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by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 11:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sourcing Bits, Brake Pads Shimano
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Sourcing Bits, Brake Pads Shimano

You could always go to your LBS.
I just bought some Stan's sealant from Two Wheels, Amblecote, and it was cheaper than online - and I got some free advice about topping up too.
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: T10 bolt not moving
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: T10 bolt not moving

When shifting stuck steel screws/bolts in aluminium I have used a paint stripper (or my daughter in laws 2 kW hair dryer) to warm the ally.
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inner tubes in tubeless ready wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Inner tubes in tubeless ready wheels

I used tubes with tubeless rims for thousands of miles. I try to choose tyres which aren't held to be pigs to mount. When I have struggled I pumped them up to 120psi and left them for a bit. They were a bit easier to get off and on when I next had a puncture.
However, since fitting tubeless tyres I haven't had (or noticed) any punctures. They were a sod to mount and I doubt I could get them off mid ride. I don't worry about it.
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A tale of three bikes.
Replies: 36
Views: 1262

Re: A tale of three bikes.

I think these new fangled levers are just for people who can't think fast enough.....or perhaps have little natural balance.
I think these new fangled levers are brilliant - I can change and brake at the same time, I can change on our dreadful bumpy roads without having to remove a hand from the bars and I can change while standing. Additionally, its a long stretch to the down tube on a 25" frame when you are a bit stiff like me. (Anyone who says otherwise is probably a bit of a technophobe or Luddite :roll: )
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 10:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Optimum Cycling Position
Replies: 76
Views: 2693

Re: Optimum Cycling Position

Now I understand.
In my case the multiplier would be about halfway between those extremes.
In Hinault's case my ratio is 0.893.
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 6:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Have I ruined my brooks B17?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: Have I ruined my brooks B17?

I made an Imperial - actually having a 10% longer slit. I found I needed to lace it. I always wear padded shorts so no problems with comfort. It's deformed a bit but no more that my standard saddle. I'm starting to break in a new old stock Brooks - its got very thick leather so is rock hard. I shall paint it with neetsfoot oil. I'm auditioning numerous other saddles too - too many to mention :roll:
by gxaustin
17 Jul 2021, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Optimum Cycling Position
Replies: 76
Views: 2693

Re: Optimum Cycling Position

However Hilary Stone, the writer of the Cycling Plus Special Report preferred somewhere between 1.05 and 1.09 x inside leg measurement.
Are you sure? Is that inside leg down to the floor? If I applied that formula I wouldn't be able to reach the pedal.
by gxaustin
9 Jul 2021, 11:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic Open Elite as a replacement for Open Pro rims?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Mavic Open Elite as a replacement for Open Pro rims?

Have you looked at Halo rims? I think they are pretty close.
I have some spare Open Pros but they are 32H.
by gxaustin
9 Jul 2021, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 353
Views: 13377

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

Looking at the pic, I'd not describe it as an MTB, and the gearing doesn't appear to be optimised for riding downhill.
Based on the tyres I'd venture to suggest its a gravel/adventure/all surface bike.

I'd love a roadbike with a mono leg - just for the remarks (maybe not, on reflection)
by gxaustin
9 Jul 2021, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's this part called?
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Re: What's this part called?

Sorry for the irrelevance of this poem but I was instantly reminded of it.
It was written by Henry Reed:

I. NAMING OF PARTS

To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of parts.

NB Admins - feel free to delete if I have erred - Graham
by gxaustin
4 Jul 2021, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyre on the wrong way round
Replies: 31
Views: 1375

Re: Tyre on the wrong way round

The "tread" on road tyres is extremely shallow - much shallower than would be illegal on a car tyre. Many bike tyres are slick. Additionally, The width of the contact patch of a road bike tyre is only about 10 or 12mm. That is a very short path (6mm) for water to clear. I doubt that tread does anything on a road tyre.
Makes a huge difference off road though
by gxaustin
4 Jul 2021, 9:19pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Sorted after a very kind offer
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Sorted after a very kind offer

Apologies for interjecting - double or triple? I'm guessing a 10sp also?
Sorry for the delay - I was cycling on a mini tour. The Tiagra is a compact double. I'm not a fan of triples.
Please PM me if interested
by gxaustin
29 Jun 2021, 9:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plans to cycle from Kingswinford to Llangollen
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Re: Plans to cycle from Kingswinford to Llangollen

If of interest, this is the route I took (Garmin)

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/13109271

I too live in K'ford
by gxaustin
29 Jun 2021, 6:52pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Sorted after a very kind offer
Replies: 9
Views: 788

Re: Shimano Hollowtech 2 Cranks or Chainset

let me know what price you have in mind that would be great
The cranks are 4600 series in silver and are new old stock and look unfitted. I notice that the chainwheel has a few marks on it but looks hardly worn, if at all. I'm looking for £30

I do have tatty black FSA cranks only, that should fit for £10; or a 130 PCD 105 with the usual wear marks for £25

I can send photos to your email , if interested
by gxaustin
29 Jun 2021, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on removing a tyre
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Re: Advice on removing a tyre

What kind of rim tape ?
Stans