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by scottg
16 Feb 2019, 2:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: Handlebar Tape

Am I the only one that is fine with the humble "black cork" tape for £6-7 every couple of years, without going in spending £25-40 in fancy bar tape twice a year?[snip] Won't pay 6 quid for tape that only lasts a couple years, what a waste. :wink: 2£ for a couple rolls on ancient stock Cat...
by scottg
15 Feb 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lynskey vaile
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Lynskey vaile

Has anyone got any views on the lynskey vaile touring bike frame. It's about half price at CRC. [snip] Cheers James Lynskeys are always on sale, that is their business model. Nice folks, quick on repairs. A friend cracked a chainstay, frame came back with both chain stays replaced with larger tubes.
by scottg
13 Feb 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 46
Views: 1786

Re: Handlebar Tape

The Lizard Skins tape has layers of different materials, the outer layer does wear off. The tape is meant to be wrapped without stretching, if stretched it wears faster (micro cracks). The above limits earn Lizard Skins tape the CTC tags "fancy" & "silly money" http://redkite...
by scottg
11 Feb 2019, 3:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 30
Views: 2063

Re: Google Maps

Oldjohnw wrote:
google maps is useful to know the position local amenities like Mcdonalds in towns


I could probably get through life without that knowledge.


Mickey Ds is a reliable source of large and clean wc,
important in France at least. The Mickey D wine
is a passable chain cleaner too. :)
by scottg
7 Feb 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 75
Views: 4027

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

The good bit, some cross compatibility between road and mtb parts, you can mix match like in the old 9 speed days, hooray. The kit is way too expensive for CTC users, notice no 7 speed wireless option. No AA batteries for battery packs, SRAM appears not to pay attention to CTC preferences. Neat bit,...
by scottg
1 Feb 2019, 1:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 12-speed
Replies: 38
Views: 2874

Re: Shimano 12-speed

Sram started promoting 1x gearing since they can't figure out how to make a front derailleur that works with their double tap shifters. :D Velo Orange or Rivendell should make new clangers, perfect for 1x users, who'd like to add a 2nd ring. Back when Britain made bicycles, 1x5 was all anyone needed...
by scottg
30 Jan 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Peloton - spin bike for those with money to burn
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: Peloton - spin bike for those with money to burn

It is not a real spin class with out 110db music and an
instructor telling you about their interpersonal issues
based on the latest self help fad.
by scottg
24 Jan 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...
Replies: 75
Views: 3955

Re: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...

PhilD28 wrote:Why not just get the frame repaired, any frame builder could sort that out very easily, even if it requires a new tube. Ellis Briggs, Dave Yates etc. just everyday work to these guys.


And they can braze in a kickstand/mudguard mount too.
by scottg
22 Jan 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?
Replies: 29
Views: 838

Re: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?

You need a Kashimax 5 Gold top tube protector, NJS certified :) .

http://www.velosolo.com/kashimax.html
CTC users use an old nappy and gaffer tape.

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by scottg
18 Jan 2019, 1:55pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: The Science of Cycle Helmet Safety
Replies: 50
Views: 1194

Re: If there is a multi impact helmet?

Really? I thought the helmet test they are built to hadn't changed in years. I thought helmet design was mostly fashion, maybe better ventilation and comfort, but I've never seen any maker claiming their helmet was any safer than any other helmet. There is independent testing of helmets, including ...
by scottg
13 Jan 2019, 11:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 36H road rims - long term prospects?
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: 36H road rims - long term prospects?

Not wanting to be a harbinger or doom, but do folk think that 36h rims will endure? Will it be the norm for less spoking in the future (I'm wondering whether to future-proof by buying 36H rims, or 32H hubs!) Or will 36h rims still be available, but only in low-quality/high volume bikes for BSO mark...
by scottg
12 Jan 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: real world difference - front lights
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: real world difference - front lights

I went from a Cyo to a Cyo Premium, now have an IQ-X

The IQ-X is a bit more uneven but has a longer throw.
by scottg
10 Jan 2019, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shiny silver rear touring hub
Replies: 28
Views: 1110

Re: Shiny silver rear touring hub

Have a look at Velo Orange hub, it has the advantage of being able to replace drive side spokes without having to carry chain whip etc. Plus its very shiny! and comes in 36 hole. Downside for me is the alloy body freehub - IMHO steel is necessary to prevent the sprockets digging in to the freehub. ...
by scottg
9 Jan 2019, 1:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2826

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

My '54 Claud has a d/t shifter for the glorious Benelux Tourist rear mech, and a rod operated Simplex front mech aka clanger. Shimano makes 10s d/t shifters, quite common on small builder rando bikes, Weigles and the like. Diversity in shifting is good for your, keeps your brain working. I have bike...