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by gxaustin
17 Feb 2019, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Giant VS Specialized
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: Giant VS Specialized

Carbon road bikes are quite race inspired so I'd go for the best fit. I couldn't bend enough to cope with a pro style bike. There's loads of choice so i'd suggest trying a good few.
by gxaustin
11 Feb 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Radial Front Wheel build - spokes inside or outside the hub?
Replies: 5
Views: 625

Re: Radial Front Wheel build - spokes inside or outside the hub?

I always build my wheels crossed but I do have 2 radially spoked front wheels which use J spokes and in both cases the bend is inside the flange (one is a Felt and the other a Giant). I have no idea why
by gxaustin
31 Jan 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any good tips to improve pedal action
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: Any good tips to improve pedal action

I find chemical footwarmers work well for several hours. I never realised I was pedalling wrongly. :?
by gxaustin
31 Jan 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Resale value of Btwin 500 Triban SE ( whole or parts )
Replies: 17
Views: 2146

Re: Resale value of Btwin 500 Triban SE ( whole or parts )

a pushchair is an everyday item


and a simple bike like a Triban isn't? :?:
If he wants to sell the whole bike (or even the frame/forks) then postage (courier) will be a fair bit I'd say, not to mention the hassle of packing it.
by gxaustin
30 Jan 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Resale value of Btwin 500 Triban SE ( whole or parts )
Replies: 17
Views: 2146

Re: Resale value of Btwin 500 Triban SE ( whole or parts )

Selling on Ebay involves paying for the privilege and probably paying Paypal fees. Postage will be a pretty big item. I have sold several thousands of pounds worth of stuff over the years and costs are not inconsiderable. My daughter in law has sold lots of stuff (pushchairs etc) as their kids grow ...
by gxaustin
26 Jan 2019, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: met office
Replies: 12
Views: 1679

Re: met office

Should the Met Office be giving cycling advice???


Did you click the link? If you did then you would have seen that the Met Office has taken the advice from British Cycling.
by gxaustin
24 Jan 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Pressure gauge
Replies: 16
Views: 2682

Re: Pressure gauge

I've just bought some Giyo handlebar mitts. They seem very well made but only fit shifters with cables under the bar tape. Nevertheless at £10 or so they seem good value.
by gxaustin
14 Jan 2019, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 180
Views: 9111

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

Shimano 6600 10sp is probably my favourite group set. I had no idea it was poor for gear changing.
by gxaustin
13 Jan 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool
Replies: 16
Views: 579

Re: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool

it is quite possible to do a first class job using only simple hand tools; a couple of files and a square .... but time consuming, as I found when I used a long caliper, set square, file and feeler gauges to cure a wonky head tube. Seems to have worked though. The LBS didn't fancy working with tita...
by gxaustin
12 Jan 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 180
Views: 9111

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

The point that most people miss is that less wheel dish means stronger and/or lighter wheels (and not by a small amount). Interesting points as ever but while I get stronger (and stiffer?) I don't fully understand why they would be lighter; unless you mean because the freehub would be a bit shorter...
by gxaustin
12 Jan 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool
Replies: 16
Views: 579

Re: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool

This picture possible suggests that the reamer and facer are separate cutters which can be fetted together. Maybe the facer could be used with a plain guide in place of the reamer? Thinking about it it would be difficult to manufacture a reamer/facer in one piece. https://hollandbikeshop.com/en-gb/b...
by gxaustin
12 Jan 2019, 6:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2390

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

When I was in my mid 20s I went touring in the Wicklow Mountains and my lowest gear was 42/28 and highest was 52/14. It was a struggle but I managed and thought nothing of it. Forty years later I changed the lowest to 39/28 and then 34/28 (same 1970s bike). Later I bought a modern bike and fitted a ...
by gxaustin
7 Jan 2019, 11:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Tension Meter, Hows This Work?
Replies: 51
Views: 2070

Re: Spoke Tension Meter, Hows This Work?

If you own a tension gauge, and use it, why not use it properly?

I use it to suit my purpose, not yours.
by gxaustin
7 Jan 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Parcel Farce
Replies: 14
Views: 1843

Re: Parcel Farce

I've never had a problem with Parcel Force
by gxaustin
6 Jan 2019, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Tension Meter, Hows This Work?
Replies: 51
Views: 2070

Re: Spoke Tension Meter, Hows This Work?

Comparing the gauge reading with a 'known good' wheel will give you some confidence I suppose but this is still subject to spoke wire diameter based errors and anyway you don't need a tension gauge to make that comparison any more than you do when comparing tensions on one side of the wheel. Very t...