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by frank9755
6 Feb 2018, 7:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycling in brittany - any recommendations ?
Replies: 14
Views: 6066

Re: cycling in brittany - any recommendations ?

I'm thinking of one of the places we stayed right out on the Western edge - a village called Kersaint. We were actually in a very nice, family run hotel where we were to have a wonderful dinner in the evening and the best croissants we had ever experienced for the following breakfast. I'm trying to...
by frank9755
23 Sep 2012, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: winter cycling shoes
Replies: 60
Views: 17057

Re: winter cycling shoes

Coming back to this thread three years later, the weather is turning again and thoughts turn to cold feet and hands. I've been using Shimano winter boots and they have been OK but not quite enough even though, in cold weather I've combined them with merino socks, chemical toe warmers and neoprene ov...
by frank9755
1 Apr 2012, 4:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Rims for 8,000 mile tour
Replies: 40
Views: 2556

Re: Touring Rims for 8,000 mile tour

How hilly will your route be? Because of the amount of braking, riding in the mountains will use rims at a far faster rate than flat terrain. If you are doing lots of descending, it may be that no rim will give you the life you are looking for. Another thing that can make a difference is the nature ...
by frank9755
10 Mar 2012, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Carbon Fibre; hall of horror....
Replies: 37
Views: 5710

Re: Broken Carbon Fibre; hall of horror....

The reasons I chose CF failures to look at (there were/are many steel, Ti and Aluminium ones which I could have posted too) are I guess twofold: 1) CF parts are relatively 'new' in the cycle market, by comparison to other materials, anyway. I wonder whether all the methodologies for design and manu...
by frank9755
10 Mar 2012, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike crash/Fallen off the back of a car?
Replies: 5
Views: 624

Re: Bike crash/Fallen off the back of a car?

This is the technical forum but I'm not sure if you are asking a technical question and don't really provide enough information for technical replies. If you want legal opinions, you might be better posting in a different part of the site. It sounds like the bike has a bent hanger. But may be that t...
by frank9755
3 Feb 2012, 7:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: cycling danube in february
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: cycling danube in february

frank9755 wrote:You might be lucky and have it a degree or two above freezing, you might not but, if I were you, I'd go somewhere a bit warmer!


I hope you didn't go as you would have been unlucky: it's -10 in Vienna now and won't get above -5 all week!
by frank9755
1 Feb 2012, 9:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: bikes on eurostar
Replies: 55
Views: 26628

Re: bikes on eurostar

My experience (bad) is detailed on a thread on here.

They do take lots of bikes and, if you are happy to dismantle it, it is free. In which case their rules say it must be in a bike bag but, in practice, cardboard boxes are allowed but CTC bags are banned.
by frank9755
28 Jan 2012, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

I've just worked through this again and think I understand it! The double chainset, which takes a 107mm BB, gives a chainline of 43.5mm to the midpoint of the rings The triple, with a 110mm BB, gives a chainline of 45mm to the middle ring, equivalent to 47.5mm to the midpoint of the (outer two) ring...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 10:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

well, I'm certainly missing something! (but in my case, its the ability to absorb information, that I had when I was younger) Spa's chainset and the "Impact" are both really Sugino XD2... trouble is, there's more than one XD2, there's one where you can see 5 arms, and there's one where yo...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

Providing the granny ring mounts don't foul the chainstay then the answer has to be a shorter BB axle. Or am I missing something? Yes! A shorter (symmetrical) axle would put my chainset in the right place but pull my left crank too far in. The LHS cranks seem to be the same on each chainset (which ...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

if you want to experiment with crank length cheaply, try spa cycles' triple chainset. Again can be run as a 'compact double'. I don't know how it will offer up vs the stronglight tho. BTW the issue you had may have been because of the difference between an ISO and JIS taper; stronglight make both.....
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

I can see how they made this mistake, both chainsets will have the same chainline. This is measured along the middle ring on a triple and halfway between the rings on a double. So your chainrings will be 3mm further out than they would be on a double. Thanks Meic, I'm sure that's it - at least I un...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Re: Chainline: double and triple chainsets

Having never measured a chainline in my life I feel unqualified to comment. However I'd be happy to join the orderly queue for an unused 165 triple chainset. :wink: Thanks, Gaz! I'll get back to you if it comes to that. The full horror, of course, was that it was just the cranks rather than a chain...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainline: double and triple chainsets
Replies: 23
Views: 3383

Chainline: double and triple chainsets

This is more me coming to terms with having wasted half an hour on an annoying job I will have to undo then do again. The question is how critical is my chainline being 2-3mm off? It's a 2x10 speed. It's my audax bike so I don't race on it but I do do long rides and use all the gears. Background is ...
by frank9755
24 Jan 2012, 8:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: food and nutrition on long tours
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: food and nutrition on long tours

I have found that the easiest calorie monsters are things like Digestive Biscuits and Shortbread Biscuits - they are something like 70-100 calories each ! On the plus side they are easy to carry, do not spoil, taste great, and are easy to chew - even easier with the help of some water or milk. I ha...