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by belgiangoth
7 Mar 2009, 8:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which bar bag?
Replies: 35
Views: 2708

Re: Which bar bag?

I'd offer to help buying from france, but there is a derth of online French bike shops...
by belgiangoth
7 Mar 2009, 5:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which bar bag?
Replies: 35
Views: 2708

Re: Which bar bag?

"Retro" is the new "new", so boxy bags and carradice are the new "in". With that in mind, has anyone tried using a Carradice saddlebag as a handlebar bag? I was thinking a Barley or Pendle might well fit up front (same width as zipped roll) though would they be deep eno...
by belgiangoth
22 Aug 2008, 5:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing V brakes - spring tension
Replies: 10
Views: 777

Did you engage the springs with the brake arms horizontal (or even pointing down a little) so that there is a little pre-tension when the cable is reconnected? See, for some reason I misunderstood "horizontal" as "vertical". Followed your instructions and they work a treat, than...
by belgiangoth
21 Aug 2008, 9:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing V brakes - spring tension
Replies: 10
Views: 777

When re-connecting the brake arms they flap loosely towards the wheel...
by belgiangoth
20 Aug 2008, 6:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing V brakes - spring tension
Replies: 10
Views: 777

Replacing V brakes - spring tension

I recently did a strip, clean and linseed oil on my frame, but when I put it all back together I had an issue with the V brakes. Without changing anything on the setup I found that the brakes no longer spring back and feel somewhat spongey. I think it's something to do with the spring - but can't fi...
by belgiangoth
14 Jul 2008, 12:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Guards
Replies: 0
Views: 316

Chain Guards

I usually ride a fixed gear bike and have got to thinking that a chainguard would be a really good idea. Unfortunately all the chainguards I have seen for sale are either designed to sit on the chain, weigh a ton or only cover half the chain. Surely there must be an alternative?
by belgiangoth
4 Apr 2008, 2:19pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Bike Plus
Replies: 15
Views: 12238

The service I have received from Bike+ has always been excellent. I just with they had a branch in Edinburgh - I'd be in all the time. As for the CTC Shop, even with a 10% discount they are expensive. I have yet to find an item where I would be better getting it there. I like audax cycling and Bike...
by belgiangoth
4 Apr 2008, 2:16pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Carradice - Quality service
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

When I was looking to buy my first Carradice bag they offered excellent advice over email. Very pleased with the bag as well!
by belgiangoth
4 Apr 2008, 2:14pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Cyclaire pump what a dissapointment!
Replies: 10
Views: 5613

Lewis, I've had no contact with Cyclaire about this because I couldn't find the receipt, so your colleague is confusing me with someone else. My cyclaire broke on the first use as well - but for a different reason (the pump attachment part ripped off, along with the valve from the tube). I was offe...
by belgiangoth
9 Jul 2007, 10:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650 b tyres and rims
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Rivendell has also started promoting these, meaning that there are a variety of tyres availiable. I found an aussie site that deals with this - which I have emailed, they appear to be the only site that sells 40 hole rims....
by belgiangoth
7 Jul 2007, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650 b tyres and rims
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Thanks for that, I'll give them a try - miles out of my way though - north birmingham, I thought that was just a legend that toothless old folk talk about to scare children.
by belgiangoth
6 Jul 2007, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650 b tyres and rims
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

650 b tyres and rims

Hi, Currently restoring a ... 1940?s bike that used to belong to my wife's grandfather. In it's day it was a top of the line hand built club bike with 26*1 1/4 wheels. Other than mending the seatstays, repainting and a general service, I need to replace the rims and have been quoted 80 pounds (with ...
by belgiangoth
15 Jun 2007, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Cycle Insurance

Hi, can anyone reccomend a good insuror for my bikes? I'm currently with the CTC's insurance, but have just found an exclusion on insuring bikes outdoors after 11pm - which was something I was sure they didn't exclude (for some reason) and a major dealbreaker since it means my bikes won't be covered...
by belgiangoth
20 Apr 2007, 11:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: violence against cyclists
Replies: 50
Views: 12373

Twice I have had cars overtaking me have a go at me for "taking up the whole road" the second such person decided to get out of his car to give me a good kicking, but changed his mind when he realised there was traffic/witnesses behind him.
by belgiangoth
20 Apr 2007, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre pressures
Replies: 22
Views: 4986

I think you need to calculate psi, tyre width and type. I had a cheapo 28 that was quite comfortable at high pressure, but my marathon pro, while being bombproof, is harsh as hell, so needs a bit less pressure. My favorite tyres are 30s, which I ride at 100/110 - softer at the back because that's wh...