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by PeterBL
5 Jan 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

Re: New commuter - Disc Trucker

On-One Midge bars, Berthoud leather saddle & 50 mm stainless mudguards, 8-speed bar-end shifters, Tektro RL520 V-brake levers coupled to BB7 MTB brakes, with RL721 interrupter top lever, TA Zephyr 46/36/20 chainset, 11-32 cassette, XT rear mech, SunTour XC Pro front mech, SON front hub, XT M756...
by PeterBL
4 Jan 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 91
Views: 4600

Re: What gear range do you use.

Commuter: 31-102. I can easily go lower by changing cassette, should I take it somewhere hilly.
by PeterBL
4 Jan 2018, 11:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

Re: New commuter - Disc Trucker

(and Hypers, I run those outside of the winter). The photo is early November. The Hypers came off later, and it got Conti Top Contact Winter 37 mm (actually 30-32) put on. It also had Marathon Winter studded on for a couple of days, but I find them too draggy to leave on just in case. A tourer is p...
by PeterBL
4 Jan 2018, 11:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

Re: New commuter - Disc Trucker

The seattube angle @ 73.5 degrees across the sizes on the Darwin are as mad as a box of frogs,bonkers! Another british company shot down in flames and sent into receivership :wink: . I suppose if you get into real fine tuning of position that may be relevant but my main standouts when looking for a...
by PeterBL
4 Jan 2018, 7:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

Re: New commuter - Disc Trucker

I hear you on the mudflaps. I might have to change the whole mudguards, they are 45mm which really is to narrow for the tyres I run ATM. 50/53 would be better, and longer as well, of course. I like the look of the SKS Longboard, but they don't make them wide enough. Nice bike, andrew_s! Long live 8-...
by PeterBL
2 Jan 2018, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

Re: New commuter - Disc Trucker

I hadn't seen the new frame sets in EU yet, but a price increase is never good:-( It thought the new colors look rather dull, so when for this instead. You are right about the appeal of US frame sets - they have quite a nice selection over there and unfortunately not all are available in Europe with...
by PeterBL
2 Jan 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New commuter - Disc Trucker
Replies: 43
Views: 1907

New commuter - Disc Trucker

Just wanted to share my new commuter. Most of the parts are reused from a previous bike but the frame is new. Surly is discontinuing this Disc Trucker color for 2018, so I grabbed one on sale. Is is equipped with disc brakes and dynamo lightning. Gearing is a Shimergo setup. Things to do: Shorten st...
by PeterBL
18 Dec 2017, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Buying advice hybrid flatbar + carbon + disc
Replies: 35
Views: 4201

Re: Buying advice hybrid flatbar + carbon + disc

As it comes with a 2x11 setup, it is quite easy to convert to 1x11. Basically, you just remove the front derailleur and place the chain on one of the two chain rings. If you want to do it properly, you remove the two chain rings as well and add a single speed chain ring instead, perhaps a narrow wid...
by PeterBL
15 Dec 2017, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How long do disc rotors last?
Replies: 48
Views: 2343

Re: How long do disc rotors last?

I'm not quite fond of the feel in a drum brake - somehow you feel to disconnected from the actual braking going on. But from a maintenance POV they are brilliant. Grease them (with special grease from Shimano, if that's the brand) once a year and tighten the cable once in a while and the will run fo...
by PeterBL
15 Dec 2017, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring bike build - questions?
Replies: 55
Views: 3810

Re: Touring bike build - questions?

Yes, the TDF is rather long. They used the same geometry for the 2016 flatbar edition, so it isn't really tuned for drop bars. The 2015 had another framed with dropbar geometry.
by PeterBL
14 Dec 2017, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid winter tyres *Newbie*
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: Hybrid winter tyres *Newbie*

I notice that the marathon winter has approx 240 studs in 4 rows and the winter around 120 studs having just the centre rows populated. From images there appear to be stud holes in the outer unpopulated rows of the winter, so is it the case you can buy the spare studs and tool( around £10 for 50 ) ...
by PeterBL
14 Dec 2017, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid winter tyres *Newbie*
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: Hybrid winter tyres *Newbie*

Schwalbe Marathon Winter is a pretty standard choice for studded tyres. They should have enough pattern to tackle gravel and path, and come in many sizes. If you are going seriously off road you can also get MTB-tyres with studs. But I don't think they will be very nice on the road if you spend most...
by PeterBL
5 Dec 2017, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless brake outer
Replies: 21
Views: 1059

Re: Compressionless brake outer

I recently mounted this set, it is quite good: https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/trp-disc ... sion-less/
by PeterBL
16 Nov 2017, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Custom 9 speed 12-32 cassette?
Replies: 32
Views: 2401

Re: Custom 9 speed 12-32 cassette?

Have you considered using BBB cassettes. You can build a 12-14-16-18-20-22-24-28-32 from a 12/13/14/15/16/18/20/22/25 and a 11/12/14/16/18/20/24/28/32. See https://bbbcycling.com/en/bike-parts/cassettes/BCS-09S Not the cheapest solution but at least you get your ideal cassette. There is usually a g...
by PeterBL
24 Oct 2017, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap Chain
Replies: 43
Views: 2541

Re: Cheap Chain

Several years back one of the online retailers were punting out end-of-line Shimano 8 speed (HG50 at the time?) chains for £1.99 each, I bought rather a lot of them and have only just run out now. It does pay to keep an eye on the shops and stockpile when a good bargain crops up! Lucky you. Sourcin...