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by Wesh-Laurence
18 Feb 2014, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FD Change on Tourer
Replies: 6
Views: 5134

Re: FD Change on Tourer

I used a JTek Shiftmate (model 7?) available from SJS Cycles to increase the cable pull of my Shimano Tiagra STI Road levers to operate an MTB Front Mech.
by Wesh-Laurence
17 Feb 2014, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: kinesis tripster atr frame versus enigma etape frame
Replies: 45
Views: 14235

Re: kinesis tripster atr frame versus enigma etape frame

3 years ago I built a bike using the original Kinesis Decade Tripster frameset. I chose to build mine up as a lightweight touring bike. I wanted a "road" type bike with disc brakes and it accepts wide tyres, probably up to 35mm+, it has bosses for fitting mudguards and rear panniers. Is th...
by Wesh-Laurence
17 Feb 2014, 8:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Portable Jet washers
Replies: 6
Views: 8992

Re: Portable Jet washers

I use the 15 litre Mobi. It's great because I can wash my dirty mountain bike before putting it into my car. It plugs into the car cigar lighter or works off my portable 12V car battery booster pack.
by Wesh-Laurence
17 Feb 2014, 8:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kinesis Decade Tripster
Replies: 7
Views: 6899

Re: Kinesis Decade Tripster

The Tweeks frameset shown is the old model with the original DC19 fork. The later model is supplied with the very good looking DC37 fork. The frameset is specifically designed to use disc calipers not rim brakes. It may not be a cheap frameset but it is not an expensive one either. It was ahead of i...
by Wesh-Laurence
27 Jan 2014, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: STI shifters with a touring crankset
Replies: 48
Views: 11489

Re: STI shifters with a touring crankset

I have drop bars and Shimano Triagra STI (9 x 3 speed) road levers operating MTB front and rear mechs (cassette 11-32T, Chainset 22,30,44T). The only issue I had was to operate the front MTB mech I had to increase the cable pull of the left shifter. I did this by fitting a "JTek Shiftmate"...
by Wesh-Laurence
27 Sep 2013, 12:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: PROSTATE OPERATION (TURP)
Replies: 9
Views: 4623

Re: PROSTATE OPERATION (TURP)

The saddle with the biggest "cut out" that I've seen is the Selle SMP Saddles:- http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/selle-smp-trk-saddle/rp-prod23428 I have tried at least a dozen types of saddle and I now use Selle SMP saddles on all of my bikes. The "drop" nose design of these s...
by Wesh-Laurence
6 Sep 2013, 9:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to build with disc capability - choices ?
Replies: 36
Views: 3995

Re: Bike to build with disc capability - choices ?

I built my Kinesis Decade Tripster 2 years ago for lightweight touring. It's a fantastic frameset which allows you to fit very wide tyres, up to 1.5" and bosses for full sized mudguards and a rear rack. I use Avid BB7 (Road) disc brakes, I've never experience any brake fade although I had probl...
by Wesh-Laurence
6 Sep 2013, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo Trainer Recommendation
Replies: 17
Views: 3292

Re: Turbo Trainer Recommendation

Just buy the cheapest turbo trainer if you only want to use it as physiotherapy to recover from your knee op. I've had a cheap turbo trainer for 4 years but I haven't used it yet because it is so boring to use. However I'm about to have an op on my broken collar bone and so I have set my turbo train...
by Wesh-Laurence
14 Aug 2013, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Newbie: Stem length/angle query
Replies: 11
Views: 2372

Re: Touring Newbie: Stem length/angle query

I meant to conclude have you tried simply moving your saddle backwards?
by Wesh-Laurence
14 Aug 2013, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Newbie: Stem length/angle query
Replies: 11
Views: 2372

Re: Touring Newbie: Stem length/angle query

A friend said he needed his bars raised. When I actually met him and he showed me his problem he actually needed the bars closer to him. I just moved his saddle forward a few cms. I had gone prepared to replace his stem or handlebars or fork to sort his bike out.
by Wesh-Laurence
14 Aug 2013, 3:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: One frame - two wheel sizes
Replies: 32
Views: 3007

Re: One frame - two wheel sizes

I really like Kinesis Frames I have built up 2 bikes from their frames. I have a Decade Tripster and a Maxlight XC Pro. Both are disc brake only frames and both take 26" and 700c wheels. If you want to fit mudguards and a rack the Tripster is perfect. If you want to fit drop road bars you curre...
by Wesh-Laurence
11 Aug 2013, 4:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Folder or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Folder or not?

What do you mean by "breaking down" a normal bike? If you mean you would remove the wheels when not using the bike then you really don't save much space. You're also more likely to damage the rear derailleur gears with the rear wheel removed. Removing the wheels also necessitates (except w...
by Wesh-Laurence
9 Aug 2013, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech BB's
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Hollowtech BB's

The tool to fit/remove the plastic cap is a Shimano TL-FC16, it's like a very large 8 pointed Torx wrench. If the cranks have been fitted correctly the tool should work finger tight 0.7 - 1.5 nm. This tool simply pulls the 2 parts of the chainset together, it doesn't fix the cranks. The fixing bolts...
by Wesh-Laurence
9 Aug 2013, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading a Specialized Tricross
Replies: 10
Views: 4098

Re: Upgrading a Specialized Tricross

I had the higher specification Tricross with 3 x 9 Tiagra Shifters. I upgraded to a higher quality Hollowtech chainset and BB. These are better quality than square taper and easier to replace and fit if you're doing home maintenance or building. If you don't need mudguards on your bike mini v brakes...
by Wesh-Laurence
9 Aug 2013, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fat, slick, FAST tyres for touring on a city bike?
Replies: 60
Views: 8770

Re: Fat, slick, FAST tyres for touring on a city bike?

If you want black tyres with tan (amber) sidewalls then Panaracer Pasela Tourguards are very good. I use these in 25c and 28c widths on my touring bike. I have a pair of used 700c x 32's (in good condition) which I can sell you for £30 for the pair. They come in many sizes :- http://www.bikeplus.co....