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by Oceanic
5 Aug 2011, 10:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?
Replies: 18
Views: 5109

Re: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?

I'm tempted to say that the dropped handlebars on the Dawes Horizon are more comfortable, and better for pedaling into a headwind, than the butterfly bars on the Karakum, but that's even more controversial than saying that 38c tyres are a bad idea!
by Oceanic
5 Aug 2011, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?
Replies: 18
Views: 5109

Re: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?

I'd assumed that the Karakum, having wider tires, would also have wider rims, which would be less suitable for 32c tyres. However, having just checked, it appears that the Karakum has exactly the same rims as the Dawes Horizon that I suggested. So yes, I agree with Bikes4two's point, you could swap ...
by Oceanic
3 Aug 2011, 10:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?
Replies: 18
Views: 5109

Re: Dawes KaraKum Ladies Version- good idea?

Is your tour going to be on the road? The Karakum has 38c tyres, so it is designed more for unmade roads than tarmac. Something with 32c tyres would be a more common choice for carrying camping gear on tarmac. Narrower tyres means less rolling resistance and easier pedaling. The Ridgback you linked ...
by Oceanic
1 Aug 2011, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem question
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Stem question

If you want to fit a narrower bar in a larger stem Velosolo sell shims....

http://www.velosolo.co.uk/shopbar.html
by Oceanic
18 Jul 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Who is still riding 126mm / 120mm freewheel hubs?
Replies: 7
Views: 2614

Re: Who is still riding 126mm / 120mm freewheel hubs?

philg wrote:No experience (my 120's are both fixed!) but a question.

With 120mm OLN and a 10sp cassette - the drive side spokes are surely under massive tension? - do you get many breakages?


I'm using a five speed freewheel with a 10speed derailleur and a friction shifter.
by Oceanic
18 Jul 2011, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Who is still riding 126mm / 120mm freewheel hubs?
Replies: 7
Views: 2614

Who is still riding 126mm / 120mm freewheel hubs?

There is lots of info on the web about cold setting and stretching old frames to work with modern freehubs, but very little info for people who want to stick with their present drop out spacing. My tips... Using a modern (10 speed) rear derailleur with 120 OLN drop outs can cause problems. Even with...
by Oceanic
17 Oct 2010, 11:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar tape plugs
Replies: 17
Views: 1504

Re: Handlebar tape plugs

From Velosolo...

http://www.velosolo.co.uk/shopbar.html

Excellent customer service too.
by Oceanic
17 Oct 2010, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suggest some 700c rims for me.
Replies: 14
Views: 1060

Re: Suggest some 700c rims for me.

Thanks Colin, your reply was helpful as always. I'm not sure, but I think the frame was built for tubulars (my mum used to time trial on it) - but I know that 28c tyres fit. Aesthetics was the main reason for choosing the present 25c tyres, but I would certainly consider 28c tyres when they wear out.
by Oceanic
17 Oct 2010, 5:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suggest some 700c rims for me.
Replies: 14
Views: 1060

Suggest some 700c rims for me.

I'm looking for a 700c 32 hole rim. It would be used for my daily commute, plus occasional day rides and occasional youth hostel touring. Needs to be able to stand up to tow paths. It needs to not look too out of place on a 1950s Mercian Frame and be suitable for 25c tyres. I'm not made of money, so...
by Oceanic
17 Oct 2010, 2:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Boardman Performance Hybrid Team Bike and jogle
Replies: 5
Views: 1665

Re: Boardman Performance Hybrid Team Bike and jogle

According to this page.... http://answers.halfords.com/answers/4028/product/931444/questions.htm?page=2 The only rack suitable for use with a 'Hybrid Team' is one fitted to the seat post, I've never used that sort of rack, but they look like they would give a very high centre of gravity. If you know...
by Oceanic
9 Oct 2010, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gears
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: Hub gears

What's the distance between the rear drop outs? 126mm?
by Oceanic
9 Oct 2010, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5 spd freewheel on a single sided track hub?
Replies: 4
Views: 335

5 spd freewheel on a single sided track hub?

I was wondering if it would be possible use this hub with a 5 speed freewheel...

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Miche ... 360040752/

Wiggle customer services says that it can't be done. Can anyone explain why this is?

Thanks

Steve
by Oceanic
24 Sep 2010, 10:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Women's Frame Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Women's Frame Sizing

531colin wrote:This "women have short torsos and long legs" is a fallacy. .


Maybe you know the wrong women?!

Thanks to both who've replied though, both replies are useful.
by Oceanic
24 Sep 2010, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Women's Frame Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Women's Frame Sizing

I'm off bike shopping with a friend tomorrow. She knows what sort of bike she wants (£500 drop handlebar tourer), so the main issue will be sorting out the size. I've read that women often need a shorter top tube than men, and I've heard that one way to get this is to go for a smaller frame with the...