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by mountainman531
1 Jun 2017, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres, tubes and brake clearances
Replies: 4
Views: 2627

Tyres, tubes and brake clearances

I've run 700 x 25c tyres for years but I recently decided to try a 700 x 28c Shwalbe Marathon Plus which is also marked 28 x 1.10, 28-622. I used Schwalbe inner tube which is marked as suitable for 700 x 18 to 700 x 28c and the rim is a Mavic Open 622 15C.

I pumped the tyre up hard using a Revolution mini track pump and within a few seconds there was a loud bang and the tube had pushed the tyre off the rim and there was a 3" -4" gash in the tube. My initial thoughts are that the tube is not of a large enough diameter, it looked small inside the tyre. I think it was stretched too much, it's claimed size range seems to be too ambitious. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I had been using this tube with the 25c tyre with no problem.

Also I'm using Shimano deep drop dual pivot brakes which work well on this rim with 700 x 25c tyres but with the 28 one brake pad only just misses the tyre whilst the other just catches and both are at the bottom of the slot on the caliper. I could be tempted to trim the edges of the pads with a Stanley knife unless there's a good reason not to?
by mountainman531
18 Mar 2017, 5:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FFCT Semaine Federale
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: FFCT Semaine Federale

Thanks for that, I'll give it a try.
by mountainman531
18 Mar 2017, 2:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FFCT Semaine Federale
Replies: 3
Views: 326

FFCT Semaine Federale

I have been looking on the FFCT website http://sf2017.ffct.org and it says that you can register and submit applications to attend online but I can't get any further than that and it would be helpful to have the English version. Has anyone else had this problem?
by mountainman531
4 May 2016, 10:47pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Recovery time when getting older
Replies: 29
Views: 2425

Re: Recovery time when getting older

I'm 58, in June I will be 59. I do Bikeability cycle training in schools and I cycle to schools whenever I can. Mostly the furthest school away is 10 miles but I try to put a loop in after work and make it up to 30. Yesterday I did 36 miles, today 37. I don't work in the school holidays so then I go out on longer rides. Sometimes I ride with my local CTC group and this year I've already got some 80 - 100 mile rides in. I'm not a racer but I'm not slow either and so far I don't feel any more tired than I ever did. I think that keeping going helps, there have been several reports that if you cycle regularly you are 10 years younger than your actual age so really I'm just a young whippersnapper!
Two of my club cycling mates are 70 and they can do the mileage on clubruns no problem and they ride midweek too, it's great what you can do given the time.
by mountainman531
4 May 2016, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle pump.
Replies: 63
Views: 4483

Re: Bicycle pump.

Edinburgh Bicycle co-op do a Revolution which is like a mini track pump, I've had one for years and i use it for all my pumping, I have found that I just don't need a full size track pump anymore. It's probably about £20 but sometimes they have a sale. As for any kind of pump failing to get up to pressure try taking the gromits apart and apply literally a drop oil, it acts as a sealant and prevents air under pressure escaping.
by mountainman531
4 May 2016, 6:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Semaine Federale
Replies: 0
Views: 453

Semaine Federale

It's been nine years since I last went to the Semaine Federale and since then I have heard rumours that the FFCT planned to limit the numbers attending. Does anyone know if they implemented this?
by mountainman531
1 Apr 2016, 5:45pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: why I would give away my children's inheritance?
Replies: 28
Views: 1827

Re: why I would give away my children's inheritance?

The letter asking for a bequest went straight into the bin as I'm sure it did for many other members too.
by mountainman531
1 Apr 2016, 5:40pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: CTC now recruiting a new Membership Officer
Replies: 15
Views: 1207

Re: CTC now recruiting a new Membership Officer

Surely they are recruiting for "Cycling UK" whatever that may be.
by mountainman531
4 Mar 2016, 10:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 1560

Re: Car Insurance

It is wise to check out things like Insurance, gas and electricity suppliers. As for the internet, it is wise to check out exactly what you are getting before jumping. If you go to www.cable.co.uk/guides you will find out what the ISP's are really offering, or not as the case may be. It is better to make an informed decision rather than listen to sales talk and maybe pressure!
by mountainman531
27 Feb 2016, 9:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 1560

Re: Car Insurance

Thanks for jogging my memory Paul and Gaz, it was indeed carinsurance4cyclists.
I have just saved £45 against the quote from my present insurers with better terms and conditions, result!
by mountainman531
26 Feb 2016, 10:34pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Do we need a new Cyclists' Touring Club?
Replies: 64
Views: 3562

Re: Do we need a new Cyclists' Touring Club?

AUK is closer to the traditional aims of the Cyclist's Touring Club than "CTC", whatever that means, is.
They have well organised and attended rides, offer free 3rd party insurance and have a magazine which is more akin to "Cycletouring" than the present "Cycle" is.
Of course their longer rides are a bit further than most would consider to be touring.
I am not an AUK member, just making an observation of the present state of play.
by mountainman531
26 Feb 2016, 10:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 1560

Car Insurance

I don't know where else to put this on the Forum.
A few months ago, probably on cycle clips, there was a link to a firm offering cheaper car insurance to cyclists. I can't remember the name of the firm but I wondered if anyone had got a quote or taken out the insurance?
by mountainman531
23 Dec 2014, 11:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best tyres for European road tours
Replies: 24
Views: 1885

Re: Best tyres for European road tours

Like many I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus, I like the almost total resistance to puncturing, I haven't noted any difference in comfort and as for rolling resistance Chris Juden commented recently in "Cycle" that as a tyre wears the rolling resistance decreases, that seems to make sense as there is less compound to drag. As for having a lighter tyre on the front consider this: your rear wears faster than the front and at some point you can swap them around to even the wear out but you will need the tyres to be the same.
by mountainman531
23 Dec 2014, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ceramic chainrings
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Ceramic chainrings

Thanks for the replies guys, I think I will stick with Zicral, sometimes you just have to pedal hard!
by mountainman531
22 Dec 2014, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ceramic chainrings
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Ceramic chainrings

I have noticed that Stronglight do some ceramic chainrings, has anyone tried these? Are there any problems with them and are the worth the difference in price? I presume that there is no problem mixing them with, say, Zicral chainrings on a triple chainset and that they fit a standard alloy spider.