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by tim_f
17 Jul 2017, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the biggest cassette I can have?
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: What is the biggest cassette I can have?

re . Havingspoken to my LBS I'm thinking of put the new Ultegra Rear Mech (7000) do they mean R8000? The new https://www.bike-components.de/en/Shimano/RD-R8000-11-speed-Ultegra-Shadow-Rear-Derailleur-p58024/ ultegra rear mech and new 11 -34 cassette look like they were designed for you :-) Capacity ...
by tim_f
17 Jul 2017, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the biggest cassette I can have?
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: What is the biggest cassette I can have?

Not seen a 11 speed 11-34 cassette for sale from Shimano or SRAM. RE Woolftooth road link this does not increase capacity of rear mech just makes it sit further down to clear a bigger cassette. Therefore unless reduce tooth difference between from front rings may not have enough capacity. But if put...
by tim_f
9 Jul 2017, 4:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on the TGV trains in France
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: Bikes on the TGV trains in France

The Lyria TGV trains on the line to Basel do have reservable bike spaces. On TGV lines with out spaces then the bike needs to be bagged no larger than 1.2 by 0.8 meters. Does not need to be a special bike bag. Have wrapped in plastic sheeting and parcel tape in the past. Need to be able to place on ...
by tim_f
5 Jul 2017, 10:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: September LeJog
Replies: 18
Views: 3906

Re: September LeJog

Day 5 At about mile 9.75 take Lanes to Wray rather than going on to Bentham. At mile 21.75 Kirby Lonsdale head up Lune valley to Sedburgh and then Tebay and then on to Shap ( but actually you can bypass Kirby Lonsdale, Sedburgh, and Tebay by taking lanes closer to the Lune unless you need to stop) H...
by tim_f
3 Jul 2017, 10:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2337

Re: First time UK!

Almost everywhere you might go in the UK will be great, you will just have a different trip depending where you go. Have a look through https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ and http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ and you will find something of interest everywhere. So your route will depend on how...
by tim_f
28 Jun 2017, 9:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains
Replies: 48
Views: 4313

Re: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains

May be that explains why I could not buy reserve a bike space when purchasing a ticket from Newcastle to Dover but could if I split the journey. Going a bit off topic I found out that I could book a bike space on SNCF web site by setting language to french which allows extra options to be chosen. Si...
by tim_f
26 Jun 2017, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compact Double vs MTB Double?
Replies: 21
Views: 946

Re: Compact Double vs MTB Double?

Yes I did mean double. I had hoped that staying with a double would be relatively simple, but apparently not. Not too bad need these steps 1) Remove old chain set and bottom bracket. 2) Buy Spa super compact double chain set and square taper bottom bracket with 115mm length and install 3) move fron...
by tim_f
26 Jun 2017, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compact Double vs MTB Double?
Replies: 21
Views: 946

Re: Compact Double vs MTB Double?

I have 'kludged' a Shimano hollowtech external bottom back triple mountain bike chain set work with a Sora triple front mech by moving a BB spacer from the drive side to the non drive side (i have a 68 mm bottom bracket shell. This enables the front mech to reach across enough. (but it does makes pe...
by tim_f
24 Jun 2017, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 130 wheel in a135 rear triangle
Replies: 22
Views: 1215

Re: 130 wheel in a135 rear triangle

re I have a redundant rear 135 rear wheel .....( It weighs a ton in comparison to any of your other wheels) The difference in weight between your 135 and 130 wheels without tyre and cassette (so true companion ) is probably a lot less than you think. As a proportion of total bike weight probably ins...
by tim_f
22 Jun 2017, 6:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE Route
Replies: 9
Views: 2885

Re: JOGLE Route

Not a good idea to approach Kendal via A591 - lots of very fast moving trafic just off the M6. If you must go that way use the footpath on the east side of the road which has been recently resurfaced and is frequently used as a unofficial cycle path. Better to go Millinthorpe, Hincaster , Natland an...
by tim_f
20 Jun 2017, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Groupset Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: Groupset Upgrade

I think Brucey , as ever is very wise.

Replacing just the worn out components with 9 speed Sora 3000 components will get your bike back to 'as new' at very little expense.

I think 9 speed Sora 3000 is very similar to the previous 9 speed Tiagra so should not be regarded as a downgrade.
by tim_f
20 Jun 2017, 12:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Groupset Upgrade
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: Groupset Upgrade

re "I upgraded the wheels when I got it so no need there" If you have a spacer behind your 9 speed cassette on your existing wheel, then is likely that you can fit a 11 speed cassette, if you do not have a spacer it is likely that you can not fit a 11 speed cassette to the hub. This thread...
by tim_f
19 Jun 2017, 5:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route once-over please!
Replies: 25
Views: 3595

Re: Route once-over please!

Day 6 At mile nine and three quarters I would cut the corner off to Wray rather than going via Beetham. Coming out of Kendal it is better to go via Burneside and Bowston and avoid the A591 which has a lot of fast traffic. When you join it after Bowston there is a good cycle path. Wilf's cafe in the ...
by tim_f
19 Jun 2017, 5:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Am I forgetting anything?
Replies: 48
Views: 2611

Re: Am I forgetting anything?

matches and/or lighter to light stove.
by tim_f
14 Jun 2017, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ISIS bottom bracket bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 1476

Re: ISIS bottom bracket bearings

would a cup from a new stronglight square taper Italian thread bb fit the body of your existing ISIS Stronglight BB ?

Have you phoned SPA Cycles and asked if a ISIS Stonglight Italian thread BB may be ordered from Stronglight ?

(always best to phone SPA rather than e-mail in my experience)