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by JohnW
21 Feb 2007, 11:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC MEMBER BENEFIT, save £££
Replies: 24
Views: 4925

In that case, Karen, I respectfully request your comments on the subject in hand.

JohnW
by JohnW
21 Feb 2007, 1:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycle mag changing?
Replies: 90
Views: 16387

Thirdcrank - Is a chap old at 62? - I'm only grumpy when I hit the kind of weather that means I have to clean my bike when I get home, instead of soaking in the bath reading "Cycle". I know what you mean though - my really local LBS is owned and operated by a chap (a young chap - probably ...
by JohnW
21 Feb 2007, 12:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC MEMBER BENEFIT, save £££
Replies: 24
Views: 4925

My feelings exactly robgul.

Such feelings have been expressed by others on several previous occasions on these boards.

Do the CTC Council read these pages?

JohnW
by JohnW
21 Feb 2007, 12:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carradice saddlebags
Replies: 16
Views: 4387

Good thinking Peter.

JohnW
by JohnW
20 Feb 2007, 6:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC MEMBER BENEFIT, save £££
Replies: 24
Views: 4925

SimonL6

How big is your family for family membership to cost £550? You'd have to spend a lot for 10% discounts to add uop to £550!

JohnW
by JohnW
19 Feb 2007, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

Yeah MickF, change for change sake is downright stupid - at least that - and the planned obsolescence policy of even cycleparts manufactureres is not for the best. The component which precipitated this thread was a front changer for a triple chainset; my 63 years old right knee suggested a change fr...
by JohnW
19 Feb 2007, 2:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

MickF I'm not sure whether you're being sincere or sarcastic, but you've certainly summed the situation up in a nutshell. Don't scrap your mercian - at 21 its a young 'un anyway, my day-to-day everything frame was built 1979, and my 'new' touring bike was built in 1984; my Mercian is ordered, due to...
by JohnW
18 Feb 2007, 3:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carradice saddlebags
Replies: 16
Views: 4387

I have a Super C saddlebag which has one webbing strap central on the bottom edge of the flap. Whether or not your light is at the correct angle very much depends upon what you have in your saddlebag. You would be amazed at the ingenuity displayed by us cyclists (or should it be 'we' cyclists?) to e...
by JohnW
17 Feb 2007, 12:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycle mag changing?
Replies: 90
Views: 16387

Yes thirdcrank - I wondered whether there was something like that. The trouble is that I found the Spa Cycles advert a good catalogue and a real help - an asset to the magazine and a service to members - I can't say the same about any aspect of the CTC shop at present. Go into Spa Cycles (actually, ...
by JohnW
16 Feb 2007, 7:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycle mag changing?
Replies: 90
Views: 16387

I’m sorry to read the negative comments about “Cycle”. My own view is that, whilst nothing is perfect, such comments are generally unfair. I do have one gripe, and I did pass that on to the editor, Dan the Man, with not a very satisfactory response. My complaint was with respect to the clarity and s...
by JohnW
13 Feb 2007, 11:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

Firstly, Thirdcrank, I’m sincerely sorry to hear that health problems are curtailing your miles so severely. You must be missing life awheel. Now, with respect to front changer mileage: 27 years ago I equipped three of my four bikes with new changers – all working on 42-52 doubles (the fourth bike h...
by JohnW
11 Feb 2007, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

Thirdcrany -

On reading what I've written, I must clarify that I refer to the errant Tiagra changer as a duff item, not the Dura-Ace, which has been exemplary.

JohnW
by JohnW
11 Feb 2007, 12:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

Hello Thirdcrank - I think you're right, but is 2500 miles (its mileage this weekend when I stripped it down) reasonable for a front changer, and is such bad design or workmanship pushing the frontiers of cycle technology? My experience is that Shimano performs very well indeed but soon wears out (w...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2007, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: "I'd Rather Walk than use Shimano"?
Replies: 56
Views: 10624

Have a look on the 'Bikes and Bits - Technical section' subject on this webb-site, and on the topic headed "Shimano Front Changers" - I've been having a problem, and the comments may be relevant. Benelux gears? Its not helpful to compare them with current offerings, they were before the da...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2007, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3614

I disassembled the offending front changer. It is a triple, and of typical front changer construction with a cast alu main body which bands on to the seat tube, two parallelogram arms connecting the main body (both in alu) to the cage, which is of pressed steel. The bottom pivot points (at the cage)...