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by zenitb
22 Apr 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 10
Views: 364

Why not buy new ?

One option is to look at a new bike - at least this way you will know you are not inheriting the problem of worn out components that you would have to replace ? The Flat White seems to be the cheapest proper touring bike available new ? £430 notes list price but I see it discounted on the web... htt...
by zenitb
15 Apr 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'zero reach' stem for 1.1/8 steerer
Replies: 23
Views: 617

Re: 'zero reach' stem for 1.1/8 steerer

Correct me if I'm wrong. If a dropped 'bar bike had zero reach, would it handle correctly? With the stem pointing forwards it gives stability as your hands would be forward of the steerer. Could you in theory put the stem on backwards and there would be zero effect? Somehow I think not. Or am I wro...
by zenitb
15 Apr 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'zero reach' stem for 1.1/8 steerer
Replies: 23
Views: 617

Re: 'zero reach' stem for 1.1/8 steerer

Hi All, Thanks for all your replies. .. zenitb: Acor Double Bracket - I've not heard of that before and it won't probably fit my 1.1/8 steerer but will keep in mind as I’ve used stem extenders on other A-head stems before and that bracket might be a slightly lighter solution. Hi BRG..to clarify the...
by zenitb
13 Apr 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'zero reach' stem for 1.1/8 steerer
Replies: 23
Views: 617

Acor / Satori bracket/riser ?

I use an "Acor double bracket" riser on my tandem to modify the handlebar position of my stoker - if angled backwards this could give you a zero reach stem ? Try searching ebay for "Acor Double Bracket" and you should see the one I have. Searching for "satori angle riser&quo...
by zenitb
3 Apr 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic disc brake differences
Replies: 10
Views: 16652

Re: Shimano hydraulic disc brake differences

there is a shimano document that explains in detail which rotors (with different track widths) go with which calipers. The photo above of M396 caliper shows a bleed tube attached to the bleed nipple. The allen screw is simply a blanking plug for a cross-drilling, not where the tube is connected. Th...
by zenitb
3 Apr 2019, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic disc brake differences
Replies: 10
Views: 16652

Re: Shimano hydraulic disc brake differences

Super informative post as usual from you thelawnet. The pad compatiblity is particularly useful and I never realised there were wide and narrow rotors !!! One other practical difference I would like to point out is the bleed screws. On the caliper the Deore and up brakes have a plastic/rubber cap yo...
by zenitb
1 Apr 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6267

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

just looking at the Ryde (formerly Rigida) website and see that they don't do the Sputnik in 26" (559) any more. The similar rim would be the no eyelet Andra 30. https://www.ryde.nl/rims-search--4-0-0-- Whats wrong with the Ryde 559 ZAC19 as used by taylor-wheels.de? Umm... looks like the Zac ...
by zenitb
31 Mar 2019, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cleats
Replies: 24
Views: 2172

Re: cleats

just to let you know i got connected,thank you to all for your help & advice its much appreciated PATIENCE,sat on bike held onto wall & practiced in & out on the pedal Great news !!! Clipping in/out is really hard to describe on an online forum .. it ..just ... happens (once you have do...
by zenitb
31 Mar 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3000

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

Nothing wrong with the older Viking tandems that a little bit of upgrading won't fix. i'd recommend an electric hub conversion next, just to smooth out the hills!! You still get a beneficial workout by using 'pedal assist' only mode. vtandem.jpg Whoa..thats pretty much our model Viking tandem but i...
by zenitb
30 Mar 2019, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3000

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

One way to reduce the maximum stresses on the bottom bracket and final drive chain is to run the cranks out of phase. We do this on our touring tandem as it smooths out the power input when thumping a fully loaded tandem up a hill. With the cranks in phase up a steep hill, we can hear the water slo...
by zenitb
30 Mar 2019, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3000

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

.... FWIW finding a rear bottom bracket assy that will last any length of time at all in a tandem (with a crossover drive and a strong crew) is a real problem. A significant difficulty is that the rear bottom bracket spindle sees about three times the torque than would be seen in a solo. Often the ...
by zenitb
30 Mar 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3000

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

In the dim and distant past I raced tandems with, I would allow, some success. We tried just about every drive set up you can think of to get the best out of our effort but settled on a pair of 44 chainrings running with a 3/32 8 speed chain. The cranks were set with a 2 tooth advance on the pilots...
by zenitb
30 Mar 2019, 1:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset
Replies: 60
Views: 6907

Re: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

wow!!!! and here is me thinking I was a gear hoarder!! Tell us what you’ve got! how about this.. bear in mind this particular stash is just for one bike .. my ride to work Cannondale... there are similar stashes for my tandem, mtb, Galaxy road tourer etc.. This bike has a very rare quill 1 1/4"...
by zenitb
28 Mar 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cleats
Replies: 24
Views: 2172

Re: cleats

not having much joy,i have even adjusted the spring tension of the binding,stupid question-what about the shoe,does it have to be spd shoe or can you use any. Looks ok to me..mtb shoes can "guide" the cleat a bit I suppose..but what you have should work..especially if you have backed off ...
by zenitb
28 Mar 2019, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset
Replies: 60
Views: 6907

Re: Rotor 1x13 hydraulic groupset

Where will it all end? I dunno; it is already considerably more bonkers than I ever expected it to be.... :wink: It’s fair to say I have officially bailed out: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img923/4799/5ycJec.jpg That stash of cassettes added up to less than half the price of a single Rotor casse...