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by iow
16 Dec 2017, 9:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2840

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

for winter riding leaf blower followed by chainsaw bar oil thinned with white spirit applied immediately after a wet ride. I tried thinning the bar oil with something more evaporative (is that a word?) - cellulose gun-wash I think - but it coagulated the oil.
by iow
9 Dec 2017, 9:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering
Replies: 149
Views: 8587

Re: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering

Update: Stainless forks in KVA MS3 (similar PH S/S to Reynolds 931 but not identical) with canti mounts and uncut 320mm steerer; 850gm. where did you buy the fork from? Custom build by Richard Hallett as the offset was a bit larger than anything off the peg. Went for SS partly for novelty. thanks -...
by iow
8 Dec 2017, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering
Replies: 149
Views: 8587

Re: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering

RJC wrote:Update:
Stainless forks in KVA MS3 (similar PH S/S to Reynolds 931 but not identical) with canti mounts and uncut 320mm steerer; 850gm.



where did you buy the fork from?
by iow
14 Nov 2017, 9:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake caliper front vs rear?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Brake caliper front vs rear?

also don't forget to swap the brake shoes from one side to the other.
by iow
20 Oct 2017, 8:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brightons new Boris Bikes
Replies: 9
Views: 711

Re: Brightons new Boris Bikes

there are quite a few bike docks along the sea front - it will be interesting to see how they stand up to the salt spray/air.
by iow
19 Oct 2017, 8:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special
Replies: 46
Views: 4044

Re: Spa Cycles 631 Audax Special

nice looking frame - any chance of posting individual weights for the frame and fork?
thanks
by iow
30 Sep 2017, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring bicycle frame weight - info gathering
Replies: 149
Views: 8587

Re: HOW BIG IS YOURS? (No I mean your bicycle frame weight)

spa audax frame (56cm) 1920 gm, fork (carbon/alloy. uncut 300mm) 582 gm
claude butler dalesman frame (631 flavour, 58cm) 2380 gm, steel fork (cut to 250mm, 520 blades) 975 gm
by iow
26 Sep 2017, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles
Replies: 33
Views: 4048

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles

aspin for me - fed up with declining B17 quality - 7500 miles so far and 2 moderate dimples. won't be going back to brooks... GB are a pleasure to deal with - my aspin arrived without the disc, an email to GB met with a quick response confirming one was in the post (although it's never been fitted a...
by iow
24 Aug 2017, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks saddles - a poll
Replies: 37
Views: 1955

Re: Brooks saddles - a poll

I can't fault the comfort of a B17, but that hasn't stopped me defecting to Berthoud - unfortunately, brooks quality can no longer be relied upon.
by iow
12 Aug 2017, 9:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...where to buy cheap magazines?
Replies: 13
Views: 1423

Re: ...where to buy cheap magazines?

can't recommend readly enough - no contract, just cancel your subscription whenever you like...
by iow
26 Jul 2017, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using corrosion protection spray. Advice sought.
Replies: 14
Views: 908

Re: Using corrosion protection spray. Advice sought.

a few squirts of engine oil into each tube once a year - I too like to see some creep on hot days.
robust enough to curtail the rot in the chassis of my old landrover which lives in a field....
by iow
15 Jul 2017, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I get a mudguard on this?
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: Will I get a mudguard on this?

Bez wrote: Might also be worth investigating some intermediate sized guards, too, eg Axiom Rainrunners come in 40mm.


that's useful info - thanks.
do you have any experience with these? are they a shallower profile than chromplastics?
by iow
6 Jun 2017, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain wear, just reassure me.
Replies: 55
Views: 10121

Re: Chain wear, just reassure me.

531colin wrote:So, at the risk of repeating myself, is anybody else using cassettes that old?


best I can get is 5 chains per 9 speed cassette - c. 12500 miles - before a new chain skips on 5th and 6th out of the saddle.
sram pc971 chains replaced at .75% wear as per park cc-3 tool.
by iow
17 May 2017, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres not so good no more, neither.
Replies: 16
Views: 3178

Re: Tyres not so good no more, neither.

I've had kojaks that weighed 20% more than advertised.
I don't think there is much in the way of QC. otherwise, how could something so easily measurable and so far out of spec' leave the factory?
by iow
8 Apr 2017, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 102
Views: 41049

Re: One solution to tailgating?

in the car, i just let them by, when safe. although It's not an issue around these parts, as long as you keep up with traffic flow and don't pull out in front of other drivers and continue at half their speed.
i'll stop riding my motorbike is I find myself going slow enough to be tailgated...