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by Paul Smith SRCC
26 Apr 2021, 2:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin Edge Explore
Replies: 31
Views: 1627

Re: Garmin Edge Explore

I have an old Garmin 810 and would be happy to update it with another 'Garmin'. Features wise the Edge® Explore that coastman is considering has all I'd need although the extra battery capacity of the 830 would probably sway me (upto 20 v 12 hours). Yes the 830 is more of an investment but my old 810 has lasted 8 years which is not bad for a piece of tech'; which for me would also be a consideration when justifying how much I am prepared to treat myself.

The 530 is cheaper and also has 'upto 20 hours' battery life. I do find the 830 touch screen far more intuitive to use than the 530's buttons, plus the deal breaker on my 810 is that the power button has failed; although admittedly that was after eight years and even now I am currently still using it all be it with a home made button!.

For sure the Edge® Explore is still a good value; if battery life on longer rides is an issue then some have also referenced taking a Powerbank. If I needed I will carry one in my bar or top tube bag, the USB lead reaches perfectly. Last summer I rode an 8 hour day using tbt on the map screen, mid way around the course I was down to 50% battery so I knew I would be pushing my luck just using the 810's battery reserve so I plugged in the Power Bank. When I got home it had charged back up to 100%, the Powerbank (a Goji G10PBWP17) itself has battery indicator with four LEDs so you know how much charge it has left; it had all four still lit.
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I already had that power bank, I didn't buy it with this in mind, it's waterproof and robust but you can get them much smaller, lighter and cheaper. Yes damaging connections could potentially be an issue, the way I look at it this is an old unit and I'm a bit less precious with it than I once was. I have had that power bank three years and only needed to use it once; most of my long days are on routes I know where I don't need the map screen permanently on, I can easily complete those rides without issue. I've seen a few who use a power bank to top up their device at a rest stop which would help minimise potential damage to the Usb connection.
by Paul Smith SRCC
21 Apr 2021, 9:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3924

Re: SPDs on a road bike

De Sisti wrote: 21 Apr 2021, 8:16am I used to have these single-sided Time Atac pedals on one of my bikes. I can't remember when, or why I removed them.
I also use a single sided pedal, the Shimano PD-A520 on my Van Nicholas Chinook. At the time I was still doing the odd race and wanted lightweight with better ground clearance for cornering compared to the double sided MTB styles. At least that's what I told myself, in reality I bought them as that suited the visual of that bike better; I may have had the 'time keeper' saying "321 away you go" then aim for a chequered flag at the end but what happened in-between could hardly be called racing :lol:

For general cycling on this bike I could use SPD shoes with recessed cleats and for racing some road specific shoes; cheaper models although designed for 'Look' and 'SPD SL' cleats often have the SPD runner, although note the cleat is not recessed. In reality now I don't race anymore I still use those pedals on that bike; again I confess now so it's even more down to the visual, I don't like them very much, double sided are so much easier to clip into!
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In comparison my Van Nicholas Yukon is my day ride holiday bike, I use the more traditional double sided on that bike as well as on my fixie. On what I call my pub bike I use the Shimano M324 that I mentioned up thread so that I can pop to Sainsburys with my flip flops on or whatever footwear I am wearing at the time if the mood so takes me. Some trivia about that bike I have worked in the cycle trade for a long time, it is right of passage that staff make a pub bike out of recycled-upcycled parts, that broken frame was repaired by none other than my colleague, neighbour and friend; the legendary frame builder Cliff Shrubb ; (click for another link to Cliff)
by Paul Smith SRCC
19 Apr 2021, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3924

Re: SPDs on a road bike

roberts8 wrote: 19 Apr 2021, 12:30pm I have used spd for years and love having the option of cleat or flat. Really enjoy the evening cycle into town in flipflop after a day touring.
There are a few choices where you can do just that:

Shimano M324 (by far the most popular of the three here)
by Paul Smith SRCC
19 Apr 2021, 11:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag
Replies: 68
Views: 2324

Re: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag

tatanab wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 7:22pm :mrgreen: funny you should mention that.100_1404.JPG
Perfect, I rode for years with, toe straps securing my 'oilskin cape' using the bag loops just like you have @tatanab :D
PS Neither in that picture are of me :lol:
by Paul Smith SRCC
19 Apr 2021, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3924

Re: SPDs on a road bike

drossall wrote: 18 Apr 2021, 8:45pm There are also adaptors for regular SPDs that let you have one side as a flat pedal.
Being plastic the 'cleat section' can get damaged quite quickly if you keep taking them on and off; especially if the spring tension is quite high.

