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by peterh11
8 Aug 2016, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

....But I think moving your hands 4 or 5 inches is a lot different to shortening the stem a couple of centimetres on a drop bar bike, which some people seem to worry about I agree. However it occurs to me that such stem length changes are often made in conjunction with moving the saddle back too. O...
by peterh11
8 Aug 2016, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

My reaction to Laura Laker in this picture (from a CUK email) is that she looks too far forward on the bike, but it's difficult to judge from one photo. I would have thought a shorter stem and seat farther back would have been better. Note this is a women's specific bike with steep seat angles. I w...
by peterh11
5 Aug 2016, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7263

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Back to the question about whether stems this short are bad for handling: I haven't ridden enough different bikes to be able to really compare. I have been riding with short stems for many years (for reasons as explained earlier in the thread), and I think you just get used to it. The steering is pr...
by peterh11
2 Jul 2016, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which lights for hub dynamo
Replies: 24
Views: 1726

Re: Which lights for hub dynamo

I agree it's confusing. I strongly recommend B&M's Cyo range - 5 bikes in our family have been using them for several years with no failures (in my case daily for 6 years). If you head over to their own web site at bumm.de, they have a table comparing the different variants of the Cyo. Switch to...
by peterh11
25 Jun 2016, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc
Replies: 12
Views: 1440

Re: Size of chainsets; 42-32-22 or 44-32-22 etc

Before you go ahead with a new chainset and potentially a new bottom bracket axle, I suggest you give Spa (or indeed your local bike shop!) a call on Monday and check with them what can be done to put smaller rings on to your existing cranks, compatible with your front derailleur. If this is a newis...
by peterh11
21 Jun 2016, 8:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The best V brakes
Replies: 38
Views: 8454

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: 817

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: 646

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: 7263

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: 7263

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: 7263

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: 7263

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: 7263

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: 7263

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: 541

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...