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by zenitb
20 Sep 2020, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for a heavy rider
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Bike for a heavy rider

The Ortler looks eminently sensible to me - chunky looking tyres and wheels - and a good price considering the mudguards, dynamo lighting and rack are all included. I like the look of the adjustable stem as well - should help you get a nice comfortable riding position. German/Austrian hybrid bikes a...
by zenitb
18 Sep 2020, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which dynamo front wheel would be best to buy for my sons 26" wheel bike
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Which dynamo front wheel would be best to buy for my sons 26" wheel bike

I got a 36 hole Taylor Wheels dynamo wheel about 8 years ago (Shimano 3n20 on ZAC2000 rim)for just over £40 and used it for about 10,000 (?) miles of all year commuting over 5 years or so plus a bit of touring. Absolutely zero issues with the wheel - still true now so great value. Given the mileage ...
by zenitb
14 Sep 2020, 5:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3314

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

....................My opinion is that every battery light I've used has given me little-to-no confidence that: i) I will be seen by cars ii) I'll be able to see where I'm going at speed in the dark, and iii) The batteries won't run out at some inopportune time and leave me in the dark................
by zenitb
12 Sep 2020, 1:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1372

Raleigh 501 tubed MTB from same era...

The early fully rigid steel mountain bikes were actually better for off-road touring than current MTBs in some ways. You could mount panniers on and there were none of the complications of suspension forks. These photos are of me off-road touring around 1990 with a steel Raleigh 501 framed MTB (&quo...
by zenitb
12 Sep 2020, 12:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shock absorbing handlebar tape.
Replies: 17
Views: 624

Re: Shock absorbing handlebar tape.

If you buy the pukka padded Specialized bar tape it comes with a layer of Gel you put underneath it - see pic. This absorbs the road shock. 20181027_165918(1).jpg I got some nice wide Richey bars as well - for me nice wide bars are more comfortable .. (48cm I think) YMMV...and I used a stem lifter t...
by zenitb
8 Sep 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 12 Speed Conversion
Replies: 12
Views: 432

Maybe go 11 speed instead ?

Totally agree with thelawnet's super comprehensive post above.. because of the complication of 12 speed requiring a new hub (Shimano Microspline or SRAM XD) a 1x12 conversion is not really economic in my mind. One more cost effective option to consider though is going 1 x 11. This has the advantage ...
by zenitb
5 Sep 2020, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Weinmann Brake Shoes Arrow
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Weinmann Brake Shoes Arrow

Hi Rob
It's the direction the rim is travelling when it passes the pads..so, yes, forward :-)
by zenitb
22 Aug 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Circe Helios
Replies: 25
Views: 865

Re: Circe Helios

JD Tandems have got a good video up on Vimeo showing the KHS Sausage Dog.

We have a similar interest in "low stepover" tandems so it would be great if you could let us know what you get....

https://vimeo.com/287345446
by zenitb
22 Aug 2020, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wigan to Southport
Replies: 11
Views: 386

OpenCycleMap ?

Did you check Open Cycle Map ?

https://www.opencyclemap.org/

OCM.JPG
by zenitb
10 Aug 2020, 10:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 1868

Simpler times...

There is even a more sporty Galaxy available .. the "Cromo"..
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2020

Perhaps a nod back to simpler, mudguard free, Galaxies ...
by zenitb
10 Aug 2020, 8:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 1868

Not quite gone ... 2020 Galaxy ..

Not quite gone ... e.g. 2020 Ultra Galaxy (in steel) .. still quite a few other models on Evans website if you want one ... dawes-green-EV382104-6000-1.jpg 2020 ultra galaxy.JPG https://www.evanscycles.com/dawes-galaxy-cromo-2020-touring-bike-EV382103?wiz_medium=cpc&wiz_source=google&wiz_cam...
by zenitb
8 Aug 2020, 1:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi Folding bike - 6th August.
Replies: 15
Views: 969

Re: Aldi Folding bike - 6th August.

Is the Aldi a rebadged Freespirit Ruck/Orus? https://outlet.e-bikesdirect.co.uk/bikes/adult-bikes/folding-bikes/freespirit-ruck-unisex-folding-bicycle,-20-wheel,-7-speed---black?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl7r98JCK6wIVFeztCh1KxwlPEAQYASABEgLw8fD_BwE £380 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-Folding-Bike-20-W...
by zenitb
7 Aug 2020, 3:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem chains: using KMC missing links
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Tandem chains: using KMC missing links

I've used my spare quicklink on our tandem. I hadnt noticed the middle chainring was loose...although I should have realised because middle ring shifts were getting sketchey. Then the chain must have fallen between the large and middle ring and somewhere in the melee the quick link got ripped off, s...
by zenitb
30 Jul 2020, 1:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing a 2nd hand Triban 500SE
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Servicing a 2nd hand Triban 500SE

My Traban (540 I think) came with a pair of these. worth a look? https://www.decathlon.co.uk/aksium-race ... 31679.html
by zenitb
28 Jul 2020, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Under chain stay U brakes
Replies: 19
Views: 779

Re: Under chain stay U brakes

Key thing to check is that you are not using v-brake levers .. sounds like U brakes used the same ones as cantilever brakes used to use .. with a different leverage ratio. Sheldon Brown has a section on them that might be helpful ? https://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-u.html