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by fatboy
9 Feb 2020, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New style Brompton Sturmey Shiftet
Replies: 5
Views: 390

New style Brompton Sturmey Shiftet

Does anyone else have a very new Brompton with the under bar shifters? Do yours stick? These are really plasticy, gritty (plastic on plastic noises) and despite being supposed to toggle and return to centre mine only do for some gear shifts. For a bike costing more than a grand I think that it's a b...
by fatboy
2 Feb 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sora r3000
Replies: 11
Views: 461

Re: Sora r3000

FWIW if the advantage of concealed cables that you seek is that it is easier to fit a bar bag, then you can usually achieve this by fitting V-brake noodles to the gear cable runs at they exit 'washing line' type shifters. Concealed cables look nice but when time comes for cable maintenance, they ar...
by fatboy
15 Jan 2020, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 2101

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

FWIW,SPD M520'S are fantastic,great ball bearings which last seemingly forever(I've yet to wearout the bearings on any one of the six pair I own and use and some are almost 20 years old.) needing only occasional adjustment,cheap @ £20 to £30, cleats can be worn with touring,mtb or road shoes,secure...
by fatboy
13 Jan 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 2101

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

FWIW,SPD M520'S are fantastic,great ball bearings which last seemingly forever(I've yet to wearout the bearings on any one of the six pair I own and use and some are almost 20 years old.) needing only occasional adjustment,cheap @ £20 to £30, cleats can be worn with touring,mtb or road shoes,secure...
by fatboy
8 Dec 2019, 8:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far
Replies: 39
Views: 1790

Re: Tubeless tyres .... What I've learned so far

I know several people who love their tubeless tyres but I'm still not convinced that they are right for me (battery lights are in the same boat as I'm never prepared enough). As a touring bike user who does road commuting I'm happy with what I use. I love the marketing idea of inner tubes sites abov...
by fatboy
7 Dec 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off road tyres for a tourer
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Off road tyres for a tourer

The off-road would be muddy Chiltern chalk and clay. Nothing too challenging but likely to be very slippery with Schwalbe Marathons (the current tyres).
by fatboy
7 Dec 2019, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading old Brompton brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Upgrading old Brompton brakes

I think they will fit OK (without major issues anyway) but maybe someone knows different. FWIW I would use the newer levers with the newer brake calipers, but some combinations of lever/shifter/handlebar can result in a reduced grip length available. cheers I already changed the levers which helped...
by fatboy
7 Dec 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading old Brompton brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Upgrading old Brompton brakes

Having recently got a new Brompton I realise how bad the brakes were on my old one (now with my daughter). Will the new ones fit or wil I suffer from incompatibility issues?
by fatboy
7 Dec 2019, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off road tyres for a tourer
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Off road tyres for a tourer

I've acquired another tourer (Dawes Super Galaxy) that I'd like to make it an off road bike, it's got on-one midge bars and I'll take the mudguards and rack off. However I'd like to buy some off-road tyres but don't know where to start. Gravel bike tyres? CX tyres? Something else? It won't fit 29&qu...
by fatboy
2 Dec 2019, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped bottom bracket shell
Replies: 18
Views: 9169

Re: Stripped bottom bracket shell

Brute force won (well a long bar). New BB on order and epoxy bought
by fatboy
27 Nov 2019, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped bottom bracket shell
Replies: 18
Views: 9169

Re: Stripped bottom bracket shell

Well the repair has worked for over 4 years but now the BB is knackered so time for the fun of getting it out :) .As of yesterday it's my bike so up to me what I do!

Any tips? My ideas are:

1. Brute force
2. Blowtorch and brute force
by fatboy
13 Oct 2019, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old, old Specialized Rockhopper
Replies: 7
Views: 436

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: 436

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: 1337

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: 1463

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).