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by MacBludgeon
20 Mar 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from flats to butterfly bars
Replies: 9
Views: 1285

Re: Converting from flats to butterfly bars

Used them a lot, the BBB Multibar version at about 570-580mm wide, very comfortable in most circumstances. I had them setup with open side facing me and the controls on there at the most 'sit up and beg' position. This made the most comfortable riding position the sides, the fronts were too far for ...
by MacBludgeon
27 Feb 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes
Replies: 41
Views: 2405

Re: hydraulic disc brakes

Agree stopping power with BB7s is fine, benefit of hydraulics to me would be that both pads move and the lack of a need to manually adjust for wear. I don't find adjusting the BB7s any hardship and you can also get mechanical discs with twin pad movement via TRP now. I have no experience of the TRP...
by MacBludgeon
26 Feb 2016, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes
Replies: 41
Views: 2405

Re: hydraulic disc brakes

Thank you all for your highly entertaining and mostly helpful replies. I am a somewhat grouchy but enthusiastic bike nut (MTB, Airborne tourer, Raleigh Randonneur tourer and my workhorse Trek Soho. The latter has cable disc brakes, the front one being effective, the rear one defying all my efforts ...
by MacBludgeon
2 Feb 2016, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on a trad touring bike?
Replies: 158
Views: 8520

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

Fair point, rotors can take a knock some people dismount them for flying etc but you're also in the hire business. People do tend to treat hire items rather worse, or at least carelessly, in comparison to their own things. I suppose the ultimate would be some sort of sealed unit, drum brake style. B...
by MacBludgeon
2 Feb 2016, 7:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: touring on a trad touring bike?
Replies: 158
Views: 8520

Re: touring on a trad touring bike?

Always a fascinating subject and interesting to see how things change over time. One of the things that is often missed is the upsurge of disc brakes meaning different wheel sizes can be run. As long as you don't mind the appearance of big clearances and skinny tyres. This is even more so now with t...
by MacBludgeon
6 Jan 2016, 3:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front suspension for Dawes Galaxy Plus
Replies: 27
Views: 1762

Re: Front suspension for Dawes Galaxy Plus

Having floated the idea of a dedicated trekking bike with front suspension I feel a little guilty as it wouldn't be my choice. Looking just at the Rose range I'd have opted for:- http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/bike/rose-black-creek-6-trekking-men-830991/aid:830994 it comes with 700x50 Marathon Supreme t...
by MacBludgeon
30 Dec 2015, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front suspension for Dawes Galaxy Plus
Replies: 27
Views: 1762

Re: Front suspension for Dawes Galaxy Plus

If you carry out the extensive changes/experiments listed here you still may not end up with something that works. Plus it could end up costing quite a bit. If you have the storage space then it might be little difference, cost wise, to buy a second bike. A look on some of the German websites will s...
by MacBludgeon
23 Nov 2014, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

I'd guess at cable seating being the problem, though as others have mentioned it's only the upper two yellow marks that align not the locking one. Re the cable seating have you routed it correctly at the hub itself, I only have the A8 but with that it is possible to re-seat the cable and fail to get...
by MacBludgeon
9 Jul 2014, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Nothing to add other than AWESOME efforts guys and so many thanks from the crowd :D
by MacBludgeon
24 Apr 2013, 10:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

32x18 and 40x21 are pretty close it's the input ratio that matters so 1.78 versus 1.9
by MacBludgeon
10 Mar 2013, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigid fork swap advice please
Replies: 11
Views: 2255

Re: Rigid fork swap advice please

The two forks linked to have an AtoC difference of 20mm, this will equate to about a 1 degree variance in ST and HT angles. The longer fork will also lift the BB higher and vice versa. I don't know the specs of the previous suspension fork but would guess that it rode longer than 420mm a lot of the ...
by MacBludgeon
5 Mar 2013, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

well I have what came with the shifter and the cassette joint is the 820. The shift cable outer that comes with the shifter has the standard push fit plastic cap at the shift unit end but at the cassette joint end it has a fitted metal ferrule. This fits very snugly into the slotted receiver in the ...
by MacBludgeon
5 Mar 2013, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

is it not part #44 here? http://bike.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/EV/bikecomponents/SG/EV-SG-S700-3092_v1_m56577569830729562.pdf Or have I misunderstood? cheers That's for the 11 speed hub which is different, or at least the shift cable from the 8 speed doesn't fit in the 11 speed casse...
by MacBludgeon
5 Mar 2013, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

re ferrules; they are available but not readily available. Shimano do some and so do Jagwire. I'm sure there are others, too. They come in some cable kits, but are not often easily sourced otherwise. If I knew of a good source for them I'd say so, but I don't, sadly. cheers thanks, my searches have...
by MacBludgeon
5 Mar 2013, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 734
Views: 150757

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Brucey, when you mention sealed ferrules are these easily available, just asking as there may be someone 'I know' that may have accidentally cut the wrong end of the outer cable that comes with an Alfine shifter. Having done this 'my friend' noticed that the end that would be most exposed to the ele...