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by iow
11 Dec 2016, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Missing item: UPDATE : swiftly resolved by vendor
Replies: 70
Views: 5989

Re: Missing item: what should I *reasonably* expect?

speak to them and accept some responsibility for failing to meet their clear and fair T&C's before mugging them off...
by iow
25 Nov 2016, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aero Bike help
Replies: 2
Views: 397

Re: Aero Bike help

can't answer your question, but THIS looks like an aero bargain worth considering too?
by iow
25 Nov 2016, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 531 Frame Protection against rust.
Replies: 31
Views: 2870

Re: 531 Frame Protection against rust.

engine oil for me too. a squirt or two into each tube once a year. same treatment for various classic car and mcycle chassis and panels. i'm not happy if I cant see a fine mist of oil creeping out of the seams on a hot day. not had any issues with rot since adopting this method over 20 years ago, ev...
by iow
11 Nov 2016, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SKS mudguards
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: SKS mudguards

I seem to remember the chromoplastics also have slightly thicker stays The only differences between SKS and Bluemels stays are the front safety release with the Bluemels being more fragile and fiddly. I have both types,they are both SS and the same thickness. a random comparison between chromoplast...
by iow
9 Nov 2016, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SKS mudguards
Replies: 10
Views: 955

Re: SKS mudguards

I seem to remember the chromoplastics also have slightly thicker stays
by iow
27 Oct 2016, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: H plus son TB 14 rims
Replies: 32
Views: 3070

Re: H plus son TB 14 rims

yostumpy wrote: I take it IOW that you are from the Isle of Wight. Have you ever come across Bloodstone Morris, great bunch of guys and girls.


had to google them. born on the island and lived here most of my life - never heard of them..
I think you'll be pleased with the wheels.
by iow
26 Oct 2016, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: H plus son TB 14 rims
Replies: 32
Views: 3070

Re: H plus son TB 14 rims

average? both gp4000's (28) and marathons (32) fit easily enough with thumbs only and come off easily with a pair of basic plastic levers.
by iow
24 Oct 2016, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: H plus son TB 14 rims
Replies: 32
Views: 3070

Re: H plus son TB 14 rims

If I had wheels with failed A319s in, I might well choose to rebuild (using the same spokes) with LX17 (if the original spokes were long enough; do check but I think you might need another 1.5mm per spoke) or (if another 100g rim weight would be OK) Sputniks (which use a spoke just a gnats shorter ...
by iow
20 Oct 2016, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: H plus son TB 14 rims
Replies: 32
Views: 3070

Re: H plus son TB 14 rims

currently running TB14 rims on my spa audax combined with miche rg2 hubs and dt revolution spokes - they built up easily (h plus son advised a maximum spoke tension of 110 kgf) and weighed in at 498 g each. the rims replaced a pair of mavic A319 rims which cracked around the spoke holes after 6k mil...
by iow
21 Sep 2016, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Building a Mercian road bike?
Replies: 34
Views: 2869

Re: Building a Mercian road bike?

I can confirm that a (my) 56cm spa audax frame weighs in at 1920g.
good value frame (£250 without forks) - Reynolds 725 main tubes, 'relaxed' geometry, curved seat and chain stays, mudguard clearance etc..
by iow
15 Sep 2016, 10:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do mudguards slow you down (much)?
Replies: 52
Views: 4718

Re: Do mudguards slow you down (much)?

IME loosing the mudguards (35mm chromoplastics) and wearing close fitting clothing have a noticeable (in isolation) effect at my typical 16 - 17 mph pace on regularly ridden loops.
by iow
12 Sep 2016, 9:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sunglasses for cutting down glare??
Replies: 20
Views: 1758

Re: Sunglasses for cutting down glare??

I use bolle spider safety glasses - good at cutting glare without a dark tint, some mechanical protection and cheap (c. £6.00).
these would be 10 x the price if they featured in bolle's 'designer' range of sunglasses.
by iow
5 Sep 2016, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many miles do you get out of your rims?
Replies: 28
Views: 2124

Re: How many miles do you get out of your rims?

niggle wrote:OEM Tektro on V or DP brakes = poor braking in the wet, very heavy rim wear: POOR


cartridge or 'moulded in one' pads? - I find the oe tektro cartridge pads to be excellent.
by iow
26 Aug 2016, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Good journey planner websites - for export to SatNav
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Good journey planner websites - for export to SatNav

al_yrpal wrote:Cycle.travel - the one others cannot beat.

Al

+1 - the best for routing you along quiet and mainly surfaced lanes.
by iow
14 Aug 2016, 8:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommendations for Headset
Replies: 26
Views: 1420

Re: Recommendations for Headset

pwa wrote:I've found that the relatively cheap FSA Orbit XL 2 (as used by Thorn) are very long lasting and well sealed.

+1 - fitted to most of my bikes now...