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by fatboy
6 Jul 2020, 2:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this style of Low rider safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 881

Re: Is this style of Low rider safe?

They are safe but finding panniers that fit can be a challenge. I think that ortliebs will fit but can't remember.
by fatboy
5 Jul 2020, 9:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain, chain, chain.....ch-ch-ch-changes...
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Chain, chain, chain.....ch-ch-ch-changes...

As someone who gets through chains quickly (the order of 1000ish miles - don't ask me why, maybe my high cadence and sloppy maintenance!) but I just change the chain when it needs it and don't worry about anything else. When I've got steel rings (given up of Aluminium) the drive train lasts so many ...
by fatboy
30 Jun 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.
Replies: 15
Views: 930

Re: Spa Nidd Saddle - How to (rapidly) break in.

I gave up, it was like sitting on a rock and I really persisted (when they did get comfy I found that the front metal bit had broken). I now use Madison Flux and Passport Navigator saddles, much happier!
by fatboy
30 Jun 2020, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: campag shifters shimano gears
Replies: 31
Views: 710

Re: campag shifters shimano gears

Mick F wrote:
drossall wrote:Original Shimergo page here.
CJ never mentioned costs.

My post above has used costs as an illustration in using Ergo and Campag stuff with a Shimano cassette and with a Jtek shift mate.


Do you not also need a Shimano derailleur too?
by fatboy
26 Jun 2020, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Horizon drivetrain upgrade.
Replies: 9
Views: 308

Re: Dawes Horizon drivetrain upgrade.

Deore rear mech will work (so long as it's not more than 9) as will Sora.

Seconding the other comment there is benefit in keeping it simple with 8-speed just replace what's worn out (rear mechs do wear out and I've had the front mech break (the tab retaining the spring snapped off)
by fatboy
26 Jun 2020, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?

Why do you want to change? It will cost a fortune for IMHO minor benefits.
by fatboy
21 Jun 2020, 9:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Go Outdoors
Replies: 118
Views: 3380

Re: Go Outdoors

I'm disappointed since my daughter may loose her job!
by fatboy
21 Jun 2020, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bromptons - Not Impressed
Replies: 114
Views: 21721

Re: Bromptons - Not Impressed

Caught up with W1A recently. The Brompton is popular with several of the characters, who are frequently depicted arriving simultaneously at Broadcasting House, with humorous consequences. One of my favourites is the running gag where the staff pecking order is reflected by their use of the various ...
by fatboy
17 Jun 2020, 5:34pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Sunrace R80 7 speed downtube shifters
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Sunrace R80 7 speed downtube shifters

Glad I found out with the cheap ones! However I mis ordered band on so wasted more money.... Still the L is OK!
by fatboy
16 Jun 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Sunrace R80 7 speed downtube shifters
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Sunrace R80 7 speed downtube shifters

I bought these because they are cheap. I thought that they'd be low risk (it's a 7 speed shifter so surely not complex?) but I'm not happy with them. The front shifter is OK (it's a power ratchet type) but the rear is stiff and it either over shifts or runs rough (trying to fall down to the next hig...
by fatboy
14 Jun 2020, 12:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2924

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

All that to say I haven’t regretted going from STIs to down-tube shifters for a moment. It’s a pure pleasure to ride and work on this bike. I was reminded of that all the more when working on a Shimano FD-5801 with STI (indexed front) shifting last week. What a heap of nonsense. There were more lev...
by fatboy
14 Jun 2020, 11:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 84
Views: 2924

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

I have recently reverted to down tube shifters for my commuting tourer and I really like them. They are simple and seem to stop me needlessly changing gear. I'm probably going to downgrade another of my bikes (mix of downtube and bar end - I've got off ones knocking about!) but I expect my best bike...
by fatboy
7 Jun 2020, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built
Replies: 36
Views: 953

Re: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built

.......Yes you need a gap, the top cap needs to be pressing on the stem or spacer and not bottom out on the steerer. I leave a 10mm spacer above the stem, just for a bit of future adjustability. Yep,spot on :wink: I forgot to answer that bit :oops: I'm a fan of not cutting down fork steerers at all...
by fatboy
31 May 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cutting a headstock to length.
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: Cutting a headstock to length.

Why not leave it uncut? I don't cut any of mine as I figure that as I get older I will need to raise the bars.

A mate wanted me to cut down his fork and I was reminded why I don't do this!
by fatboy
30 May 2020, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Square taper BBs
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Square taper BBs

Brucey wrote:is it possible they make your frame break....?.....

:lol:

(sorry, couldn't resist it..... :oops: )

cheers

What am I missing here? Maybe that's why my old rusty black frame snapped!