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by gxaustin
29 May 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes pads left and right
Replies: 20
Views: 420

Re: Disc brakes pads left and right

It was always ‘top swing’ and ‘bottom swing’ on front mechs that got me. Found it utterly meaningless.

How true Top or Bottom pull would make more sense to me.
by gxaustin
29 May 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Selle SMP saddles
Replies: 62
Views: 1722

Re: Selle SMP saddles

I don't understand what you are saying in the post below.
Presumably you are making some kind of point about me riding no hands?
I don't see why you bring Froome into it.


Maybe you weren't following the thread carefully - I was just agreeing with Trigger.
by gxaustin
28 May 2020, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Selle SMP saddles
Replies: 62
Views: 1722

Re: Selle SMP saddles

Although I don't follow racing, I knew Froome had a bad crash. All Google came up with was that he crashed on a recce. of the course for the Dauphine in June last year; the guy with him said he took a hand off the bars to blow his nose and the wind took the wheel. Was there another occasion? He's h...
by gxaustin
24 May 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Selle SMP saddles
Replies: 62
Views: 1722

Re: Selle SMP saddles

how the bike rides no hands is the acid test of steering geometry for bike design and whether or not an individual bike is straight.
so as you say, completely pointless really.


I think Chris Froome learned something about riding no handed :roll:
by gxaustin
17 May 2020, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: carbon road frame with cirular and symetrical seat tube
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: carbon road frame with cirular and symetrical seat tube

I use 46t chainrings on all my bikes and get away with using the braze on with my CF frame. The mech has a 8mm gap to the ring but it changes OK, if not quite as snappily as my bespoke steel frame which was designed for a 46mm ring. In fact the mech would hit the chainstay on the CF frame if I could...
by gxaustin
17 May 2020, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Damaged adjuster screw on shimano rear derailleur
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Damaged adjuster screw on shimano rear derailleur

So all 8/9/10s freehubs are designed to accept 8/910s cassettes without spacers, unless the cassette is one of the few that comes with a spacer to make it the correct length.


Thanks for that, Brucey.
by gxaustin
15 May 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Damaged adjuster screw on shimano rear derailleur
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Damaged adjuster screw on shimano rear derailleur

BTW if you remove the spacer behind a 10s cassette the sprockets won't be held securely; specifically the smallest sprocket will bottom out on the splines and the remaining sprockets will be loose enough to move around on the freehub body Are some free hubs or cassettes designed to be suitable for ...
by gxaustin
15 May 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?

I think you've answered your own question. It was £84! It's not a very remarkable bike but cheap bikes aren't very remarkable.
Just ride and enjoy it - maybe change the tyres/tubes if they are perished or cracked.
by gxaustin
6 May 2020, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Commuting Tyres
Replies: 29
Views: 916

Re: Commuting Tyres

Invariably I have more punctures on the rear tyre than the front. It makes me wonder why you have the reverse problem? It supports the view tat there is something in the tyre or rim.
by gxaustin
30 Mar 2020, 2:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes - best place to buy?
Replies: 54
Views: 1592

Re: Spokes - best place to buy?

I've used spokes bought from Spokesave in the past. Recommended on this forum. Maybe they are still trading? Based somewhere in Gloucester if I recall.


I used to buy from Spokesave but their website has disappeared so maybe they have finished?
by gxaustin
29 Mar 2020, 8:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?
Replies: 135
Views: 3813

Re: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?

I rode 70 miles on Thursday and hardly saw a soul. I went for a walk locally and passed several dozen people within coughing distance. I was pilloried for the ride by fellow club members though - and it got nasty. Then Michael Gove said: "Asked to clarify how much time people could spend exerci...
by gxaustin
29 Mar 2020, 8:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ride with a buddy?
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Ride with a buddy?

They were, though, riding at least 50 metres apart, probably more than that in some instances. I don't know who organised this outing but it did seem a safe way to ride in a "group" whilst keeping a more than safe distance. But perhaps they just don't know about riding on a wheel and so t...
by gxaustin
27 Mar 2020, 11:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electric VS Just Highly Efficient Regular Bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: Electric VS Just Highly Efficient Regular Bike?

Several riders in my club have E-bikes. They use just enough power to help them up the hills and keep with the group, or else the range is limited. They just want to get out on their bikes so I don't think they want to do much fast cornering in wet or dry. We have seen no problems as yet - just big ...
by gxaustin
23 Mar 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midlands Velo cancelled
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: Midlands Velo cancelled

In 2017 it came through south staffs and it was a nightmare with roads closed all day, why on earth would some people pay £80 to ride with about 18,000 other people I do not know! Oh hang on you got a tacky medal!! I wouldn't have paid (£75 in 2017) but I had a free entry from a prize draw. There w...
by gxaustin
21 Mar 2020, 3:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 258
Views: 11845

Re: Some groups did not read the memo!

I saw loads of cyclists out today - in 1s and 2s, but keeping apart