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by Eyebrox
3 Feb 2019, 11:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adjusting reach on 105 brifters?
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: Adjusting reach on 105 brifters?

Most bike shops have piles of these things. They come with the bikes and are put aside if not needed. Worth having a chat with LBS.
by Eyebrox
31 Jan 2019, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike for under £500 - please help me choose
Replies: 16
Views: 2023

Re: Best bike for under £500 - please help me choose

Tricky one, as the price point makes it so. They've all got good and bad points. Components randomly mixed across each bike to suit budgets. I like the Orbea because of the weight. Their other bikes in this range sold out last year. Seven gears might be limiting though. I could give reasons for buyi...
by Eyebrox
31 Jan 2019, 11:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming

You should be able to do it in a single move. Sometimes my hand is not quite positioned well enough to effect a full one-throw move from small to big ring. I then need to follow through with another push on the lever to extend the derailleur out far enough. The trim mechanism can be felt better when...
by Eyebrox
28 Jan 2019, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 961

Re: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?

I attach a small nut and bolt to the bottom of the Cateye clip after drilling a hole in it. The clip is made of good quality plastic - ie it's a bit more yielding than the brittle stuff of cheaper products. The bolt end holds the clip in place on the tab at the back of the saddlebag. It does involve...
by Eyebrox
13 Jan 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is all that gravel?
Replies: 59
Views: 2076

Re: Where is all that gravel?

I've got a Grovel Bike. Took me ages and a lot of DIY to get my wife to agree.
by Eyebrox
1 Jan 2019, 1:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick link: time to replace?
Replies: 27
Views: 1136

Re: Quick link: time to replace?

The chain itself will have worn but I reckon the link is made of sterner stuff. Replacing the powerlink therefore will not change the slackness at the join. I suggest you keep going until you replace the chain and carry spare links, zip tied together to lessen the chance of losing one on a grass ver...
by Eyebrox
26 Dec 2018, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A reduced mileage!
Replies: 17
Views: 1006

Re: A reduced mileage!

I'm 62 and look back with fond memories of all my adventures in the last 25 years of cycling. I am disappointed not to cover the same distances and reach as far (by car and train then bike) as I once did. I have now become an expert in the network of roads, cycle track and trails within a 50 mile ra...
by Eyebrox
16 Dec 2018, 11:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dangerous or not ?
Replies: 7
Views: 522

Re: Dangerous or not ?

Sometimes you have to remove (and even replace) a series of spokes to get access to one spoke. It can be easier and cheaper to do what Decathlon have done. Also, it can be the quickest if you are a home mechanic with only one spare spoke that fits.
by Eyebrox
13 Dec 2018, 9:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mystery Flat
Replies: 16
Views: 576

Re: Mystery Flat

Presta valve not tight initially - then opened and tightened fully when tyre was pumped up?
by Eyebrox
13 Dec 2018, 4:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winter bike gloves
Replies: 22
Views: 1270

Re: Winter bike gloves

I use edz merino gloves (£10) as a liner under a range of spring/autumn cycling gloves. Buy a new pair of the merino inners every year and use them as simple woollen gloves for walking, shopping, about town etc. Put them in a pocket and go with the outers if you're too warm mid-ride.
by Eyebrox
10 Dec 2018, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corroded chainring bolts
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: Corroded chainring bolts

This will do the job. Extra purchase. And handy ...every five or so years. :D
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by Eyebrox
10 Dec 2018, 10:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Workstands
Replies: 26
Views: 890

Re: Bike Workstands

I have two - one at home and the other at work. The home one is heavy steel and stands firm. The work one is light alloy and moves about a bit too easy. There are advantages in both. The best though is the light one because it is height adjustable. This is a big factor, enabling you to work in diffe...
by Eyebrox
6 Dec 2018, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mountain Bike vs Gravel Bike vs Cyclocross Bike
Replies: 13
Views: 707

Re: Mountain Bike vs Gravel Bike vs Cyclocross Bike

I have (need) both mtb and cx. Think cx and gravel are much the same. The mountain bike is great for all-out mud, grass and loose gravel type tracks. The CX bike is better and faster on a mix of tar and hard-packed trail. I reckon you buy one and decide which kind of terrain after that. I enjoy the ...
by Eyebrox
3 Dec 2018, 11:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike cafés: a questionnaire
Replies: 80
Views: 2235

Re: Bike cafés: a questionnaire

We have a local cafe which is very popular with the big clubs. It's well named - Rendezvous. The business attracts cycling groups because: - they can be in and out in 30 minutes - each chair is numbered individually to ensure that the orders are dealt with efficiently without any serving mix-ups - a...
by Eyebrox
30 Nov 2018, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cateye Helmet Mount and Safety Query
Replies: 34
Views: 1129

Re: Cateye Helmet Mount and Safety Query

I have three rear lights. None of them fits on my very narrow seat stays. I have to "fatten up" the seat stay with a thick rubber grommet to hold the rubber band fitting of any of the lights. There is a tag on the seat pack - but attaching a light on it results in the beam pointing down , ...