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by peterh11
21 Jun 2016, 8:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The best V brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 7898

Re: The best V brakes

Are the Cane Creek V levers better than the Tektro's? The Tektro's have a resin body, which seems cheap to me. The lever also has some side to side play. The lever shape seems better though. I've used both. I like the shape/feel of the Tektos better. A nice broad angled area where the fingers apply...
by peterh11
18 Jun 2016, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo Hubs & Wireless Cycle Computers.
Replies: 10
Views: 801

Re: Dynamo Hubs & Wireless Cycle Computers.

I have a Cateye wireless computer. I found that an Ixon IQ headlight did cause the computer basically to stop working (both mounted on the handlebar) but now I have a SON28 Dynamo and a B&M Cyo Premium (mounted on fork crown) which has never caused a problem. I did experiment with the Ixon IQ an...
by peterh11
7 May 2016, 7:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Xd-2 with 8 Speed setup?
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: Spa Xd-2 with 8 Speed setup?

It does sound like some sort of alignment issue, if it is catching like that. Have you turned the bike over and looked closely at how the chain is lined up in different gears? For example, in middle front and middle (4 or 5) rear is it straight along the bike? Maybe you need a longer/different botto...
by peterh11
3 May 2016, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Top tube on the tiny bike is 550, vs. your 585 700c Trucker is 45mm fork offset, tiny bike is 59, so thats 14mm less reach for the same toe clearance right there.....then 70.5 deg head instead of 72 deg. maybe doubles it. 26" wheel doesn't make as much difference as you might think, because fo...
by peterh11
3 May 2016, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Hi Colin, what are the stack and reach figures for the "tiny bike"? How short a stem did you end up using with your petite test pilot? I ask because I also ride small bikes and have just got used to toe overlap. The 540mm top tube sounds relatively long for a small bike (if you see what I...
by peterh11
2 May 2016, 5:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1470/24774996652_bfb0ded700.jpg We could almost be twins! I'll just point out that your "bottom foot" is very toe down, heel up.....just something to be aware of. You have plenty of bend remaining in your knee at the bottom of the stroke, possibly more than m...
by peterh11
30 Apr 2016, 2:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Sorry for a late reply. I am agog to see how you are getting on with a reach 10mm less than mine. Bearing in mind differences in our height/limb length, a 10mm difference is very close to the same! The only measurement I have for the diminutive bike my diminutive friend was riding is effective top ...
by peterh11
24 Apr 2016, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Comparing Peter and Colin, I am much more like Peter, in that I have sit forward a lot more as I simply cannot bend enough. Sitting further back means that to ride standing up I have to really physically move my body forward and up, rather than just up. A good way of testing this (for me anyway), w...
by peterh11
24 Apr 2016, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Its a prototype disc brake steel tourer. As above, its deliberately small, and I am quite pleased to get a 5' rider on 700c wheels.....she kindly road tested it for me. Just to demonstrate the size range, here are the biggest and the smallest bikes.....there is a lad at the shop who must be 6' 4&qu...
by peterh11
24 Apr 2016, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 522

Re: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

You can get shims to take a 26.0mm bar to 31.8mm, which should open up the choice of more stems. I'd do that in preference to hacking a 25.4, personally. YMMV. Are shims ok? I want to try some noodles but it does mean getting a shorter stem and some shims. Yes, they work absolutely fine, the combin...
by peterh11
23 Apr 2016, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 522

Re: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

Well, I did it. I used a half-round file, stopping every couple of minutes to check fit against a spare pair of 26mm clamp bars - I also compared with the fit on another 26mm clamp (too long) stem. An old 25.4mm clamp pair of bars came in handy to wrap some wet and dry sanding paper round for the la...
by peterh11
22 Apr 2016, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Colin:

Interesting. Is that a Spa tourer? In which case what size?

I will go and look closer at the photos, I don't think the difference between you and me is as much as that but I will check carefully.

Peter H
by peterh11
21 Apr 2016, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Here is the overlay of me and Colin. It was a bit fiddly to do (had to scale and rotate to get the alignment) but I think it is close enough: Bike position comparison me and 531 Colin.jpg It seems like our shoulders are pretty close, but Colin's back is more curved and goes back further (he is sitti...
by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem
Replies: 10
Views: 522

Re: Increasing clamp size on an open front stem

You can get shims to take a 26.0mm bar to 31.8mm, which should open up the choice of more stems. I'd do that in preference to hacking a 25.4, personally. YMMV. I have one on the bike already, as I thought that was the way to go. It looks awful, a great chunky thing! It works to ride but surely I ca...
by peterh11
19 Apr 2016, 7:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7180

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Thorn Club Tour 550S may be OK. I'd want a virtual top tube on a 72 degree seat tube no more than 560mm (so on 73 degree that means about 550mm) and preferably a bit less, That's interesting. I Iooked at the 550S on Thorn's website but they mention a height of about 5' 8" so I reckon the bike ...