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by DurableAce
14 Aug 2010, 8:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance smallprint
Replies: 43
Views: 2454

Re: Insurance smallprint

+1 for what kwackers said. The clause regarding the effects of under insurance are to discourage you from doing just that. In reality, it will be applied by some insurers in some situations and not others. If it's in the policy, which you've clearly done the right thing by reading, and you don't wan...
by DurableAce
14 Aug 2010, 8:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .

I wouldn't attempt to defend pavement riding. It risks creating the impression that cyclists feel that the rules don't apply to us. Stats are one thing, but they don't justify wrong doing in my opinion. However, as he's only said "(if they do it)", I wouldn't bother to respond, or just pol...
by DurableAce
24 Jul 2010, 8:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Torque wrench advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1319

Re: Torque wrench advice

As a cyclist, rather than an engineer or craftsman, I'll take whatever help I can get to increase the probability that I'm looking after my bike properly. I don't have the "feel".
by DurableAce
23 Jul 2010, 7:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Books
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: Cycling Books

Velocio wrote:
French Revolutions ...Tim Moore



One of the funniest books I've ever read. Recommeded.
by DurableAce
23 Jul 2010, 7:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Torque wrench advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1319

Re: Torque wrench advice

It's on my list too but do you really need one? Is the right "feel" and practice better? I've been swapping stems and there are lots of torque recommendations flying around but I cannot believe I can be that far out. Does it really matter that much (provided you have sensibly tightened so...
by DurableAce
23 Jul 2010, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube

I've used it and found it ok. I only use it on my best road bike, so it doesn't get subjected to year-round road grime, grit and salt. I find it best used in small quantities - a small dab on each roller is enough.
by DurableAce
19 Jul 2010, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's a Comfy saddle
Replies: 50
Views: 5178

Re: What's a Comfy saddle

The simple answer is that a comfy saddle is one that suits you. You need to try some different ones out (beg, borrow, or some shops have saddles they'll lend you to try) and see what works. Brooks fans tend to be big and vocal advocates and will wax lyrical about them for ever. I think the two basic...
by DurableAce
3 Jul 2010, 8:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Saddle Too High?
Replies: 18
Views: 1598

Re: Saddle Too High?

It also would depend on how it affects your bike handling. I ride with a guy who always has his saddle too high. Every downward pedal stroke his whole bike moves to the right or left accordingly. No-one wants to ride anywhere near him as he's a danger.
by DurableAce
1 Jul 2010, 10:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: So who are the best cyclists?
Replies: 49
Views: 2128

Re: So who are the best cyclists?

Sorry everyone. Let's end this now. It's me. I've been riding without stabilisers since the age of 22! :lol:
by DurableAce
19 Jun 2010, 10:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped thread in crank arm - scrap it or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 1883

Re: Stripped thread in crank arm - scrap it or not?

I'd say it's heading for the recycling bin the next time you need to remove it. In my experience there isn't an effective repair. Cutting new threads doesn't work well enough in my opinion.

+1 for just getting a new crank arm. I got a new Ultegra crank arm for my 2003 bike only a few months ago.
by DurableAce
19 Jun 2010, 8:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footie on at York rally?
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: Footie on at York rally?

Don't bother! Save that 2 hours of your life and go for a ride instead! :lol:

England FC. See them at Heathrow airport soon. :wink:
by DurableAce
13 Jun 2010, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: wheel builder in Wiltshire
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: wheel builder in Wiltshire

Mavic products aren't generally held in stock by Mavic UK. This has been the case for at least a few years. Any items ordered by your LBS will be supplied from France, unless they've previously ordered itemms to hold as stock, which explains how retailers can supply some items immediately. It's not ...
by DurableAce
12 Jun 2010, 7:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What I should be asking my physio?
Replies: 18
Views: 1281

Re: What I should be asking my physio?

Try asking your physio what experience he has of cycling injuries. I saw a physio a few years ago. I had treatment for months with no improvement. Eventually I suggested bringing my bike along so he could see me ride in the hope it would help as the stretches he was advocating were making no differe...
by DurableAce
30 May 2010, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Creaking from BB area?
Replies: 18
Views: 805

Re: Creaking from BB area?

grognut wrote:
1) When I pressed on the pedal there was a creak. Turned out to be a front wheel bearing creaking from the sidewards pressure of pedalling.



+1. Try the rear hub too. The cones may be loose, or if you've a more bling wheels, like a Mavic Kysrium, the adjustment cap may be loose.
by DurableAce
30 Apr 2010, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do derailleur springs lose tension?
Replies: 11
Views: 2459

Re: Do derailleur springs lose tension?

I read an article a few years ago whereby some professional racers each passed on a good piece of advice they'd been given. One of them (can't remember who) said that they leave their bikes with the derailleurs in their un-sprung state (chain on the smallest cog/chainring) if they're not being used ...