When it was more common place that high end bikes came with pedals these were often fitted these when the bike was supplied with SPDs, so a customer could take one for a test ride if they were not wearing their SPD compatible shoes.
by Paul Smith SRCC
18 Apr 2021, 10:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3924

Re: SPDs on a road bike

Audax67 wrote: 18 Apr 2021, 10:17am The only drawback I've noticed with SPDs is that, because all the weight is carried on a relatively small area, they can deform the sole of an insufficiently stiffened shoe....
That is indeed quite a common issue, especially with the trainer styles versions as they are inclined to have a more compliant softer sole, some can complain of what is often referred to as 'hot foot' at the cleat contact point. Stiffer soled shoes can help with that issue, as can more accurate footbeds, most are supplied with flatter than needed.

Many bike stores now supply a range of footbeds, normally a low, medium and a high option, each will often include what is referred to in that link as "a footrest metatarsal pad helps to reduce or eliminate hot foot". The store will usually have simple device to help illustrate which of the three is the most suitable
Although these are of course quite generic having one closer to what you need is often a positive, for more accuracy can you can get some custom made, Sidas and Specialized probably being the two most common versions offered by bike fit specialists.
fastpedaller wrote: 18 Apr 2021, 10:44am I met someone recently who was really struggling with his SPD-SL cleats, both in terms of disconnecting...
In terms of disconnecting often that is down to incorrect set up, I frequently see cleat angulation set to 'heel out' (the opposite of the blue back ground below) but if the rider actually needs them 'heel in' the float will often allow and accommodate that when pedalling, but that means they will need to twist to disconnect far more than is ideal. In effect if the cleats are set up 'heel out' and the float allows the rider to still achieve their required 'heel in' style, then the first part of their twisting just moves the shoe to where the cleat has been set up in the first place; they must then twist even further before the cleat disconnects.
by Paul Smith SRCC
18 Apr 2021, 10:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3924

Re: SPDs on a road bike

SPDs on a road bike is a popular enough choice that some shoe manufacturers have road style shoes for them

The Bontrager Solstice has recessed cleats for SPD pedals
Starvos Road Shoe similar style shoe, cleats not recessed
There are plenty to choose from even the odd pair that have a more touring style design like the Exustar Stelvio, click for review of those plus others
by Paul Smith SRCC
12 Apr 2021, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Portable floor pump
Replies: 22
Views: 742

Re: Portable floor pump

I like the Lezyne, but I still see these as emergency pumps for when I puncture on a ride; I use a full size floor pump normally; as such I haven't invested quite as much as the Lezyne, I have personally used a Topeak Micro floor pump for over 15 years, the Mini Morph
by Paul Smith SRCC
26 Mar 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Parts Shortage
Replies: 47
Views: 4372

Re: Parts Shortage

Parts and bikes are in very short supply.

Due to the shortages I am part time furloughed with no signs of that changing although this is mainly due to bike shortages as I am the store bike fitter and the person who in normal times helps a customer choose the correct size bike from a relevant model range. I have very little to offer at the moment apart from what we have arriving pre-ordered from last year, stores that hadn't done the same will struggle; I elaborate this far more in a not dissimilar thread (click). For new bike orders it is quite normal to quote an ETA of 2022 and even 2023; I have never known things to be this bad.
by Paul Smith SRCC
26 Mar 2021, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best wishes for Brucey
Replies: 509
Views: 36387

Re: Best wishes for Brucey

Bonefishblues wrote:
Paul Smith SRCC wrote:So sad to read this; four days laying alone in need of help is tragic.

I think you've voiced everyone's silent fears :(

I live alone and part time furloughed, I can literally go for days without speaking to a human being so yes I confess it sent a shudder through me to read the initial news to be honest; when 'alexnharvey' updated us all with "I spoke to Brucey this morning and he sounded bright" it gave my day an emotional 'lift' that's for sure; I so hope his progress continues in such a positive way.

Especially during this last year I for one pop in here for a bit of virtual interaction with like minded humans; seeing this outpouring of obvious affection for a fellow forum member highlights not only how respected and popular 'Brucey' is but also it speaks volumes of the forum community;
by Paul Smith SRCC
24 Mar 2021, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Endurance or Touring Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 2090

Re: Endurance or Touring Bike

Entry level endurance bikes often have pannier mounts and mudguard clearances, most manufacturers have them, the Trek Domane and Cannondale Synapse being just two examples. Note I have mentioned 'entry level', as you morph into higher spec' models they will often be set up more focused as lightweight fast day ride bikes and loose features like pannier rack mounts.

These are no heavy load carrying pack mule tourers designed to take camping equipment mind you, but if your trip to Scotland from London in August is using B&B/Hotels or similar then with minimalistic packing then these bikes are viable. Some Gravel bikes if you fit road tyres are often very close to these bikes and also worth considering, these can cope with slightly heavier loads as you may want for your 4-5 weeks tour in France; again if you intend to go camping then there are more focused heavy duty tourers that will cater for that style of riding.

