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by tim_f
17 Aug 2017, 7:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1x11?
Replies: 109
Views: 7396

Re: 1x11?

Brucey wrote: IIRC 11s MTB cassettes (in the shimano pattern) should fit onto an 8/9/10s freehub body. By contrast 11s road cassettes require a longer freehub body, because the smaller (road) bottom sprocket cannot safely overhang the spokes so much, not without there being a clash. cheers Would th...
by tim_f
16 Aug 2017, 4:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1x11?
Replies: 109
Views: 7396

Re: 1x11?

1 * 11 - is behind the times where it is at with Mountain Bikes is 1 * 12 with the biggest sprocket being cantilevered out over the spokes. I expect SRAM will bring 1 * 12 to the road soon. Said with a :D :lol: Only just got a road bike with 2*11 rather than 3 * 9, and all my mountain bikes are 3 * ...
by tim_f
12 Aug 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: exped down mat - short life
Replies: 30
Views: 1938

Re: exped down mat - short life

I recently replaced a Exped blow up pillow (after at least 5 years) because the welding that makes a 'dimple' on the top had failed. Reading the instructions on the new one I learnt that I should take care not to leave it inflated in the heat of day. I suspect that expansion of hot air strained it. ...
by tim_f
7 Aug 2017, 6:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness and North
Replies: 35
Views: 3941

Re: Inverness and North

You might be lucky and it might be a day when tides and demand mean there are three trips a day, or two trips with the 1st one significantly later than 9:30. It all depends... Plus there are two sizes of boat which is used depends on the tide, and the boat capacity does not map on to bus capacity on...
by tim_f
7 Aug 2017, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless Kojak
Replies: 21
Views: 1865

Re: Tubeless Kojak

Have you tried giving the inside of the tires a very thorough clean to get any production residual oil off (which may stop the latex coating the tire) and then 'painting' sealant on the inside of the tires with a brush, then mount the tires with more sealant in a puddle? Continental suggest this pro...
by tim_f
7 Aug 2017, 12:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness and North
Replies: 35
Views: 3941

Re: Inverness and North

Tim - how rough is the track to CW? I was working on the basis that I might leave any bags containing overnight gear etc the other side of the ferry so that I'm only carrying what I need and then hopefully should be able to do the ride to the lighthouse in about an hour each way but wasn't sure if ...
by tim_f
6 Aug 2017, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: carbon frame
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: carbon frame

There is more to frame sizing than the seat tube length.

Best to consider the reach and stack. (that is horizontal and vertical distance between the bottom bracket and the top of the head tube.

Similarly more to it than the material the frame is made of.
by tim_f
3 Aug 2017, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bolt cutters
Replies: 48
Views: 1966

Re: bolt cutters

I use 6 inch ones from poundland and I have to press very hard, always wish I had got around to getting a decent pair with longer handles. Definitely need to where eye protectors because with mine the off cuts depart at high speed.
by tim_f
26 Jul 2017, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are these broader pedals better than normal SPDs?
Replies: 19
Views: 1036

Re: Are these broader pedals better than normal SPDs?

I think it depends on how stiff your shoe is, how deep the clear recess is, how squishy the shoe tread is. Got all the pedals mentioned above on different bikes. The M530 is good on a off road bike when you might want to balance a foot on the pedal not clipped in is you think yiou might need to drop...
by tim_f
25 Jul 2017, 6:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looking for spare TUBUS strut bolt
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: Looking for spare TUBUS strut bolt

If you ask a major Tubus dealer (for example https://www.ghyllside.co.uk/ in Ambleside) I expect they can contact the importer Lyon and see if that particular item is available even though it is not listed on Tubus web site. Sometimes Lyon supply such small items at zero charge. Tim
by tim_f
25 Jul 2017, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bad brakes
Replies: 20
Views: 1472

Re: Bad brakes

The calipers don't have a name on them, I presume they are bottom of the line Shimano, Often they will save money by not fitting Shimano brakes. So if you can not see a model code on the calipers it is likely that they are not Shimano. for example this 2015 model https://www.evanscycles.com/special...
by tim_f
23 Jul 2017, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: clunking noise from bottom bracket
Replies: 14
Views: 650

Re: clunking noise from bottom bracket

Remember to use grease or anti cease on the threads, and take care not to cross the threads.
by tim_f
23 Jul 2017, 6:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: planning...bike and trailer
Replies: 4
Views: 3148

Re: planning...bike and trailer

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/your-journey/journey-information/on-board/cycling-by-train-new.pdf?la=en Gives policy for trains to Penzance. Says no Trailers. Normal max luggage dimension is 30 x 70 x 90 cm so may get away with it if trailers are inside that dimension - but unlikely. Probably...
by tim_f
23 Jul 2017, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: clunking noise from bottom bracket
Replies: 14
Views: 650

Re: clunking noise from bottom bracket

Karyotype JIS is more expensive but lighter. No experience of it.

The UN55 can be had for about 15.00 GBP mail order. (Evans may price match)

The UN55 lasts for ages and is well sealed. So I would go for a UN55.
by tim_f
23 Jul 2017, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: clunking noise from bottom bracket
Replies: 14
Views: 650

Re: clunking noise from bottom bracket

If it is a square tapper one then a shimanio UN55