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by Eyebrox
19 Jan 2021, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Indoor bike trainer
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Indoor bike trainer

You can use a part worn MTB tyre on a standard budget turbo trainer. Not perfect and can overheat but will do if you want to get started without spending a lot.
by Eyebrox
19 Jan 2021, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mechanical disc brake choice.
Replies: 43
Views: 1546

Re: Mechanical disc brake choice.

Not much granite on road surfaces. The damage tends to be done by road salt in the winter. In that regard the BB7s were more resilient with their hand adjuster (or spanner flat) pad control. The Spyre pads are adjusted with a 3mm torque key, the receiving end often getting chewed up by a combination...
by Eyebrox
19 Jan 2021, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mechanical disc brake choice.
Replies: 43
Views: 1546

Re: Mechanical disc brake choice.

I've used all three and can find pros and cons for each. I would opt for Spyre based on longer term experience. Both pads are adjustable and once set up with equal space between the pads and the rotor you can compensate for wear by loosening the barrel adjuster on the cable at the caliper. You do ha...
by Eyebrox
15 Jan 2021, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Give me a brake - first timer advice needed on brake cables.
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Give me a brake - first timer advice needed on brake cables.

These are barrel end cables, for mountain bikes. Generally, the more expensive cables perform better for longer, especially when you replace both inner and outer. Shimano, in my view, are good quality as are Jagwire. Cheaper versions like Clarks haven't performed as well for me. You can buy cable ki...
by Eyebrox
14 Jan 2021, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Jumping new chain and buying a replacement cassette
Replies: 24
Views: 713

Re: Jumping new chain and buying a replacement cassette

That bike has Claris gearing with a 28 tooth big cog at the back. Both the SS (small - up to 32T) and GS (medium - up to 34T) Claris 8 speed rear derailleur will suit a cassette of 28T and more.
by Eyebrox
7 Jan 2021, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is my front shifter fixable?
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: Is my front shifter fixable?

I did a first service on a six-week old road bike from Argos. The owner was complaining that the front derailleur and shifter wouldn't work. Turned out the cable was routed incorrectly at the mech anchor bolt. It was a new bike (Challenge) and hadn't been altered in any way since purchase.
by Eyebrox
1 Jan 2021, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1739

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

I bought a trainer two months ago to supplement my cycling. Covid has reduced club rides and the lockdown has limited scope for venturing further afield (new territory encourages me). I doubt I would use it if the weather was better and the nights were lighter. I find it boring. I do 40 mins every e...
by Eyebrox
1 Jan 2021, 6:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: winter socks
Replies: 44
Views: 1731

Re: winter socks

Merino wool socks and mountain bike style (looser) overshoes. Can I suggest a Gore Winds topper base layer to keep your chest protected. I cycle in Scotland all year round and found these items to be essential - along with a balaclava.
by Eyebrox
22 Nov 2020, 11:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 114
Views: 3240

Re: Bells

I generally call out if coming up behind a horse. However I bought this bell for use on our busier-than-ever cyclepath. It's a bargain at £4 from The Range stores. Loud but pleasant sound unlike the ping noise from so many of the flimsy bells now attached to new bikes. https://www.google.com/url?sa=...
by Eyebrox
18 Nov 2020, 11:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: HELP with exercise bike resistance.
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: HELP with exercise bike resistance.

Think you'll need to buy a more advanced model with a wider range of resistance options. If you have a bicycle you can attach a turbo unit with a selection of resistance settings. New ones range from £50 upwards but there are some £30/£40 used turbos on Gumtree. Planet X have a good range at the low...
by Eyebrox
10 Nov 2020, 11:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Starting a group ride
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Starting a group ride

Phone the local paper and explain what you're wanting to do (find folk to cycle with). Suggest they write an article on the growth of cycling in their circulation area with references to the government's recent funding strategy to get more people out on bikes. Send them a few pictures of you on the ...
by Eyebrox
1 Nov 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike service establishments
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: Bike service establishments

Hard to answer that with all that's going on just now - more people than ever taking to cycling, Government grants to have bikes serviced, shops unable to source bikes from distributors and manufacturers, components in short supply. There is no typical pattern. The weather plays a part. Covid regula...
by Eyebrox
27 Oct 2020, 10:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Right Front derailleur for Trek 3900 MTB - 48-38-28
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: Right Front derailleur for Trek 3900 MTB - 48-38-28

Is the derailleur designed to work on double or triple cranksets?
by Eyebrox
27 Oct 2020, 6:57pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Go Outdoors
Replies: 23
Views: 1378

Re: Go Outdoors

Retailers are struggling. JD Sports' revenue this year is expected to dip below £5 billion. Is that good or bad? As a stand alone figure it's pretty meaningless, it may be fantastically profitable or it may be heading for administration. It puts into perspective the David and Goliath battle that in...
by Eyebrox
27 Oct 2020, 12:13am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Go Outdoors
Replies: 23
Views: 1378

Re: Go Outdoors

Retailers are struggling. JD Sports' revenue this year is expected to dip below £5 billion.