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by rotavator
28 Jul 2021, 11:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Extremely low gears
Replies: 64
Views: 1376

Re: Extremely low gears

AliK wrote: 28 Jul 2021, 11:09pm Please can somebody clarify why balance may be a problem as presumably it isn't when these 50/52T are used on mountain bikes? or is it?

Or for that matter on a bike with a Rohloff hub (if I've understood various articles correctly)?

I would have thought balance would be easier based on the logic that at the moment if I go one or two gears up from my lowest gear it is then much harder to balance. ie my balance gets worse the higher the gear is. Or am I not understanding exactly what people are meaning by balance??
1. On a MTB with 1x gearing, 34T chainring, a 50T sprocket and a 29" dia wheel, bottom gear would be ~20 GI, i.e. slightly higher than some touring cyclists would propose, myself included.
2. With a Rohloff hub low gears are easily obtained by choosing the right combination of chainring and sprocket. However, after experimenting, I have found that a bottom gear of 17-18 GI is about as low as I want to go. With a lower gear I find it hard to maintain a straight line which is not a good thing on a busy road. With a heavy load on board there might also be a tendency to keel over or lose ones balance. I would rather get off and walk up really steep hills; I count it as a blessed relief rather than an admission of defeat!
by rotavator
28 Jul 2021, 6:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lôn Las Cymru - Llanwrthwl - N'bridge on Wye
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Lôn Las Cymru - Llanwrthwl - N'bridge on Wye

honesty wrote: 28 Jul 2021, 3:33pm
Not seen the suspension bridge path into Rhayader, where’s this compared to the signposted path?
Here is a screen grab from Cycle travel. You can see the bridge marked near the bottom of the map. It crosses the Afon Elan close to its confluence with the Wye.
SN 965 657
by rotavator
27 Jul 2021, 10:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rigid fork replacement for 2003/4 Gary Fisher MTB?
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: rigid fork replacement for 1994 Gary Fisher MTB?

If you decide to get a rigid fork, you need to match the axle to crown distance to keep the geometry similar; measure it when the suspension fork is lightly loaded. Also measure the steerer's width and axle OLN length before you go hunting for a suitable replacement.

Also decide:
Do you want to keep your existing brake? This would be a good time to switch if you are not happy with your current front brake.
Do you want/need eyelets for attaching mudguard or rack?
Material/s?
Colour? But you are unlikely to have much choice
Maximum tyre width that you want to fit.

Check out Surly and https://www.carboncycles.cc/index.php to get an idea about what is available.
by rotavator
24 Jul 2021, 11:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 691
Views: 19289

Re: How's your weather?

A bit cooler, breezy and much more pleasant today in North Wales but still no rain so I will have to continue watering the garden. I am now motivated to get on with some chores....
by rotavator
21 Jul 2021, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650B Wheelset recomendations for Diverge e5 Aluminum
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: 650B Wheelset recomendations for Diverge e5 Aluminum

I have no direct experience of Hunt's wheels, however, some very dissatisified customers have posted on the yacf forum and that has put me off them. For that kind of money I would suggest getting some built by hand. I had some built by Spa recently and they have been fine so far.
by rotavator
21 Jul 2021, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim snapped off
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Rim snapped off

Assuming you have a common wheel size and are not averse to buying second hand, I suggest going to your local council's recycling facility and check what they have available. I have seen decent, usable, complete bikes on sale for £50 or less at mine and they also sell wheels.
by rotavator
16 Jul 2021, 5:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lôn Las Cymru - Llanwrthwl - N'bridge on Wye
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Lôn Las Cymru - Llanwrthwl - N'bridge on Wye

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I think you will be fine as long as you have widish tyres and look out for nettles on the sides. I rode most of it two weeks ago apart from the stoney section at the north end.

I found the suspension bridge near Rhayader to be a bit too narrow but it would be easier if you don't have panniers or you took them off and carried them across separately. It is "interesting" but I would take the long route around next time.
by rotavator
9 Jul 2021, 2:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Pricing
Replies: 41
Views: 1226

Re: Campsite Pricing

FWIW I have stayed at four campsites in Wales in the last fortnight and three charged £10 pppn and one charged £7 pppn. I would say that all were good value but I will probably avoid the cheapest one in future because there were no flat pitches except those reserved for DoE parties and the showers were dirty and decrepit.
by rotavator
5 Jul 2021, 4:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate dangerous driving.
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: Deliberate dangerous driving.

I reckon some people see cyclists as irritating scum (or choose your own expletives) who do not deserve to be on the road, cycle path or quite possibly alive. To illustrate my point, along the promenade at Rhos on Sea there is that rare beast, a dedicated cycle path for a few hundred yards, between the road and a wide footpath. Unfortuneately the cycle path is roughly patched tarmac so you have to cycle really slowly unless you have fat tyres and/or suspension. One day I was cycling along the road and a white van driver slowed down and hurled some abuse basically telling me to use the cycle path. So a few days later on the same route I used the cycle path and I had to stop while a family got out of the way and the irate father asked me "Well why don't you use the road?" You cannot win basically.
by rotavator
4 Jul 2021, 10:38am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Llanidloes B&B recommendation
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Llanidloes B&B recommendation

Having just completed another mini-tour through Wales, Holyhead to Abergavenny, with camping gear on board and struggling on some of the ascents, I am thinking of shedding some weight and using B&B or cheap hotels on my next trip, may be Craven Arms-Llanidloes-Aberystwyth-train to Criccieth-Caernarfon-Holyhead. There are Premier Inns in Aberystwyth and Caernarfon so they are easily sorted but I would like a recommendation for a reasonably priced, bike friendly, hotel or B&B in Llanidloes please.
by rotavator
4 Jul 2021, 10:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 691
Views: 19289

Re: How's your weather?

Cool and cloudy with the threat of more rain in North Wales.
by rotavator
3 Jul 2021, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat Pedals vs Clipless
Replies: 51
Views: 1904

Re: Flat Pedals vs Clipless

Darkman wrote: 3 Jul 2021, 11:43am Do the flat/pinned pedals wreck your shoes?
I have been using pinned flat pedals (DMR V8s) on one of my bikes for about a year with Specialized shoes and there is not any major damage visible on the soles yet. Incidentally, MTBers rate shoes by 5-10 because they give excellent grip on pinned pedals so I think I will get some of them next time round. There is plenty of discussion on which are the best shoes for flat pedals on STW website forum.
by rotavator
23 Jun 2021, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI Levers v Bar-end shifters
Replies: 53
Views: 2088

Re: STI Levers v Bar-end shifters

nsew wrote: 23 Jun 2021, 12:32pm It tidies up the cabling which presents a more positive gear engagement. Like this
Did you post the wrong photo?
by rotavator
23 Jun 2021, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat handle bar recommendation
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Flat handle bar recommendation

I am looking for a flat handlebar but I am not having much success so I would like some recommendations please. Specifications are:
1. Colour: silver
2. Stem clamp diameter: 31.8 mm
3. Grip diameter: 22.2 mm
4. Grip length minimum: 2 x 200 mm
5. Back sweep ~8-13 deg
6. Little or no up sweep
7. Material: Al alloy or Ti

Thorn's "Fat Flat Track" is the right shape and size but is the wrong colour:
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/ ... 0mm-black/

I have a Nitto B840AA at the moment but I am not comfortable on it.
by rotavator
18 Jun 2021, 9:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How many crashes this year?
Replies: 23
Views: 1143

Re: How many crashes this year?

None this year thankfully. The last one was in September: a face plant into a peat bog near Loch Garten :lol: