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by asterix
27 Feb 2018, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates belt drive
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: Gates belt drive

That makes sense. It's a very expensive part considering how simple it seems to be. I guess because they don't make them in big numbers.
by asterix
26 Feb 2018, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates belt drive
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: Gates belt drive

No, I was thinking more 'freewheeel' than 'sprocket'. Not sure how it was bust but the belt was still engaging with the sprocket which was freewheeling on the hub. In other words the pawls had ceased to engage. Anyway, as I said the new component is indeed steel and alleged to be much tougher than i...
by asterix
25 Feb 2018, 3:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates belt drive
Replies: 17
Views: 1651

Re: Gates belt drive

Sort of. My town bike is a Trek Soho de Luxe with belt drive via a shimano 8 speed hub. It was bought in 2010 and has been a great bike for low maintenance. This winter the belt kept slipping off despite my best efforts to adjust the alignment and so on. Finally I was climbing one of York's many 'hi...
by asterix
9 Jan 2018, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on leather shoe treatment
Replies: 21
Views: 1967

Re: Advice on leather shoe treatment

Thanks all for the useful info. Looks like polish or oil is best.
by asterix
8 Jan 2018, 7:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on leather shoe treatment
Replies: 21
Views: 1967

Advice on leather shoe treatment

Managed to get some Giro Republic LX in my size at a price below 3 figures last month. Sadly my Lidls are getting tired and dog-eared. What's the best treatment for new leather? I have some of that squirty stuff shoe shops love to sell you but I didn't want to use it if it interfered with good old s...
by asterix
15 Nov 2011, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steel forks
Replies: 25
Views: 3015

Steel forks

I've a mid-80's bike with steel forks and a 2008 bike with steel forks. The older forks are slimmer than the newer ones and absorb the bumps much better.

Is it no longer possible to get slim steel forks? Why are modern steel fork blades so fat?
by asterix
15 Nov 2011, 5:12pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: David Hinde
Replies: 39
Views: 85001

Re: David Hinde

What I do know is that his wheels seemed to be OK, after all he raced on his own wheels and anyone that size would have to trust his own wheel-building.


Ah, now I understand :idea:
by asterix
15 May 2011, 2:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Etack Caledonia is back
Replies: 38
Views: 1931

Re: The Etack Caledonia is back

Wonder if it is the same nutter as last time?
by asterix
10 May 2011, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How fit can you get in 2 weeks
Replies: 35
Views: 1744

Re: How fit can you get in 2 weeks

There are just too many unknown variables to give a sensible answer. IMO those who say the OP should get cracking now and do an escalating mileage a day for a week or so then taper off and have 2-3 days rest are about right. At least the OP will then have a pretty good idea of what they can expect t...
by asterix
1 May 2011, 4:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: pyreenees
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: pyreenees

Well, I went East West in 2007 and then came back the other way in 2010. Not including the rest break it took me 14 days and I got a medal twice. I was camping on the first journey and hotels on the 2nd. Enjoyed both but preferred the camping version. Your low gear sounds fine, but I'd prefer a high...
by asterix
19 Apr 2011, 10:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why SOME cyclists feel the need to litter the countryside
Replies: 77
Views: 4193

Re: ...why SOME cyclists feel the need to litter the country

Hardly any litter this part of France, or Graffiti or theft or vandalism. If there is litter it's likely to be fag packets. On my Sunday ride I stopped to have lunch at a picnic spot with benches and tables. There was absolutely no litter, none. Having finished I put the cling film in my pocket to s...
by asterix
15 Apr 2011, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Whats faster, Trailer, or Pannier
Replies: 93
Views: 5592

Re: Whats faster, Trailer, or Pannier

Having done the touring Pyrenean Raid with two carradice panniers and a Super C bag, incl. Hilleberg tent (you need a bit of comfort), I'd say there is no way I'd have wanted that weight in a trailer behind me! My descent of the Tourmalet is one of those that I will always remember - the sort where ...
by asterix
14 Apr 2011, 8:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: another Brooks saddle question
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Re: another Brooks saddle question

It is not easy to judge from even a good photo but they look like surface cracks.

Try 'feeding' it and see how it goes. Leather is tough stuff. I have a much newer B17 with worse looking cracks and have been riding it for years.
by asterix
11 Apr 2011, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Saddles
Replies: 20
Views: 1754

Re: Brooks Saddles

Have tried a lot of Brooks saddles, Swift, B17 narrow, two spring, 3 spring and have 4 B17s on my current bikes. The 3-spring is the most comfortable but probably more suitable for a dutch upright or vintage motorcycle I did 2 or 3 hundred miles on the Swift but had to sell it. Too small. I got more...
by asterix
5 Feb 2011, 4:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How fast do you go down hills?
Replies: 256
Views: 14327

Re: How fast do you go down hills?

In the past I've bust the 50 mph barrier on Holme Moss, Garrowby Hill and Sutton Bank. I'm more laid back about descending these days having a lower top gear and rarely taking a cycle computer. When I was doing the Holme Moss descent someone actually passed me. I'd love to know his top speed (we wer...