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by gxaustin
12 Jul 2020, 6:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another new bike thread
Replies: 12
Views: 431

Re: Another new bike thread

She's about 5'10", so I'm guesssing about 21" in old money. I would recommend she tries one or two to get a size. I'm that height and I ride 23" or 25" horizontal tubed steel bikes. The seatpost on my sloping top tube bikes are 22" and 20" respectively. Please don't ad...
by gxaustin
12 Jul 2020, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying Advice sought for Road Bike
Replies: 19
Views: 579

Re: Buying Advice sought for Road Bike

[quote ]Trek Emonda SL6 Disc 2020 model [/quote]

Nice bike. I like Ultegra and discs have quite a few advantages especially when its wet.
Personally I think its worth paying a bit more for the better groupset.
Happy cycling
by gxaustin
8 Jul 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Building Courses
Replies: 24
Views: 711

Re: Frame Building Courses

The part of Ironbridge Cycles you need to contact is Bicycles By Design at Coalport (near Ironbridge). I did a course about 3 years ago, run by Pete Bird and Rob Wade, and it was great fun. There was one to one supervision/help all through the process and I had a marvelous time. I made a bespoke lug...
by gxaustin
29 Jun 2020, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2299

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

Trek Domane (Stack 561, Reach 371)
Simplon Pavo (Stack 571, Reach 377)
Specialized Roubaix (Stack 569, Reach 371)

To which list you could add my Merckx Milano 72 with stack of 597 and reach of 375.
Unfortunately I don't think it is made any longer.
by gxaustin
29 Jun 2020, 4:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty 531 frame
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: Rusty 531 frame

Was this around the time of the Alfa Romeo steel scandal? Think this was late 70s or early 80s. One of my uncles brought a brand new Alfa, within 2 months you could put your fingers through holes in the wings! Wasn't there a lot of cheap steel used with too high a percentage of scrap reused in it a...
by gxaustin
24 Jun 2020, 10:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Roof mounted racks ??? - Best choice
Replies: 36
Views: 774

Re: Roof mounted racks ??? - Best choice

I try to carry bikes internally. I often have to choose between dropping the saddle or removing the front wheel though because the wheel arch is in the way. (The front wheel goes.) If mounting on the roof i find its much more convenient if your car has longitudinal roof bars built in. I've always fo...
by gxaustin
24 Jun 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying Advice sought for Road Bike
Replies: 19
Views: 579

Re: Buying Advice sought for Road Bike

If you can hang on for a few months I bet there will be some bargain second hand bikes around come winter when all those who cycled during lockdown find out what its like to cycle in traffic and in the bad weather. Personally, I love disc brakes for winter riding. On mucky rides you can hear the rim...
by gxaustin
24 Jun 2020, 10:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Accurate method of micro adjustment to saddle height?
Replies: 10
Views: 425

Re: Accurate method of micro adjustment to saddle height?

Abbey Tools make "Fit Kit" not related to the old Fit Kit.
A repeatable saddle setup fixture.


It's $150!! and you'll use it a few times a year, maybe once and never again.

On another thread someone is rueing the cost of BBs at £23!
by gxaustin
24 Jun 2020, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cheap external cup bottom brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: cheap external cup bottom brackets

Probably 5000 miles is the best I've got, not bad if less than a tenner, and generally it has been the drive side bearings which have failed. Thus some 'used but good bits' come in handy at times to reduce chucking the whole item out. By way of contrast the Ultegra BB (push in) on my Merckx has don...
by gxaustin
15 Jun 2020, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Coventry eagle upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Coventry eagle upgrade

Could be the saddle
by gxaustin
15 Jun 2020, 12:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Inner tube sizes
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: Inner tube sizes

I have some tubes marked 19mm to 25mm. If that works then I think it's worth a try.
by gxaustin
15 Jun 2020, 12:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travelodge Kent accepts a bicycle in the room?
Replies: 9
Views: 457

Re: Travelodge Kent accepts a bicycle in the room?

About 3 years ago I got a room at a Travelodge for £19. A lot depends on how early you book. If its in Devon, on a holiday route, in the school holidays, you'll pay full price.
by gxaustin
10 Jun 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Man buying a "woman's" cycle (not step through) - any real difference?
Replies: 23
Views: 754

Re: Man buying a "woman's" cycle (not step through) - any real difference?

I ride a women specific frame. Compared to a racing frame it has what I'd dexcribe as Audax geometry - A bit higher stack and shorter reach. I like the 38cm bars - they are the same width as those fitted to my 1978 Falcon Olympic and my old Mercier. As for colour; it is matt black with grey and oran...
by gxaustin
8 Jun 2020, 9:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter bike?
Replies: 16
Views: 566

Re: Winter bike?

I ride only for fun but I do go out all year. I miss riding over Christmas week and a few days around New Year but managed about 1,300 miles during December to February, compared to 150-200miles a week at other times. I have a winter bike with good mudguards, a bigger saddle bag for spare clothes an...
by gxaustin
4 Jun 2020, 10:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do you think it's possible to adjust these caliper brakes enough to accomodate this new rim?
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Do you think it's possible to adjust these caliper brakes enough to accomodate this new rim?

I agree with PWA.
I've just fitted wider wheels on my bike and I just needed to slacken the cable a touch.