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by tim_f
3 Jul 2017, 10:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First time UK!
Replies: 45
Views: 2287

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: 4082

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: 911

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: 911

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: 1176

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: 2520

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: 627

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: 627

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: 3519

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: 2573

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: 1382

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)
by tim_f
13 Jun 2017, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What bike for £160?
Replies: 16
Views: 1018

Re: What bike for £160?

I think the Decathlon £159 bike might be the best mountain bike style bike you can get new for £160 https://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-340-mountain-bike-grey-blue-id_8321326.html Comes in a good range of cycles. perhaps you could have a day out at a place with cycle hire to see how you both get o...
by tim_f
13 Jun 2017, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ISIS bottom bracket bearings
Replies: 24
Views: 1382

Re: ISIS bottom bracket bearings

Have you considered one of these -

https://www.velovitality.co.uk/collections/transmission/products/skf-bottom-bracket-isis

I have got a British threaded one on one of my mountain bikes for many years. (got it when they were cheaper)

Tim
by tim_f
8 Jun 2017, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Derailleur compatibility
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Front Derailleur compatibility

105 5703 is 10 speed so speed you say your bike is 9 speed the 9 speed Sora mech FD-3503 would be a better match

Tim.
by tim_f
8 Jun 2017, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano factory wheel rear hub spares
Replies: 12
Views: 934

Re: Shimano factory wheel rear hub spares

You need to go to http://si.shimano.com/#/

and search for your product code you might want this page http://si.shimano.com/pdfs/ev/EV-WH-R550-650C-F-2574.pdf

Tim