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by fatboy
13 Oct 2019, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper

I agree on the age, mid to late 80s with 3x6. The rear freewheel is a corn on the cob so provides no range of gears. My idea of off-road is pretty modest using Hertfordshire Bridleways but I think you are right that it's more a museum piece so not really what I was after. Probably someone's idea of ...
by fatboy
13 Oct 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Old, old Specialized Rockhopper

For sale in a local cycle cafe is an old, old Rockhopper in stunning condition and wondered whether it'd be useful as an MTB or not. It's obviously old as the rear mech is a non slant parrolellagram Shimano one with only 6 cogs on the back. I occasionally do off road but on a tourer (drop bar). Woul...
by fatboy
12 Oct 2019, 7:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Go left Young man/woman ......go left.
Replies: 19
Views: 898

Re: Go left Young man/woman ......go left.

As a very regular user of the Stevenage cycle paths (I work there) I reckon one issue is the low numbers of bikes so there's no going with the flow so no obvious correct side). I do see the odd bike on the wrong side and I have wondered if it is people not used to roads that drive on the left. Ditto...
by fatboy
29 Sep 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reports of the death of triple/nine speed greatly exaggerated?
Replies: 34
Views: 1378

Re: Reports of the death of triple/nine speed greatly exaggerated?

I wouldn't immediately worry, Sora has been 3x9 for many years and Claris is 3x8. I'd predict that we've got a couple of years (I've got 3 bikes with 3x9).
by fatboy
17 Sep 2019, 5:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack with shorter legs to suit 26in wheels(559)?
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Rack with shorter legs to suit 26in wheels(559)?

Tubus could work (I've got them) but also I've used these and they come with 2 foot options (short and long) for 26 or 700c

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/carriers-ra ... nier-rack/
by fatboy
15 Sep 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Too many choices - which new bike ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1537

Re: Too many choices - which new bike ?

Thanks. Are those not more like Touring bikes? Intrigued as to why this is a problem? I'm amazed that everyone who doesn't have one think they are wrong, most who have them love them. I own 2 touring bikes (one I use for touring and one I keep for Sunday best) so am an advocate; they are really fle...
by fatboy
14 Sep 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!
Replies: 70
Views: 2236

Re: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!

I've been using the SORA levers for over 12 months and 2000 miles + so far ..Whinlatter Pass decent on Tuesday was the first time my brakes failed to stop me .... they slowed me considerably but would not stop me. Sounds like some routine maintenance is in order. When you say that you couldn't stop...
by fatboy
13 Sep 2019, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton-esque build; guess the weight
Replies: 22
Views: 1198

Re: Brompton-esque build; guess the weight

Marathon plus good for no punctures but hardly light!

15kg is my guess
by fatboy
13 Sep 2019, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton chain
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Brompton chain

yes. IIRC Brompton's own chains are SRAM ones, cut to specific lengths to suit their various models. Presumably if you own a Brompton you can't be expected to shorten a chain like everyone else. cheers Thought so! To be fair to Bromptons the packaging will be pleasing with old fashioned typed instr...
by fatboy
13 Sep 2019, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton chain
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Brompton chain

I'm borrowing a mate's Brompton (2 speed) and it needs a new chain. Brompton do their own chains but is it OK to use a 7-speed/8-speed 3/32 rather than a Brompton bespoke?
by fatboy
13 Sep 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!
Replies: 70
Views: 2236

Re: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!

Tektro 992, AKA Tektro 'oryx' https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2363/9395/products/tektro-992ag-oryx-cantilever-brakes_1024x.png?v=1537560960 levers? setup? Before the inevitable cries of 'those brakes are crap' I would just like to mention that 'those brakes' can vary at least a factor of two in p...
by fatboy
13 Sep 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!
Replies: 70
Views: 2236

Re: Cantilever brakes ..... HELP !!!

What sort of cantis? What sort of levers? I have cantis on the rear of two bikes and find them good. I use mini vees on the front as the light mount is easier.

To make them work the usual suspects are cables and blocks. Was it raining?
by fatboy
10 Sep 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front wheel flexes whilst climbing? cause
Replies: 67
Views: 4066

Re: front wheel flexes whilst climbing? cause

I've got SP hubs on two bikes (32 spokes, Chrinra and LX17) and haven't noticed flex when riding and I'm 80kg plus. I have done the exchange that Brucey talks of as one got play in the bearings.
by fatboy
27 Aug 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling related male personal problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1044

Re: Cycling related male personal problem

I rode out in a pair of L shorts rather than XL and it seemed better in the regards discussed in this thread. This could explain it being a new problem.....
by fatboy
25 Aug 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear cable sticking or what?
Replies: 26
Views: 1174

Re: Gear cable sticking or what?

I'd wager on the freehub! Every Shimano freehub that I've had has done that once in a while. It's a bit irritating but not surprising when you think of the design of a freewheel. I've chosen to ignore it (other than grumble occasionally!). Additionally I'd say it's not the rear mech as the symptoms ...