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by gxaustin
15 Oct 2020, 6:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC v Sram chains?
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: KMC v Sram chains?

I've used Shram 9 and 10 speed chains with success but I'm not having much luck with their 11 speed.
They seem less flexible than KMC and the change is a bit erratic - IMO.
by gxaustin
14 Oct 2020, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freehubs cause me much distress. Why so noisy ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1002

Re: National Parks to ban noisy freehubs

They are only noisey when you freewheel - so keep pedaling?
On the plus side they are an audible warning to others.
by gxaustin
14 Oct 2020, 10:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dangerous traffic lights
Replies: 30
Views: 1068

Re: Dangerous traffic lights

And people antipathetic to cyclists wonder why we push to the front of queues?
by gxaustin
3 Oct 2020, 9:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post protrusion
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Seat post protrusion

I just measured two 27.2mm seat posts and both had a minimum insert length of 90mm. one was 350mm alloy and the other was 400mm carbon. I ran the ally one at minimum insertion on a carbon frame for about a year before I bought a longer one. this was after I drilled a new cable exit in the seat tube ...
by gxaustin
22 Sep 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: tiagra jockey wheels
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: tiagra jockey wheels

I've used Tacx idlers. They work well.
by gxaustin
22 Sep 2020, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First road bike
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: First road bike

With a pressfit bottom bracket!!
No thanks James.


I've just changed the press fit Shimano BB on my Merckx. It lasted between 16,000 and 18,000 miles. I changed it myself - it wasn't difficult.
I think thats pretty good longevity - and never a peep out of it.
by gxaustin
16 Sep 2020, 12:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spare Tiagra Cassette - can I choose any?
Replies: 13
Views: 503

Re: Spare Tiagra Cassette - can I choose any?

All Shimano 10 speed cassettes will work, as will Shram 10 speed. Even MTB cassettes.
by gxaustin
12 Sep 2020, 12:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FUBi: second attempt at crowd-funding a foldable
Replies: 19
Views: 1150

Re: FUBi: second attempt at crowd-funding a foldable

The Pedersen also looks very flexible too. has anyone ridden one?
I have a Bickerton Portable and it's so flexible it scares me to death.
by gxaustin
11 Sep 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat pin slippage
Replies: 30
Views: 950

Re: Seat pin slippage

Could this be the one?

Where in the UK please?


Mine is a little different - more compact vertically- but its the same principle.
by gxaustin
7 Sep 2020, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat pin slippage
Replies: 30
Views: 950

Re: Seat pin slippage

I found a seatpost clamp which both clamped the frame and the seat pin. OK it had two bolts but did the trick. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUTHOR-bicycle-seat-clamp-ACO-315-27-2-31-8-double-bolt-clamp-Alu6061-black/233173334090?hash=item364a36b84a:g:DdgAAOSw9oFckfuI Like this but I found one in UK wi...
by gxaustin
7 Sep 2020, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat pin slippage
Replies: 30
Views: 950

Re: Seat pin slippage

I believe that it's conventional at this point to refer to The Zen Shim Question:
http://www.hilarygallo.com/the-zen-shim-question/


Thank you for relieving me of the need ever to find out what that book is all about :roll:
by gxaustin
4 Sep 2020, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: new wheel set, rear fits, front doesn't
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: new wheel set, rear fits, front doesn't

You did well - and full marks to the original retailer who'd rather pay your expenses than have to sell off a SH set of wheels (and lose a customer).
by gxaustin
28 Aug 2020, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti ultra sport 3
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Conti ultra sport 3

My bike was fitted with Ultra Sports when I bought it. I found they rode well, lasted over 5,000 miles and I only had one puncture in that time. Not bad for a cheap tyre. I fitted Conti four season son my winter bike and the tread crazed and flaked off after two years and less than 2,000 miles. You ...
by gxaustin
27 Aug 2020, 6:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1899

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

Mine from the same workshop,


Very nice,
Thats a big frame. Mine has space for mudguards, if I ever decide to fit them.
by gxaustin
27 Aug 2020, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raising handlebar position
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Raising handlebar position

You can also get riser handlebars which can look neater, and could be used in conjunction with a flipped stem and/or riser