel bike. There was a thread about it a few months back where regular poster Brucey who is invariably worth listening to, pointed out that the rolling resistance figures for tubeless vs non-tubeless are a bit misleading. What he said is that if you ...
by pq
15 Jul 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650b wheels in a race frame
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: 650b wheels in a race frame

Thanks again Brucey. I'll look into the brakes in more detail - I just remember the horrible steel things of old, I guess they're different now. It's a difficult decision, the bike is really really nice to ride so it would be good to keep it and ride it, but if it's going to end up as an unsatisfact...
by pq
15 Jul 2020, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650b wheels in a race frame
Replies: 15
Views: 540

Re: 650b wheels in a race frame

Thanks Brucey, I didn't know about those other wheel sizes, although if I can't get really good tyres I wouldn't use them. I don't mind about lowered gears (actually that's a benefit), a 9mm bb drop sounds OK, so maybe it'll work. The frame is extremely lightweight Ti with carbon forks. When it was ...
by pq
14 Jul 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650b wheels in a race frame
Replies: 15
Views: 540

650b wheels in a race frame

I'm toying with the idea of buying a new road bike. Part of that is finding a use for my old one, which is a 1999 Merlin Extralight - it's a very special frame and I'd rather find a use for it than sell it. I'd love to use it as a winter bike, which means mudguards, but it has extremely tight cleara...
by pq
19 Jun 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "These headsets last forever"?
Replies: 84
Views: 2503

Re: "These headsets last forever"?

I forgot to say that my press doesn't exert pressure directly on the bearings - maybe others do. That means the issue King raises, which is in my view a legitimate one, has never arisen for me.
by pq
19 Jun 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "These headsets last forever"?
Replies: 84
Views: 2503

Re: "These headsets last forever"?

Well if you're that paranoid about the fitting, you could take your bike to a dealer, but I've fitted a lot of King headsets with a conventional press with no problems whatsoever. They fit like a normal headset. I wouldn't bash one in with a block of wood, but I wouldn't fit any kind of headset like...
by pq
19 Jun 2020, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "These headsets last forever"?
Replies: 84
Views: 2503

Re: "These headsets last forever"?

To the King sceptics: 1. The point of a King headset is they make their own bearings which are, apparently better than other brands. 2. You don't need any special tools. They fit the same as any other headset. This rumour comes from some hubs needing an imperial allen key. 3. You don't need to send ...
by pq
17 Jun 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "These headsets last forever"?
Replies: 84
Views: 2503

Re: "These headsets last forever"?

I have quite a lot of old headsets still in service and I almost never have trouble with any of them. However they haven't all been treated the same. I have 2 Record 1" ahead headsets which are both 20 years old. One is on a dry weather road bike, the other on a bike with mudguards. No issues a...