To elaborate on minimalistic packing, modern travel clothing and indeed cycle kit is such that it packs small and drys quickly, I have done two week tours using front panniers as rears and that was when I needed to carry cold weather kit as was going over the high Alps. You will be surprised just how you can reduce the packing size, a trial run packing before you go is always a good idea. Obvious things like take enough tooth paste and soap for tour only, if you normally use a battery shaver then wet shave instead, perhaps cycle shoes that are comfortable enough off the bike for a stroll to the local pub or flip flops if they are wet from a rainy day.
by Paul Smith SRCC
24 Mar 2021, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best wishes for Brucey
Replies: 509
Views: 36387

Re: Best wishes for Brucey

So sad to read this; four days laying alone in need of help is tragic.

His passion for cycling and sharing his knowledge has my respect on every level; I hope we get some positive news about him in due course.
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Mar 2021, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Exustar road pedals
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Exustar road pedals

chris_suffolk wrote:Thanks, Spoke to them, and it seems to be a distribution issue, in that container charges have risen....

A common response from a UK distributor at the moment sadly, availability of many items can be poor; what is still being imported will often have significant prices increases as a result
by Paul Smith SRCC
8 Mar 2021, 1:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Exustar road pedals
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Exustar road pedals

I worked for the UK supplier for a few years; if you have no luck finding what you are looking for they should be able to help:

69 Manor Park Road
United Kingdom

Tel: 0208 965 2510
Fax: 0870 051 2298
by Paul Smith SRCC
22 Feb 2021, 12:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting your bike resprayed
Replies: 48
Views: 2728

Re: Getting your bike resprayed

Steel frames can also rust internally which can go relatively unnoticed; it's not unusual for an older frame to fail not long after a respray from the 'inside out'.

I have a couple of thirty five year old 531 frames, now a bit battered and I have touched up the scratches to protect. During their life I have had both resprayed, although that was driven by removing Cantilever braze on mounts more than it was to freshen the appearance. Being so old I would not respray either again, when I give them a proper service, BB out kind of service, rust tumbles out of it from inside, quite a bit of it to be honest. I still use them for day rides, if they fail then I've ruined a day out but I have replaced them with a newer bike for holidays; mind you even that is fourteen years old now :lol:

My recommendation would be to ride yours and see how you feel after Lejog (that I did on my steel frame that I now use a fixie). You may decide that you have grown attached to your two wheeled loyal friend as it's taken you on that adventure; or you may decide you'd actually prefer something else. If the former then if sure why not treat yourself to a respray; although if it is an older frame referencing my first sentence perhaps not risking investing in one by some of the more expensive painters. Arguably you get what you pay for, with the cheaper painters don't expect perfection, the odd run maybe and more basic designs but perfectly serviceable on bikes that don't enjoy a precious life as far as I'm concerned; I just wanted plain simple colours that hid their scars well and easy to touch up!

In no particular order here are just a few that I know of:

Vaz Cycle Finishes:
25 Mallet Rd,
Hither Green,
SE13 6SP
Inexpensive and good value.
Phone number: 020 8852 0711.

Colour Tech:
Industrial Unit at rear at
165 Heath Lane
Phone number: 01322 555549
Probably slightly better than Vaz at the more intricate finishes; although I have not used Vaz for a few years, he may be as good now; an example My Bike, a good balance of quality versus pricing.

Dave Yates - 01526 343322 (During office hours only please!)
Ivy House Farm
Hawthorn Hill
LN4 4UW.
Not seen their work since Dave left 'M Steel', not sure if he does them in house or if he outsources paintwork, but if you need some work done to the frame then he will probably be able to offer and organise a respray.

Address: Unit 12 Riverside Business Park, St. Annes Road,
St. Annes, Bristol BS4 4ED
Phone number: 0117 9724730
Fax: 0117 9724730
Very respected and established, good quality and not as much as an investment as some.

Pontefract Street
Ascot Drive
DE24 8JD
Phone number: 01332 752468
Email: (click for form)
Like Argos, Mercian have a respected reputation for producing quality good value finishes.

Enigma Paintworks
13 Apex Park
Diplocks Way
East Sussex
BN27 3JU.
Phone: 01323 845849
I used to work there, (sales, bike fitting and custom made to measure geometry designs). Very high quality finishes, their facility is well worth a visit; they have become very impressive on every level. The quality of their frame building and paint shop has evolved to rival the very best in the world; first class.

38, St Johns Close,
West Sussex,
PO20 3TH
Phone number:07798 733202
Very high quality finishes