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by Greystoke
19 Mar 2019, 7:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: drop bars that split in the middle
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: drop bars that split in the middle

PM sent.....I think :!:
by Greystoke
18 Mar 2019, 6:50am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Sunree Head Leds.
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Sunree Head Leds.

Cold weather kills led head torches. I have had a few attached to my cycle helmet, sub zero cycling temp kills them.
by Greystoke
18 Mar 2019, 6:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scotland by bike summer 2020 - travelmate wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Scotland by bike summer 2020 - travelmate wanted

I cycle toured in Scotland in May/June. We soon learned to pitch the tent high up enough, away from water and in the wind.....spray deodorant kills any midges in your tent.
by Greystoke
18 Mar 2019, 6:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: drop bars that split in the middle
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: drop bars that split in the middle

Anyone know where you can buy 22.2 dia drop bars?
by Greystoke
13 Mar 2019, 5:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Windy
Replies: 42
Views: 2442

Re: Windy

This morning 6am standing on the pedals, low gear, head down, 4mph :shock:
4pm going home same stretch of road top gear, legs like cartoon legs, briefly 32.4mph :D
by Greystoke
13 Mar 2019, 7:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Windy
Replies: 42
Views: 2442

Re: Windy

This is my 3rd day cycle commuting into really strong headwinds/cross winds in Lincolnshire.
It's no fun, the trees & hedges don't offer protection this time of year.
by Greystoke
13 Mar 2019, 6:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from flats to butterfly bars
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: Converting from flats to butterfly bars

MarkusT makes a valid point, the brake position is closer to you than before and very narrow.
I considered these type of bars and the above changed my mind. You could fit the brakes on the sides which would be more stable but combined brake/gear levers probably won't work.
by Greystoke
12 Mar 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 56
Views: 3616

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

Well I have 3 sets of 26" wheels, noting spectacular but still serviceable for a long time yet.
by Greystoke
11 Mar 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What have the Reynolds ever done for us? A weigh-in
Replies: 26
Views: 1792

Re: What have the Reynolds ever done for us? A weigh-in

I wouldn't change my 531c touring frame by putting sti shifters or anything like that on it.
by Greystoke
11 Mar 2019, 7:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 108
Views: 4598

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

I think 70miles a day is too far. 30-40 can be hard work in hilly terrain with a loaded bike.
Others have suggested a more local UK tour first, this will give you a better idea of what you're capable of.
by Greystoke
11 Mar 2019, 6:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What have the Reynolds ever done for us? A weigh-in
Replies: 26
Views: 1792

Re: What have the Reynolds ever done for us? A weigh-in

As I read this post and the linked post, the weight of a gas pipe frame and 531 frame are similar.
However a good 531 frame is a joy to ride....mine is anyway, as it flexes and absorbed bumps.
by Greystoke
2 Mar 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 56
Views: 3616

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

26" wheels (new metric not imperial) are, or were, the long distance touring standard.
Is or has this now changed? If so to what? 700c, 650b?
by Greystoke
1 Mar 2019, 6:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is considering a sub-compact chainset a good idea? And if so is round or oval best?
Replies: 13
Views: 1378

Re: Is considering a sub-compact chainset a good idea? And if so is round or oval best?

I'd work out what top gear you can comfortably run, you may find you don't use your current top gear.
Then size your big chainring to that and freewheel down hill.
by Greystoke
1 Mar 2019, 6:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer RX-RD5 problems
Replies: 19
Views: 1292

Re: Sturmey Archer RX-RD5 problems

From reading all the related sa 5 speed posts it would appear that the sa gear shifters are poor in design and responsible for most hub failures.
What's the alternative?
After market shifter?
Friction? (Brucey has covered this before)