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by AndyA
16 Feb 2019, 9:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flat pedal shoes with velcro fastening.
Replies: 16
Views: 490

Re: Flat pedal shoes with velcro fastening.

My requirements for a mtb shoe are very similar to yours. The closest I could find was a Shimano GR9. Velcro flap covering drawstring laces. I would have preferred velcro only, or a boa or something but the drawstring is fine really. Very grippy soles
by AndyA
5 Feb 2019, 12:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 2990

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

https://www.outbraker.eu/product/outbraker-1lever-2-brakes/ Potentially useful but I'm not sure if this product is right - it seems to just be a y-splitter with some dubious psuedo abs. What I think you'd want is a larger hydraulic cylinder actuated by your existing system possibly with a proportion...
by AndyA
27 Jan 2019, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Joining a 9 Sp KMC Chain
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: Joining a 9 Sp KMC Chain

Some quick links are non-removable and these are very tight on first installation. It seems to be random whether you get removable or not quick links with KMC chains at the moment. Fitting/removing a few times with a set of quick link pliers loosens them off and makes them removable in my experience
by AndyA
24 Jan 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette lockring issue
Replies: 11
Views: 444

Re: Cassette lockring issue

Cyclists have weak upper bodies, get your legs involved! If you arrange the chainwhip so that the handle is resting against the leg of a workbench or other solid upright (doorframe possibly), then fit your lockring remover so it's sticking forward horizontally you can give it a bloody great stomp th...
by AndyA
17 Jan 2019, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Huge increase in price of Surly Ogre forks
Replies: 14
Views: 606

Re: Huge increase in price of Surly Ogre forks

Identidi (house brand of Ison Distribution) make some forks that have a lot of clearance on the hub side. Not as pricey as a Surly but not cheap....
You could get a handbuilt fork from Bob Jackson for the Surly price!
https://www.identitibikes.com/products/Forks
by AndyA
14 Jan 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tribulations
Replies: 51
Views: 2686

Re: Tubeless woes

If you do fit a tube at the side of the road, do remember to remove the tyre and clean off the sealant (possibly when you get home). If you forget about it and go to remove the (now punctured) tube some months later you may find it very well adhered to the tyre!
by AndyA
24 Dec 2018, 1:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!
Replies: 26
Views: 1151

Re: Tubeless Tyres - well impressed!

I went tubeless on my Genesis Longitude. I realised that the tyres supplied with the bike were on so tight I'd never get them off If I needed to replace an inner tube whilst out on the trail. I had to take them to my LBS to be done as I couldn't shift them. It nearly defeated them as well. When I c...
by AndyA
13 Dec 2018, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: European importers: Are they at it?
Replies: 129
Views: 4946

Re: European importers: Are they at it?

So there you have it, Mercian et al are not only in the bottom leagues of OTP producers, they're also grossly overpriced compared to what is essentially a better, more refined product from a long established producer from between half and a third of the price. Its clear its not Taiwanese producers ...
by AndyA
8 Dec 2018, 10:32pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: A decent saddle.
Replies: 26
Views: 19517

Re: A decent saddle.

I've got a Manta saddle, it's terrible! Hard to get on and off, not comfortable and makes it hard for me to steer the bike as the hinge means you can't shift your weight as well. Once a cycle courier chum was visiting/skiving at my work, I asked him to nip across the road to get some bacon rolls. Wh...
by AndyA
6 Dec 2018, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Four prong freewheel tools
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: Four prong freewheel tools

Nah, that's for certain Suntour multi-speed freewheels. You want this one
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=159506
Unior tools are good kit, as good as Park I think
by AndyA
1 Dec 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 1983 Dawes Super Galaxy Ral colour anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: 1983 Dawes Super Galaxy Ral colour anyone?

If Dawes were using a colour chart in 1983 it was less likely to by the German RAL chart, probably the BS381 or BS5252 chart. I think I've seen a few Dawes of that era that were brown; metallic, a brown I'd say was closer to maroon, and another colour we Scots would call jobbie broon. The metallic w...
by AndyA
1 Dec 2018, 7:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick release seat clamp - value for money and downsides
Replies: 9
Views: 354

Re: Quick release seat clamp - value for money and downsides

I reckon the Hope QR seatpost clamp is better than the Salsa - the Hope has a brass bushing that the cam runs on and requires less hand effort than the Salsa. The Salsa does look better in my opinion!
by AndyA
1 Dec 2018, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatpost clamp recess is deeper than frame will allow
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Seatpost clamp recess is deeper than frame will allow

That tool is a hole cutter; you would not use it to cut a frame tube. Actually lots of framebuilders use them to mitre frame tubes on a milling machine http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/4178214876_ed2942a9a7.jpg For Manc33's use they'd be less than ideal as they're usually out of round by at leas...
by AndyA
1 Dec 2018, 4:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon seat post stuck in carbon frame
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: Carbon seat post stuck in carbon frame

Wow, that's a great technique! I'll give it a try, but I think I'll hold the frame and pull up while some one else drops the weight. I didn't like the look of their flipflop and newspaper scratch prevention regime
by AndyA
22 Nov 2018, 7:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 57
Views: 2063

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

not always and it also relies on a motorist actually seeing it, then acknowledging it and then acting on it, as we already know this doesn't work. Despite a huge increase in brightness, pulsing/flashing modes, multiple lights fitted, increase in hi-vis and reflective gear cyclists are still being c...