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by Paul Smith SRCC
21 Sep 2020, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames
Replies: 21
Views: 985

Re: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames

I have two Van Nicholas bikes - I was dragged in by the beautiful 'V' in the fancy dropouts....yes, I am that shallow. I notice that the latest Yukon doesn't have this feature. Forget it !! The 'V' in the drop outs is lovely but I don't recall it ever being on the Yukon, one model that has got them...
by Paul Smith SRCC
20 Sep 2020, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic Aksium - build quality ?
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Mavic Aksium - build quality ?

It is quite common on those wheels, retensioning the spokes normally resolves the issue. Be careful not to over tension as you can put to much stress on the eyelet; I've even seen many rims crack at that point and even the nipple/spoke pull out right out if the rim. If the creak persists the next th...
by Paul Smith SRCC
17 Aug 2020, 9:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame size
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Re: Frame size

The first thing I'd do is revisit your current bike fit, although it's a good idea to base a new bike on your current bike and bike fit, it's far more valid if that current position is the correct one. If a rider feels the reach to the bars is long it can seem logical to adjust the "saddle as f...
by Paul Smith SRCC
13 Aug 2020, 10:43am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A new bike for LeJoG - but what sort?
Replies: 12
Views: 623

Re: A new bike for LeJoG - but what sort?

Have you ridden these bikes to recommend them... I have ridden two of the bikes referenced up thread, the Enigma Etape (that's what I am riding in my profile pic') and have owned my Van Nicholas Yukon since 2007, these two and that style of lightweight tourer/audax bike would be my choice now for L...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Aug 2020, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: if having to buy a bike on frame measurements alone, whats MOST important?
Replies: 67
Views: 2219

Re: if having to buy a bike on frame measurements alone, whats MOST important?

I put the measurements into the bike geometry calculator and then used the measurements.... If you like playing around with data you may enjoy composing each in BikeCAD free . It's quite easy to find data for the bars , seatpin and headset and even luggage ; so you can play around with it quite a b...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Aug 2020, 9:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Tricross - anyone had any experience of this?
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Specialized Tricross - anyone had any experience of this?

I’m looking at a bike to do a 14 day LEJOG and this popped up on my FB pages. It’s a cantilever brake version which seems to be criticised but otherwise looks decent spec. Some people say it’s a bit dull others like it. Enjoyable as well as easy riding is what I want. A Tricross will fulfil that ro...
by Paul Smith SRCC
3 Aug 2020, 11:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When will bike shops replenish their stock, and when will 2021 models be released?
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: When will bike shops replenish their stock, and when will 2021 models be released?

...Raleigh in Nottingham used to make Raleigh bikes, if one model was selling better than expected, they'd make some more.... When I first started in the cycle trade in the mid eighties Raleigh were still a major force, I worked for one of their five star dealers ( Pearson Cycles ). Yes Raleigh sti...
by Paul Smith SRCC
14 Jul 2020, 12:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2555

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

...I’m not suggesting that anyone with a bad back should try to ride in a low position, but I am asking which bikes have been designed for the, seemingly large, group of riders who want an upright position, but still want to ride a bike that is superficially similar to a racing bike. It depends on ...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Jul 2020, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin battery life extension
Replies: 38
Views: 1087

Re: Garmin battery life extension

Any tips for making the life on my Garmin 800 a bit longer... My 810 is an evolution of your 800 and I don't get much more out of mine either, never have! I've done all the recommended settings, screen brightness reduced, Bluetooth off and displaying a data screen when following a route that flips ...
by Paul Smith SRCC
9 Jul 2020, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TA Carmina Triple
Replies: 8
Views: 382

Re: TA Carmina Triple

... do I need a new bottom bracket to bring the remaining two rings in a bit and give me a better chain line... I use a TA Carmina triple with Campagnolo Record 10 speed long cage rear mech' and triple front, 13-29 cassette, 26/36/46 rings. I use a JIS 116mm BB, my Van Nicholas Yukon has a front me...
by Paul Smith SRCC
4 Jul 2020, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge Explore
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Garmin Edge Explore

Should I ignore the Garmin Edge Explore or just work with its limitations? Well my conclusion with the 810 was the latter, they all drive you round the bend instead of navigating you around it on occasion! To put it into some kind of context, after posting yesterday I composed a 100 mile route via ...
by Paul Smith SRCC
3 Jul 2020, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge Explore
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Garmin Edge Explore

I've been using the Garmin Edge 810 since 2013 and I am still enjoying it now in 2020, I wanted it for much the same reason as you, I just wanted to plan then follow that route. I have written an account of my experience as a new user that maybe of interest (click for link) as much of it is based on...
by Paul Smith SRCC
1 Jul 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2555

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

CTC Dolan GXC Large.jpg Large Dolan GXC CTC 2021 Trek Domane SL4 56cm.jpg 56cm Trek Domane I like your bike CAD images a lot, it‘s helpful/ interesting to see the two frames side by side. I composed those in BikeCAD Pro (something to do while I'm on Furlough, so much for the biketrade booming...) b...
by Paul Smith SRCC
1 Jul 2020, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.
Replies: 67
Views: 2555

Re: Carbon frames for Mamils with high handlebars.

I still think the bikes in this thread would make more sense if the top tube ran from the seat tube, to just underneath the stem. Those who wanted a low position could fit a -17deg stem, the rest could lose the stack of spacers. I looked up the details of Dolan's GXC. Although it has a very high fr...
by Paul Smith SRCC
22 Jun 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any way to assess toe(clip) overlap on x frame?
Replies: 10
Views: 529

Re: Any way to assess toe(clip) overlap on x frame?

As 531Colin has mentioned manufacturers geometry data is often incomplete; it's occasionally wrong as well! But, if each of the bikes you are considering publishes enough accurate data you may find value in composing each in BikeCAD free , the 'toe overlap' feature is not available like it is on the...