Search found 15 matches

by Jodel
16 Dec 2020, 1:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?
Replies: 99
Views: 2461

Re: What’s The Most useful Foreign Language?

I'd agree with a couple of points already made as they are quite pertinent. It's good to know the basics (hotel / restaurant encounters) in several languages, even if it just out of politeness. Learning whatever language you actually like / enjoy will make things a lot simpler. I can manage basic co...
by Jodel
9 Dec 2020, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Forks?
Replies: 20
Views: 942

Re: Which Forks?

hjd10, if you're anything like me then the thought of fork failure will gnaw away at your confidence. I had nearly a year off following my low speed encounter with a dog and I would rather stay upright. I'm no spring chicken and I now know that it takes a lot longer to heal when you are a bit older....
by Jodel
8 Dec 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Forks?
Replies: 20
Views: 942

Re: Which Forks?

I was recently in almost the same situation. I have a 2011 Specialized Tricross Sport which I've owned from new. It was subject to a recall (in 2012/13?) and had the carbon forks replaced with another set made from slightly heavier carbon fibre. My partner's 2011 Specialized Sirrus Comp also had the...
by Jodel
2 Dec 2020, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7 - 9 speed
Replies: 16
Views: 868

Re: 7 - 9 speed

I have no knowledge of Ridgeback, but I have used several different types of triple cranksets on my old Dyna-Tech M-Trax 600. I did have to use different axle length BB's though. The original Exage ES 7 speed transmission was replaced with an Alivio M411 - using a 113mm BB instead of 118mm. Next up ...
by Jodel
30 Nov 2020, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range

Brucey and others, thanks for your input and the information on these bonded frames. It had not occurred to me that the joints could potentially be suspect, but it makes perfect sense. I'm really reluctant to pension off my M-Trax 600, but I'm at an age now where I really don't want to take many (an...
by Jodel
30 Nov 2020, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range

Well, here was me quite happy with robustness of my old M-Trax 600. I hadn't considered possible weakening of the bonding of the tubes - now I have something else to worry about :) In addition to the M-Trax, I still have my early 1990's Dyna-Tech 755 race bike (lovely thing to ride BTW) which looks ...
by Jodel
29 Nov 2020, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Raleigh M Trax MTB bonded frame range

I still have my M-Trax 600 as my general hack bike. It has served me well although it's a bit of a 'trigger's broom' machine as many components have been replaced as a result of either wear or damage. I think I only got about 20K miles out of the first set of wheels after the rims wore through at th...
by Jodel
18 Nov 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Triple Deore mech on double chainset?
Replies: 16
Views: 604

Re: Triple Deore mech on double chainset?

Brucey raises some very good points. Some time ago, I wanted to replace the drivetrain - including front derailleur - on my old Dyna-Tech MTrax600 MTB. The bike originally came with a 7 speed Shimano Exage ES groupset. I replaced this with a 9 speed set-up and tried to use a Deore MTB front mech (so...
by Jodel
16 Nov 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seized: the death knell of a frame?
Replies: 20
Views: 949

Re: Seized: the death knell of a frame?

The best results I've had when trying to release seized components on bicycles, or anything else for that matter, has been with an air hammer / chisel or an air impact wrench. For seat posts, I've managed to free them off by bolting a solid piece of steel to the top then working away with the air ha...
by Jodel
15 Nov 2020, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11-36 a bit horrid?
Replies: 32
Views: 1272

Re: 11-36 a bit horrid?

We have 9 speed 11 - 32 on our solo bikes and 12 - 36 on our tandem (which has 46 / 36 / 24 chainrings). I've tried the 11 - 32 on the tandem too and it was fine, but I prefer the (slightly) lower bail-out gear I get with the 36. I find the gear spacing to be pretty good on both cassettes. The 11 to...
by Jodel
9 Nov 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road tyre recommendations for MTB & seat position advice?
Replies: 53
Views: 1441

Re: Road tyre recommendations for MTB & seat position advice?

I have an old Raleigh Dyna-Tech Mtrax 600 which is my main bike for use in winter. I used to have Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres on it (26" x 2") which were completely puncture proof, but weighed just shy of 1 Kilo each! I swapped to Schwalbe Marathon Supreme in the same size and they are ab...
by Jodel
9 Nov 2020, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daylight lights
Replies: 25
Views: 1071

Re: Daylight lights

I tend to use a flashing front / rear light most of the time now and I see many other cyclists doing the same. On my tandem, I fitted an 'accessories' bar clamped to the handlebars and I use it to mount 2 x led lights. I run these in flashing mode and it does make you a bit more noticeable to other ...
by Jodel
2 Nov 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched
Replies: 55
Views: 1603

Re: 25 Years Ago the most significant Windows operating system was launched

I still have two BBC Model B's in the attic, along with an Atari (for its Midi interface) all the iterations of Intel CPUs from the 286 onwards. Since stopping work, I haven't used Windows at all - my home PC's and laptops now all run Linux Mint Cinnamon. I just got fed up having to keep paying Micr...
by Jodel
27 Oct 2020, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 180
Views: 6052

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

thanks for all that - will try to digest (not as technical as you). I didn't know about the 11-36T 9 speed cassette but no matter, I prefer the 12-36, available at a decent price from Rose. In fact that 12-36T cassette means I can think of no good reason to go beyond 9 speed for general cycling. I ...