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by hamster
18 Apr 2019, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old Centaur 'V' newer Centaur ?
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Old Centaur 'V' newer Centaur ?

Thank's for the replies and inputs guys. Hampster - as far as I understand my QS shifter is one that spares are not available for and not sure it has a "G" spring . Although a stronger spring may be a cure for it. ? Thanks. Ah, I hadn't realised it was a QS-era one, IIRC they have plastic...
by hamster
17 Apr 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old Centaur 'V' newer Centaur ?
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Old Centaur 'V' newer Centaur ?

If your Ergo is jumping it's usually just a £2 G- spring inside broken. It's reasonably easy to swap it, or Mercian offer a replacement service.
by hamster
15 Apr 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal axle bearings in cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Pedal axle bearings in cranks

Most pedals are already constructed like that inside - including MTB SPDs.
by hamster
12 Apr 2019, 3:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.
Replies: 42
Views: 1205

Re: Bike bag light enough and small enough to carry on tour.

Have a look at Rinko, that type of transport may work for you, depending on bike etc. While I haven't yet found a supplier of Rinko-type bags in the UK, they should be easy to make.
by hamster
5 Apr 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuter wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Commuter wheels

I'd go into you local bike shop, you don't need a fancy light wheelset, instead a bombproof wheel that will withstand the rigours of commuting.
by hamster
4 Apr 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2
Replies: 19
Views: 696

Re: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2

I agree, a decent set of Allen keys is £20 maximum, plus 10mm and 8mm combination spanners and a Torx for brake discs. Add in a small torque wrench for £30 and job's a good 'un.
by hamster
28 Mar 2019, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many spokes?
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Re: How many spokes?

Those Dura-Ace wheels are designed for racing. Exact loading with ultralight touring depends on rider weight (and such wheels always quote a max rider weight). However I think the issues are: 1) whether it has fancy spokes which will require a large shop to source replacements (maybe even to order) ...
by hamster
27 Mar 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old alloy-framed road bikes ( 15 years+ )
Replies: 20
Views: 2430

Re: Risks of buying old alloy-framed road bikes ( 15 years+ )

Check carefully for cracks and damage, then enjoy. My Alu rigid MTB singlespeed has been ridden hard for 20 years and is still fine. Yes, its life is finite, no it hasn't got there yet... As Brucey says, there are factors which shorten life. A pal ran an Alu Giant for 7 years / 50,000 miles from new...
by hamster
26 Mar 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Normandy Beaches
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Re: Normandy Beaches

I've ridden the area a lot. Cherbourg is in a bowl, with a good climb out most ways. The east coast of Cotentin is pretty much flat. My easy route would be: Day 1 Cherbourg - Barfleur (good muni campsite on the north edge of town), typcially ferries arrive around 1400 and a comfortable afternoon's r...
by hamster
26 Mar 2019, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1356

Re: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

There are very few bolts on a bike these days. I use a little torque wrench for most things, which has a 1/4" drive. The only one needing a big socket usually is the bottom bracket. That has needed a 1m bar on occasions!
by hamster
20 Mar 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trek 4400 fork swap
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Trek 4400 fork swap

Exotic Carbon fork from carboncycles.cc

I've run one off-road for a couple of years and am very pleased with it.
by hamster
19 Mar 2019, 10:20am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Anyone used one of these stoves.
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Anyone used one of these stoves.

It looks a clone of the vango one I got years ago. Probably because same maker and vango just badge it up. Probably a poorer quality copy. I love the photos in the ebay ad of stuff sizzling on a charcoal BBQ, implying in some way that this stove can do that...and the photoshopped orange flames from...
by hamster
18 Mar 2019, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I mad, newbie tourer
Replies: 114
Views: 10474

Re: Am I mad, newbie tourer

This is a guy who doesn't even have a comfortable saddle let alone a bike loaded up with all his gear that he feels at ease with that he can confidently say he has ridden anywhere near 70 miles a day on, day after day after day. A guy who doesn't even cycle regularly any significant distance. The w...
by hamster
18 Mar 2019, 12:24pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages
Replies: 14
Views: 4631

Re: TdF 2019 - road closure timing on mountain stages

larscjoh wrote:Why isn't stage 17s profil offical yet?


Usually the detailed route is not released until (IIRC) 3 months or so beforehand for any stage. In the case of mountain stages, that ensures that winter rockfalls etc are not severe enough to have block the road impassably.
by hamster
18 Mar 2019, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic: circling the U-bend?
Replies: 25
Views: 1759

Re: Mavic: circling the U-bend?

To be honest as the existing owner wasn't interested in developing the business, it might be the start of better news, provided the private equity owner finds Mavic a decent new home.