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by gxaustin
26 Jan 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gap in new rim
Replies: 22
Views: 741

Re: Gap in new rim

Mavic rims used to be my preferred brand, but these days even good mavics only have 1.35mm thickness in the braking surfaces and often they are a lot worse than that. I measured a set of new open pros a while back and they were hovering around 1.0mm thickness, i.e. they were worn out before you sta...
by gxaustin
13 Jan 2020, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Race" or "Endurance" bike ?
Replies: 19
Views: 891

Re: "Race" or "Endurance" bike ?

If your Argos is comfy then you could see which sort of bike has similar geometry? I find that my older steel bikes are more akin to endurance than modern race geometry. Looking at old pictures the drop from saddle to bars is less than nowadays, albeit the drops tended to be deeper. Maybe you could ...
by gxaustin
12 Jan 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Entry Level v More advanced bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Entry Level v More advanced bike

Why not try your current bike, having made your position as aero as possible. Then see if you are losing out on the cycle, or maybe the swimming, running or transitions? If you aren't much of a swimmer then you are probably not going to make up minutes on the bike (and so on for running). If the cou...
by gxaustin
11 Jan 2020, 11:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Most expensive puncture repair
Replies: 62
Views: 1821

Re: Most expensive puncture repair

My LBS (Two Wheels, Amblecote) let me fix my puncture in their shop after loaning me the tools. Tube cost £4. They are a friendly lot.
by gxaustin
6 Jan 2020, 4:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?
Replies: 16
Views: 533

Re: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?

If you are prepared to collapse one of the rear seats then you can fit two bikes in, standing vertically with wheels in place. One is retsrained by the seat belt and the other by a bungee.
It works for my friend.
by gxaustin
5 Jan 2020, 4:54pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Wanted vintage 700c fork
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Wanted vintage 700c fork

I have a nice Columbus steel fork with Campag dropouts and a 200mm 1" steerer. I'm sure it could be cut down. It has 40mm of thread. Metallic red with only a couple of chips. Weighs under 700g. Any use? I need £40 to cover what I paid + post (or collect from Stourbridge area) It turned out to b...
by gxaustin
27 Dec 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Remove forks for air travel?

If you fold a bike box carefully it's possible to use some luggage straps to fasten it to your back rucksack style, then you can ride to/from the airport


Thanks for the pic.
by gxaustin
22 Dec 2019, 6:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Remove forks for air travel?

If you fold a bike box carefully it's possible to use some luggage straps to fasten it to your back rucksack style, then you can ride to/from the airport


I'd love to see a photo of that.
by gxaustin
22 Dec 2019, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Repurposing old bike parts
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Repurposing old bike parts

There are a few commercial companies: https://respokedesigns.co.uk/product-ta ... jewellery/ https://www.cyclechic.co.uk/blog/2015/1 ... llery.html https://www.recycleandbicycle.co.uk/fix ... e-bicycle/ https://www.sharedearth.co.uk/recycled- ... 02x3318640 Looks like stuff you don't want made from...
by gxaustin
16 Dec 2019, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheels - number of spokes
Replies: 31
Views: 1183

Re: Wheels - number of spokes

I know a very tall/large chap weighing 100 to 110kg and he breaks spokes regularly if the spoke count is less than 28. He's the only person I know who has broken front spokes!
by gxaustin
16 Dec 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th bottom bracket
Replies: 43
Views: 4790

Re: 4th bottom bracket

Brucey has mentioned this above, and that is that some cartridge BBs have a floating non drive side bearing. I have a (dead) VP unit like that. Since BSA BB shells can't be threaded from one side, due to left and right hand threads, there is scope for misalignment. Screw in a cartridge BB and see if...
by gxaustin
7 Dec 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Glove Recommendations Please
Replies: 47
Views: 2918

Re: Winter Glove Recommendations Please

I've been pleased with Aldi Ski gloves at about £6. I carry lighter gloves as spares if the weather warms up after the stop, together with some liners. My hands can be cold and sweaty at the same time so I carry a spare pair too on the longish ride.
by gxaustin
7 Dec 2019, 11:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off road tyres for a tourer
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: Off road tyres for a tourer

I use CX tyres. I'm sure gravel tyres would work well too, but maybe a bit wide.
I started with tyres which were more road oriented but soon moved to knobblies when I went on more trails.
by gxaustin
1 Dec 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 61
Views: 2597

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

However much it was, it resulted in a smoother, lighter, tougher, faster rolling tube in a fetching shade of pink, all for £25 https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Tuboli ... nTEALw_wcB Great if you have a spare 50 quid and disc brakes. With 2 or 3 punctures per year I think I'll save my money for chai...
by gxaustin
24 Nov 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Building from a new frame
Replies: 18
Views: 1163

Re: Building from a new frame

Also, the colours aren’t what they seem. The green one is a lighter shade than racing green. Just a note about BRG. British racing cars ran in green from the time of the Irish Gordon Bennet race, when green was chosen as a nod to the emerald isle, until Lotus adopted the Players fag packet colours ...