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by DurableAce
7 Apr 2010, 9:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling Snobs
Replies: 41
Views: 2446

Re: Cycling Snobs

I am a regular cyclist and ride quite long rides, I use a Cannondale Tourer most of the time and probably look like a proper cyclist.On this bike When I am passed, or encounter other cyclists either myself or the other cyclist(s) invariably acknowledge each other. I also use my first bike, an 11 ye...
by DurableAce
7 Apr 2010, 9:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyre width- Front and rear different
Replies: 27
Views: 3009

Re: Tyre width- Front and rear different

I've been racing XC MTB with a 2.2 up front and 1.8 on the back for a while. Seems to work very well.
by DurableAce
5 Apr 2010, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Cycling insurance

I would have thought that you'd be ok. However, there is no such thing as "standard" holiday insurance. The cover is whatever the policy booklet says it is. If you're in doubt, ask for/download a full copy of the policy before purchasing and check the cover. Competitive cycling tends to be...
by DurableAce
3 Apr 2010, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pressed in bb bearings
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: pressed in bb bearings

I'm not sure that integrated BB set ups are that much different to the fitting of traditional headsets on carbon fibre frames. Not so common these days, I'll admit, as the (semi-)integrated type seem most prevalent at the moment. As with most things, the correct tool always pays dividends, of which ...
by DurableAce
27 Feb 2010, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XTR chain on XT
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: XTR chain on XT

Ditto, but why would you want to do it? It's a lot of money or a chain that probably won't give you any noticeable performance benefits. Most people prefer sram chains to shimano these days, as they tend to report them as being less bother to rejoin. Of course, if you are asking just because you ha...
by DurableAce
27 Feb 2010, 11:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: why spend more on lycra shorts?
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: why spend more on lycra shorts?

Whilst I don't buy Assos or Rapha, I do go for higher quality shorts. I've always got on well with Cannondale shorts, which are usually around £45 a pair. For that price, I find the material of a much higher quality (heavier, tighter fitting, better leg grippers to hold them in place), the pad far s...
by DurableAce
23 Feb 2010, 6:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: waterproof trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 1587

Re: waterproof trousers

jawaka wrote:An analysis I saw suggested that if you regularly commute the number of rainy journeys in a year is a mere handful.


I think I read the same article as you.

It's b*****ks! :wink:
by DurableAce
23 Feb 2010, 6:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bizzarre Reynolds 531 Sticker and Tubing Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Bizzarre Reynolds 531 Sticker and Tubing Questions

Maybe the sticker is a replica, albeit poorly made/worded? I got some stickers remade when my 653 frame was restored, but had the colour and font altered to suit the new paint job. I can't see that particular sticker here either (although I don't think it's a comprehensive list): http://www.flickr.c...
by DurableAce
23 Feb 2010, 6:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: waterproof trousers
Replies: 21
Views: 1587

Re: waterproof trousers

I've just bought some Altura Night Vision trousers from Ribble (I've not worn them for cycling yet). I'm 6'5" and even the medium waist size fits me because they've got a very neat adjustable leg length. 3 different positions I think. I have them set to their longest and they fit great. Not exc...
by DurableAce
24 Jan 2010, 5:48pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: The CTC - is it vulnerable?
Replies: 256
Views: 211802

Re: The CTC - is it vulnerable?

I think that the CTC is vulnerable. Consider: - The amount of disagreement between those who appear to be Councillors or closely involved in the running of the club. Whilst disagreement and debate can be healthy to a point, the fact that these debates are being had on internet forums and are not bei...
by DurableAce
23 Jan 2010, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cantilever Brakes & Road Levers
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: Cantilever Brakes & Road Levers

531colin wrote:Don't forget the other snag-- road shifters dont pull enough cable for mountain front mechs.


As a possible solution, would a road front mech work with a mountain bike chainset e.g. Tiagra front mech with a Deore chainset? Never tried it myself, just wondering it if would work.
by DurableAce
22 Jan 2010, 6:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cantilever Brakes & Road Levers
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Re: Cantilever Brakes & Road Levers

I agree with the point about low-profile cantis. They do work (I have them on my cyclo-cross bike), but can be fiddly to set up, although I think they're fiddly to set up with any type of lever. I'd suggest an in-line cable adjuster to help make the finer adjustments to compensate for the lack of a ...
by DurableAce
17 Jan 2010, 8:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Whats the best cycle maintenance book?
Replies: 14
Views: 1606

Re: Whats the best cycle maintenance book?

I like to work from a book, rather than a computer screen or printout (just a personal preference) and would add a recommendation for the Park book. Not everything is in there that is on the website e.g. bar tape wrapping, so you may have to use a combination of the two.
by DurableAce
29 Dec 2009, 8:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Got any Turbo Trainer Tips?
Replies: 19
Views: 9020

Re: Got any Turbo Trainer Tips?

Roller pressure should be just enough to stop the tyre slipping against it. Try gripping the wheel and moving it against the roller and then trying to slow it down again. It doesn't take much pressure to achieve this. The tyre will look slightly deformed against the roller. An Argos catalogue is abo...
by DurableAce
28 Dec 2009, 6:12pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: noisy chain rings
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: noisy chain rings

Difficult to say, but I'd suggest checking your new chain as a possible source. I had a problem once when I fitted new Middleburn chainrings to my LX cranks. Turned out to be nothing to do with my new chain rings. Instead, I noticed that a few of the inner/outer chain plates were slightly deformed. ...