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by David Cox
18 Jan 2019, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tribulations
Replies: 48
Views: 1509

Re: Tubeless woes

Thanks as always for a very informative thread thought I'd share my limited experience so far. I got some new wheels for a road bike in May and decided to try tubeless after a friend recommended them.(I don't usually go for innovations - still not got discs). Rims are Mavic open pro and tyres Mavic ...
by David Cox
17 Dec 2018, 5:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Weldtite Tyre Sealant
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Weldtite Tyre Sealant

I've used Weldite with some success on Schrader valves as a get me home measure. I did get a very good repair on my Brompton once and kept the tube inflated for some weeks. I changed my commuter bike to Schrader valves for this reason. On presta I did get home once with low pressure but it was much ...
by David Cox
16 Nov 2018, 11:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corky mirror
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Re: Corky mirror

I've been very pleased with B and M mirrors in the bar ends on dropped handlebars. I've also used those little Zefal mirrors with rubber straps onto other bikes (e.g. a Brompton with stubbies) but couldn't get on with that folding Zefal mirror. I also have a B and M bar end mirror on a stalk with a ...
by David Cox
24 Aug 2018, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Classic Frame Builder Wanted
Replies: 45
Views: 2776

Re: Classic Frame Builder Wanted

Great thread really interesting and well informed as usual..Hope the OP gets what he wants. Agree about getting measured up to your current requirements. My bikes have changed a lot over the years partly to reflect aging not sure that a replica of my first good bike would fit me now.
by David Cox
1 Jan 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: about to buy Dyno hub & light
Replies: 49
Views: 2101

Re: about to buy Dyno hub & light

I've got a system like this and am very pleased with it and also a SON dynamo on a "work bike" But even so I'm not sure I'd rely on it at 30-40 miles an hour on unlit lanes. I also have a very bright Leyzne headlight giving a longer range beam when its very dark.
by David Cox
29 Nov 2017, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice - yes off road, I (and many others) had an MTB clog up completely on the Hell of the North Cotswolds. Had to take the shorter route after many de-clogs, at the end the chain was scraped back to the metal (and then some) and the bins at the cafe/control seemed to contain a few r...
by David Cox
29 Nov 2017, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Update : The new SKS curved guards look good and give better clearance BUT a combination of a particular consistency of autumn Worcestershire mud coming off the fields combined possibly with the poor mud shedding properties of Michelin Pro 4 Endurance 25 mm tyres still leads to a quick build up of m...
by David Cox
31 Oct 2017, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BIG neoprene overshoes - recommendation please
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Re: BIG neoprene overshoes - recommendation please

I've used BBB ones for some years. They go over bulky boots and have worked well.
by David Cox
31 Oct 2017, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Many thanks for the Forum members' good advice on this. Ben (Venture Bikes), who built the wheels originally, replaced the spoke and trued the front wheel. I did one ride in the rain without the front mudguard and the oversize down tube did a good job of deflecting/collecting spray and mud! I have n...
by David Cox
23 Oct 2017, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Yep I have the original Secure Clips from Esge days and haven't seen the other sort. SKS website is useful where you can hover over such details. I think I am going to carry my mudguard remnant on a pilgrimage around bike shops until I can see one that offers more clearance.
by David Cox
23 Oct 2017, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice - always amazed at what a great resource this forum is. You post a query at 11.00pm and there are really useful well informed responses by the time you wake up ! The releases were the standard SKS ones which I've used for years (I think they manufacture was taken over by SKS a ...
by David Cox
22 Oct 2017, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2331

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice in this thread. My Etape is 8 years old and has done a lot of miles with SKS square section mudguards. But I switched from 23 mm to 25 mm Michelin Pro 4 Endurance tyres a while ago which means more comfort but less clearance. At the back I have had to dislodge mud on occasion d...
by David Cox
29 Sep 2017, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a standlight a legal requirement?
Replies: 24
Views: 953

Re: Is a standlight a legal requirement?

PaulS I absolutely support you in going back to Ridgeback - stand light is what I would expect in a dedicated commuter bike nowadays. That said having commuted for 40 years across Birmingham I still carry two complete sets of lights and usually have a flashing LED plus a dynamo with standlicht on my...
by David Cox
20 Apr 2017, 11:39am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Biobank Research on Health Benefits of Cycle Commuting
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Biobank Research on Health Benefits of Cycle Commuting

This story got a lot of coverage this morning which I am pleased about because I was rounded up for the first BioBank data sample. A bunch of over 60's given a battery of tests on a whole floor of one of Birmingham's many office blocks - some obviously available for short term rent! They found I had...
by David Cox
20 Apr 2017, 11:29am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Simvastatin & Balance?
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: Simvastatin & Balance?

Just seen this thread. I've been on 20 mg for a year. It has brought my cholesterol down which given family history I am pleased about. They started me on the other brand (probably Rosuvastatin?) which promptly ruined a holiday by giving me a whole bunch of cold symptoms (sore throat runny nose etc ...