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by zenitb
17 Feb 2019, 7:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )
Replies: 36
Views: 1464

Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

Got some pyros coming in the post... Been playing with various ideas, worst case they’ll go back on eBay... I suspect they’ll be very good for me, slight concerns: - theft - expect depth of toebox - potential wear at rear of shoe You went for it Bob - Great - Best of luck with this. Did you use tha...
by zenitb
10 Feb 2019, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 75
Views: 3424

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

I am a bicycle brutalist. My bikes look awkward and gawky with mis-matched brands and colours and are plastered with reflective tape, spoke reflectors, unfasionable saddles, multiple lighting systems and lashed on bike locks. My kids are horrified but when I get on the bike and ride the pleasure is ...
by zenitb
9 Feb 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 75
Views: 3424

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

... Great post thelawnet. You have triggered a "feeding fenzy" of comments taking the mick out of this mad sounding groupset...which has been great fun to read. Part of me feels uneasy slating something I haven't cycled yet though...I remember laughing at Shimano's original £80 SPD pedals...
by zenitb
9 Feb 2019, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 75
Views: 3424

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

scottg wrote:.....

The kit is way too expensive for CTC users, notice no 7 speed wireless option.

..very good Scott..!!!!

:-) :-) :-)
by zenitb
5 Feb 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

Historic solution..

http://www.oldbike.eu/museum/1905-2/190 ... oot-brake/

..although would you want to take a foot off the pedal in an emergency??
by zenitb
4 Feb 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2294

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed no so good

ZenitB : thanks this is very useful to know that the Sunrace cassettes 12t-32t : 8 speed, are available. Cheers Graham...there is also a (budget) Shimano option..unplated but probably the same cogs... (see pic)..about the same price as the Decathlon/Sunrace option. It looks like 8 speed ain't dead ...
by zenitb
3 Feb 2019, 10:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2294

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed no so good

I recently bought a 7-speed cassette with a useful spread 14 - 32 . Even more recently I bought a 8-speed 11 - 32 , gradually realising that the 7-speed had the better spread of gears. . Yes..I have the same problem..compounded by the fact that my "classic" Shimano 105 hubs (FH-1056) will...
by zenitb
1 Feb 2019, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spiked Tyres for 650B
Replies: 18
Views: 1504

Re: Spiked Tyres for 650B

Hope you got out in the end Robaix....great day for studded tyres today :D (my old PD-M324 SPDs jammed with snow though...:-( ) Alas, I have entirely missed what will probably be the only really snowy week of the winter by being away travelling with work. I would have enjoyed chuckling at the usual...
by zenitb
1 Feb 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 12-speed
Replies: 38
Views: 2867

Shocked !!!!!!!

Slight update on this, it's a bit of an embarrassment for SHimano, as they have no hubs or cranks still, and they might never get them. https://www.pinkbike.com/news/shimanos-new-xtr-drivetrain-still-isnt-available.html ... The much-vaunted 'scylence' hub is useless and has been cancelled: ... This...
by zenitb
1 Feb 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spiked Tyres for 650B
Replies: 18
Views: 1504

Re: Spiked Tyres for 650B

Hope you got out in the end Robaix....great day for studded tyres today :D

(my old PD-M324 SPDs jammed with snow though...:-( )
by zenitb
31 Jan 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Islabikes new bikes for the elderly
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Islabikes new bikes for the elderly

I'm not convinced about the 1X transmissions. I would rather see a double chainset. This allows for closer ratios and less chance of the chain coming off at the front. ..... Ian I have a 1x SRAM GX groupset (on my MTB) and the chain has NEVER come off - and this includes two full days at Bike Park ...
by zenitb
30 Jan 2019, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: fixed frame with big clearances
Replies: 22
Views: 1916

Surly Cross Check ?

Surly Cross Check is maybe another option (with rim brakes) ? https://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check "...Tyre Clearance: Fatties Fit Fine (FFF) stays and our beautiful slope-crowned custom fork provide room for tyres up to 700c x 42mm, or about 700c x 40mm with mudguards. Largest possible tyr...
by zenitb
24 Jan 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 45
Views: 1873

Taylor Wheels and SJSC options both good

The Taylor Wheels £45 dynamo wheel I bought has lasted 10,000 miles/4 years of muddy all-season canal commuting with no re-trueing. It has 36 spokes and has a proper Ryde Zac box section rim so is a step up in quality from the Decathlon single wall rim. I am about to cycle home from work with it as ...
by zenitb
16 Jan 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium bars - 3 year life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Nothing lasts forever ..

Ok a seatpost not a handlebar, but this is after almost 25 years of use. Saddle slowly reclined on me on a steep hill ...then simply dropped onto the road!!!! Fairly thick aluminium seatpost but I guess fatigue takes its toll in the end. I am worried about the alu seat tube of the 25 year old bike n...
by zenitb
14 Jan 2019, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice for 26" Day Touring/Semi-slick Tyre ?
Replies: 20
Views: 657

Re: Advice for 26" Day Touring/Semi-slick Tyre ?

From personal experience (riding my 26"-wheeled commuter for 18 years): Conti Sport contact, available in 1.3" and 1.6" widths. Have found them to be fast-rolling with good puncture resistance. 1.3" is wide enough for rough roads and ride comfort. I run mine at 60-65psi for comf...