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by flat tyre
5 Dec 2020, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle

Thanks everyone for the replies and suggestions. I'll have a look at the chainring to see if I can identify which one is fitted.
by flat tyre
5 Dec 2020, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle

How worn are each of the chainrings and the chain? Bike, and hence the chainrings, has done about 15,000 miles. The chain has done about 1,500 miles. Chain ring looks ok. Only other thing is that I recall that the middle ring was replaced at about 7,000 miles with a Shimano branded replacement due ...
by flat tyre
5 Dec 2020, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle

Thanks for replies. I just went to check the derailleur alignment and it seems to be pretty well spot on and about 3mm clearance at the closest point when it passes over the big ring. The chain rings are the standard ones that came with the the crankset (pretty sure that they are 30,40, 50). May be ...
by flat tyre
5 Dec 2020, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Shimano 105 triple, front reluctant change up to middle

I've got Shimano 105 triple (10 speed) on one of my bikes. I'm finding that it's a bit messy when changing up from the smallest front ring to the middle. I don't think it's anything to do with the cable tension as I've tried to adjust this to solve the problem but it hasn't. At present if anything I...
by flat tyre
2 Dec 2020, 5:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hedge Clipping
Replies: 72
Views: 3382

Re: Hedge Clipping

Yes, I think they get paid according to the amount of mess they leave on the road with an extra bonus payment if a cyclist gets a puncture. :D
by flat tyre
11 Nov 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Starting a group ride
Replies: 14
Views: 709

Re: Starting a group ride

You could ask the local cycling clubs if they are considering arranging group rides on days other than Sundays, there are likely to be others who have similar time constraints as you do.
by flat tyre
11 Nov 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Even Mr Farage has a go
Replies: 36
Views: 2003

Re: Even Mr Farage has a go

The paying for road use argument is nonsense at every level, regardless of the terminology used. I have paid no "road use tax" for any of my last 4 cars, including my current one. You are making the mistake of engaging with his arguments. It isn't worth it. You have more rewarding things ...
by flat tyre
9 Nov 2020, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daylight lights
Replies: 25
Views: 1056

Re: Daylight lights

Isn't a hub dynamo going to be an expensive solution? I use daytime lights on flashing mode during the darker winter days, I woudn't like them helmet mounted as anything that adds weight to the helmet could get uncomfortable in my view. There are sets of lights by Cateye which are very good when mou...
by flat tyre
17 Oct 2020, 10:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Invisible indicators on new cars.
Replies: 121
Views: 3351

Re: Invisible indicators on new cars.

Yes! Been caught out a few times. I find the brighter headlamps or daytime running light are dazzling, which makes it more difficult to pick out the flashing indicator.
by flat tyre
15 Oct 2020, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 835
Views: 135778

Re: A positive thread

I have been puzzling over the last few days trying to work out how to fit my disc brake rotors onto some new wheels (it's part of my new bike build project). I had to admit defeat as none of my tools would fit on the securing ring (long boring technical description can be provided on request). So, r...
by flat tyre
13 Oct 2020, 5:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wall mounted work stand - any good?
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: Wall mounted work stand - any good?

I bought one, about £25 on eBay. It came with two wall brackets so I've got one installed just above waist height and one just about my eye level, it just slots in to the brackets so it's easy to move up or down. It's superb as I've limited space in my garage and I can do just about all maintenance,...
by flat tyre
7 Oct 2020, 5:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A Close Shave
Replies: 28
Views: 1842

Re: A Close Shave

I've been cycling for many years now and every now and again experience an "incident". I find it helps, regardless of who may or may not be to blame, to analyse the incident carefully after the event to see if there was anything I learned from it and how it could be avoided in future.
by flat tyre
20 Sep 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow cycling, bad experience
Replies: 163
Views: 3910

Re: Slow cycling, bad experience

The most obvious demonstrator for me is that there are roads I'll ride when I'm coming back tired from a long run that I rarely consider when I'm hauling 40Kg of shopping in a trailer. Manoeuvring across two lanes of 30+mph motor traffic whilst I'm climbing at 8-10mph to reach the right turn lane i...
by flat tyre
20 Sep 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow cycling, bad experience
Replies: 163
Views: 3910

Slow cycling, bad experience

I am a fairly experienced cyclist, usually completing several thousand miles a year, so I’m well used to putting up with the fearsome traffic on some of our roads. However today I had an experience of a different kind. I persuaded my wife to accompany me on a ride to a country park, about 5 miles fr...