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by LuckyLuke
23 Sep 2017, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Braking forces
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Braking forces

Interesting stuff. Does anyone know the forces involved with roller brakes and drum brakes? Sheldon's site recommends using a beefier fork, though the internet features several examples of ordinary forks using retrofitted, clamp on tabs for the reaction arms. I've done the same in the past for a rol...
by LuckyLuke
18 Jun 2017, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 93
Views: 6523

Re: Stainless Steel water bottles

Hi, another Klean Kanteen fan here. Have used for ~2yrs. I've used Sigg, Camelbak & assorted plastic ones over the years. I'd rate the KK as my favourite, then Camelbak. The only (negligible) drawbacks are you can't squeeze a metal bottle like a plastic one, & they don't suit all bottle cage...
by LuckyLuke
4 Jun 2016, 12:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: of a tyre like a Pasela, but larger volume
Replies: 10
Views: 640

Re: of a tyre like a Pasela, but larger volume

Hi, I'm a big fan of Paselas, have used them in 700 x 28, 32, 35 & 37 flavours. I'm also a big fan of Grand Bois & Compass Tyres, having used them in 700 x 28, 30 & 38 sizes, and 650b X 38 & 42 sizes. The Grand Bois & Compass Tyres are the best tyres I've used. I've not tried the...
by LuckyLuke
21 May 2016, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13440

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

I've found a small bench vice a useful addition to the arsenal. I live in a first floor maisonette and don't have a garage / workshop / shed, I do all my bike fettling inside in the kitchen / dining room area. I've a small, draper bench vice that mounts quickly to a kitchen worktop or table. I regul...
by LuckyLuke
15 May 2016, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: gevenalle thumbies
Replies: 22
Views: 2121

Re: gevenalle thumbies

Hi, I've got a pair of Retroshifters on one bike. They fell out of favour with me, lived in the parts bin for a while, then I brought them back. I've got them on a Long Haul Trucker commuter / tourer (which also fell out of favour then was brought back to life). My two other bikes are audax / 'best'...
by LuckyLuke
2 Apr 2016, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar position for long legged rider
Replies: 139
Views: 7247

Re: Handlebar position for long legged rider

Hi, this may sound a little counter intuitive, please bear with me... I've actually found that with the traditional horizontal top tube frames, a longer seat tube (ie a bigger frame size) meant less of a stretch to the bars, & a more comfortable ride. I'm ~1.81-1.82m with long legs and a short t...
by LuckyLuke
18 Mar 2016, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Running bar end shifter cables under the bar tape
Replies: 20
Views: 1440

Re: Running bar end shifter cables under the bar tape

No, most rear gear cables seem to be 2m long so should be plenty long enough. That wasn't my experience when I ran cables under the tape some years back. Maybe things have changed? It might also be dependant on whether a large frame is being used and also whether it has long chain stays (and whethe...
by LuckyLuke
16 Mar 2016, 7:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Running bar end shifter cables under the bar tape
Replies: 20
Views: 1440

Re: Running bar end shifter cables under the bar tape

Hi Mike, I have three bikes with bar end shifters, 8 speed and 9 speed Shimano indexed. I run the cables fully under the bar tape, with the cables exiting near the stem. I've not had any shifting problems. I use Shimano outer housing (?SP41 - the standard outer, nothing fancy). I use Shimano inner c...
by LuckyLuke
20 Feb 2016, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: things i have broken during maintenance
Replies: 28
Views: 1460

Re: things i have broken during maintenance

Great thread rjb! Glad to hear I'm not the only bodger out there... I've had a few 'Doh' moments, usually if working on the bike late / tired / after a beer with dinner. Have managed to fit Ergo levers the wrong way round... and cranks too :oops: :lol: ("Hmmm... something doesn't look right...&...
by LuckyLuke
17 Feb 2016, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike choice advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Re: Help and advice please

Hi Gary, Will you be carrying luggage on the Coast to Coast? Do you have any plans to use the bike after the Coast to Coast? For touring, commuting or leisure rides? I'd suggest you're better off with a hybrid that allows you to fit mudguards and a rack. Front suspension limits the type of mudguards...
by LuckyLuke
17 Feb 2016, 8:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small bottle for lube
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Small bottle for lube

My small travelling lube bottle got 'monkeyed' a couple weeks ago. It was in a plastic bag and the little bs stole it thinking it was food. One sank his teeth in it before realising the error of his ways. It was a White Lightning free sample bottle. Apparently the monkey's teeth went really clean, ...
by LuckyLuke
13 Feb 2016, 12:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Deciding on bike - best keep Commuting and fun separate?
Replies: 32
Views: 2230

Re: Deciding on bike - best keep Commuting and fun separate?

It's always feels nicer to ride the Sunday best bike, but commutes in all weathers are hard on components, and best bikes don't always have dynamo lights, mudguards, racks, more upright riding positions, hub gears etc. (I'm showing my bias here. I do like these features on a commuter though.) Best b...
by LuckyLuke
12 Feb 2016, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike-friendly cafe - what would you like to see?
Replies: 66
Views: 2318

Re: Bike-friendly cafe - what would you like to see?

Great post, I found myself nodding along with the ideas above. Deffo +1 for hooks on the back of toilet doors. A shelf or window ledge in the toilet can be useful if you have to empty your jersey pockets to take your jersey off. (Which I need to do to so if going for a jobbie. Sorry, to much info......
by LuckyLuke
19 Jan 2016, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brucey FAQs...
Replies: 20
Views: 1844

Re: Brucey FAQs...

Agreed; most eloquent, knowledgeable and helpful.
Thanks for all the "Brucey Bonuses"! :D
by LuckyLuke
18 Jan 2016, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium MTB frame
Replies: 19
Views: 1103

Re: aluminium MTB frame

Hi, I've tried a couple of steel '90s Raleigh MTBs as commuters. Plus points were braze ons for guards & racks, clearances for fat tyres (I like 2" Kojaks), less desirable to tea leaves, + tough & reliable. I chopped & changed with derailleurs, hub gears, flats & drops. Agree th...