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by hamster
28 May 2020, 10:18am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: how can I fix my back pain?
Replies: 10
Views: 217

Re: how can I fix my back pain?

For saddle height, sit on the saddle and straighten your leg with the foot at 90 degrees to your shin. Have the crank in line with the seat tube. Your heel should be about 20-30mm below the middle of the pedal. It appears that you are pointing your toe a little at the bottom in the picture. (It help...
by hamster
27 May 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling to work in hot (or bad) weather
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: Cycling to work in hot (or bad) weather

I agree with what's said - 6 miles will take you about half an hour at a relaxed pace. Ride it in cycling clothing. Change and have a quick 'cat bath' in the loos at work - literally a quick wipe over face, neck and upper body with a damp flannel. It works wonders.
by hamster
26 May 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 229

Re: Kona Smoke stem plate bolt replacement

Stem bolts are a high tensile grade which is not normal in stainless. If you want to stop them rusting then fill the head with a smear of grease. Even a little squirt of WD40 every few weeks is enough of a protective. Alternatively a bit of Kurust on the head will give a passive layer that won't cor...
by hamster
26 May 2020, 2:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lower gears - Campagnolo 10 speed
Replies: 20
Views: 801

Re: Lower gears - Campagnolo 10 speed

While Campag don't have a B-screw in the usual place, there is a screw that does much the same located on the lower knuckle of the mech.
by hamster
26 May 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FSA Gossamer crankset upgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: FSA Gossamer crankset upgrade

If you need to replace the rings, then I would recommned TA - try Spa Cycles. TA rings are much harder-wearing than Shimano and in my experience last 3x longer. Agreed that Shimano square taper bottom brackets are second to none in durability and value.
by hamster
26 May 2020, 10:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fast Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: Fast Touring

The problem comes back in my mind to compromises. A tough go-anywhere/do-anything bike will carry a bit more weight and be a bit slower than a light bike. But the versatility is an insurance policy: sometimes you need it, maybe you won't. However, it's easy to get into an outward spiral of more kit,...
by hamster
26 May 2020, 8:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa XD2 touring triple
Replies: 29
Views: 916

Re: Spa XD2 touring triple

Stupidly, just thought that it is intended for a 3 x 10 drive and suspect being designated 7/8/9 will probably not play nicely with 10 speed chain. Am I right? It's not perfect, you can get the chain to slide on the top of the middle ring. Spa recommend the TD2 for 10 speed. We've got several sets ...
by hamster
24 May 2020, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ferrules welded to frame
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: ferrules welded to frame

If you want a durable finish that won't cost a fortune, try your local powder coater. Typically it's around £50-60.
Some of the cost is for setting up the colour - if you get them to run it though with a batch of gates or whatever they are doing it can be a bit cheaper.
by hamster
22 May 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Healthy food/snacks suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 1760

Re: Healthy food/snacks suggestions

I like Veloforte bars, always palatable and with really decent ingredients.
https://veloforte.cc/?kw=veloforte-Exac ... 5MQAvD_BwE
by hamster
19 May 2020, 11:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thorn Bike Valuation Please!
Replies: 8
Views: 415

Re: Thorn Bike Valuation Please!

My guess is £250-350. Frankly the simplest solution is take lots of decent photos, offer shipment and put it on eBay.
by hamster
19 May 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainset swap 7 to 9 speed
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: Chainset swap 7 to 9 speed

Should be fine, I've happily run 9s chainsets with 7s. As you say, it may need a BB change.
by hamster
18 May 2020, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle polish
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: Saddle polish

I use Proofide on all my other leather-covered saddles, works well.
by hamster
15 May 2020, 9:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?

The grease in the hubs, bottom bracket and headset may well have dried out and would be worth replacing. Try PlanetX for soem decent tyres for not much money, ride and enjoy.

Otherwise £84 for some solid transport sounds good to me.
by hamster
14 May 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Longer term cycle touring in Europe after 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1190

Re: Longer term cycle touring in Europe after 2020

To be honest at present nobody knows, a combination of Brexit negotiations and Coronavirus.
by hamster
14 May 2020, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano cable pull
Replies: 11
Views: 323

Re: Shimano cable pull

Samuel D wrote:Tiagra 4700 isn’t 8-speed. Dura-Ace was once 8-speed and that had a different cable pull.


No but as all Shimano road are 7/8/9/10 interchangeable except 4700 I thought it was worth a mention. 8speed DA is ancient and only in the darker recesses of eBay.