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by amediasatex
7 Jul 2020, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting mudguard - close clearance?
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Fitting mudguard - close clearance?

I have that feature on a couple of frames but do not use it because I found if the mudguard is fitted directly to the boss then the front of the mudguard is pressed towards the tyre. You're supposed to form an angled indent into the guard for that kind of mounting to keep the guard in line with the...
by amediasatex
29 Jun 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty 531 frame
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Rusty 531 frame

Rust cares not for who built a frame, but only who looks after it.

If your son only bought it a couple of years ago then most of the damage was probably accumulated (unseen) under the previous owner.
by amediasatex
26 Jun 2020, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer SRF3 hub crunching & slipping.
Replies: 19
Views: 573

Re: Sturmey Archer SRF3 hub crunching & slipping.

I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but you should always contact the retailer first as its them you have the contract/relationship with, and often they will replace faulty items and deal with getting recompense from the supplier or manufacturer themselves later. A good retailer will sort all your...
by amediasatex
20 Jun 2020, 7:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Thanks for the build list, amediasatex. Interesting that you didn’t use bladed spokes even on your fastest wheels. Any particular reason? You might be interested in some new drag testing of hub dynamos, covered here. The Shutter Precision models didn’t test as well as I had expected. I think I’ll s...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Very nice indeed - can I ask what the rack and front bag are? The rack is a Nitto M18 and the bag is a Gilles Berthoud "Alex Singer Mini Bag" https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop/components/bags/berthoud-alex-singer-mini-bag/ The Singer bag is an excellent little thing, just big enough fo...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

I am curious and might not be the only one. Doesn’t have to be hugely detailed to be useful. For example, I’ve never heard of the fast front tyre, and the stem on the audax build is unusual. Audax/Plodder 54cm Spa Audax Titanium 54cm frame Soma Champs-Elysees fork (65mm offset, 380mm A2C) Velo Oran...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Do you Audax on them? If so which or both? I did on the 52cm when it was built up originally in a more in-betweeny guise, but I was also using it regularly for club runs and training rides which is what lead to buying the other one and the diverging builds. The 54cm is a more recent build and since...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 11:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

The 'more racy' one is especially interesting because I think most people, wanting to build that sort of bike, wouldn't start from there! But you have and it clearly suits you. Racy might be the wrong term, but a faster but still comfortable road bike that I'm happy to take on the chaingang as well...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Love them both, amediasatex. Interesting choices throughout! They’re unquestionably built by a connoisseur. Haha, thanks, I think 'fussy bugger' is a better description than connoisseur but I'll take the compliment ;-) The main point to note I think is how versatile and varied you can be from a com...
by amediasatex
19 Jun 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2918

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

As some will already know I'm a big fan of my Spa Auadx too, and I found it to be an extremely versatile frame, I've used it on everything from super-speedy chaingangs, to long plodding audaxes. The only problem I found was that I was always messing around and wishing it was 'more audaxy' on the lon...
by amediasatex
29 Jan 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa audax mono
Replies: 16
Views: 1045

Re: Spa audax mono

And if one nut is slightly too long and one slightly too short, then take the long one and file a bit off until it’s just right.
by amediasatex
15 Jan 2020, 12:46pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6508

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

What I tried to put forward was the argument that ALL road users have a responsibility to be a tad visible. A simple idea! All well and good, except that there will always be road users that do not do this, whether they be sheep, cow, fallen tree or human being. And given that is the case you have ...
by amediasatex
15 Jan 2020, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6508

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

The motorist is, understandably on a cycling forum, the bogeyman. I think this is unfair, firstly most of us on here are motorists at some point or another, secondly I would say the same on any social forum. You also need to appreciate that cyclists are in a fairly unique position of experiencing o...
by amediasatex
14 Jan 2020, 2:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6508

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

However I do not think 30 or even 40 mpg on a double width B road is unreasonable given straight vision and decent conditions. On a straight road with good visibility it might be reasonable, but in such conditions visibility of obstacles isn't an issue for a carefully observant driver. But throw in...
by amediasatex
14 Jan 2020, 12:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6508

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

People drive into fallen trees! Indeed they do, why is that? My point is that they shouldn't drive into fallen trees, cows, sheep, or people. To do so means one of 3 things has happend: 1> driver not looking < terrifying, and best addressed with driver behaviour changes because if they're not looki...