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by LuckyLuke
18 Jan 2016, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?

PS Some of Surrey's country roads are pretty rough, and potentially slippery, which further vindicates fat, supple, high quality tyres, and their lower pressures.
by LuckyLuke
18 Jan 2016, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?

From what I recall, the Prudential 100 / aka Ride London 100 isn't super hilly, esp. when compared to some of the Audax in the Surrey Hills. Lots of it involves cycling on the relatively flat of central & greater London. So the Nexus 8 gear range should be acceptable. As others have said, you mi...
by LuckyLuke
18 Jan 2016, 2:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Modifying a commuter / touring bike for a sportive?

Hi, good advice from others here, not much point buying another bike for one ride, unless you're pretty sure you'll use it again. If you're comfy on your T100 for 40m, a little training & some longer rides & you'll be grand. As said, decent tyres will make a huge difference. I can heartily r...
by LuckyLuke
12 Nov 2015, 6:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 Advice (Or Nexus?).
Replies: 15
Views: 1350

Re: Alfine 8 Advice (Or Nexus?).

Hi, I used to have a Nexus 8 wheel in a frame with vertical dropouts. Do you have a spare rear mech in the parts box? I used a short cage 105 rear derailleur from the spares box as a chaintensioner, I used the Hi & Lo tension screws to dial in the position. I've now got the Nexus 8 wheel in an e...
by LuckyLuke
9 Nov 2015, 12:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Buying advice - the elusive 'do-it-all' bike
Replies: 62
Views: 3853

Re: Buying advice - the elusive 'do-it-all' bike

Hi Emily, You're dead right that the 'do-it-all' bike is elusive. Sometimes I wish I just had the one, to simplify things. Maybe one day I will self-impose a Chinese style 'one child' policy... Even though the Chinese government has shifted to n+1. :D I think u made need to think of a basic not too ...
by LuckyLuke
8 Nov 2015, 8:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nitto riser bars or equivalent
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: Nitto riser bars or equivalent

Hi Brucey,

Many thanks for all the intel. Much obliged.

Cheers,

Luke
by LuckyLuke
6 Nov 2015, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nitto riser bars or equivalent
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Nitto riser bars or equivalent

Hi folks, I'd like to replace the flat bars on my commuter / town bike with riser bars. Ideally I'd like 480mm - 500mm wide riser bars, in black. I like the look of the Nitto B260AA (scroll down): http://nitto-tokyo.sakura.ne.jp/bar-E.html I've no way of knowing if the following will all fit on the ...
by LuckyLuke
27 Oct 2015, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to go from a from a 12-30 to a 13-30 cassette?
Replies: 17
Views: 1513

Re: How to go from a from a 12-30 to a 13-30 cassette?

I do have a 12-27 which does have the 16. It's the 30 that I'm after. In fact, it's the 16 from this cassette that I've tried with the 13-30. I will try the filing down the wide castellation. Do you remove the complete castellation? Hi yelfordrover, Taking this 12-27 cassette above, could you not r...
by LuckyLuke
7 Oct 2015, 7:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are Bicycle Quarterly on to something, or on something?
Replies: 115
Views: 7616

Re: Are Bicycle Quarterly on to something, or on something?

PS, I'm only 66kg and am not a powerful rider. I'm a spinner not a masher. No doubt this influences my preferences away from stiffer frames.
by LuckyLuke
7 Oct 2015, 7:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are Bicycle Quarterly on to something, or on something?
Replies: 115
Views: 7616

Re: Are Bicycle Quarterly on to something, or on something?

I have posted about bq before; my main issue is that Heine tries to appear to be scientific, when I fact there is no peer review to his "tests". I think that 650b tyres have something in them, the idea that you could have the same rotational inertia of a race wheel with a 32-40mm width is...
by LuckyLuke
23 Sep 2015, 5:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-brake levers for drop bars
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: V-brake levers for drop bars

mercalia wrote:can also try the much hated here travel agents ( I find they work fine )


Hi, I've also found they work well. TBH I couldn't tell any difference between one bike with drop bar V brake levers or Ergos with Travel Agents & V brakes.
by LuckyLuke
23 Sep 2015, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-brake levers for drop bars
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: V-brake levers for drop bars

Si wrote:I had the tektros.....don't remember having to set up the pads any closer than on other V braked, flat barred, bikes. And the stopping power was excellent.


Hi

For what it's worth, I use the Tektros and this is my experience too.

Best wishes,

Luke
by LuckyLuke
31 Aug 2015, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack braze on needs sorting - SE London
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

Re: Rack braze on needs sorting - SE London

I would suppose that both brothers are trading from the same address, given that they appear to share a landline. Hi Brucey, Yes, Mario Vaz has a stove enamel paint shop upstairs, Winston Vaz has a workshop downstairs. Very few framebuilders left in South London, now Witcomb & Roberts have fini...
by LuckyLuke
31 Aug 2015, 1:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly Long Haul- is standard spec good enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 2759

Re: Surly Long Haul- is standard spec good enough?

Hi Hippy on Wheels, I brought a Long Haul Trucker frameset ~4 yrs ago, and built it up with a pair of Spa wheels. I added a front wheel dynamo & B&M lights a year later, and wished I'd had them from the beginning. Hindsight is a wonderful thing... So if I were you, I'd ponder your preferred ...
by LuckyLuke
27 Aug 2015, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack braze on needs sorting - SE London
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

Re: Rack braze on needs sorting - SE London

Hi, for info, I've mounted mudguards and racks on single eyelets successfully, with the mudguard stay mounted on the outside. I've also successfully used P-clips for mudguard mounting only, on frames without eyelets. If you do want a repair I can recommend Winston Vaz in Hither Green. He used to wor...