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by flat tyre
29 Jun 2020, 9:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 261
Views: 4265

Re: Antisocial cyclists

I haven't seen one of these threads for a while!
by flat tyre
21 Jun 2020, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 280

Re: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

I've got one bike with 5800 11sp groupset and another with R8000 11sp. I have to say that the R8000 is a huge improvement over the 5800 particularly as far as the front derailleur set up and operation is concerned. Really? I’ve found the opposite. It takes two minutes to nail an FD-5800 or similar....
by flat tyre
20 Jun 2020, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 280

Re: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

Thanks for replies. I think maybe I might just spare myself the bother and stick with the 5800 FD on the 5800 groupset bike! I tend to agree that the R8000 looks a bit like a watchmenders nightmare, it does however in my experience seem to give more flexibility with chainring/cassette ring extreme c...
by flat tyre
20 Jun 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 280

Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

I've got one bike with 5800 11sp groupset and another with R8000 11sp. I have to say that the R8000 is a huge improvement over the 5800 particularly as far as the front derailleur set up and operation is concerned. The 5800 is a bit of a pig to set up and no matter how hard I try there isn't much fl...
by flat tyre
16 Jun 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just one of those days
Replies: 26
Views: 891

Re: Just one of those days

The first incident could have been avoided by you taking a strong primary position to block the overtake until past the oncoming cyclists, at which point you can move in to let the following vehicle overtake.
by flat tyre
31 May 2020, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching 1-2kg of Extra Weight to a Racing Bike
Replies: 32
Views: 994

Re: Attaching 1-2kg of Extra Weight to a Racing Bike

As one of the effects of the lockdown due to no cafes being open and cycling alone I decided to carry more "stuff" with me. I have fitted a carradice saddle bag and mounting bracket on my lightweight summer road bike. The naked bike weighs about 8.2 kg and the saddlebag plus bracket weighs...
by flat tyre
29 May 2020, 10:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedals hit front wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Pedals hit front wheel

It's quite common for the toe of the shoe to touch the front wheel and isn't necessarily a problem provided that your bike fit is correct and the bike has been assembled correctly. I have this on some of my bikes, particularly as I prefer to have my cleats fairly well back. Unless something is very ...
by flat tyre
23 May 2020, 11:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike sales
Replies: 37
Views: 1377

Re: Bike sales

Five minute wonder in my view, once the traffic and weather returns to normal all these would be cyclists will be back in their cars.
by flat tyre
20 May 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Healthy food/snacks suggestions
Replies: 66
Views: 2028

Re: Healthy food/snacks suggestions

Peanut butter sandwiches, preferably made with homemade sourdough.
by flat tyre
11 May 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long run?
Replies: 63
Views: 2475

Re: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long r

I've got rim brakes on my bikes and I'm generally quite happy with this. At the moment they are easy to maintain and consumable spares are easy to obtain. One thing that does concern me though is the availability of replacement rims. I'm doing a fairly high mileage so usually need a new set of rims ...
by flat tyre
9 May 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2045

Re: Mudguards

It seems to be very difficult to buy a new bike with mudguards now. We get a lot of new riders in our club who have just purchased a snazzy looking thing from the cycle shop. After a few outings they realise that if you want to ride all day in this country the roads are more often wet than dry so th...
by flat tyre
8 May 2020, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Injury whilst mounting my bike
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: Injury whilst mounting my bike

Don't you hold the handlebars steady with one hand and cock your leg over the saddle?
by flat tyre
5 May 2020, 9:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Corona ride mishaps
Replies: 62
Views: 2856

Re: Corona ride mishaps

I clipped a small piece of wood lying in the road and found myself flat on my back on the road with severely damaged and unrideable bike. The piece of wood had somehow caught in the spokes and went round and jammed behind the front forks. I had to phone Mrs FT and persuade her to make a non-essentia...
by flat tyre
3 May 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lockdown cycling kit assessment - need a revamp
Replies: 21
Views: 888

Re: Lockdown cycling kit assessment - need a revamp

I don't bother with those mini pumps, waste of time and space on the bike, I either take a frame fit pump (zefal) or 3x CO2 bulbs plus injector, but not both, usually CO2 bulbs for summer bike as I'm less likely to get a puncture. I've had 3 occurrences in 55 years of cycling that have left me stran...