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by Winkeladvokat
29 Mar 2011, 11:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 700c rim advice please
Replies: 16
Views: 1312

Re: 700c rim advice please

Deeper section rims build both laterally stiffer and stronger wheels, due to: the better spoke bracing angle; better torsional stiffness; increased mass. This basically means you can drop the spoke count too for the same strength. E.g. that DT swiss rim built 20f, 24r is going to be as strong as a 3...
by Winkeladvokat
22 Mar 2011, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke tension for amateurs
Replies: 58
Views: 7417

Re: Spoke tension for amateurs

Not having a spoke tension guage, my plan is to build the wheel, roughly true it and then lay the wheel horizontally to check how much the slackest spoke is deflected when a 1Kg weight is suspended from its centre. With a spoke length of 288mm, I suppose that if a 10N weight caused a deflection of ...
by Winkeladvokat
18 Mar 2011, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there an alternative to Campag 11 speed?
Replies: 46
Views: 3193

Re: Is there an alternative to Campag 11 speed?

As a happy campag 8, 9, and 10speed user, I won't rant about the current direction campag is taking, which is wrong imo (e.g. dropping of triple, significantly downgrading the current 10sp ergo range,...) because the old 10speed is frankly the best system around still (I've also used Shimano 9/10spe...
by Winkeladvokat
13 Mar 2011, 7:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decent Quality Bicycle Repair Stand
Replies: 13
Views: 3088

Re: Decent Quality Bicycle Repair Stand

I have a Feedback (can't remember which model, somewhere lower end), and it's brill. Excellent clamp and very stable - looked better than the equivalent park model when I saw them side by side in the flesh, but it's a close thing, the park is a good stand too. That said, I'd probably get a bottom br...
by Winkeladvokat
9 Mar 2011, 1:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: good eating for laymens
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: good eating for laymens

Actually the bigger concern is drinking enough, as this is something that is easy to get wrong and can totally wreck you if you're doing subsequent days on the road and you're not sufficiently hydrated.
by Winkeladvokat
4 Mar 2011, 5:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Choice of gears
Replies: 40
Views: 1517

Re: Choice of gears

I'd like to see you cycling without shoes on :-) But seriously, added weight on a bike is less signficant because it just increases your momentum, it's not like walking where every step involves a complete deceleration/acceleration cycle. Look, weight can be important, I'm not arguing that it's not ...
by Winkeladvokat
3 Mar 2011, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Choice of gears
Replies: 40
Views: 1517

Re: Choice of gears

I'm not trying to be funny but how can you be sure a weight isn't noticeable if you don't know the weight? The weight difference between 105 triple and apex is at least 517g*. The exciteable ad men would call that more than half a kilogram . Not noticeable for all, agreed, but certainly noticeable ...
by Winkeladvokat
3 Mar 2011, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Choice of gears
Replies: 40
Views: 1517

Re: Choice of gears

You say triple + tight cassette < weight than compact + wide cassette. What model is this you suggest? I mean, for the OP (and myself, and others) actually considering the likes of the Sram Apex, who maybe want a 34/32ish gear and don't need to push beyond 30mph on the downhill, we're being bombard...
by Winkeladvokat
3 Mar 2011, 12:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Choice of gears
Replies: 40
Views: 1517

Re: Choice of gears

I bet if you swapped the largest steel rear cog for a 3rd, small, front chainring you would be about even ! In theory, you'd think so. But as we're constrained by what's available on the market we don't need to guess. We can just look at the numbers - I mean, I'd argue that 2 x 5 is ideal and shoul...
by Winkeladvokat
3 Mar 2011, 9:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!

For classic frames, I've always found this pretty accurate, e.g. helping size friends/family:

http://www.prodigalchild.net/Bicycle6.htm

£300 should buy you something 90s with indexed gears.
by Winkeladvokat
24 Feb 2011, 12:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: are we training enough
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: are we training enough

No, you need to keep increasing your distance so that your body (and bike, actually, stuff like saddle, bar position - things hurt in different ways after increasing length of time in the saddle, and you don't know until you actually do it!) is prepared for the kind of efforts you're going to encoun...
by Winkeladvokat
24 Feb 2011, 11:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!

The unethical way to find out what size you are is to get sized up by a LBS. The ethical way to do this is to either find a cycling friend who can advise, or pay cash to a LBS to get a fit done (might cost you ~£50, maybe), and use that information to get the right sized bike. I wouldn't advise usin...
by Winkeladvokat
23 Feb 2011, 8:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Engery drinks and food
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: Engery drinks and food

Agree, energy drinks for that kind of thing are a waste of time, they're only useful if you're doing long and/or particularly high intensity efforts (e.g. racing, the alps).

Malt loaf is always a winner with me!
by Winkeladvokat
23 Feb 2011, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1318

Re: What type of bike? Another newbie request for help!

Get a cross bike, perfect for what you want, but get one 2nd hand. £450 doesn't buy you much new, and a £450 new bike will have taken some shortcuts with quality. If you plan on using it more, much better to get a low use 2nd hand bike. It won't wear out so fast and will also hold its value much bet...
by Winkeladvokat
23 Feb 2011, 12:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cash in Cuba
Replies: 15
Views: 1903

Re: Cash in Cuba

Keith is spot on, cranky1 too. The only correction I'd make it this: It is an expensive place and you will need a lot of cash - think london prices if you intend to pay as you go. The best option is to pay for as much as you can accomodation etc in advance and then carry cash for the incidentals. Th...