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by fatboy
28 May 2017, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ideal headset design
Replies: 40
Views: 3813

Re: Ideal headset design

I have sympathy for both sides of this argument. I much prefer adjusting the aheadset sort. I have had all sorts of creaking from quill stems over the years. But I have also had issues with rusty aheadsets. Bike designs are too often not ideal for wet weather use, you only have to look at external b...
by fatboy
3 May 2017, 6:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore M590 MTB Shifters with Sora 3500
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: Deore M590 MTB Shifters with Sora 3500

Brian73 wrote:
I know the rear mech will be ok but is the pull ratio the same for the front Sora road mech?


No the front mech pull is different
by fatboy
9 Apr 2017, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable front derailleur.
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: Suitable front derailleur.

Is it braze on or clamp on? If it's clamp on then you could move it down. If it's braze on then you may not be able to lower it. It is worth noting that doubles are a lot kore forgiving and it might just work without changing anything.
by fatboy
8 Apr 2017, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Re: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?

Took the Brommie to the shop but they couldn't budge the bolts. Normally they would then saw the bolts off but my hinge wasn't worn enough to allow them to do it. So we decided to leave be for another year. This is a good outcome, I got a second opinion on the hinge which tells me all is well and it...
by fatboy
8 Apr 2017, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles Elan Ti
Replies: 52
Views: 3449

Re: Spa Cycles Elan Ti

Yeah, come and ride the test bikes. The Audax is (I think) Spa's best seller, its a nice ride and it fits with what most people want to do (Tarmac, day rides, the odd B&B weekend). But I never got one, the tracks pull at me, and dual pivot clearances don't really work for that. The Elan is diff...
by fatboy
7 Apr 2017, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles Elan Ti
Replies: 52
Views: 3449

Re: Spa Cycles Elan Ti

Colin, Thanks for the response. I ride 54cm tourer and I'd definitely visit before spending nearly 2 grand. If I bought a Ti tourer that'd be the third one in Hitchin (that I know about, plus a few steel audaxes and my steel tourer, Spa must be doing something right) I run 3 bikes (plus a folder whi...
by fatboy
7 Apr 2017, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles Elan Ti
Replies: 52
Views: 3449

Re: Spa Cycles Elan Ti

I'm torn! I am soon in the market for a treat bike. My head is telling me a Spa Ti tourer whicj I love (I have a steel Spa tourer home brew which would become my commuter bike) but I can't stop thinking about the elan. I only occasionally do fully loaded touring. If I got a steel fork (an option I ...
by fatboy
7 Apr 2017, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles Elan Ti
Replies: 52
Views: 3449

Re: Spa Cycles Elan Ti

I'm torn! I am soon in the market for a treat bike. My head is telling me a Spa Ti tourer whicj I love (I have a steel Spa tourer home brew which would become my commuter bike) but I can't stop thinking about the elan. I only occasionally do fully loaded touring. If I got a steel fork (an option I b...
by fatboy
2 Apr 2017, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cantilever brakes vs mini v brakes
Replies: 31
Views: 1133

Re: cantilever brakes vs mini v brakes

Why do some frame have the brake bosses too low? Isn't there a standard? Are these crappy bikes we are talking about? Doesn't seem to be a standard. The Dawes Horizon is a low end touring bike but decent touring bikes are a cut above low end for hybrid bikes for example. 2004 rrp was £450 for infor...
by fatboy
1 Apr 2017, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Re: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?

Brucey wrote:
fatboy wrote:Rear triangle hinge


most folk would refer to that as a pivot, and the part that allows the bike to fold as a hinge, but hey...

FWIW this part would benefit from having a grease nipple fitted.

cheers

Yes and yes!

Will pay the LBS to do this soon
by fatboy
1 Apr 2017, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Re: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?

Rear triangle hinge
by fatboy
1 Apr 2017, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Re: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?

So I've been in the garage and yes it does have some play in it. Time to book it in to the LBS I think. Making my own reamer isn't something that I'm likely to do well!
by fatboy
1 Apr 2017, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton hinge servicing-how often?
Replies: 18
Views: 550

Brompton hinge servicing-how often?

Was looking on Brompton's website and saw that they recommend hinge servicing. My Brommie is old, I got it second hand, and I've never done the hinge in about 3 years (probably done 500 miles in that time). I can't detect any play.

What does anyone else do?
by fatboy
31 Mar 2017, 10:36pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Men's euphemism & saddle issues
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Re: Men's euphemism & saddle issues

Prostate gets bigger with age and is less tucked away. I used to like Brooks saddles but as they sag the prostate pressure, I found, got unpleasant. I tried Spa saddles which don't have the sag but hurt other places. I now use Madison Flux saddles.

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