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by tim-b
26 Jan 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?
Replies: 63
Views: 1591

Re: Carbon Wheels: worthwhile upgrade, yay or nay?

Nay Rim brakes can be a problem (you might have discs?); aluminium rims are generally better for heat dissipation and in the wet, and brake blocks for CF can be spendy Deep CF rims can be a problem in cross winds They'll break rather than bend so getting home after a disaster can be more of a proble...
by tim-b
26 Jan 2020, 12:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tubus Swing : longer bracket for Rockshox Paragon Gold
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Tunis Swing longer bracket for Rockshox Paragon Gold

Hi
A welder should be able to add some matching threaded bar to what you have. Heat shrink plastic, job done
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
25 Jan 2020, 7:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike gear for bigger folk?
Replies: 22
Views: 731

Re: Bike gear for bigger folk?

Hi
Have a look at Planet-X, they're cheap enough and their Clubman bibshorts (for example) are a "relaxed" fit. I'm not too big but I have some short-sleeved jerseys in 3XL, whereas the Clubman shorts are fine for me in L and go beyond that to 43" waist
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
24 Jan 2020, 5:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swarf from rim
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: Swarf from rim

Hi
Try Koolstop salmon (it's a soft compound :D ) brake blocks. Clean the rim well before fitting
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
24 Jan 2020, 5:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off the Shelf or Self Build
Replies: 33
Views: 1071

Re: Off the Shelf or Self Build

Hi You'll need to spend £60 on the frameset just to get it ready to accept parts, e.g. steerer bung, headset and a seatpost clamp Buy off the shelf; you'll get a new bike with new parts and a full warranty. Don't underestimate the value of having items fitted correctly with adjustments made such as ...
by tim-b
21 Jan 2020, 5:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Birmingham follows Bruges.
Replies: 21
Views: 1053

Re: Birmingham follows Bruges.

Hi
You can't ride a bike (or push one) in historic Venice. You can ride on mainland Venice but you have to leave bikes on the mainland at somewhere like the Venezia-Mestre railway station, in Trento street. Mild thread drift, but it might be of interest to some
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
20 Jan 2020, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: headset reinstallation
Replies: 9
Views: 509

Re: headset reinstallation

Hi There's a picture of the headset stack here (link) The upper and lower head tube races are incorporated in your frame design and won't be present. The spacers are fitted between the upper bearing cover (labelled "seal") and the handlebar stem. The crown race is sometimes incorporated in...
by tim-b
19 Jan 2020, 7:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.
Replies: 84
Views: 3039

Re: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.

Hi I'm just after tips if I'm stubborn enough to say I'm going out on my road bike (the only bike I own) for a long weekend ride over beautiful hills in the sun and near freezing apart from going on main roads as let's face it that's not the fun in propper road riding. Studded tyres is not an option...
by tim-b
14 Jan 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gloves for cycling
Replies: 33
Views: 1434

Re: Gloves for cycling

Hi I don't suffer with cold hands and I don't like waterproof gloves because I find that they don't "breathe" and I end up with the fingers full of sweat. My preference is windproof gloves and there are some suggestions here...I've got the Carnac Ultimate, but the Ultimate Windblock might ...
by tim-b
14 Jan 2020, 6:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?

Hi Take the hanger off, make a pattern, keep the pattern safe. If the worst happens try someone like this https://www.lasermaster.co.uk/metal-laser-cutting I would also like to know what you're doing; I've never had to replace a hanger although I have straightened the odd one Regards tim-b
by tim-b
13 Jan 2020, 6:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 5291

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Hi
MickF and OldJohnW +1
It's not about victim-blaming, it's about having the confidence to cycle safely. The more people that cycle the more the balance moves, and if it takes hi-viz to achieve that...
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
13 Jan 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 5291

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Hi Most recent example is a new conurbation in NL where there are ZERO parking spaces for motors It's not as simple as painted, e.g. people have to be able to get to jobs on time while dropping off and collecting partners, children, etc. and their car may be the only practicable way to do that. It m...
by tim-b
11 Jan 2020, 6:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alu post stuck in alu frame
Replies: 22
Views: 922

Re: Alu post stuck in alu frame

Hi I'd be as wary of using ammonia as you are, and I agree that you have to break the bond/expansion of the oxidisation. You could try to use a hacksaw blade and carefully cut along the inside length of the seatpost. For ease, cutting relies on the shortest cut so try to determine how much is in the...
by tim-b
9 Jan 2020, 5:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?

Hi
I doubt that the rear wheel is standard and it's possibly the single most valuable component. The rest is nothing special IMHO
Regards
tim-b
by tim-b
9 Jan 2020, 7:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corrosion to BB on 2011 carbon Supersix
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Corrosion to BB on 2011 carbon Supersix

Hi Is this a carbon fibre (CF) frame? You can get a destructive galvanic corrosion where aluminium components are in contact with CF. I can't see it in your photo, but have a close look at the joint line between the two materials on both sides. Manufacturers are well aware of this and use a "ne...