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by hayers
6 Jan 2020, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork crown race fitting
Replies: 22
Views: 646

Re: Fork crown race fitting

Maybe just open out.the hole in the adapter by polishing with emery cloth or wet and dry paper until the fit's ok. (Or adjustable reamer if you have one) Wouldn't touch the fork - hard to put material back on! Btw calipers will normally under-measure internal diameters by a fraction due to the finit...
by hayers
22 Dec 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer
Replies: 18
Views: 769

Re: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer

Are you looking at CF to reduce weight, or improve comfort? For me, I'd not bother for the weight (as likely only equivalent to a water bottle at most) but would consider for comfort - which obviously depends on the specific forks (st and cf). If possible try same bike with the cf forks - best way t...
by hayers
7 Dec 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Asthma Inhalers
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Asthma Inhalers

Only been using for 6 months or so, but I have gained the same impression. Asked the nurse last week and was told should be ok until it's noticeable that there's nothing being squirted out with the propellant. Will count the doses when I next start a new one to be more scientific.
by hayers
22 Oct 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?

andrew_s wrote:
Dean Heritage Centre, Lower Soudley (might be the place @hayers meant by Littledean - it's a couple of miles away)


Ah yes, you're right.

The museum is well worth a trip - took the kids in the summer - they were interested as were we
by hayers
21 Oct 2019, 9:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?

The Old Station Cafe at Tintern used to be nice but it's changed hands and now run by a chain, also may shut for the winter. I think the previous people now run the cafe at the dean forest museum in littledean - nice and seems to be frequented by cyclists - bit further out of bristol though - but s...
by hayers
21 Oct 2019, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: any good tea stops in the 'Avon' area?

Farm shop at wooton under edge does great bacon / sausage baps - fuel for the hills!

The Hewelsfield and Brockweir community shop / cafe is always a nice stop - either before heading further into the Forest of Dean or looping back to the bridge.

+1 for the Berkley tea rooms
by hayers
1 Oct 2019, 6:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are some colours out of favour?
Replies: 30
Views: 1275

Re: Are some colours out of favour?

Although clothing comes in fashionable colours, it's a pity that bikes and components are always(?) in no colour at all .................. black. I understand that anodising is cheaper and easier than polishing and lacquering aluminium so it's nice shiny bling, but why black? Why don't they anodise...
by hayers
26 Sep 2019, 8:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: M5 pannier rack holes, M6 frame mounts
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: M5 pannier rack holes, M6 frame mounts

I think that's non ideal as the M5 bolt will potentially damage the threads in the frame (esp if Aluminium) but if steel doubt that's too likely. The nominal crest diameter through the M6 thread is 5mm, so the M5 bolt will pass but only just. Any risk to threads would be reduced if you can find a bo...
by hayers
18 Sep 2019, 12:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why many rear racks no longer triangulated?
Replies: 54
Views: 2205

Re: Why many rear racks no longer triangulated?

FWIW I don't like riding with unladen racks on; they always make a noise and I think they are aerodynamically pretty draggy too. I'm surprised that no-one seems to have made a properly aerodynamic rack, with aero-section legs. cheers It seems they have! https://www.tailfin.cc/product/pannier-racks/...
by hayers
23 Aug 2019, 8:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: London Bike Fitter
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: London Bike Fitter

Think you will be lucky to find such a beast - bike fitting is generally aimed at "sporty" riding on a road bike. Take a look at the notes linked on Colin 531's signature - I followed that advice with great success a few years back after a bike fit got me a setup which felt great for a fas...
by hayers
16 Aug 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will a 60 cm frame be much difference to a 58cm frame?
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Will a 60 cm frame be much difference to a 58cm frame?

The size is frame is relatively immaterial: what matters is the seat tube angle - measured from horizontal, you need a lower number so the saddle is moved back. Though as noted above, a layback seatpost may get you there with the current frame.

Edit: just realised pwa said all this...
by hayers
12 Jul 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Creaking handlebars – Nitto Noodle Mod. 177
Replies: 49
Views: 4480

Re: Creaking handlebars – Nitto Noodle Mod. 177

I doubt it would do any harm, but also doubt will affect the creak as assuming there's nothing wobbly loose, there's still a high pressure in the joint, so likely slip-stick behaviour would persist (I am not an expert in tribology so happy to be corrected here!) Personally, I would, depending on ste...
by hayers
9 Jul 2019, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom gear - will I feel the difference
Replies: 38
Views: 1249

Re: Bottom gear - will I feel the difference

I don't think I can replace just one ring, as per Shimano's specs for the derailleurs, like I said. You might find it works - converted my 105 chainset from 50/39/30 to 50/39/26 and works ok despite shimano's warnings to contrary. That said, the jump's quite big from the 39 to 26. I understand keep...
by hayers
8 Jun 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Stupid idea #134......
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Stupid idea #134......

Probably so long as the ropes stay tight. But why???
by hayers
3 Jun 2019, 11:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: River Parrett crossings
Replies: 17
Views: 1144

Re: River Parrett crossings

Thought I'd follow up - used the a39 in and a38 out of bridgewater - not lovely, but ok to ride - drivers ok -and got in and out of the town quickly compared to other options (part of a long day so that was important). Stopped in Tart cafe in N Petherton - posh but friendly, and told us space for bi...