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by David9694
13 Oct 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10s chain cleaning - once more around the buoy
Replies: 4
Views: 150

10s chain cleaning - once more around the buoy

1. On or off bike? 1A if on - which device? 1B if off - how? 2. What cleaner/ de-greaser? 3. Pros and cons - how clean, how messy, how long, how costly? 4 for completeness - what lube? Any procedure has got to be not too much hassle as I’m less likely to do a procedure that is long and messy. I say ...
by David9694
10 Oct 2019, 7:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using different branded parts together
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Using different branded parts together

At this stage, it sounds like (I) give everything a really good clean and lube - you may find that under the gunge things aren’t as bad as they might have initially seemed (ii) you may find that new cables make a difference - a cheap and simple thing to do that doesn’t have knock-on effects. You’ll ...
by David9694
9 Oct 2019, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26583

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

I’ve never had a bike with disc brakes. I think I lose tyre traction long before the undoubtedly superior disc brakes could make any difference. Sorry, donkey.

Mr 10s rim braked, that’s me, I like to swap my components around freely.

Is this thread now a record?
by David9694
7 Oct 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur double-downshift problem
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Derailleur double-downshift problem

A common issue with indexed triples. How free-flowing in its casing is the cable? The video had the right idea, you should aim to eliminate slack when the mech is at rest on the smallest sprocket. Sounds like you’ve got your mech travel set right if you’re reaching 1 and 3 ok and without the chain f...
by David9694
7 Oct 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Spoke
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: Broken Spoke

Your EBay tool pick looks reasonable, you’ll need a good size adjustable or socket wrench too. Take a moment to work out how the chain whip goes. I’m assuming you’ve not done this before. It’s worth having a go as you’ll be half way ££ to a new wheel by the time your LBS has finished with you. The r...
by David9694
6 Oct 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 1999

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

Is there a good reason why the - ahem - “reinforcement plate” was left open at one end?

I'd leave it Where it is.
by David9694
6 Oct 2019, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 1999

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

My Genesis Equilibrium 853 is fillet brazed. I’m not an engineer but I do marvel at the strength of this type of joint, given how they’re done (the other guy on the 2015 Downland Cycles course went lugless and we both did practice joints). No gusset on my Spa Ti Audax - should I be worried?? We sure...
by David9694
5 Oct 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Gusset" under downtube
Replies: 67
Views: 1999

Re: "Gusset" under downtube

A picture would be good.

I’ve never seen this before. I note people seem to recognise it, but are you sure it’s not a repair to a front end shunt?
by David9694
4 Oct 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Greatest ever uk frame builder?
Replies: 96
Views: 8002

Re: Greatest ever uk frame builder?

apart from the frilly bits is there much difference between these bepoke frames and one that fits you and made of good quality tubes but off the shelf? seems to be boutique by another name. It's a bit like the Japanese Samurai tradition after a bit. Some frame builders are just better craftsmen tha...
by David9694
2 Oct 2019, 10:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike, advice please?
Replies: 8
Views: 371

Re: Which bike, advice please?

https://www.merlincycles.com/merlin-mal ... 14706.html

One to consider here although you may be looking for straight handlebars.
by David9694
27 Sep 2019, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike to go for (beginner)?
Replies: 13
Views: 549

Re: Which bike to go for (beginner)?

Thank you all for the comments, I am currently wrapping my head around the several options you presented. I think I really want to be on the road, so I probably think of taking a proper road bike. @David9694 : Yes you cant find it at Cycle Republic . Not bad for the price. Bottom brackets again : t...
by David9694
27 Sep 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Audax/Sportive bike - what defines this?
Replies: 17
Views: 666

Re: Audax/Sportive bike - what defines this?

Dynohub lights would be a clear marker

I’m not fit enough for Audax but I always think this stretches the design and set-up of the bike the most, I.e in all directions, speed, comfort, 28s, mudguards, some load carrying.
by David9694
26 Sep 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...what the best frame material is?
Replies: 15
Views: 810

Re: ...what the best frame material is?

Someone will be along in a minute to say that it's more than just the material that matters. Design, construction etc as well. I do agree with you though if we don't get complicated. My 531c frame and forks Raleigh is so nice but so are my Ti Planet X and the Carbon Planet X. “You may as well judge...
by David9694
26 Sep 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...what the best frame material is?
Replies: 15
Views: 810

...what the best frame material is?

I think 531c really hit the sweet spot back in the day - I still ride these. Closely followed by titanium - at a Spa price, not an Enigma or Lynksey price.