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by LinusR
5 Aug 2020, 11:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainset Replacement of FSA Comet 386 BB30 42x27T
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Chainset Replacement of FSA Comet 386 BB30 42x27T

Thanks, Brucey, I was wondering whether changing just the chain and cassette may help and have them on the way so will be trying them. As to my main question though, would the chainset replacement I suggested be OK? Even if I don't change it now it'd still be really useful to know if my thinking is...
by LinusR
5 Aug 2020, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainset Replacement of FSA Comet 386 BB30 42x27T
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Chainset Replacement of FSA Comet 386 BB30 42x27T

I had my Boardman MTB HT PRO 2011 serviced yesterday and was told I need to replace the drivetrain. I've sourced a new cassette and chain but and having issues with the chainset. Currently it has the FSA Comet 386 BB30 42x27T but finding one for sale is proving impossible. I have seen the FSA After...
by LinusR
3 Aug 2020, 9:35am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bivvi bags - advice please
Replies: 102
Views: 4638

Re: Bivvi bags - advice please

Interesting that in your entire trip you experienced no significant condensation issues. According to some reviews on the MW site, some seem to have. Can you account for this? I noticed the reviews about condensation but I thought I'd take a chance at that price. I can only think it was a combinati...
by LinusR
3 Aug 2020, 9:26am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bivvi bags - advice please
Replies: 102
Views: 4638

Re: Bivvi bags - advice please

Actually, zero condensation over three nights out. I was sleeping on a shingle beach less than 50 metres from the sea and there was a gentle breeze all the time. I didn't seal the bivvy bag but left a large opening for my breath to escape, just covering my head with the sleeping bag and liner. Bivvy...
by LinusR
2 Aug 2020, 11:32pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Bivvi bags - advice please
Replies: 102
Views: 4638

Re: Bivvi bags - advice please

I'm thinking about a bivvy weighing less than half a kilo (perhaps this one https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/bivy-bag-p13634.aspx/khaki/ ). Just a quick update on this since my original post. Obviously things changed since early March and so did my travel plans. I eventually went with the above bi...
by LinusR
27 Jul 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Cycle trail (day-out) networks?

The New Forest has a concentration of linked off-road cycle routes suitable for ordinary family bikes. Are there other such locations around the UK where I can centrally camp with a radiating network of day-out traffic-free trails? Thanks. Chris I stayed at the New Forest YHA in February and enjoye...
by LinusR
26 Jul 2020, 7:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Narrow men's cycling shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 404

Re: Narrow men's cycling shoes

geomannie wrote:
I note that with Sidi shoes you are advised on Chain Reaction to up-size by one size. Any idea why? Is it perhaps because they are narrow, or because their sizing is short? Thanks if you know.


I wear Sidi size 46 - same as I wear for other shoes. No idea why CR is suggesting that.
by LinusR
22 Jul 2020, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim tape, bent spoke, puncture!?
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Rim tape, bent spoke, puncture!?

* I normally run about 20-30psi (2.15" tyre) but I think this was more than that as they had it a bit high. Parked up after returning and overnight it was flat, so pumped up and took to different puncture repair place. Wondered if they had put too much air in it, so ran less on this time. That...
by LinusR
14 Jul 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pumps, a list of the good uns based on your findings.
Replies: 94
Views: 2360

Re: pumps, a list of the good uns based on your findings.

Zefal HPX http://www.zefal.com/en/traditional-pumps/32-hpx.html Best frame pump I've ever used. I could not recommend any mini pumps, unfortunately. I have a Blackburn Airstik Anyvalve mini pump which I just about tolerate. I have a Joe Blow track pump for home use which is excellent. I have an Airs...
by LinusR
14 Jul 2020, 10:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke length question
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: Spoke length question

I recommend you measure the ERD for yourself. Last wheel I built the ERD in the spoke calculator spreadsheet was wrong. How would you measure the ERD? Piece of string with a nipple-sized knot on one end then mark the corresponding point (with some difficulty) as it emerges from the hole at the oppo...
by LinusR
12 Jun 2020, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Avid BB7 MTN - New Pads
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Avid BB7 MTN - New Pads

I believe all the BB7s are the same. The pads come in asymmetric pairs. That is, the in board pad differs from the outboard. The BB5 uses a smaller. pad. I use the resin pad from EBC https://ebcbrakesdirect.com/mountain-bike/avid/juicy-carbon/10000049#
by LinusR
12 Jun 2020, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gravel Bike Tyres
Replies: 30
Views: 802

Re: Gravel Bike Tyres

I don't want anything too huge. It has 28c tyres at the moment I use 32mm Schwalbe Durano Raceguard (non-folding) on my CX bike for general riding including gravel paths. They are similar to the Gatorskins - virtually slick - and are good in the dry on gravel and very good for grip on wet tarmac. T...
by LinusR
11 Jun 2020, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do I shorten my chain? Vote now!
Replies: 20
Views: 573

Re: Do I shorten my chain? Vote now!

Have you checked the mech hanger is not bent?
by LinusR
10 Jun 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Carrera Kraken 2020 vs Voodoo Bantu

Hello, new to the forum and planning on upgrading from a broken £200 Decathlon Rockrider to a better bike, which should make a world of difference considering my main area is in the moors of the Peak DIstrict, on and off road. After ringing around local shops to check stock, which there isn't a lot...
by LinusR
8 Jun 2020, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swapping a 28 to a 32 sprocket
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Swapping a 28 to a 32 sprocket

For every extra two cassette teeth, add a single chain link. To go from 28 teeth to 32 is an extra 4 teeth. That is an extra two chain links. Note that this means an extra pair of links - one inner and one outer. (Some people regard that as being one link, presumably as it's the least that can be a...