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by Paul Smith SRCC
25 Dec 2019, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture resistant tyres for my road bike
Replies: 20
Views: 639

Re: Puncture resistant tyres for my road bike

Tyres are a very personal choice, one rider may swear by a tyre that on the same type of bike another may swear because they hate it. "I like these tyres because they are so puncture resistant" versus "they felt so slow and dead to ride I hated them". For sure it comes down to pe...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Nov 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1811

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

Main requirement is turn by turn navigation (with map). Also I'd like to be able to calculate/plot routes directly from the device ... Disregarding the Edge® 130 that although does have a bread crumb trail map display with tbt prompts it's really more about recording data, other than that model the...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Nov 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trek Domane Al 3 vs Pinnacle Laterite 3 - which to buy tomorrow?
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Trek Domane Al 3 vs Pinnacle Laterite 3 - which to buy tomorrow?

The size range is more extensive for the Trek, even though this is a budget item the correct bike fit is still valid especially as you "stopped cycling 6 years ago due to hip/knee surgery". Your local Trek retailer may offer a sizing service that could be invaluable, many offer sizing fits...
by Paul Smith SRCC
10 Nov 2019, 12:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?
Replies: 63
Views: 1811

Re: Garmin Edge range- thoughts?

Of the current range one the most popular has been the Edge 830 , smaller than the 1030 and for many far more intuitive than the 530. I still use my 810 , their flagship model at the time. I bought it in 2013 and it still does what I personally need it to do well enough for me not to be seduced by t...
by Paul Smith SRCC
8 Sep 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 105 Triple gearing options
Replies: 20
Views: 1180

Re: Shimano 105 Triple gearing options

...Downsize the chainrings to maybe something like 46/36/26 ...105 triple front mech I use 46/36/26 chainrings on my on my own Van Nicholas Yukon , a TA Carmina ; although it is a bit of a compromise with a front mech designed for larger chainrings. To quote the review of my own chainset and ratio ...
by Paul Smith SRCC
24 Jul 2019, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Van Nicholas Yukon
Replies: 13
Views: 2134

Re: Van Nicholas Yukon

If it is the original Van Nicholas forks then they had carbon fibre legs with alloy steerer and crown, as are the current Van Nicholas caliper forks used on the Yukon. Note some UK dealers often fitted cheaper forks from different manufactures so look for the Van Nicholas branding http://www.plsmith...
by Paul Smith SRCC
12 Jan 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you carry your camera?
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

Re: How do you carry your camera?

If the weather looks poor I will carry my DSLR in a handlebar bag, in part for quick access, plus as the bag is supported it helps alleviate vibration, my Carradice Super C Bar bag is just large enough for my padded camera bag; which is ideal. .. . which saddle bag is that in the photo? It's a Carr...
by Paul Smith SRCC
9 Jan 2019, 3:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2652

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

Many road bikes now use 50/34 with a 34t sprocket,a noticeable difference over your 28t; for a lightweight road bike for the majority that offers a low enough gear ratio. Off the peg touring bikes will offer lower, something like the RidgeBack Voyage has a 48-36-26T chainset with 11-34T. Manufacture...
by Paul Smith SRCC
9 Jan 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tubeless Rims on a Tourer?
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Tubeless Rims on a Tourer?

I am surprised you are getting that many punctures with a Marathon plus, even the less puncture resistant standard Marathon should offer better than a puncture "every couple of days". Are the punctures definitely caused by something penetrating the tyre? Often it can be an internal issue, ...
by Paul Smith SRCC
9 Jan 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gravel bike for touring?
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Gravel bike for touring?

Providing the gearing is low enough a Gravel Bike could well be kitted out and be a valid choice as a touring bike as many have front and rear luggage carrying capabilities. Alternatively a more focused touring bike like the Ridgeback Voyage offers lower gearing and has generous clearances that alth...
by Paul Smith SRCC
9 Jan 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How do you carry your camera?
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

Re: How do you carry your camera?

If the weather looks poor I will carry my DSLR in a handlebar bag, in part for quick access, plus as the bag is supported it helps alleviate vibration, my Carradice Super C Bar bag is just large enough for my padded camera bag; which is ideal. If the weather is good I will carry the same camera over...
by Paul Smith SRCC
11 Nov 2018, 12:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route navigation
Replies: 28
Views: 1359

Re: Route navigation

..She needs a unit that she (or me) can easily pre-load a route - or download GPX files - that will last all day battery wise and cope with a bit of rain/ abuse. She needs turn by turn navigation. She's not interested in data anal - just getting to her destination. f you wanted to treat yourself th...
by Paul Smith SRCC
11 Nov 2018, 11:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing stainless steel frame (KVA MS3)
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: Repairing stainless steel frame (KVA MS3)

Hmm, I've had a reply from Enigma and they've declined to take on the job. I was hoping it might be possible to just repair the crack with a local weld but they think the only sensible fix is to replace the seatstays and they're too busy to take the job on. I've no ill will towards Enigma for decli...
by Paul Smith SRCC
23 Oct 2018, 7:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Guernsey coast
Replies: 7
Views: 780

Re: Guernsey coast

......Was only discussing with a friend the other day about cycling in the Channel Islands next year - esp' Guernsey, Sark, Alderney.....John. Well as I mentioned in my post I "visited Jersey earlier in the year", if I had to pick which I preferred it was to be fair close, very very close...
by Paul Smith SRCC
2 Oct 2018, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10 speed triple 48-36-26 ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4956

Re: 10 speed triple 48-36-26 ?

....Sometimes you can space the FD backwards on the adaptor and this can allow it to swing further inwards before it hits the seat tube.... Another good point, I use a 116mm BB but the frame and chainset would cope with narrower, but when fitted the FD would did hit the seat tube. In reality it was...