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by TwoWheelsGood
17 Mar 2015, 11:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer WRD5 (W) Adjustment
Replies: 13
Views: 3885

Re: Sturmey Archer WRD5 (W) Adjustment

One review claims that these hubs are very reliable if set up properly, which makes me think that the seemingly-dodgy SLS50 thumbshifter could also be the cause of other problems where the hub gets damaged due to being ridden out of adjustment? There are also push button and twist shifters available...
by TwoWheelsGood
5 Jan 2015, 12:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SRAM G8 & G9 Hubs...
Replies: 10
Views: 3921

Re: SRAM G8 & G9 Hubs...

Noticed that Raleigh are now offering a bike with the SRAM G8 hub: http://www.raleigh.co.uk/ProductType/ProductRange/Product/Default.aspx?pc=1&pt=266&pg=11400 My local bike shop has one but unfortunately don't offer test rides so can't try one to see what it's like. However the G8 twist shif...
by TwoWheelsGood
21 Oct 2014, 12:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hi vis jacket
Replies: 79
Views: 5618

Re: Hi vis jacket

Unfortunately there are no reliable statistics that show if you are more or less likely to be hit if you are wearing Hi Viz. Forgotten the source but I've seen one survey that claims it makes no difference whatsover at least during the daytime, and I personally believe this to be the case. The only...
by TwoWheelsGood
21 May 2014, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket - Average Life Expectancy?
Replies: 29
Views: 5225

Re: Bottom Bracket - Average Life Expectancy?

I was told by a dealer that bike manufacturers often fit cheaper components in places that aren't so obvious in order to save money, so a particular bike might have an expensive Shimano derailleur but the bottom bracket could be the cheapest they could get away with using in order to save money. (Es...
by TwoWheelsGood
14 May 2014, 9:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wold Cycles
Replies: 5
Views: 9053

Re: Wold Cycles

I've been looking at Wold as well and they're on my shortlist for a future custom cycle if I decide to go down that route. Wold Cycles only officially launched at last month's Bespoked show so it's too early to obtain any meaningful feedback about their products unless one of their early customers r...
by TwoWheelsGood
6 May 2014, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer 5-speed ( sprinter, etc. )
Replies: 65
Views: 29177

Re: S.A. 5speed

Sturmey Archer's 2014/2015 Catalogue: http://www.sunrace.cz/dokumenty/sturmey-archer2014-2015.pdf Big disappointment with the new C50 series is the weight; the lightest hub in the range being 1,950g (heavier than a Rohloff 14 speed hub). And the S-RF5(W) has been discontinued, though there are simil...
by TwoWheelsGood
26 Apr 2014, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer 5-speed ( sprinter, etc. )
Replies: 65
Views: 29177

Re: S.A. 5speed

For 3 speeds, how come sunrace SA don't raid the SA back catalogue of patents, for neater ways of making a simpler NIG hub? They also patented some different 5 speeds but never made them... Sunrace SA may have done this with their forthcoming C50 5 speed hub; they claim that you don't have to stop ...
by TwoWheelsGood
20 Feb 2014, 11:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: custom made frame vs off the peg
Replies: 45
Views: 13882

Re: custom made frame vs off the peg

These are the steps I would personally take for a custom-built frame when I can afford to (and will hopefully do this sometime later this year). Firstly find an off-the-peg bicycle you (almost) really like, and ride it for a few weeks to get used to it and its characteristics. Then learn about and/o...
by TwoWheelsGood
31 Oct 2013, 11:07pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Harry Halls Cycles - Manchester
Replies: 19
Views: 53520

Re: Harry Halls Cycles - Manchester

If Urmston's accessible to you then you could try Eddie McGrath Cycles; I've personally had excellent service from them. Also some suggestions that aren't personal recommendations but I've heard good things about Ken Fosters Cycle Logic (Chorlton), Pop Up Bikes in Corporation Street and the revolveM...
by TwoWheelsGood
21 Oct 2013, 6:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear ideas
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: Hub gear ideas

I preferred the old Spectro 7 for commuting/utility (not enough range for touring or MTB though). Seven gears was enough and you could spend the most time in the efficient gears if you chose spocket and ring carefully. The one extra gear on the Alfine 8 isn't much of a benefit but going from most t...
by TwoWheelsGood
18 Jun 2013, 1:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saracen Kili Comp Retro Advice needed desperately !!
Replies: 4
Views: 943

Re: Saracen Kili Comp Retro Advice needed desperately !!

If you bought a bike because it's a "legendary classic" then my advice is to keep it as standard as possible apart from a few minor changes to your personal preference. Otherwise if you just want a modern mountain bike with front suspension, etc., then it would be easier to buy one off the...
by TwoWheelsGood
12 Jun 2013, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 25mm Paselas.
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Re: 25mm Paselas.

25mm is a sizeable 25% increase from the previous 20mm so it's possible that the tyre may have been too big for the rim especially given its flexible sidewalls. As for any problems relating to the previous 28mm Pasela tyre, bear in mind that they may not exist with either the newly upgraded PT model...
by TwoWheelsGood
23 Apr 2013, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Painting
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Bike Painting

A bit closer to you - Argos in Bristol - also offer a collect and return service for £35 http://www.argoscycles.com/faq/how-to-post-a-frame/ Resprays start at £140, I've had several done over the years. You might also try Rotrax in Southampton, but being local I guess you've already done that. http...
by TwoWheelsGood
2 Mar 2013, 11:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking Sram hubgear
Replies: 37
Views: 3131

Re: Squeaking Sram hubgear

Interesting. The Sram I-motion 9 was discontinued last year. Wonder what the replacement will be. If any. The replacement is the 8 speed SRAM G8: http://www.sram.com/sram/urban/products/g8 Indeed SRAM claim "Shifting under load or when stopped", but there are supposedly fundamental differ...
by TwoWheelsGood
13 Dec 2012, 8:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 735
Views: 151798

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Someone really ought to produce an updated version of these hub gear efficiency tests:

http://www.ihpva.org/HParchive/PDF/hp52-2001.pdf

(Some of the tested hubs have also been further improved since the report's publication therefore the quoted efficiency figures may also be out of date.)