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by Greystoke
13 Sep 2019, 6:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Towards Blissful shifting; what about older mechs?
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: Towards Blissful shifting; what about older mechs?

My commuter bike which i cycled to work on again today has worked flawlessly for years with the 5 speed SIS system :D
by Greystoke
30 Aug 2019, 6:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service
Replies: 23
Views: 8873

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service

Interesting info thanks Brucey. The SA 3 speed with 2 cogs seems much more reliable an option.....and cheap.
by Greystoke
29 Aug 2019, 5:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service
Replies: 23
Views: 8873

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service

That's very kind of you Brucie, thanks. But all the new SA 5 speeds seem to have issues so I thought about Shimano as an alternative.
by Greystoke
28 Aug 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service
Replies: 23
Views: 8873

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 maintenance/service

I was going to fit a 5 speed SA hub but it seems unlikely now until someone makes a decent gear changer.
So what's the best sensible Shimano igh? There's lots of different ones available.
by Greystoke
20 Aug 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6601

Re: What3words

It's just dumbing stuff down again, like measuring area in football pitches, volume in Olympic swimming pools, height in Eifel towers etc when there is a perfectly good metric system in place.
by Greystoke
20 Aug 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6601

Re: What3words

If you get a word wrong you're miles out....flawed system trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
by Greystoke
20 Aug 2019, 4:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6601

Re: What3words

What if one party is dyslexic

People have successfully using long lat for ages....why change?
by Greystoke
6 Aug 2019, 7:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Can you fit a front pannier rack to suspension forks

There's two ways to do this, the easy way which mounts the rack to eyelets at the bottom of the fork and then clamps round the fork. EBay sell these. However this adds the weight in the wrong place and adds to the unsprung weight. The better way to add a front rack is so it's suspended. Tubus used t...
by Greystoke
31 Jul 2019, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old rubber - out of date? dangerous?
Replies: 10
Views: 1699

Re: Old rubber - out of date? dangerous?

A pal & I went cycle touring on some nice old touring bikes and some fast descents produced smoke and little stopping power from very old brake blocks. For what they cost replace them....we did!
by Greystoke
30 Jul 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano
Replies: 57
Views: 6184

Re: Touring Groupset - Dear Shimano

When I was a lad my new touring bike had 36/52 up front and a 6 speed 14-28, that was a touring bike and an improvement over the touring bike I toured Scotland on with 42/52 and 5 speed 14-28

The point is you can tour on anything but I now need much lower gears!
by Greystoke
28 Jul 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack
Replies: 4
Views: 1546

Re: Front rack

Looks like one that fits onto the brake bosses which are not very strong. Ok if you don't overload it.
by Greystoke
22 Jul 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fit - change from mtb to tourer with drop bars
Replies: 27
Views: 1905

Re: Bike fit - change from mtb to tourer with drop bars

Home made welded additions onto flat bars to make bullhorns works well for me. I have ergo grips in the normal place as are brakes and gear levers, then bullbar additions
by Greystoke
22 Jul 2019, 9:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Repeated close passes by driver on commute
Replies: 44
Views: 7339

Re: Repeated close passes by driver on commute

That same woman when talking to the policeman he said "don't answer that" she replied "it's important"...... :shock:
by Greystoke
22 Jul 2019, 5:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Repeated close passes by driver on commute
Replies: 44
Views: 7339

Re: Repeated close passes by driver on commute

Anyone see last weeks cyclist scurge program? They showed a policeman riding a bicycle in full yellow police gear. He was stopping motorists (with police motorcyclist) who passed too close, the highway code says 1.5m clearance.
by Greystoke
17 Jul 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How important is familiarity in choosing equipment?
Replies: 20
Views: 2344

Re: How important is familiarity in choosing equipment?

Well I'm still on 5 & 6 speed freewheels :shock: