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by Cyckelgalen
21 Sep 2020, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ryde rim; ERD fairy tales
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: Ryde rim; ERD fairy tales

But isn't Ryde the same, only renamed, venerable Dutch company Rigida that has produced for decades some of the most reliable and highly acclaimed rims for loaded and expedition touring? Their Sputnik and Andra 30 models became the rim of choice for many experienced tourers that built and specced th...
by Cyckelgalen
8 Sep 2020, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?
Replies: 65
Views: 2445

Re: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?

Yes, but Tiagra 4703 is a road groupset with a 30-39-50 triple crank, too high gearing for loaded touring. As for the drop bar market, it may be on the rise with the increasing popularity of gravel bikes. I never understood why American touring bikes tend to have drop bars whereas most premium Germa...
by Cyckelgalen
8 Sep 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?
Replies: 65
Views: 2445

Re: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?

Triple crankset continue to be standard on many mid-range touring bikes, like tne Trek 520 mentioned upthread, Kona Sutra etc. Typically they come with the so-called trekking crankset, 26-36-48. The Sutra has moved to a 3x10 drivetrain as Deore was upgraded to 10 speed. I own the previous generation...
by Cyckelgalen
5 Sep 2020, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?
Replies: 65
Views: 2445

Re: Gears: are 3x setups extinct?

I think X1 systems make sense for mountain biking, for cycling off road in highly variable terrain and gradients where quick reaction and rapid shifting is crucial. For non-competitive road cycling I cannot see any benefits apart from the simplicity of the set up. I run 3x9 and 3x10 systems in two t...
by Cyckelgalen
19 Aug 2020, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano compatible long cage derailleur
Replies: 12
Views: 492

Re: Shimano compatible long cage derailleur

I run a Sora long cage rear mech with a 36T sprocket and it works, even though the theoretical maximum capacity is just 32T.

As for fitting a long cage to a short cage mech, doesn't tnhevlong cage need to be paired with a slightly stronger spring to maintain the same chain tension?
by Cyckelgalen
6 Aug 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore XT M785 hub
Replies: 15
Views: 467

Re: Deore XT M785 hub

But undoing a hub is normally not an issue, what is crucial is being able to adjust it properly with the correct preload. And these new hubs are more faffy to adjust correctly.
by Cyckelgalen
6 Aug 2020, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits

I would give it a shot. Most likely, the longer cage requires more tension from the spring but it may still work adequately.
by Cyckelgalen
6 Aug 2020, 12:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore XT M785 hub
Replies: 15
Views: 467

Re: Deore XT M785 hub

[quote="Cyclewala"]Have serviced both front hubs back to back I can say the M785 is much easier to work with than the M756. Sorry to disagree but I think exactly the opposite, the M756 is a lot easier to adjust that any new hubs with locknut-axel cap. I mean adjusting properly, that is, al...
by Cyckelgalen
6 Aug 2020, 12:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: Sora and Alivio - testing the limits

I run the previous Sora 3500 triple groupset with a 12-36 cassette. The 36T cog exceeds Shimano's recommendations for the rear mech but it works OK. Shimano's recommendation tend to be rather conservative I believe.
by Cyckelgalen
5 Aug 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar ends inboard of brake levers
Replies: 42
Views: 1483

Re: Bar ends inboard of brake levers

Brucey's reply is totally accurate. The bar end shifters are Dura Ace and the brackets Sun Race, which can be purchased separately as a spare IIRC.
by Cyckelgalen
5 Aug 2020, 1:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide dureable rim suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 628

Re: Wide dureable rim suggestions

Ryde Andra 40 are the widest of the Andra range, 25 mm wide and good for tyres up to 69 mm according to the manufacturer.
by Cyckelgalen
29 Jul 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Repurposing old bike parts
Replies: 21
Views: 1524

Re: Repurposing old bike parts

Hi Brucey, I ruled out the small pumps mounted on drills because of their very limited flow. I would need to use a pipe/hose of one or two inches diameter to fill a reservoir of around 1000 litres. Those little pumps are not up to the task, if would take ages and they wouldn't last long pumping regu...
by Cyckelgalen
28 Jul 2020, 3:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Repurposing old bike parts
Replies: 21
Views: 1524

Re: Repurposing old bike parts

Rather than bike parts, I'd like to repurpose a whole bike to power a manual water pump of some sort to water my garden from a nearby pond. Last time I looked into it I didn't find any suitable affordable pump, only a rather costly commercially produced pump that had been developed as an aid to subs...
by Cyckelgalen
28 Jul 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar ends inboard of brake levers
Replies: 42
Views: 1483

Re: Bar ends inboard of brake levers

Sorry, I missed the point that you were aiming at straight bars rather than drops. I also favour bar end shifters for their durability, simplicity and ability to choose index or friction modes. The Gevenalle shifters offer all those advantages over regular STIs while allowing more comfortable shifti...
by Cyckelgalen
28 Jul 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar ends inboard of brake levers
Replies: 42
Views: 1483

Re: Bar ends inboard of brake levers

Gevenalle make drop bar levers with bar-end type shifters "grafted" onto them. Have a look...

https://www.gevenalle.com/product/audax/