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by AndyA
18 Jan 2020, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Derailleur/Shifter Compatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 428

Re: Shimano Derailleur/Shifter Compatibility

As far as i'm aware, all shimano 3x MTB gear levers and mechs are intercompatible from tourney to xtr.

Agree with other posters about oiling the shifter, I use Carlube 100+ spray grease
by AndyA
3 Jan 2020, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long term storage of hydraulic brakes.
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Long term storage of hydraulic brakes.

Unless they're put away wet (or worse salty) they'll be fine after a year in a dry shed. Shimano brakes don't suffer so badly from corrosion because they use mineral oil rather than DOT4/5 fluid, the DOT fluid is hygroscopic and absorbs water from the air, the water corrodes the aluminium parts of t...
by AndyA
31 Dec 2019, 6:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: Mixing ultegra with dore set up

LBS is much more likely to want to do this if you buy the parts from them too!
by AndyA
31 Dec 2019, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: Mixing ultegra with dore set up

Shimano GRX RD-RX812-GS rear mechs allow a 42t max rear sprocket and are compatible with road 11 speed shifters So I could add this derailer Shimano GRX RD-RX810 2x11 https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/shimano-grx-rd-rx810-2x11-speed-rear-derailleur-847411 And then any sprocket - brand doesn't mat...
by AndyA
31 Dec 2019, 3:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mixing ultegra with dore set up
Replies: 7
Views: 251

Re: Mixing ultegra with dore set up

Shimano GRX RD-RX812-GS rear mechs allow a 42t max rear sprocket and are compatible with road 11 speed shifters
by AndyA
22 Dec 2019, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Remove forks for air travel?

If you fold a bike box carefully it's possible to use some luggage straps to fasten it to your back rucksack style, then you can ride to/from the airport I'd love to see a photo of that. IMG_20170405_080237091.jpg I think the guy on the right had the least bad time as his box didn't hit his helemt/...
by AndyA
21 Dec 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remove forks for air travel?
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Remove forks for air travel?

There's one golden rule for taking your bike on a plane … never, ever use a soft bag. Agreed! You'd be better wrapping it in cling film than a soft bag. I prefer a full sized cardboard bike box whenever possible, packed much like new bikes are with the rear wheel still in but with the rear mech unb...
by AndyA
14 Dec 2019, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: disc brake advice..
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: disc brake advice..

I really don't know what shimano were thinking when they decided to chage the size of the bleed port on hydro STIs. The bit point of those brakes is normally in the middle of the stroke. When playing with a bike on the floor it seems too close and if you give the lever a death grip you might be able...
by AndyA
11 Dec 2019, 12:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sigma BC1609 broke
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Sigma BC1609 broke

You might struggle, lots of bike shops around here reckon the cycle computer has gone the way of the dodo
by AndyA
2 Dec 2019, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Look 785 Huez in turbo trainer
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Look 785 Huez in turbo trainer

I wouldn't use an expensive lightweight carbon bike in a turbo. The risk of damage is too great and turbo use might void the warranty. That said - it looks like you're going to have to get creative as no-one makes such a skewer. I was going to suggest buying a suitably long 12x1 screw (or piece of t...
by AndyA
20 Nov 2019, 11:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes

In a similar vein, I recently bought an eBay bleeding kit to bleed the basic hydraulic front brake on my commuter bike only to find that most of the kit was useless as the syringes and plastic tubes intended to bleed the caliper won't fit as there is no bleed nipple on the caliper. There just seems...
by AndyA
30 Oct 2019, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legal failing in cycling accident - What further action? (Scotland)
Replies: 3
Views: 609

Re: Legal failing in cycling accident - What further action? (Scotland)

3rd reccomendation for Cycle Law Scotland, they have helped 2 of my cycling chums. Your crash sounds terrible, my sympathy!
by AndyA
28 Oct 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone Using Alligator (aka Fish Bone) Cable Housing?
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: Anyone Using Alligator (aka Fish Bone) Cable Housing?

Quite useful for the rear brake run of a small sized compact frame road bike - normal housing can struggle with the S-bend this often causes.
It does rattle and rub. No real advantage in normal use apart from the shiny colours
by AndyA
25 Oct 2019, 10:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility

Sacrilege to some, but if I was in your shoes I'd fit a Shimano 110 or 113 mm un55. The taper isn't right, which means that the cranks will sit 4mm further out than they might have had they been seated on an equivalent ISO taper. Giving you approximately the right chainline. Some think this means th...
by AndyA
25 Oct 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 4343

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

I think I speak for 99.9% of cyclists when I say that I really don't care and am not at all suprised that the Rohloff is tricky to reassemble after being stripped to individual sprockets :roll:
Loan me your Alfine 11, I'd like to see how long it'd last on the back of our tandem!