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by amediasatex
22 Jan 2019, 9:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless for a Single Speed?
Replies: 22
Views: 516

Re: Tubeless for a Single Speed?

IIRC the rear clearance (depending on how the chain is adjusted) on a 'flyer' is small. If you run mudguards then I suspect that a 23mm (or perhaps 25mm tyre) is as big as you can go. ... That depends on the generation of Flyer, the recent ones (2017 onwards) had their clearances incresaed in line ...
by amediasatex
17 Jan 2019, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: a nasty surprise for someone....?
Replies: 60
Views: 2390

Re: a nasty surprise for someone....?

Hmmmm............ My new Spa Wayfarer Disc tourer (have I mentioned it before?) also has fittings for cantilever brakes on the frame should someone want to swap away from discs. Or need to rig emergency brakes should the discs fail when on tour. Leaving aside the issue of suitable rims, and recalli...
by amediasatex
14 Jan 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: a nasty surprise for someone....?
Replies: 60
Views: 2390

Re: a nasty surprise for someone....?

Hmmmm............ My new Spa Wayfarer Disc tourer (have I mentioned it before?) also has fittings for cantilever brakes on the frame should someone want to swap away from discs. Or need to rig emergency brakes should the discs fail when on tour. Leaving aside the issue of suitable rims, and recalli...
by amediasatex
14 Jan 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: a nasty surprise for someone....?
Replies: 60
Views: 2390

Re: a nasty surprise for someone....?

The real question is: Did they lose both pads from one brake, or one pad each from both brakes? Enquiring minds need to know... Had a hairy situation on an audax before xmas, one of my friends has had a few issues with her brakes over the last year or so (TRP cable/hydro hybrids) so was used to havi...
by amediasatex
12 Jan 2019, 9:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good average speed to aim for??
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: A good average speed to aim for??

Average speed is a function of both rider and route and weather.

X kph with a tailwind is a very different proposition to into a headwind, likewise on a flat loop Vs. a hilly one.
by amediasatex
11 Jan 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 30
Views: 4566

Re: Off road history.

Same here, looking forward to the book!
by amediasatex
10 Jan 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2402

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Not to mention that you might be able to get up a hill in a high gear, by grunting and pushing hard, but what about the next hill? and the next one? Could you still do it 4 hours later with another 60-70miles in your legs? I have heaved my single speed (70GI) up one of our local hills that I, and ma...
by amediasatex
10 Jan 2019, 9:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2846

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

They pop up from time to time 2nd hand and very occasionally as ‘new old stock’. I’ve got a few old sets and all still working fine some 30 years on. How do you treat them to keep them working well? Any lube? How do you stop the innards corroding? Almost nothing, I have never had any issues with do...
by amediasatex
9 Jan 2019, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2846

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

They pop up from time to time 2nd hand and very occasionally as ‘new old stock’. I’ve got a few old sets and all still working fine some 30 years on.
by amediasatex
9 Jan 2019, 5:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2846

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

Campag don't make them any more? What speed were they last made for (10s/9s)? Dunno, 8s? The indexed* Campag ones were made right up until 10 speed, I have a couple of sets fitted to bikes, one actually shifting a Campag derailleur over a C10speed cassette, the other set are shifting a Suntour VX o...
by amediasatex
8 Jan 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3580

Re: How much for a decent bike?

I...but I know that when I get my weight down to 69kg and my mileage up (usually by mid-summer) the performance gains are far more noticeable than any changes I've ever made to my equipment. While true, I feel compelled to point out that 'performance' does not necessarily mean 'faster', there are m...
by amediasatex
8 Jan 2019, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3580

Re: How much for a decent bike?

I try and do it myself and that's not successful I go straight to YouTube, where a visual guide is 100x more effective... I think both have their place. For visual learners youtube is an excellent resource for learning how to do some things, providing someone has produced a video covering your need...
by amediasatex
8 Jan 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3580

Re: How much for a decent bike?

If you buy a current top of the range technically advanced bike then bits of it may well be out of date in 5 years, be that from changing standards or dropped support for particular proprietary components. But in the mainstream and lower end models there is very little that will go out of date that...
by amediasatex
8 Jan 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3580

Re: How much for a decent bike?

We have drifted somewhat from the original question... as a reminder it was: So, how much (if price is a general guide) should you have to pay for a bike of a particular type (MTB, road etc) assuming it's not for anything specialized and/or is not going to get very heavy usage. And is it worth payin...
by amediasatex
7 Jan 2019, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3580

Re: How much for a decent bike?

I am a bicycle (and bicycling) addict and I'm happy to admit it, I own far more bikes than is reasonable by any sensible measurement. Some of them are old, some are new, some were cheap and some certainly weren't. In the grand scheme of things though where people lease or buy brand new cars at incre...